About Stephen

With nearly fifteen years in this industry, I have learned that deadlines are always tight, clients are very detail oriented, and accuracy is paramount. Throughout my career, I have developed and applied my experience to address those realities. It does not matter if I am working overnight on a high-profile print campaign or presenting final art to high level studio executives, I enjoy the satisfaction that comes with performing well under-pressure and delivering results.

 

PRODUCTION MANAGER THE DELTA GROUP, LONDON / LOS ANGELES – 2012-PRESENT

Print Production Manager for The Delta Group’s Los Angeles office, primarily servicing the major theatrical film studios. Responsible for creating and updating color profiles for all digital devices including the Epson Stylus Pro 9900 and the HP Scitex FB700 flatbed digital printer.

Retouch, output and color match theatrical standees, one sheets and large format banners to match client supplied art. Interface with the client and present color changes throughout the approval process. Engage in costing exercises and creative strategies on upcoming jobs. Manage, maintain and operate a 5000 sq. ft. print/CAD production area.

RETOUCH ARTIST THE DISNEY CHANNEL / BURBANK, CA – 2010-2012

Was responsible for the photo retouching and compositing of a variety of media assets for the Disney Channel’s brand and marketing team. Worked closely with art directors and fashion stylists to remove conflicting branding from clothing and the surrounding environment. Heavy emphasis on skin and hair corrections. Created complex clipping paths and layer masks for later use in the design process.

LEAD RETOUCHER VERTIS COMMUNICATIONS / BOCA RATON, FL – 2001-2006

Served as lead retoucher for all of American Media Inc’s flagship publications including: Star Magazine, The National Enquirer, Shape, and Muscle&Fitness among others. Additionally, responsible for preparing retouched images for proofing, output and off-set printing. Authored all literature on Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the scanning and retouch departments. Temporarily relocated to New York City to oversee the hiring and training of all incoming retouchers during Star Magazine’s NYC relaunch.

PREPRESS CONSULTANT VARIETY MAGAZINE / SANTA MONICA, CA – JAN 2016 – FEB 2016

Brought on as a part-time consultant to develop new workflows, train editorial staff, review in-house color management systems, and introduce more advanced techniques to creative directors responsible for retouching high profile covers and internal spreads.

For examples of my photography please visit: www.bradford-photography.net