I thought I would add to todays 50 Days of Grey post with a retrospective look at some of the images taken over the past twenty three days.
On day six I posted an image of some Oyster Catchers taking flight over the sea. When I revisited these images I played with the colours. This image works so well in sepia, black or blue tones. I have now added this to my Fine Art America page.
In fact I have a huge back log of images which could do with editing and producing. There is a local art and craft show in April, I may get some images mounted for this display.
Here is Day 6 re-edited in colour. 🙂
So the storm has passed safely with out too much ado!
Image taken in Portsmouth, England shortly after a bad storm.
I have been having a long look at my business recently and especially the way I market images. I currently have about 80% of my income from wedding photography and the rest from commercial work. Ideally I would like 50% wedding, 25% commercial, 25% print sales.
At present I have three websites in use, as well as numerous social network platforms. To be honest it is so confusing but the one that works for me is Facebook for wedding social.
I should be heading over to Google+ but the thought of yet another social platform scares me! So on this note.. this particular WordPress blog will now become somewhere to show my personal images, landscapes and street photography.
I currently use Smugmug to sell images through, which works for me at present. I am however looking at other avenues including Etsy, but this seems to be saturated unless I can think of different products to sell. I would love to hear how you manage all of your websites, blogs and social activity. Speak a little bit more soon. Murf.
Whilst out walking the dog today I walked past the vineyard. The sun was shinning and never to miss a photo opportunity I noticed the grapes had been harvested. I quickly returned home to grab the camera gear to return to the grapes. When I arrived at the vineyard again they were just about to be loaded onto transport to the winery.
I asked the owner if I could take some pictures and gave him my commercial business card, he was very obliging and quite informative. The grapes were picked a few hours before and crated ready for despatch. All these lovely, sweet (I had a taste!) grapes will be made into English sparkling wine. I think this is a lovely set of commercial produce images which could be used in various settings.
In my recent concerted efforts to break away from social photography and a little more into advertising and commercial photography, I have just finished a small job for a local restaurant.
This lovely local Italian is launching a new spring menu and needed some quick launch pictures to use on their facebook page. I will be invited back soon to photograph the actual food on offer, which will be great fun!
All taken with available light and hand held on the D700 with prime lens of 85mm, 50mm and 28mm.
The Italian serving great food.
As the sun is out I will be tramping the streets this afternoon in search of some video material. I have been dabbling with the Nikon D5100 video potential for a little while but never had a real project to get my teeth into! … watch this space!
Here are a few more pictures from the current snowy weather!
I felt real lazy for some of the images as they were taken from the car! Not because I couldnt be bothered to get out, but because it was not safe, some of the trees were beside a dangerous place to stop and get out with the camera. Also if a car had come around and walloped me from behind I dont think the police would have been too pleased! , All in the name of art!
snow landscape images Winchester
The post box image: It just had to be “Schindlered” I rarely do spot colouring but this was crying out for it.
Ok so the weather is dull and the number of weddings is slightly less than August!
I am keeping busy though, there is plenty of work to be done. For a start I can edit my holiday pictures from June! There are plenty of albums and prints to be ordered in time for Christmas too.
I also have a few commercial clients including Twinnings, Hilton Baird and Vail Williams. They mainly use me for their PR and promotions work. I carried out a shoot this week and in supper quick turnaround the pictures are published all ready!
Here is a link to the shoot for Vail Williams.
Commercial photography by Hampshire photographer Paul Murphy