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“Your photos are beautiful, you have an amazing camera”

September 17, 2015

“Your photos are beautiful, you have an amazing camera” or words to that effect, are words that probably most photographers have heard countless times from friends, family or random strangers we’ve shown our photo’s too. For me I find this a little insulting, as it doesn’t take into account the numerous hours spent planning, shooting and editing said photos and simply gives all the credit to the click of a button.

Granted the camera does play a huge part in how our photos will eventually look, but 9 times out of 10 it’s not just as simple as pressing a button.

If a friend invited you over to their house for a lovely home cooked meal, you wouldn’t say “the food was delicious, you have a fantastic oven”.

Or if you were lucky enough to meet that author whose words you so admire, you wouldn’t say “your stories are incredible, what version of microsoft word do you use to create them?”

So why do people feel it’s ok to say such things to photographers?

Below are a few examples of a few photos that’ve received similar comments.


Sometimes a photo may not be a single photo at all and is actually an composite consisting of 10 or more images, this photo actually took over 30 minutes to shoot, and around the same to edit, combining multiple layers and exposures.

Sometimes we can’t get both the highlights and shadows and we have to use that editing to reveal both, and even to remove aspects that draw your eye away too much from the image. See if you can spot everything that was removed.

and sometimes we just want to enhance details that are already there to give images that extra pop.

So just remember next time you see a photo, wether it be on your Facebook feed, flickr or even on a smartphone, just because it looks nice and simple, it doesn’t necessarily mean it was.

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European Energy Label Commission

It is a great pleasure to announce this news. In the fall we were contacted by the European Energy Bureau about creating some custom light painting images to go with the release of the new European energy label. It proved to be a really fun project and you can see some of how they were used here. The press release for the new energy symbol is here.
First up was to make some light painting tool that would create something similar to the energy symbol the European Energy Bureau uses to grade various products on their energy efficiency.
We started with color matching the symbol

A 110 volt AC powered LED bar was used as the base light

The set up was powered with a portable lithium battery

A stencil was needed to create the arrow shapes in the energy symbol

The finished set up looking pretty crappy but it certainly did the job

Shooting various patterns on black would give ideal elements for them to overlay other photos.

As well as the above designs we created a variety of headers and banner images for their various SNS channels and website.

All in all a very fun project that we are proud to be a part of. For those who missed the links at the top of the article you can see  how they were used here.  The press release for the new energy symbol is here.
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