Kasabian – Tom Meighan ordered to Leave Band

Kasabian Tom Meighan

Kasabian ‘had no choice’ as they sack ex-frontman Tom Meighan after Domestic Violence assault charges

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Will Kasabian ever be the same again as the band made a decision to sack now ex-frontman Tom Meighan after his conviction in court this week for a Domestic Violence assault on his partner? Meighan had been lead vocalist with Kasabian for 23 years but following a drunken and “sustained” attack. The 39-year-old, who said he left the group on Monday due to personal reasons, appeared in Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday. Meighan had thrown his partner across the room “in a rage,” the court heard before Prior to his court appearance, the band released a statement saying Meighan was dealing with “personal issues” and wanted to concentrate on “getting his life back on track”. Meighan, whose net worth has been estimated at around £1 million was ordered to pay £90 victim surcharge and £85 in prosecution costs and given a community service order to undertaken 200 hours of unpaid work. Meighan subsequently wrote on Twitter:

“Following today’s announcement I just wanted to let you all know that I am doing well. I’m in a really good place now Thanks for all your love and support. I’ll be seeing you all very soon.”

Kasabian respond to conviction and Domestic Violence

In contrast to this, a statement released following his conviction, Kasabian  the band members said they were led to believe Meighan would;

“hold his hands up and in his statement tell everyone what he’d done”, but instead “misled” fans. No one in the band wanted this to happen. the We have all worked so hard for the past twenty-three years and had big plans for our future together. We’re completely heartbroken. But we were left with no choice but to ask Tom to leave the band. There is absolutely no way we can condone his assault conviction. Domestic violence and abuse of any kind is totally unacceptable. As soon as we found out about the charges made against Tom, we as a band made the decision that we could no longer work with him. We were led to believe that Tom would hold his hands up and in his statement tell everyone what he’d done but he chose not to, misleading a lot of fans. Ultimately, as much as Tom has hurt us all, we’re not the victim in all of this. Domestic violence is something that can never be excused.”

It’s a situation far removed from Meighans conviction, the summer of 2018 saw Kasabian took to the stage in a sellout concert deep in the heart of one of the most beautiful forest venues in the UK. The band headlined Forest Live at Thetford High Lodge. Professional Music Photographer, Lee Blanchflower of Blanc Creative captured the performance which saw a The set started with King for the Day, prompting the crowd to rush to the stage and throw their pints in the air. So followed a set including Shoot the Runner, Club Foot and Empire. The atmospheric setting of the Thetford Forest never pales, and as the sun went down the stage came alive with an electrifying light show and the slick and pulsating performance.

 

 

Kasabian order Tom Meighan to leave band after domestic violence assault conviction

Kasabian order Tom Meighan to leave band after domestic violence assault conviction

Kasabian order Tom Meighan to leave band after domestic violence assault conviction

Kasabian order Tom Meighan to leave band after domestic violence assault conviction

Kasabian order Tom Meighan to leave band after domestic violence assault conviction

Kasabian order Tom Meighan to leave band after domestic violence assault conviction

Kasabian order Tom Meighan to leave band after domestic violence assault conviction

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Kasabian formed in 1997 and reached the UK charts with their third single Club Foot in 2004. Major success came with albums Empire in 2006 and West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum in 2009, which featured a string of hits including Underdog and Fire. Meighan’s departure leaves guitarist Serge Pizzorno and bassist Chris Edwards as the only remaining founding members and it’s unclear if the band will replace Meighan with a new frontman.

If you love music, then why not head over to the latest Blanc Creative Lookbook and Concert Portfolio.

Construction Industry Photography

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Construction Industry Photography

Construction industry photography are now an integral part of any commercial build and at Blanc Creative we have built an impressive portfolio of professional imagery with industry leading names in the UK including Orbit Homes, Morgan Sindall and The Norse Group to name a few. Documenting your commercial and residential building projects has never been so important. Construction Industry Photographs are a valuable tool that can be used across a masive range of printed and digital media platforms including brochures, tenures, case studies and publicity material before we even mention social media sites. With digital platforms such as Linkedin, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook commanding a huge share of advertising opportunities, the requirement for high quality, professional photography has never been so important.

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At Blanc Creative, we have been capturing construction industry photography for almost a decade. We are fully insured with employee liability, professional indemnity and public liability cover. Based in Norfolk, our clients are spread across the whole of the UK. We shoot every aspect of the construction industry from groundwork photography through to licensed drone imagery and internal and exterior architecture images. A recent example of our work took place at the newly built  St Annes Quarter development in Norwich, an exciting new community of prestigious residential and commercial properties. Spanning a period of months, we worked on site at key stages to document the entire process of the build from construction, interior design photography, commercial drone footage, drone photography and commercial video production.

Our services are increasingly popular since the construction and property sectors are so immensely competitive. We enable properties to stand out and tell stories through the construction process with highly specialised and effective photography. We offer high quality imagery that. can be incorporated in your business sectors including;

  • Advertising and marketing materials
  • Work progress reports
  • Architectural photography
  • Development projects
  • Annual reports
  • Construction equipment advertising

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Construction Industry Professional Drone Filming

Orbit Group Mavic 2 Pro 2.7K footage Norwich City Centre from Blanc Creative on Vimeo.

We understand that construction projects encompass a great deal of responsibility, time, budgets and pressure. We offer help in preparing shooting schedules, storyboarding for video assignments and art direction. If you think that your development could benefit rom professional construction photographs, then why not contact our office today on 07871 364041, email studio@blanc-creative.com or our online contact form.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30 second video marketing is a winner

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30 Second Video Marketing in a nutshell.

30 second video marketing has never been so important as a means of marketing your business, products and services. We currently live in globally challenging times with the Covid-19 pandemic sweeping the world, your future customers are spending more and more time trawling online content. Individuals are working from home, people are in lockdown or are extremely apprehensive about venturing out to shops and businesses. In fact there’s never been a better time to take your business to the next level with short creative films. 30 second video marketing is all about cutting out the clutter and focusing on key content elements and delivering a creative message very succinctly in order to succeed. This is a huge push towards short advertising formats on social media channels with Facebook, InstagramTwitter and Linkedin and all offering the facilities to distribute video. So why is the 30 second number so important. Unless you’ve been living as a hermit, you’re probably aware that video is truly the king of online content. With billions of hours’ worth of video being viewed each day,  it’s easy to see why brands are flocking to this highly engaging format to communicate their message.

 

Keep it Short. Keep the attention.

The only downside is that the average consumer has an extremely short attention span, which has pretty much pushed the video producer to tailor content to meet the demands of a generation that is very easily distracted. Over half of the videos out there are under 120 seconds in length and whilst social media sites have a different set of preferences about maximum run times, you don’t necessarily have to fill out that whole time with content. 30 Second Video Marketing has its’ name for a reason. It’s a fact,  that the average social media video that lasts 30 seconds in length, is viewed 85% of the way through, while the average 2-minute video was viewed on average 50% of the way through. Ask yourself? How many times you’ve failed to reach the end of a social media video just because you can’t be bothered to watch it. We used to have the same problem with long blogs, so I actually wonder how many of you reading this will get to the end? We’re time precious and have a desire to suck up online media like a sponge, so as a business, well made  30 second video marketing is a no brainer.

Key tips for 30 second video marketing

1. Create a storyboard and don’t deviate.

Visualising your content is a priority when preparing 30 second video marketing. Deviate and you the risk of project creep. You’ll shoot footage you don’t need, you’ll try to cram in too much and end up with a 60 seconds of video with no space for movement and unable to upload your content where you really want it especially as you’re trying to stick to a limited timeframe. This is what will help you avoid wasting time – you’ll be setting each frame ‘in stone’, so there’s no way you’ll end up with a scene that fails to communicate something important.

In the storyboard, there shouldn’t be frames left without information: everything that ends up being in the storyboard must be essential. This is a job for the director of the video!

2. Your script should be short and sweet

30 second video marketing is what it is! For millennials they should be even shorter – a study by IAB found brands running 10-second mobile video ads had greater appeal and persuasion potential with younger audiences. However, a slightly longer, 30-second spot did better with those between the ages of 35 and 54.

Keep your content succinct and direct. Don’t complicate things. 30 seconds to sell a service or a product is highly achievable if you plan your content.. Especially as you will have a well written script (If you’re having spoken content or a voice over) or key subtitles. Remember though, you don’t always need a script to convey a message as you’ll see in our very own FOSTERS SOLICITORS LLP CASE STUDY.

3. Think about it like a TV commercial

We all know it’s not it’s not the same but… for the sake of the comparison, think of your video as a way to introduce your brand to the audience, just like a TV advert. 30 seconds on TV is a huge amount of time so you should be able to transfer the same message online.

How Lurpak influenced our latest 30 second project.

It may be hard to believe that Proper Danish butter producer Lurpak was the influence for a 30 second video to showcase a renowned firm of Solicitors, but that’s just how it happened. We’ve put together a little case study explaining how we worked with Fosters Solicitors LLP on there latest project and a little insight into how you can create inexpensive content for your business.

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 Blanc Creative have been making short, to-the-point commercial videos for a wide range of businesses of all sizes including startups, local companies and national organisations. We transform your visions into memorable, engaging videos. Why not reach out and contact our office today on 07871 364041 or email studio@blanc-creative.com

Elinchrom ELB 500 TTL Kit Review

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Elinchrom ELB 500 TTL

Why choose the Elinchrom ELB 500 TTL Lighting kit as your go to potable lighting setup? Well we all know when it comes to lighting equipment, there’s a massive amount of choice on the market with a range of prices to fit every pocket and the whole spectrum of photographers from novice to award winning professional. Choosing what is right for you as a photographer can at first seem a bit overwhelming. Believe me, I know. I trawled the internet and Wex Photography (the showroom in Norwich happens to be literally on my doorstep,) to try and find a solution that would fit my work as a commercial photographer. I’ve done the whole heavy light set-up having owned two pairs of Bowens 500 Gemini R lights for the past ten years. The Bowens didn’t owe me a penny. They were used spectacularly for assignments including professional hairdressing photography, commercial portraits, event photography set-ups and acted as warm constant lighting during video production. But they weighed a tonne. The lights were cumbersome, heavy and were totally oversized for transportation. The lighting stands really weren’t very substantial and the modelling lamps and fuses had a tendency to blow at the most inappropriate of times. They were amazing workhorses, but In July 2017, Bowens went into liquidation after 94 years of business, ultimately succumbing to the market’s growing competition and changes in consumer purchase trends. The ELB 500 TTL weighs 1.7 kg (3.83 lbs) and the battery weighs about 0.73 kg (1.60 lbs). It’s got a very small carry case which means it’s a dream to just throw in the back of the car.

If you’re planning to shoot on location somewhere without mains power, battery powered lights are the most practical means of achieving professional powerful lighting and The Elinchrome ELB 500 TTL is incredibly light and compact. I opted for the dual kit, which comes as standard with two lighting heads.  is the most powerful and portable TTL kit on the market and I was very impressed with both the design and the sheer lightness of the kit. There are different types of quality out there depending upon what you’re looking for — Profoto have an extensive range of superb lights including the B10and  B10 Plus, there’s the Badger and entry level Interfit FLA2002K1 Studio Essentials to name just a few. Elinchrom have a solid reputation for making great lighting and are constantly bringing out new and improved products. The ELB 500 TTL Kit is designed for use both on location and in the studio but does not have a dedicated mains setting in order to power the lights without a battery.

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About the Elinchrom ELB 500 TTL

This is a very clever piece of kit. Not only does it offer TTL but it also offers HSS. Basically, it will synchronize at super high speeds up to 1/8000s so capturing ultra fast action isn’t go to cause problems. The battery will give You about 400 flashes from one charge dependent on the power output that you’re pushing to the lights. The battery has the active charging, which means you can charge the battery as you shoot. This is awesome if you’re using the lights to shoot event photography on location or any indpoor locations where you have mains power available. It means you can shoot the interior set and still have a afull battery when there’s no charging options and still have a full battery to work with. The ELB 500 TTL features built-in Skyport, Elinchrom’s proprietary wireless system. For photographers already using the Skyport Plus HS Transmitter, there’s a firmware update available to obtain the TTL feature set. There’s also built-in functionality for the Phottix Odin II transmitters. 

The Elinchrom ELB 500 TTL battery pack allows for two separate lights to run off the one power supply. Labelled A and B, the pack can power and control two separate heads at the same time with  independent control of one another, meaning you can fire the lights as you would any mains powered system. The battery pack has an easily navigable menu system with options for black and white background colours and functionality that is clear and very simple to manage. he display gives you complete control over the kit, allowing you to activate and has asymmetrical distribution, meaning you can extend the power range when you’re using a single head.

The ELB 500 TTL enables the unit to act as a slave unit, so it will flash automatically along with other flash units. Triggering with the ELB 500 TTL is 15m is around 10 metres. I really recommend the Skyport Transmitter Pro. It’s reliable, has multiple frequency channels and fully controllable from the top of the camera. The lights will automatically adjust the power based on the metering of the scene and your camera’s settings. And, as the kit has HSS, if your shutter speed is outside the sync speed of your camera the light will automatically detect this and use HSS to maintain the correct exposure levels for the shot. The TTL option will automatically  predict the power to us

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Elinchrom ELB 500 TTL

The kit is reasonably priced but be prepared It’s definitely a great piece of kit but the extras will bump up the cost. The lights will wet you back just shy of £1800, but remember you get no lighting stands, no Skyport Transmitter. Obviously softboxes and light shapers are another very personal and subjective item, so the lights come with mo modifiers. I opted for the Rotalux modifiers but in order to use these, the Q-Reflector Adapter MK-II will also be required. This will push up the overall cost by another £700-£800 for a pair of modifiers and mounts.

For professional use, the Elinchrom ELB 500 TTL series is a compact, easily transportable system with a host of features that are heard to beat for the price.

Mavic 2 Pro Drone Point of Interest Mode Tutorial

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Using the Point of Interest Mode on the Dji Mavic 2 Pro.

The Dji Mavic 2 Pro has a host of awesome features to play within its Intelligent Flight Mode Section including Point of Interest mode or POI. It’s an awesome feature that enables smooth, cinematic footage to be shot with just a few taps of the screen and with just a few practices, you can really develop the quality of your aerial footage with some great new looks.

So how do you use Drone Point of Interest Mode. Follow the steps below and you should find that POI works with very little problems.

Open the intelligent flight mode menu and select “Point of Interest on the screen”.

Dji Point of Interest Mode

Tap GO. The drone will proceed to take a measurement with a radius from the centre of your chosen interest point. IT’S IMPORTANT THAT YOU DO NOT CONTROL AND FLY  THE DRONE DURING SUBJECT CALCULATION. Once everything is set, you can make any adjustments in relation to the route, distance from subject, height and sped per metre  either directly on the screen (I’m using the Dji Smart Controller)  or using the app or with control sticks. The Flight parameters can be set whilst the drone is conducting an automated orbit route.

Dji Point of InterestIf you notice the gimbal drifting away from the POI,  then the “Towards POI” in the app, will automatically adjust its direction and face towards the point of interest again.

I would strongly suggest that before undertaking any commercial drone assignments using POI, it’s a good idea to test out the Point of Interest flight mode in an unobstructed open space to ensure that you are comfortable with the settings. The following video footage is a quick example of Point of Interest and shows movement mid flight using the Dji Smart Controller screen to make any adjustments.

Dji Mavic 2 Pro – Point of Interest Sample Footage from Blanc Creative on Vimeo.

Business Event Photography. NorseCare Award 2019

Business Event Photography. NorseCare Award 2019

Blanc Creative were on hand to capture Business Event Photography at The NorseCare Awards held in Norwich on Friday 4th October 2019. The Annual Event recognises the exceptional performance of Norse Care Teams and Individuals throughout the year   Over 300 care staff and representatives gathered at Open venue in Norwich, where the finalists and winners in 10 categories were announced. Karen Knight, Managing Director at NorseCare, who presented the awards with representatives from suppliers of services to NorseCare, congratulated the staff and spoke of her pride on the night:  She said;

“Tonight is a wonderful opportunity to recognise the outstanding care and support that our fantastic staff give to the people who live with us. Every year, I am more and more proud of the stories that are shared at this event. It’s lovely to celebrate our finalists and winners and a great opportunity to recognise everyone’s continued hard work and commitment.”

Paul Coleman, winner of the Values in Action award for his work at Harker House residential care home in Long Stratton, South Norfolk expressed his delight: “I am totally over the moon! Being a winner sums up the last year I have had with NorseCare, it means so much to me and I am so thankful to be able to work for such an amazing company and group of people”. Rhonda Dunthone won the Community Engagement award with her colleague Kelly Potter. The Housing with Care scheme in Lakenham, Norwich has worked closely with Age UK Norwich on their ‘Still On The Ball’ football reminiscence programme and also Lakenham Primary School, with pupils regularly visiting the tenants – playing and craft-making with them. Rhonda explained: “My colleague Kelly and I have worked extremely hard to introduce Lakenham Primary School to our tenants at Harriet Court. We have seen friendships build, smiling faces and most of all – fun and lots of glitter! We held a picnic in the summer with around 50 children; seeing the connection between the people of different ages was very heart warming.”

Blanc Creative offer a wide range of Event Photography services including Award Ceremony Photography, PR Event Photography, Editorial and Launch Events. We have on-site printing services and offer Video Production to capture your Business Events as they happen.

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Business Stock Photography

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STOCK PHOTOGRAPHY HAS A PLACE IN YOUR BUSINESS

BUT IS THERE’S ANYTHING QUITE LIKE BESPOKE STOCK PHOTOGRAPHY?

Trawl the internet for Business Stock Photography and there are literally hundreds of stock image libraries and hundreds of thousands of images that can be purchased for your business needs. So what it’s it that we all go on websites and find the same images over and over again. Stock Photography range from completely free photos, all the way through to renowned high-end providers. The problem is that purchasing Business Stock Photography is exactly that, It’s Stock Photography and everybody and their brother or sister is likely to also have it on their websites or Promotional material. To put things into perspective, Eight months ago I submitted the following generic image that I had taken, onto a completely Free Stock Image Platform to see what kind of response I would receive offering the image in a Free Business Stock Photography format. I have to say the results were pretty staggering.

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The image has received almost ONE MILLION VIEWS and has been downloaded over 6000 times by people. That’s 6000 potential brochures, webpages, blogs or other digital or printed media platform usage. From a photographers perspective, it’s absolutely great that people think the image is creative enough that they want to download it, but it also demonstrates why individuality in business is so essential when producing marketing and PR material. We already know just how important visuals are to people, so why take your most powerful medium of speaking to people and make it generic? Using stock photos misrepresents what your company stands for and lacks originality every time. If a client sees an image on two or more different websites, the meaning behind the photo becomes redundant, as it creates inconsistency in the photos. How many times do you see Shiny offices with sleek interior design, professional Armani Clad staff portrayed on Stock images only to walk into your client and find an untidy, dark office space with dishevelled, tired looking staff. Stock Photography can be a huge “smoke and mirror’ area for your business. We already know just how important visuals are to people, so why take your most powerful medium of speaking to people and make it generic? Using stock photos misrepresents what your company stands for and lacks originality every time.

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If you really feel you need to join the masses and download this image for FREE, then head over to our UNSPLASH PAGE and grab a high resolution version. 

So how can a businesses be seen as individual when we use stock images? It can’t! And stock images at the higher end can cost a serious amount of money when compared with creating affordable bespoke Stock Photography for your own business. For example, we worked with a client to produce a set of food based images for an advertising campaign. They had looked at purchasing images for their brochures. A set of three, high resolution Business Stock Photography images showcasing Food Products, with limited time usage, would cost around £1000. For the same cost, we were able to offer a comprehensive pre-shot consultation, on-site photography for a full day and deliver a set of 30 high quality Bespoke Business Stock Photography that can be used across the business without the fear of re-licensing or anybody else using the images for campaigns. The power of bespoke stock imagery simply can’t be under-estimated. It really is so valuable. We all live in a world where the high-resolution phone camera has become part of everyday life. I agree with many people thats smart phones and the editing software that come with them can take amazing photographs. The truth though, it that the parameters of an experienced professional photographer combined with a professional camera and post shoot editing will out way smart phone photography every single time.

At Blanc Creative, we can physically manage photography every aspect of your stock photography shoot, from sourcing models, scouting locations, storyboarding the shoot and art directing. We have a wealth of experience in commercial photography and will work with you to create images that can be utilised across many areas of your company including marketing, promotional, PR and all printed and digital media platforms. To find out more about our full range of services, why not contact our office today on Mob: 07871 364041 or email our team on studio@blanc-creative.com

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Norwich City Football Team Open Training Session

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Norwich City Football Team Hold Open Training Session.

Norwich City Football Team held a very special Event with a chance for Norwich City supporters to get a good look at Daniel Farke’s 2019 squad at Carrow Road. As Premier League preparations picked up pace over 500 Canaries fans attended an open day, watching the Championship winners go through their training routines in the sunshine, despite a few rumbles of thunder rolling around the summer skies. Norwich City Football Team were getting ready for their fifth pre-season friendly, away to Championship new boys Luton at Kenilworth Road on Saturday There were encouraging signs for star striker Teemu Pukki, who took part despite being rested for Wednesday’s 3-1 defeat to Brentford at Colney with a slight toe issue. New boys Patrick Roberts and Ralf Fahrmann were among the players on show, with some supporters taking the chance to get selfies and autographs with the players.

The Club’s preparations for the new season began with the  City touring of Germany between July 12-20. Daniel Farke’s men returned back to UK soil for four fixtures before the Premier League commenced, beginning with a behind-closed-doors match against Brentford and he Norwich City Football Team set off the season with great form and a legendary win against Manchester City. Daniel Farke had an injury plagued squad to select from and despite Manchester City dominating the opening exchanges, City sought to impose themselves onto the game, with a prolonged spell of possession culminating in a 3-2 victory against all the odds.

Apart from the seismic home win over champions Manchester City, Norwich’s return to the Premier League has largely been a difficult one.

Unfortunately, latter from has not been quite so impressive. The Norwich City Football Team have lost all four away league matches this season, culminating in a disastrous 5-1 defeat at Carrow Road today against Aston Villa, who had not earned a Premier League away win in 21 matches – a run going back to August 2015.

Norwich currently sit in the relegation zone Norwich and are predicted to concede more goals than any Premier League team this season. If the defeats continue, City will become the most relegated team ever from the Premier League, a title that they really could do without.

At Blanc Creative, we’ve been delivering striking editorial photography many years and our work has been publicised internationally in numerous magazines, newspapers and used across TV Stations to accompany news stories globally.  We cover, PR assignments, press photo-calls, Music Events, Concerts, Festivals and product launches o name just a few genres.

If your business or publication requires editorial or general commercial photography, then why not call our office today on Mob: 07871 374041 or email studio@blanc-creative.com

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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

 

Commercial Portrait Photography

Norwich Business Photography

Commercial Portrait Photography

Commercial Portrait Photography allows you to tell a story and convey more about your business, your staff and what you do. Commercial Portrait Photography can be undertaken in a studio, but capturing staff in their natural woking environment opens up a whole new world of creative possibilities and showcases far more about your business than a plain background ever will. Shooting Commercial portrait in a typical environment also helps staff to relax.  Familiarity lends itself to putting your subject at ease and this is a huge factor in producing natural portraits. To coincide with a re-branding project, we’ve once again been working in the Norfolk Tourism Sector with one of our regular clients, The Bure Valley Railway.

Bure Valley Railway is a major tourist attraction within Norfolk and welcomes over 100,000 visitors a year. With a small team of dedicated staff and volunteers the railway operates on a not for profit basis. Husband and wife team, Andrew and Susan, head up the management team. Andrew’s love of railways from a little boy drew him to Norfolk and he became involved in the railway as a volunteer in its infancy and subsequently gave up his job in London a few years ago to work at the railway full-time. The Railway is built on the trackbed of the former Great Eastern Railway between Wroxham and Aylsham. Originally opened in 1880 the line survived for passenger traffic until 1952, eleven years before the infamous Beeching Report! The line did, however, survive for the purpose of carrying freight, a role it performed until the line was formally closed by British Rail in 1982. Norfolk County Council had an enlightened policy of safeguarding closed railway routes for use as footpaths. Through a partnership between local government and the private sector a narrow gauge line was built between Aylsham and Wroxham, with a nine mile long footpath running alongside.  It is Norfolk’s longest narrow gauge railway which runs between the historic market town of Aylsham and bustling town of Wroxham, at the heart of the Norfolk Broads. The 18 mile round trip runs through the pretty Bure Valley countryside following the meandering River Bure through meadowland and ancient pasture. Along the line are wayside halts serving the picturesque Broadland villages of Brampton, Buxton and Coltishall where you can hop off and explore by foot. Hop back on and continue your journey by train by waiving down the driver to stop.

Bure Valley Railway Commercial Portrait Photography

Shooting Commercial Portrait Photography in the heart of a steam based environment opened up some fantastic opportunities. Set against a background of engineering workshops, oil, grease and steam, we captured daily routines and passionate individuals who together, are responsible for the day to day running of the nostalgic railway. Shooting with predominantly natural light really is hard to beat. Creating ‘modern’ looking Commercial Portrait Photography is a case of working with the best lighting and backgrounds and making the most of having an eye for detail and composition. Working with a nice flat light was also really beneficial, reducing harsh shadows and the chances of over exposed highlights. The chances to work with a Northern light canproduce an almost  softbox look creating a soft, flattering light which fits just perfectly  for modern looking portraits. There is a reason why many artists have their  studios purposely facing the north.

If you think your business could benefit from professional Commercial Portrait Photography, then please reach out to our team today and call our office on Mob: 07871 364041 or email studio@blanc-creative.com

 

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