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Zedphoto.com new site

September 29th, 2016 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

Well, you’re looking at it!  We went live mid-September and there’s still plenty to do so please be patient.

All the contact / commercial stuff is working and I hope that you find navigation and layout to be clear and attractive

I’m still working through my image bank of 70,000 images taken in the last couple of years to populate the Portfolio sections.  the Personal one is the most complete but is a bit biased towards my most recent trip to Paris…

It’s been a long road leaning all the web by stuff to do this by myself but eminently worthwhile as I can now offer a web development service as well as Photography, Photoshop, IT and Colour management expertise.

Emmanuel Lubezki – Genius?

March 18th, 2016 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

The first Director of Photography to win three back to back Oscars for Cinematography, Emmanuel (“Chivo”) Lubezki has been hailed as a genius.  He’s certainly amazingly good at what he does.

This interview with DP Review goes in-depth on the technology and what’s important to understand to get the image that you (or your client) wants.  A long and difficult read to those of you not as deeply immersed in the world of digital imaging as we are here but understandable and fantastically interesting.  We use 14 bit cameras for most of our work but also have a full 16 bit one for specialised shots.  All our editing is done in ProPhoto colour space at 16 bit and we think it shows in the quality of the finished images.  The mega-pixel race is pretty much over these days (our walkabout camera shoots at 42MP !) and the future lies with extended dynamic range.

Funny then that for The Revenant (his latest Oscar winner) Lubezki chose to squeeze the huge gamut into a limited range of muddy hues.  I saw it on the best 8K screen I could find locally  and found his decision exactly the right one – the feeling of “being there” was palpable.  Amazing to think he shot faces without lighting, in Alberta (and Argentina), in the winter without blowing out the skies!

Our interiors photography uses a lot of HDR techniques and high end dynamic range cameras (12 stops) to produce amazing images more quickly and efficiently than previously was dreamed of.  Along with tilt and shift, and focus-stacking, HDR is an essential tool in the modern digital photographer’s toolbox.

New huge resolution camera!

January 18th, 2016 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet
Zed Photography has recently jumped-ship from mostly Canon and Nikon digital (we’re keeping the PhaseOne gear, thankyou) to SONY…here’s why:
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Architecture all over UK

January 18th, 2016 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

Zed Photography is sked to do all sorts of commercial imaging but amongst our all time favourites is Architecture.  Alan used to work in the Civil Engineering business and has always followed the careers of the “Starchitects”.

Recently we have had a roving commission from LSC Facades, one of the leading suppliers of Metal Ceramic and Laminate Facades used on large buildings in the South of the UK.  It has been a pleasure seeing and snapping some of their work, both finished and under construction.  Our wide angle tilt and shift cameras have nearly melted under the strain.  Less pleasurable was dealing with the vagaries of the Bristish weather, as the clients wanted predominantly blue skies – but with careful planning we managed to produce some pleasing shots.  An added bonus was seeing inside some “signature” buildings like the fantastic Rutherford Appleton Lab building in Oxford where satellites are constructed in huge clean rooms.

School prospectus aids success

January 18th, 2016 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

Most of our photography is for small or large commercial companies or individuals who are selling something (even themselves if they are actors after head shots).  So it came as a challenge to be asked to shoot a prospectus for the outstandingly successful Mossbourne Academy Foundation schools in London.  After all they do say “never work with children or animals….”

We’re used to being able to order our professional models or staff about and compose great shots but this was a completely different kettle of fish – 2000 lively kids and the brief was to capture the spontaneity and happiness in the leaning environment.

Three long days work and many, many, hundreds of snaps later and we (and the client, phew) couldn’t have been happier !

Mossbourne, in Tower hamlets used to be one of the 10 worst schools in the UK and has turned itself around to become one of the outstanding successes of recent years giving kids, many form a deprived background, the opportunity to set no limits on their educational targets

A real pleasure meeting and photographing you all. The new website is going live soon.

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