It’s great to see the BBC promoting the Art of Building 2014 competition on News In Pictures. This digital photographic competition is held annually by the Chartered Institute of Building and is an international showcase for the very best digital photography of the built environment. It’s open to both amateur and professional photographers and thousands of entries are received from around the globe.
I’ve been fortunate enough to be on the judging panel for the last few years and am truly awed by the talent that I see. The panel is responsible for selecting 15 finalists (here are 4 of them), with the overall winner then chosen by public vote.
The entry standard is always incredibly high so judging is a tough process. I’m the only professional photographer on the panel so am able to offer a technical appraisal of the images as well as a creative one. My professional opinion on lens use, composition, cropping etc can make the difference between a shot being selected as a finalist or not. That’s a pretty big responsibility and one that I take very seriously to ensure that only the very best images, both creatively and technically speaking, make the final cut.
The public vote opened today (9th December) and closes on 11th January so if you’d like to view all 15 finalists and make your choice, you can VOTE HERE.
The winner will be announced on 5th February 2015, and I wish all the finalists the very best of luck.
I’m always fascinated to read about advances in modern technology, and take a particular interest when it involves photography and images.
BBC News Technology online reported this week that: “Scientists at Google have created artificial intelligence software that can describe the contents of photographs far more accurately than ever before.”
The software was developed by four scientists and can accurately describe the contents of an image in a way that a human would describe it. This photograph, for example, was translated by the software as: “A group of young people playing a game of frisbee”.
Google say that they hope the software will make online image searches far easier and it may also be used to help visually impaired and blind people develop a better understanding of photographs.
Many congratulations to Sandro who was voted IPA Photographer of the Year 2014 this week. The prestigious International Photography Awards (IPA) are held annually with a mission to salute the achievements of the world’s finest photographers, to discover new and emerging talent, and to promote the appreciation of photography.
With numerous award-winning campaigns to hisvcp-510 exam credit, Sandro is one of today’s foremost photographers. He has photographed many national advertising campaigns for a long list of prestigious clients, as well as contributing his talents to both community based and national charitable organisations.
His entry for the Professional Book category titled ‘Eyes of Morocco’ was, Sandro says “inspired by the works of August Sanders and Irving Penn, amateur photographers who hit the streets in search of the workman, the labourer and the baker – the men and women who worked hard to support their familiesVCP-510 and brought them into the studio where they told their stories”.
To read the full article and view all of the winning galleries, click on the link above.
Nadav Kander was recently commissioned by the Telegraph Magazine to photograph Boris Johnson for their cover.
Kander is an acclaimed and award-winning photographer whose collections are shown worldwide, including the National Portrait Gallery.
The article detailed, in layman’s terms, the effort and preparation that goes into shootingCompTIA sy0-301 exam dumps a portrait. Kander explained that he studied multiple images of Boris beforehand “to familiarise himself with the subtle nuances of his face and body”; had meetings with the Telegraph Magazine to discuss concepts; and spent at least three hours preparing the lighting for the shoot on the day.
Of course, the one element above all others that is needed to turn a picture into a portrait is talent, and Kander has plenty of it. Boris is a much photographed person and Kander’s desire to ensure he doesn’t repeat the way a person has been photographed previously is not easy.
This is the final photograph used for the front cover and I think it works beautifully. You can see the Boris we all know (love him or loathe him) with a halo of his trademark messy blond hair. But this portraitSY0-301 certification goes so much further, revealing far more than the one-dimensional character we usually see and offering hints to the personality behind the public image. It’s creative portrait photography at its best.
You can look at more images from the shoot and read the whole article here.
My daughter’s a Scout and when her troop leaders asked if any parents would like to go along and share any expertise they may have, I thought I’d have a go; so last Friday I headed off to teach a bunch of Scouts how to make a professional video.
I started the session by chatting to the group about all the things you have to take into consideration before you start filming – backgrounds, lighting, sound etc. Then I showed them some TV ads and we talked about coming up with ideas and the need for detailed planning and preparation before the shoot can even start. Having imparted my great wisdom(!), I split the troop into several groups, armed each with a video camera and set them the challenge of creating theirvcp-510 exam dumps own very own ad.
I’d like to say that each group, having digested my talk about planning and preparation, spent time brainstorming ideas and planning the production. I’d like to say that – I really would… but of course, we’re talking about a bunch of 11 to 16 year olds and consequently the planning phase of the process was over in a nano-second! They had professional video cameras to play with and weren’t going to waste a second with boring old planning!
Despite the prep phase being given little consideration – and despite countless takes being halted mid way because they’d forgotten to press the play button – they actually got some pretty goodCisco 400-101 results. One group produced an ad for a time machine and another an anti-drugs campaign. The third group had decided to produce an ad for the very video camera they were shooting with, but saw the error of their ways when they realised they couldn’t actually film it because they only had one camera!
They may not have been as prepared as the Scout motto requires, but we had a fun evening and hopefully they learnt a little something about the working life of a videographer.
Photographers have been in the news this week but unfortunately the light being shone is not a positive one. It’s been reported that lawyers for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have asked photographers to “cease harassing” Prince George after a particular member of the paparazzi was felt to be taking too much of an interest in the young Prince (an allegation that he denies).
The battle ground between public figures and paparazzi photographers has always been a bloody one, leaving countless altercations and law suits in its wake.
I know the response from any paparazzi photographer will always be that they are “just doing their job” and that the photographs they take are “in the public400-101 interest” – but boy am I glad I’m not in that line of work! You need a pretty thick skin to make a living by having to constantly be where you’re not wanted, and reviled by most of the people you photograph.
Happily for me, I’m actually invited to take photographs of people!
I specialise in capturing creative and natural portraits of people – whether it’s a head and shoulders casual corporate portrait, boardroom reportage image, or advertising lifestyle photography, the challenge is always there to capture emotion and produce natural portrait photography that I’m proud of.
Just like the paps, I photograph people – but my subjects are businessCisco 400-101 exam people and people for advertising. Unlike the paps, my subjects are happy and willing to be photographed so I don’t have to spend my time skulking behind a bush to get a good shot.
Visit my portfolio for more examples of creative portrait photography… without the skulking.
Potential customers can view countless websites with just the click of a mouse, and the judgement they make when they click onto a home page can be split second. To hold the interest of a viewer and make them want to find out more, a website needs to stand out from the crowd.
Using creative corporate photography on a website can go a long way to ensuring a business is noticed in a positive light. Consistency of style reflects well on a company as it implies that thought and consideration has been given to the process. Websites full of mis-matched imagesMicrosoft 70-410 exam cobbled together from other projects just look messy and unprofessional – not a thought that you want a potential customer to draw upon.
When commissioning corporate photography, consider the style of shot requiredvmware vcp-510 exam to ensure the end result fits with the businesses character and the image it wishes to portray. The natural corporate portraits seen here offer a friendlier view of a business than the posed and formal portraits of old.
A short meeting with a corporate portrait photographer before the shoot date will ensure the brief is discussed in detail and that any specific requirements or constraints are agreed. It also gives a professional creative photographer an opportunity to offer suggestions for backgrounds, lighting and post-production techniques that may enhance the creative process and ensure that the natural business portraits taken are an asset to the website; and that the website is an asset to the business.
I have to say, it’s been a pretty good summer. July and August are traditionally a quieter time at Matt Wain Photography so I took the opportunity to spend some quality time with my kids, catch up with friends and enjoy a couple of weeks camping in the south of France. Vitamin D boosted, batteries re-charged and tent packed away, this week saw me head straight into a busy autumn filled with corporate video shoots, location advertising photography and corporate portrait photography.
I’m kicking off the season with a product launch video for a long-standing client. A two day video shoot in a UK cinema, teaser ads for the main video and a location photography shoot in Amsterdam where the product will be launched to senior execs in the cinema industry. Think 3D as you’ve never seen it before, with avid cinema goers queuing round the block to get a peep. All exciting stuff.
Traffic to the new Matt Wain Photography website continues to be strong with lots of London corporate photography enquiries and a healthy schedule of confirmed shoot dates. Next month, a large London advertising shoot promises to keep production services busy scouting locations, casting models and sourcing props.
Keep an eye out for future blogs to see the results of my labours.
Every business wishes to portray themselves to the best advantage. For some, shouting about their latest acquisition of cutting edge technology is the way to go. But this client wished to build their brand image by emphasising their offering of bespoke craftsmanship coupled with old-fashioned service.
Having dusted off and rejected their existing photography, they realised that a library of creative images could go a long way to displaying their wares in a positive light. Industrial location photography comes with its challenges but a day spent at the factory produced a series of unstaged, creative industrial images that could be used on the company’s website, in corporate brochures and across countless pieces of marketing collateral.
Matt Wain is a professional commercial location photographer based in London. Visit the website to view his portfolio, or get in touch to discuss an upcoming project.