How did you shoot @jrjsmokedsalmon ?

Smokehouse, John Ross Jr., Aberdeen.

Smokehouse, John Ross Jr., Aberdeen.

Scotland has some of the very best seafood and here is one example of how it's processed. The brief was to capture a day-in-life of John Ross Jr. in Aberdeen for a Waitrose editorial story. Smoked salmon production isn't a picturesque affair so imagination is a real help.

To get this page turning diptych to work a small flash was placed at the back wall facing towards the camera with another over the camera exposing the fireman. Once the first piles of sawdust and woodchips were lit the portrait was quickly shot and the light removed. Then the second shot was captured. 

Five minutes to set up and less than five more to shoot both shots. 

 

 

How did you shoot @timberyard10 ?

How did you shoot @timberyard10 ?

The Waitrose Weekend brief asked that Timberyard be shot with people. Sounds simple enough but the problem is that as soon as you start putting people into a room you begin to stop seeing the room itself. Catch 22.

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Harviestoun Brewery and Menu at Creative Exchange

Harviestoun Brewery and Menu at Creative Exchange

Central to the show this Ola Dubh image has been attracting lots of attention with questions on both how it was shot and the extent of the Ola Dubh range. And of course the Bitter and Twisted on supply at the opening won over new fans for the brewery.

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You'll have had your cake.......

This entry for the Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year Award made it through to the finals.... Sadly the gong didn't come home to Edinburgh. 

Carlos gets to eat his cake.  

Carlos gets to eat his cake.  

Backstory:  Carlos was the third parrot of the day. And the brief was missing one vital concept – eccentricity. You need to be bonkers to keep what are the oddest birds ever. Part pet, part child they have demanding personalities. 

The first two were African greys and they were shy, retiring, elusive and best shot from the hip. Carlos was a different matter. A complete counterpoint to Ambrose his feathered housemate. Colorful to the extreme he was relaxed and totally happy to pose especially as there was cake.

Why the AGA? Well the cake and of course they are big advertisers.

 

 

We ask questions too!

We ask questions too!

We ask questions too!

Questions Brendan asks before every job - and all from true life too.

What are the images for? It’s good to know in case they’re to be matched with existing stock. Or maybe I’ve a preferred camera/technique for web use v. high end print. Or if they’re intended for a particular magazine do they have layout guidelines to be followed? Is there scope for a different approach?

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5 reasons ScranMedia is different.

5 reasons ScranMedia is different.

ScranMedia was formed in January 2016 with the combined skills of Brendan MacNeill and John Duncan, the purpose being to provide professional image making services for the hospitality and food/beverage sector. There’s no new skill set involved. Our subjects are still food, people and places.  

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