Thursday, 22 June 2017

A Magical Commercial Shoot at The Lido, Margate

Rob Bentley Magician and Mind Reader contacted us recently to ask us to create some publicity images.  We were briefed to create images with a gritty feel – maybe using local graffiti as a background.

One advantage of working within Thanet is the diverse range of locations within a very small area, one of the reasons big screen films are often shot here. 

The Lido Margate

We decided upon a Sunday afternoon at The Lido in Cliftonville. I remember this place as a teenager, I spent many hours watching cartoons in the small cinema, and still recall the sound of Mr Savage playing the organ to the holidaymakers sat out in their deckchairs as I drove past it every day on my way to and from work.

Then it was just a case of picking our backgrounds to complement Rob working his magic. 

Card Shuffle at The Lido CliftonvilleLido Cliftonville. Magician and fire

Apart from tweaking the overall images to enhance the colour, contrast etc. no other ‘Photoshop’ trickery was performed on the images. The fire being conjured from Robs fingers was all of his own doing, and one of the only shots we chose to take against the cliff wall as it gave a better background for the fire.

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Monday, 19 June 2017

A May Wedding at The Bell Hotel

A few weeks ago, Michelle and I found ourselves back at TheBell Hotel, Sandwich, to capture some memories for Amanda and Tom. 

The Bell Hotel copyright Paul Clark Photography

Tom and his Best Man were ready to go, and we caught up with them at the entrance to the hotel which is located on the river front in a great location for photography.

The Bell Hotel copyright Paul Clark Photography

The service was performed within the Laurent Perrier Club Room situated on the ground floor and officiated by A Kentish Ceremony

The Bell Hotel copyright Paul Clark Photography

Afterwards, drinks and time to welcome guests.

The Bell Hotel copyright Paul Clark Photography

The staircase within the Hotel is somewhere we know very well from previous wedding events here and is always a favourite with couples.

The Bell Hotel copyright Paul Clark Photography

Sandwich Wedding Photography by Paul Clark

The Amanda and Tom wandered down towards the gardens for a few minutes together; we were able to record a few special pictures from the gardens and the Fisher Gate which are only a few minutes away.

Sandwich Wedding Photography by Paul Clark

Sandwich Wedding Photography by Paul Clark

The Quay Sandwich. Wedding Photography by Paul Clark
You can find out more about this picture in the previous blog, from conception through to the final edited image.

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Thursday, 8 June 2017

The story of a single image

When you employ a photographer the work does not stop when they leave the venue.  I thought it might be nice to share the story of just one image from the wedding of Amanda and Thomas that we covered recently at TheBell Hotel in Sandwich, Kent to give you a feel for what happens before and after the big day.

About a week before, as I always do, I checked the venue and the surrounding area. A short walk along the footpath from the hotel was a house with a lovely display of wisteria growing along the brickwork. It simply needed to be used. A quick picture on the phone to remind me to add it to my shot-list. Planning is the key. 

On the day of the wedding Michelle helped Amanda by arranging her dress, checking the details and making sure the bridesmaids and I were safe as we were near a road.  It’s very easy to get wrapped up in the moment and walk backwards off the footpath to get a better shot when you are concentrating. Michelle acts not only as a second shooter to ensure a wider range of images of your day, but also as my eyes and ears. 

And here we have the image straight out of the camera.  As it is I am quite happy with it, but lets get to work.
The vast majority of my editing is performed with Adobe Lightroom. First off we adjust the basics, tweaking the overall picture to remove any colour cast, adjust the sharpness, brightness etc.  This ensures all images are similar. When printed in an album you do not want to see wildly different colours between images on the same page.

After this we would normally adjust any specific areas that needed a little extra help, perhaps brighten a face, darken a dress, soften an area of the image.   The vents in the brickwork were removed, and the double yellow lines too,  if only we could do that in real life.  A repair to the footpath had been finished off in tarmac that did not sit well with the old paving slabs, so that had to go too.  Some of this can be accomplished in Lightroom, but for the most part we transfer the image into Photoshop for the final stage.

And that’s it; the story of a single image, only another 300 to go from this particular wedding.  

The Quay at Sandwich by Paul Clark Photography

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