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All posts in Photoshop

7 Jul 2010

Melissa and Ian at Ardoe House

Melissa and Ian at Ardoe House

On Sunday 2oth June, I photographed Melissa and Ian's wedding at Ardoe House. They had seen a dusk shot taken by me at Ardoe and wanted something similar. The problem in June is that it is not dark until very late so we used a shot from another wedding at Ardoe and added the couple using Photoshop. This is not perfect but gives the effect they were looking for. This certainly confirms that "the camera can lie" or certainly with Photoshop it can.

Click here to see all the images taken at the wedding.

31 May 2010

Mecca Bingo bus side advertising

Photography of bus side advertising

In March an agency contacted me to take photographs of a bus with advertising for Mecca bingo. This seemed like an easy job but after phoning First Bus, we found out there were only 4 buses with the advertising and only 3 were in service. The routes are not planned until morning and as we wanted to choose the backdrops this became difficult to arrange, especially with the weather problems in March. 

Eventually we got something arranged and I was waiting for the bus at the appropriate location on Union Street only to find that the advertising was only on one side of the bus, and it was the wrong side. The solution was to take a shot of the advertising and then use Photoshop to cut this and add it to shots of busses making it much easier to get the type of bus shot required. Click here to see the shots.

30 May 2010

Magazine Front Cover for 16th Birthday

Lucy's 16th Birthday

A client and friend of mine wanted to create some posters for his daughter's 16th birthday and had an idea to use some old photographs of her and present them as a magazine cover, and print them as A1 posters as a surprise for Lucy.

As always the posters were required very urgently and I did not have time to do it so I delegated the job to David (blog post about David to be added soon) who started work with us in April. David scanned the prints Tommy had given us and then designed the poster. I sent a proof as a pdf to Tommy who was delighted with it and ordered several A1 and A2 versions to surprise (embarrass) Lucy. As we design and print posters for our commercial clients (click here), we often get asked to do personal jobs such as this and there are more examples of personal posters here.

30 May 2010

Inverdee House for SEPA

Photography of Inverdee House

I was commissioned recently to take images of the Inverdee House in Torry. Inverdee House is an innovative new facility in Torry, Aberdeen. The name Inverdee (coming from the Gaelic "the meeting of the waters") was chosen as a simple reminder that three environment organisations have come together, at the mouth of the Dee, in one building. 

The project, coordinated by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency SEPA, is a joint initiative between SEPA and Grampian Housing Association GHA, and sees the creation of new office accommodation, laboratory facilities for SEPA and housing respectively.

The shots were taken on a beautiful sunny afternoon in March and the lighting for the exterior was very good and the use of a polarising filter to enhance the blue sky and reduce the reflection on the building, gave me the exterior shots I needed. Including the harbour in the background helps to convey the location. Click here to view the images.

2 Apr 2010


Digital Wallpaper for the Craighaar Hotel

One of the many products that we supply is digitally printed wallpaper. We have done several jobs where this has been used very effectively and I intend to feature several of these on this blog. Last year Bob Fitzgerald (see post) met with me to discuss his plans for the restaurant in the Craighaar Hotel. The theme was to be a garden room. After looking at various options, we decided that digital wallpaper was the best option.

We then looked for stock garden shots to use but could not find anything suitable and as large files were required, it was just as cost effective for me to take the photographs. We decided that very colourful shots would not be suitable and we wanted something more calming and muted, and possibly even with a early morning mist. I went to photograph Crathes Castle Gardens several mornings between 5 and 6am but never got the mist I was hoping for. Eventually I took a range of shots of the more overgrown natural areas of the gardens including some in a “panorama” type format where several shots are taken with overlap and these are joined later using Photoshop. On the way out I photographed the area on the right hand of the drive just as you enter Crathes Castle. The water, the bridge, and the “depth” to the shots was what I was looking for and there was also scope for good panorama shots and it was eventually these that were used.

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.


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