Lessons from last week's shoot

These are so fundamental and timeless I wonder, in equal measure, how they are not somehow etched on the back of every camera and also how i only just became aware of them. They are as follows (numbers relate to pictures obvs): 

1. There is not a shoot in the history of time that has not benefitted by presence of a brown lab. 

2 & 3. Under no circumstances expect to give your phone to talent as a prop and not expect them to at best liberally papp you and, at worst, mess with your entire digital life. 

4. All props artist should receive unlimited sympathy and possible a reserved seat in heaven for the work they do re-arranging the chaos at the end of a shoot day. 

Mr Daniels

Nice shoot last week with Jack Daniels care of Twin productions and Haygarth. Busy shot list as ever but some nice environments to work in so some good stuff was got in the can. Though (slightly worryingly) I've now decided to add an essential piece of equipment to my shoot EQ list moving forward....see 3rd picture below. Essential I tell you! 

 

Dry January

Well, it's customary I suppose, so I kicked off the year in a saintly manner with Lipton Ice Tea at Holborn Studios. Lovely team including the folks at 72andSunny Amsterdam,  the genial Ray Spencer, digi whizz LSdigi, Rob from Edge, Lucy @undercranked & the man with his finger on the melodical pulse Rich Harris.  Busy but productive times....must be all that caffeine. 

Dark Santa

A set of images I finished the year with. I was clearly vibing dark, moody monochrome as xmas approached....I can only blame the relentless London social xmas drinks scene for taking it's usual annual toll on morale... Till next year! 

Book printing - review Saal Digital

I've been on a bit of a drive recently to actually print pictures rather than just collect them in the endless recesses of my digital back-ups. I've used Blurb before and was putting a recent book together and thought I'd try someone else out. So I had a look at what Saal (http://www.saal-digital.co.uk/) have been doing and put together a landscapes book based on a super wide format. 

So how'd it work out? Few images below. One of the nice features is the lay-flat binding which means you don't loose anything in the gutter. This is a really nice feature actually...and in fact it seems like there isn't a gutter at all (the image somehow runs across it) which allows images to do they're thing with minimal impact from the bind. 

Build quality feels good and printing sharp with good colour fidelity to originals. I used the Saal software to put the book together (as I wasn't intending any text) which was pretty straight forward. 

One hurdle I did have was trying to pay for it as the e-commerce part of the process for some reason wouldn't accept cards from my bank. Was a bit odd as I tried too different accounts from that bank...and only when I switched to use a card from another bank did it process payment. So a bit of a frustrating end to process. 

But all in all...nice product!