Category Archive: Still Photography

State of the art – sneak preview

It’s been a busy couple of months here, working on a promo video for an old friend Mark Lilley for his new album ‘Songs & Guache’. We’re still in production but we’ve finished shooting the beautiful actor Laura Freeman, the star of the piece.

Here’s a sneaky-preview of Laura as she appears in the film.

Hoping to complete the rest of the schedule in October and then crack on with the edit.
Drop back soon for a progress report.

How close can you go…

We’re always on the look out for new things to stick in front of the camera and when a set of +1, +2, +4 and +10d lenses arrived this week, they went straight on the front of the 18-55mm zoom.

Can’t wait to see some funky images like this appearing in future films!

EOS 550d Camera Raw now supported by CS5

After some ‘issues’ with CS4, Adobe have apparently seen the error of their ways and incorporated .CR2 file support into their latest Photoshop incarnation – Creative Suite 5.

The Photoshop Camera Raw plug-in (version 6.1) is available as a separate download from the Adobe site in either Mac or PC formats and now includes support for the EOS 550d/T2i.

When you select FILE>OPEN from within Photoshop, the .CR2 image opens in a new application (fig.1 ) which offers slimmed-down Lightroom type controls (very similar to Canon’s ‘Digital Photo Professional’) enabling you to fine tune the digital negative before importing into Photoshop proper.

Once in Photoshop, it retains the .CR2 extension, as opposed to Digital Photo Professional’s Tools>Transfer to Photoshop export function, which sends a .tiff file to Photoshop. This is an excellent feature but one which must be treated with a little extra care so as not to destroy the digital negative by accidentally saving any changes.

fig. 1

All in all, this is a very welcome addition to the range of 550d’s image manipulation possibilities.