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

 

Stock Photography in 2017 – this is my plan for the year and my landscape photography work

Basically I am going to focus on my stock submissions in January. And February. And the rest of 2017.

I have various outlets for my stock photography, including on my own website stock pages where clients will be able to purchase images directly from me, either digitally or as limited edition signed prints.

I am currently working on this fine art stock photography section on my website which will cover the following areas of the UK

  • Dorset
  • Hampshire
  • Cornwall
  • Wiltshire

New locations  will be added as and when I have a enough high quality images to sell.

I also have images for sale with Loop Images and Image Brief.

There are new opportunities appearing all the time, including Go Stock Yourself who approached me this December 2016 asking me if I would be interested in joining their new venture. Such approaches are always quite exciting.

I also post my photographic work on 500 PX and Instagram, both of which have a stock element to them.

So my plan is to get more high quality stock images on my chosen platforms. That is it, Quite easy. I like a plan.

This is going to be the focus of January 2017.

I am going to select 50 images which I captured in 2016 which I will process for Stock.

This might mean going through my 2016 images, over 5000 of them. Well of course it will.

But needs must – I need to get on with this and that is my target for January, and every subsequent month. So the first job is to go through my 2016 catalogue. I am going to focus solely on my landscape photography work. Which means I do not have to go through all my architectural and interior photography work. This helps.

If only I had organised my images from 2016 properly! At least I will have a plan for how to do this by then.

Second job is to get to grips with luminosity masks, which I am going to use to process my images. There is a particular style I am after. I know what I want to be able to create, and I want to master this and then produce my own style of work.

By the end of January 2017 I will have 50 brand new edited images for submission to stock sites. And in February 2017 I will do this all over again. If I do this all year I will have 600 images for sale on stock sites, as well as on my own website.

That is all about stock photography for now – keep calling back to my blog for updates over the course of January. And there will be lots of them!

Rick McEvoy Photography Blog

Saturday 17th December 2016

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