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.

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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.


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

 


Update

   

 

Its been a funny year for work (as can be expected!) travelling for workshops and visiting clients was not an option for most of it.

I have been busy all the same and this month I was happy to receive a couple more books I had been working on. The first is to accompany a new major nature series with David Attenborough called “Perfect Planet” (Silverback films for the BBC), here my dedicated work on getting the most out of the high dynamic range high resolution video grabs and making them as good as dedicated stills shots was at play. The CMYK printing process is much more limited than a bright TV image but with some love and care its possible to translate the feeling. I’m particularly pleased with this years effort and hope it achieves the five star reviews of recent books in the series. The series will be shown on the BBC soon, you can view an extended trailer here: BBC. The book is available at all good book stores (or Amazon).

The other book to arrive is from the Natural History Museum entitled “How Wildlife Photography Became Art”. This is a weighty book, both physically and in its subject matter. The images are from 55 years of Wildlife Photographer of the Year submissions so as you can expect this book includes the best wildlife photography in existence. Such a pleasure to translate the images into CMYK to retain the authenticity and intention of the photographers and avoid the all too common pitfalls of the printing process that would have taken their power away otherwise. Avoid Amazon and order it direct here: NHM Store

I hope 2021 will be a better year to get out and help clients with their systems and processes. I will be planning more imaging workflow and grading/retouching classes to help people get the most out of their photography. Also planned is a stock image site for my old stock photography, some images still as fresh as the day they were created and others now “retro” stock, look out for the launch of pixelstock.com early in the New Year.

I will be also working on some personal photographic projects to create new images and enjoy some photography again in my spare time. I would encourage everyone to dive into a creative art and enjoy creating stories with it.


Client Story: Sue Flood

I recently made a “pop up” store to help Sue sell her new photography cards. Sue’s images are very popular and she has chosen some of her favorites to produce 4 sets of blank cards that are ideal presents or a distinctively different Christmas card to send. I used my Selectimage domain that has been on the back burner for a number of years.

2021 Update: Sue now has a shop setup on her website to sell these items, you can find it here: https://www.sueflood.com/shop/