Chris Watts

a little blog about my work and play in the fields of media, music and mission.

Shooting raw. Part 2.

I posted last week about the benefits of shooting raw. I didn’t go into much detail. Here in part 2 I am going to go explain a little more. (the image used in this post was taken by Tony Waghorn, a friend and colleague, but edited by me.)

It’s all about information. They say little information is dangerous and in the cause of photography they are right!

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Shooting Raw

Family and friends often ask me about cameras and camera kit. What should they buy, how could they improve. One question I always ask is does your camera shoot raw?

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Kitchens in Camera

Back in January, I shot my first full commercial promotion piece. Previously I had shot a promo video for Fair Oak Farm holiday accommodation but that was all beauty shots of the property, no interviews, no people just buildings and nature. This was also going to be the first time to shoot, edit, revise and deliver a video in a week! I found the build up pretty stressful, making sure all the preproduction was in place, trying to visualise what the final piece would look like and prepping kit all built up to be more work than I had imagined.

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Video - more fun in The Philippines

After lots of research, planning and writing. The day finally came to fly to The Philippines to train 6 OMF workers about making great videos.

The course was set to cover theory about the 3 stages of video production, pre-production, production and post-production. We would be looking at shooting scripts, shot framing, lighting, interview techniques, DSLR video, time-lapse, sound, editing basics and much more. However there was more to the course than theory, we also aimed to plan, shoot and edit a video covering some aspect of the impact of super typhoon Haiyan which hit The Philippines in November.

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My first give away: 2 Curves Presets

Inspired by the generosity of creatives who constantly give stuff away on their blogs I thought I would join in. They are very simple curves adjustments that I use to give a retro warm feel and a lomo/cross processed look to images. I tend to use them as adjustment layers so blend modes and strength of the look are controllable. Anyway take and enjoy, simply add them to the presets folder in Photoshop, you may then need to load them in.

Original Image (slightly cheesy shot of me enjoying a Sling in Singapore!)

Retro Warm curve added

Cross Processed curve added

Download the curves

Some designs based on Bible verses, I am hoping to get these printed and to sell them, I will also make screen versions, phone and tablet and desktop wallpapers to give away. New website coming soon!

Photo Restoration

I have always loved this photo of the Orwell bridge, my Mum and Dad worked on the construction of this bridge (my Dad as a civil engineer, my mum keeping people fed!) The photo, taken by a friend of my Dad, allows me a glimpse into the years just before I was born and is also a great portrait of architecture.

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1 Timothy 4 v8
Working on some typographic verses, hoping to make them available as prints soon.

1 Timothy 4 v8

Working on some typographic verses, hoping to make them available as prints soon.

Adventure into chalkboard art

We had a stratergy meeting the other day, one discussion revolved around how do we communicate to the rest of the office what we get up to in Comms. We decide that a Comms Dept. menu might look cool outside our room.

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Wordpress Categories across multisite network

After a long fight we found a solution to share categories across all the sites of a wordpress multisite install. Not just the same names and slugs but the same category_id. We used MU Central Taxonomies.

This plugin is a must have if you want to share content across a multisite with a plugin like ThreeWp Broadcast and want to have consistent categories. I will write more about what this does and what it over comes soon!