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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Client Story: Laura Barwick, BBC

cover-jpg-rendition-460-707Congratulations are in order for Laura Barwicks latest book  “Animal Babies” which accompanies the BBC wildlife production of the same name.

https://www.penguin.co.uk/authors/laura-barwick/1079267/

Laura is always a pleasure to deal with and I was pleased to help out here by making sure the Video Frame Grabs (34 out of the 120 images) looked as good as possible and integrated fully with the stills photography in the book

You can buy animal babies at all good book shops
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Wildscreen Workshop

logoI’m currently preparing some material for a short workshop at the Wildscreen Festival in Bristol on Friday next week.http://sched.co/8IY9

Roz Kidman Cox has kindly invited me to talk about the work I do to translate video grabs into something publishable and with the smoothest possible transition when placed on pages next to conventional photography.

If your planning to attend the workshop then please feel free to email me and let me know if you have anything you would like me to add, or just let me know who you are so I can best gauge what to fit in.

Many thanks

stephen@copyrightimage.co.uk
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Update

p1010109Apologies for the slow response times recently, with retouching deadlines and a slowing PC system I have had to run to walk fast.

Only myself to blame of course, I normally rebuild my PC every two years with the latest and greatest components, with the flattening out of PC development I have left it a little too long this time.

All being sorted now, I’m retouching on the old whilst building the new, a six core monster with large amounts of RAM and the latest high speed disk technologies to cope with the larger megapixel images from the latest cameras as well as being able to handle 4k video.

If your computer needs a refresh you may want to consider purchasing soon before the pound losess any more of its value….

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Photoshop CC 2015.5 update

qmNot too sure why Adobe didnt call the latest Photoshop “CC 2016.6” but I’m sure they know better.

Small incremental improvements though as its a full install update you will need to reinstall any plugins that you use.

If you do decide to install then click on the advanced install options and select to keep your previous version of Photoshop so you can go back to it easier if things go South.

The only really useful thing I have found so far is that there is that when selecting “quick mask” the layer dialogue changes to show the quick mask colour you have selected, this is a real improvement for me as its an emotional/visual clue as to if you are in quick mask mode or not and is much better than the previous light grey/slightly less light grey cue from earlier versions.

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Client News – Clive Nichols

Client News is a new section on Copyrightimage, it will allow clients exposure of their projects and give an understanding of how good digital imaging workflow can produce real world results.

Clive Nichols one of the worlds leading garden photographers is planning two photographic workshops at the beautiful garden at Pettifers this year, here are the details:

Pettifers Garden and Photography Master Class with Clive Nichols

Tuesday May 10th 2016 and Tuesday 20th September 2016

10am – 4pm


Venue:
Pettifers,
Lower Wardington,
Banbury,
OX17 1RU

Clive is pleased to announce that he has secured two workshops at one of the country’s leading gardens. Pettifers, in the lovely Oxfordshire village of Wardington. The garden is owned by renowned plants woman Gina Price who has created a stunning garden crammed full of choice plants.

The day will begin with a talk on garden and flower photography by Clive followed by practical sessions in the garden. Clive is a very experienced teacher  who will guide you through the techniques that have made him into one of the world’s leading flower and garden photographers

Fee: £100 per person
Maximum capacity 20 places in May, 20 places in September
Skill level: General
includes lunch with wine and refreshments

Plan your journey to Pettifers here: https://goo.gl/TlGK03

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Client Advisory – Keywording

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As many of you know (and hate!) captioning and keywording is an important part of the imaging workflow.

Whether searching a large collection or preparing a batch of images for market a good caption and set of keywords is important.

Lightroom does not come with a structural set of keywords to help you build a proper keywording tree so you either have to make your own from scratch or you buy a ready made “base” one that you can adapt and grow to your own needs.

Up till now I have been recommending a US based list to clients but have recently come across a competitively priced list that is both logical and deep, Its written by a real stock photographer called Tim Makins who lives in Ireland. It even has a set of Getty conceptual keywords and we all know how we love conceptual keywords 🙂

The base list already has a good selection of wildlife and plant items for the geographical area chosen but this can be further enhanced by adding free additions from the site such as the 7209 item list of plants with both common and scientific name or the extensive mammal and bird lists..

If you dont have a very good keywording tree or are in the market for one this is an excellent place to start: http://www.photo-keywords.com/ Not only does Tim provide a selection of lists his site gives very comprehensive guides and advice in using and adapting them, recommended reading for cold winter nights.

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