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Red River Pros: Jim Divitale

Jim Divitale at Red River Paper Pro Corner

Commercial photographer and NAPP educator

Jim DiVitale has produced award-winning work for ad agencies, design firms and corporations nationwide for more than 30 years. He's an artist, educator, writer and pioneer who became a pacesetter when he embraced digital photography in 1992. Among his commercial clients are Misuno USA, Carter's, Toshiba, TEC America, Kenneth Cole, BellSouth, BP Amoco, COX Media, Solvay Advanced Polymers, Coca- Cola USA and Scientific Atlanta

Jim Divitale - Commercial Photographer & NAPP Educator
© Jim DiVitale

The Client

Uncle Ed's Gourmet Cookie Company.

The Assignment

To create a large point of purchase advertisement image that would be used at multiple stores that would best illustrate the home made appeal of these chocolate chip cookies.

The Execution

"The cookies and ingredients were set up on a textured wood surface. I used a Fuji GX-680 with a Leaf digital back and a 90 mm lens. Lighting consisted of two strobe heads. One raw head to the left with a spot grid restricting the light to a narrow beam, and a 3x4 foot soft-box overhead set at a low power for top fill. A 2x3 foot white card was placed on the right side and several Raw exposures were made."

Post Production

"Two Raw exposures were selected and processed in the Leaf software. One at normal exposure and one two f-stops darker. The darker exposure was blurred with the Lens Blur filter and .3% noise was then added to bring back the grain. The normal exposure was dragged over the darker one using the Shift key to register the two images together. A black layer mask was added and the normal exposure was then painted into the darker imager with a soft white brush."

The Output

"As a professional photographer, I can't waste time or supplies trying to get jobs completed. To be competitive in printing, I need consistent quality along with multiple size choices for the different printers I use. I found that the UltraPro Satin from Red River Paper to be just the right surface for me to print on. The 14 available sizes match what I need to print without the excess trimming of wasted paper. The 8x10, 11x14, and 16x20 are great formats for framed prints and the roll paper formats are ideal for my panoramic prints and large multiple print jobs."


Jim DiVitale passed away on December 13, 2016. He was a generous and sharing photographer and will be sorely missed by all whose lives he touched.

Favorite Papers

UltraPro Satin

UltraPro Satin looks and feels just like traditional photo lab paper and features a medium depth luster finish.

Favorite Of: Jim DiVitale & Peter Randall

River Linen

River Linen adds a special dimension to your printed image with its premium quality linen surface paper.

Favorite Of: JVS & Helene Glassman

Aurora Art

Made using fine 100% cotton rag content, Aurora Art White and Aurora Art Natural offers the look and feel of fine art paper.

Favorite of: Marilyn Sholin, Matt Hoyle, Susan McCartney, & Kaitlin Walsh

Arctic Polar Satin

With its crisp blue white shade, Arctic Polar Satin ensures your images will project more brilliance. Its state of the art microporous coating will enhance details and color saturation.

Favorite of: Al Francekevich & Susan McCartney

UltraPro Gloss

UltraPro Gloss sets the bar for top quality high glossy photo paper. . Everything from airplanes to flowers will look bolder, more saturated, and more real.

Favorite Of: Christine Walsh-Newton

Last updated: September 03, 2021

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