Well, if you don’t know where to start when looking to hire photography studio in London then have a look at our quick guide that will help you to identify things to look out for.
Decide what kind of photo shoot do you need the photo studio for? If it is a portrait then you will not need a big space. A space between 400-700 sq ft will be more than sufficient for portraits and full length shots. If you are planning something a bit bigger like a fashion shoot with props or a group shot then look for a space that will start from around 600 sq ft – 1000 sq ft as it will give you the necessary space to step back and capture more floor space around the photographed subject. Product and food photography would not require much space, so a smaller studio should be fine. You will need a bigger photography studio space if you are shooting cars or furniture, so look for studios that are 1000 sq feet and above. The studio you will be looking for will also need to be located on the ground floor and have large entrance doors, so you are able to get the products inside the space.
There are two different types of spaces you can go for: a room / location or a professional photo studio. The studio will have obvious advantages as it will have all of the props as well as the necessary equipment if you will need it during the shoot. This can be handy if you don’t have a large amount of photography equipment and also in case some of your equipment suddenly breaks. You will also not need to carry tons of equipment on a shoot with you. Also, most of the studios have a good ceilings hight, which also will be an advantage. On the other hand if you are looking for a specific look, like a super modern furnished space or a luxurious country house, then the location will be the obvious choice.
Also have a think about location! A professional photography studio in central location in London would most likely be more expensive than a studio in the outskirts. As you can imagine the rents and the overheads of running a large studio space in London would be high, so budget for that during your planning stages. A typical central London photo studio cost could range from £200 to £1000+ per day depending on the size and the type of the studio.
Again if you don’t have all the necessary equipment for the shoot then a professional studio should be your choice unless you are happy to hire all the necessary bits and also already have spares. Make sure you plan well prior to the shoot and have all the right equipment to ensure your photo shoot runs smoothly and without missing / broken equipment incidents as it will delay your shoot on the day and will not look professional.
Think about additional bits such as photo retouching services, printing, scanning could prove very handy. Professional studio will have a number or computer screens, which could be very handy and will also the client to review the work you did on the spot. Some studios also offer catering services, so have this in mind when booking and let them know what you and your client may need for a lunch. If you have a full day photo shoot, this will be very handy and will help to spend the day more effectively and conveniently.
During your planning stages ensure you think of everything – the number of looks / shots, make-up artist, clothing stylist, hair stylist, space, type of shoot, equipment, spare equipment, location, props, backgrounds, clothing changes, weather, models, logistics, food, etc. A good professional studio will also be able to help you with all of your requirements if you need help and will be able to recommend right type of professionals for your shoot.
Have a wonderful photo shoot and get in touch if with us at Headshot London if you have any questions!
Go to a photography exhibition or pick up one of those hefty coffee table photography books and you’ll quickly conclude that black and white photography dominates as an art form. But why? Why do we all respond so much more readily to black and white photography than we do to colour? In fact, there are a number of factors.
Here are just a few of the reasons why black and white images have endured even though colour photographs are just as available.
At the end of the day, because of the simplicity of monochrome and the drama afforded by stark contrast, many black and white images simply have more impact with the viewer than the equivalent colour photo – their appeal is enduring, no matter how photographic technology changes.
For most professionals, photography is a career that grew from a passionate hobby to a full-time job. After all, you have to love being behind the camera to want to do it full-time. So how do you make the transition from skilled amateur to paid professional? There’s more to it than just investing in a camera and advertising your services. Seven steps to becoming a pro
Moving from amateur to professional may sound glamorous but really it’s all about hard work. Go in with your eyes open and only do it if you feel you can really make the commitment – in other words, if you can’t imagine yourself doing anything else for a living! That’s when you know you have the passion you need to become a professional. Find out more: How To Run A Successful Photography Studio? (c) Headshot London Photography – Interior and Still-Life Photographers
Food photography: images to make your mouth water
We all need to eat and the food producers need to sell us food, so it’s not surprising that we are bombarded daily with delicious looking images of irresistible recipes and delectable dishes. Some of these pictures are so beguiling that you can almost smell and taste what’s on offer. But we’ve all seen enough Instagrams of a mate’s morning coffee to understand it’s not just a matter of point and click. So how do you achieve perfection in food photography?
Tasty tips for top results
We each probably see a hundred food images a day — in magazines, on the internet and on hoardings—so that’s a hell of a lot of opportunities for professional photographers who have mastered the art of making food look good enough to eat. Restaurants, food producers, speciality shops, magazines, books and advertising are all clamouring for good food photographers.
So how do you go about creating the best food images?
And remember at all times to make it look appealing — if you’re not tempted to eat it while you shoot it, how is it going to make anybody else’s mouth water?
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Ever wondered why pictures in fashion magazines and catalogues are looking so great? These pictures or photos can truly inspire you to do just about anything. The world of fashion is not complete without fashion photographers. They are part and parcel of the whole industry because they create beautiful imagery we see and admire. They influence our preferences, our taste for clothes, perfumes, food and many things that we use on a daily basis. It is not just the product that does that to us, it is the way everything is packaged inside a mere photograph.
To recreate something out of a fashion magazine, you will need the expertise of professional fashion photographer. A good beauty or glamour photographer can hide your flaws and highlight your good sides.
Do not just trust anyone to capture that great moment in your life. Trust a certified and professional fashion photographer to do the job.
There’s a rising trend among the hipsters and the wanna-be ones these days. Apparently, just because prices of DSLR cameras are now more affordable and ergo more and more people can now buy one or two or even several of these for themselves, a lot of people now also introduce themselves as professional photographers. Professional meaning they now think they have the license to charge high rates, introduce themselves as professionals and even demand for certain things and perks that only the veterans used to enjoy. So now the question is – if more people now have the tendency to introduce themselves as photographers, how do you really weed out of the many and see who the real professional portrait photographers are and who the amateurs are?
The following points may help you figure out how to determine the professional portrait photographers from the amateurs.
1. Amateurs usually want the fast buck. This does not mean, however, that the veterans do not want the fast buck, too. Everyone wants and needs money, after all. The point here is that professionals usually focus on the photos first – the way these should be captured, the way they should evoke a certain emotion, the art and all that technical jazz. Amateurs, on the other hand, still have the tendency to focus on the money aspect – how much to charge, when to present the client with contracts, how to get more clients the faster and easier way. While professional portrait photographers also want to be busy with the money aspect, they would rather focus on keeping themselves busy by doing what they really want in the first place and that is to master the art of photography.
2. Professional portrait photographers make it a point to study, study, study. This means they will really allot time to study photography, study photos and even study how other photographers create their own photos. They spend time in improving their own skills. Amateurs, on the other hand, feel that they know enough. They’re the “know it alls.” They feel that they no longer need to improve because they’ve reached a certain status and that they do not have the time to educate themselves. Professionals think that there’s always room for improvement. Professional photographers believe that they should continually evolve and improve themselves and one way of doing this is to study, study, study.
3. Professionals think that there’s more to life than photography and that there’s more to photography than just business. Amateurs usually have the tendency to think that because they’re new in this field and that competition is tight, they need to be always on the lookout. Amateurs want to focus on the business aspect all the time – from paper work to business permits to promotion to marketing to sales and even to branding. Amateurs like the business aspect of photography but professionals usually find that balance between business and doing what they love to do in the first place and that is photography.
4. Another way to determine which ones are the professional portrait photographers and which ones are the amateurs is to figure out who wants to create his or her own style. Amateurs usually like being copycats – they have favorite photographers and they tend to copy their idols. Professional photographers, on the other hand, quickly learn that to have your own style is really the way to go. Style, after all, will define you and make you different from all the rest. Style will also be the factor that will draw in the clients and not to mention the fans.
5. Professionals can do photography even without the money. Now this can be quite tricky. Amateurs usually have the tendency to charge fees anytime and every time their photography skills are put to use. Professional portrait photographers, on the other hand, have had enough saved up and have had enough experience to know that sometimes, there is a need to share your talent without really putting a price tag to it. This is where experience, tact and social responsibility come in. Professionals know that there are times when giving and sharing are far more important than charging fees. Professionals also know that there may be unpaid opportunities but these opportunities will be helpful especially when it comes to honing the skills. And sometimes, too, these opportunities will draw in even better and paid opportunities in the future. It’s really all just a matter of networking and giving back.
In a nutshell, commercial photography means taking photos for commercial use. And by commercial we mean for business, for sales, for money. Commercial photography is often associated with advertisements, sales pitches, brochures, product placements as well as merchandising. Commercial photography is also used in business cards, corporate brochures as well as leaflets, menus, advertorials and press photos (those that you insert when sending out press releases or media blasts). There are various types of commercial photography, actually. And this is what we will discuss further in this article so do read on.
Selling a Product
Commercial photography can help sell a product. If you want to sell a product line or even individual products, you need to have great commercial photos. Either you want sharp commercial images – those that are sharp enough to be printed on newspaper adverts or brochures – or you might need photos that focus on the design of the product and any other feature of the product. For instance, you might want to highlight the iPad’s sleek rounded edges. On the other hand, you might need commercial images that focus on the use of the product.
Promoting a Business
This is pretty much self-explanatory. If you’re a businessman and you want to promote your firm, investments or any other businesses, then chances are you need commercial photos. You can then of course use these photos in flyers, tarpaulins or billboards. Media that can help promote your business. On the other hand, you can also use commercial photos of yourself. Yes, that’s right. You can have commercial photos of yourself and you can use those photos to promote your skills. This might sound a tad narcissistic for others but believe us when we say that this can really come in handy especially those who also want to be known personalities in their own right.
Another use of commercial photography is for food menus. When coming up with menus for a restaurant, chances are you’d need appetite inducing photos of the dishes or meals or fare that you intend to serve in your establishment. This is where the food photographs for menus come in. Apart from hiring skilled, highly professional photographers who have the knack and the eye in capturing great photo shots, you might also considering hiring food stylists. Here’s a very important reminder when you do commercial photography for food, though. Make sure that you capture real and true representations of the meal or dishes. Don’t “oversell” the dish by recreating an entirely different dish.
Did you also know that you can use commercial photography for both fashion photography as well as portrait photography purposes? For fashion photography, you would need commercial images for advertorials in magazines and perhaps for catalogues. Even clothes play a distinct role in commercial photography. Not only do they serve as “working props” but they also add dynamism to a photo and of course, you can also use the clothes as part of the advertisement. Now for portrait photography, you can mesh this with commercial photography. This interesting mix and balance more often than not happens during weddings. Wedding photographers can do portrait photography but can also do commercial photography in the sense that they can highlight the dress, the shoes, the tiara, the bouquet used by the bride and even the bride herself.
So as you can see, commercial photography has a lot of ways as well as purposes. Commercial photography can be used for just about anything you want to promote, really. Commercial photography can also be used for just about anything you want to downright sell or sell “subtlely” or below the line.
If you’re keen on embarking on this type of industry (commercial photography, that is), you might need to know that because of the demands in terms of photo structure, composition, possible lighting, styling etc, you might need a lot of equipment such as lenses, cameras, flashes and other photography studio equipment. So prepare to invest. And by invest we mean invest a lot. This way, you can make sure that you have enough equipment to show to your prospective clients when the time comes.
Now if you’re just on the lookout for possible commercial photographers, then why not check your local listings and see if there are photographers you can hire or photography studios you can check out. Commercial photography can be quite lucrative so for sure you will not have a problem in looking for great and professional commercial photographers in your area.
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Professional London photographers can provide excellent results while taking advantage of in-depth expertise after years of experience working with many clients and photo shooting actors, fashion, product, and corporate photography. Many photographers can provide best results for a variety of unique needs. It hardly matters whether the photo session is taken indoors or outdoors. Many London photographers have a cost-effective solutions for every situation. There are photographers that could be available on an hourly, half-day, or whole-day basis. Of course the longer the shoot, the more you save while having more time , the number of images retouched and a choice of photographs to choose from after the photo shoot.
One of the largest misconceptions about portrait photography is that photographing people is easily accomplished. Simply strike the right pose with a little bit of lighting and you’ve got the perfect shot. Some however think that it is far simpler to deal with products that can be moved around and positioned exactly however way you want. It is a lot harder to achieve with people portrait photography, as you have to make sure that they are comfortable and relaxed in front of the camera.
Portrait photography is dependent on an engaging expression, specific lighting, correct positioning and an appropriate background. This becomes especially difficult when taken out of the studio and having to blend all those external elements into one perfect shot. Many London photographers are sensitive to this need and are dedicated to communicating the characteristics and personality of a subject.
Whatever your photography needs are some of the top photography studios have corporate and fashion photographers for special events and take lasting images through the use of expression, posture, emotion, composition, lighting, setting and props. Communicate to your photographer and make sure they know exactly what you need so they can tailor-fit the photo shoot and deliver exactly what you need.
If you are an actor/actress, musician, performer, singer, dancer or TV presenter and need professional photography for castings and auditions then a professional photographer, who has many years of experience in shooting professional headshots, can give you the best chance at a casting call-back. They know what a casting director looks for. Simple isn’t it. These photographers can provide you with a unique headshot and portrait photography style that meets top quality industry standards. First impressions, even from just a photograph, do count.
Many photography packages offered on the market are all-inclusive consisting of, but not limited to, a consultation prior to the shoot; a 1 or 2 hour photographic shoot; a personal online gallery that you can use to preview the images taken where you could choose a free high resolution images; a FREE CD of all the images taken; and free recorded postage to your home or business address.
If you’re a beginner, you might think that hiring a photographic studio would be easy – after all, you’re simply looking for a big white space. But with a bit of experience, you’ll quickly realise that not all studios are created equal…
Here’s a quick guide to the questions you need to ask to make sure the studio you hire is fit for purpose.
How big is it?
Naturally, the bigger the studio, the more room you’ll have for your shoot – but the more you’ll pay. Decide how much space you think you’ll need depending upon the subject of your shoot. And while you’re at it, think about access – if you need to bring in anything taller or wider than a normal door, check that this is going to be possible in advance. You won’t get that custom Harley up a flight of stairs!
Is it a professional photography studio or an empty room?
A professional studio will have several obvious advantages over an empty room! In a photography studio there will be backdrops for you to use (at a charge) or facilities for you to hang your own; photographic lights and equipment for hire; additional changing and make-up areas. Additionally, you’ll find that good studios tend to have high ceilings to allow for overhead lights, air conditioning, tall windows for natural light, window blinds to filter or eliminate light, and an electrical supply that has been adapted cope with the demands of all the lights and equipment required.
An empty room, however, is an empty room. But it will be cheaper.
Where is it?
A convenient location can make all the difference, particularly if you need to assemble a cast of thousands. Or even just a few. If you need to bring your clients into a studio, try to find one that’s convenient to where they work in central London. Asking your subjects to trek out to the back and beyond of nowhere, far from the reaches of public transport, doesn’t present a very professional image – and could cut down on the amount of time you’ll have available for the shoot itself.
Does it fit your image?
Image might not be important to you if the shoot will be you, a camera and a box of product. But if you’re going to have clients, models and stylists in the studio, you will want to present a professional image. A smart, well-designed studio will speak volumes about you as a photographer and if your client is impressed by the setting, they’ll already be predisposed to like the resulting photos.
Can you hire any additional equipment you might need?
No one wants to have to bring every single piece of equipment with them to a shoot, and even if you think you have all you need, as often as not you’ll want something else or your piece of equipment will malfunction. So to ensure that your shoot will run smoothly no matter what, choose a studio that is already well equipped and from which you can hire anything you need. Check the price list before you make the booking to see what they’ve got and how much it might cost.
Do they offer additional services?
On-site imaging services might prove very useful to you, especially if you want to be able to wrap things up fast. Doing your post production on site means that your client can approve things there and then and in a high quality studio, you could have access to some serious bits of kit. Retouching, printing, scanning and processing services will have the advantage of being under one roof – making it both convenient and economical: a one-stop shop for all your photographic needs.
Before you book
Before you make a booking with a photographic studio, work out exactly what you need to shoot in terms of subject and number of shots, how much space will be necessary and what equipment you can take with you and what you might want to hire when you’re there. Think about the location and who needs to come with you on the shoot and work out a date that suits everybody involved. Email your requirements to get a price on everything you need and check their availability.
When all this information is to your satisfaction, make your provisional booking, confirm it nearer to the day and then go for it.
Have a good shoot!
Just imagine this – your very own photo shoot, complete with special dresses or gowns, pairs of shoes that you rarely wear unless it’s for a super special occasion, heavy make-up that accentuates your best facial features, poses for the camera that you’d never do on a regular day and to just be lost in an environment filled with lights, the clickety sounds of camera shutters, reflectors and instructions from a professional photographer. Ahh, aren’t glamour photography sessions just the best? Don’t these glamour photography sessions just bring out not only the best in you but perhaps a “different” side of you as well?
Regardless of the glitz and, well, glamour of it all…one can’t help but wonder why a lot of women are drawn to glamour photography. Just what is it about glamour photography that makes it a favorite choice among so many women all around the world? What makes even non-models curious about glamour photography?
To understand the possible reasons why, let’s discuss the basic ins and outs of glamour photography first. Compared to fashion photos, photos taken during glamour photo shoots are usually for personal use. These photos are usually for one’s portfolio, for one’s special personal photo album at home or for one’s special collection of possible portraits that can be framed or given away. Not a few have attested that their glamour photos have been given away as souvenirs during birthday parties, debuts, soirees and other special occasions. In the case of personal portfolios, on the other hand, a lot of women use their glamour photos to present their various “looks.”
A lot of women are drawn towards glamour photography because truth be told, it’s an easy albeit temporary chance to feel and experience how it is to lead a glamorous life. After all, not everyone can be as lucky as Mariah Carey or Beyonce, who both have stylists, hairstylists, make up artists and personal shoppers at their beck and call. To be in a glamour photography session, complete with your very own glamour photographer – or, to make it ultra fabulous – glamour photographers! – can really be an exciting experience for every woman. To be the center of attention, to be fully made up, to be taken care of is definitely an experience no woman can ever say no to.
Which brings us to an important detail – what should ladies who want to have their own glamour photography sessions do beforehand and how should they prepare? First of all, you must choose a really good glamour photographer. One whom you think you can be comfortable with. This is very important and a little bit tricky. You see, not all photographers have pleasing personalities and not all photographers who have pleasing personalities can be great glamour photographers. And have we mentioned that not all photographers have the sense of professionalism and have the skills needed to conduct a memorable glamour photography shoot? Now before you become totally lost and confused – let us put it this way: if you really want an enjoyable and relaxed glamour photography experience, choose a professional glamour photographer who has a pleasing personality, who has the skills and preferably who has gained a good reputation. It’s also important that the professional glamour photographer has the needed equipment to produce wonderful shots. When it comes to glamour photography sessions, a mere DSLR camera and a reflector just can’t cut it! Also, the glamour photographer must have gained good feedback from previous clients. So you must take the time out to ask for references or ask friends for recommendations. Another thing that you need to consider is discussing with your glamour photographer the possible themes, poses, angles and concepts that will be the pegs during the shoot. You may even want to ask him or her for suggestions in terms of make up, clothes, shoes, accessories and other things to wear and bring during your photo shoot. Or if you want, you can discuss what type of “attitude” you need to have during the shoot. Does your glamour photographer want you to feel like a vixen? A villain? A sexy and confident lady? Best if the two of you have already agreed on certain things before the start of the actual glamour photography session.
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Professional photographers are not the only ones who do or need photo retouching. In fact, any person may find the need to do a little photo retouching here and there at one point or another. If they want to add something to a photo or remove something from a photo or perhaps enhance the photo or tidy it up a bit and make it more pleasing to the eye, they can always do photo retouching. Yes, photo retouching is like putting magic on a photo. This article will discuss what photo retouching really is and will also share some tips and tricks on photo retouching or image manipulation that you can easily do even in the comfort of your own home.
So what is photo retouching? It is, quite simply, the process of altering images. This does not mean that photo retouching can only be done on digital photos, however. Photo retouching or image manipulation or image editing can also be done on traditional analog photographs, illustrations, vector images, raster graphics and other types of images. Traditional analog image retouching is also basically known as photo retouching. Here, you can employ tools such as airbrush tools in order to enhance photos. For digital photographs, you can use graphic software programs (e.g. Adobe Photoshop, Corel Draw, Paintbrush). These programs can allow you to transform the images, take some elements away from a photo or even add something new to a photo. These software programs can also allow you to manipulate an image and you can even actually create a whole new image from scratch using these computer programs.
If you’re wondering why a lot of people, and not just professional photographers, like doing photo retouching or consider it important, necessary or in demand, here are some simple reasons. First of all, you would not want to present a resume with an out of focus photo of yourself, right? What would your prospective employer say if he or she sees a super oily face, red eyes and really bad lighting on your photo? Do you think you’ll get hired if your background takes up much more space than needed? That would not exactly strike a good impression. Hence, photo retouching is in order. Using photo retouching methods, your hair can be “tidied up,” your face can be smoothened out and the tone of the photo can even be made better! Secondly, there are times when an already good photo needs a little bit of tweaking in order to make it spectacular and truly eye candy. This is especially useful for photos that will be used or submitted to photo contests. While basic and proper photography methods should be done in order to get a good photo, more often than not, the photo can even be better if photo retouching is done. Using software programs and tools such as Gaussian blur, exposures and adjustment layers and other methods can do the trick. Thirdly, there really are times when a “photo bomb” can occur. A photo bomb is where an unnecessary or unwanted thing or person gets included in the shot and it somehow ruins the mood or the look of the photo. Of course, you’d want to edit those undesired things out. You can do that using photo retouching methods. Yes, folks, we’re talking about crops and blurs.
Speaking of photo retouching methods, here are a few tips and tricks you can do to your photos right within the comfort of your own home. Of course, you’d need a good computer software program that will allow you to manipulate your digital images. For purposes of these simple tutorials, let’s use Adobe Photoshop.
For simple skin tone manipulation, click on New Adjustment Layer then Hue/Saturation. Click on the miniature mask. After that, press control (or command for Mac users) + I to invert the chosen mask. You can then use the white color and a soft brush to paint over the skin areas of your subject or subjects. If you want darker hues, switch to red. Pale hues call for yellows. Remember to not overdo the paint-overs!
Another trick has something to do with sunrises and sunsets. Have you witnessed a really nice sunset lately but the photo you took just did not capture the real beauty? Using your photo manipulation program, click on New Fill or Adjustment Layer then select Gradient Map. Click on gradient and choose gradient editor. Below that you can change the color to red. Set the color patch to yellow then click OK. You can then smoothen the photo out by choosing “soft light” and reducing the opacity to about 50 percent. The end result will be one very lovely sunset.
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