New thinking (by me) on the things that I need to do (next) to help my photography business grow - aka doing real work and putting the fun stuff last (for once)

The plans for my photography business work have had a rethink. Well I have had a rethink.

I did have a plan, but this ignored the priorities for my photography business.

I have to sort the business side out before I can get on to the fun stuff, even though this fun stuff will end up having a significant commercial value (hopefully). When I say fun stuff I mean producing a set of high quality (hopefully) images from a trip.

This is what I will be working on next after the completion of my construction product photography series of posts, interspersed with some pictures of the winter sunlight in the trees at The Vyne in both colour and black and white.

And the odd other image thrown in as and when.

I have had an amount of time with my iPad Pro where I have been able to edit images in Lightroom Mobile only which I have found quite enjoyable. That is where these other images came from.

And now to make things worse the other day I got a sunrise shoot In at a fantastic location - more on this later.

So this is where I am going next.

Firstly, I am going to write about my interior photography page. I have already selected a set of 12 images for this particular page on my website, and started working on the text.

After that I am going to rewrite all my commercial photography pages, with a new set of 12 images on each page. You can find these web pages under the “Work” category on my website.

Architectural photographer

When I look at the images on this page I cringe. I need to decide on the range of images I am going to include on this page though.

Commercial photographer

Not much more to be done to this page, which is not too bad to be honest. Oh yes it needs some text.

Construction photographer

Another page needing some much better images and some more relevant and up to date text.

Freelance photographer

This is my anything I want page. I love this page, and am looking forward to coming up with a great mix of personal work. I have no idea what I am going to include on this page at all. I might go with a theme. Like trees. Sun on water. The colour orange.

That kind of thing.

Industrial photographer (industrial photographers will be consigned to the archive folder leaving me with a brand new page to produce).

Again I have some great new stuff to add to this page which will massively improve the content, appeal and my marketability.

Landscape photographer

This will be tricky. 12 landscape images. Hmmmmmm.

Property photographer

No problem with this page – it is all about the selection of images and the words to go with this.

So. Seven pages to go after the interior photographer page. Not too bad really. I just need to get on with this.

A couple of pages are going to go into the archive (so I don’t lose any links)

Aerial photographer

  • I never got into this but this is definitely one for the future.

Building photographers

  • This page has its origins in the days when I was trying to do my own website SEO by web pages. I now have a daily blog so have no real need for this web page any more. Off to the archive it goes. Meaning less work for me.

Corporate photographer

  • This is not an area I am targeting at the moment.

Google Maps Business View photographer

  • Again a venture I started to work in but decided was not for me.

Interior design photographer

  • As above

Panoramic photography

  • As above

Property photography – replaced by property photographer

What this consolidation of web pages does do is further help me with the focus of my photography business to the following

  • Architectural photography
  • Construction photography
  • Construction product photography
  • Freelance photography – basically doing whatever I want!!
  • Interior photography
  • Industrial photography

And not forgetting of course these three which all fit nicely together

  • Landscape photography
  • Stock photography
  • Travel photography

(See later in this post for more about these three)

And having just secured a new commission I really need to start a product photography web page. 

The reason for this is basically that I need to focus on the images for these pages, some of which are much too old, and I need text on each page for SEO purposes. I just need to get this done, starting with the first page and just carrying on until I am done. Once this is done it takes time for the SEO value of the work to be realised, so I need to do this now before getting on with something much more interesting and enjoyable.

The next thing is to have a refresh of the images on my home page. It is just nice to do this, and the work done on the other pages will feed into this nicely.

That leaves another major piece of work which is my places web pages.

I have completed the following pages

So I still need to do

After that I want to add to my commissions page one image from each commercial shoot I have done.

But that is for later.

I am going to start with these seven commercial photography website pages, which will each have 12 new images and new text, all done properly and in an orderly fashion.

Then I am going to get on with the thing I have been looking forward to since I went to this place in April of this year. I am going to spend as long as I want on the images from this trip, which will naturally supply my picture stock submissions and a new page on my website, possible under places, possibly a new category called countries. I think counties will work well, and give me a good focus for the work I am planning this winter, leading into 2018.

Sorry it is far too early in the year to be talking about next year!

I am going to start using luminosity masks too, once I have sorted the images I am going to process. I am going to start by sorting the images, selecting some to edit, then edit each one three ways (Masterchef speak sorry) which will be

Single image edit in Lightroom/ Photoshop

HDR edit in Lightroom/ Photoshop

And then

Luminosity masking of the same image.

And then a black and white image – I need to source some black and white software for this before I start.

So I will have three differently edited colour images. I cant wait to see what the three will look like side by side – this is very exciting to me.

So this little lot will take me well into the summer I have no doubt, so I will see where I am up to

August 2017 and post an update. There will be daily posts of course along the way, along with the odd additional post here and there.

Thanks for reading this post, and please get in touch with any photography queries either by my contact page, phone or email.

Rick McEvoy MCIOB, LBIPP

Rick McEvoy Photography

Monday 12th June 2018 

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

 

Why should you hire me to photograph your construction site?

Why should you hire me to photograph your construction site? That is the question.

This was originally titled “What is the reality of being a photographer on a live construction site?”. I changed the title to the one you can see above.

And this is a natural follow on from the series of  posts about my construction product photography work over the last week or so.

Please read this (if you don’t mind) and find out why you should consider me when you are looking for a professional photographer to photograph your construction site.

Taking pictures on a busy construction site

I am normally asked to photograph construction sites, and indeed products, immediately before completion of the site works. If you have never been on a construction site immediately before practical completion you might be surprised by what you find. Lots going on - that is the generous way of putting it! Seriously these are very busy times, with everyone under pressure to complete their works.

And there is the further conundrum of client fit out, furniture, fixtures, fittings and specialist client equipment. FF&E is a term often used on construction by the way – furniture, fixtures and equipment. See I know this stuff!

The timing of when to carry out the shoot can make or break a shoot.

But once the optimum time has been agreed with my client there are many things that I have to contend with. So agreeing the when is just the beginning.

Site induction

Before going on most construction sites I have to go through a site induction. This time needs building in and pre-planning of course. Just turn up at a construction site and you will probably be turned away these days!

And quite rightly so.

I have lost count of the number of site inductions I have attended.

PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)

The rules vary from construction site to construction site as to what PPE is required. Also the timing can impact on what is required to be worn. I have all my own PPE, which covers me for 99% of scenarios.

CSCS Cards

I am a current Managerial and Professional CSCS card holder. This proves my competence to be on construction sites, and that I have the required knowledge in construction health and safety. Well I have more than a CSCS card but that is another story…

Mobility on site. And more importantly minimising the impact of my presence on your construction.

My photography gear is all packed away safely and nicely in one compact bag, leaving both my hands free at all times for me to safely access all parts of a construction site. This is a serious consideration. I have seen photographers turn up on sites I have been working on with all sorts of completely impractical equipment, including once large roller bag which the poor photographer was expecting to wheel half a mile across a muddy field to the site!

I don’t use lights but do use a tripod.

Mud

Yes mud. I have to get from the cabins to the site. More often than not the grounds are not completed and I have to walk through mud to get there. And having walked through the mud I then find yourself inside a brand new sparkly building interior!

See above re camera bags.

Working at height

By the time I am invited to site works in the ground are pretty much done, apart from the nice finishing touches that is. Like grass. And plants and trees and stuff.

I am often climbing up scaffolding just to get to the view I need, or to get to the part of the site I need to get to. And that is of course with all my camera gear and PPE on. If I am really lucky I get to ride in a MEWP. I have sat in steeplejacks seat boards, and been in metal things suspended from mobile cranes. Back in the olden days that is.

Most times however I have a huge expanse of not quite finished building to photograph without getting in everyone’s way while everyone is rushing around trying to finish their own works.

I am often on scaffolds and the roofs of buildings for obvious reasons, and not so obvious reasons. Often there is plant mounted on the roof that you cannot see from the ground, which can make for interesting subject matter. And of course there are often spectacular views from the roofs of many of the buildings I photograph. Yes they are sometimes for my benefit.

Weather

Yes the good old British weather. Who wants their shiny new building photographing in the rain? No-one!

I can, with some special tricks I have, make the weather look much better than it was at the time of taking the photographs, but this can be time consuming and expensive to achieve realistically. Most of the time I just have to wait for good weather.

Unless of course it is a construction product shoot internally, in which case the weather is not an issue.

And there is the wind, rain and the cold. Sometimes construction sites can be colder than outside. Dark, damp cold environments with lots of wet materials and structures shedding water as they dry out.

Darkness

This is a serious issue, especially on refurbishment projects in existing buildings, and the larger construction sites. Don’t worry – I have gear to help me deal with this issue.

Incomplete works

Another issue. The thing I turn up to photograph not being complete. Or still being worked on. Or not actually there.

It happens!

Dust

Construction sites can be very very dusty, so I need to take extra care changing lenses and keeping the front element of my camera lens clean.

Furniture

Do I photograph the building with the furniture in or the furniture not in? It depends who has commissioned me, what they want pictures of and when they want them. I would of course rather photograph a fully furnished building but sometimes that is not possible.

So who would choose to photograph live construction sites?

Someone who has spent a lifetime working on constructions sites, and a lifetime working on their photography skills.

That would be me then.

And that is why I am a great person for you to speak to about photographing your construction site, product or material being installed on a construction site or recently completed building.

All the things I have written about above I am completely familiar with and comfortable with.

I have an array of photography gear tailored to allow me to work quickly and efficiently in these environments. I also have lots of non-photography related equipment which I carry in my site camera bag. I have assembled my construction photography tool-kit over a number of years.

I know construction. I understand construction sites.

I am fully equipped, with lightweight, mobile, durable gear that allows me to do my work quickly, efficiently, professionally and to an excellent technical standard whatever the environment.

And I am fully insured of course.

And finally.

I  am a current Managerial and Professional CSCS card holder. I am a Chartered Builder. I have a lifetime working in construction.

Oh yes, and I am a professionally qualified photographer.

So what are you waiting for?

All you need to do is phone, email or complete the form on my contact page with your construction photography related enquiry.

I have a couple of pages which are all about my construction photography - my construction photographer page and my construction product photographer page. You can see examples of the pictures I have taken on construction sites on these pages. 

Rick McEvoy MCIOB, LBIPP

Professional Photographer

Monday 13th March 2017