Now that I have sorted out my Dorset photographer page I am going to post a series of 12 images from my construction product photography page.

Now that I have sorted out my Dorset photographer page I am going to post a series of 12 images from my construction product photography page.

I want to have a bit of focus on one aspect of my commercial photography work, which is construction product photography.

This is one of my specialisms which I have written about many times before.

Now for those of you who are new to me and/ or my photography blog a quick refresh.

  • I am professionally qualified in photography - LBIPP.
  • I am professionally qualified in construction - MCIOB.
  • I have over 30 years experience working in the construction industry.
  • I have over 30 years active experience in photography.

So construction photography is my thing.

I also photograph construction sites, although there is not much demand for this to be honest.

There is however plenty of demand for the photographing of products that have been supplied and fitted on construction sites.

And quite often these photographs have to be taken immediately after, and sometimes during installation. This is where the live construction site photography thing comes in – on some projects once something has been fitted there is never an opportunity to gain access to photograph a product. A hospital ward is such an example where product photography is done just before practical completion.

And this is what I am going to talk about for the next 12 days. Nothing else.

And by the way, I also photograph recently completed buildings, be they new buildings or buildings that have been extended, refurbished or completely overhauled.

I hope that the work that I am publishing and writing about in the next 12 days encourages you to make contact with me and start a discussion about your construction product photography requirement. Or anything construction photography related to be honest.

And if you do need something photographing on a construction site please ensure that you get in touch with me nice and early so we can plan the work together – successful planning is essential to ensure that a photography shoot on a live construction site goes smoothly.

Once I have completed this series of posts I will be moving onto something completely different which I am looking forward to doing so so much it is quite frankly ridiculous.

Rick McEvoy Photography

Construction product photographer in Dorset

Friday 26th May 2017

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

The last update on my Dorset Photographer page I promise - I am all done now!

Last week I wrote about the things I needed to do to finish the Dorset Photographer page of my website.

I decided that I would give myself to today to get this sorted. 

So how have I got on? 

These were the 10 things I had to do. 

1 - Edit the following images

  • The picture of the beach from the cliffs at West Bay
  • Two pictures of Durdle Door.
  • The picture of Bats Head.

I have done this. And also the sunset picture looking towards Brownsea Island.

2 - Delete the pictures of Millionaires Row in Sandbanks and the Port of Poole at sunrise (well remove from the collection in Lightroom).

Done. Literally in seconds. I did this first. The easy job! 

3 - Caption and title all the images in Lightroom.

All done.  

4 - Sequence the images. Very important. I have a range of subjects in this set that need to be sequenced so the collection works as a whole.

Done, although I will change the order of the images at my leisure! 

5 - Export the images from Lightroom to upload to my website.

6 - Produce black and white images of all the final edits which are to be added to my black and white landscape photography in Dorset web page.

Done again.  As I had captioned the black and white pictures at the same time as the colour images they were ready to go. When I produced the black and white versions of the pictures they were saved to the collection with the colour images. All nice and neat and orderly. 

7 - Add the 24 images to my stock companies – this is very important as this is something I am not doing that I need to get into the routine of doing every time I produce work suitable to place for sale in stock markets. (Not stock markets – if it was I wouldn’t be writing this stuff every day!).

I need to get myself set up to quickly export these images to two stock sites that I use. I will write separately about this.

For now though I have not done this. But I will explain. Trust me. 

8 - Once the images are uploaded onto my Dorset photographer web page each one needs a title and description within the template of my Squarespace website.

All done. 

9 - Each image also needs a paragraph of descriptive text adding to my webpage, complete with helpful and relevant links.

All done. 

10 - Delete the old images and text.

Done. Blimey. Nearly at the end of this mammoth task. Although it took a while I did quite enjoy it and the work itself gives me plenty of material to write about on my bog, not that I am short of content!

Rick McEvoy Photography

Dorset Photographer

Saturday 20th May 2017

12 new images uploaded today to my black and white landscape photography in Dorset web page

To compliment the colour images on my Dorset Photographer page I have uploaded 12 black and white versions, which can be found on the web page imaginatively titled "black and white landscape photography in Dorset". 

Well you know what you are getting when you head to this web page! 

Please let me know what you think of this collection of black and white landscape images.  

Rick McEvoy Photography

Wednesday 17th May 2017

How am I getting on with my set of 12 pictures for my Dorset Photographer web page?

It’s taking forever. This is where I am up to as of now, Friday 28th April 2017

I have 14 images in a Lightroom Collection. I want 12. So two have to go. Right now.

This is the list of my 14 pictures of Dorset (in date order for now as I have not sequenced the image sets yet and this is how Lightroom sequences by default).

Kimmeridge Bay at sunrise

I love this picture and this is definitely staying. The coastline of Dorset is such a significant part of the county of Dorset, and Kimmeridge Bay is such a popular location.

Portland Bill Lighthouse

Again I love this shot, and it is nice to have some architectural photography in Dorset included on this web page. As I have said many many times, everyone loves a Lighthouse!!

The view of the beach at West Bay from the cliffs above.

I like this picture looking towards the beach at West Bay and the coast beyond. This image needs to be re-edited, which I will do shortly. I know what I want to do to this image, what kind of styling I want to apply.

Portland viewed from Ringstead Bay.

Again, definitely staying as it is. No further work to do. Love this picture of Portland. Viewed from the National Trust site located at Ringstead.

The picture of Lulworth Cove

Definitely staying again. An iconic Dorset landmark, and a fantastic subject for a picture. And not too bad a picture even if I say so myself.

Dorset Red Post.

I am going to keep this image in, and re-photograph this post next time I am in the area. I have an idea but his picture of the Dorset Red Post stays for now. I like the story attached to this image. Well the subject.

Durdle Door IPhone edit 20/11/2011

I love this composition and am going to revisit the edit of this picture and edit an original version in actual Lightroom on my actual PC.

Sunrise over Millionaires Row in Sandbanks

This image is being taken out of the set. One more to get rid of and I am down to my set of 12.

Cove Fish, Lulworth Cove

This is a final edit and something nicely different which stays. Many people walk past this small shop just before they get to Lulworth Cove, but I wonder how many people take a picture of it?

Bats Head.

This is an old image and an old edit which I am going to revisit. As ever I have a finished style in mind for this picture.

Durdle Door long shot

This long view is great, but needs a bit of a tweak to the edit. A bit of dodging and burning and a bit of tweaking to the colours. That’s all.

Port of Poole at sunrise

This image is the other one to go. It just does not do it for me in this collection of pictures of Dorset.

The view looking towards Brownsea Island at sunset

Again, I like images which are a bit different, and this simplistic, minimalist picture of the view from Shore Road looking towards Brownsea Island is a picture I really like. Nice colours, mood and feel. I think this will be the last image in the set.

Delph Woods, Broadstone, Poole.

This image stays. It mixes up the set and is not an image you will find in a set of pictures of Dorset.

I am happy with this set of 12 photos of Dorset, which covers some iconic Dorset tourist landmarks as well as some lesser known and lesser photographed locations in Dorset. I have included images featuring the Dorset coastline, including the Jurassic Coast, as well a couple of buildings and a road sign. And of course a picture of some wonderfully moody and mysterious woods.

This is what I actually need to do to finish my Dorset Photographer page.

1 - Edit the following images

  • The picture of the cliffs at West Bay
  • Two pictures of Durdle Door.
  • The picture of Bats Head.

2 - Delete the pictures of Millionaires Row in Sandbanks and the Port of Poole at sunrise (well remove from the collection in Lightroom).

3 - Caption and title all the images in Lightroom.

4 - Sequence the images. Very important. I have a range of subjects in this set that need to be sequenced so the collection works as a whole.

5 - Export the images from Lightroom to upload to my website.

6 - Produce black and white images of all the final edits which are to be added to my black and white landscape photography in Dorset web page.

7 - Add the 24 images to my stock companies – this is very important as this is something I am not doing that I need to get into the routine of doing every time I produce work suitable to place for sale in stock markets. (Not stock markets – if it was I wouldn’t be writing this stuff every day!).

I need to get myself set up to quickly export these images to two stock sites that I use. I will write separately about this.

8 - Once the images are uploaded onto my Dorset photographer web page each one needs a title and description within the template of my Squarespace website.

9 - Each image also needs a paragraph of descriptive text adding to my webpage, complete with helpful and relevant links.

10 - Delete the old images and text.

Not much then!

And that should be that.

I will post the set of twelve images one day on my photography blog, along with a day of sharing the images on my various social media channels. I might make 12 separate posts. Yes why not?

And that will be that done.

And then it will be time to move on with another set of posts about a page on my website, this time my construction product photographer page.

And then I am going to get rid some draft posts before embarking on my next major project which I am looking forward greatly to starting.

Rick McEvoy Photography

Dorset Photographer

Friday 28th April 2017

It is time for me to update the Dorset Photographer page on my website

I have been working on new content for my Dorset photographer page. The content needed a refresh, being over a year old, and there is lots more I want to say about my pictures of Dorset, and a brand-new collection of images to show.

So how did I go about doing this?

Like this.

I put all my Dorset photos into a single Collection in Lightroom, which crosses over with my collections of 2008 and 2009. Well every year actually. This is fine as long as I remember to reject and then physically delete the things I don’t want from each collection. I am trying to attack my catalogue from all angles to get rid of stuff I don’t want.

Having all my photos of Dorset in one collection meant that the images were immediately available to me on Lightroom Mobile, where I could go through them and just select picks of things that look interesting. And being on Lightroom Mobile I could do this anywhere, including in the queue for the car wash!

I started this and it was going quite well but I found something I liked the look of so I stopped and edited it.

I know – I really must stop doing this and stick to going through those few thousand images.

I was not being too scientific with the initial picks – anything that I liked the look of or that was something different. I had decided that I might not go for the headline iconic Dorset tourist landmarks like Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove etc etc (well there might be a few) - no not me – I was going to come up with something different.

Probably…

So, having all my Dorset photos in one collection, I was able to browse these images at my leisure.

Having gone through and crudely picked things I liked the look of I had over 150 images. All I had to do then was narrow them down to a set of twelve images which will go into my gallery of Dorset photos.

I was not sure if I was going to include just landscape photography images, or if I was going to broaden things out to include architectural and/ or interior photography images.

This was another time when my iPad Pro proved invaluable – this is one of the things I really wanted the iPad for – selecting images. And of course, I did some quick edits which I posted – this is pleasurable work for me made even more so by the iPad Pro.

Having picked the set of 12 images what next? Well edits of the images and lots of lovely new text to accompany the images and get me higher up the rankings in Google.

This piece of work will also give me lots of new things to write about on my photography blog – as ever one thing leads to lots of new content and also lots of new images.

At the time of writing I have a shortlist of 12 images, and some text which you can read on my Dorset Photographer web page.

But that is not the end. Oh no. Far from it.

Now I have to go through the images one by one and re-edit them. And I will write about this as I am producing the images which will replace the existing ones on this page of my photography website.

To do this I am going to create virtual copies of the 12 chosen images and then do full edits at my leisure and write about these separately –these edited images will also feed into my commercial stock photography libraries.

This sounds like a plan, and one that I will repeat with other pages. My immediate priorities are

Dorset photographer page

Hampshire photographer page

Poole photographer page

Sandbanks photographer page

Cornwall photographer page

Wiltshire photographer page

So, I will get on with the Dorset page then get on with my Hampshire photography page using the same process.

Rick McEvoy Photography

Thursday 16th March 2017