A great photography assignment
As I have mentioned before, I am not only a photographer, but I am also a photo retoucher, photorestorationretouching.com is my website just in case you are interested.
I was contacted by RedMile London around 2 years ago to retouch some of their stock photos. They are a bespoke antique dealer based on the Kings Road in Chelsea. The photos were of a “non professional standard” and needed a fair bit of retouching to get them presentable. Jason, the director explained to me that like many businesses that have a large amount of stock, had purchased a digital camera with the aim of using it to catalog his stock. He also admitted that he had very limited photographic knowledge, hence the quality of the images. Whenever he sent me work to retouch and mask, I noticed unlike many clients he had a real interest in understanding photography. I started offering tips on how he could improve his stock photography. I know that this could be perceived as short sighted on my side, but at the same time I firmly believe that knowledge and experience should be shared.
It was really great to see how the photographs that he sent me; were steadily improving in quality, with way less colour correction and exposure correction needed.
It was a pleasant surprise when Jason called and invited me to come to London to photograph his stock, as the company was upgrading the website and wanted the best possible photos taken for the new website. We agreed that with the regular turnover of his stock, it was economically unviable for him to continuously hire a professional photographer – this could turn out to be quite costly, and my trip to London would not only be to shoot his antiques, but to teach him the finer points of stock photography.
It was a gruelling 2 day shoot, we literally went through all of the shop, photographing every item on sale. Let me tell you there were some really heavy pieces, that we had to carefully move and set up for a decent photo. The new website is nearly ready, and recently I received another batch of photos to mask out, and what gives me the most satisfaction is that the quality of his images are now really great!