Somerset Uncovered Burrow Hill

Burrow Hill is a location I know very well and I’ve photographed here many times including from the air.
On this occasion I wanted to re visit for my video project Somerset Uncovered.
We have recently had a spell of very settled warm weather but clear blue skies are not what was required for this shoot.
A few days ago my careful watch on the weather forecast promised another hot day but with cloud moving in later in the evening which sounded perfect for the shoot.
I already knew where the sun would be positioned for my composition so it was just a case of planning my timings.
One of the things I dislike about Time-lapse is that some objects like to much foreground foliage can move rather quickly.This can not only be distracting but also ruin the tranquility and graceful pace of the skies and light that sometimes dances across the landscape.
Therefore careful composition to avoid these elements or clever post production is required. Unlike shooting stills and retouching in Photoshop this can be a lot more trickier when working with moving elements but I do love a challenge!


Stills Based Motion A Perfect Fit.

Many years ago (circa 2008) I had my own photography training site and community where I would video, present and film photoshoots and the post production work to form an A-Z of a complete shoot.

After a few years I decided to close the site and concentrate solely on assignment work once again. For a while I felt I had in some ways wasted several years of my time and energy but as I have since learn’t nothing goes to waste.
Some of the things that I would have never had photographed in my day to day professional life or techniques used in post production have since proved of huge benefit to me.

The biggest benefit though was the skills I had to develop in capturing video as the tutorials on the site were all video base content.
Over the years these skills have enabled me to not only increase my earnings but led me to explore other motion based stills work.
At heart my first love will always be still photography but more and more I can see the big benefit to clients to be able to offer motion work alongside capturing stills and even repurposing stills into 2.5 d Parallax movies to provide even more content within their budgets.

Another area Ive been commissioned to work in is blending video with stills which is often referred to as Cinegraphs.
This campaign was shown on digital billboards at airports all over the U.S.A and here in the U.K

More recently Ive been shooting some video combined with Time-Lapse work which I feel is a perfect fit to my photographic style.

Stills based motion offers an engaging alternative to purely shooting video although as with all things requires a learning curve to get the best from it.

Other samples of stills based work such as stop motion can be viewed Here

 


Repurposing Images With The Parallax 3D Technique

I’m always looking to be able to offer clients more bang for their buck especially when budgets are tight.
Repurposing existing stills into 3D engaging (actually 2.5D to be precise)  motion clips is one way to offer more value and provide engaging content for website and social media channels.
Best results are always to be had by planning with the end result in mind and shooting with the following Parallax technique is no exception.
However, it’s still possible to take an existing image and produce some incredible results.
The first sample below was captured for my client Mimecast and is a fairly straightforward still image from a business lifestyle production shot on location in London.

With a little post-production and 3D rendering, it was possible to repurpose the image into a simple and eye-catching image asset.

This image was a little more involved and shot with the Parallax technique in mind which allowed a little more scope for creating some depth and motion.

 Again this one lent itself perfectly to a Parallax effect keep an eye out for a couple of subtle movements towards the end of the movie.

You can view more motion work here


Northern Soul, Capturing The Passion To Dance

Northern Soul is making another resurgence at the moment and it’s been some 29 years since my days of attending allnighters at various venues and Scooter rallies across the country.One of my friends Terry however is still hitting the talcum powder dusted dance floor from dusk to dawn (I’m not exaggerating!) across the UK. He still is a remarkable dancer and considering he’s older than me (sorry mate had to get that in) that is even more credit to him. With this in mind I just had to create an image that captured his passion to dance and my vision / memories of those ballrooms across the UK.

We shot the images in our studio which is an old stone barn with ideal solid wood floors for Terry to strut his stuff upon.

The shoot was incredible fun and we ended up with so many great images that the selection process took me forever to finally decide on my final image as did cleaning up all the baby talc from the studio floor!

The post production consisted of compositing an appropriate background and creating  just the right  ambiance.

Below is a short video of the shoot,completed images and a few that got shortlisted but not used.

 


Protexin, Stop Motion Company Video

For several months this year we worked on a large project for a company called Protexin.
Protexin manufacture and distribute worldwide Probiotcs for human & animals consumption and where looking for a new way of showcasing to their international customers their impressive state of the art production line, staff and premises.
As we had been keen to work with them for quite a while we set up a meeting and proposed shooting a video using thousands of still frames (and some motion) to showcase their company in a contemporary and engaging way.
After shooting using the technique at one of the many exhibition that they attend  (see Protexin A Engaging Video Solution ) they decided to expand the project even further to produce the finished video below.
After a fair amount of pre production and planning not to mention many many hours of processing, colour grading, a pinch of after effects and plenty of video editing the project was finally finished.
Protexin where extremely happy with the finished product and we have since worked on several other albeit smaller Photographic projects with them.