A summary of me and my work as a construction product photographer/ construction photographer

I hope that the series of construction product photography images that I have posted over the last couple of weeks have been of interest to you, and have provided you with an insight into the variety of construction products that I have photographed.

I hope that these posts have also demonstrated how I may help you by taking photographs of your product on a construction site.

Wherever or whatever the product is that you require photographing, please get in touch me with me if you have a construction product/ product that you require photographing.

You can get in touch with me either through my contact page, by phone or by email - just head over to my home page where these are both prominently displayed.
For those of you who are new to me and my professional photography work, here are 10 reasons why you might like to contact me to photograph your construction product, construction site or finished building.

Well anything related to the built environment at all really.

1 - I am a Chartered Builder - MCIOB

(And Chartered Construction Manager by the way) – I have proudly held the professional designation MCIOB for some years now.

2 - I am also qualified in photography – LBIPP.

I was delighted to achieve my Licentiate in the British Institute of Professional Photographers a few years ago

Note - These two on their own are enough for some people - which is why I start with them – I know you are all busy people out there so if this is all you need to know get in touch with me here and forget about the next 8 points, as good as they are.

3 - I am a current CSCS card holder

I managed to pass the health and safety test with flying colours recently (phew)

4 - I have all my own PPE

My collection of PPE is suitable for most construction sites. I had to purchase high visibility trousers recently to complete the luminous clothing set!

5 - I have over 30 years of construction industry experience

I am comfortable working on construction sites of all shapes, sizes and complexities, and more importantly I am more than comfortable working with construction people at all levels (talking of all levels I am fine working on roofs, scaffolding, in excavations – anywhere on site – you just provide a safe place for me and I can be there taking photographs).

6 - My photography gear is designed for construction sites

My photography equipment has evolved over the years and my work in a wide range of live site environments to allow me to quickly and efficiently photograph any construction site. It is durable enough to withstand the rigours of live construction sites any time of the year.

7 - I process all my own images

I am highly skilled in digital image processing, producing technically accurate and correct images. No architect likes their building to look wonky in a photo after all do they?

I can also produce images that are consistent in style from different shoots in different locations on different days.

8 - My company is just me

I am the only person you deal with from start to finish - I answer all enquiries, develop the brief, produce the quote, agree the scope, plan the shoot, take the photos, edit the photos, issue the photos and submit the invoices. There is no one else – just me.

9 - I provide a high quality, personal professional service on every shoot

Don’t tell anyone but sometimes I have been asked to provide a next day service which I have successfully done each time it has been asked for, once producing the fully edited images for a 9am deadline the morning after an afternoon shoot (this is subject to some sensible restrictions such as if you want 300 individually hand edited images it might take me a little bit longer - I am good but not that good!)

10 – I enjoy what I do.

I always find that people who enjoy what they do produce better work than people who don’t, and I seriously enjoy taking photographs of construction products and construction sites, buildings, architecture, interiors – anything that is built basically.


I hope that this is enough to convince you to get in touch with me to discuss your photographic requirement.


On my construction product photography page you can view the selection of 12 images that I have posted recently on my photography blog. I have other pages on my website which may be of interest to you, many of which are due to updated soon with new images and new text. These web pages are specific to the commercial photography work that I do, and are as follows

Architectural photographer

Commercial photographer

Construction photographer

Industrial photographer (coming soon)

Interior photographer

Product photographer (coming soon)

Property photographer

A bit more about my gear

I have a very specific equipment set-up which I use for my commercial photography work, consisting of my trusty Canon 6D along with a selection of Canon L series lenses (including my Canon 24mm tilt shift lens). I take most of my images using my Manfrotto tripods with Manfrotto geared head, and have other bits of kit that I have picked up along the way to photograph challenging situations. This specialist kit includes a painter’s pole – trust me this really gives me an unusual view on many scenes.

I pack all the gear for a shoot in a backpack, the Peak Design Everyday Backpack, ensuring I am mobile and nimble (well as nimble as a 40 something Northern builder can ever be).

I also have a boot load of other gear just in case…

A little bit more about my other photography work

I also have lots of other images on my website that show a wider range of my landscape and travel photography work which may be of interest to you.
I pride myself on providing high quality, technically correct images. I have a number of repeat clients, and I am able to reproduce the look of images from one shoot to the next.

I am highly skilled in Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop, and process each and every image individually.
Finally – I have photographed the built environment for architects, major construction companies, developers and product manufacturers. I have also photographed industrial sites and plant, all of which give me a diverse range of experience in the construction photography and industrial photography environments.
Thank you for reading this post, and I look forward to hearing from you whatever your construction related photography enquiry.

Rick McEvoy MCIOB, LBIPP

Construction Product Photographer

Bournemouth, Poole, Sandbanks, Dorset, Hampshire, London 

My Top 10 Images of the Year for 2016 - how I picked 10 images from over 5000 using Lightroom CC

I have decided I am going to finish off the year with 10 posts containing the top 10 images of 2016. This is my favourite 10 images that I have taken in 2016.

Not the best, but my favourite images. Yes this post is all about me!

I was planning on assembling a collection of my best work during the year, which I could then narrow down to 10 edits.

But I didn’t.

So now I have to go through all the images from 2016, and how many of them are there I hear you say?

I have learnt from this though and have a 2017 Collection ready to go. I will add anything I think might make my top 10 as and when they appear and then by the end of the year I hope that I have more than 10 images to review! If not it has been a bad year.

Sorry back to the subject in hand. 2016.

Well this is how I find this out ho many images I need to go through. Before I go on, a big shout out to Adobe for the fantastic Lightroom software. Lightroom has received criticism recently for being slow, which I hope Adobe will sort, but it is still fantastic.

I will use this as an example.

I need to know how many images I took in 2016. This is how I find this out.

Select the complete Lightroom Catalogue folder

  • Press the \ key
  • Click on Metadata
  • Click on 2016
  • And there are all the images from 2016.
  • All 5085 off them….

That is going to take some sorting.

But Lightroom displayed these images instantly. And if I wanted to, which I will have to do when I get round to this year, I just select the images, add them to a collection and off I go sorting out another year anywhere I want to, on any device.

You can find out more about Adobe Lightroom CC here and also download Lightroom and try it for free.

So I have all those images to look at. I can narrow it down every further by filtering by star rating as well as year.

In 2016 I rated 6 images as 5 star, and 229 images 4 star.

But the problem with this is that I have not been consistently rating all my images.

But it is a start.

5 star is 5 star though.

I have created a new Collection called 2016 Top 10, and have gone through the 4 and 5 star rated images. To be fair my best work has always had a 5 star rating, and is representative of my best work in 2016. The four star rated images are a bit more hit and miss, in terms of rating that is.

I have 17 images to consider, which is a pretty good start considering I only want 10 images. I quickly went through 2016, and selected 42 images which I put into this collection. Then I did a quick cull to get down to my 10.

I have chosen a variety of my photography work, architectural, interior, landscape and travel photography work.

Tomorrow, the first image of my set of 2016 images, which will be posted in date order.

Rick McEvoy Photography

Wednesday 21st December 2016

Adobe Lightroom CC tip - the graduated filter

Do you get frustrated using the graduated filter? Trying to move it and it goes all over the place?

Easy fix. Lightroom top tip. 

Hold down the shift key. Then apply your graduated filter. Your graduated filter moves up, or down, level. It does not go all over the place.

Lightroom is ace but some things just need a little help.... 

For more Lightroom stuff check out the home of Adobe Lightroom at

http://www.adobe.com/uk/products/photoshop-lightroom.html

And of course come back to my blog for your weekly Lightroom Tip! 

Rick McEvoy Photography Blog

Lightroom Tips

Monday 5th September

www.rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk

 

Photography Portfolio - day 2 - Mastering Adobe Photoshop Adjustment Layers

Adobe Photoshop CC - love it or hate - you will end up there eventually doing adjustment layers!

There a jobs we all love, and those we hate. I love Lightroom, and if I could do all my processing in Lightroom only I would be happy. I can quickly move around the sliders in the Develop Module, and am highly skilled with adjustment brushes, effects etc etc etc.

Adobe Lightroom CC is great.

And now that I have the Nik software I have black and white conversions taken to another level.

I do not like Photoshop editing. I am from the Lightroom version 1 era - I was there at the beginning of Lightroom so Photoshop was always something else.

So most of my work is done in Lightroom. My Lightroom workflow is

  • Import into Lightroom
  • Cull the import
  • Add the chosen images to a collection
  • Keyword/ sort the remaining images
  • Process
  • Output/ Publish

This is the simplified version, but that is the main steps. You get the idea.

And if I want a black and white I go to Nik Silver Efex.

I do go into Photoshop, to clean up images. Spot removal, clone stamping and content aware fill. And then I save back to Lightroom.

But I need more. Layers. OK I get the basic principle of layers. I have just not practised it enough to be proficient in it. And now I need to do a selective edit of part of an image – can’t say too much as I want to show the final image and work back from the RAW file – this is the final stage in image one of my Photography Portfolio.

This is not an exercise in churning out a set of 30 images – this is all about taking my work to the next level, so I am going to go through the set of images one by one, doing what is needed to produce a portfolio of a suitable standard. In doing this I will be improving the finished standard of my commercial photography work.

So now I am going to teach myself layers. I am completely self-taught, so this should not be a problem, and will add some new tricks to my skill set. And I have an idea for something I want to experiment with, called luminosity masks. That and getting my sky replacement more polished

See I never run out of things to learn, work on and experiment, which is why I guess my work has developed over the last two years so much. And the fact I enjoy it so much helps – I feel for any photographer who does not absolutely love learning new things all the time to push themselves forward!

I am a subscriber to the Adobe Creative Cloud, which is where my Lightroom software is delivered from, and where I get Photoshop from. I do not use anything else out of the Creative Cloud – well apart from the mobile features in Lightroom that is. Which reminds me – there are some very, very cool Apps now for Photoshop for the IPad which I need to have a play with. When I say IPad I mean IPhone in my case.

So I am now off to learn layers properly, rather than dabbling and playing at it– I will report back when I have done this, and also how to remove things properly.

Thanks for reading this post – hopefully tomorrow there will be a new image for you – nothing for today – sorry!

 

Adobe Photoshop CC 2015 - what I use this for (or what Lightroom can't do that Photoshop can) - footnote

One more thing. Why do I not use layers? I could and save as a PSD file so I can always go back to the file in Photoshop if needed. 

The reason I don't is that all the adjustments have been done in Lightroom, so I have all the edit work up to the point of going into Photoshop.

That is my excuse and I'm sticking to it! 

But to be fair I will have a go at using the technically correct layers process - probably be a good discipline to get into!

Adobe Photoshop CC 2015 - what I use this for (or what Lightroom can't do that Photoshop can)

So we have Photoshop and Lightroom.

Why?

This is what I do in Photoshop. Basically cleaning and tidying.

I will explain in this post what I do, how I do it, and why I do it.

So to get the image into Photoshop, tight click on the image in Lightroom

Choose “Edit in Adobe Photoshop CC 2015” (why not 2016?)

After a little wait….

I press Ctrl 1 to zoom in

Press Home. This takes you top left in the image.

Then j for the spot healing brush

I then work down the photo at 100% magnification checking for spots, blemishes, defects, annoying things.

I am only cleaning up the image here. What am I looking for?

Gravel on car parks, leaves, chewing gum, debris on carpets, stuff on glass, anything that is detracting from the image. Just think of this as cleaning up the image, the same you would tidying up your house before a viewing, just tidying up.

Oh yes and sensor dust spots.

I move down the image using the page down key (unfortunately in Photoshop you have to go back up to the top and scroll across yourself – in Lightroom page down takes you all the way through the image).

You adjust the brush sizes using [ and ] bracket keys.

If the spot healing brush does not work, I select S for clone stamp tool

And if this doesn’t work, or if I know that content aware fill is going to do the job the best in which case I go straight to it, I press L for the lasso tool, draw around the defect, right click, select fill then press return.

That is pretty much it.

I also use these tools to fill in the edges where I have done a lens correction in Lightroom and have some white space.

When I’m done I press Ctrl 0 to get back to the full image, have a quick look, check round the edges then if I’m happy select Ctrl S and the image is saved in the stack as a tiff file in Lightroom, automatically put to the top of the stack. Clever eh?

Once back in Lightroom I might select eh spot removal tool, zoom and in check

And I do this for every commercial image. Without fail.

Sounds tedious? Long winded?

That is how you produce professional results. High quality, blemish free images. Every architectural photography shot has receveid this attention to detail.

And with the keyboard cuts I use it really speeds up your work. To recap they are

Ctrl 1 – zoom to 100% - that is close enough for me.

J – spot healing brush

S – Clone stamp tool

L - Lasso tool

Ctrl 0 – return to full screen

Ctrl S – save and return to Lightroom

These really are a lifesaver. And that is 90% of my Photoshop activity to be honest.

A few final points.

Content aware fill is awesome. That is my go to tool. I must create a shortcut for this. I will write a post all about this fantastic feature.

One final thing – make sure any changes made here look natural.

And definitely one final point. I don’t use layers for this work. I just open in Photoshop and save back to Lightroom. I have never had to go back to a commercial shot and undo any of these corrections.

Thanks for reading this post, and please pop back to my blog at

www.rickmcevoyphotograpy.co.uk/blog

tomorrow for another photography related post.

Probably not that Durdle Door image……

Definitely not about Photoshop……

Managing your catalogue of digital photos in Adobe Lightroom

Managing your catalogue of digital photos in Adobe Lightroom

One big problem with digital photography is the data storage. Of course with good old film the problems were no different – I have boxes of prints, negatives and slides in my loft. And do I ever look at them?

Of course not.

So with all this wonderful technology how on earth do we go about managing all this data – like the files in my loft it all has to go somewhere. This is called digital asset management, or DAM. Or catalogue management.

Or a pain in the proverbial.

As dull as this subject is, it is important, so please stick with me on this.

Editing your photos

Editing is a two-part process. The first part of editing is editing your image choice, keeping what you want and getting rid of the rest. To do this you really have to be brutal. I have not been brutal enough in the past, and have decided to go back and be brutal.

I am going through my catalogue, deleting unwanted, duplicate, similar and rubbish images.

The question is – how do you choose what to get rid of, and what to keep? A popular term in photography is keepers – images you want to keep. If you go through say 100 images, and there are five keepers, firstly well done to you – that is a good keeper rate! But are there really 5 keepers?

And what about the other 95. Do you keep them as well?

No. Be brutal. You will thank me for this advice.

I now work on a simple principle – do I want to edit the image. And when I say edit I mean a full edit in Lightroom and Photoshop. And once edited I am actually going to do something with the shot.

And everything else I delete.

I have practised this on the last 10 shoots I have done (OK I still have the original image sets on the memory cards just in case), and this has worked fine. It actually has improved my workflow.

So my two pronged approach to my data storage nightmare is this.

Legacy files.

Go back through my Lightroom catalogue, starting at 2007, and get rid of anything I can.

New commercial work

I import the files into Lightroom, then save a full duplicate set onto a completely separate hard drive. This gives me the freedom to work efficiently and using my best judgement to produce the best images set, without that nagging doubt in my mind – should I have deleted that? I can just go with what my instinct tells me, always with the reassurance that if the client wants something else that I have not included if I have it is somewhere else and I can get to it. And after a period of time the duplicate sets get deleted.

Benefits

This solution has various benefits for me

1 – I can work quicker and better

2 – I have everything somewhere else just in case

3 – My hard drives only have the images I wanted in the first place.

4 – I have less images to go through to find the good stuff.

5 – My hard drive will have more space.

6 – I have one less thing to worry about.

Since writing this post I have had to buy a new (4 TB) external hard drive to give me the capacity to carry on working and also move data from my single Lightroom Catalogue. I will write a further post about this once I have established a new workflow, but the basic principle applies - I am only keeping the images I want and want to work on, spend time on.

Thanks for reading this post – please pop back tomorrow for another post all about one aspect of photography, maybe another new image. Not decided yet!

www.rickmcevoyphotogrpahy.co.uk/blog

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