WannaCry Ransomware

I don’t know of any clients still running Windows XP but there may be some who don’t automatically apply Windows updates when they become available.

If you employ IT support for your site then get in touch with your IT team and check that they have your system supported against wannacry.

If you do not have external IT support, manage things yourself and have not applied security patches recently then I suggest you reconsider and run automatic update and accept any new security patches, if you are not sure how you can learn how to do this here:

Windows 7 users:
http://www.wikihow.com/Run-Windows-Update-in-Windows-7

Windows 10 users:
http://www.thewindowsclub.com/windows-update-security-settings-windows-10

Mac users can take the opportunity to feel a little smug but do be aware that its unlikely that the NSA is just looking for Windows exploits, the next NSA leak may be a Mac vulnerability:
https://www.nsa.gov/news-features/news-stories/2015/discovering-solving-sharing-it-solutions.shtml

 

 

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Workshops at Chester Zoo

 

Im very pleased to announce that I will be one of three teachers in a series of two day workshop in September 2017 along with the Arctic photographer Sue Flood and the Travel photographer and metadata specialist Cindy Miller Hopkins at the excellent Chester Zoo.

The Workshops are part of the Advanced Photography Course and the aim is to improve the skills and techniques of photographers who feel they are ready to take the next step up in their photography.

Each Workshop takes place over two days and are split half a day to each of us when there will be a maximum of 15 people in each class, plus a half day combined workshop.

My session will be a distillation of the efficient imaging workflow required to meet the quality requirements expected of a professional and will cover an overview of image processing, retouching, managing a collection and delivering files to market.

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Software – tools (and nothing else)

Stephen’s Zenith E film camera from a time before imaging software

Its so easy to get lost in the various processes in photography and imaging. Both equipment and software can demand attention, its best however to not let this distract from the most important thing…

I thought I would set out my ideas about some of the software tools I use and perhaps explain why I I will never be an ambassador for or owe allegiance to a particular software company.

Here at Copyrightimage I use a variety of licensed software from many sources.

I view a piece of imaging software as a tool to aid in the development and production of images. I appreciate the efforts of the software developers at Adobe, Phase One, Photo Mechanic and others to make the best tools possible. However its important to remember that software evolves and companies change and disappear, in the end the only lasting things are the images you produce.

For this reason I favour software that supports open standards in file types, metadata and colour management. I’m much less keen on propriety parametric software that locks in any changes to the images that would be lost if they were to be discontinued. For example (and despite being one of the richest companies in the world) Apple left their Aperture users high and dry in 2014.

The main lesson from the demise of Kodak is that no company, no matter how big is immune from the changing landscape, especially when the rate of change increases.

In these days of declining returns from Stock Photo Agencies and other photographic income streams I find that the most effective way to speed up and reduce the cost of my services comes from combining the best elements of each piece of software into a custom workflow. Listed below are the current major pieces of software I use in each category of imaging workflow. This software and workflow will change as the market does but the one thing that will remain central to my focus: The Images themselves.

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Client Advisory – Photoshop CC 2017 update

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Adobe have released the 2017 versions of Bridge and Photoshop. Looks to be a mixture of interface changes, performance enhancements and extended functionality.

Initial impressions are good and I will be giving it test drives over the next few days.

With important customer jobs in progress I have of course kept my current versions of Bridge and Photoshop installed so I can run both. This is also important as only some of my third party filters have been transferred across with the install.

If you would like to test the new version as well then consider doing the same and run the install so that it doesn’t write over your current setup, to do this click on Advanced Options in the update dialogue and untick Remove old Versions (Keep Import previous settings and preferences ticked)

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Copyrightimage helps out with Planet Earth II for the BBC

pe2Very much looking forward to seeing Planet Earth II with Sir David Attenborough starting next Sunday on BBC1 in the UK. The first episode is titled Islands.

My involvement in the project was to retouch and colour grade the stills and 4k+ video grabs for The Book that accompanies the series. Thanks goes to the Editor Kate Fox and the Project Editor Roz Kidman Cox for asking me to do the work.

Television shows images in RGB and has a high brightness and contrast range, paper in comparison has a very low colour and tone range that starts off with a creamy white for the highlights and then makes up the rest of the colour and tone by darkening the paper with Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black process inks.

The challenge is to retain all important highlight and shadow detail but keep a good dynamic contrast and colour in the mid tones and overall, this does mean quite an involved grading process using multiple layers and adjustments to get this right. (I discussed this split grading in my recent workshop).

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Client Story:MINT Images, Liesel Böckl

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Liesel has been working on a series of projects over the Summer in Japan and I was pleased to be asked to retouch from the raw files via her agency MINT Images. Each project is a sensitive and authentic visual short story of the workplaces she visited and together they tell a larger story of Kodawari. Liesels website is currently being redone but you can follow her projects here on facebook


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Stills from Video, workshop summary notes

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Many thanks to those who attended my workshop this afternoon.


It was a bit of a whirlwind through the world of colour management and the process of grading images to sit well on the page or screen but I hope you found something of interest that you can incorporate into your workflow.

For your benefit (and those that could not make it) I have made some summary notes for you.

These don’t include the copyrighted material I was kindly allowed to use in the talk

Please feel free to get in touch if you have any queries or would like to work with me to improve your workflow or project.

You can download the notes here; http://www.copyrightimage.com/Stills_from_Video.pdf

 

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The Rosetta Stone of cross media: Video, Stills and repro sizes in megapixels

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Very much looking forward to my talk at Wildscreen tomorrow on the subject of making repro quality stills from video grabs: http://sched.co/8IY9

Im please to say that for one day only I have obtained special permission to show stills work from the recently announced BBC Planet Earth II book.

Im aware that my session may be oversubscribed (cue cut scene with me alone in the room), if this is the case then not to worry, I will be making some notes available after the session on this website for you to read. These will be a distillation of some aspects of the talk and wont include the retouching examples so please do come if you would like to learn more.

In the meantime here is a taster of one of the less visual parts: http://www.copyrightimage.com/ImagingRosettaStone.pdf

Stephen

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