As every shoot is different, there is no one size fits all. With any professional operation, quality, service and price vary – as do results.
When estimating on a shoot, many aspects come into the equation before we can send an estimate, these include;
it’s important to provide as much information about the commission as possible to give you what you want.
When we have all this data, we do the sums and allocate a cost based on the specific needs of your project.
Once we’re both clear on this, we’ll suggest the best approach and cost in making it happen.
Once we’ve clarified your objective, an estimate is sent detailing the approach and costs involved. Additional information will also be included to help prepare for the shoot.
The estimate reflects our experience on projects with similar parameters & production requirements to produce the best results in the given circumstances.
We recommend having a member of your team attending the shoot to approve imagery, If they can’t make it, the creative decisions will rest with James’ judgment.
James is used to working solo in the middle of nowhere, or with a cast and crew in studio
Once the project has been confirmed, we double check possibilities and variables which may arise to ensure we’ve created the most favourable conditions in the given circumstances.
Some of these may be:
Pre planning is essential to ensure shoot runs smoothly on the day
After the shoot we’ll pack down, tidy up nicely and put everything back where it came from
Before we leave the location or studio, the job is backed up to external hard drives.
Depending on the shoot, we'll edit in transit or the studio carefully examining the images from each
series and prepare an edit. The smallest details are compared and considered from each frame. We tend to edit brutally so final edit is not repeats of the similar images, These selected edits are regarded as the best options from the shoot. The edited selects are then forwarded to you via a link and give you access to low resolution jpg files.
From here, you make your final selections of the images you prefer
When decisions are made on the final image selection, the master files are prepared.
Depending on each shoot, the final delivered imagery may vary from basic tonal adjustments and colour grading, to advanced photoshop jiggery pokery and compositing. However, the majority of James' work requires little retouching and is simply given a bit of a polish before it's sent on its way.
Depending on the commission, this will be outlined in the estimate.
As with the edits, final delivery is via the secure server, accessible 24/7 anywhere.
During the process of image making, James is working towards one particular frame and perhaps a few variations on that theme.
When photographing people in particular, this moment may happen in an instant, at other times it may take dozens frames.
During the editing process, frames where people have awkward expressions, eyes closed are all deleted. if we’re shooting a composite, this is a different approach.
After the job is delivered, an invoice will be emailed to you which acts as your license to use the images.
Please note; usage rights are not transferred until an invoice is settled.
Credit card payment is also accepted.
Under Australian Copyright Law, the creator of the images retains the copyright. A license will be issued to accommodate your usage rights. Some clients feel they need to own the copyright to use the images indefinitely. This is simply not the case.
We can accommodate most requests, in the last 20 or so years, we’ve never had an issue regarding usage or copyright. The more information you can provide at the early stages of discussions, the better we can give you what you want.
The actual time the subject is in front of the camera may only be a matter of minutes, however, to optimize that limited time, it's imperative all details variables and possible outcomes are known, considered and checked ensuring the desired outcome is achieved.
Costs are not only based on time behind the camera or on set, but on the whole project.