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Editing using Photoshop

Editing in photoshop

Coupled with processing your images in Bridge/ACR, the next step is editing using photoshop. When you have finished processing in bridge click the open image button.

When the image opens in photoshop it does so on a background locked layer. Before doing any editing you must make a duplicate of the background layer. Once you have done this delete the original background layer. As a result, this helps preserve the original image.

Screenshot of background image Editing using photoshop
Screenshot of background image and duplicated image Editing using photoshop

Level Adjustment Layer

Screenshot of copy background image and levels layer Editing using photoshop

In the first place, my first task in editing using photoshop is to add a levels adjustment layer.

Screenshot of levels layer Editing using photoshop
Screenshot of levels layer adjusting left point Editing using photoshop
Screenshot of levels layer adjusting mid point Editing using photoshop

In this case, the adjustments made by moving the left and right triangles under the histogram. For this reason, move both of the triangles only to where the histogram starts to climb on the graph. By the same token, for accurate measurement hold the option/alt key and move the triangle. In addition, as you start to see something in the image you have gone far enough. Then move the middle triangle to a setting of 1.2, you will notice that the image lightens.

Curves Adjustment Layer

In addition, the curves layer is a graph that defines the image through contrast.

In this case, the histogram shows the brightness of every pixel in the image.  Consequently, it’s an indication of the image’s tonal range.

Screenshot of background copy, levels layer and curves layer
Screenshot of properties curves layer  Editing using photoshop

In this case, those pixels on the left are the dark and on the right the light.

Screenshot of properties curves layer showing adjustment line

In the first place, looking at the chart you have a straight line running from bottom left to top right. For this reason, adjustments made by moving the straight line.

Screenshot of properties curves layer with down and up adjustment Editing using photoshop
Screenshot of properties curves layer with up and down adjustment

This image demonstrates how the image’s lightened when moving the points like this image.

Screenshot of properties curves layer with down and up adjustment original Editing using photoshop

My preferred way to adjust is by moving the line either up or down. As a matter of fact, normally two places on the line require moving in order to form an S curve. Consequently, moving the curve adjusts contrast in the mid-tones. 

Screenshot of properties curves layer showing S curve

Equally important, when dragging the line take care, you want to create a shallow S-curve.

Further Editing using photoshop

Once you have the image adjusted through levels and curves you can then merge the visible layers into one. Now you can perform further editing of the image as required.

Furthermore, if this blog’s raised questions about the process, please feel free to contact Martin.

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Processing RAW Images

Processing RAW Images

In the first place, processing Raw images for me is about doing this in a set way. As a result, after uploading my images to the computer I open up Photoshop bridge. In bridge, I open the file and then pick the first image for processing.

Picture of Photoshop ACR Processing RAW Images

Therefore, the first task is to correct any lens distortion. In this case, to do this I pick on the lens corrections icon (5 from the right). By the same token, next, tick the remove chromatic aberrations and enable profile correction boxes.

Picture of Photoshop ACR showing lens correction Processing RAW Images

In the same fashion, the next icon selected is the detail icon (eight from the right). In this case, I look at the three sharpening sliders. Accordingly, move the amount to 50, the detail to 18, and the masking as desired. In this case, by holding down the alt key and moving the slider. As a result, you are looking for a sharp outline.

Picture of Photoshop ACR showing Sharpening and Noise adjustments Processing RAW Images

In addition, if you are using a high ISO (800 over) you may want to move the noise reduction sliders. Therefore, I find that putting them all in the middle is normally good enough. By the same token, this turns the graining (noise) down in the image.

Processing Raw Images Select all images

Specifically, at this stage, I select all the images. I then highlight them all, right-click and sync them all. You can then work on each image or a batch of images as you go.

In contrast, now the meaty work begins.

Basic Icon

In the first place for processing Raw images, click on the basic icon (first on the left).

In this case look at the histogram at the top of the page are the triangles black? When the triangle show as black this indicates the image as perfectly exposed.

Accordingly, if they are red, green or yellow you will need to do some adjustments.

To make adjustments my preference is to start at the top and work down in the following process.

Profile

If you have created a colour profile then find this from the choice available. If not then use one of the options available.

White Balance (Temperature)

You can either click on a white article in the picture or if you used one a grey card. In general, this will set your white balance.

Tint

Move the tint slider only if you think you need to. In other words, moving the slider to the right adds red into the image. In like manner, but to the left adds green into the image. For this reason, hopefully, you won’t have to move it.

Exposure

Slide this to either brighten or darken the image.

Contrast

As a matter of fact, by moving this to the right you weaken the image, push left and you strengthen.

Picture of Photoshop ACR showing Exposure and contrast adjustments

Processing Raw images Highlight and Whites

Consequently, the next four are related to the triangles in the histogram at the top. As mentioned before if they are red, yellow or green you need to move the sliders.

These sliders affect the triangle on the right when a colour shows (not black) move this to the left. In this case, by moving this slider you will see that the image loses some of its brightness. You only need to use the slider until the triangle changes to black. You might also find that this works together with the whites button. As a result, between the two you will get an image that looks better and right.

Shadows.

By the same token, if you move this slider to the right the shadows will brighten.

Blacks

For one thing, this slider works with the left triangle in the histogram. As a result, if a colour shows (not black) you move the slider to the right to blacken the image. Consequently, as you move the slider the triangle will change colour. You need this black also.

In particular, moving the slider to the right does not resolve the triangle change to black, move contrast/saturation left. For this reason, a word of warning DON’T OVERDO IT.

Clarity

This slider either softens (left) or makes the image harsh (right). In general, beware if your subject is female, too much to the right will not do justice.

Dehaze

In general, the best advice with this slider is that you use it on landscapes.

Vibrance

Likewise, this slider controls the vibrancy of the colours similar in operation to the tint slider. In particular, this weakens or strengthens the colour vibrancy.

Saturation for processing Raw images

In this case, the slider controls the saturation in the picture of the colours. In this case, move to the left the colours completely disappear to Black and White. Consequently, moving to the right you will add more saturated colour.

Picture of Photoshop ACR showing Highlights Shadows Whites and Black adjustments

Advice for Processing Raw Images

Equally important, for processing Raw images with all of the sliders be careful. Don’t overuse it, the eye will tell you when the amount of movement is right. If you are a novice or not sure then try it. In general, note your starting points by writing the settings down and then play with the sliders. Once you’re happy with the result you can save the image (done) or open it in photoshop. This leads on to another blog for the future.

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PHOTOGRAPHY BRIEF

PHOTOGRAPHY BRIEF

In the first place, a photography brief helps compile information for the photographer. As a result, this information helps the photographer by giving them information regarding the photographs you require.

WHAT THE PHOTOGRAPHER NEEDS

The boring stuff

Your company name and address, this is so they know who is commissioning the work. Together with the responsible person that the photographer will have contact with, this includes contact details.

In light of your requirements, what do you want to use the images for (print, web)? Moreover, what is the date/time the photo shoot is to take place? In addition, have you a list of the images required. Accordingly, if the shoot is outside is there a plan for bad weather? In this case, do you require the images in landscape or portrait, in high resolution or low-resolution imagery?

The essential details

In any event now for the meat of this blog. When did you think about the images you wanted what did you consider? As can be seen, the thoughts that you had are important and should be shared with the photographer.

Overall, are you looking for a particular style for your images? As an illustration, do you have you some examples of what you are looking for? At the same time, do you have links to these images?

Consequently, do you have a message that you want to convey in the image(s)? As a result, does the photographer need to leave space in the image for a logo or branding?

Likewise, what is the lighting like at the location., will the shots require lighting equipment?

The important stuff for the Photography Brief

Therefore, what is the deadline for the images and how do you want to receive them?

As a result, you have a lot to think about. Consequently, to make your life easier, I have produced a photography brief aide memoir and a blank sheet.

For more information Contact Martin he will be happy to discuss your requirements.

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Business Headshots

Business Headshots

As a matter of fact, business headshots for your business are one of your best selling tools. Likewise, people that view your business headshot images form their first impression of you on what they see.

As a result, a business headshot that displays you clearly and shows you as approachable will give a good impression. In other words, a business headshot that confuses viewers will result in the viewer moving on quickly. That’s not just what they are viewing but also your website/social media. In this case, this will not be good for your business.

As an illustration, if you are looking for ideas why not visit Pinterest.

How we can help

In the first place, the first thing that we can do for you saves you money. In this case, we do this by bringing the portable studio to your business. Consequently, downtime’s minimised by you or your staffs from there place of work.

On the positive side, the other benefit this brings is familiarity. As a result, this means that you and your staff relax better in a familiar environment. That is to say, this helps produce a more pleasing image.

What we bring with us.

In the first place the equipment, we bring to the shoot’s, compact. This includes

  • Collapsible Background (White/Green)
  • Lighting (studio lights or flashlights)
  • Tripod
  • Camera
  • Transmitter and trigger units
  • Light meter
  • Lens 24mm-70mm and 70mm to 200mm.

Furthermore, as you can see it’s not a lot of equipment.

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Picture of a sekonic light meter L478dr headshots
Picture of a soft box on a flash gun Basic DSLR Training Flash
Picture of a flash gun on a camera Basic DSLR Training Flash
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What we need in the way of photographing space for headshots

In this case, ideally, a space of 4Metres by 4Metres would be good with no furniture to move. Because space is not always available, we need free space for the collapsible backdrop and the subject to stand. As a result, we can place the portable lights and adjust the light levels. For this reason, we do need an unobstructed view of the subject.

Taking the business headshot

Accordingly, with the equipment set up, light levels adjusted next comes the business of creating images. For one thing, we can create up to 6 peoples images in an hour.

We charge an hourly rate thus saving you money by you not having to pay for individual headshots. In addition, as we photograph each individual the next can be ready to take their place. For this reason, this takes the individual away from there workplace for a minimum amount of time.

When we have finished we pack the equipment up. Furthermore, the cost includes post-processing and delivery via internet protocol.

Now that you know what we do, give Martin a call and book your session.

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How to Prepare for a Headshot Photo Session

How to Prepare for a Headshot Photo Session

Accordingly, headshots from a headshot photo session are a powerful way to market yourself. As a result, you could be a business person, model, lawyer.

Therefore, in this post, I explain how you should prepare for a headshot photo session with a professional photographer.

Choosing a Photographer

In the first place, photographers are all different, no two are alike. As a result, each one has its own individuality of shooting style and editing style and bedside manner. Therefore, one photographer may be very laid back with their clients and like to keep the shoot casual. While another likes to keep a more business-like setting to their sessions. To put it differently, does either style make one less professional? Absolutely not, it’s all a matter of preference.

By the same token, Photographers have different levels of expertise and experience. Thus some have been shooting for 20+ years and their work can be lacking. Equally, others have been shooting for a few short months and have some amazing work under their belt. When choosing a Photographer don’t be fooled by the length of time they have been shooting. Therefore judge them by the quality of their work, most photographers have an online portfolio

Different Types of Headshots

Henceforth, all photographers have a different style of shooting for a headshot photo session. Therefore, you should think about the style that you want. Most importantly tell your photographer which style you want when booking.

Another thing to consider is the background. In fact, I personally prefer white it’s clean and where LinkedIn is concerned, makes you stand out.

Picture of a lady smiling Headshot Photo Session
1. Vertical Studio Headshot

A common style that is vertical (portrait) in orientation. Consequently, this gives you the opportunity to show what you are wearing. Hence, this lets people get a better sense of who you are and what your style is.

2. Peter Hurley Style

Horizontal instead of the traditional vertical usually with a nice and crisp white background.

For this reason, I personally like to shoot this style. The white background works well for all aspects of the internet whether it’s your website or social media.

3. Environmental Headshot

In this case, for professional headshots, environmental headshots are taken outside of a studio. For this reason, this is shot using natural or artificial light.

Consequently, they are a more casual style of image. Hence, a good outdoors headshot is one that has separated from the background. Therefore, the background is blurry and is known as Bokeh.

Getting Ready for your Headshot Photo Session

Accordingly, you’ve chosen your photographer and have had your first discussion over the phone. As a result, you’ve thought about the style you want and the location/background. In addition, the date is looming for the photoshoot. Therefore, being prepared for the shoot makes you relax and easier to photograph.

1. Clothes

Moreover, simple is best. Therefore, what you wear is an expression of you and reflects your personality.

  • Accordingly, choose solid colours as these look good in headshots.
  • Do not wear something that is patterned.
  • In particular, bring a few changes of clothes to the shoot.
  • Equally, it’s not likely that the photographer is going to have an iron. Please make sure ALL clothes are ironed and pressed before the shoot. Because the wrinkles in clothes are difficult to Photoshop out.
  • Likewise, for headshots, you don’t need to worry about your shoes, be comfortable.
2. Hair
  • In this case, please do not visit your hairdresser on the day of the shoot.
  • Accordingly, please bring with you a brush and some hair product (gel/hairspray), this helps to calm any stray flyaway hair.
  • Furthermore, if you can afford it and would like, hire a hairstylist for the morning of the shoot.
3. Makeup and Face
  • In general, start with just enough to cover up any blemishes.
  • Moreover, try not to use matte styles of makeup this is likely to dry out your skin.  It will also show in the finished photo.
  • Please bring your makeup and moisturizer with you just in case your skin does get dry or you need touchups.
  • Likewise, bring lip balm or lip gloss with you to help keep lips looking soft.
  • The night before brush your lips with your toothbrush to help get rid of any dead skin.
  • Don’t do visiting a tanning studio, or have a beauty treatment right before the shoot. It’s important to have a skin that is natural and not irritated.
  • Remove stray eyebrows the night prior to the shoot.
  • Also, if you wear glasses please bring them with you. Also, some lens wipes to clean them before the shoot. Similarly, only wear clear contact lenses if you have coloured ones please don’t wear them for the shoot. To explain, these will look fake in the photos.
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  • Shave right before you leave for a shoot. Hence, a 5 o clock shadow can’t be Photoshopped easily. Accordingly, use cooling gel or aftershave to help with skin irritation.
  • Bring some oil absorbing sheets to soak up any oil or sweat that might build up during the shoot. As a result, the studio lights can get pretty hot. As a matter of fact, some great sheets are the Clean and Clear: Oil Absorbing Sheets.
4. Practice Makes Perfect

Consequently, as an added extra, if you can afford it. Why not hire a Makeup artist to do your makeup and stay with you during the shoot for touchups.

Before the shoot

  • Furthermore, do you know if you have a good side? Therefore, look at yourself in the mirror, do you have a side that you like better.
  • If you are aware of one eye that is visibly smaller than the other. In this case, turn the side of your face with the smaller eye towards the camera. As a result, it will help reduce the difference between the two.
  • Practice your smile before the shoot. It’s amazing how many will comment and warm to you. A good photographer will get different expressions from you during the shoot.
  • Moreover, if you are have discoloured teeth, let the photographer know, they can correct this in photoshop.
  • Accordingly, if you have a favourite set of music, ask the photographer if you can bring it along.

During the Shoot

  • In this case, music helps take the tension out of your photo session.
  • Equally important, follow the photographer’s direction, even if it sounds a little silly. Accordingly, we know the best posing on headshots and the best way to shape your face. You may feel a little funny posing differently, but trust me the photos will look great.
  • Henceforth, the session should be fun to relax, be yourself.
  • In addition smile, a difficult one to do naturally. In this case, don’t force your smile it will look more genuine.
  • Squint, Squint, Squint!!! Squinting your eyes just a little will also help the shots look more confident and natural. To put it another way, having your eyes wide open looks like a rabbit in the headlights.
  • In addition, take time to relax, drink some water and move away from the lights and take a break.

After the Shoot

Accordingly, each photographer has a different editing style for photos from a headshot photo session. Equally important, let them know if you want the photos edited. In general, here is a list of some of the items you might want to consider.

  • Imperfections. Do you want imperfections cleaned up (Freckles, moles, scars etc…)?
  • Double chin reduction.
  • Eyes Whiter
  • Teeth whitened/corrected
  • Remove bags under the eyes

Equally, don’t feel awkward about asking or the photographer asking you about editing. If they’re truly a professional then they’ll expect this. If you do want any major editing done, please keep in mind that it may cost extra.

Depending on the amount of shoot post-processing that needs undertaking will depend on when the photos are available. Accordingly, please be realistic in your expectation.

Hopefully, this guide will help you prepare for your big day in front of the camera for your headshot photo session. It will also help make your experience a little more stress-free. If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment or email me

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PROFESSIONAL HEADSHOT IMAGE

What is a professional headshot image?

Accordingly creating the Professional headshot image is an art after all “Image is Everything”.

For one thing, it’s personality, a body, a face, an expression. For this reason, it’s an expression and energy that conveys realism, character and intensity.

Picture of a lady PROFESSIONAL HEADSHOT IMAGE
Picture of a lady with glasses PROFESSIONAL HEADSHOT IMAGE

What is the energy?

In this case, its someone who wants to be in front of the camera. As well as the ability to offer a range of expressions and acting naturally. As a result, this creates good commercial energy usually with a great natural smile. Consequently, the viewer senses the energy from the eyes projected right into the lens.

Accordingly, the image must look natural and not over styled.

Your headshot

In the first place, your professional headshot image is your ambassador. As a result, when someone meets you in person they will expect to see the person they viewed. 

Therefore, what impression will they form if your image is different from your appearance? In the first place, the impression that they then form may not be a good one. Surprisingly, the lifespan of a headshot is 2-3 yrs.

Picture of a man with a tie PROFESSIONAL HEADSHOT IMAGE
Picture of a lady with blonde hair PROFESSIONAL HEADSHOT IMAGE
Picture of a man in a tie and glasses

Composition

In the first place, it is not as simple as standing in front of a camera and taking a picture. Consequently, you have to consider the background, lighting, wardrobe, hairstyle, smile and look.  Specifically, the wardrobe and styling are to complement the subject not overwhelm them.

Equally important is the framing of the subject with a background that is either plain or out of focus. Accordingly, the background should not stand out, the viewer’s eyes should concentrate on the subject.

For one thing, the world wide web has probably been the largest drivers of white backgrounds. As a result, most templates for websites etc are white or off-white for profile images. For this reason, a professional headshot can integrate fairly seamlessly directly onto most websites and social media platforms.

Consequently, this has created the need for the background of headshots to be uniform. For this reason, white portrait backgrounds fit this bill very well. In addition, this helps in making them work best across viewing platforms.

For this reason, business profile photographers like Peter Hurley use light and white backgrounds to make the subject stand out.

Setting the professional headshot image mood.

To begin with, setting the mood is about relaxing the subject. Therefore a good way to start is by using music, find out what music the subject(s) like to relax to.

In like manner, the subject needs to be comfortable. As a result, avoid extremes of hot or cold indoors or outdoors. Accordingly, keep movement around the photo shoot to a minimum to avoid the distracting the subject.

Expression

In this case, framing is about creating a professional headshot image. For this reason, the photographer has to study the subject and talk to them. Consequently, some of the information is obvious to the photographer, like scars, different size eyes, broken nose, physical appearance.

In contrast, others may not, such as a lazy eye, the subjects best side. As a result, this information helps the photographer bring out the best in the photo shoot session.

The aim of the professional headshot image session

In the first place, the aim is to provide a professional headshot image. Therefore this needs to convey warmth, confidence and authority.

For this reason, the image should have a natural smile, pleasing eye contact, shot from a flattering angle and at eye level.

Additionally, for further information or to book a photo shoot, act now by  contacting Martin

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DRONE AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY

One use for a drone aerial photography

It’s important to realise, the use of drone aerial photography comparatively new in the UK. For this reason, drone activities, aerial/video photography’s only a small use of there capability.

In fact, not too long ago the only options were helicopters, camera poles and mobile platforms. As a result, these brought their own problems. For example, expensive, restrictive angles, difficult to follow the action and H&S issues.

Latest Commercial Task

For this reason, my client contacted me to use my drone to photograph a roof. Of course, the reason for this was that the roof was leaking.

As an illustration, the building’s situated at the end of a drive with buildings around it. It is also adjacent to the neighbour’s boundary. This posed access problems particularly for gaining access to all areas. In this case, the obvious answers to do this from the air.

Issues that require considering?

  • The property is close to Southampton airport.
  • Due to the proximity could I fly in this location?
  • Neighbours, would they allow flight over their land?
  • Weather needs to be dry and not too much wind.

Southampton Airport

Accordingly, the new regulations have a 5km air exclusion zone around the airport. In this case, this was not in this area; however, it is just outside. Accordingly, being in the vicinity of the airport, what air traffic’s likely to fly in the vicinity?

With attention to detail, the Aviation Maps checked first. In particular, these tell you where you will encounter aircraft movements. In this case, the location of the property is within the aircraft movements for the airport. Consequently, to fly here I would require permission from the Air Traffic Controllers. Therefore to obtain permission a non-standard flight request requires submitting to NATS. Thereupon, with this duly submitted, it takes 21 days for an answer.

Neighbours

Consequently studying Google maps, it clearly shows that flyings possible over the property without encroaching on the neighbours.

Drone Aerial Photography Other considerations

  • Main road situated in front of the property.
  • Tall trees on the property
  • Adjoining property
  • Wind.

Accordingly, to eliminate the issues, there is no reason to fly over the road or adjoining property. In addition, be aware of the trees and fly above. In like manner, watch the weather to pick the right time to fly with little or no wind.

Drone Aerial Photography Risk

The first thing to remember, flying a drone is all about the risk of the operation and limiting that risk. Consequently, the risk assessment for drone flying is about 10 pages. Therefore the assessment looks at the risks posed by the property, vehicles, physical hazards, weather, take-off and landing, and the drone code etc. In general, the initial survey’s carried out off-site, looking at google maps, aviation maps and OS maps. You must bear in mind that something may be present that is not visible on these maps. It’s important to review this prior to commencing the operation. The risk must be as low as possible before commencing the flight.

The Operation

In the first place, the object of the operation was to video/photograph the roof of the outbuilding garage and main building.

To clarify, from the air, the state of the building’s roof’s viewed clearly. Accordingly, the camera on the drone’s positioned to give a flat perspective to the roof. To emphasize, in post-processing, by zooming into the image you can see the state of it.

Picture of roof chimneys drone aerial photography
Cracked cement around the chimney pots
Picture of valleys of roof drone aerial photography
Missing cement in the valleys between the pitched roofs
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Rubbish in the valley
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Holed areas on the corrugated roofing

Consequently, one issue that didn’t get considered was the doves flying around. Therefore were they angry or curious? As a matter of fact, they were curious and flew around as the drone operated.

Should you be considering hiring a drone and pilot, contact Martin or use the form below. By giving Martin as much information as possible it will enable him to confirm whether or not permissions are required.

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Commercial Drone Flying

As an illustration, commercial drone flying is about earning money flying a drone. As a matter of fact, the CAA states that

“A commercial operation is defined as:

 ‘flight by a small unmanned aircraft except a flight for public transport, or any operation of any other aircraft except an operation for public transport;

which is available to the public;                  

or

which, when not made available to the public, 

in the case of a flight by a small unmanned aircraft, is performed under a contract between the SUA operator and a customer, where the latter has no control over the remote pilot

or

in any other case, is performed under a contract between an operator and a customer, where the latter has no control over the operator,

in return for remuneration or other valuable consideration.’

In order to be able to undertake commercial operations you must have undergone certified training.

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Training

In this case, you must understand that the drone in law is treated as an aircraft. As such you must understand the risk of your operation. It’s not as simple as just sending the drone up into the air.

You are required to understand about

  • aviation law,
  • weather,
  • how the drone operates,
  • assessing risk,
  • where you can fly safely,
  • how to obtain permissions you might require
  • accident reporting
  • near misses

With the training out of the way the real work begins.

Preparation for Commercial Drone Flying

In the first place preparation is the key to success. It is also an area that the client does not see. In fact this looks at all aspects of the operation to ensure you have the correct permissions to operate. Not to mention that all risks are assessed.

Airspace

In the UK there are only two types of airspace D and G. Drones can only fly in G without permissions being required. This means you must identify the airspace before you do anything else. Warning do not rely on apps to do this for you. The first place to consult is aviation maps. These identify for you the restricted airspace D and the different heights that the airspace operates in. This also means that for D airspace you will need permission from ATC (local Air Traffic Control) to fly. In some instances, you may see (flight level) FL2000’-5000’. This means that the airspace below FL2000 is not restricted so is classed as G. Meaning you don’t need ATC permissions.

Commercial Drone Flying Risk

Like every other work activity in this country the overriding concern is “how risky is the operation?”.

To this extent that all aspects of the flight must be assessed as to who or what is at risk. The object is to reduce the risk as much as possible. You must be able to demonstrate that you planned and did fly safely.

Some of this can be assessed by using online information i.e. google maps. Other information can be obtained through OS maps. You must bear in mind that this may not always give you all the information. When you get to site something may arise you could not foresee from the information that you reviewed.

Weather

Most of the drones that are bought of the shelf are not designed for inclement weather or wind speeds that are high. It is important to have the right weather conditions. The METOFFICE provides seven-day weather reporting which is a good guide to expected weather. Be prepared to discuss your operation with the client if the unexpected happens.

Emergencies

Be prepared for emergencies. Think about what could go wrong and write an emergency procedure that deals with it. Yes, drones do fly off on their own. Don’t ignore this and think its someone else’s problem. It’s yours, if the drone fly’s away and is ingested into a jet engine you will be responsible.

Don’t forget to carry your emergency procedures with you including any phone numbers you may need.

Records

Keep records of the operation. The details will include the task, the risk and how you minimised it, weather (expected and actual), pre-flight inspection of the craft and post flight. This list is not exhaustive.

On site

Arrive to site in plenty of time. Review your planning and risk assessments, ensure you satisfy that you have accounted for everything. If something changes or you couldn’t see it from your research review it again.

Getting it wrong

The CAA take commercial drone flying seriously. They classify ANY drone flight outdoors as a flight by an aircraft. If you get it wrong and your flying endangers people or property you could be prosecuted. Don’t forget the insurance, should the worst happen make sure your covered.

The operation

If you are in airspace that requires permission, you will need a minimum of 21 days to obtain this. Think ahead.

Providing you have done all the preparation for commercial drone flying to the best of your ability then you are ready to fly. Enjoy the experience but keep your eye on the job and surrounding airspace.

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What the client needs to consider when hiring a commercial drone operator.

When hiring a commercial drone operator the client needs to have a clear picture of what they want to achieve.

In the first place, only CAA approved operators can undertake commercial drone operations. As a result, the operators have undertaken training and have passed theory and practical assessments. They also hold liability insurance to run their business operations.

What information is that is important for the commercial drone operator?

In this case, the important information is location, time, date and description of the task.

Location

Accordingly, the commercial drone operator has to consider the airspace that the operation is going to take place in. For this reason, it is important to give either OS Map reference or Longitude and Latitude.

Time and Date

It’s important to realise, depending on the airspace category the operator may have to apply for extra permissions. Consequently, these can take a minimum of 28days. Therefore you should try and forward plan. Equally, give consideration to the time of day with use or congestion.

section of aviation map commercial drone operator
A section of an Aviation Map showing how crowded the air space is around Southampton

Description

Equally important, the task requires to be as detailed as possible. For this reason, the more information that is available allows the operator to plan throughly.

How the information’s used by the operator.

Accordingly, the first consideration the operator has is to ascertain the airspace. The classification of G is the only place the operator can fly without further permission. Equally, important the operator uses OS Maps and Google Maps to gain as much info as possible on the topography. At the same time, this gives the operator the chance to look at any other factors such as:-

  • Take Off and Landing areas
  • Possible numbers of staff required to operate safely
  • Traffic
  • Pedestrians
  • Distances
  • Obstructions
  • Power lines
  • anything else that will aid planning.

How this helps

All of the above allows the operator to put together a remote plan for the operation. As the day gets nearer other information is gathered:-

  • Permissions (if needed)
  • Weather
  • Risk assessments
  • Look at the safety measures identified from the risk assessments
  • Permissions from the landowner(s) where alternative landing site has been identified
  • Any Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) notices
  • Identify access controls if required
  • Air Traffic Control Permissions (if required)

On site check

In addition, before any flying takes place on site tall of the above must be revisited. Particular attention is paid to the weather and Health & Safety. If rain is falling or due then consideration has to be given to a postponement. Drones do not like the wet.

Its also at this stage that the log book for the flight is started. This records the flight timing, batteries, weather, temperature. Also records aircraft condition, aircraft preparation and post flight information.

As a result, this may seem a long tedious process. However, the CAA regulate the flying of drones for commercial operations. They require to see the manual and log books at any time. Although this is more likely if things go wrong. As the drone is classed as an aircraft, you will have seen the Gatwick chaos.

Summary

For one thing, yes this is a long process but responsible businesses take all reasonable steps to reduce the risk. That’s to the client, public, property and themselves.

For more information contact Martin to find out how your photography can stand out or use the form below.

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Event Photography

Fundraising Event Photography

Generally speaking, Fundraising Event Photography is a passion that I thoroughly enjoy. For me, its all about seeing the joy on guests face when they view the photos.

The first thing to remember, Fundraising Event Photography is not Studio Portrait Photography. That is to say that the photography reflects a moment in time. As a result, the aim is to record the enjoyment of being at the event. For this reason, guests can take home a memento of that enjoyment.

How we prepare

When your guests arrive we have already set the portable studio up. Indeed your guests can approach us and we will happily photograph them.

Before we get to this stage though we have had a lot of work to do.

For this reason, first, we check all of the equipment to ensure that it is in good condition. In addition, as we do this its checked off against a list and loaded into the car. Therefore this helps us not to forget the important items.

We aim to arrive at the venue an hour and a half before the first guests arrive. Generally speaking, yes, it does take that amount of time to set up.

With all the items carried into the venue, we can then start to set the studio up. In the first place, we start with the Backdrop and stands. We have various backdrops, although the most popular has been a blue background with stars all over it. The backdrop drapes over a pole on stands and then extends out to a length of 3metres.

As soon as the backdrops set up, next we position the lights and electricity run out.

Picture of starred backdrop fundraising event photography

Means of viewing the images

Taking the images is fine but guests need to see them before purchasing. For this reason, we use laptop computers. Consequently one’s for guests to view. Accordingly the other contains Photoshop and has the printer connected to it.

In this case, we use a special printer called a Sub Dye printer. It doesn’t print with ink cartridges, instead, it uses celluloid film of three colours. As a result, the print does not fade.

We only print images when the guest is happy with there choice. For this reason, we have a no obligation clause for your guests.

Last minute readiness.

Once all the preparations are complete just a few checks remain.

In the first place, the camera’s set to the correct colour balance and colour chart for the lighting conditions. For this reason, we then take a photo and print the result. The printer might need some minor tweaks in photoshop but then all prints will be the same colours when printed.

Accordingly, we are now ready for the guests to arrive and have their photos taken.

Style of photos

Correspondingly  the evening gives the ladies the opportunity to put on there finest with the men looking smart in Tuxedos.

As a result  Event photography gives the opportunity to record the guests in there dresses and tuxedos.

Generally, we take 3 types of photos:-

  • Full length
  • Landscape from the waist up
  • Close up of the guests.

Large Groups

In the first place the backdrop is only 3metres wide. As a result, group shots are limilting, the more people you have the more restricted you become on space.

COST

In the first place for a fundraising charity event we attend Free of Charge. For this reason we sell the prints for £15 each or 3 for £30. In addition each print comes in a black photo-strut and a clear plastic bag to protect them. Consequently at the end of the evening we give 10% of our takings to the charity.

Area of cover

In general the areas of coverage for Fundraising Event Photography are Hampshire and surrounding counties.

Likewise, for more information contact Martin on 07824 331 730 to discuss your event photography needs

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