Unlimited Online Image Storage

Data Centre Racks

I now provide free of charge with every photoshoot long term cloud storage, back up and gallery review for all your licensed images and low resolution image files.

This means that you can be sure of safe and secure storage of your images with 24/7 access.  If you lose your images or you need to review a past photoshoot, you can quickly find your organisations galleries or collection. To view historical shoots you simply need to log in to your Client Area.

You will find listed in the Client Area all the collections/galleries available to you.
Navigating the site is through a secure connection via HTTPS provided by SSL security. The benefit to the client is knowing your images are in one place accessible from any location. If time is short it’s not necessary to download all of a shoots images at one time but as and when they are needed. Image file sizes are only going to get larger with time and so downloads will take longer. Making sharing large images with colleagues easier.
The key advantages to online image delivery and storage:
  • Fast Secure access
  • Available 24/7
  • Sharing is made easy between colleagues
  • Options to change the level of security and permissions ( From fully secure login requiring an email address and password, password only, complete open access hidden from public view or publicly viewable.)
  • Proofing tools enabling easy collaboration and selection of images between colleagues and the photographer.

The service is operated and maintaned by a US based company called Photoshelter. In its 12 year history, Photoshelter has had 100% durability. Never losing a single bit of data. With a reliability track record of greater than 99.99% uptime. Every aspect of PhotoShelter’s infrastructure has redundancy, from the network level to the server level to the individual drives that store photos and videos. They have multiple data centers and multiple network providers at each data centre. Which is why some of the world’s most prestigious brands and organizations, including Fortune 500 companies, financial institutions, health care organizations and federal agencies, with extreme security and reporting requirements trust Photoshelter to hold their data.

Since adopting online image storage and delivery I have always wondered what a data centre is and how it operates to provide vast unlimited storage and redundancy. I had seen images of server rooms with vast corridors of server cabinets with bright colourful LED’s but I had no idea of the infrastructure which surrounds and enables these small black boxes we have all now become so dependant on to operate 24 hrs without missing a beat.

Data Centre - Security

I decided to visit a local Data Centre to understand better where the internet lives. They are extremely secure with two and even three stage entry requiring Photo ID.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Data Centre - Climate ControlThe data hall where the data lives is dust free and climate controlled with hot air being pumped out and replaced by cool air.
Data Centre Hall

Centres will often have power back up with fuses and circuits duplicated. Should the mains electrical power fail UPS (uninterrupted power supply) batteries kick in until the onsite generators start up.Data Centre Circuit Backup

Finally the entire site is protected by a huge fire suppression system using inert gas to reduce oxygen levels to a safe level to suppress a fire but also allow personnel to escape safely.

Fire Suppression

Portrait Post Process styling and Colour Grading

Colour grading and toning provides a look similar to the many social media images found on instagram and elsewhere. This is not the same as applying a filter as you would in Instagram but a process that can be tailored to your specification and unique to a particular image or set of images. A few example options to colour grade and stylise images the non graded image is top left.

Colour Grading and toning corporate portrait london Warm colour grade corporate portrait london city Blue Colour graded corporate portrait Black and White Corporate Portrait

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Corporate Portrait London City

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Original image – no grading applied

Natural Light Portraits

Examples of natural light (or ‘available daylight’ a more accurate description) corporate staff portraits and portraits for private clients in London and locally within Surrey. Shooting with only the available light can be difficult to master. There are many considerations to account for such as time of day, light direction, reflected colours, background, choice of lens, iso and shutter speed /aperture.

The beauty of working with only the available light without adding supplementary lighting, is the ability to setup quickly with minimal and lightweight equipment which is always good if you have to haul gear up stairs or a long way from a parked car. More importantly it allows you to focus on the subject, is less distracting and intimidating for the subject and is very flattering if the ratio of shadow to highlight is balanced well.

corporate staff portrait for website taken in surrey, united kingdom

Natural light Nurse portrait Natural light theatre nurse portrait

Baby portrait - Surrey series

Hotel Staff, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka LinkedI Social Media portrait Portrait of female consultant surgeon

77 Wimpole Street, London – Healthcare Photoshoot

A sample of photographs from a recent healthcare photoshoot for the recently opened RB&HH Speciality Care luxury private out patient and Diagnostics centre 77 Wimpole Street located in the renowned Harley Street Medical Area of London.

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Searching for multiple filenames in Lightroom.

I knew it was possible to search for multiple filenames in Lightroom. But recently when I went to search for about 20 filenames I could not get this simple but very powerful time saving search to work. Here is what I did wrong and how the search should be carried out.

My workflow from low res to processing full res selects involves the following. Before sending low res files to client they are renamed with the suffix LR.jpg. e.g. xxxx_xxxx_LR.jpg. So I know that this is a low res file and is easily distinguishable as such. After a client has made their selection of images to process, I am usually sent a text list either in an email or Word document from which I must mark the corresponding raw files to process and supply as full res jpg or tiff. So I usually end up with a text list of filenames not necessarily in numerical order and with the suffix LR.jpg. In order to perform the search of corresponding raw files I need to remove the suffix and add either a space or comma between filenames. I usually use a basic text editor or Apple Pages to do this. This new list can then be copied and pasted into the text search of the Lightroom Grid module.

When a search of multiple filenames is undertaken in Lightroom it is recommended the following parameters should be set:

Text search set to Any Searchable Field & Contains All

This is where things are not as simple as you would expect.

When you use a text editor invisible elements like carriage returns (¶) are added to the document and so when you cut and paste these invisible elements are also copied and pasted along with the visible text. In  my case this would happen and subsequently Lightroom would be unable to search.

This is what I did to remove the hidden returns and add space instead.

From within Pages

  1.  Set View to Show Invisibles
  2. Open the Find and Replace dialog. Tick Whole Words.
  3. In the Find field, insert the return character by typing option-return. You should see “/n” added and all the ¶ highlighted.
  4. In the Replace field, insert a space, then click All. This replaces all newlines with a space, so you’ll have one long line of all your text.

I could then copy and paste this new line of text into Lightroom and find all the correct corresponding filenames.

With large numbers of images and sometimes across different job files this can save a lot of time.

Environmental Portrait – Nursing Recruitment Brochure

This is a recent cover I shot for for the latest Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust nursing recruitment brochure. Portrait was taken in the anaesthetic room of one Harefield Hospital’s operating theatres. This is one of a series of environmental portrait photographs taken of the super happy and friendly theatre nurse Nerea.

Nursing Recruitment Brochure

SME World Class Engineering Photography

Earlier this year I had the great pleasure of working with SME Ltd. A world class engineering firm that has a fascinating heritage. Based in Steyning, West Sussex.

The Scale Model Equipment Company founded by Mr. Alastair Robertson-Aikman in 1946. Began as a designer and manufacturer of precision models for the exhibition and model engineering trade. The company expanded and diversified into engineering subcontracting, producing precision aircraft parts for prestigious companies such as Rolls Royce, Hawker & Martin Baker. The company went onto design pick up arms and turntables for the high end audio market and today continues to manufacture highly complex precision components. 

Taking place over two days the photography for SME captured both the heritage aspects of the company alongside the modern precision engineering. It was clear on my first visit to the factory that the company was unique from its 1950’s era architecture to the ethos of hand crafted engineering alongside cutting edge lathes and milling machines.

Everyone I SME Ltdmet had a passion for the company and engineering. I was impressed also to see that the founder Mr Robertson-Aikman’s original office remained untouched retaining the original decor of the 1960’s. Most of the product photography took place here and it was like stepping back in time, with wonderful objects from the era such as a desk fan, intercom and telephone. As well as the original furniture and furnishings.

The photographs taken were primarily for a redesign of the SME website which was recently launched. With a long shot list the photo shoot presented many challenges. I was tasked with photographing both exterior shots of the factory as well products on a white screen and environmental imagery of the factory and the precision components. The challenges consisted mainly of working in a confined space that was not

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SME Ltd Factory Photography

SME Ltd Factory Photography

SME Ltd

Contemporary Corporate Portrait Photography – Reigate, Surrey.

Sample photography from a recent corporate portrait shoot taken for  WS Planning & Architecture in Reigate, Surrey.

WS Planning & Architecture follow a Four Stage Planning & Design Process that utilises the combined knowledge of their planning and architectural teams.

All images were shot with the available daylight. The whole process was relaxed and the teams at WSPA were great to get to know.

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London Skyline

A couple of dusk / golden hour photographs taken of the London skyline from Guy’s Tower, towards the North West and South during downtime on a corporate shoot.

St. Paul's Cathedral, London.

St. Paul’s Cathedral – Designed by Sir Christopher Wren

 

Strata SE1 "Razor" or "Razors Edge" Elephant and Castle, London. Designed by BFLS

The Strata SE1 Building – Designed by BFLS.

Strata SE1 sometimes called the “Razor” or “Razors Edge” at Elephant and Castle, London.

Before & After Aircraft Interior Refurbishment

Recent work taken of aircraft galley’s undergoing refurbishment. Animated gif’s show before and after photography.

 

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