Based near Dundee, Commercial Photographers Network member Eddie Philips has a great deal of experience with food and product photography. In our latest blog, he tells us about a recent commercial product shoot for anCnoc whisky.
anCnoc whisky recently asked a design company I work with to organise lifestyle and product photography for their range of whiskies. For the shoot we used the fabulous Cromlix Hotel near Dunblane and hired Sam, a professional model from London. Sam had just the look anCnoc were after. He also had a great deal of experience with product photography shoots which made my job a lot easier. Having done countless photo-shoots, Sam knew exactly where to stand in relation to my lights and also when and how to move between exposures. This allowed me to concentrate on the images and the product, rather than spending precious shooting time directing him how to stand or hold the product.
All the images required a careful balance of studio and ambient lighting to create the right atmosphere.
As a commercial food and product photographer near Dundee in the North East of Scotland, I have years of experience knowing what shots will work and also what doesn’t. I also use professional cameras, which bring high quality resolution and a range of lenses which provide the optimal focal length for the shots required.
The campaign had a Xmas theme but we wanted to keep this as subtle as possible.
Lighting for location product photography is critical, not only for the type, direction and quality but also the balance between the studio lights and the ambient lighting. This is essential to make sure the studio lighting doesn’t overpower and ruin the atmosphere of the shot.
These kind of shots are never as easy as they appear. It takes a lot of experience and effort to create natural looking images.
On this shoot, I used a studio flash with a softbox attachment that reduced the spread of the light so I could direct the light on Sam and leave the rest of the room virtually unaffected.
If you are looking for commercial food or product photographers in Dundee, Scotland or the rest of the UK then please drop us an email or call us on 0333 567 0002 to chat about your requirements.
When Made in the Midlands were looking for events photographers to photograph their huge showcase exhibition at Coventry’s prestigious Ricoh Arena, they choose Commercial Photographers Network member for Birmingham Graham Oakes.
As well as being able to offer a superior photography, Graham was also able to offer a combined social media coverage package which was key to the success of the exhibition.
Made in the Midlands visitor stand.
Prior to the event, Graham set up a meeting to discuss and plan the photography that was required. As well as providing the photography, Graham was able to employ Charlotte, a specialist blogger and Instagram user to attend the event and produce on the spot live soundbites and video clips. This enabled Graham to do what he does best – interesting and creative photography of the exhibition stands, the people involved in the event and informative talks and presentations such as the 1000 mph Bloodhound car. He was also able to create impressive bird’s eye views from a cherry picker hired for the event.
Graham used a cherry picker to get a high vantage point for a shot of the exhibition.
With West Midlands Mayor Andy Street in attendance, it was vital the event was photographed from a Press and PR perspective to create a multitude of images for future promotional material. The client was so pleased that several more photography projects in Birmingham have come Graham’s way.
Conference delegates at Made in the Midlands.
Hearing that the client was planning more exhibitions and events in London and Yorkshire, Graham introduced them to the Commercial Photographers Network so they could source good local photographers with the same set of skills and experience.
West Midlands Mayor Andy Street speaking at the exhibition.
If you have an PR event, launch, display or an exhibition that needs to be shot with a sense of style and purpose by experience photographers – please drop us an email or call us on 0333 567 0002 for a chat.
The Bloodhound 2 car was a big draw at the exhibition.
The Commercial Photographers Network were asked “Is it possible to photograph 178 locations around the UK in 7 weeks? The answer was a simple YES and the job was delivered before the deadline!
The Commercial Photographers Network (CPN) would like to take you back to 2016 and revisit a brief, which was never documented in the form of a blog. Our original CPN member from Bristol, Lindsay Fowke, was contacted by a very well known Dental Practice Oasis Dental Care, which in the last year has become part of Bupa.
This is a selection of reception areas/interiors taken during the 7 weeks
We were asked, would it be possible for the CPN to co-ordinate and photograph 178 practices across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland within a tight timeframe. The brief was to photograph a selection of exterior and interiorss, showcasing the building and signage, surgeries, waiting rooms and reception areas. On top of this they needed it to be conducted in office hours with no staff or public in the images!
The Commercial Photographers Network has a vast wealth of experience when dealing with large projects like this one and what makes us so unique and special is that we can tailor the way we work to fit in with any processes or requirements that are asked. We also have the ability to mobilise quickly across the whole of the UK.
This is a selection of surgeries/interiors taken during the 7 weeks
In this particular project, our Bristol CPN member, Lindsay Fowke had the idea of visiting and photographing three locations beforehand to make sure the client was happy with the style and approach. These notes were then passed on to all the members of the CPN, giving peace of mind to the client that there was continuity throughout the 178 locations.
On this particular project, the advantages for using the CPN were that they saved endless time searching and communicating with numerous photographers around the country. We took everything off the client’s hands and co-ordinated the whole shoot for them. This meant that they only had to deal with one person and receive one invoice. This also meant the client saved time and money.
This is a selection of architectural/exteriors taken during the 7 weeks
Of course, not all companies work this way and we are flexible in this regard. Whether you want one of us or the entire network!
So do get in touch if you would like to know more about how we can help with your project. No shoot is too small or too large so regardless of whether it is 1 hour or 1 month, they all get the same care and attention. Why not drop us an email or call us on 0333 567 0002. No project is too small or too big. If you need photography at one location or over 100, then we have the photographers and experience to help you.
When a client looks for, or engages with, a Photo Agency what is it they want?
They’re looking for experts in their chosen field, an assurance that they’ll be commissioning a Full Time Professional Photographer – well versed in the specialist discipline that is required.
Large clients or Advertising Agencies often reach out to Photo Agencies who represent the top talent on their books. Often just a small handful of names are represented and charged out by an even smaller set of London-centric companies.
We have no doubt there are benefits to working this way – if your project requires say a car photographer in Brazil – they’ll find you the right guy or girl to fit your mega budget.
However – if you’re not proposing a new car launch or a world wide advertising campaign, then perhaps we can suggest something a little different. If you’re looking to commission photography in the following fields – Advertising, Architectural, Commercial, Corporate, Editorial & PR and Industrial and you do have to work to both sensible budgets and achievable deadlines there’s a really great resource on hand for you:
No 50% or more mark ups on commissioned work. Save time when searching – save money by finding a photographer close to the location of your shoot.
A proven expert in your chosen specialist subject – from the 6 disciplines offered. A co-ordinated approach – often with a specific account handler for you to deal with.
Multi – Site locations handled for you.
CPN is a Ltd Company – VAT registered with one central invoicing system.
This is not a list – as a photographer you cannot join the CPN unless asked – this is a joined up approach to provide great photography across the UK and Ireland. By photographerswho have been hand picked by their peers.
Just like – or even better than – a Photo Agency.
Call the Commercial Photographers Network: 0333 567 0002. Email: email@example.com
Do you have a requirement for commissioning professional photography for your education or teaching establishment? Here are some hot tips for commissioning photography for your school, college, university or learning centre, both in the public or private sectors. Simon Vine, the Leeds member of the Commercial Photographers Network, with many years professional photography experience, provides an insight to what is required:
Firstly, find a photographer that has the experience producing work in the educational sector; someone with the ability to put the students at ease, whether they are starting school or a mature student in adult education. This will help produce the natural images you require for your website, prospectus, e-learning tools, public relations or educational publications.
Classroom Lecture Teaching Photography
As an approved University of Leeds photographer, Simon has been producing regular photography of a wide range of subjects for the University, from student profile images and thematic photographs for the website, through to the pigs on the University farm. Simon and other members the Commercial Photographers Network have been producing work for a leading exam board, photographing students, teachers and staff members for their website and publications. There will be more about this school learning project in a future blog.
College Further Education Prospectus Photography
GDPR is something we should all be familiar with as the legislation has put the emphasis on ‘informed consent’. With regard to any pupil or student photography, many schools and education organisations previously had ‘blanket’ consent. However, with the tightening of the rules, explicit signed consent in the form of a ‘photography release form’ should be obtained from parents or guardians, or if 18 years or older, from the student themselves. It should state how long you will retain or use the images, how those images will be used and ensure they are stored in accordance with your organisations GDPR policy. Remember, individuals have the ‘right to be forgotten’ and this might be a request that is more regularly received from former pupils, particularly once they reach 18. Please consult with your organisations Data Controller for specific advice on your GDPR policy.
Adult Education Learning Photography
Health & Safety should be taken seriously. From experience, trip hazards from photographic lighting equipment or tripods could present potential hazards. These risks should be assessed, and measures put in place to mitigate them. Also, please don’t ask the photographer to take a group shot from the classroom roof, unless it is really safe to do so!
Higher Education University Student Graduate Profile Photography
From experience, the majority of photography sessions are carried out with teaching staff supervision. However, it is prudent that all photographers working in the education sector have had a Criminal Record Check carried out within the last three years. The checks vary around the UK; DBS for England & Wales, the Scottish Disclosure Certificate in Scotland and in Northern Ireland, the Access NI check.
Schools, Education & Teaching Public Relations Photography
Here at the Commercial Photographers Network we have a team of experienced professional photographers, covering the whole of the UK and Northern Ireland. Please feel free to contact us to discuss your educational photography requirements for your school, further or higher education establishment’s requirements.
Tintypes are produced by a process invented in 1851 by Mr Frederic Archer called The Wetplate Collodion Process.
Using metal coated in Collodion, dipped in Silver Nitrate and placed in a large plate camera, Carl Wilson has produced many unique tintypes using this fascinating and tricky process.
The process was used to document the American Civil war with photographers using portable darkrooms on horse drawn carts. It was superseded by the dry plate process in the 1870s but continued as a novelty into the early 1900s.
It’s great to get back to the basics and spend the time creating one unique image!
As commercial interior photographers, the CPN is often approached by clients to photograph interiors throughout the UK. In our latest blog, our member for Norwich and East Anglia, Mike Harrington takes us behind the scenes on what’s involved.
Across a large swathe of industries, interior photography matters. Successful interior photography is about highlighting specific elements of a room that can be as varied as the industries it serves. A high end interior design company, for instance, might use it to convey a sense of their own creative flair, while also showing off the high technical standard of their work. Other companies might use it to communicate a particular atmosphere within an environment, such as those in the hospitality trades.
Interior for Kitchenology/Moat House by CPN member for Norwich Mike Harrington
Versatile lighting and the right selection of lenses to suit the brief are – at the time of shooting – the most crucial items of equipment for a shoot. A particular brief might require a wide angle lens, for instance, to enhance a sense of space or to ensure that as much of the room as possible is included within the frame. This can sometimes come at the expense of accuracy, although specialist lenses can also be used where accuracy is important, such as in avoiding converging vertical lines.
Although not strictly an ‘interior’ shot, images like this are important to give the subject context.
During a shoot, lighting, composition and perspective all come into play, and each of these elements will require attention. Selectively lighting a room can be useful for conveying the atmosphere of the environment, while using lighting equipment to mimic daylight conveys a sense of space. In terms of composition, everything on display in a high-end interior photograph will be there by design, with unnecessary objects meticulously removed, to avoid clutter and to appeal to the imagination. A photographer will also use lines to lead the viewer into, and around, the image. Perspective is also important, with many interior photographs intentionally shot at around eye level – although, as with any rule, this is routinely ‘broken’ where required.
Interior for Virgin Money by CPN member for Norwich Mike Harrington
After all of this has been considered, and the shoot done and dusted, retouching comes into play, evening out light and dark areas of an image, and even the addition of certain features – such as pets, for example – that can contribute to both the content and the visual balance of an image.
If you’re looking for photographers who are specialised in photographing interiors please drop us an or call us on 0333 567 0002
Or if you’d like some more information about our unique UK-wide Commercial Photographers Network then contact us. Wherever you are, we have a photographer near you!
A question I am often asked and I am sure my colleagues in the Commercial Photographers Network will be the same, is: “do you take lots of photos on your holidays?” Mostly for me the answer is usually no. Working as a commercial photographer often requires careful planning with regards to weather forecasts and arriving at a particular location at the right time of day, so a holiday for me is a chance to get away from these constraints.
View of Castlebay on Barra
With the particularly settled summer this year, however, I decided to take an island hopping trip to the Western Isles, which is in the far west of the area that I cover for the CPN. This trip allowed me to travel from Barra in the South to Lewis in the north with a view to capturing library of beautiful and interesting images on my way.
Vatersay beach in the Western Isles
Unlike a holiday, this allowed me to be in the right locations at the right time, to capture the beauty of the area with a view to having timeless images that may be of use to clients in the future.
Barra is famous for its airport which uses the beach as a runway.
Many of the members of the CPN have their own stock of local images and we cover the whole of the country, so if you need local images for any reason then get in touch, it’s highly likely that we can help.
When legal firm Shoosmiths decided that they needed to completely renew and improve their corporate portraits across the whole of the UK – the Commercial Photographers Network was the obvious answer. In our latest blog, we look behind the scenes on a corporate headshot shoot by CPN member Graham Oakes who is based in Birmingham.
Having tried various different photographers on an ad hoc basis in various cities, it became clear that consistency, lighting, approach and style of each corporate portrait varied widely from one photographer to another.
All the CPN photographers shoot with a grey balance test card. This shot was taken by CPN photographer David Burrows in Manchester.
The Commercial Photographers Network provides a unique, coordinated approach to these types of problems. By doing a test corporate headshot shoot with our London member Nigel Crump, we were able to work out a template, style and lighting arrangement that could be reproduced at each shoot, no matter where the location.A corporate background was made to further enhance the look and feel of a coordinated set of staff headshots.
All the CPN photographers work from the same brief and can compare their images with ones done previously for the same client. This makes sure all the headshots are the same no matter where they are taken in the UK.
Each CPN photographer can shoot tethered with the camera is attached to the laptop, enabling the sitter to see the images live, as shot. This puts them at ease and lets them choose their favourite headshot from the portrait session.
CPN photographer Graham Oakes showing the results of the session to the client. All the CPN photographers shoot tethered so the staff can choose their headshots immediately after the shoot.
If a company the size of Shoosmiths thinks that CPN was the first choice to produce professional corporate portraits and headshots, you can be sure that your company or organisation will feel the same.
The final result -engaging personable, professional portraits.
We’re in the business of solving multi-site shoot problems, giving you consistency, creativity and a joined-up approach to your photography projects, while saving you time in doing so.
Did someone in your office take some photos of the new building, but they were not very good? Commercial Photographers Network member Simon Vine, who is based in Leeds, discusses what’s required to produce stunning architectural photographs?
The best advice is to commission a professional architectural photographer, who has the ability and experience to capture your new shiny state of the art building. This will convey a professional image of your company. Whether you require interior photography of the office, warehouse, construction process or factory, consider commissioning a professional photographer.
An experienced architectural and interior photographer will firstly discuss your requirements and can assist in putting together a brief for the shoot. Certain questions should be discussed such as: is there a creative style you would like to use? What is the end use of the images, are they for print or web use, or both? Do you require exterior architectural photography or interior photography, or both? Are the images to fit within a certain size or aspect ratio of a publication, or web page? When is the building available to be photographed? Would you like the car park to be full of cars, to look busy, or empty to show off the building to its best? Would you like employees in the shots or not, and do you need the photography to take place after working hours or weekends? Is dusk photography an option? Would an elevated mast shot be required to take a higher perspective of the building?
Architectural photography interior warehouse by Commercial Photographers Network member Simon Vine Leeds
Health and safety issues need to be considered, to ensure a safe working environment for the photographer and employees, identifying risks such as vehicle movements, trip hazards, working at heights, avoiding hazardous substances, electrical and mechanical equipment on site.
A professional architectural photographer, if time and budget allow, would visit the site to recce the building, to identify the areas to be photographed, and the best angles for the exterior and interior photography. If this is not possible, the building can usually can be accessed remotely, using Google Maps and snaps taken by the client or contractor. With regard to the exterior photography, find out when the sun is across the principle elevation, or any other external elevations to be photographed. For the interiors, identify the type of artificial lighting used and whether supplementary lighting to ‘lift’ any areas would be required. Any finally, make sure any rubbish or that skip outside is moved in advance, then wait for some fine weather!