Post Production - Pushbutton Photography

Shot Production

Photo production is the process of making a photo from an initial idea through casting, shooting and editing the photo. This is where we bring your ideals to life.

Location Scouting

Location scouting is a vital process in the pre-production stage of filmmaking and commercial photography. ... Location scouts also look for generally spectacular or interesting locations beforehand, to have a database of locations in case of requests. Location scouts often negotiate legal access to filming locations.

Permits / Releases

When do I need a permit for commercial filming or still photography? (a) All commercial filming requires a permit. (b) Still photography does not require a permit unless: (1) It uses a model, set, or prop as defined in 5.12; or (2) The agency determines a permit is necessary because: (i) It takes place at a location where or when members of the public are not allowed; or (ii) The agency would incur costs for providing on-site management and oversight to protect agency resources or minimize visitor use conflicts. (c) Visitors do not require a permit for filming or still photography activities unless the filming is commercial filming as defined in  5.12 or the still photography activity involves one of the criteria listed in 5.2 (b). 5.12 defines: Model means a person or object that serves as the subject for commercial filming or still photography for the purpose of promoting the sale or use of a product or service. Models include, but are not limited to, individuals, animals, or inanimate objects, such as vehicles, boats, articles of clothing, and food and beverage products, placed on agency lands so that they may be filmed or photographed to promote the sale or use of a product or service. For the purposes of this part, portrait subjects such as wedding parties and high school graduates are not considered models, if the image will not be used to promote or sell a product or service. Sets and props means items constructed or placed on agency lands to facilitate commercial filming or still photography including, but not limited to, backdrops, generators, microphones, stages, lighting banks, camera tracks, vehicles specifically designed to accommodate camera or recording equipment, rope and pulley systems, and rigging for climbers and structures. Sets and props also include trained animals and inanimate objects, such as camping equipment, campfires, wagons, and so forth, when used to stage a specific scene. The use of a camera on a tripod, without the use of any other equipment, is not considered a prop. In response to Comment 1, the rule explains: The general rule is that still photography does not require a permit. We have edited the language of 43 CFR 5.3(b) to clarify the still photography permit requirements of Public Law 106–206 and renumbered it as  5.2(b). This regulation implements the three circumstances listed in the law where a permit for still photography is or may be required. We will require a permit for still photography when the activity uses models, sets, or props, and we may require a permit when the photographer wants to enter an area closed to the public or when on-site management is necessary to protect resources or to avoid visitor conflicts. However, we anticipate that most still photographers will not fall into these categories and will not need a permit to take photographs on lands managed by DOI agencies. What you pay for a permit If your photographer activity is commercial, the next question is what you pay for the permit. The Department of the Interior and the Department of Agriculture propose to adopt a fee schedule for commercial filming and still photography conducted on public lands under their jurisdiction. The specifics of the proposal are available at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-08-22/html/2013-20440.htm. Written comments on the proposal will be accepted until Monday, September 23, 2013, and should be submitted to: location_fee_notice_2013@nps.gov (put “Commercial Filming Fee Schedule” in the subject line). Jeff Conrad has authorized us to share his comments here. In sum, the new rule appears to be good news for photographers. 

Casting Negotiation

A casting director is a middleman (or more likely a middlewoman) who finds the actors needed to fill roles in movies, TV shows, theatrical productions, commercials or even corporate and music videos. The studio, producers, director and writers are on one side, and the actors and talent agents on the other -- with the casting director in the middle. "Middlewoman" applies because casting directors represent one of the few entertainment occupations that's dominated by women, not men

Retouching and Post Production