Like many others, I wanted to find the very best workflow for working with video footage from my GoPro Hero 3 Black. I've seen most people try shooting in Protune with RAW white balance and then try some sort of transcoding prior to colour grading and editing. Typical workflows involve transcoding with GoPro Studio (formerly Cineform Studio). I've also seen people experimenting with DSLR tools like 5DtoRGB with varying degrees of success. Before we get started, here's a video I created using this workflow - so you can decide whether it's going to be worth it for you to adopt my workflow - please remember to watch in 1080p high definition & full screen!
As a commercial photographer, I get asked to take photos of some very interesting things in some very interesting places. Commercial photography is like that, a very mixed bag. Some jobs are more interesting than others. This one was a press photography job which brought me to somewhere I've seen from afar for most of my life, but never up close. However that was about to change. LaFarge Tarmac's internal staff magazine was looking for some photos for a feature on a site supervisor at its site at Shoreham Harbour. The site supplies aggregates & ready mix concrete, and has a complex of huge conveyors. I've seen them before, and indeed photographed them before as a sculptural piece of industrial architecture in an industrial landscape shot. This was somewhat different: the noise, mud & dripping water along with the constant movement make the machines come alive at close quarters. They were to be as much the star of the show as the site supervisor Lloyd, who tried to look as natural as possible whilst being photographed doing various safety inspections and maintenance tasks. The photo I've featured here was of Lloyd standing next to a moving conveyor, taken whilst I was standing on a slim gantry suspended high above the site. And to think I was once scared of heights... though luckily travel photography helped me get over it years ago. If you have a requirement for commercial photography of any kind, be it corporate portraiture, press, food or public relations photography, please give me a call.
Lou and Andy had a heartwarming, intimate wedding in the beautiful St Margaret's Church in the historic East Sussex village of Ditchling. I really love photographing this sort of wedding, and in the same way Lou and Andy warmed to me the instant they met me, I felt the same about them. They were getting married around a month before I married my wife, so we even exchanged a few wedding ideas. Afterwards, Louise said "I really cannot speak highly enough of Jon and his photography. We weren’t going to have an official photographer at all for our wedding since neither of us are particularly comfortable in front of the camera. However, when I stumbled across Jon’s website and read about his more ‘natural’ approach to wedding photography, we thankfully reconsidered. Within moments of first meeting Jon we were not only bowled over by his stunning photos, but also warmed by what a thoroughly nice bloke he is! Jon understood exactly how we wanted the day captured and completely empathised with our reluctance to pose for a full-on photo shoot. On the day Jon was an absolute pleasure to have around. The guests all loved him and he managed to beautifully capture the essence of the day without us even noticing the shots being taken. Needless to say, I would highly recommend Jon to anyone wishing to have their special day captured on camera. Especially those who, like me, are usually filled with dread when asked to strike a pose for the camera!" and her friend Bonnie said "Totally didn't even notice there was a photographer! Like a photo-taking ninja!!" If you'd like a thoroughly nice photo-taking ninja to come and photograph your wedding, please read more about my wedding photography services and get in touch.
My old friends and colleagues over at JFDI needed some new photos for their LinkedIn profiles, and a new project called The SharePoint Doctors - so of course they came to me. Business portrait photography is a bit of a psychological business... it's one thing to get someone relaxed enough to take a good photo of them, but with business portrait photography it's all about conveying a positive message about the person to whoever sees the photo. Communicating what you need someone to see in just a still photo is a difficult and onerous task, and not to be taken lightly. But judging by the number of my photos I see chosen on LinkedIn as my clients' profile photos, most people seem to like what I've done for them. It's different again photographing people you know... but a real laugh... there was barely a dry eye in the house due to the almost constant messing about. But the result was some very relaxed portrait photos of a couple of chaps who are great at what they do for work, but really don't like having their photo taken - which of course is one of my specialities! If you're not keen on having your photo taken, give me a call and I'll do the same for you.
It's lovely doing photography of babies - their parents love it, and if the baby is a cheerful, ebullient soul like Bertie here then the photos are bound to come out great because he was just soooooooo amenable! He toddled off around the woods, fell down repeatedly in the late Autumn leaves, totally undeterred... and we followed him around in the mist, constantly aware of the woodland magic of falling leaves and incredible Autumnal colours. His mum dressed him in lots of different outfits and we took lots of photos... and here are just a few of the results. Baby portrait photography is available in my Brighton studio or on location anywhere in Sussex and beyond. If you'd like your baby's personality captured in beautiful photos, please get in touch.