Motorcycle Photography Specialist – Andrew Butler
Real Bikes, People, Photos
“But you are the motorcycle photography specialist?” This was a genuine comment made recently, but our motoring and motorbike photography is as much about the people as the machines and that’s the truth of it.
There is a whole complex but fascinating world around biking and motoring, competition, design, passion camaraderie. We are always looking at the wider picture.
Most of the cars and motorcycles that we photograph look great standing still but sometimes one just needs to get moving with the action. Sometimes we may need to set up vehicle mounted camera rigs, shoot location action photos or just capture the spirit of an event.
Alternatively we may set up simple ride-by photographs. Better still, how about a bike to bike or car to bike photograph? Call us, let us know what flavour of motorcycle photography you are looking for.
Studio and Location Photos
If God is in the detail we will photograph it, photos of a Ducati open clutch, a Dino engine on a stand or Nick Mason’s 250 filler cap. With a strong eye for graphic design and a genuine deep knowledge of the subject we understand what we are photographing.
Whether it is photos of bikes or photos of cars, photos of a racetrack, a hill-climb or photos of a motor showroom we are in our comfort zone here.
Whatever the job Ideally we will be be offered a comprehensive brief and will discuss what is needed from the shoot. This may include an overview of possible usage, maximum image size, preferred aspect ratio (landscape, portrait, mixed). We normally look to a work to a 'wish list' of shots - the client will invariably have some sort of idea what is needed.
Often the clients will have come to us because they like our shooting style but are free to make requests about fine details such as desired depth of focus, format, style or it may cover the overall 'visual language' of the shoot.
Site visits are supported backed by full insurance and a current CSCS card.
We work on an Apple Mac system although we use EIZO monitors due to their superior colour accuracy.
Photography is generally camera to Lightroom and then output is defined by end need. We shoot to RAW files using ProPhoto workspace outputting most of the time to Adobe RGB. Mono conversions are completed with Nik Silver Efex Pro 2. This is important to understand because as a rule images will need processing before delivery.
Cameras are typically either Leica (M9) or Nikons including the high pixel count D800e. These tools offer a range of creative and technical options to cover a wide range of needs. We also have a comprehensive selection of studio lighting and equipment, chiefly Bowens and Manfrotto. We are able to set up complex studio set-ups at your location.
With our sister company DesignCredo we are able to undertake graphic design for print or signs which is again undertaken using the Adobe work-flow based around InDesign. This ability to offer design as an integral aspect of our service offer adds huge value and possibilities.
We invariably deliver artwork to print shops as PDF files; you will be able to view and proof the same file that we see although it is unlikely your monitor will be as colour accurate as our system.
We are VAT registered and have a comprehensive level of professional insurance cover.