Review – Wacom Intuos Pro Redefines Pen Tablets

Wacom Intuos Pro Paper Edition Redefines Pen Tablets for Creatives

 

I’ve been using a Wacom Intuos Pro for many years and watched closely as the premium range of tablets has developed over a decade. Since I work predominantly with Lightroom and Photoshop, but also work with Video editing in Final Cut Pro and Da Vinci 16. Owning a Wacom Intuos Pro totally removed the need to use any form of mouse or trackpad. For editing work, the Wacom Intuos Pro tablet is not an option, it’s a necessity. Over the years, Wacom tablets have only gotten better and better with features being added year after year. Yes, the Intuos Pro is expensive, but the prices haven’t increased that much making the new 2019 great value for money when compared to previous models. The latest Wacom Intuos Pro design offers the user a more natural creative control than ever before. I have to say that the last tablet I purchased from Wacom didn’t last as long as I anticipated. I had problems with battery life and the physical longevity of the battery was underwhelming, finding the full time return to a fully wired wired Wacom came long before I would have liked. It didn’t impact on the usability of the product because my work editing work is predominantly desk based , but it is annoying when you pay for a wireless model and it doesn’t function because of a poor battery. The 2019 Wacom Intuos Pro wireless model from the outset functions very well, but the only thing that will really determine how Wacom have looked at charging and battery life will be timescale, so I really can’t comment on this.

I was excited to get my hands on the new 2019 updated Intuos Pro model. It is available in 3 sizes, Small which is roughly A6, Medium which is around A5 and Large, which is around A4 and my personal preference. The new Large Pro is beautiful and really comfortable to work with! It has no hard edges and it is a solid build, utilising premium materials like anodised aluminium and glass fibre composite resin. It’s a slick design and pretty thin at only 8mm of thickness. Wacom Intuos Pro is built from premium materials and has been rigorously tested to meet professionals’ needs although with my own philosophy of ‘Buy Cheap Buy Twice,” the Wacom Intuos Pro would be my go to choice for enthusiasts as well as prosumers and professionals.  As with the previous models it has touch gestures, which can be disable if desired, although personally, the variety of pens and different personalisation options remains a great feature. Easy shortcuts, customisable ExpressKeys and Touch Ring, and pen side switches give a huge amount of flexibility. The Wacom comes with Bluetooth 4.2 for wireless connectivity, but it does still retain the standard USB port for a wired connection which based on my own experiences with the last generation Intuos Pro, is an absolute must have. It just gives that extra sense of security. To set it up, you’ll need an internet connection for driver downloads and installation. I have to mention that I have also historically experienced some drive issues on Mac OSX where my Intuos presets have been wiped and the pen reverts to working as a traditional  mouse, so you have to drag the pen across the screen in a number of strokes to move from one side of the screen to another. This is an annoyance but it has only happened very occasionally. The Paper Edition is compatible with Windows 7 or later and Mac OS 10.10 or later.

Digital Drawing with the Wacom Intuos Pro Paper Edition

The new Paper Edition is a great tool and possibly one of the best new features for creatives who don’t want to spend money on the likes of a Cintique. The concept enables the user to automatically convert paper sketches into digital files, as you draw. This is perfect for your next creative breakthrough. Choose from a variety of pens and different Texture Sheets* to personalise the way you work. Paper Edition* gives you the freedom to choose how you work. You can sketch directly onto to the pen tablet using Wacom Pro Pen 2, working digitally from start to finish. Alternatively, you can start by drawing on paper with Wacom Finetip Pen, then edit your sketches digitally in your favourite software. The Wacom Intuos Pro Paper Edition Wacom comes with two pens, the new battery free Pro Pen 2 or an actual Finetip Pen, both of which are included in the box. The Pro Pen 2 comes with athe usual selection of spare nibs concelaed in the underside of the pen holder (there are six standard nibs and four felt pen nibs), while the real pen comes with ink cartridges and ensbles physical real drawing on paper. Each artist or designer will know which they need for their workflow—perhaps you do work that requires both—but the versatility of the Paper Edition is part of the appeal. Both pens feature 8,192 pressure levels and tilt recognition for holding the pen at an angle, and are battery free. The more advanced Pro Pen 2 includes two buttons, an eraser and multiple pressure levels, which can be fine tuned using the Wacom dashboard.

For anybody spending multiple hours in front of the computer, the Wacom Intuos Pro is a no brainer. I reverted back to using a mouse after my old Wacom gave up and the results were immediately noticeable with cramped hands and an almost repetitive strain injury pain in my knuckles and the edge of my hand. You get so used to working with a pen that a mouse almost feels alien when you have to revert back to using it. The idea that a tablet is specifically for illustrators and artists couldn’t be further from the truth. It may take a bit of time to convert to pen use but persevere and it will change the way you work forever.. Much like when somebody converts from a Windows operating system to the sleek Apple Mac OSX. You’ll never go back and the gras is most definitely greener on the other side. After a few days it will feel natural, and better than using the mouse.

The tablet accurately documents every line and stroke, you can work in layers and the creative options are vast for any creative.  You can work using the Inkspace app and your drawings will be automatically imported very efficiently. The added beauty is that, within the app, you can make adjustments to your original ink sketches. This includes drawing additional lines, erasing lines, and even rewinding to a certain point in your sketch and isolating each step. One of the most awesome aspects of the Wacom Intuos Pro Paper Edition is that once you’ve designing your drawings or sketching your artwork, you can save and export the files in JPG, PNG or PSD format. Moving files is a pretty simple process but it’s really up to the individual to set up their own protocols because everybody will work completely different.

As a complete Wacom Intuous Pro fan, the paper edition gives just that little bit more and if you’re looking to enter the tablet market and want something with drawing capability, then this really is the tablet. It is an investment and if you read my previous blog about the Wacom  not a cheap investment, but for something that will last you years and allow you to create hand-drawn and digital work, it will very likely prove worth its cost.

 

Features

Exceptional pen performance: Wacom Pro Pen 2 features 8192 levels of pressure sensitivity, tilt-response and virtually lag-free tracking

Paper to digital ability lets you choose how to work: capture editable versions of your paper sketches or work completely digital from start to finish

Use Wacom Inkspace to sync, store, and export your paper sketches in common creative file formats, then fine-tune your work on your Mac or PC

Speed your workflow with multi-touch gestures, customizable ExpressKeys™, Radial Menus and pen side switches

Super-slim tablet design with a smaller, more compact footprint and premium materials

Accessories (sold separately) include: Ballpoint Pen, Finetip Pen, Pencil, Texture Sheets (from smooth to rough), Soft Cases, Pen Nibs, Refills

What’s Inside

Wacom Intuos Pro Paper Edition Pen Tablet (large A4)

Wacom Pro Pen 2 (battery free)

Pen stand (includes 6 standard nibs, 4 Felt nibs)

Finetip Pen (Battery-free)

Paper Clip

10 single Paper sheets – A4

Accessory soft case

4 extra pen color rings

3 finetip ink refills

Texture sheet sample card

2m (6.6ft) PVC-free USB cable

Quick start guide

 

Staff Photography – GCB Recruitment Agency

Staff Photography - GCB Recruitment

Staff Photography – GCB Recruitment Agency

The importance of professional Staff Photography simply can’t be underestimated. Whether its’ for general Social Media, the Linkedin Business Platform or a personal profile page on a website, good quality Staff Photography is essential.  Staff Photography can cover a wide range of styles from Formal Business Photography, Work Based imagery, Corporate Headshots or Relaxed Portraits. It’s always great to avoid overly contrived images, because the results will undoubtedly appear unnatural and  will not reflect your personality. Images need to be engaging and show a friendly, trustworthy appearance. If you have a number of staff or a business that has any kind of regular staff turnover, then one key element is consistency. Staff Photography should remain consistent across a business. We’ve all seen ‘Meet the Team’ Web Pages with multiple staff images where one person has a photograph taken on a smart phone that stands out on the page for all the wrong reasons. Consistency is the key. Images should be delivered in a format that is completely portable across all printed and digital media platforms which increases the return on investing in professional Photography. The philosophy at GCB Recruitment is one where they believe that business thrives on ownership. Each staff member is given both the responsibility and the creativity to generate results. Freedom of expression is vital within a personality-centric industry and GCB Staff photography is the starting point in this process. Genuine personal investment from GCB Team members starts as soon as clients land on the ‘GCB Recruitment Meet the Team’Page. I’ve been photographing Staff Photography for almost a decade and we have been working regularly with one of the regions Premier Recruitment Agencies.

Management Photography NorfolkGareth Broom – Managing  Director GCB Recruitment

GCB Recruitment. Founded in 2010 by Gareth Broom, a former estate agency manager, who was left frustrated throughout his career by the lack of quality, effectiveness and reliability of recruitment companies that he’d used. Gareth found that recruitment agencies didn’t understand what he was looking for or just didn’t seem to care. After working in recruitment, he identified a gap in the market for a specialist property recruitment company that actually knew what was required to succeed and would be able to supply the quality staff, no matter what their size or budget. Gareth places a high value on his own personnel and insists on investing in professional staff photography. Not everybody enjoys being in front of the lens so we never shoot imagery with a clock running. It may take a few minutes photographing an individual before they relax, so staff photography assignments requires reassuring communications and an approach where the subject poses in positions that they would normally adopt. There is nothing worse than placing a subject into awkward situations that are out of character.

If your business would benefit from professional Staff Photography, we would love to hear from you. Why not call our office on Mob: 07871 364041 or email studio@blanc-creative.com

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Norfolk Property Photography

Norfolk Property Photography

Norfolk Property Photography

Norfolk Property photography can cover a wide range of genres from residential homes to commercial properties, corporate offices and industrial property. We recently shot a set of  modern images of a Norwich based property that had undergone an extensive renovation. The Norfolk Property Photography would be used across digital and printed media platforms and as marketing material as the house was placed on the market for sale.

We live in a society where search engines are the go to place for properties before we even consider walking into estate agents. 92% of potential buyers will use the Internet during their home search. This single statistic is enough to realise the importance of internet in today’s buying decisions. For property sellers, this goes on to explain why great property photography is so imperative. Things are now online and to understand how an online buyer goes about things, you have to get in their shoes. There is a huge gap in the Norfolk Property photography market, from businesses showcasing properties from iphoneography to Medium Format images. Professional photographs are becoming an essential tool for serious marketing whether it’s rental properties, Air b and b or residential property sales. People are naturally drawn to clean photographs and properties that are dressed ready for sale. Great Norfolk Property photography  photograph should naturally encourage people through your door, where poor imagery is likely to detract potential buyers.

We’ve been delivering Property Photography for many years and have a wealth of experience shooting residential and construction based imagery. We also offer a licensed Drone Service capturing aerial property photography and aerial film of your property in stunning high definition film. We have worked with a wide range of construction industry, Building companies and estate agent clients including Morgan Sindall, Norse Group, Orbit Group & Spicer Haart.

Please feel free to call our office on Mob: 07871 364041 or email studio@blanc-creative.com for further details.

 

 

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Tips for Humanising Your Website

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Tips for Humanising Your Website

I recently read a Linkedin Post from StevenThompson, a former college who I worked with when we were both Police Officers. Steve now runs a PR company called BIGDaddy Digital  and I run Blanc Creative, a Commercial Photography and Video Production business. Steven wrote a short post about people paying more attention if you’re Humanising your website and your social media posts. With so many people throwing ideas about how you should run your business, it’s difficult to know what to take in, but this one really stuck in my mind and a week later, I was re-designing my whole website. There are always so many consideration to make when building your new pages. Trying to play off google crawling your content for maximum site hits, getting your business message across to potential clients and perhaps even giving the impression that your business is ten times bigger than it actually is. It’s a fine line between being truthful and playing a game of ‘smoke and mirrors’ and I’ve been personally so guilty of working terribly hard to deliver such a dynamic and professional overviews of how great our business is at Blanc Creative, that I’ve actually lost a sense of telling people what ‘really’ matters and the concepts that make our own company stand out from others in an otherwise saturated market.

Humanising Your Website

The first step in Humanising your website is about taking an honest approach to your values and knowing that you can deliver your product and services that you’re writing about. It’s no secret that people are more likely to engage if they see a personable, real side to your business and less like your content had been written by artificial intelligence. However, humanising your website can be a difficult task.  It a strange phenomena that making something “human” can be so alien but writing content for blogs and web pages is time consuming and needs a lot of thought. Sure, you can pay somebody to do it, but many small businesses don’t have the budgets to employ as team of copy writers and designers to think for them.

What is Humanising?

The official terminology is;

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1. To portray or endow with human characteristics or attributes; make human: humanized the puppets with great skill.
2. To imbue with humaneness or human kindness; civilize: acts of courtesy that humanize life in a big city.

3.

a. To modify (a nonhuman compound, cell, organ, or organism) such that some of its components are replaced
with human forms of those components, usually by means of genetic engineering.
b. To replace most of the variable region of (a monoclonal antibody from a nonhuman source)
with a humansequence of amino acids so that the resulting antibody
is more compatible with the human immune system. Even the terminology isn’t human!

In a nutshell, Humanising is simply about giving it a “human” touch. It shouldn’t be too difficult to be yourself. I’m sure you gain new business through to talking to people and verbally communicating, so it should be a natural transition to do the same on your website and on social media. I spoke with Steven today about the very subject of Humanising and communicating in a human way through social media and he said one very true comment that people don’t actually humanise on social media or like posts, through a fear of being judged by others. If you’re posting in a professional manner and your content is not offence, contentious or inappropriate, then surely, this can only increase you profile positively online.

 

Humanising your website

Humanising your website

How exactly do you Humanise Your Website?

Your ‘About Us’ Page

Lee Blanchflower PhotographyThe ‘About Us’ page is the best example of humanising your website. It’s a phrase that I actually don’t personally like because ‘About Us’ oozes traditional non-humanised Bios. Tell people about who you are, what makes you tick and how great it’s going to be working with you. There’s no set rule behind this. You have to do what’s right for you, however, you should check out this great article about Bio Pages on the subject from BLOGTYRANT. Tell people about what you do, who you are, and why you will appeal to them. It doesn’t have to be complex.  My previous ‘About Me’ Page was so long, even I got bored of reading it. So, why would I think for one minute that visitors to my page are going to take the time to do the same. Wishful thinking perhaps. So my own profile has been stripped down and replaced with bold, bullet points and a few humanised facts. It can be simple, but engaging. Who you are and what you do can be summed up in a few words  Personalising sections of this page will leave visitors feeling like they know a little bit more about you and makes the process of determining if they’d like to do business with so much easier.

Business Speak

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Humanising your website with plain English wording is a great tool. Complex sentences and sector-specific terminology is a great way of trying to increase your own professionalism but turning potential customers away. We like to shout to our clients that;

“We’re a multi faceted Limited Company operating with a diverse corporate portfolio and capabilities for transnational assignments for globally recognised enterprises. 

However, the harsh reality is;

Not only do we offer great photography, but we also shoot creative video productions. We work with all sizes of business, from sole traders through to large international companies”  

You may think you sound super smart but the reality is, you’re probably putting off a huge chunk of potential business and you look unapproachable.

It contains keyword-stuffed copy.

Humanising your website

I mentioned in my opening paragraph about Google crawling your website. Remember back in the days, people would include 50 keywords in the same colour as the page they were writing so they’d appear invisible and hope that nobody would hover of the words and expose what they were doing. I’ve been so guilty of writing copious amounts of utter rubbish because I thought it would be great for my website to keep me up on Page 1. We live in an age where people don’ t have the time to read website material, particularly when it’s generated solely for the purpose of key wording.. Humanising your website is great. Humanising your website is really great. Who wouldn’t want to be Humanising your website? Do you understand what I’m saying? Keywords are crucial to driving SEO success, but the algorithms are so complex now, over key wording will result in your site tumbling through the rankings when you’re penalised. Keeping your content fresh, clean and up to date is really great.

It will keep visitors interested in you and your business. How many times have you been back to a website and seen a post for an event that happened six months ago still on their home page or the same material present year after year? We’re in the process of making our messages BOLD,  CLEAR & CONCISE without the need to overdress the messages we’re giving out. It’s not a quick process, but a steady progression and as things take shape, you may feel like me, that a big weight has ben lifted off your shoulders. It’s your product and services that sell and your own personalities that drive these. Look at how much repeat business you receive and ask yourself why? Because the chances are, it’s not down to having the fanciest descriptions and biggest words online.

Blogging is a great tool and we’ll tell you just why that is?

Blogging

If you’re reading this, you’ll know the importance of a blog on your site  and you’re missing out on huge opportunities. Not only will you gain more ranking opportunities, but your blogs are an awesome way to Humanise your Website too. Write about things you enjoy but try and engage people with the topic. Leave open a comment box and once people start talking, it’s a great way to communicate and show that you’re actually human. Don’t be frightened about blogging about fails. Often your audience is going to relate far more when you share your failures over your successes. Don’t ever discuss air out your dirty laundry, but sharing stories of overcoming barriers is a great way to let people know you’re human. Life experiences are invaluable, especially stories of how your business helped customers overcome failure or problems. You can’t beat a good news story.

Be Social

Humanising your website

It’s so easy to post out your blogs and your pages day after day and hope that people will click on your content, without giving anything in return. To show the real, diverse faces behind your brand, you need to communicate with people. Take a few moments each day to actually engage with others posting on social media or forums at least once. It’s all it takes to increase you online profile and to allow people to identify with you as a person. Think about who your target audience currently are and who you would like them to be. If somebody comments on your post, then reply to them. People won’t take the time to engage with you or your service or product unless you become part of the conversation. We live in an age where you’re accountable for every spect of  your business, so make all of your hard work count and start being a human.

 

New York Travel Photography

Norwich Press Photography

Tips for Travel Photography in New York!

Travel Photography New York

Travel Photography New York

Its Christmas. In New York – And it’s the most wonderful time of the year for Travel Photography. I sincerely mean that! Travel Photography really Doesn’t get much better!

I’d planned to try and keep this brief, but I know I’m going to struggle. Why! Because as an as an Award Winning Travel Photographer, there are some places that I visit that just don’t do it for me. Places I’ve walked around for a few days and simply and feel empty with no thrill or excitement when I shoot. I recently flew out to Berlin and struggled to return with a portfolio I can say I was really happy with, but that’s another Travel Photography Blog you can read about. 

New York on the other hand is a Travel Photography dream location and personally for me, December is the time I always return. In 2013 I won the SWPP TravelPhotographer of the Year Award in London. The image is one I’ve never ever ben able to re-create. It was a split second shot that changed my life and summed up everything there was to sum up about Christmas on 5th Avenue. It epitomises everything New York from Yellow Taxis, Designer Labels, Steaming Pipes, Traffic James and dank weather. Throw this into 5th Avenue, a smidgeon of graffiti, some overhanging traffic signals and a hot dog vender. It’s pretty much all there!

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Even the most tourist hating of New Yorkers have to agree that Christmas in New York is an awesome sight.  To be brutally honest, to get the most out of this festive time of year, the Travel Photographer needs to see through the sparkle and oversized decorations  and delve a little deeper into the real New York. Don’t get me wrong, and as a person who loves Christmas as much as any child, I’d be in my element photographing Christmas decorations for a week, but New York Travel Photography is much more than photographing the Radio City city Christmas Tree… (And I’ve done this very thing repeatedly.)

Travel Photography combined with City  Street Photography simply won’t fail to reap results in New York. Travel Photography is about looking for a connection to others and the NYC Streets have an ability to ability to bring a massive cross section of people together in what is essentially a combined, frantic space. New York can be manic but take the subway two stops down and you could very well walk out onto an empty platform, so  you will capture more than just a stereotypical metropolis. You just need to open your eyes and walk.

How to Shoot Travel Photography in New York. Don’t Think… Feel

Travel Photography New York

Norwich Professional Photography

Norwich Professional Photography

Travel Photography New York

Travel Photography New York

Norwich Professional Photography

Norwich Professional Photography

Norwich Professional Photography

Norwich Professional Photography

Unless you’re living in the city (and like me, need to work for a living) you probably won’t have too much time to learn copious amounts about the history of the area. You’re unlikely to get used to the daily life and flow unless you’re out on the streets shooting, but it doesn’t matter. Nearly all of my images are spontaneous and whilst I may have a plan to breakdown the key areas I’m visiting, that’s where it stops. It’s brilliant if you live in the place you’re shooting, but travel photography is more about shooting perspectives of places you are visiting. The clue is in the word ‘Travel.”

A good ravel Photography tip is to find a busy street corner. Traffic Lights are always a great place. Let everything unwind around you. People will come and go through ‘your’ personal which means you run less risk of people getting annoyed with you. Christmas is a great time because as well as all of the Festive crowds, Street Decorations and general Christamas mood, the sun is also on your side. It sits so low in the sky that if you place ypurself in front of it, the photographs will take on a completely different, beautiful look.

 

Low & Slow Travel Photography

Fast walking and street photography do not go well together. Take it slow and maintain a low profile. Don’t go waving around a 50mm lens because it will draw unnecessary attention and Travel Photography is all about natural imagery. A short prime lens is always a winner but I generally maintain that a 2.8 24-70 covers pretty much everything without being overbearing. Travel Photography is about moments and these aren’t always going to happen.  Seek and ye shall find.. But not in 5 minutes,  just keep looking. Those awesome moments will pop out at you when you least expect it or when you are the most frustrated. The biggest considerations, are to ensure that you’re ready and when the moments present themselves… And know how to handle your camera. Your own eyes  will see potential shots before they happen. You might walk into a location and think, hey, this will work, simply because the lighting, buildings and composition are obvious. If that’s the case, go with it. You can see that the images below that the same location and same time can create a wide range of creative options that look significantly different.

Norwich Professional Photography

Norwich Commercial Photography

Norwich Commercial Photography

Street photography and Travel Photography doesn’t have to be all about people. It’s the environment in which we live that offers unparalleled creative options for a photographer. Travel Photography can take some time getting used to. New Travel; Photographers may feel uncomfortable shooting strangers, particular in light of the growing news articles about privacy and intrusion. As long as you know what or who you can or can’t shoot and how to handle potential situations surrounding legality, then travel photography will be your friend. Run and Gun techniques are not generally a good ways to shoot street, however, there may be occasions where your subject could become hostile (I have an affinity for photographing alcohol dependent homeless people) and this does have it’s avoidable risks. If you’re photographing in this type of environment, then speed may be of the essence, but use your intuition and common sense.

Travel Photography New York

Norwich Commercial Photography

Norwich Commercial Photography

Norwich Commercial Photography

Norwich Commercial Photography

Travel Photography New York

Norwich Commercial Photography

Norwich Commercial Photography

Norwich Commercial Photography

Norwich Commercial Photography

Norwich Commercial Photography

Norwich Commercial Photography

Norwich Commercial Photography

Norwich Commercial Photography

Norwich Commercial Photography

Norwich Commercial Photography

Situated in the centre of Norwich and covering assignments throughout the UK, the Lee Blanchflower Ltd creative team deliver high quality commercial photographs, corporate film production & licensed drone footage to a really diverse range of businesses. After seven years of hard work in the industry trading as  Blanc Creative, we thought it was about time that we made things a little more transparent across our business and as a result, Lee Blanchflower Ltd was born. We have to say that our attention to detail and epic customer service hasn’t changed, nor has our client base. We work solely in the commercial sector with sole traders, start-ups, established businesses, Advertising Agencies & International Press covering everything from PR, Editorial work, Film Production and Licensed Drone operations.  What you won’t find, are wedding photographs, pet photography or family portraits.  We seriously pride ourselves as being “people’ people and our unique selling point is transparency. Our favourable pricing structures are visible for every one of our services, so you won’t find  any nasty surprises once you’ve decided to book an assignment. Lee Blaanchflower won the SWPP Travel Photographer of the Year Award in London in January 2013.

 

Clockwork Barbers – Traditional Barber Shop

Mens Grooming Photos

Norwich Master Barber

 

Clockwork Barbers Norwich – The Old-School Traditional Barber Shop is Back..

Not just in a small way. The trend is enormous and catering to the recent resurgence in male grooming, big beards and the short back and sides. In fact, it seems to be ‘THE MUST HAVE” lifestyle choice for everybody from fashion-conscious teenagers, twenty-something creatives and middle aged gin palace hipster. To put things into perspective, nearly 200 new Traditional Barber Shops opened in the UK last year..  More Traditional Barber Shops in fact than any kind of business.. With the exception that is… of The Charity Shop.

Clockwork Barbers is the Brainchild of Frazer Howman, a well known face in Norwich with over 2o Years of experience in the business. Frazer is a Master Barber who cut his comb teeth at 15 years of age in Gatsby’s, his father’s busy Norwich Barber Shop. In 2015 he opened Clockwork Barber’s, a Barber Shop with a difference, nestled in the very heart of The Trendy Lanes in Norwich’s City Centre. Norwich Lanes is the boutique centre of a thriving shopping hub and he’s perfectly positioned to blend into the arty, creative hub that surround his shop.

It appears that fashion is a key explanation of the leap in numbers, particularly the popularity of retro 1920s and 1950s cuts. The huge celebrity culture that many youngsters live by is also a contributing factors as well groomed celebrities post imagery onto social an a minute by minute basis. With short or shaved back and sides and a styled top, customers require regular Barber shop visits to keep in shape. Frazer’s skill with the scissors and clippers instills a confidence to even the most of customers who grace his chair. From the classic “ivy league” short cut, the “varsity” side parting,  the 1950s quiff  or the “fusey” cut, a shaved sides and long on top style, you’ll be sure to get some sound advice from this Traditional Barber Shop. You certainly won’t leave Fa Clockwork Barber’s chair disappointed.

Frazer simply isn’t fazed about the huge growth in the market and prides his business on being a Traditional Barber Shop, with a lot more to offer. From the very moment you walk through the door, you’re met with a visual feast of Antiques and Vintage Styling that is literally growing by the week. The atmosphere combined with modern elements, delivers a warming, high end experience that comes at an affordable price tag and a no rush service. The Shop sits on two levels with the main bank of chairs on the ground floor and a busy team of stylish Barbers attending to the every need of customers who flock to the shop for the very best in male grooming.

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Clockwork Barber - Commercial Photography by Lee Blanchflower Ltd

Traditional Barber Shop

Clockwork Barber - Commercial Photography by Lee Blanchflower Ltd

THE MAN CAVE

For the hidden gem, take the stairs to the floor and you’re transported into a very different world where Master Barber Frazer works the solitary Barbers Chair. It’s a guaranteed, no distraction service through your experience  The First Floor is more than just a Barber Shop. It’s described as a “Man Cave” and couldn’t really be much more masculine. Ease back with a cold beer, a shot of vintage Rum or a freshly brewed coffee while you’re being attended to and the fully stocked bar has some impressive brands to hand! What Man Cave without the latest Gaming Console, Extra Large TV Screens and a full size casino table dominating the centre of the shop. The ‘Man Cave’ plays host to social evenings for clients who wish to book the room for informal get togethers or special occasions. Clockwork Barbers is like no other Traditional Barber Shop in the region and a visit really should be added to your MUST DO list of experiences.

To Book online for an appointment with Frazer or one of the Clockwork Barbers Team, why not visit the Clockwork Barbers Website by clicking HERE  or telephone for an appointment on 07823 325770

Norfolk Commercial Photographer Lee Blanchflower

Promotional Photography by Lee Blanchflower Limited

 

At Lee Blanchflower Limited, we’ve had a great history of working in competition Hair Photography with some great professional hair stylists. We regularly worked on the L’oreal Colour Trophy with competitors across Norfolk but for this particular assignment, the commercial photography was directed more at the fascinating interior design, with Traditional Barbershop tools of the trade and memorabilia curated in an almost museum like format. The commercial photography was shot with only natural light because artificial lighting created a modern feel. Close-up images were shot at extremely shallow depths to highlight key parts of each subject and the Traditional Barber Shop feel was highlighted with some simple post editing light leaks and image actions.

 

Clockwork Barber - Commercial Photography by Lee Blanchflower Ltd

FRaver Howman - Master Barber Norwich

Barber Shop Photography

Norwich Barbers

Mens Grooming Photos

Corporate Photography Norfolk

Professional Photography Norwich

A little more info about Lee Blanchflower Limited before you go…

Situated in the centre of Norwich and covering assignments throughout the UK, the Lee Blanchflower Ltd creative team deliver high quality commercial photographs, corporate film production & licensed drone footage to a really diverse range of businesses. After seven years of hard work in the industry trading as  Blanc Creative, we thought it was about time that we made things a little more transparent across our business and as a result, Lee Blanchflower Ltd was born. We have to say that our attention to detail and epic customer service hasn’t changed, nor has our client base. We work solely in the commercial sector with sole traders, start-ups, established businesses, Advertising Agencies & International Press covering everything from PR, Editorial work, Film Production and Licensed Drone operations.  What you won’t find, are wedding photographs, pet photography or family portraits.  We seriously pride ourselves as being “people’ people and our unique selling point is transparency. Our favourable pricing structures are visible for every one of our services, so you won’t find  any nasty surprises once you’ve decided to book an assignment.

To find out more about our full range of affordable services, why not call one of the team today on Mob: 07871 364041 or email studio@blanc-creative.com We’d love to hear your ideas!

 

 

 

 

 

London Street Photography

London Street Photography


London Street Photography

One of the main lessons I learnt about London Street Photography is that anything has the potential to make a s good subject for a photo.What might seem meaningless at this point in time, could, in years to come, develop into something historical.  It’s one of the cornerstones of taking London Street Photography, so pretty much everything is on limits.. Within reason that is! The pure density of London’s buildings, inhabitants and 24 hour lifestyle, mean that you simply should not come home without exciting imagery. Step out into the night and the cityscape for London changes beyond belief. You can find solitude literally a few steps away from main roads and images take on a whole new perspective.

Street Photography London

Street Photography London

Street Photography London

Street Photography London

Street Photography London

Street Photography London

Street Photography London

Street Photography London

Street Photography London

Street Photography London

London Street Photography

London Street Photography

London Street Photography – The Homeless

London Street Photography

There’s a lot of photographers out there shooting London Street Photography who will gravitate away from homeless people as subject matter. They call them “Easy Targets’. Homeless people are on the streets.. Right? Too bloody right they are! o people who are always on the streets anyways? Nearly seven in 10 Londoners say they are appalled by homelessness in the capital, according to a survey. The You Gov poll, commissioned by the newly launched Lead London Home campaign, reported 68% of respondents saying they either tended to agree or strongly agreed that they found the scale of the city’s homelessness problem appalling. Homelessness affects people from many different backgrounds for any number of reasons. The breakdown of a relationship is one of the biggest causes. Some people become homeless because of an addiction that has taken over their lives. Some people are escaping abuse and have nowhere to go. Others come from the armed forces and are finding it difficult to cope with civilian life. From a perspective of London Street Photography, the subject matter, the personal stories and circumstance, the absolute resillience of living a life on the streets in which most average ‘Clapham Omnibus Man’ would literally never survive, is enough for me as a professional photographer, to want to document stories and life on the streets.

WHO IS THE MAN ON THE CLAPHAM OMNIBUS

Running the risk of causing a social media backlash, which really isn’t my brief here today, street photography can be as easy or as engaging and difficult as you make it. I totally agree with the opinion that anybody into iphoneography can pull out a phone and shoot crap photography of any subject. It doesn’t matter if it’s a homeless person or a national landmark. It’s about capturing a moment in 1/60th of a second or however fast you choose to hit the shutter button.

“The reason I don’t like shooting street performers and the homeless are because it is rare you will get a compelling or unique image. Not only that, but it is too easy.”

I totally disagree that you can’t take compelling images of homeless people and why not. Raising the issues of homeless as part of a street project is perfectly acceptable and all down to your own moralistic interpretations. Sleeping rough has serious consequences and A homeless rough sleeper is 35 times more likely to commit suicide than the average person. On average, homeless people die at just 47 years old, compared to 81 years for the average UK citizen. Combined with high percentages of drug and alcohol abuse, the visible scars on many homeless leave plenty of opportunities to obtain fantastic London Street Photography images. The following images were all shot within about half a mile of Kings Cross Station. Some of the images were caught in a few seconds. Others were shot after returning to the same spot and seeing how the situation had developed. London Street Photography

London Street Photography

London Street Photography

London Street Photography

London Street Photography

London Street Photography

London Street Photography

London Street Photography

Lee Blanchflower is Director of Photography and owner of Blanc Creative, Norwich. In 2013, Lee won the SWPP Travel Photographer of the Year. He continues to document Street Photography whenever his commercial photography commitments allow.