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Great Product Photography

5 Tips for great Product Photography

Great product photography is harder to achieve than it looks. The good news is that it is not too difficult to get right as long as there is clarity about what you are trying to achieve. Clarity Clarity about the point of the photograph. Think about where the photograph will be seen – social media? Print? Web Site? Each platform brings with it some requirements – print for example needs to be high definition. Web sites need smaller files for […]

Content Marketing with Microvideo

Content Marketing with Microvideo

Content Marketing with Microvideo is all the rage this year, we’ve been applying ourselves to seeing what works and what doesn’t. This post shows what we’ve discovered. Businesses want to see a return on their investment. Impressions on social media don’t translate into cash. They are a semi-useful indicator of impact. Engagement is a much more useful metric because it is engagement that brings an audience to your web site. Taking a step back, the problem that is being addressed […]

Drone Certification

Drone Certification

Delighted to say that I’ve passed the practical and theoretical elements of my drone certification. Having spent months practising the manoeuvres in the wide open spaces of the Shropshire countryside I replicated those performances within the much tighter confines of a field neighbouring a hotel garden in Chester with views of motorways and the decidedly un-medieval end of  the historic city. My practical test was interrupted by an irate farmer who demanded to know what we were doing flying at […]

Flat Earth & Other Viewpoints

Flat Earth & Other Viewpoints

Shropshire Artist Elizabeth Turner commissioned us recently to photograph her exhibition “Flat Earth & Other Viewpoints” at  the VAN Street Gallery in Shrewsbury. She works in mixed media, sculpture, video, installations and painting. The exhibition showcased work that explored the concept of position in time and space, juxtaposing time lapse video with drawings, painting, sculptures in metalwork and wood and installations – large constructions with form and function. This was a great opportunity for us to experiment with various techniques […]

Steampunk weekend Blists Hill

Steampunk Weekend Blists Hill

We’ve been working at Blists Hill, Victorian Town in Shropshire on a series of videos and photographic assets for their web site and social media. As a  venue for a Steampunk weekend Blists Hill is difficult to beat. Steampunk is a movement that has its origins in science fiction and has surfaced in fashion, music and film. Think Jules Verne, Mad Max, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Alice in Wonderland. Its a chance to dress up, parade and have fun. […]

Cat People

Cat People

To paraphrase Randy Newman, there are no people like cat people. This is a fact. We have two rescue cats that started life in a bedsit in Camden Town shared with a human with poor mental health and twenty seven other cats. They have been a delight and so when Shropshire Cat Rescue needed a photographer to record the launch of their magazine “The Cat’s Whiskers”, we jumped at the chance, on condition we could also photograph the cats. The […]

5 Photography Apps for the Smartphone

5 Photography Apps for the Smartphone

My favourite 5 Photography Apps for the Smartphone? I’ve used dozens but there are a few I keep coming back to. Snapseed – by far the best all round editing app, this is something Google got emphatically right. Perfectly Clear – Does exactly what it says on the tin – sharpens your iPhone pictures automatically. Layout – Makes complicated montages easy. Choose a layout and fill it with pictures. Easy! True HDR – This app makes HDR simple – it […]

Shrewsbury Open Studios

Catch us at the Shrewsbury Open Studios

We’re thrilled to be exhibiting as part of the Shrewsbury Open Studios this year. We’re familiar with the concept from our Brighton days and when we discovered Shrewsbury had been doing something similar it was a no brainer! We’ll be exhibiting landscape and travel photography as well as Video and our commercial photography. In addition we’ll be running some taster sessions from 2pm for product photography classes we’ll be running later in the year. Bring a piece of jewellery, ceramics […]

What is Branded Content?

What is Branded Content?

      What is Branded Content? And why is it so effective? Branded Content is compelling content that creates an immersive experience for the consumer. Generally the content will exist on its own platform, instead of interrupting an experience on somebody else’s platform like advertising. One way of looking at it is to say that everything a brand does is Content Marketing, from presentations to leaflets, brochures, web sites and social media. Branded Content stands separate from this in that […]

top technologies 2017

Top Technologies 2017

Top Technologies 2017? This is a summary of the technologies that serves us well in 2016 and that we expect to use for the foreseeable future. Two categories, Photographic and Business. Business Xero Cloud based accounting software, easy to use, supports invoicing. Cheap, easy to use and takes the worry out of Tax deadlines. WordPress An oldie but still the best website platform around. Substantially improved last year and with the Jetpack plugin going from strength to strength and superb SEO support […]

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