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Archive for January, 2010

26 Jan 2010

Promotion for Aberdeen City and Shire

In 2008 I received an email asking me to submit images of Aberdeen so that I could be considered for an assignment to provide a wide range of photographs to promote Aberdeen City and Shire. I sent these and then was asked to undertake a shoot  of the Petrofac Tower and Riverside Drive. After supplying these images, and providing the quote, I was commissioned to undertake the full assignment over the next six months. I was not aware that the “test shots” were being undertaken by a few selected photographs and being assessed by the partners from local industry funding the project. I was happy to get this assignment but was even more pleased when I discovered how the decision had been made and the calibre of some of the other photographers I had been up against.

26 Jan 2010

Point of Sale, design and print

Point of Sale Material

Many people including our clients are not aware of all the services we provide and although taking photographs and supplying images for many uses is what we are known for, we also provide design for a wide range of projects including posters that we print in-house. These are used in hotels, pubs, clubs, and retail outlets to promote and inform. This is a very cost effective medium and it is well worth investing in the design to create an eye-catching professional appearance. Often the investment in design repays itself many times over as you can use it as a “template” and simplify modify it for future use.

The 4 posters featured here give an idea of the uses for this type of material:

EDC Hotels : A 4 ft x 3ft print was produced showing the 5 Holiday Inn’s owned by European Development Company (EDC). This is being used in reception of their Albyn Place head office so all visitors are reminded of the group’s hotel.

25 Jan 2010

Poster Design and Print

(click to see a larger version of the posters)

Posters – Design and Print

Although most of the page layout, design, and print work we do is for our commercial client’s, (click here for blog on this) we are often asked to create posters for personal use. Above are three different ones done recently.

Eastenders: One of my best friend’s son’s- Barry, Jordan, and Josh Clarkson were in restaurant in Spain and had their photograph taken with Kara Tointon who plays Dawn Swan in Eastenders. The photographs were not great and had red eye and were low resolution. The mutual friend who took the photographs wanted to give a framed poster size print as a gift so we enhanced the images, added The Estenders logo and background, and added text to create a nice poster, which when framed looked great. Click the thumbnail above to view it.

Old Trafford: Barry Woods took his Dad to Old Trafford as part of his 50th birthday celebrations and wanted to give his Dad something to commemorate this. He had taken photographs on his phone but they were no use for a poster size print so we got a shot of Old Trafford on-line and scanned the ticket and added it, the phone photographs , and text to create something to frame and keep as a memory of a great Father and son trip. Click the thumbnail above to view it.

12 portrait display: This was done for my daughter (so not very lucrative). A friend of hers had bought a frame with 12 apertures for prints and when I saw Natasha trying to fit the small prints into the flimsy mount, I suggested creating the same effect by adding the images to a 20inch x 20 inch layout and printing it as one print to fit the existing frame. Click the thumbnail above to view it.

If you need to present something or create something with artwork and photographs, call us and see what we can do for you.

21 Jan 2010

Re-touching example

Wedding Exhibition, 17th January 2009

At the wedding exhibition at the weekend, I took along my new D3s (post on this to follow) to photograph our stand. While I was taking this photograph, a few other exhibitors asked me to take photographs. Richard Booth of Cars by Booth asked if I would take a photograph of his Bentley Flying Spur with Jane wearing a dress by Isabelle Randall.

This was a very quick shot taken with only one flashgun (SB-900) and there was no option to move the cars so it had to be taken where it was in front of exhibition stands which was distracting. Lukas, our Photoshop expert, cloned in the black curtains to create a far better photograph (in this case) to let the car and dress feature. Isabelle and Richard are both going to use it on their websites.

Lukas is our star but all of us at aberdeenphoto.com are skilled in Photoshop (Lukas, Greig, Andy, Charlie, and myself) and we all appreciate the amazing possibilities it affords us when creating images for our client’s. However we still, whenever possible, try to do everything in the camera. No amount of Photoshop skills can compensate for photographs taken badly in poor lighting. Every image we take (approx 100 000 per annum) has some Photoshop work done and most of the enhancements are included in the fees we charge. More extensive re-touching or any special requirements are charged on a time basis, but as we are all experienced utilising the best Apple Mac computers, we can do a lot in a short space of time. We charge re-touching at £15 for 15 minutes, £30 for 30 minutes, and £50 for an hour.

As well as re-touching our own images, we do often re-touch photographs or files for clients and other photographers.

19 Jan 2010

Aberdeen Exhibition Centre Wedding Show

Wedding Exhibition at the Aberdeen Exhibition Centre on 16th and 17th January

This weekend we were exhibiting at the biggest wedding exhibition in Aberdeen. It was very busy and we got 75 enquiry forms completed and booked three weddings on Saturday at the show. When I got back to my office on Saturday night, and checked my e-mail, two more of the bride’s I had spoken to at the stand had completed our on-line booking form, which was a pleasant surprise. I booked another three weddings on Sunday making it a very successful show, as usually we only make bookings after the event. I started contacting the exhibition visitors yesterday and  have already made seven more appointments with couples looking for a photographer for 2011.

We are already very heavily committed for this year and I went to the exhibition to concentrate on 2011 but was very surprised how many couples getting married this year had still not booked a lot of the services required. I booked a wedding for February this year and one for September 2012 which just shows how different people’s approach to planning is. I had to turn down several requests for dates this year as most of our Saturday’s are booked but some of the dates we got bookings for were in November and December where we offer very attractive “off-season” discounts (November to March and Monday to Thursday). I also booked weddings for a Thursday and two for Sunday’s.

If you were at the exhibition and did not get a chance to speak to me, please complete an enquiry form by clicking here. I will then send you details of our services and samples at your locations if I have them available. If you are interested, you can then arrange to meet me and see albums and discuss your photography.

I have neglected the blog recently but I am determined to try and add an entry at least twice a week.

Hopefully if you visit this site, there will be something of interest.

All the best to all our past and new clients for 2010.


19 Jan 2010

Falls of Feugh



One of the photographs on our stand at the Wedding Exhibition (see the post here) – a shot taken at the Falls of Feugh of Amanda and Darren on Thursday 5th November, attracted a lot of attention. The beautiful setting and autumn colours made a great backdrop, Had it not been so cold, we could have taken many more shots in this great location.

I had been at the “Falls” as a client but only for a coffee but after seeing how good the food looked while at the wedding, I went back on the Sunday with Sandra and we were definitely not disappointed. We had a beautiful Sunday lunch and the number of people who had to be refused as the restaurant was full, proves that it’s excellent reputation is obviously well deserved.

I spoke to Ann Taylor, the owner, and Sandra, the manager, and they plan to start promoting the Falls of Feugh for both small intimate weddings and for groups up to 60 people. With the setting, beautiful food, and attentive staff, I am sure they will be successful. I cannot wait to get back there and take more photographs in this great setting.

Click here to see all the photographs taken at Amanda and Darren’s wedding.

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