What did you think about the new set of images on my home page?

I have had a rethink. Some of these images have to go I’m afraid. Is this image of the pipes with the green background some of my best work?

Pipes in a plant room in a new hospital building in Poole

Pipes in a plant room in a new hospital building in Poole

Of course it isn’t.

I know what I was thinking – I wanted to show a broad range of images, demonstrating my understanding all aspects of construction photography.

Few people enter into the wonderful world that is a plant room, and I suggest even fewer take photos in there.

And there is probably a reason for that.

That image has to go.

And I have to ask myself the question – what is the set of images on my home page meant to represent?

My best work at the moment.

The range of specialist photography services I offer.

My best work at the moment.

The pipe picture has to go. I am going to lose three more images, getting back down to 12. Thinking a bit more about this, I am going to reduce down to 10 images per page. 12 is a hang up from the time when I had a grid view.

OK – 10 images it is.

And as to the range of specialist photography services I offer?

Architectural photography

Construction photography

Construction product photography

Industrial photography

Interior Photography

Property photography

And that is it.

There are other things I do, but my website exists to offer those services to the clients I will write about tomorrow.

Those 16 new images have taken me down a bit of a wormhole, but a good one I have to say!

Rick McEvoy Photography

A general post about the commercial photography work I do and what is coming up on my photography blog – don’t worry it will make sense honest!

I appear to have been writing lots of themed posts recently. I wanted to get back to the nuts and bolts of my photography work briefly for those of you who are new to my blog.

The areas of commercial photography work I specialise in are

  • Architectural photography
  • Construction photography
  • Industrial photography
  • Interior photography
  • Landscape photography
  • Stock photography
  • Travel photography

A lot of my commercial photography work is never published for commercial reasons, so reading my blog you might think that I am just someone who writes about pictures he has taken and that I am not an actual photographer.

Hence this blog post.

So I am a photographer. I also write about photography, Lightroom and Photoshop on my daily photography blog.

Talking of which, there are going to be some changes coming up in the content of my photography blog.

I am going to write a series of posts all about my construction product photography work.

Then there will be a series of posts all about my interior photography work, and the new set of mages on my interior photography web page.

And then after that I am going to be concentrating for some time on one single photography trip I have recently had the pleasure of going on. And at the same time I am going to enter the world of luminosity masks.

I am going to start this piece of work, with the luminosity masks added in for good measure, mid June. I am going to give myself the luxury of six weeks to write about this on my blog. I am very excited to be doing this and giving myself time to completely process a photography trip.

When I say I am giving myself 6 weeks, I must clarify that this is in addition to day to day work etc.

Once I have done this I need a plan for some of my other trips. I need to spend some proper time on the images I have – I might schedule out one month per trip. Hmmm I sense another schedule coming on here. Yet another one. That is the last thing I want!

I am also trying to update my web pages, having updated the following pages

Home page

Construction Product Photographer

Dorset photographer

Hampshire photographer

Interior photographer (see above)

I am going to try to get my commercial photography pages updated, starting with the images on each web page, followed by the text.

All this while working full time – lots to do then!

Rick McEvoy Photography

Thursday 25th May 2017

What is the best black and white image processing software that is fully compatible with Lightroom?

Can someone suggest some great software for making black and white images please? What software do you use to produce black and white photographs?

I want to replace Nik Silver Efex Pro before the inevitable falling over of this much-loved software which Google own but are not maintaining.

If like me you love the Nik Collection a word of warning – Google are not supporting the Nik Collection. It is unfortunately only a matter of time before something goes wrong.

The Nik Collection is the great free software from Google.

It may be that an update to Windows does the job, and when that happens I do not believe that Google will be throwing any resources at fixing the problem.

I love Nik Silver Efex Pro, but want to move to something else before Nik goes wrong.

So, what to use? I don’t know. Perhaps you good people out there can help me?

Well this is what I am looking for.

  • Black and white image processing software tha Integrates fully and seamlessly with Lightroom
  • Works on Windows 10 (and if it worked on iOS as well then that would be even better)
  • Is quick and easy to use
  • Has great presets
  • Has simple local adjustments
  • And produces great images

That puts the images back into Lightroom right where it found them.

Oh, yes and is supported.

And that is it.

I don’t ask for much – just an up to date version of the software I am already using and have liked using for some time now.

So, if anyone out there can help me and let me know what the software alternatives are that would be splendid.

I forgot to say, the black and white images I produce are principally

  • Architectural photography
  • Construction photography
  • Industrial photography
  • Interior photography
  • Landscape photography
  • Product photography
  • Travel photography

Which is pretty much most of the photography work I do.

Hopefully some kind folk will read this and get back to me with some great ideas.

Rick McEvoy Photography

Tuesday 4th April 2017

 

Tilt Shift Photography – this post is the beginning of my journey into photography with these specialist Canon lenses

This week I became the proud owner of a Canon 24mm Tilt Shift Lens.

I bought this magnificent thing second hand, as I want to learn how to use the lens before I commit to buying a brand spanking new lens, for quite a lot of money.

There is another reason for going down the second hand route – I am not sure if I will be happy with the 24mm focal length.

Canon produce four tilt shift lenses, which come in the following focal lengths

Canon 17mm f4 L TS-E

Canon 24mm f3.5 L TS-E

Canon 45mm f2.8 TS-E

Canon 90mm f2.8 TS-E

My problem is that I am used to the wideness of my Canon 17-40mm lens, which I use a lot, especially for interior photography work. I am also used to zoom lenses, so will find the fixed focal length a strange experience I have no doubt.

Time will tell, and this is precisely why I am going to try the 24mm Mark 1 version of the lens first.

Tilt shift lenses are specialist lenses, and are used mainly in architectural photography, as well as in landscape photography. I take architectural photography in the broadest sense, covering

Architectural photography

Construction photography

Construction product photography

Industrial photography

Interior photography

Interior design photography

Basically all the things I photograph.

And landscape photography of course.

This is the first post in a series of posts I will be writing about my experiences with tilt shift lenses. For now there is just one thing for me to do.

Put the lens on my camera and play.

After I have downloaded the user manual from the Canon website that is. It would help if I knew how to use the lens.

And another benefit of taking photographs with a tilt shift lens is that it will slow me down ever more.

I am hoping that the quality of my photography is going to increase as I slow down and use this new lens on my Canon 6D.

I will write updates as and when I have news, along with lots of new images.

Rick McEvoy Photography

Canon Photographer with a tilt shift lens

Wednesday 15th March 2017

The last word (for now that is) about my work and experience as a construction product photographer

Having spent lots of time on lovely fluffy landscape pictures it was good to get back to the nitty gritty of what I do. Is nitty gritty actually a word? Well two words?

Sorry. Having one of those moments.

  • Construction photography.
  • Construction product photography.
  • Product photography on construction sites.
  • Photography of construction products.

Well I don’t know which term to use? It is an SEO nightmare.

But in all seriousness taking photographs of products on construction sites is a specialist area of commercial photography. And one that I specialise in.

The timing is critical – too soon and the works are not advanced enough. Too late and the client has moved in and is using the new building.

The taking of the pictures can be challenging. Taking photographs in a live construction site as the overall construction project reaches practical completion can mean getting in the way of lots of very busy people all under pressure trying to deliver to individual deadlines. Not really a good time be expected to stand and wait while a stranger takes some pictures!

Taking photographs in a noisy, dusty, dark, damp and unfamiliar environment is not exactly the easiest thing to do either.

Photographing in a live construction environment requires speed, efficiency and the correct equipment.

You also need the correct clothing and personal protective equipment.

And the timing of when the shoot takes place requires planning and prior arranging with the principal contractor.

It might sound like a difficult ask, but it’s fine if you engage a specialist like myself, qualified in photography and construction and fully familiar with working on live construction sites.

The shoot I was writing about went smoothly. Until I received a phone call from site that is. I had taken one of the keys with me by mistake. I was the other side of Portsmouth when I took the call, thankfully they were understanding enough to allow me to return the key the next morning.

Don’t let that put you off getting in touch with me about photographing your shiny new building or product.

I have photographed some big construction product names to date, including

  • Marshalls paving
  • Flue Stax flue inspection equipment. Not strictly a product. Well the equipment is….
  • KRend render
  • Catnic lintols
  • Rockwool insulation and cladding
  • Tobermore paving
  • Cell Security equipment
  • Dulux Pyroshied paint
  • Sports hall flooring by Gerflor
  • ElliottUK modular buildings
  • A petrol station for Morrisons by Elliott UK
  • BASF Walltite sprayed insulation

Head over to my new web page all about my work as a construction product photographer and you can see pictures of each of the commercial shoots listed above.

Rick McEvoy Photography

Construction product photographer

Sunday 12th March 2017

Pre-construction photography - the art of preciseness and consistency to produce great results

This week I have taken some before shots of a school that is being completely refurbished. The purpose of this construction photography shoot is to record the visual appearance of the main facade before the construction works commence on site, and then capture the works during construction, and finally immediately upon completion. 

These images will tell the story of this considerable financial investment completely transforming a block in the school.

And the key to doing this is, sorry keys to doing this are

1 - Have a consistent workflow

Each set of images will be taken over a period of time, at different times of the day, and no doubt in different weather conditions. 

My strict image capture workflow means that I am able to record the images in exactly the same way each time. 

2 - Take the shots from exactly the same place. 

I do this by recording the exact position of the camera for each shot. Just like this.

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so with the visual record of the exact location, also marked on a drawing, and the GPS co-ordinates I should be fine.

3 - Have a consistent image processing workflow

I have more than one workflow depending on what I'm working on, but each one is documented to ensure consistency either with the same client on different shoots or for construction photography such as this. 

Thank you for reading this post. Please get in touch with me if you want me to photograph the lifetime of your construction project - before, during and after.

And while we are on the subject why not visit my construction photography page at www.rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/construction-photographer where you can see a selection of my construction photography work. I am very much a specialist construction photographer being professionally qualified in both construction and photography. I also possess all PPE required to access most construction sites, and hold a current CSCS card.

So please contact me with your construction photography enquiry. 

 

Construction Photography in Poole, Dorset. Or is it real estate photography?

Getting the right view

Getting the right view

What a stunning room. Masses of natural light through the south facing windows even in the morning! I will be calling back this afternoon to photograph the rear elevation. 

As for the shot itself, this is taken on my iPhone showing the shot I am taking which I will post when processed.

I wanted a low view for this shot with the frame filled by those wonderful windows and all that fantastic light. 

So taking this shot I enjoyed making the most of my new kit. 

This is my new Manfrotto tripod in action on the shoot today. The geared head was fantastic. I have no idea how I managed without it for so long!!  And the fact you can quickly get so low is great, especially when you add in the hinged centre column.

So the new tripod is a hit. 

Thanks for reading about today's shoot and please call back tomorrow to  http://www.rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/blog for the daily post about something!!

One final question. Do I call myself a real estate photographer? Is real estate photography an American term or one used in the UK as well? I must find this out as it sounds a bit snappier than interior design photographer!! 

Construction Photography - the problem of timing

I am photographing a fantastic new private housing development in Poole next week.  I am taking the photographs for the architect.

I drove over to the site yesterday to see how things are going.  it is a construction site in Poole, Dorset.

The problem with building construction photography is one of timing. The works need to be completed, just completed that is, but the shoot normally needs to be done before occupation. Quite often a further shoot after occupation is preferable. 

So this is the site yesterday, Saturday. 

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Ok not quite there yet. But just looking at the right hand property I got this (just iPhone shots in this post).

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Move the cones and this is pretty much there. So completion of the works is 31st March. I will shoot the right hand property in a couple of days, and then return to the other property once complete, when I can take general views of both properties once the site is completely cleared. 

The other timing issue in England is the weather. Yesterday was sunny. Today it is cloudy and raining. And no-one wants a shot of a sparkly new building in the rain! 

A final point on photographing new buildings. The light. Due to the orientation of these buildings the front elevation is in the sun in the morning, the rear elevation and gardens in the sun in the afternoon. So it is either a full and long day or two visits.

And if the client wants the blue hour shot that takes even more time. 

This is all absolutely fine, and explains the cost of properly photographing  a new building. It is far from a case of just turning up, taking some snapshots then going again. There is careful planning and timing to properly photograph completed construction sites. 

Thank you for reading his post, and please check my blog tomorrow at www.rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/blog

for another post about something to do with me and my photography. 

I will be posting from the shoot next week, maybe live during it!! 

My Portfolio Review with the BIPP at the Photography Show

I had 40 images in a Collection in Lightroom. But that is not the whole story.

I ended up with lots of collections in Lightroom, which were

  1. 40 images. This had 40 images. Well 42 actually. This was what was going to be reviewed. That’s why I called it 40 images.
  2. 10 -. No images. An empty collection. I never got down to 10 images. Which I have to do for my next set of home page images. So as ever more work to do.
  3. Dorset photography – 10 images
  4. Hampshire photography – 10 images
  5. Architectural photography – building exteriors – 10 images
  6. Architectural photography – building interiors – 10 images
  7. Construction photography –10 images
  8. Industrial photography – 10 images
  9. London photography – 14 images. 14??
  10. Sandbanks photography – 10 images
  11. Wiltshire photography – 1 image. Not sure what went wrong there?
  12. Bournemouth photography – 13 images.
  13. Cornwall photography – 12 images
  14. Landscape photography – 17 images
  15. Poole photography – 10 images

And then another 9 folders from recent commercial work.

But I had my set of 40 images, and guess what?

No landscape photographs.

No sunsets.

No tourist scenes.

No.

Just

  1. Architectural photography
  2. Building photography
  3. Construction photography
  4. Interior photography
  5. Industrial photography
  6. Infrastructure photography
  7. Estate agent photography
  8. Real estate photography

That kind of thing.

Why?

Because I decided that my portfolio should reflect what I do, what I want to, and the best range of my work to date within these categories.

What I do best, and what I can do best for clients.

I want clients looking at my work, my portfolio, my website, and to know that when they hire me they know what they are going to get. And that they like my style. My look.

So it is time to focus my work, which I have done.

And do you know what? It has helped me to improve greatly. I still do landscape photography, which I enjoy immensely, but I use that work to experiment with new techniques in terms of both image capture and processing.

So having achieved a much better focus, I will describe tomorrow on my blog at

www.rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/blog

how my portfolio was constructed and how this focussing on these areas has helped me grow as a photographer.

And how many images made if from 2014 to 2016.

Guess – it surprised me!!

More great architectural photography in Hampshire - Somerstown Central Community Hub, Portsmouth

Whilst on a construction site shoot I walked around the side of the construction site and came across this!! Complete and very welcome surprise for me.

As a fan of unusual architecture this was a great accidental find for me, and one on my list to return to.

I literally had time to take three shots before the sun reappeared on the shoot I was working on. 

Which is a great point. When you are I a commercial shoot for a client you can't let other interesting things distract during your shoot. I would have loved to explore this fascinating structure but apart from the short period of time when the clouds were over the sun I stuck to the job in hand. If you claim to be a professional photographer you have to be just that.  I was waiting for the sun to strike the Metsec framing being installed on some rather large tower blocks.

Anyway I look forward to returning to Portsmouth, hopefully with time and sunshine to capture this most excellent structure.

check out my website for lots more Hampshire Photograpahy at   

 http://www.rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/

 #hampshirephotographer #constructionphotographer #constructionphotography #hampshirephotography

Construction Photography

Construction photography isn't just hard hats, hi-vis jackets and big machines. This is an image taken on a live construction site in Dorset. 

 

When this image was taken it was very much a live construction site.

The pigeon appeared as I was framing the composition on my tripod giving a touch of humour and also gives scale to the image. Actually the pigeon makes the shot!

#construction-photographer

#construction-photography

 

 

Construction Photography

Construction Photography isn't just hard hats, hi-vis jackets and big machines. Construction photography also records buildings as they evolve. 

 

This image was taken on a live construction site in Dorset. I decided that although the colour of the cladding was one of the main architectural features of this elevation of the building, a black and white version might be different. 

And whilst composing the image on my tripod a lone pigeon appeared, which gives the image a touch of humour. 

#construction-photography

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