Portrait of the Lake District farmer
I love this image. I'd been shooting a cottage B&B just outside Hawkshead and was doing a couple of external images when I spotted this farmer and his sheep coming towards the lane. A nice shot in it's own right, but for me the Foxgloves in the corner really make it and the fact that one or two of the herd seem to be eyeing the camera lens directly!
What was I doing for the rest of the day? . . . . .
More stylish, more inviting images, or nothing to pay!
So lucky with the Location/Lighting/Weather/Sheep!
Twas a bitterly cold day in late February . . .
I don't think that I will lose any friends by saying that this was not the best area to be working with expensive photo gear, "Don't put that down anywhere you can't see it" was the helpful suggestion of my guide around site!
Do you remember the gales from earlier this year? Well this was one of those crazy windy days, where items that normally remain routed to their location were being catapulted through the air around us. Visually outside, there were guys digging holes and a drilling rig, all security fenced off within the area of the towering properties. Internally, the only work amounted to piping being fitted in corridors and stairwells.
What always makes a huge difference in these circumstances is the workforce, and these guys were great. Nothing was too much trouble and never once was I left feeling that I was in their way or holding up the job, which clearly I was!
Happy client happy marketing
Bottom line . . . job done, images processed and off to the client the next morning, where they were kind enough to acknowledge the arrival in good time and added how great they felt the photographs were.
Back in July this year (2013) myself and several other professional photographers from around Lancashire, Cumbria, Scotland and France(!), gathered at Lancaster University to produce some of the best Graduation Photography you are likely to find.
This is the second year that I have personally been involved and you know what, despite the crazy hours, hard work and 'don't mention the money', it's a really great buzz doing something that is so different to my usual photography.
So this year I decided, in a moment of stupidity, to record the event on video 'for a laugh' on my HD mobile phone. It started with shooting the guys in our 'family studio', then quickly moved on to the photographers doing the single shots. During some of our 'down time' (students off to collect their awards) people got into the groove with odd bits of craziness and suddenly I had loads of footage to put together into a proper film.
So here you go, if you fancy seeing what goes on during graduation week take a look at the video - and please remember it was shot on my phone!
For all memory cards, there is a limit to how many times files can be written and erased. Memory card experts recommend a these best practices that can prolong card life:
Date Your Memory Cards
Memory cards have a limited life span. Expect a heavily used card to last about six years. A seldom used card can function about ten years. By tracking the card’s in service date, you can replace the card before it goes bad.
Erase Pictures by Formatting the Card in the Camera
Formatting is less wear and tear than individual file deletion because only writes to the file allocation table. If you let image import programs like Lightroom delete files after transfer, the individual file deletion shortens card life because the of the .
Don’t Completely Fill a Card
Because most camera file formats, including RAW, have some compression and therefore size variability based on subject matter, even the best cameras can’t predict exactly how many shots will fit on a card. One shot too many with a full buffer can write over the card headers and make it unreadable. To avoid problems, the general recommendation is to swap out cards when the camera shows 10-15 shots remaining.
Switch Camera Off Before Inserting or Removing a Card
This is in every camera manual, but it bears repeating. Make sure the file writing L.E.D. is not lit or blinking and turn you camera off before ejecting the memory card. Turning the camera off flushes the file writing buffer. If a card is ejected mid file transfer, the file system can be damaged. It also cuts off current to the card, which avoids a possible card killing voltage spike as the card ejects. The same care applies to card readers. Make sure you explicitly eject the card before removing it.
Rotate Your Cards
Most of us have a number of cards. Rotating the cards spreads out the wear. This tip applies to camera batteries, too.
Avoid Static Charges
When Handling Memory Cards try to ground yourself before touching a card.
Avoid Environmental Extremes
Cameras and cards are rated for certain max and min temperatures operating ranges, which should be observed. Powerful magnetic sources and x-rays can damage cards. If you’re traveling, the walk-through machines probably OK, but the stronger x-rays used to examine checked baggage can ruin a card.
Keep an Eye on the Camera Battery Charge
If a camera battery voltage drops below specification or the battery goes dead with files still in the buffer, card corruption is likely. Two bars, or 25% left, is time to change batteries if possible.
Avoid Editing and Deleting Images with Your Camera This is known to cause problems, especially with SD cards, probably because they don’t have a controller on board like CF cards.
Perform Low Level Format Every 3-6 Months
Lexar and Sandisk recommend you use a tool like Lexar Image Rescue to low level format cards a few times a year. The low level format returns the card to factory condition. More important, it can identify and block writing to dead areas on the card. Lexar claims this practice extends the life of memory cards by as much as 25%.
Two Cards Are Better Than One
For important shoots, if your camera supports the setting, consider having your camera write to two cards simultaneously.
Watch for Firmware Updates
Camera and external card reader makers issue firmware updates on occasion. to fix stability problems, so it is a good idea to stay current.
With thanks to my friend and fellow photographer Bernard O'Sullivan for passing on this information to me. We believe the above was originally posted on a camera forum but my efforts to trace and credit have failed, so apologies for this!
OK, so I've calmed down now.
Yesterday, I received a request for samples of interior photography from a 'Holiday Letting Company', with "many units in your area". It was all about 'quality' 'experience' and 'professionalism'. So I compiled an email, complete with links to my work. I got a link to their image samples and here is the jist of their reply:
" . . It usually takes our photographers about 45 minutes to shoot a listing with 24 images . . . "
Mmmm, now where do I begin with this rant? With the risk of alienating potential clients, 45 minutes would just about get me out of the car, with lighting, computer, camera and tripod set up to go for the first shot! So who is going to benefit from this wonderful experience?
The Holiday Unit Owner?
Many people reading this in Cumbria and beyond, will already know of Adrian Sankey, maker of incredible glassware and founder of the Glass House restaurant. Well he has now produced two fabulous apartments in Ambleside which I had the pleasure of photographing last week and below is a small selection of images from the shoot.
Another photographer had already been in for the letting agent, so when Adrian asked me if I could produce something with more 'zing' I admit to feeling under pressure as the images weren't bad!
Comments received this morning:
" . . . . thank you for the images received last night which are absolutely wonderful, just a perfect set of contemporary shots which will lift our marketing and the new website currently under construction. We knew that you would achieve something 'special' out of the apartments and you have exceeded our expectations."
So if you want to stay in a great apartment in the centre of Ambleside, that oozes quality and has fab views, either of these will suit you fine. I'd be happy to pass on any enquiries or you can find them at Lake Lovers website, or call them on 015394 88855. Ask for the apartments Idle Mill.
What started as a simple overview page of 2nd Image Photography has now grown into an all encompassing website covering Interior Photography, Product Photography, Food Photography, Commercial & Industrial Photography, People Photography and Education Photography.
Don't ever under estimate how long it takes just to collate the images and text to produce a relatively simple site, merely putting the banner headers together on the individual pages took me a good few hours!
So nearing the end - I think. Couple of pages left and then onto the background SEO stuff (maybe calling on a few favours to figure out all of that side).
Creator of untold amounts of imagery produced for some lovely appreciative clients. Fond of good food, good company and enjoying what's out there.