Young Enterprise Awards – North Yorkshire.

Young Enterprise Awards - North Yorkshire.

Last night we photographed the awards ceremony for the North Yorkshire Young Enterprise Awards at the Pavilions, Harrogate. As the official sponsor of the award for ‘Continuous Improvement’ it was so refreshing to see young people who were passionate about business.
Sometimes, as our own businesses develop, it’s easy to become complacent and forget about why you started in the first place. A dash of youthful enthusiasm is a great tonic and North Yorkshire Young Enterprise are doing a wonderful job of showing schools in the area just how exciting business can be!


Stop Romanticizing About The Good Old Film Days – They Weren’t That Good

So true… It’s the image that matters, not how you get it. I’ve shot thousands of rolls of film, and sometimes I think I miss the ‘good old days’, then I slap myself in the face and tell myself not to be stupid! We’ve never had it so good!

Photofocus (old site)

The other day we posted about a nifty plug-in from Digital Film Tools that emulates film. The reaction was amusing. All 12 of the remaining film shooters in our audience felt the need to subject me to the appropriate amount of faux outrage. Their responses were predictable and I think come from the same general set of misconceptions.

If you’re young, and were born into the age of computers, you may tend to romanticize about the good old days you never experienced. I’ve shot more film than most of you. Digital only became available in the last half of my career and I spent more time shooting film than I have yet shooting digital. I was there. I did it every day. I lived it. It wasn’t that great.

Those of you who are of the religion of low – light would have hated it. Tri-X had – (insert Jaws…

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It’s how we make a living.

It’s how we make a living.

Us photographers are a funny lot. We love what we do – but we also need to earn a living!  We want our photos to be seen by the largest audience possible, but we do need to eat, and feed our children.  There’s a problem at the moment with ‘orphan’ works – that is, photos that can’t be traced back to the original owner, and subsequently paid for if they are used commercially. Despite our best efforts to protect our rights, and income, there’s a problem brewing with some legislation. Today, the BPPA have asked none other than David Bailey to get involved – and he’s written directly to George Osborne – fingers crossed that a bit of ‘celebrity’ clout helps our cause.

Click the link above to see his letter.

Moving pictures

Moving pictures

Video based marketing is big at the moment, and is destined to become BIGGER by the people who know. Google, and YouTUBE, are the biggest two search engines on the planet, and if they love video, then you probably should too.

A well produced professional corporate video on your website will improve your web hits, and lead to more business.  Unfortunately, the internet is awash with badly produced videos shot on mobile phones and webcams. This is not the way to promote your business!  It doesn’t matter whether you’re using still – or moving – pictures, the principles remain the same: Good lighting, good composition, and top quality production, are all needed to present a professional image for your business.

We can help…

What is a picture worth?

Just because an image is on your screen, it doesn’t mean you can use it for free! 

For some reason, normal law abiding web users, throw caution to the wind when ‘stealing’ (and it is theft) photographer’s images to use on their own web sites. Or worse still, unscrupulous web designers steal them for use on their customers web sites… and charge a fee that never gets passed back to the photographer!

We supply stock images for use all over the world, and whilst some are paid for, we can’t help feeling that there’s a lot of cases of image theft going on. Education is needed… preferably at school… so that the next generation of business people understand copyright, and the value of intellectual property.

OK, rant over!  Here’s a link to an interesting article about this very subject in the Guardian:

Flexible friends

During the summer holidays (remember them?) we carried out a commercial photography shoot in the beautiful surroundings of the Recital Room at Bootham School, York.  
Our brief was to provide stylish photographs for the school’s resident artist and art teacher Rachel Antill. As well as being a celebrated artist, Rachel is also an amazing yoga teacher and is in the process of publishing a book about this age old practice.
It’s not aimed at the technical ‘how to do yoga’ market as there are plenty of those around already. Of course these areas will be covered in Rachel’s book, but alongside the yoga instructions will be spiritual and dietary suggestions which could help us all to lead better lives. (For those of you wondering… Kate takes part in the Yoga classes but Paul finds opening wine bottles provides all the spiritual and physical exercise he needs).