PRO FOOTBALLER Q&A

January 29, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

My PRO FOOTBALLER package has been running for a couple of years now and continues to be received well. I've been meaning to give the PRO FOOTBALLER package details page a make over for some time now, and create a newer version of the promotional video which shows before and afters. I've finally got round to this so check it out here, and please feel free to share links to the page with your friends, football teams, managers of football teams or anyone else you think might be interested in having one of these done. I really appreciate the support!

 

With much of my work concept based, this package still represents one of my best value offerings, so I wanted to give details here on the blog about whats involved, and thought doing this in a Q&A format would be good approach........

 

What is PRO FOOTBALLER?

PRO FOOTBALLER is a specific package I offer to junior football players who wish to be captured in a dramatic, billboard style image. However, this is a photoshoot with a difference, as I cut out the players from the studio background and blend them into a football background, adding effects and enhancements to the entire image to create a picture that has impact and is full of detail and drama.

 

How much does it cost?

My PRO FOOTBALLER package costs £100.

 

What do you get for £100?

  • Planning and preparation for the shoot - ideas about kit, accessories, posing, backgrounds to be used and more.
  • The actual shoot - photoshoot under studio lighting - typically lasts 30 - 45 minutes working different poses until we get 'the shot!'
  • Private online proofing gallery allowing you to choose your favorite image.
  • Professional processing, retouching and blending of the player into chosen background.
  • 24X16 high quality print mounted on black surround.
  • Post and packaging charges for the print. (prints have to be collected from me, however instead of printing myself, I use a leading  lab who charge for delivery to me.)

 

So when you say you cut out the players, apply professional processing, retouching, blending into backgrounds and so on, what does that involve and what difference does this make?

Check out my promotional video to help explain more:

 

 

How long does it take you to create the image once decided on the pose?

The processing and retouching typically takes on average around 3 hours. Sometimes more, sometimes bit less, depending on what we are doing with the picture. 

 

How long does it take for the print to arrive?

I usually say to allow up to 2 weeks for your print to be ready for collection, although I normally better this.

 

Do you shoot more than 1 player?

Yes. I can add more players to the image, however additional charges do apply given I have to work through the processing, retouching and blending into background work for each player. I also get queries to shoot entire teams and the same applies.

 

Can I get more prints?

Absolutely...and if ordered at the same time as the original print order, you won't be charged for post and packaging again. I can get prints for all sizes so feel free to get in touch and I can share all the options with you for print sizes.

 

Can you frame the image?

I can, however this does mean additional costs so again, feel free to discuss these with me and we can agree what makes best sense for you.

 

Do you require a deposit?

Yes please. As with all bookings, a 50% deposit gurantee's the studio at a certain time and also covers print orders.

 

How can we see your work?

I have a dedicated Pro Footballer photobook on my website which you can access here. I also have a printed portfolio which you are more than welcome to come and take a look at. I also hope to run a stand again in the summer this year at some of the local football tournaments in Bournemouth and surrounding areas, so you can keep an eye out for me.

 

Do you run any offers on your standard price?

From time to time, I have run reduced rates on the package, however this tends to be rare as a lot of work goes into producing the images which are a unique investment, and where the price includes the print aswell, it really is great value already.

 

How do I book?

You can contact me via email - info@stuartcosgrave.com or can call me on 07919 222131. Not just for bookings by the way, if you have any questions about any of the above, or anything else, please don't hesitate to call me any time with no obligation whatsoever.

 

Thanks for reading. As mentioned above, I'd really appreciate if you can share this page with anyone who may be interested.

Stu

 

 


BACKUP People!

January 22, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Real quick post today. I've said it before, but make sure you back up all your pictures. I spoke to friend the other day who said they haven't backed up phone and camera pictures for nearly a year which made me wince! 

 

Don't run the risk guys - priceless memories captured in your pictures need to be protected! Especially nowadays where many people are relying on their phone as their main camera to take their snaps. I run a military operation for backing up devices in our house these days given Mrs C has a habit of dropping phones into water! :)

 

With Christmas, new year and 2014 done, make sure all the magic is protected and you keep on top of your favorite pictures.

 

Have a good weekend.

Stu


B&W Portrait - Simple sometimes best!

January 18, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

You'll of seen a couple of images I've created recently here on the blog, on Social media and in my portfolios of model Dan Holbeche. Dan has worked with me on a number of personal projects, some that will be shared this year. The last picture I worked on was a snow themed image involving plenty of photoshop work processing, retouching and effects, as does much of my work. However, I stumbled across one of the shots taken shortly after the snow pose, where Dan is wearing the same winter jumper but with a hat aswell, and I fancied having a play around with this with the aim of simplfying everything.  I don't do too much on white background these days but I wanted to give this a black and white finish, so a simple white background would work well and emphasised the focus just on Dan.

 

So here is the final image. In terms of the post processing, I amended the crop a little bit to bring Dan's face closer and allow for some negative space, and I then worked on blemishes, details and some light work on shadows and highlights.

Hope you like. You can see a larger higher resolution version in my portfolios by clicking here.

One thing is for sure, I love black and white and don't create enough of it into my work. Something I want to change!

Thanks for stopping by.

Stu

 

 


CALLING ALL ATHLETES...

January 15, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

With the new year in full swing, I wanted to call out all Athletes. Whether you are at the beginning of a journey to better fitness and shape, or you are already a fine tuned human specimen. If you play a specific sport, are a boxer, martial arts expert, instructor, personal trainer, footballer, rugby player, basketball player, netball player, Whatever your sport, or if you are working towards some specific goals and want to track your progress, make sure you capture your achievements!

 

How can I help with this?

I specialize in creating sports athletes portraits. These aren't your normal sports action shots per se. I tend to work more on capturing athletes posed, but in an image that tells a story, trying to portray the hard work and dedication that has gone into becoming the athlete you are today.

What is different about my work?

Most of what I create is concept based. It starts with an idea, a theme, and will more often than not involve me shooting a subject in the studio, and then going out and capturing a suitable background that will combine well with the subject, but also help create a final image that has impact.

 

Below are examples of where I have done just this, and you can access my athletes work here. If you are an athlete and have an idea and think I can help create an image for you, feel free to get in touch. I'm always keen to talk through ideas with no obligation whatsoever.

 

Thanks for reading!

Stu

 

 

 

 

 

 


Let it snow...

January 11, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

I wanted to create a portrait and add some snow in Photoshop for Christmas, so we set up model Dan Holbeche in a shoot before Christmas with him wearing a winter jumper. I wanted the pose to be cool and the picture to have a touch of fashion to it. The shot was lit with cutting him out and dropping into a background in mind, so wanted some rim lights on his face and clothes to help him blend in to the surrounding natural light in the image  

 

Below is the out of camera picture cut out pre any processing and retouching: 

 

 

For the background, I actually dug out an old portrait I'd taken of my son during a snowy spell a few years ago and then cloned him out:

 

 

Then I combined Dan with the background:

 

 

Next I worked on the retouching: 

 

 

Once done I needed to cool him down to help blend in with th background and appear to be cold:

 

 

Bring the snow into the image in Photoshop was the fun part. I built this up slowly to add depth and focussed on smaller snow in his hair and beard. Once done, I amped up the detail in the entire image more:

 

 

Finally I felt the whole image still looked too warm so I cooled it down even further with some desaturation, added some clarity and more contrast and a tiny bit of vignette for the finished image: 

 

 

 

I hope you like it. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment or send me an email...info@stuartcosgrave.com 

 

Thanks for reading! 

 

Stu