My collection of pictures of Delph Woods in Poole is now complete

Now my editing is complete. I have 16 images which I really like. All the images were edited in Lightroom, with the odd bit of further editing in Photoshop. The further work in Photoshop is the removal of distractions and things around the edges. I like my images to be clean and not have things that distract. This is fine as I am not a photo journalist. These images are my work, and yes, they will go into stock libraries for sale but this is only tweaking and cleaning up of what was there.

I have tidied up the collection of images in Lightroom, leaving me with just one collection containing just these edited images. I have organised these in Lightroom by assigning pick flags to these images, and then creating a new collection with these images in. I did have another collection for these images, a working folder if you like, but I deleted that (this was the mistake I made before by the way – not deleting collections when I had finished with them).

My editing is complete.

I have one set of images. I have even rated and keyworded them. And tidied up the folder they live in.

All good.

I am happy with this set of images I have produced. No not happy, absolutely delighted. 16 images from an afternoon in the local woods is an outstanding return.

Not every image is a portfolio contender granted, but some certainly are. I will post the set of 16 images over the next few days on my blog, whilst I write the full article. By the end of the week I hope to have the completed article, words and pictures.

I was concerned that I did not have a cohesive set of images, but looking at the collection in Lightroom they are just fine. I have a transition from the start of my adventure in the woods, where there was that very light mist with the sun shining through, which changed into the bright bold winter sky by the water, then back into the woods and the mood of a misty winter forest.

And my least favourite image when I started is becoming my favourite which is interesting!

One more thing I need to do with these images is get rid of the various ones already posted which are located in the camera roll on my iPhone/ iPad. Another bit of important digital housekeeping.

I am going to go through all 16 images and post each one in turn, which is always good to do. So, for the next couple of days not a lot in the way of words from me, just this lovely set of 16 landscape photography images which I hope you will all enjoy.

Which can’t be a bad thing can it??


Poole Photographer

Tuesday 17th January 2017

Organising my images in Adobe Lightroom

How I manage the images in my Lightroom Catalogue?

This is a long post. But how I as professional photographer organise my images is critical to the success of my photography business. Having an efficient workflow is essential for me to be able to provide a professional, high quality, efficient photography service.

And this also allows me to produce consistency of imagery from one project to the next.

This post is like the minutes of a business meeting I have had with myself. It is a key part of the way my commercial photography business is organised and operates.

The content of this post might not all be of interest to you. I have broken this post up into logical sections up so you can scan through this post if you want and just read the bits that are of interest to you. I would of course be delighted if you read it all though!

If you have any questions about anything related to this post and the subject of how to manage a large and ever expanding catalogue of digital images please head over to the contact page on my website at from where you can send me a message. You can of course also email or phone me using the details on my home page

So here we go.

This post is one where I put my thoughts together and make sense of what is a big issue to me as a commercial photographer. I have wanted to capture all my thoughts in a single post for some time now, but have been waiting for a good time to do this. This post has been written over the course of a couple of weeks, with months if not years of thinking behind it.

The issue is this.

I am an architectural photographer. This is my specialism. I also carry out commercial photography work, but architectural, building, construction, industrial, property and of course interior photography are my main areas of commercial photography work. I also enjoy travel photography, and landscape photography in Dorset and Hampshire.

So I take lots of photographs. And the number of new images I am producing is increasing week by week.

As of now, June 2016, I have well over 40,000 images in a single Adobe Lightroom catalogue. The images occupy 908GBs of space as of today.

This catalogue is my photography business, and it needs managing, curating and looking after.

I need to improve my digital file management in the future. I also need to address the back catalogue, which has never been properly sorted. This is in part because it has taken me up to this point to think about the whole subject in a structured, organised way.

The outcome of this structuring of my work will be that I will be able to be more productive, giving me more time to take photographs, giving me greater opportunities to improve the standard of my photographic work.

What is the point of having over 40,000 images if I cannot find what I want quickly? This post is my plan for how to manage my images, not only the ones in my catalogue now, but also future images not yet taken.

The issues I have to contend with are as follows

  • General organisation of my catalogue
  • The number of images in my catalogue
  • The folder structure
  • My Collections structure
  • Keywording
  • Rating
  • Stock images
  • The process for going through my existing catalogue
  • The process for new images.
  • Videos
  • Duplicate images
  • Backups – catalogue and import backups

I will go back to each of these headings and deal with each one in turn.


General organisation of my catalogue

My catalogue is a single catalogue. That is fine. The images are stored on my external hard drive. The Lightroom Catalogue is on my laptop hard drive. I have an off-site hard drive backup, and also a permanently updating cloud backup. I have written separately about my backup strategy.

So my data is secure – I am happy with this.

And because of the way I have structured and implemented my back up strategy this will not be affected by the changes I am going to implement within Lightroom, other than the fact that there will be less images to manage.

And if I improve my data management at the time of import and sorting I will be more efficient in the future.


My Lightroom Catalogue is organised as follows

I have an Import folder, which is the default folder where my images are imported to. This, and all the other folders, can be viewed in Windows Explorer. They are in a conventional folder structure.

I have created a number of folders (within Lightroom) to break up my Lightroom Catalogue.

These are

1 – Import

2 – Sort, name, keyword

3 – Edit file

4 – Commercial work

4 – House Simple

4 - KKL

5 – AFCB

5 – Bournemouth

5 – BU

5 – Cornwall

5 – Dorset

5 – Hampshire

5 - London

5 – Poole

5 – Sandbanks

5 – West Berkshire

5 – West Sussex

6 – Google

10 – Worldwide

11 – Other

99 - Personal


Many of these folders are sub-divided by subject matter or date

This is the evolution of how I organised my images when I started using Lightroom, back in version 1.0!

I have started using Collections more and more, mainly when I started to use Lightroom Mobile on my IPhone 6 Plus. Before then I did not really have much of a use for Lightroom Mobile, as I always had my laptop with me and all my images fitted onto my laptop hard drive.

That was until my hard drive filled up, and I had to do something completely different. If you go back to my blog posts on the 15th February you can read all about this, but basically I had to put my entire image collection onto a new, separate, external 4TB hard drive. For the first time I did not have all my images with me.

Using Smart Previews, and keeping the Lightroom Catalogue only on my laptop, I could still view and indeed edit images remotely from my external hard drive. And this made Lightroom Mobile even more useful for me, as I could access collections from my phone anywhere in the world.

And so far I have not found a limit to the number of photos you can add to Lightroom Mobile. On my IPhone I have (access to the Smart Previews of) 2881 images, but Lightroom Mobile is only using 1.8GB of the 64 GB memory available.

I can’t work this out but it is incredible really how fantastic the Smart Preview feature is.

Collections are the way forward, and make editing more efficient as well.

I currently have the following Collections, containing anything from 3 to 1500 images, some of which are synced with Lightroom Mobile, some not.

Web Pages 2015


Architectural Photography


Building Photography









Home 07072015

Home 07092015

Home 08062015

Home 18082015









Archives – 4 sub-folders

Commercial Work – 2 sub-folders

Dorset –

From LR Mobile

Image Brief

Image Sets

Kendall Kingscott



Portfolio 2016


Smart Collections

To do

And another 50 collections.

You get the idea…..

Wow. What have I done?


That is where my images are at the moment.


The number of images in my catalogue

This is an ongoing problem. 40,000 images take up 908GB of hard drive space. There are 123,224 files in 68,679 folders.

The Lightroom Catalogue itself takes up 75GB of laptop hard drive space, 82,437 files in 61,367 folders.

For completeness Lightroom Mobile on my IPhone takes up 1.8GB, giving me 2881 images to view and edit as Smart Previews.

The set of pictures from Rhodes, 1400 of them, on their own filled 2 separate 16GB memory cards and a bit more on a third card!

Obviously this is a problem for the future, which needs addressing now. I need to be more brutal with my culling of images, and also my bracketed sets of images. Basically I need to delete some stuff now and in the future.

Bracketing is fine – it just needs to be managed. So as part of my sorting I need to remove unwanted bracketed sets. This needs to be dealt with at source going forwards, on import of the images into Lightroom – well at the sorting stage that is anyway.


The folder structure

I have described my folder structure, but need to make a decision about this for the future. Do I stay as I am, come up with a new structure, or abandon it completely and let Lightroom do this bit for me, relying solely on collections?

I am going to stick with my folder structure in general terms– it does not take a lot of time to put things where I want them, and there is a degree of logic to how I have structured my folders.

I am however going to revise the structure going forward to the following.


Two workflow folders, then they get filed away

1 - Import

2 – Sort (cull/ rate/ keyword)

3 – Commercial work

Sub-folders by client

4 – Dorset

Sub-folders by location

5 – Hampshire

Sub-folders by location

6 – London

Sub-folders by location

7 – England

Sub-folders by location

8 – World

Sub-folders by location

9 – Working files (This is where I will put stuff like skies etc that are generic and specific to nothing).


That is it.

9 folders and sub-folders.

Job done. Funny as I have been messing about with this for ages, and once I finally sat down to think about it the answer was clear.


My Collections structure

I can improve my collections structure I have no doubt. It is about breaking these things down into what you really need. This is what I am going to do now. You can have images in more than one collection, which as you will see will prove invaluable. This is one of the great things about collections.

So what do I want collections of?

Current projects. Each time I import a new set of images I automatically create a new collection and add them all to it. One slight drawback with this and the way that I work is that I take bracketed sets of three shots as a matter of course. After import, I auto-stack the images. Using my Rhodes trip as an example, I had circa 1400 images, which reduced down to 464 once I had put the bracketed sets together. This update was not reflected in the Collection though, meaning I had to remove the images from the Collection, then add back the set so the first of the three bracketed images is visible.

Collections do not contain actual images, just links to the files, but you can work on them just like the actual files. This is how you can have one photo in more than one Collection. And if you change the image in one Collection it changes in the other collection. And of course the image in the actual folder.



Now this is boring.

Boring but important - especially for stock photography.

I have never needed to use a keyword to find an image to be honest, but stock libraries rely on keywords.

So I am going to keyword everything. You can sort images using Smart Collections that do not have keywords, and that is what I am going to do one wet winters evening this year. And I am going to start keywording images as part of the import process going forward.

Again it does not have to be complicated, just simple words to describe the picture. Nothing fancy. And my two stock agencies have specific keywording requirements which I have to add to as part of the upload process.


Image rating

This has caused me issues over the years. I have frequently changed this, never seeming to get it quite how I want it. This is the time for me to review this, think about it, and come up with a system for current and new images from now on.

In Lightroom you can rate with stars, 1-5 (and no stars), and also with (6 different) colour labels.

Currently my star rating is as follows

No star - unrated

1* Maybe

2* To edit

3* Quick edit

4* Full edit

5* Edited best


What do I want to do with star ratings?


When I import I use pick and reject. If I have a pick then it should have some value. So having a rating for “maybe edit” should not be required at all.

The one thing I am settled on is this


5* - the best of the best. Pick. Portfolio piece. Star image. Call it what you want. It all amounts to the same.


So starting here I could follow the process as follows

4* - not as good as a 5*

3* - not as good as a 4*

etc etc


But what is the point of that?

I want to identify images for stock use. That could be a colour label. One colour for “potential stock image”, another for “image edited ready to upload”, and another for “image already uploaded”.

That works, and as you can only have one colour label per image that is colour labels done.

So that leaves star ratings. What do I want to track?

The process from import to 5*.

So how about this?

0 – Unrated

1* - Imported

2* - Keyworded/ filed

3* - ?

4* - Full edit

5* - Edited best

Hmmm still not working.


Try again. I have 6 potential star ratings (including no star).


0* - Imported/ unrated.

1* - Keyworded/ filed/ sorted/ culled – an important first stage as I don’t always get time to do this at import

2* - No use. I could split 1* further but this adds another process.

3* - Edited – commercial work

4* - Edited – non-commercial work

5* - Edited – portfolio best


I will have a think about that. It sort of works for me. I don’t want to over complicate this after all, but I definitely need to quickly find the following

  • My best work
  • My edited commercial work
  • Unedited images
  • Unsorted images

I don’t need unedited as a star rating as I used to as that is a 1*

So this is what I came up with

1* - To sort

2* - To edit

3* - Edited commercial

4* - Edited non-commercial

5* - Edited best

Simple. Job done.

Rating using stars and colour labels. Again it has to be simple to be usable.

Stock images

I need to identify images for stock. I use two stock agencies, Image Brief in the USA and Loop Images in the UK. I have been very lapse with my stock submissions recently, so need this identification now to allow me to get a grip of this.

Colour labels as described above will be the way forward.

  • No colour label means not considered yet for stock.
  • Red means not suitable for stock (for whatever reason).
  • White means image suitable for stock
  • Blue means edited ready for upload.
  • Green means uploaded to Loop/ Image Brief (I will differentiate in the Collections for each).

I will have a Collection Set of Loop, and one for Image Brief, each with the following sub-collections

  • To edit
  • To upload
  • Uploaded

This will help me keep track of them.

Another thing sorted.


The process for new images.

  • Import into the import folder onto my external hard drive.
  • Create a duplicate import back-up set on my laptop hard drive.
  • Build Smart Previews.
  • Add copyright data
  • Add develop presets.

Then once imported

  • Cull
  • Rate
  • Keyword
  • File
  • Edit as required.



I have videos on my IPhone. Simply I need to put these on my PC hard drive, and from here I can upload to YouTube and my Blog. That is all as I am not editing videos, just dabbling in moving pictures at the moment.

And tagging videos in YouTube is much easier from my PC than from my phone.


Duplicate images

This was an issue, less so now with Lightroom Mobile. I used to export images to a folder in Windows Explorer then have to add that image to a web page, Blog post or whatever. Now I do this mainly from my phone, direct from Lightroom Mobile. Lightroom Mobile really does add so much efficiency to my workflow. Blog posts are all done this way now, meaning that I only export from Lightroom client work and images for my website pages.

Lightroom Mobile allows me to post to Instagram, Twitter, 500PX, Flipboard, Tumblr, Blogger, my Wordpress Blog, and to my main blog direct, without even having to add an image to my camera roll.


Backups – catalogue and import backups

These need keeping on top of. They can eat up memory.

I backup my catalogue every day, and delete the backups when I remember. But this is not so much of a problem for me any more now that I have moved to a larger external hard drive.

Import backups are also less of an issue now that I have the extra storage space, as well as having backup copies in three different places. But I still do a copy on import, and delete these from time to time just to keep on top of the volume of data stored.



I find that writing about things helps me focus my mind. It is writing about this subject that has allowed me to think through and resolve the issue of rating my images, as well as the folder and collections structures.

And now that I have a clear idea of how I am going to manage my digital images going forward, I can adopt this approach every time I import images, stopping the issue building up again. Of course I have to spend time going over old files, over 40,000 of them, but now I have a way forward that I can work to.

This is another issue sorted by giving myself the time and space to think it through, which will save me lot of time in the future.

The other benefit is that I will have more efficient access to better quality images, allowing me to hopefully produce better photography on a more frequent basis.

Thank you for reading this post, which I hope has helped you in the never ending quest to manage digital image files.

Rick McEvoy Photography

19th July 2016


Mupe Bay, Dorset. One of my favourite sunset landscape photography pictures of Dorset - just stunning

Mupe Bay, Dorset by Rick McEvoy DOrset Photographer

Mupe Bay, Dorset by Rick McEvoy DOrset Photographer

This really is one of my favourite sunset landscape photography pictures of Dorset.

I love the depth and vibrance of the colours.

Another one of my favourite images coming soon on my blog at

You can also check ut more of my pictures of Dorset on my Dorset Photography page at


Photography Portfolio Review –What I learned, and have I developed in the last two years?

Photography Portfolio Review –What I learned, and have I developed in the last two years?

So the question in my last post was – “how do I feel about the fact that only two images have made it from 2014 to 2016”

Yes. Please read on.

Well I am really pleased!

No really I am.

It means all the time I have spent on taking new images, and the processing of them, has resulted in my work improving.

Image capture

I have learnt a lot about composition. I have spent a lot of time looking at photographs by other photographers. Better photographers than me. And I have put my work up on 500 PX for other photographers to critique my work.

I have also listened to lots and lots and lots of podcasts on photography. Now listening might not sound like he best way to improve your understanding of composition, but from all I have heard I have picked up on a few key things which I have assimilated into my work. I have consumed every relevant class on Kelby One. I even spent a great day in London last summer listening to Scott Kelby. I read about photography all the time.

So one key point is - photograph interesting things.

Now I am working primarily in architectural photography, commercial photography and industrial photography.

Construction refurbishment. Building sites. Construction products. Property refurbishments.

That sort of thing.

No night shots of a barn illuminated by light painting with the milky way in the background (the current vogue image). No Taj Mahal, or the Grand Canyon.

Real, normal life subjects such as

  1. A school in Hampshire that has been reclad.
  2. An internal refurbishment in a University.
  3. New houses.
  4. Refurbished office spaces.
  5. Car parks.
  6. Render used in a construction project.
  7. Scaffolding.
  8. Lintols.
  9. Private libraries (for balance)

So my subject matter presents different challenges. Sure I could put up lots of photos of Durdle Door with that fantastic sky (might post that one tomorrow) but that is not the commercial side of my photography work.

I have to take these subjects I am working on and, whilst capturing them accurately and faithfully, make them as interesting and appealing as I can.

So my headline learning points of the last two years are

  1. Photograph interesting things
  2. Photograph interesting things in great light
  3. Photograph things even more creatively where the light is not great but I have to get the shot there and then
  4. Shoot in blue hour
  5. Replace the sky in Photoshop (one for me to work on) when the weather is rubbish and you have to do the shoot regardless
  6. Photograph the same view from different angle. Move to the left, to the right, up, down.
  7. Take less photographs.
  8. Work more slowly, In a more considered way.
  9. Think before shooting
  10. Edit the shoot better – be more brutal and narrow down to great compositions only.

Image processing

Cull more efficiently. The first edit is for the picks. From a shoot now I aim for 10 images. If a client has asked for more then great, not a problem. But 10 seems to be a good number. 10-20 images covers I would say 75% of my work.

My processing is good. I am on the edge, which is where I want to be, I want my work to be distinctive but natural. I want my final images to be different to everyone else’s.

On construction projects everyone takes lots of photos all the way through the process. I want mine to stand out. I want people to look at my images and know straight away that I took them. To say “wow look what Rick took this time”.

I want my style to be unique, distinct, recognisable.

And a consistent workflow has helped me progress this aspect of my work hugely.

From how I set up my camera, how I approach the subject matter, how I shoot, how I import, how I sort, how I process, and how I output the files.

I have written down my current workflow. This is how I produce consistently styled images. I work in Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop in a very specific way. I use the Creative Cloud so I am always using the latest technology.

I have a workspace carefully designed to help me with this workflow.


I have worked very hard over the last two years.

My work is improving.

My photographic knowledge is improving.

My architectural photography is developing at a rate which I am delighted with.

My interior photography is also improving massively.

My landscape photography, and indeed my travel photography, my experimental areas, are moving me forward even quicker.

So yes I am happy with my progress.

The last two years have been great learning and development years for me. All in own time of course! All outside of the commitments of full-time working.

Which shows how much I enjoy this photography thing!!

Thank you for sticking with me as I go through this process with my portfolio. Over the Easter Break I will just be posting nice images. No words. I will give you all a break from me! After Easter I will get stuck into my new portfolio images, and by the end of April I will have set of 30 images. That is my aim.

So have a nice Easter, but make sure you come back to my blog every day at


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.



  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.


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

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!!

Rick McEvoy Photography Portfolio - Looking back, going forward in 2016 and beyond

So my review of my 2014 Photography Portfolio is complete. And now it is time for my 2016 Photography Portfolio to be finalised.

Thoughts so far?

There is more variety than I expected in the 204 set. I quite like the mix of architectural photography, landscape photography, construction photography and commercial photography work.

There are some really good images in there.

But it will be interesting to see how many make it to the 2016 set.

I am going to the Photography Show 2016 at the NEC on Saturday 19th March, and have booked a portfolio review with my professional photography institute, the British Institute of Professional Photography (BIPP).

What is the purpose of my Photography Portfolio? What will I use it for?

Well the bottom line is that I want a cohesive set of images that represent the best work that I have produced to date, and show potential clients what they can expect when they hire me.

My portfolio defines my style, right now. It has to be up to date and reflect the work I want to be commissioned to produce. I have spent a lot of time working on my style, my look, and this has to come through consistently in my images.

My target markets are as follows. Well again I will extract a page from my website home page, which you can access at

“Photography of building exteriors, building interiors, construction sites, refurbishment projects, commercial spaces, completed developments, construction products.

Sectors covered – public, private, commercial, retail, industrial, residential, education, plant, utilities and infrastructure.

Experience working from heights, access platforms, scaffolds, boats, confined spaces and other controlled environments. Aerial photography by drone.

Clients - architects, builders, developers, consultants, designers, agents, property owners and house holders in both the public and private sectors.”

That is who I am aiming at. This took quite a while to come up with. This is on my home page. I want potential clients to identify with me.

So that is what my portfolio needs to focus on.

My landscape work is, in effect, secondary to this work. Yes, I use this work to develop my skills, and my work is available through a couple of commercial stock agencies (one in the UK, one in the USA). And most importantly this is my personal work. All done by me for me with no external pressures.

And this is where I get stuck. I want both.

So guess what?

I am going to do both.

I am going to have one portfolio for buildings, and one portfolio for landscapes. Simple.

Well it sounds simple but there was a lot of thought on the way to this end point. I have probably overthought this, and needed to capture my thoughts and break this down into what I want.

In Lightroom I have been assembling new collections of images. The Collections feature is so powerful in Lightroom.

I have assembled the following collections under a Collection set called “Portfolio 2016” (not surprisingly!).


Building exterior

Building interior





In (my target collection)







And 9 individual commercial shoots.

This is not wasted work as these image sets reflect the structure of my website, so at the same time, with the help of the power of Lightroom Collections, I am also creating new image sets for my various web pages.

But at the end of all this I will have two distinctly separate sets of images



And now that I have broken it down I can go through my Lightroom catalogue at my leisure and add to the collection sets I have, knowing that there is structure to what I am doing, and that I will also be producing future benefits for my photography business.

And I feel happier knowing how I pull all of this together. 40 images. No more. I will break down each discipline to 10 images as well (sorry to keep going on but Lightroom Collections make this super easy, and don’t forget I do not have any of my images on my laptop hard drive - these are all Smart Previews).

Last word on Collections. If you have your images on a separate hard drive, if you use Collections you don’t have the ? next to each and every image and folder. Just saying…..

As for what the BIPP want – approximately 40 images. So that is fine. 20 building shots. And 20 landscape shots.

OK time to get to finish this job off!

I will be no doubt posting lots from the Photography Show tomorrow, and will write over the next month or so about my new Photography Portfolio, what is in it, what is not in it, and where I go from here.

Thanks you for sticking with me while I go through this process, and please come back to my blog on Sunday where I will post my “Highlights of the Photography Show” at


Commercial photography and landscape photography - how I manage to do both

Having spent all yesterday going on about the photography work I specialise in, namely

Architectural photography

Commercial photography, and

Industrial photography

You might, quite rightly, question why I post landscape photography work on my website.

Well there are a number of reasons for that.

Firstly, I like to.

I like going to nice, new and interesting places. Who doesn’t? And when I am there I like photographing these places. And during my working day when I am out and about I am always looking for things to photograph.

I am dreadful really.

I actually take notes of places that might be worth a visit on my IPhone, or I take a shot on my IPhone so I have the location and potential subject matter of my next masterpiece tagged electronically.

Honestly how did we manage not that long age before all of the technology?

And film cameras. I am old enough to remember them. I used to have one, well several actually.

So yes as well as my commercial work I have this other area of work, principally travel photography and landscape photography.

When I don’t have the commercial pressures of my commercial photography I can relax into my other, personal (to start with) work. And I can also experiment in Lightroom and Photoshop.

I taught myself sky replacement using some of my landscape images. And I have used some of my landscape photography skies in my commercial work, so there is an inevitable crossover.

This is why I have split my website into commercial work and my places galleries.

So you can tell them apart now but still access both.

It has been said that a photographer’s personal work is a better reflection of their photographic style than their commercial work.

I guess in my case that is 50% true. I enjoy my travel photography and landscape photography, but equally enjoy my commercial work. It is just that they are done in different circumstances, with different constraints and pressures.

Blimey, where did that come from?

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Logs, France - a different shot from the Acquitane Region of France

Logs, Aquitane, France, by landscape photographer Rick McEvoy

Logs, Aquitane, France, by landscape photographer Rick McEvoy

Logs, Aquitaine, France, by landscape photographer Rick McEvoy – work the scene to get great results

A different shot today. While walking through a forest in Aquitaine, France, I noticed these logs. They were of interest to me. This is the close up portrait shot.

Below is the shot I posted previously of the same pile of logs.


Another example of working the scene. Two different views, two striking and interesting images. Which is good as the forest was rather dull to be completely honest with you. And the weather wasn’t great.

“So why were you there shooting?” I hear you ask??? Dull location, dull weather. What were you thinking?

Fair point.

But it does go to prove that you can find images anywhere you go, you just have to look.

And be patient.

And when you find something of interest take your time. Have a good look around. And try new angles and viewpoints. That is how I get interesting new landscape photography images, and the challenge of finding new angles, views and scenes keeps my work fresh.

And I apply this technique to my commercial photography work all the time.

One of my favourite shooting positions at the moment is with my camera held on the ground, either resting on something or me lying down on my latest piece if camera kit - a £5 groundsheet (see my post about my 10 favourite bits of photography kit not bought in a camera store) for more info in this!

Yesterday I got a great shot which I will process shortly using this very technique, catching a fleeting moment of special directional light.

The log shot was taken on my Canon 6D, 17-40mm F4L Lens, hand held, nice and close. Processing all done in Lightroom – this was a nice quick edit where I wanted to bring out the colours and details, and that is about it. Nice and easy, which is a great antidote for my recent epic construction photography editing workload! By the way the new batch of images I have produced I cannot post for a little while yet, for client confidentiality reasons, but they will be on my site soon.


Thanks for reading this post. I am a landscape photographer working commercially in Bournemouth, Poole, Sandbanks, Dorset, (and in no particular order) Hampshire, Cornwall, Surrey, Hampshire, Wiltshire, London and France. And anywhere else. My landscape photography work compliments my commercial architectural photography work, and is my experimental space to develop my photographic skills.

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A lovely peaceful, calming sunset shot of Sandbanks, Poole, Dorset

Sunset over calm waters, Sandbanks, Dorset

Sunset over calm waters, Sandbanks, Dorset

I took this shot the other day. I always drive home through Sandbanks as I love this location. 

As always I was keeping a close eye on the sky and the impending sunset. 

So I stopped and got this shot. 

I tried a 3 shot pano but obviously made a bit of a mess of it as I could not merge the three files in either Lightroom or Photoshop. Which must have been my fault. 

Luckily I will be able to return soon and try again.

So this is a single image, 2 shots merged from the bracketed sequence. 

Taken on my Canon 6D with the usual 17-40mm lens, 2.5 second exposure at F16, ISO100, 17mm focal length. 

Taken on my tripod of course. I stopped down to F16 to give myself a long exposure time of 2.5 seconds, giving me that flat smooth effect on the water.

In Lightoom I further expanded the dynamic range with sliders in the basic panel, and boosted the colours. As ever my processing style is all about getting the best out of what is there. 

A little about the location. Sandbanks is a fantastic location in Poole. In this shot you are looking at Brownsea Island.

This location is where I have got a lot of great images of Dorset. It is truly a fantastic location for landscape photography in Dorset.

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