Barcelona Hotel Porta Fira

On location this last week for Pfizer and QAV at the wonderfully shaped Porta Fira Hotel.

Porta Fira Hotel

‘Hotel Porta Fira is a 28-storey, 113 m skyscraper hotel designed by Toyo Ito on the Plaza de Europa in the district of Granvia l’Hospitalet in L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, a suburb of Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain’ – wikipedia

The Co operative Food Portraits

Since November 2013 I have been working flat out taking portraits of store managers for the Co operative Food across the South East, including London, Surrey, Sussex, Kent, Essex, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire travelling some 8503 miles in 6 months visiting 181 sites. The portraits have been taken on location inside the store during normal opening hours, forming part of the ongoing marketing for the refitting of stores. Working alongside the excellent team at Refinery Marketing the images have been used to produce A1 posters for store windows and leaflets.

Google maps have been very useful in planning schedules for this assignment. The map below shows the extent of coverage across the South East. Each point represents a portrait taken on location at a Co operative Food store.

Corporate Staff Headshot Portraits – Retouching Example

I’d like to provide an example of how I like to retouch images while retaining a realistic look. The below are taken from a recent commission for some corporate staff headshot portraits. The photoshoot took place at the clients office. The first portrait example is  lit with strobe flash lighting. The second is natural light from windows to camera left and behind the subject.

In these images the retouch has been applied to the skin and eyes. So as you can see in the before and after the skin tones and texture are smoother and the eyes brighter. The image has been brightened overall and contrast adjusted. This is a subtle retouch which I think does not draw attention to itself.

Corporate Headshot Before and After Retouch Before / After

The second image has a similar retouch as above with an additional edit to the background. I found the window edge distracting and so extended this so that it appears to continue beyond the image frame. Finally the image is cropped to a tighter composition.

Staff Portrait Before and After Retouch

Royal Brompton Annual Report Photography – Healthcare Photography London

Healthcare annual report assignment completed earlier this year for the Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust Hospital. Completed over a two day period at the Hospitals London sites in Chelsea and Harefield. This years photo shoot took had an added significance as my daughter Eleanor was born the day after the first days shoot. As always it was a pleasure to meet the patients and staff at RBHT.

The work is a mixture of fly on the wall reportage and stage managed shots.

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MIT develops Lighting Drones for Photographers

Seems like drones are going to become part of everyday life from weapon of war, pizza delivery, expensive toy, police surveillance and now the drone lighting assistant. MIT researchers have developed autonomous lighting drones. Which can be deployed to continuously adjust to a photographers movements presumably providing the optimum lighting during a shoot without having to pause to readjust lights etc. I suppose the next step will be drone photographers.