2020 is already proving to be a fantastic year for property photography. As restrictions slowly lift from the Covid-19 pandemic, the construction industry and building sectors across commercial and residential sectors are fighting back. The property market appears to be booming and with this, comes the need for property photography on those newly developed residential properties. At Blanc Creative we’ve been supplying our professional photography services to clients throughout Norfolk and the UK. Our most recent work has taken us to Suffolk, Northampton, Bury, Stratford-Upon-Avon, and Leamington Spa to name just a few. We cover all areas of property photography including;
*Construction Photography incorporating building work from the ground up to completion
*Drone filming and aerial Property photography promoting entire construction sites and finished housing estates
*Exterior property photography imagery for advertising, brochures, websites and case studies
*Interior property photography showcasing interior design and lifestyle
*Case studies with new home owners
If you have found us online it may be because you are looking for professional Property Photography. We are sure that our extensive portfolios will reflect Lee Blanchflower and Blanc Creative as a leading commercial photographer. We have provided worked clients across the UK in not only Property Photography sector, but all aspects of commercial and corporate business. We work with property developers, architects, building companies and interior designers.
Property Photography – Achieve your marketing goals with professional imagery
Whether you are looking for a construction photographer or property photographer, photographer or you need interior photography for your project, we always ensure the highest standard of work is completed. We have an eye for detail and 10 years of experience shooting commercial Photography. Our modern photography combined with the latest digital cameras and post shoot editing software ensures that your photographs are delivered to the highest of standards and suitable for all printed and digital media platforms. You properties will take centre stage, promoting sales and supporting your marketing and advertising goals. We offer competitive rates that offer quality photography at favourable prices.
When marketing any property, poor photography can make this difference between winning and losing a sale. An experienced professional photographer will showcase your property as you would truly wish it to be seen, with exceptional images. Unless you are proficient in high-end photography and post-production skills then it’s best you leave the photography to our team. We live in a digital world where Google is usually the first place we visit and people now search online for properties before even venturing to an estate agent. Great photographs are essential in marketing a house or commercial property and professional property photograph will encourage potential clients through the door. It is likely that you are looking on this page because you are serious or at least starting to think seriously about having professional images taken of your property, so have full confidence that you will be hiring a photographer who’s serious about producing high quality images for you to make sure you heading off on the best direction.
Please take a few moments to view our range of look books where you will find residential photography, industrial photography, construction photography and much more.
To find out more about our range of services, why not call today and speak with our team on 07871 364041 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Our previous 30 second video marketing blog covered the subject of Social Media Video Marketing with an emphasis on “why 30 second video marketing is a winner” and how important short videos are in the world of the social media digital platform. Today we will look at our latest Video short, which we produced for our client, Fosters Solicitors LLP with a very specific aim. We received an initial brief to produce a video advert that met a very succinct criteria.
The video could run for no longer than 29.5 seconds including any call to actions at the end.
The content had to cover five key elements of law that the business offered to clients including Family / Employment / Property / Motoring / injury
The social media video should not have any voiceover or spoken script
Was aimed at a younger demographic as the content with a primary objective of being be played on a loop in an environment where music would already be playing.
The content had to be interpreted purely from a visual perspective.
The content would be used in a secondary capacity as a social media video across a host of platforms and therefore would require some element of audio but not a scripted voiceover.
Social Media Video Pre-production
During our pre-production meeting, we discussed the pace of the film. Conveying 5 key areas of law in a social media video left very little time for each element, particularly as we needed to incorporate a call to action and branding at the end. My initiial thoughts were to look at historical marketing campaigns that were fast paced, conveyed numerous cuts into one flowing theme and immediately, I thought of Lurpak. I’d always had a fascination with these adverts from the disembodied Rutger Hauer voice overs trumpeting the benefits of butter and the continuous movement covering the rise from bed to leaving the house with lunch in just 37 seconds was so appealing, that I couldn’t think of any other concept that would have worked any better. Fosters Solicitors were really receptive to the theme, so the initial planning concepts and storyboarding would all be planned around this theme.
The storyboarding concept was quite straight forward as there was no script to worry about and therefore the emphasis was placed on three main elements, which were visuals, sound and Text. The storyline would be built around the lifestyle of a young, successful person and would convey the aspects of Family Life, Employment, Property, Motoring and Injury Law set over the course of getting out of bed and driving to work. We all have personal needs in our lives and Fosters Solicitors provide expert legal advice and services across a multitude of legal areas. The concept of the marketing campaign would re-enforce the message that during your life, you may need professional solicitors across a whole range of scenarios and that Fosters Solicitors is indeed the place “Where your life meets the law”.
Whenever we produce a Social Media Video for a client, production costs are always one of the main areas we focus on. We have built our business ethics on delivering high quality work at a fair price with awesome customer service. We live in a time where creative industries are a saturated market so delivering value for money is at the forefront of everything we do. The video could be shot at one location, with once cinematographer and actor,, so from a production cost, this was really favourable. The length of the social media video being under 30 seconds, also meant that post shoot editing and colour graded would be relatively inexpensive. The storyboarding process meant that we knew exactly what shots were required, so in addition, filming time was reduced. Taking into consideration the need for sound, we opted to incorporate no music, reducing the requirement for Royalty Free Licensing. However, one of the largest tasks outside of filming would be the sound production. Dispensing with the use of a sound recordist on site, we once again reverted to the Lurpak advert and opted for a complete Foley soundtrack to be produced to accompany the visuals. In film production, 50% of the viewing experience is the sound. Produce a bad soundtrack and you can ruin an otherwise great production. Whilst the initial brief required no soundtrack at all, failing to include a soundtrack would render the advert almost unusable across social media platforms, so the decision was made to create a whole new track that was built from scratch in the studio with a sound recordist.
Location scouting can be as difficult or complicated as you want it to be. Keeping it simple is always the best choice unless you’re producing an epic saga. The larger the production, the more work is entailed and the chances of having to seek permissions for filming and complete extensive RAMS assessments for Health and Safety increase workload, add to your budget and either eat into your profits The storyboarding for this project was set in one location, so finding a suitable property was slightly easier. There were no particularly expansive scenes, lots of closeups and therefore, providing we found a property and vehicle brand that reflected the modern type of lifestyle to reflect the demographic we were trying to capture. We actually shot the project in my own house, so there were no costs involved.
Shooting your Social Media Video
So you’ve already produced a great storyboard for your social media Video that your client has signed off, you’ve secured your location, found a suitable actor for the role and secured a post production sound engineer and foley artist to produce your soundtrack, you’re then ready to shoot. There’s no point in hiring freelances, runners and extra staff unless you need them. You should be able to plan the team you need on set during your planning and setting your shooting schedule. It’s great turning up to your client with a team of six people, but if nobody has a role to play and spend the entire shoot standing around, then your client is going to be pretty unhappy and is likely to challenge you about the need, especially if they are on set to watch filming. We worked with a two person team, with myself working as Director of Photography and one assistant, who worked as runner, clapper board operator and set dresser. Build you team around your workload and the technicalities of your film. If you have scenes that require continuity from a perspective of multiple camera angles, then you’ll need to camera operators or you’ll lose the continuity. Extensive planning will save all of your headaches in post production. Check footage as you shoot it. We use an Atomos system with a large screen and built in Solid State Drive. If your client wishes to be part of the production process, they may very well want to sign off the rushes to make sure that the footage fits with their vision. If you can’t review the footage on anything other than the LCD on the back of a camera, then this will. look unprofessional and you don’t really want to be having to download every single ‘Take’ onto a laptop as your film as this will be counter productive and eat into your filming.
Post Shoot Editing
Keep your editing process as simple as possible. We edit our Social Media Video in Davinci Resolve which is a solid professional platform. Our personal preference is to shoot in S-Log where lighting conditions permit as this allows for some great colour grading and dynamic range of your footage. We allows edit without a client being present. On numerous occasions, clients have requested if they can be part of the editing process, but this will definitely slow down your process and can cause multiple problems. If you have storyboarded, developed the concept, shot the film in the style to reflect the storyboard, then the editing process should naturally flow. There are no hard and fast rules about this, it’s just a personal preference, but we always send our clients a primary completed version of the production. You may receive a request for minor changes and this generally comes in the form of soundtrack music if you’re using it or Font changes if a specific has not been chosen. Ensure that you deliver the final product in a suitable format that your client can use. Particularly on larger productions that aren’t short social media video products, that delivering a heavy 4K version is often impractical. Listen to your client from Day 1 and you should be able to deliver a fabulous product that will the audience wanting more.
A few tips for Social Media Video Production
Tip 1- The importance of a pre-production meeting and the chance to listen.
Never undertake a social media video production without first holding a pre production meeting with your client. If you’re tight for work it’s really easy to agree over the telephone to take on a project and offer a quote for the job only to find out that the workload is two or three times more than you thought and that the clients expectations, far far exceeded your fee and more importantly your ability. It’s a key opportunity to listen top your clients vision and make a decision about your experience, your equipment and the production time versus workload. The last hing you need, is to agree a price simply to seal the assignment and then to find out that the timescales, hire of equipment and any other freelancers or sub-contractors is way outside your quote. If this happens and you decide not to undertake the project after you’ve agreed, will leave your reputation and credibility in tatters. And you really can’t afford to have this in such a competitive business. Pre -production is a chance to listen and to document everything your client visualises for the production. Your clients will mainly be led by your experience. Don’t offer services that you can’t commit to and more importantly, if a concept doesn’t work, explain why. Your knowledge in the industry is the reason your clients wish to engage you services. Provide examples from your portfolio or showcase work that really stands out for you as an example of the kind of work that would suit your clients brief.
Tip 2 – Storyboarding your Social Media Video
It doesn’t matter if you’re creating a TV advert, social media video or a large scale film production, storyboards are super helpful to quickly tell a story. A storyboard showcases the shots planned for filming and presents the client with everything from camera angles and style of shot for that element of the scene. of your film. From a pre-production perspective it’s really valuable because it clearly conveys how the story will flow. It allows your client to glimpse what they can expect to see and can save a lot of time, worry saving you time and money, after all, it’s reduces the need to shoot footage that will be discarded and stops the problems of having key elements missing from your edit that you suddenly realise should have been included in your shooting schedule. Social media video is often produced as an explainer video or marketing tool, so the work that goes into storyboarding isn’t a labour intensive task. It will tell the story and communicate the concept, serving as a guide when producing the the final work. The storyboard is the first opportunity following your pre production meeting, where you client can visualise the overall concept of your visual ideas. Take your time to think of the script when you begin to sketch out each board. Focus on the characters in the story. You don’t need to spend a lot of time filling in the background if it doesn’t affect the plot. At this point it’s a good idea to share your boards with someone to get feedback. Sharing your storyboard and script helps identify if your boards flow and makes sense. If you’re missing something or need to revise the concept, then it’s a relatively simple process, as most professional video production companies use dedicated storyboard software. The art of storyboarding is powerful and will ave a lot of potential headaches. It also allows the scripting process to be written around the timings of your production or vice versa. There are numerous storyboarding options on a subscription basis, including Studiobinderor Toonboomto name just two.
Tip 3 – Shoot for your intended platform
For most social video, landscape mode is generally the best choice. Videos are almost almost always presented horizontally unless you are choosing to shoot for something such as a dedicated campaign on a Digital Bus Shelter or a portrait style screen in a retail store or a bespoke screen. When videos are filmed in portrait mode, there’s always two large black bars on the side unless the footage is adapted to fit the screen, which causes all sorts of problems unless you’re filming with the camera on the side. unless, of course, your viewers are on a platform like Snapchat or Instagram Stories. Stick to tradition and how video is meant to be viewed… in landscape mode.
Tip 4 -Aim to catch attention quickly
The first 30 seconds of a social video is what matters most. Make your video engaging, exciting, succinct and leave the viewer with a message they will remember.
At Blanc Creative, we are a group of creatives who love to make short films, shoot awesome commercial photography and deliver fully licensed drone footage. If you are planning your next visual project or require imagery for any commercial purpose, then please reach out to our team on 07871 364041. We’d love to help turn your ideas into reality.
Noel Gallagher Concert. Oasis Star Headlines Sunday Sessions
A Noel Gallagher concerts sold out Norwich’s outdoor Earlham Park venue as once again, Sunday Sessions headed back to Norfolk. The Noel Gallagher Concert marked his first appearance on stage in Norwich for over 25 years. Crowds braved a mixture of torrential downpours and bright sunshine over the bank holiday weekend to watch the Oasis front man perform with his High Flying Birds. Gallagher’s latest album was evidence as he performed a number of tracks including his latest single Black Star Dancing. Sunday Sessions is a first class music festival with an explosive line up of entertainment that once again turned Earlham Park into a music venue hosting a crowd of 15,000 Fans.
If you were unlucky enough to miss out on the Norwich Noel Gallagher Concert and fancy heading off to watch The High Flying Birds perform live, then you may have to dig deep into your pockets. The band worldwide tour runs through until November 2019 concluding in Bangkok.
“Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds are an English rock band formed in 2010 as the solo moniker of former Oasis lead guitarist/songwriter Noel Gallagher. The band originates from Manchester and includes former Oasis session pianist Mike Rowe, drummer Jeremy Stacey of The Lemon Trees, The Zutons bassist Russell Pritchard and guitarist Tim Smith. The band also varies guests on their debut album such as the Crouch End Festival Chorus and The Wired Strings. Since his split from Oasis in August 2009 many speculated that Gallagher might record a solo album. In July 2011, he held a press conference to confirm that this was the case, after denying rumours from his brother Liam Gallagher that he had already heard the tracks featured on it. He also explained that he would be collaborating with Amorphous Androgynous for a second album that is due for release in 2012. The singles for Gallagher’s debut album are “The Death of You and Me”, “If I Had a Gun”, “AKA… What a Life!” and “”Dream On””. AKA… What a Life! made its debut on a Vauxhall television advertisement.to”
At Blanc Creative, we’ve been shooting professional music photography, festival photography and high profile concerts for almost a decade. It’s not the first time they’ve photographed a Noel Gallagher concert. The Norfolk Based Music Photographer Lee Blanchflower, had the pleasure of photographing the international star at a Noel Gallagher Concert at London’s O2 Arena in 2015. We’re passionate about Concert Photography and would love to hear from you if you would be interested in our Event Photography or Music Photography services.
You may think that this is a bold, brash statement but essentially, it’s true. As an award-winning Travel Photographer, with an extensive collection of air miles, I’ve never really experienced a location quite like Marrakesh.
Marrakech is indeed a city that hates photographers. On October 3rd, 2014, Blanc Creative’s Director of Photography, Lee Blanchflower & Videographer, Phil Shaw, left Gatwick Airport for five days of Travel Photography & Street photography in the Red City. Along the way, they would create an invaluable guide to the pitfalls, scams and real side of working in the field in a bustling city where the camera carries a massive amount of prejudice for anybody carrying one. For whatever reason, Marrakech residents hate being photographed to the extent where they not only make this clear in person but literally let out a rallying cry to the whole street the moment they see a lens being raised. There is, of course, an exception to this rule. It takes the form of the universal fingering rubbing symbol for ‘we want cash’ as locals of all ages from toddler to pensioner gesture for money in return for a few seconds of standing still. Even the sheep and horses don’t come free… Local spotters on virtually every street attempt to aggressively intimidate the unseasoned photographers into parting with unreasonable amounts of cash.
The whole Marrakech v Travel Photography problems are nothing new. A number of renowned Magnum Photographers Power and Goldberg were commissioned by the unopened Marrakech Museum for Photography and Visual Art (MMPVA). The Museum which will eventually house one of the largest photography and digital visual media spaces in the world was inspired by Magnum’s recent Postcards fromAmerica collection, whereby some of the worlds most infamous agency’s photographers collaborated to post imagery online as they shot them as part of an experimental project. The Marrakech project was plagued with problems for the five photographers, who all resided in the very heart of Marrakech in neighbouring Riads. Two of the photographers working on the project experienced significant problems despite their considerable experience. In light of this and many more similar stories, just how did the Blanc Creative team Lee Blanchflower & Phil Shaw manage in the same environment, without the aid of any local fixers and on the busiest week of the Marrakech year as the city prepared to celebrate Eid al-Adha (Festival of the Sacrifice).
Norfolk commercial Photography. Norse pledges support to the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA).
About East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA).
The chance to shoot Norfolk Commercial Photography airside for such a prestigious well know charity doesn’t happen every day so when our regular client, Norse Commercial Services asked if we’d like to shoot their latest charitable pledge for East Anglian Air Ambulance, we simply could not resist. Since their launch in 2000, East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) have attended over 16,000 lifesaving missions, touching the lives of many thousands of people. The crew comprises specialist pre-hospital doctors and critical-care paramedics, operating out of two high-tech helicopters from 07:00 until 19:00 from our Norwich base and from 07:00 until 01:30 from our Cambridge base. They were the first air ambulance in the country to attend helicopter emergency medical incidents in the hours of darkness to unknown and unlit sites. We aim to provide the best possible outcomes for people unfortunate enough to be involved in incidents or medical emergencies. The combination of a quick response time, advanced critical care on scene, and rapid onward transfer, when appropriate, can be vital in saving lives and improving patients’ prospects of making a full recovery. (EAAA) are committed to delivering outstanding care, quality, and value to the community, thriving on challenges and looking for innovative ways to grow and improve the service further through an open culture of continuous improvement, by scrutinising our actions, sharing knowledge, and learning from past events.
Paul Bonham, Commercial Director at Norse said: “We are delighted to be supporting the East Anglian Air Ambulance, a vital local service that over the last 15 years has helped over 16 000 people in a wide variety of life-threatening situations. As a company we have exciting plans to involve a number of our different divisions in helping to promote and raise money for the service, and I know our staff will be equally keen to show their support. We are really looking forward to working with the dedicated staff and volunteers at EAAA and to helping them to continue providing their often crucial emergency response.”
The company will be placing ‘Proud to Support East Anglian Air Ambulance’ stickers on Norse vehicles minibuses, school buses and maintenance vehicles, helping to raise funding and awareness of the work of for the EAAA. The company’s catering division will also be looking at opportunities to help promote ‘Tea@1500’, events the EAAA is running to celebrate its 15th anniversary year. EAAA Norfolk Fundraising Manager, Holly Lambert said: ‘We are enormously grateful for Norse’s support of EAAA and are very much looking forward to working with them on a number of campaigns and initiatives. The EAAA does not receive regular direct government funding and so is dependent on our generous supporters to help raise the £8.6 million needed every year to keep our life-saving service flying’. The Air Ambulance Team were showcasing their latest lifesaving equipment, the V-Scan. An intuitive pocket-sized ultrasound device that enables medical professionals including cardiologists, general practitioners, OB/GYN, primary care, emergency physicians and paramedics to easily image at the point of care – transforming the physical exam with more information to determine the optimised course of treatment for patients.
To find out more about why we “Love Local” and see how we can help promote your brand with Awesome, affordable Norfolk Commercial Photography
All images showcased in this blog have been shot by Lee Blanchflower of Blanc Creative. Lee Blanchflower is an established Commercial Photographer and won the SWPP Travel Photographer of the Year Award 2013.
What is street photography?
Simply put, street photography is the art of photographing the world around us as it unfolds during everyday life. Candid street photography has opened up a whole new world to photographers and the voyeurs who trawl the pages of social media online. Very little is private anymore as street photography captures society at every conceivable level, from the poorest, to the richest, from the fashionable to the third world and everything in between. Documenting everyday life and society gives photographers an infinite subject matter only dictated by evolution. Every day throws a different perspective to the same places, through the eyes of different people and different photographers. It’s what makes photography the subjective choice of creatives. If you find yourself drawn to shooting photos in public and those filling the space around it.
Tip 1 – Don’t go overboard on kit.
The great saving grace about street photography is that nobody gives a damn about what type of camera you have. One of the first money saving optionsis definitely don’t go shelling out on expensive bits of kit if you don’t own it already. You really don’t need a specific camera to shoot with. You can shoot street photography on any camera. We’d all love to go out with a Leica-M-Edition-60 but even as a professional photographer I find it hard to justify £12000 on a single camera. You have to sell a lot photographs to cover this sort of outlay. In-fact, I personally know street photographers who will shoot with smartphones and hipstamaticbecause they consider it more of a challenge. Generally, smaller cameras tend to be preferable simply because DSLR’s can be bulky and make you look like a professional, thus drawing attention to the photographer. Something like the Olympus Pen with a pancake lens is a great piece of kit, however, I shoot religiously with a 5D MKIII, because it’s a tool I use five days a week.
It’s what I’m comfortable with and that makes for a lot pf sense when shooting. Make it easy and use a camera that you’re familiar with or will feel comfortable to have in your hands. One of the most important elements in the rule in street photography is keep your camera with you at all times. The amount of times I’ve been out and thought ‘Shit’ I wish I had my camera right now! The best moments on the street ‘WILL ALWAYS’ happen when you haven’t got your camera. Mark my words! They are very true!
Tip 2 – On the streets
You’ve chosen your camera, your lens and you’re ready to go for it. What’s out there on the streets. Do I shoot people, landmarks, objects? Now what do you look for when you’re out on the streets? Tip2 of5 Tips for Street Photography is: Shoot whatever you think looks Epic. Starting out with street photography, many photographers really just don’t know what they should be taking photographs of! You will develop a feel for your subject really quickly, but when I’m out shooting Street, I focus mainly on people. I personally shoot the poor, the homeless, the people who have hard lives. The expressions on their faces or their surroundings tell the story for you much of the time. For me, emotional connection of the subject to the surroundings helps to tell the story. One of the biggest problems that new street photographers have to content with is approaching people they wish to photograph.
Due to the idea that street photography is a focus on the humanity around us, this can be difficult, particularly when dealing with the street of culturally different countries. Start small. Work in your home areas where you are familiar with the surroundings and what you think or know you can get away with shooting. We’d all love to shoot the money shots, in hostile, dark, moody surroundings, but safety has to be a priority and a good portion of learning to overcome your fear is understanding how people think. If you’re polite with people and maybe explain your reasoning for the shots, you’re more than likely going to get a half decent reception. Just use common sense and don’t go waving a big Dslr with a 500mm zoom lens out in areas where you know crime is high or that is out of your comfort zone. Research where you are going to shoot and know where to avoid.
Tip 3 – Get Close
Lots of street photographers talk about the 35mm lens as being the best lens length because it mimics the focal plain of the human eye as close as possible. Let’s be honest, to me, it’s a load of tosh. More and more street imagery today seems to be taken from distance, but 5 Tips for Street Photographers No: 3 is Get Up Close. It really is a wicked opportunity to shoot your subject. How you do it will depend on your own morals for encroaching on personal space and how comfortable you feel about getting into peoples faces. The ability or need to shoot subjects or areas that may be deemed disturbing, is something that you may develop with time and will solely depend on your own confidence. Don’t photograph subjects if it will upset you, because it will ultimately destroy your love of street photography. I always try and look for the story One possible method for being discrete is to stand pretty close to someone and look above your subject, pretending to frame and shoot a picture of something above them. Lowering your camera, shoot as you come down, taking their their photo. People may think that you had no interest in them as a subject, however, this is not really an option in quiet streets unless you have a silent mode on your camera or if the subject is particularly active (High shutter speed ‘may’ work.) The second option is to wing it. Shoot on the fly with a ‘hit and run’ approach. This works well in areas where your camera is seriously unwelcome, such as non tourist areas of Marrakech where shooting was pretty dangerous and we were constantly harassed, threatened and subjected to abuse and attempts to literally extort money from you on the streets.
Tip 4- Framing
“Framing”. It is undoubtedly one of the key words for storytelling in street . To convey the message your audience, it’d really no good having distractive content that forms no part of the image you’re trying to get across. “Cropping” really can be one of your best friends for street photography but it’s worth noting that you really should be trying to nail your photos through the lens and not in photoshop. Bin the distractions and your story will unfold so much easier.
Tip 5- It’s Not All About People
Our final 5 Tips for Street Photography for beginners is: It’s not all about the people. Street photography has some misconceptions that it’s all about people. ‘s often wrongly associated with being entirely about photographing people on the streets. Street photography is about people, or more specifically about human nature, but people don’t need to be present in the scene. There are an infinite amount of opportunities out there for epic street photos without people. You just have to look for them.
But let’s not dismiss street photography without people. Urban landscapes are as much about street photography as the people who live in them. Urban landscapes can be impactive for the viewer, can tell their own stories and make for awesome storylines. Take the example above. This was taken in a residential of Marrakech on Festival of the Sacrifices or Eid al-Adha in the aftermath of the sacrificial slaughter of sheep. The image is simplistic, void of people but retains a visually impactive message representing bloodshed and death. The image content is unsettling in its simplicity. Architecture can depict life without having to include people and this aspect of street photography makes the whole process easier for people who are embracing cautiously into the world of urban photography.
I hope that this very small insight into my own perspective of shooting the public and urban life unfolding. Keeping your camera with you is a must and with practice, increased time out on the streets, you will soon be into a place where you are comfortable and know your limitations. Your imagery should flourish in a very short time. Don’t forget that The more you shoot, the more your confidence will undoubtedly grow.. So just keep shooting, learn by your mistakes and most importantly, Enjoy!
With the new Wacom Inuos Art,” You’re only an Intuos away.”
At least that what Wacom are saying about their new range of Intuos Tablets that include the colourful Wacom Intuos Art Tablet!
Wacom have split their new tablets into two very different groups and the comparison is noticeable as soon as you open the box of the new Wacom Intuos Art Series. At one end of the spectrum you have the £200+ Pro Intuos Series and then, below, you have Intuos Draw, Intuos Art, Intuos Comic & Intous Photo. Wacom are calling the new Intuos an ideal chance to unleash your creativity. It’s a great introduction to Wacom products and for somebody who has never used a Wacom pen & touch tablet before, it’s a great piece of kit. The Wacom Art comes complete with a Downloadable Software Bundle, but Wacom’s recent problems with European servers being down for weeks, means that consumers have been forced to download trial versions of the Intuos Art Software, (Corel Painter Essentials 5) because UK and European residents can neither access the software, nor register their products. To be totally honest, the addition of software is reflected in the product and personally, the build quality just doesn’t cut it for me having used an Intuos 4. The Intuos Art and other Wacom tablets in this series are totally consumer products and fall short of the prosumer tag that it could carry. Wacom have pulled a genius type advertising campaign with a bunch of professional artists promoting the product and the styling, colourful marketing will undoubtedly sell this product.
Intuos Art – The Review
I’m focusing purely on the Wacom Intuos Art because this is the tablet that I’ve purchased? Why.. Because my current Intuos 4 has seen four years of work and three Wacom stylus pens. With my latest Intuos 4 pen now not working, it was a choice of spending £75 on a new pen or trying out the new Intuos Art which I’d been sucked into after visiting the Wacom site. The Intuos Art comes in small and medium versions. A a professional photographer running a Digital Image Agency, the software choice was irrelevant. I use Adobe CC, so my main concern was the pad and the pen. I was driven primarily on colour. The Intuos Art came in a nice looking blue, a nice change from the standard black, so that’s what I opted for. The small tablet is seriously small. The working area is much smaller than the working area of the Intuos Pro range and I immediately missed the an hand rest area around the tablet. The small version packs quite a bit of space to work on a single 27 inch monitor by I immediately felt the touch gestures were going to be a paionn in the backside, simply because when moving the pen across the tablet, I repeatedly felt my my hand was hanging off the edge of the tablet, which it was and it was difficult to manage the change in surface when used to running your hand on the rests around the Intuos 4. There is a mechanism the tablet to enable palm rejection so you can rest your hand on the tablet without dragging you pointer around or making unwanted strokes when drawing, but I still felt it was somewhat uncomfortable. Installation of the tablet drivers is effortless. No messing around and the tablet functioned perfectly after installation. Wacom have a decent level of update drivers and support, despite my previous riffs about the UK servers not working.
The Intuos Art Pen is possibly the biggest disappointment of the whole tablet. It’s like working with a toothpick. It works very well. The 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity did feel restrained because it doesn’t have 2048 pressure levels ofthe Pro range tablets. The pressure curve is similar to other Intuos/Pro tablets and the same system preference panels mean you have the ability to set your own pressure and creative settings. The stylus pen does feel and behave just like the traditional brushes, markers and pencils you may have been using. For long periods of work, the traditional rubber grip and thicker pen would have been a favourable ergonomic addition to the pen. I constantly felt like I have to spin the pen around to find the right and left click options because the stylus pen feels far too thin for prolong periods of editing. The physical dynamics of the pen work just fine particularly if you practice with it.There is no shading and tilt option with the pen, so people used to working with Wacom’s may find this problematic. The Intuos Art Stylus will switch between witch between many pencils, chalks, oils and watercolours, so from an artistic perspective, there is a huge amount of scope for budding artists. The Intuos Art does include multi-touch, which I have touched on already in this review. You use all manner of common gestures to zoom, rotate and pan your work, but part of me feels that the Wacom Intuos Art would perform better as a Trackpad than it does as a Wacom Tablet. There are four touch Express keys that have a good range of programmable functions and click in your applications. ExpressKeys put shortcuts at the press of a button and incorporating the radial menu, you can actually load up a shed full of presets to save time.
The Intuos Art provides support for multiple monitor setups. I’ve yet to try this on two x 27 inch monitors, but I’m not going to hold my breath. I have heard that controlling multiple display across a small Intuos Art Tablet is simply too restrictive. When using the tablet with multiple monitors, you are essentially splitting the working area in half, meaning the stylus has the potential to work in an over exaggerated way.
The tablet lacks the solid build of it’s pro models. It’s extremely lightweight, plastic will bend and flex under pressure, the back plate comes off with a two thumbed push, but I feel as though it;’s likely to snap when I remove the back panel. There are some replacement nibs hidden away inside the rear panel, where you will also find space to load up the Wacom’s Wireless Accessories. The housing has space for the Wireless Battery and Dongle, but you will end up shelling more than half the price of the tablet to benefit from the wireless connectivity. I was sold on the wireles element, but having been to five retailers, none of which carried the Wacom Wireless Kit and then seeing the build quality, I’ve decided that, wired it will stay. I can’y justify the costs on this.
The final word on the Intuos Art
Taking the price, build quality and size into account, the Wacom Intuos Art and the rest of the series, offer a great consumer, entry level tablet that does the job. For Students and hobbyists whoThe pricing is affordable, but I’m a great believer in the analogy of ‘BUY CHEAP… BUY TWICE!” and that’s exactly what I’m about to do. Having used the Intuos Art after owning an Intuos 4 Medium Sized Tablet, there simply is no going going back to something as simplistic and plasticky as the WAcom Intuos Art.
Hot off the press from our sister site 99PROBS, comes a set of awesome photos of global sensation Mariah Carey. The images as seen in The Daily Mail were photographed by Blanc Creative’s very own Lee Blanchfower at London’s O2 Arena. Please enjoy and share if you like what you see.
Appearing in London for the first time in over 13 years, Mariah Carey admitted “I can be a little difficult,” while on stage during the last leg of her UK ‘Sweet Sweet Fantasy Tour’ at the O2 Arena. This certainly wasn’t evident as only 25 minutes late, she smoothly entered stage left relaxing on a velvet chaise longue carried by six, muscular, oiled dancers. The global-superstar arrived in glamorous style, hopping on to a boat to cruise down the River Thames to the Greenwich-based arena marked the last of her Sweet Sweet Fantasy Tour on Wednesday evening in a flamboyant manner. Mariah took to the stage in an outfit resembling something worn at Big Weekend by Taylor Swift, with obligatory heels and nude tights. Her show was watched by a huge packed on by her adoring fans and billionaire fiance James Packer and a number of celebrities including.
After a high pitched theatrical melody to open affairs and a huge fanbase, crazily running down the centre aisle as she opened her set, the precious momentum came to a halt as (it was reported) that Mariah Carey spent what proved to be almost an entire song changing into a succession of costumes that would have been better kept hidden in the wardrobe and replaced with her actually on stage singing. Instead, her band,gyn ripped dancers dancers and trio of backing vocalists were left to carry on without her.
Photographers were banned from the pit for the performance, reduced to shooting the first two songs with long lenses the size of rocket launches, from the confines of the sound desk half way down the arena. Nonetheless, the lighting was white, bright and not bathed in the unusable reds and blues that many bands opt for these days. The staging could have been livelier, with a lack of screens and creativity that crowds have come to expect in 2016. It was a pretty minimal affair, but then again, the audience were there to hear the piercing highs and rumbling lows. All in all, Mariah Carey proved that she remains a Global Superstar, wowing the crowds after over a decade away from the UK and leaving some super positive memories on her final night on stage in the UK.
Norwich Commercial Photography – The Big Green Plan
In 2015, Norwich Commercial Photography business, Blanc Creative worked on an extensive project with one of Norfolk’s most renowned Poultry Farming businesses and Family Food Brands, Bernard Matthews. Having served half of the homes in the UK with Turkey for over 65 years, Bernard Matthews plans to be the greenest farmer in the UK by 2020. Blanc Creative have built a reputation for high quality images and exceptional customer service providers and work only as a dedicated Commercial Photography business. Following a dedicated brief, Blanc Creative were assigned to capture the latest sustainable energy sources that Bernard Matthews are using within their business, which would be taken forward as the primary image source for the new website ‘THE BIG GREEN PLAN.”
Everyone recognises the importance of green energy – learning to better manage the world’s resources and protect the environment for future generations. Business clearly has a role to play in helping to support and champion this agenda, both as a responsible part of the local and global community and to ensure a healthy and sustainable future for the business. This is why Bernard Matthews created the ‘Big Green Plan’ – a blue-print for working with nature’s resources to responsibly develop and grow our business. Bernard Matthews want to play a role in the ongoing protection of the natural environment, which as a food and farming business is at the heart of their values. Secondly, through a wide range of initiatives we want to create a sustainable future for the company, by helping make it more efficient in the way it uses energy.
As the UK’s largest turkey farmer, and a major supplier to many of the country’s leading supermarkets, wBernard Matthews have an important role to play in preserving and protecting the environment. From managing our carbon footprint to exploring renewable energy, their sustainability principals are committed to making a difference to the environment.
Like many other businesses and individuals that own significant land, Bernard Matthews have manage their land and building assets as effectively as possible. Whether it’s installing wind or solar farms on un-used land or improving their overall energy efficiency across the business, developing green energy solutions seemed the most effective way to make an impact on local and global sustainability.
It’s for these reasons Bernard Matthews embarked on a long-term, comprehensive energy efficient programme that stretches across our farms and our factories.
Blanc Creative were commissioned to deliver a set of images that reflected Bernard Matthews commitment to the environment and sustainable energy across their business including Wind Power, Solar Energy, Anaerobic Digestion & Biomass Boilers. These components formed THE BIG GREEN PLAN from farm to factory and providing high quality visual imagery of sustainable farming and factories.
Wind energy is a key part of our sustainability strategy to generate as much renewable energy as we consume. We have already entered into a number of key partnerships and as a result have nine large scale wind turbines (125m in height) installed across three sites in East Anglia; Holton and Weston in Suffolk, and Pickenham in Norfolk.
Solar presents a real opportunity for businesses like us to not only generate green energy at a lower price, but also helps reduce carbon emissions. To date, in partnership with Belectric and RenEnergy, Bernard Matthewsvbuilt a 55 acre solar farm on their Holton site in Suffolk – this alone generates 10.1MW of electricity. Building is under way for a second 35 acre solar farm at Weston, and a number of other smaller scale installations around their other key sites.
Anaerobic Digestion Plant
As a food business Bernard Matthews have an important role to play in reducing the amount of waste they create. Not only are they able to save energy and natural resources, Bernard Matthews also reduce pollution and the need to landfill.
In 2013, they built an anaerobic digestion plant at the Holton production site generating power and heat from factory waste. Gas produced by the plant is supplied to a combined heat and power gas engine (CHP). In 2016, the plants will have a second CHP installed on the Holton site. With both engines running at full power they will provide over 1Mw of electrical energy, enough power for over 2128 homes, and a further 1Mw of heat energy (hot water).
The biomass project has been the largest biomass installation in the country with 209 boilers being installed across 30 of ours farms in East Anglia. The project has further reduce reliance on greenhouse gas omitting, fossil fuels such as LPG, heating oil and natural gas. The biomass boilers have also helped reduce energy costs, in-house ammonia levels and improve ventilation. Drier heat reduces ammonia level from the boilers, thus enhancing animal welfare.
To find out more about the full range of commercial photography services, Aerial Videography and film production offered by Blanc Creative, please contact our team on 07871 364041 or email email@example.com
PR. What is it exactly? What is PR? Is it Copy? Is it about Press Releases? Is it about PR Photography? In some way it’s about all three but there is no getting away from the fact that high quality PR Photography imagery cannot be underestimated. Grab a magazine or daily paper and most of the images you see accompanying stories are shot to catch the readers eye in a creative, impactive way?
As a professional PR Photographer, the challenges convincing clients of the importance of images for their PR is immense. The following five points are pretty straight forward
Including a professional PR image with your press release will generate engagement more than word alone. We live in an age where huge amounts of emphasis on social media is based around images and video. People can’t be bothered to read lots of text (In fact, you may not even be bothered to want to read this, but hey (Yoast says a blog should be at least 300 words..) A picture says a thousand words. Making the photo stand out in a professional, eye catching manner. Images in your press release will grab a journalist’s attention and help you tell the story.
Commercial PR Photography for VW Commercial Vehicles
Think about the different images you might need. It’s useful to have a variety of shots — from your product in action, to cut outs to your product on a plain white background. That way, your shots will be appropriate for most uses.
It’s always a good idea to invest in a proper photo shoot. Never underestimate what a photographer can do for your brand. Outside of the business of actually taking the photos, a good photographer can advise on the kind of images you need to show your business to its best advantage, provide lighting and professional backdrops and develop creative ideas to really make you stand out from the crowd.
KLM Engineering PR Photography
Don’t forget to use key words in alternative text to ensure that your images are optimised for search engines. If your Sending images to the press, it’s advisable to ensure how they run their bylines. It’s worth contacting the art editor/photo editor at the publication.
Reload Music Festival PR Imagery
Deliver High Resolution Images. It’s essential that you can provide newspapers and magazines high-res images. Images will need to be at least 300 dpi and usually over 1.5MB. Investing in a decent file transfer system such as Wetransfer will make the process of electronic delivery a smoother and more enjoyable experience in the absence of Press FTP’s.
Eye Surgeon PR Story
Manage the branding in your pictures. Throwing a product or a story into every part of the image will just make you look amateur and makes the product or story look desperate. Over-branding, whatever market the image is aimed at, will just kill the picture in an editors eyes straight away. There are times when you simply can’t get away from it because clients will naturally want to promote their business / logo / brand. Just try and be subtle and incorporate it into the story. It’s not always needed.
Shelter Housing Rogue LAndlord NAtional PR CAmpaign
Morgan Sindall Hadleigh Park Olympic Legacy Project
Music PR – The Struts
With seven years of experience shooting commercial photography, Blanc Creative and their sisters company, 99PROBS Music Media, have been providing Freelance PR Photography and Editorial Photography to independent agencies and the Tabloid Press. Working to any brief, Blanc Creative will provide high quality, affordable PR Photography throughout the UK including unobtrusive reportage PR photography, Conferencing, PR Events and VIP appearances. To enquire about about PR Photography for your Event or Business, please contact the Blanc Creative team on Tel: 07871 364041 or email firstname.lastname@example.org