Just launched a fantastic new deal for Waterford based businesses looking to improve their online appearance this summer. This is a genuine introductory offer worth €215.00 available for just €50.00! No strings attached, no commitments, just a fantastic opportunity to try out John's award winning photography. See further details HERE
Creating the right look for your business is very important today. I wanted to offer local Waterford based businesses a great opportunity to have their business premises professionally photographed, so I have put together a special pre-summer, all inclusive package which covers the following;
- High Resolution Capture of your premises taken at a time when the natural light is at it's best. This may take a few visits to site to determine the best time of day.
- High Resolution capture on a 46 Million Pixel Camera using the worlds highest resolution lenses.
- Image retouching to remove unsightly objects
- Photoshop work to enhance overall appearance
- Lens perspective correction (building can look as if they are leaning towards the sky when photographed from the ground. This affect is minimised by using special lenses and / or digital correction.
Package Price only €99.00
(no vat charged) (Please call 087 2611543 to book / Subject to availability.
I have been a professional portrait photographer since 2003 and in this time I have learned almost everything there is to know about studio lighting techniques and use of specialised light modifiers to produce different styles in the studio. I have seen all the trends come and go from high key to low key and everything in between. This year I have come almost full circle and find myself being drawn back to the simple things that originally inspired me to become a photographer. Whilst still using studio lighting with expensive light modifiers, I have started to explore the idea of creating light that emulates nature. I now want my light to appear as if it was produced naturally. I want to see real shadows but control them in a way that is soft and flattering to the subject. For me a great portrait is one that creates a great likeness but in a natural way. Not contrived or posed in a way that is not normal for that person. The light must be just right. Perfect exposure and balance between the highlights and shadows and a sparkle in the eyes that brings the subject to life.
Delighted to work with Irish Soprano, Róisín O’ Grady and Baroque Guitar player Eamon Sweeney, collectively know as Tonos on their new Album cover photography. Keeping in style with this 17th century Baroque music, we chose this fabulous locationfrom the 13th century, Choristers' Hall, located in the basement of Waterford's Medieval Museum. Combining available ambient light with studio strobe lighting to create a warm & moody ambiance. These will images will be used as part of the album cover and sleeve design. For any artists / Musicians looking for professional Photography for Album covers and / or posters / websites etc, I will be offering a range of very competitively prices packages. Please contact me on 087 2611543 for further details.
I was a long time Nikon and Canon user for many years, dating all the way back to their film bodies and then progressing to their full frame DSLR bodies. I switched from Nikon to Canon systems at the time due to Nikon's rather late entry in to the full frame sensor camera market. As you can guess I am not the most patient of photographers and have always adopted the latest technology to help me achieve the best quality in my work. Up until a few years ago the Canon 1DS Mark II and 5D Mark III bodies had served me well, except for one issue....Weight! When you combine a Canon 24-70 F2.8 L to a Mark III body and top it off with an 580EXII Speedlight you have basically created a brick. Try hanging this around your neck for a day's shooting and it's not long before you feel the discomfort and eventual pain! Of course I tried to reduce the weight by bringing only the bare essentials to the job but then the Job spec would often change mid-way leaving me without the essential equipment to do complete the job! When Sony introduced the A7 series I decided to try out the system to see how well it could perform on real world photographic assignments. Much has been said already about the pros and cons of the early A7 / A7R and A7s bodies all of which had their strengths and weaknesses. The A7s was a great low light performer but the resolution was too low for my use. The A7R had a fantastic sensor but was plagued by a noisy shutter release mechanism and some experienced shutter shock. Whilst I cannot say that the shutter shock was a big issue for me in my type of work I can say that the overall performance for hand held shots was a little lacking for general use. Eventually when Sony released the new A7 Mark II body I sold my A7R in order to get a more well rounded camera that could cope with most shooting situations that I would encounter. The In-Body Image stabilisation was a welcome addition and the better dampened shutter release mechanism with Electronic first curtain shutter was for me, a real benefit. Overall the A7 Mark II is a really great camera that performs really well. Decent Auto-focus, 5 Axis Image Stabilization, quirky menus but with enough customization options to enable setting it up to my personal preferences. For me, the body is just a tad too small in my hand so I use an Arca style base plate which increases the body height by about 10 millimeters. With the base plate fitted I get a good comfortable grip without adding too much extra weight and the camera is always ready for tripod mounting! The only thing I missed with the A7 Mark II was the increased resolution and lack of AA filter on the A7R which made for sharper and more detailed images. Enter the brand new Sony A7R Mark II. Although I have not managed to get my hands on one of these bodies for testing yet I am already very exited about the new technology that Sony has incorporated in to this latest iteration. Just look at the specs;
- 42 MP Full-Frame Exmor R BSI CMOS Sensor
- BIONZ X Image Processor
- Internal UHD 4K Video & S-Log2 Gamma
- 5-Axis SteadyShot INSIDE Stabilization
- 399 Phase-Detect AF Points & 5 fps Burst
- 0.5" 2.36M-Dot XGA OLED Tru-Finder EVF
- 3.0" 1,228.8k-Dot Tilting LCD Monitor
- ISO 102,400 and Silent Shutter Mode
- Durable Reduced-Vibration Shutter Design
- Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC
And here are the standout specs which really matter to me;
A 42 MP sensor with no AA filter - This should be a super sharp sensor with great dynamic range. The lossy Raw file compression may be an issue for some pixel peepers but for me, I really think this will be an excellent sensor with great detail and dynamic range. The A7R was already a great sensor so I have high expectations for this new design!
In-Body 5 Axis IS taken from the A7 Mark II - Great for low light and hand held shooting. Once you use this you will never want to go back!
399 Phase Detection AF points - This could actually be the first mirror-less camera to compete with a professional level DSLR for Auto-focus speed and tracking. Not essential for my kind of work but a very welcome addition to the overall performance.
Finally the new sensor technology. The world's first back-illuminated full-frame sensor, the 42.4-megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor present in the a7RII works with the BIONZ X image processor to offer high-resolution stills and video while minimizing noise and improving speed. This sensor structure works with gap-less on-chip lens design and an anti-reflection coating, as well as eliminating the optical low-pass filter, to improve light collection and enhance detail.
So what does all this stuff really mean to a working photographer? Much Better Low-Light performance! Well yes that is true but maybe there will be other advantages (okay so this is a big wish for me). The old sensors used by Sony were prone to issues using wide angle third party lenses with a non retrofocal design. For example wide angle Leica M Mount lenses used with adapters could cause colour smearing or loss of detail at the corners. This was due to the acute ray angle of light hitting the sensor at the outer edges and gaps in the sensor preventing light from reaching every part of the sensor evenly. Although I have not been able to test the new sensor yet (Sony please feel free to send me one for testing if you read this ;) I am hopeful that this new gap-less sensor design will minimise this issue and allow for smaller wide angle lens designs in the future. If this works it will certainly help to keep the overall system weight down and maintain the compact portability of this great system for the future. Thinking back to the days of using my enormous Mamiya RZ67 Pro II medium format film camera it's safe to say that we have come a long way in a short period and the future looks exiting. Well done to Sony for combining the best features from all the A7 series cameras and putting them together in this power-house little body.
And what about the great new video features? Who Cares I'm a still's photographer ;)
Will I buy the new Sony A7R mark II? Do you really have to ask?
Commercial Photography is an essential investment for any successful business. In today's world of marketing and advertising the power of the image has become the single most important part of any advertising campaign. Websites that display sub-par images may well suffer from stifled growth.
Let's look at just a few of the advantages;
- High quality professional images will increase the value perception for your product. Customers may well see similar offerings on your competitors websites, but select you as a preferred supplier, because your images convey a greater sense of quality.
- People only buy things they want. A good product shot showcases the most desirable aspects of your product and places it center stage, often reducing the decision time involved for the buyer.
- A specialised product photographer will have years of experience in how to sell products through images. Key lighting elements and control over shadow detail, reflections, highlights and colours all play am important role in producing images that sell.
I will end with this article with a short story. I knew a guy who owned a hand-made bespoke furniture business. His attention to detail was second to none. Each of his designs were unique and conveyed a sense of artistry that only a master woodworker could achieve. The textures and tones of the wood perfectly matched with shape and form to create these wonderful vibrant, living pieces. Each piece was in fact a work of art. Yet despite this attention to detail this same guy takes a few snap-shots with his home digital camera, taken in his poorly lit workshop using poor quality lighting. The images do not show the true colours of the wood. You cannot see the fine detail of the wood grain. The shape and form is lost in the ugly shadows of the overhead lighting. Despite the fact that these pieces sell for thousand of Euros each, this guy will not spend €65 euros to have this work professionally photographed by an experienced product photographer, claiming that he cannot afford to pay for these costs. Meanwhile sales are slow and his business is suffering the affects of a bad recession. His competitors are still doing okay though, even though they cannot compare for quality and value. The take away from this story is that often we are so close to our own products and we know them so well that we just expect others to appreciate them the same way that we do. When you really consider the additional value that an experienced product photographer can add to your selling process. The real question is can you really afford not to use one!
For further information or to get a no obligation quote for your product photography, please contact the studio HERE
Delighted to be involved in local Tramore based musician Joey Whelan's Debut album cover design & photography. As a former musician myself, I enjoy working with other creative professionals and I really look forward to doing lot's more of this work in the future. If you are a musician or band why not talk to me today about collaborating on some new poster images, album covers or website images? Need something funky or eye catching? Even better! Since I am shooting some new portfolio work for my new website I can offer some special rates for musicians or bands looking to do work right now. Please contact me HERE for more details.
Over the last few months we have been working hard behind the scenes to update our logo and bring a brand new website online. Today was a good start and everything seems to be running well. I intend to update this blog with current news, photography related posts and technical reviews on new cameras, lenses and other photography related equipment. Don't forget you can join our newsletter HERE and receive automatic updates on special offers (UP TO 50% OFF) when you purchase some of my fine art prints online. Thanks for looking and check back often for new work!
Italy has been a place where I have wanted to travel to for a long time now and so when my wife suggested we go to Lake Garda this summer I was delighted. As well as being a great holiday destination this was an opportunity for me to shoot some new street photography.
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