SERVICES INCLUDE:  High-end retouching and photo composites, specializing in ultra high-resolution image preparation for wall wraps, outdoor advertising, posters, banners, trade show graphics and other quality-critical applications.  For project inquiries, please visit the contact link and provide a brief description of the work you would like performed and its intended end use.
BELL 407GX, MARKETING IMAGERY
This photo illustration was performed for Bell Helicopter to represent a multiple ship order of Bell 407GXs, destined for China.  One aircraft was available for photography prior to delivery.  During our photo shoot I had the aircraft slide from a near position to a flanking position, in order to give the appearance of a natural two-ship formation in the final photo composite.
Source photography by:  Sheldon Cohen, Creative Director and Photo Illustration by:  Ben GIlliand
* Please note, animated GIFs are limited to 256 colors and are unable to display the full color depth and richness of the photo illustration. 
Animations are for before and after comparison only.
 
BELL/BOEING CV-22 OSPREY, USAF SPECIAL OPERATIONS, MARKETING IMAGERY 
This photo illustration was performed for Bell/Boeing to represent "in country" operations of CV-22 Ospreys in Afghanistan.  While CV-22s performed many vital roles in Afghanistan, there was no ultra high-resolution photography available, which was suitable for trade show, outdoor and related large format graphic applications.  A donor photograph from Colorado was utilized, color corrected and weathered to match the Afghanistan background plate.  

Source photography by:  Sheldon Cohen, Creative Director and Photo Illustration by:  Ben GIlliand
* Please note, animated GIFs are limited to 256 colors and are unable to display the full color depth and richness of the photo illustration. 
Animations are for before and after comparison only.
 
BELL 206L-4, NOSE, GLOSSY MARKETING IMAGERY 
This photo illustration was performed for a Bell Helicopter marketing brochure for the 40th anniversary of the Bell Model 206 series.  With a trade show deadline looming, the only 206L-4 available on short notice was in poor condition and painted with the wrong paint scheme.  Careful lighting and a high-resolution base image provided an excellent starting point for an almost entirely digitally airbrushed photo illustration. 

Source photography by:  Eduardo (Ed) Garza and Kalee Appleton, Creative Director and Photo Illustration by:  Ben GIlliand
* Please note, animated GIFs are limited to 256 colors and are unable to display the full color depth and richness of the photo illustration. 
Animations are for before and after comparison only.
BELL 206L-4, INTAKE & COWLING, GLOSSY MARKETING IMAGERY
This photo illustration was performed for a Bell Helicopter marketing brochure for the 40th anniversary of the Bell Model 206 series.  With a trade show deadline looming, the only 206L-4 available on short notice was in poor condition and painted with the wrong paint scheme.  Careful lighting and a high-resolution base image provided an excellent starting point for an almost completely digitally airbrushed photo illustration. 

Source photography by:  Eduardo (Ed) Garza and Kalee Appleton, Creative Director and Photo Illustration by:  Ben GIlliand
* Please note, animated GIFs are limited to 256 colors and are unable to display the full color depth and richness of the photo illustration. 
Animations are for before and after comparison only.
RETOUCHING VIDEO, FEATURING GLOSSY BELL HELICOPTER MARKETING IMAGERY
This brief video highlights some of the related brochure photos, plus provides a more detailed look into the retouching process.     

Source photography by:  Eduardo (Ed) Garza and Kalee Appleton, Creative Director, Photo Illustrations and Video by:  Ben GIlliand
BELL/AGUSTA 609, USCG, MARKETING IMAGERY 
This photo illustration was performed for Bell/Agusta to represent the potential future application of the 609 TiltRotor platform for Search and Rescue missions.  The base photo was carefully airbrushed to add high visibility windows, a sliding door, hoist, FLIR, NightSun, Weather Radar, and an emergency flotation kit, in addition to U.S. Coast Guard livery.

Source photography by:  Sheldon Cohen, Creative Director and Photo Illustration by:  Ben Gilliand
* Please note, animated GIFs are limited to 256 colors and are unable to display the full color depth and richness of the photo illustration. 
Animations are for before and after comparison only.
BELL 407AH, ROYAL BRUNEI ARMED FORCES, MARKETING IMAGERY
This photo illustration was performed for Bell Helicopter to represent the potential future application of the 407AH by the Royal Brunei Armed Forces.   A donor photograph of the Bell 407AH demonstrator ship was carefully airbrushed and retouched to represent the RBAF markings and proposed configuration. 

Source photography by:  Kalee Appleton, Creative Director and Photo Illustration by:  Ben Gilliand
BELL 429LE, LAW ENFORCEMENT, MARKETING IMAGERY
This photo illustration was performed for Bell Helicopter to represent all-weather operations of the versatile Bell 429LE by a key customer, the Fairfax County, Virginia Police.  Source photography was gathered during a training mission.  Seven individual photos were ultimately utilized to complete the final photo illustration.  Swirling blades of grass and other nuances are only visible in the final, ultra high-resolution photo illustration.
 
Source photography by:  Sheldon Cohen, Creative Director and Photo Illustration by:  Ben Gilliand
* Please note, animated GIFs are limited to 256 colors and are unable to display the full color depth and richness of the photo illustration. 
Animations are for before and after comparison only.
BELL OH-58D KIOWA WARRIOR, U.S. ARMY, MARKETING IMAGERY
This photo illustration was performed for Bell Helicopter and the United States Army Air Cavalry to represent the unrelenting operational tempo of the Kiowa Warrior in the Middle East.  At the time of this photo illustration’s creation, the OH-58D had amassed over 750,000 combat flight hours, in some of the most unforgiving terrain and operating conditions imaginable.  Utilized in trade show displays and facility wall graphics, the photo illustration depicts the rugged reliability of the OH-58D and the air crews that operate them. 

Source photography by:  Kalee Appleton, Creative Director and Photo Illustration by:  Ben Gilliand
* Please note, animated GIFs are limited to 256 colors and are unable to display the full color depth and richness of the photo illustration. 
Animations are for before and after comparison only.
BELL 407 EMS, AIR METHODS, MARKETING IMAGERY
This photo illustration was performed for Bell Helicopter and key partner, Air Methods, to illustrate the life saving emergency transport that Air Methods operators provide to cities across America.  Photographed in conjunction with an EMS training exercise, the source photo provided all of the key elements.  Careful retouching was performed to optimize the scene and reduce the visual clutter of the abandoned road, overgrown vegetation and wrecked vehicles, in order to place more emphasis on the helicopter.

Source photography by:  Sheldon Cohen, Creative Director and Photo Illustration by:  Ben Gilliand
*Please note, animated GIFs are limited to 256 colors and are unable to display the full color depth and richness of the photo illustration. 
Animations are for before and after comparison only.
BELL 407, MARKETING IMAGERY
This photo illustration was performed for Bell Helicopter to highlight the exceptional useful load and high altitude performance of the Bell 407 helicopter.  Photographed with the operator in Telluride, Colorado, the location boasts some of the highest skiable elevations in North America.  However, getting the aircraft and the snowboarders in one dynamic scene, turned out to be a challenge, so the elements were photographed separately to create the final photo illustration.    

Source photography by:  Sheldon Cohen, Creative Director and Photo Illustration by:  Ben Gilliand
* Please note, animated GIFs are limited to 256 colors and are unable to display the full color depth and richness of the photo illustration. 
Animations are for before and after comparison only.
GAMEGUARD OUTDOORS, FORD SUPER DUTY, ADVERTISING IMAGERY
This photo illustration was performed for GameGuard Outdoors and Sewell Dealerships, to highlight the limited edition GameGuard, Ford Super Duty trucks.  Logistics and time constraints required the vehicle and the model to be photographed separately.  Pre-production apparel, with a variety of color inconsistencies, had to be balanced and retouched, while the overall scene and lighting had to be carefully matched to produce a seamless end result. 

Creative Director, Source Photography and Photo Illustration by: Ben Gilliand
* Please note, animated GIFs are limited to 256 colors and are unable to display the full color depth and richness of the photo illustration. 
Animations are for before and after comparison only.
ANN WERME GROUP,  ADVERTISING IMAGERY
This photo illustration was performed for the Ann Werme Group and was intended to feature the original shirt shown, but a buying issue required the shirt to be changed to another style.  Rather than re-shooting with another model, they preferred to modify the original photo.  The end result is the product of careful digital airbrushing, to accurately capture the features found in the alternative shirt style.

Creative Director, Source Photography and Photo Illustration by: Ben Gilliand
* Please note, animated GIFs are limited to 256 colors and are unable to display the full color depth and richness of the photo illustration. 
Animations are for before and after comparison only.
GAMEGUARD OUTDOORS, SPORT FISHING, ADVERTISING IMAGERY
This photo illustration was performed for GameGuard Outdoors to highlight Texas river fishing, and required a specific apparel color combination to meet the project goals.  A source photo was located form an existing photo shoot and carefully modified to accurately represent the color palate required for the ad and related marketing literature. 

Creative Director, Source Photography and Photo Illustration by: Ben Gilliand
* Please note, animated GIFs are limited to 256 colors and are unable to display the full color depth and richness of the photo illustration.  Animations are for before and after comparison only.
GAMEGUARD OUTDOORS, SPORT FISHING, ADVERTISING IMAGERY​​​​​​​
This photo illustration was performed for GameGuard Outdoors to highlight Caribbean Bonefishing, and required a specific apparel color combination to meet the project goals.  A source photo was located form an existing photo shoot and carefully modified to accurately represent the color palate required for the ad and related marketing literature. 

Creative Director, Source Photography and Photo Illustration by: Ben Gilliand
* Please note, animated GIFs are limited to 256 colors and are unable to display the full color depth and richness of the photo illustration.  Animations are for before and after comparison only.
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