Animations….

Recently I have been getting really excited about creating small animations. It will be great to end up in a place where I can create these for clients in a product/still life based situation.


With the rise of NFT’s and Instagram moving to favouring video content over stills we are seeing a lot more of this style of work which is clearly having an inspiring effect on me.


Here, I wanted to create a peaceful and calming piece of work that plays with the idea of continuous motion and ultimately, time. Creating a room that is situated high up in the mountains gives a ‘monastery’ and spiritual feel to the environment.


I think I will go back to my Tag Heuer watch model and play with placing that into an animation. Thats the beauty of a CGI model, once you have it made you can re-use it over and over again.


Also, I think the time has come to move away from Apple. My trusty iMac has been great over the last 4 years but it is really struggling with some of the CG work I make. Pound for pound, what I can get for £2000 with a PC is superior to a Mac in every way, even the new M1 chipped Macs. Nvida graphics cards here I come!


Stay safe and be kind people!


 


Rediscovering old work and competition analytics.

Sadly no British Photography award for me but never mind, it was still nice to be nominated…


Although it has to be said I was absolutely gob smack by the analytics that the competition released. I was quite gutted to find out that I didn’t make the top 20 in my category from thousands of images, not even hundreds but 90 (and 8 of them where mine, a photographer can enter multiple entries). 


Even the most popular category only had 800 entries, I guess this goes to show that the photographic competition is as oversaturated as photography itself and because there are so many of them, mostly they become of no value. 


Obviously this is no dis on the British photography awards or the winners, I was genuinely thrilled to be nominated. It’s just that the joy has been tarnished a little.


Sad times.


On another note though I recently rediscovered some old work when I was trawling the hard drives to put some images together for a pitch. Its funny how you can completely forget about pictures you have made, loved at that time but somehow they never managed to stay in the forefront of your mind. 


I am even considering putting them back on my website. The images here must be circa 2015 and all shot for YOU Magazine.






CGI environments and why they are useful…

All the images above have one thing in common, they were all shot in a studio against a plan background. 


CGI is nothing new, we all know what it is and what it does and over the last 10 years it has slowly started to firm its grip within the Still Life genre of photography. 


2020 was a year of, well, not doing much but that being said I was lucky enough to get some good work from regular clients that kept everything ticking over. I did have plenty of extra time though and I used that to learn CGI because as the saying goes “if you can’t beat them, join them.”


Blender is an amazing open source software that is completely free to download and use and it is so powerful. Blender isn’t industry standard yet but it will be soon in some capacity and other expensive 3D packages like Maya and Cinema 4D will have to start to adapt somehow to combat the rise of this behemoth of a free software.


YOU Tube was the main source of all my learning. Predominately from ‘Blender Guru’s’ channel and a few others. Then it was just a case of hours and hours of practice, learning the basics and trying to get a grasp on how it all works.


I will always be a photographer first and a CGI artist second but combining both disciplines to create images that I find pleasing is a big plus to me. Also, to say its Covid safe is an understatement. Creating worlds inside a computer, having shot the product on a plain background in my studio only really needs a team of one on set. Of course there are times when I can create the product in CGI also. 


You can find all my contact details here if you need me.


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