Client Story: Disney Nature Polar Bears

Was a pleasure recently working on the stills (video and photo) for the newly launched Disney Nature production of “Polar Bears”.

One of my specialties is to grade and retouch video grabs in the same ethical way as stills images and there were some lovely images to work on for this project.

Of particular note is to keep the natural tones and definition in polar bear noses, sounds a little strange but its quite common for people to boost contrast and end up with black featureless noses when working on polar bear images. Perhaps a minor point to get picky about (!) but its best to represent nature in its glory rather than some compromised version (Im pleased to say the film colorist also retained natural detail also in the moving images)

You can read about the production here: https://disneyplusoriginals.disney.com/movie/polar-bear

The film is available to Disney+ subscribers to watch now.

(Fun fact: I started working stills for Disney Natures film “Bears” in 2012 (film released in 2014). This was a film about a grizzly bear family in Alaska. In that instance I got a mention in the film credits at the end as “Stills colorist”, not 100% certain but I cannot see any other stills colorists listed in any other film credits!)

(Update, apparently they credited me on their production of “Penguins” also – thanks Disney Nature!)


Remote photography and workflow review

1:1 remote workshops: Spend some time with me

I have many years of experience in professional photography and imaging workflow and have worked with many of the big names in wildlife photography. I have been entrusted with the ethical grading and retouching of the the stills of major BBC wildlife documentaries as well as the careful work needed to bring Wildlife Photographer of the Year images to print.  If you want to move on to the next level of your work I can help.

 

The screen share, zoom, skype or messenger sessions can be up to 2 hours long, enough time for me to see a good range of your images and an understanding of your image workflow. I can hear how you work and help you through the things that might be holding you back.

The topics we can cover will be up to you but they might include:

   Selecting images (input and output)
   Using simple (not complex!) Metadata
   Importing and exporting images in a consistent way
   Making choices on colour and tone in Lightroom and Photoshop
   A truly ethical photographic workflow and how to make it work
   Reducing time in front of a computer
   Getting the most from your photography with a consistent workflow
   Sorting problems in Lightroom and Photoshop
   Perhaps you have a difficult image that needs some care and attention?

Whether you are a beginner amateur, intermediary or long standing professional photographer I can draw on my 35 years of experience of working on my own and other peoples images.

These friendly and confidential 1:1 sessions will enable you to get the insights of an industry professional into your work and could help you reduce the stress of your imaging workflow and identify any potential paths to better results.


I’m flexible with timing so arranging a suitable time and date for you or the person you nominate is easy. There is no expiration date for these sessions, as an ethical business my main concern is that you or your nominated person get real value from the session.

Link: Purchase this experience in the shop


Holiday opening

Office shelf. Shot on a new 33mp Sony a7 iv fitted with an old Russian Helios 44M lens @f2

 

Im here for all established clients over the coming holiday periods otherwise I will be working Christmas eve with a break till Wednesday 29th December.

Just 1st January 2022 for the New Year period.

Wishing all past, current and future clients a good Christmas and a brilliant New Year.

Stephen


Copyrightimage and The Natural History Museum

I have been working closely with the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition run by the Natural History Museum for a number of years now but it’s always an exciting moment when the latest book of winning images is delivered!

As always some nice repro in the book and my work on the original images files to convert them with a specialist CMYK workflow has paid off. No surprises in terms of colour or tone from when the images were adjusted for print on my Imaging Workstation using a Fogra certified and calibrated Eizo monitor. The book is available at all good bookshops now and makes an ideal Christmas present for anyone interested in Nature or Photography (or both!).

Custom CMYK conversions are just one of the specialities of my work at Copyrightimage but If you are responsible for delivering premium books for your organisation and had disappointing results in the past with print quality then give me a call and I will help as best I can.


In with the new

After 13 years of sterling service I have replaced my old Epson 3800 A2 printer with its modern equivalent: an Epson SC-P900.

This allows me to make exhibition grade prints for clients as well as being a proofing station for my CMYK repro work. The new printer uses 10 inks and has a larger colour gamut than the old printer and indeed it is possible to see a visible improvement in the prints.

A new set of ink cartridges run to approx. £400 but quality never comes at a bargain price. By investing in the new printer I hope I can  continue to offer clients the best possible results.

Next up is to fire up the X-Rite spectrophotometer and build some custom colour profiles to ensure the best possible colour accuracy.

If anyone fancies a trip to Sheringham the old printer is available for pickup at no cost (free!), it just needs new ink and patience with its loading mechanism….


Client Advisory: OSX Big Sur problem connecting to QNAP NAS using IP over thunderbolt

Apple occasionally break a few things with their operating system updates and it has come to pass that the latest version of OSX: Big Sur 10.3 does this for IP over thunderbolt.

If your fast connection between your Mac and your QNAP NAS has suddenly stopped working then this is why.

I run IP thunderbolt to my QNAP NAS as this gives me 900mb/sec connectivity for reading and writing files (far faster than mechanical drives or sata based SSD). Looks like I will need to run this at 100mb/sec via gigabit ethernet till they sort the issue. If you have the same problem then you can downgrade using time machine or wait for the fix.

The vast majority of the work I do is Windows PC based and my 10GB connectivity still works fine to deliver the 900mb/sec.

Update: 03.05.2021 19:58
Big Sur 10.3.1 is a security update and does not fix the issue with IP over thunderbolt. Lets see what 10.3.2 can do when ever it comes out.

Update: 17.05.2021
I have joined the Mac OS beta program and downloaded the third Beta of 10.4, this has fixed the Thunderbolt issues when connecting to my QNAP.  Not generally a good idea to run Beta OS but was advised this was stable and it does seem to work fine.

 

 

 


Client story: BBC, Life in Colour

Hope everyone is enjoying the current flagship BBC nature documentary series fronted by David Attenborough that covers the use of colour in nature for survival in all its forms. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000styx

I was very happy to work on the images for the book and utilised my specialist workflow to ensure that video frame grabs and stills photography could be used in a seamless and consistent way. Colour grading was of course even more important for this title and my tight colour management  enabled me to “see” the printed result before the proofs came back from the pre press house.

This is a smaller format book than before but it is also a little different in having some very interesting and detailed text that goes a little deeper into the subject and that is a very good thing.


Client Story: Sue Flood wins again!

Always nice when one of my clients wins a major competition! it reminds me I’m lucky to be working with some of the best photographers in their field.

Interesting that the BBC picked up on one of my favourite images by Sue of the polar bear on a drifting piece of ice but its the conceptual North Pole image that won the climate change category. Well done Sue!

On thin ice © Sue Flood: BBC Website

North Pole Underwater © Sue Flood: The Royal Photographic Society Website