Noel Gallagher headlines Sunday Sessions Norwich

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.

Norwich Music Photography - Noel Gallagher

Noel Gallagher Concert Photography

Norwich Music Photography - Noel Gallagher

Noel Gallagher Concert Photography

Noel Gallagher Concert Photography

Noel Gallagher Concert Photography

Noel Gallagher Concert Photography

Noel Gallagher Concert Photography

Noel Gallagher Concert Photography

Noel Gallagher Oasis Photography

Noel Gallagher Oasis Photography

Noel Gallagher concert photographs Sunday Sessions Norwich

Noel Gallagher concert photographs Sunday Sessions Norwich

Noel Gallagher concert photographs Sunday Sessions Norwich

Noel Gallagher concert photographs Sunday Sessions Norwich

Noel Gallagher concert photographs Sunday Sessions Norwich

Noel Gallagher - Norwich Music Photography

Norwich Advertising Photography. Look Both Ways

Advertising Photography Norwich

Norwich Advertising Photography. Look Both Ways

Think! Norfolk is the brand name used by Norfolk’s Road Casualty Reduction partnership which is committed to reducing the number and severity of casualties on Norfolk’s roads. The partnership is made up of representatives from Norfolk County Council, Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service, Norfolk Constabulary, East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust, Safety Camera Partnership and the Highways Agency. The partnership is committed to reducing the number and severity of casualties on Norfolk’s roads. The cost to the community of road traffic casualties is very high, not to mention the pain and suffering experienced by those affected by them. Department for Transport data indicates that the annual cost of road crashes in Norfolk is approximately £155 million, in terms of costs to the emergency services, health service, loss of income and crash damage. Meanwhile research has indicated that human error is the major cause of over 90% of crashes on the road.

The Think! Norfolk road safety partnership has launched its latest push to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads by asking them to do one simple thing and LOOK BOTH WAYS before they cross the road. The latest ‘You wouldn’t’ campaign was launched at the end of March with the first of a series of large format adverts posted on bus stops and inside buses across Norfolk. The #LOOKBOTHWAYS campaign was created by leading Advertising Agency, Shorthose Russell with the first campaign showing a solitary red shoe left in the road with the title ‘You wouldn’t risk missing a night out.’

The Advertising Photography was shot by Award winning photographer, Lee Blanchflower, whose Advertising Photography business, Blanc Creative, have delivered imagery for a number of national brands including Marks & Spencer, Barclays Bank, Bernard Matthews, Volkswagen and Vauxhall.

 

Advertising Photography Norwich

 

Advertising Photography Norwich

Advertising Photography Norwich

ADVERTISING PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS & TRICKS.

THE KEY TO GREAT ADVERTISING PHOTOS!

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For information about Advertising Photography and how Blanc Ceative can help your business with professional Advertising Photography, simply CLICK HERE or email one of the team at studio@blanc-creative.com

Google Gives Away Nik Collection FREE

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Google Gives Away Nik Collection FREE

Click here to go straight to the Nik Collection website 

Google has stunned photographers everywhere once again by slashing the $149 Nik Collection software suite, to a cool $Zero. that’s right. An Absolutely Free  Software containing a suite of seven desktop plug-ins aimed at advanced photographers, The Nik Collection

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The Nik Collection has since grown from six to seven plug-ins. It includes Analog Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, Silver Efex Pro, Viveza, HDR Efex Pro, Sharpener Pro, and Dfine, all of which work in Photoshop, Lightroom, and Aperture.

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To take advantage of this mega offer (which you should do straight away) simply click the link above. And to make things even better, anyone who had the misfortunate to buy it for $149 in 2016, is going to receive a refund.

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Advertising Photography – Tips and Tricks

Norwich Advertising Photography - Blanc Creative

Advertising Photography – Tips and Tricks

Norwich Advertising Photography - Blanc Creative

At Blanc, we absolutely love the opportunity to get creative with our Advertising Photography, so when we sat down with the Longwater Living Team to discuss the concepts for a Fitted Kitchen Advertising Campaign, we were seriously excited. Advertising Photography uses photographs and images to promote a certain product or service and the brief for this Advertising Photography Assignment was quite straight forward.

How do you show kitchens as a modern, attractive space that are not ‘Just’ a place to cook food? 

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Usually, people’s eyes do not gravitate towards lots of text. Much like food photography, people eat with their eyes and advertising photography reflects this beautifully. Images draw people’s eyes towards things, whether it is on a book cover, a magazine advert, a large scale billboard or the side of a vehicle. Because of the way our attention works, the use of high quality, professional advertising photography can greatly increase a potential customer to look at an advertisement. Naturally,  this, in turn, will increase a business or company’s chances of getting people to buy what they are selling.

The Longwater Living Team had requested a mixture of two distinct styles. The first, would portray modern family life where entertaining centred around life in the kitchen. The second aspect, would provide subtle humour where clear strap lines and hooks would reflect the content of the Adverts.

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The photography was shot entirely on site in the Longwater Living Showroom in Norwich and an advertising campaign followed through a number of established Publications including Norfolk Magazine, Places & Faces Magazine and large format imagery used on the side of Longwater Construction Vehicles.

Norwich Advertising Photography - Blanc Creative

So now you have an idea about the brief for this project, let’s move on to the all important Advertising Photography Top Tips. 

1:  Know Your Target Audience

Shooting professional Advertising PR isn’t luck. A good advertisement, regardless of where it’s being placed will have a purpose and should have a clear, clean message. It’s important that the shots meet your target audience without them having to stand back for 10 minutes to try and fathom out exactly what that message is. Attempting to multi brand across a campaign will inevitably lead to mixed messages and a diluted campaign.  Don’t confuse.

2:  Discuss the Brief Fully

Successful advertising Photography will only work if you can communicate with your client. You may have an awesome creative streak, but this isn’t necessarily going to fulfil your clients criteria. There is literally nothing worse than receiving a brief, shooting Advertising Photography without any direction from your client, only to fond out that your ideas have clashed and they hate the images you’ve shot. You waste time, the client loses money and you won’t ever get in the door again or build a relationship with that client for the future. Shooting Advertising is delivering your customers vision, in a way that will reach their target audience,  convey the right message and benefit your customers business.  A well planned meeting where you can brainstorm ideas and reach a vision that is achievable will pay dividends not only to your creative portfolio, but throughout the whole project from creation to delivery. Think about the budget and the setting that you could potentially be working with.

3:  Think About the Budget

We all love to shoot internationally, in great locations across the world with breathtaking backgrounds with professional models and medium format cameras.. But the reality of this happening when you start out in the world of Advertising Photography are slim. Advertising campaigns are expensive and unless you are working with an international, household name, the chances are, is that your budgets clients will be far less than you would like to see.  Aim to deliver realistic Advertising Photography images, that is going to streamline the whole process. It will maximise your earnings if you can save you and the client time. Save the client some money and there’s good chance that they will use you again. Stitch up a client with an over inflated fee and you will lose out in the long run. Once you build up a reputation in the business, you will be in a far better position to negotiate more favourable rates.

Norwich Advertising Photography - Blanc Creative

Norwich Advertising Photography - Blanc Creative

4:  Stock Imagery

Use Stock sites to generate ideas if you’re really stuck. Don’t worry about re-inventing the wheel. There’s very little across the market that hasn’t been done before. The idea is to put your own personal stamp on the subject you’re shooting. Speak with clients about the downside of choosing stock imagery over your work. Does your client really want to use an image that’s been seen on on numerous websites.

5: The Photo Shoot – Lighting

Depending on the complexiy of your shoot, if you’re new to the world of Advertising Photography, you should be keeping it simple. Don’t bite off more than you canchew, promising clients the world, with elaborately lit epic locations that you can’t deliver. The biggest piece of advice is “If you can’t manage the assignment, walk away.” Your reputation will stay in tact much more than undertaking a project that you are then unable to deliver. It will leave your client with a sour taste and your image as a professional photographer could very well be damaged. Present your commercial portfolio to your client at your initial meeting so they are fully aware of your Advertising Photography experience. Tone down the amount of lighting when you shoot and opt for the most natural imagery as possible is a good start. Simple lighting can help you better show off your product and service without overpowering it.

6: Copy Space

Always one to remember on Advertising Photography. The chances are, your imafe will be accompanied on the advert with text of some description. Make sure there is enough space for Copy. Shoot too close and you will remove the chance to tweak your crop in post production and your client may end up with unusable images Make sure that you have space in your advertisement to properly layout your photographs.  In advertising photography, you want to look at photos from various angles before you print it to make sure that you have enough space to work with.

7: Contact Sheet

A straight forward one here. Once your initial images are selected, a Contact Sheet of Proof images is a great way to deliver a first look to your client. It enables them to choose the images they wish to use for the campaign and reduce the need for you to edit every image from the shoot. Try and ensure that the out of camera images are professional as tghere is nothing worse than a client looking at your proof images and regretting that they’ve used you for the project.

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8: Edit The Photograph

Editing can make or break an Advertising Photography image. Never allow an image to be sent to a client with out having first been retouched. You will be sadly mistaken if you think your images can be sent out straight for camera. Generally, there will be time spend in post-production cleaning, tweaking, and photo-shopping the image to ensure that everything is perfect. This can include air-brushing, brightening or increasing the image’s contrast to make certain areas of the photograph stand out more. If you don’t know how to retouch, then use a freelance retoucher to do the work for you. Incorporate a retoucher into the price of your assignment. It will be money well spent and will save time on anything complex. You are a photographer, retouchers work on images for a living, so it’s sound advice to let them take the pressure from you.

9:  Delivering Your Images

Finally.. How you deliver your images will depend on the finished advert. If the Advertising Photography is purely for Web and Social Media, then there’s no point in sending over images at 5MB because this will simply cause you more work when the client requests they be re-sent at a smaller size. A good rule of thumb is (72dpi / 1920 px minimum & under 1MB for web use), 1MB-3MB for print depending on the publication requirements and seek advice from the client if the imagery is to be used for LArge Format Printing or 48 sheet Advertising Boards

Norwich Advertising Photography - Blanc Creative

Norwich Advertising Photography - Blanc Creative

Norwich Advertising Photography - Blanc Creative

As with any industry, there will always be photographers who read this blog and have their own ideas and working practices. This is something that will develop over time and this article is my own interpretation form seven years working with commercial clients. To view our extensive Blanc Creative Portfolio, please visit our site by Clicking BLANC CREATIVE.

 

To find out more about the Advertising Photography services provided by Blanc Creative, please contact a member of our team on

07871 364041 or email studio@blanc-creative.com

 

How to Shoot Interior Photography

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How to Shoot Interior Photography

Interior Photography is one of a number of specialist types of assignment that Blanc Creative and we’ve been out again this month photographing the latest in luxurious Norfolk Wedding Venues, Fishley Hall. The property has been in the Molineux family since 1953 and dates back to the Seventeenth century. It has been lovingly refurbished from a derelict state after the last occupant left in 1980 and then sat unloved for 30 years. Work started in 2012 and the extensive renovations have been undertaken with Phil the farmer, a very talented bricklayer called Pigglet and Godffrey a friendly local builderWe have used and kept all original features where possible and matched new to old.

The interior photography project at Fishley Hall  is something of a work in progress. Blanc Creative have photographed just a small percentage of this perfectly idyllic country wedding venue. Set in 350 acres of beautiful Norfolk Countryside, the interior. We commenced work on a small part of the 8 bedrooms, Bridal suite, family rooms and ground floor bedroom with ensuite.

To coincide with the shoot, we thought this may be a great chance to give 3 simple tips on interior photography. And here they are;

1) Firstly, the light has to be right. We started in the kitchen and the sun was pouring on through the kitchen window. Since we’re shooting stationary objects, we have very little choice in waiting for the right light or alternatively, using artificial light to compensate. So we had a coffee and an hour later, we were blessed with some partial cloud and a little movement in the sun. We were ready to go for it. Wait for the light to be the best it can. Whilst we were looking for a natural look, it’s generally a good idea to compensate with a little fill in flash. Try and avoid heavy shadows and be careful to avoid objects that are going to give the game away with flash refection. Where possible, we avoid a 100 light set-up with ten reflectors and a show of how much kit you can take out on a shoot. If nothing else, room size will dictate just how much your shots will cope with.

2) Double checking everything. You can save valuable shooting time with preparation and ensuring where possible, that rooms are dressed and checked before you arrive. Interior Photography is one genre of photography where unwanted items can appear in your shot because you are too wrapped up in ensuring the images are technically correct. I will always remember returning from one f my first ever interior shoots, extremely happy that the images needed very little editing, only to find that the I’d completely missed the additional lens and hood that I’d stood on the worktop.

• Reflections of objects that will be difficult to remove in post.
• Uneven sheets, crumpled pillows and short valences on beds.
• Vertical lines particularly when shooting with wider lenses when trying to maximise the look of smaller rooms

3) Don’t trust your hands. You may have steady hands, but don’t you them for interior photography. Virtually all professional interior photographers know that a tripod is essential. If you want a crisp, clear and professional looking photograph of your interior, make sure you use a tripod. It’s also a great means to shoot longer exposures when the lighting is that little bit lower. If the windows are causing exsessive over exposure, it may also act as an emergency means to bracket you image for some post processing (Only use this method as a last resort.)

4) Post Production. Interior Photography’s best friend is Post-production. It is a huge asset to interior photography. It’s very rare that an  interior design image comes out exactly as you want it to look. Work on getting your images to the very best standards of lighting and perspective as you can. Try to make sure you get the composition correct first time round to prevent the excessive need for vertical correction will help keep post-production to a minimum.

For further details of Blanc Creative interior photography services, please contact one of our team on Tel: 07871 364041 or email studio@blanc-creative.com

Interior Photography Norwich

Interior Photography Norwich

Interior Photography Norwich

Interior Photography Norwich

Interior Photography Norwich


Interior Photography Norwich

Interior Photography Norwich

Interior Photography Norwich

Interior Photography Norwich

Interior Photography Norwich

Interior Photography Norwich

 

 

The Pilot

THE PILOT

The Pilot is a short Film production by Lee Blanchflower, owner of Blanc Creative. It was shot entirely on location at Old Buckenham Airfield, (a former Royal Air Force Station used during World War II by The US for strategic bombing campaigns) located south East of Attleborough in Norfolk. The Pilot was a spontaneous production filmed over only four hours and documents Civilian Pilot, Simon Beckett-Allen as he takes to the skies for the afternoon in his own aircraft.

Using predominantly hand held shooting techniques with some monopod stabilisation, the entire Film was captured on a single Canon 5D MKIII with Samyang 24mm & 85mm Cinema lenses.The project was initially going to be stills based, but the airfield held so much character, that Lee Blanchflower could not resist the opportunity to document Simon’s flight through moving image.

Working on the fly and in a solo capacity in strong cross winds and inside a small aircraft during flight raised difficulties with audio production so a decision was taken to either use a separate voice over or dispense with audio in favour of a music score.

Final Cut X was used for editing and graded through Red Giant Magic Bullet  and Pixelfimstudios Plugins.

Click Here to watch ‘The Pilot’

 

Commercial Photography Norwich

Commercial Photography Norwich

Commercial Photography Norwich

Commercial Photography Norwich

Commercial Photography Norwich

Commercial Photography Norwich

Commercial Photography Norwich

Commercial Photography Norwich

Solar Lanterns Transform Lives in India

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How Solar Lanterns Are Giving Power to the People – A National Geographic Re-Share

Clean-energy lights are transforming lives—and creating entrepreneurs—in Africa and India.

The following Blog is a fascinating story that has been kindly borrowed from National Geographic. The whole article can be found in full on the National geographic website. To red more, simply “CLICK HERE”

PRASHANT MANDAL FLIPS ON A CANDY-BAR-SIZE LED LIGHT in the hut he shares with his wife and four children. Instantly hues of canary yellow and ocean blue—reflecting off the plastic tarps that serve as the family’s roof and walls—fill the cramped space where they sleep. Mandal, a wiry 42-year-old with a thick black beard and a lazy eye, gestures with a long finger across his possessions: a torn page from a dated Hindu calendar, a set of tin plates, a wooden box used as a chair. He shuts down the solar unit that powers the light and unplugs it piece by piece, then carries it to a tent some 20 yards away, where he works as a chai wallah, selling sweet, milky tea to travelers on the desolate road in Madhotanda, a forested town near the northern border of India.

“My life is sad, but I have my mind to help me through it,” Mandal says, tapping the fraying cloth of his orange turban. “And this solar light helps me to keep my business open at night.”

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Holding a solar-powered lamp, Soni Suresh, 20, and Suresh Kashyap, 22, celebrate their marriage ceremony in Uttar Pradesh, where 20 million households lack electricity.

Mandal, whose home sits illegally on public land at the edge of a tiger reserve, is just a tiny cog in a surging new economic machine, one that involves hundreds of companies working aggressively to sell small solar-powered units to off-grid customers in developing nations to help fill their growing energy needs. Roughly 1.1 billion people in the world live without access to electricity, and close to a quarter of them are in India, where people like Mandal have been forced to rely on noxious kerosene and bulky, acid-leaking batteries.

Roughly 1.1 billion people in the world live without access to electricity, and close to a quarter of them are in India.

Mandal’s solar unit, which powers two LED lights and a fan, is energized by a 40-watt solar panel. Sun beats down on the panel, charging a small, orange power station for roughly ten hours at a time. Mandal leases the kit from SimpaNetworks. A for-profit company with a name derived from the notion of “simple payments,” Simpa offers subscription plans structured to fit the budgets of low-income consumers. Even so, the equivalent of roughly 35 cents a day is a massive expenditure for Mandal, who supports his family on a razor-thin budget of less than two dollars a day. Food costs money, as do schoolbooks, medicine, and tea. His middle son, who’s 15, fell ill late last year, and the hospital bill plunged the family into debt exceeding $4,000.

The following Blog is a fascinating story that has been kindly borrowed from National Geographic. The whole article can be found in full on the National geographic website. To red more, simply “CLICK HERE”