Black and White images turned to Colour with extra Depth!
In the UK we recently heard that the ancient port of Portsmouth is to cease building Naval ships after more than 800 years of history behind it.
I decided to create a short video about the docks and the history behind them. The problem is that there is no footage from the 1800’s! No problem, I used a lot of imagery including a lot of black and white turned to colour in order to modernise them.
You can see a video of me working on an image here!
Not only did I colour the images I separated different depths into layers and moved them independently of each other which gives the appearance of 3D!
I do a lot of work on colorisation, please follow me on twitter and check out my website for more information.
After seeing this article in the Daily Mail about the Titanic being coloured I decided to show how I would do it. No offence to the person that coloured the images, but I feel that the colour is too over the top and simplified. Just because it is being turned into a colour image, doesn’t mean it has to be ‘colourful’ - the key is to use in moderation and focus on realism.
As you may know, a part of my freelance capability is aerial film. I’m able to get angles that were only dreamt of a few years ago and weren’t even possible by using a helicopter. With the cinestar 8 I am able to get aerial footage from afar or even close up and personal.
Please see the example below of a video I have done for Northfields house, which shows how using aerial photography can really add to your video production.
The banner is a great way to quickly broadcast what exactly the company does at a glance, which means you don’t have to read through bulk text to understand the company. This is especially important on the home page as you need to ‘hook’ your visitors quickly before they lose interest.
In the event that the site is being viewed on a mobile device without flash, a still image alternative will appear which gives you the best of both worlds.
I see a lot of websites that clearly haven’t had any thought given to them. There are a lot of sites out there that aren’t built with the potential visitor in mind.
Here are some of the ground rules I believe should be considered to make a functioning, successful website:
Firstly you need to forget that you own your company for a second and think like a customer visiting your site for the first time, what do you need to see to feel interested and want to pick up the phone?
Content is very important, more so the right amount of it. Don’t give your visitors a bulk of text to read through, they need clean concise information that will encourage them to pick the phone up and call you.
Rich content such as video or flash can help to let the user sit back and let the site feed him/her the information. This is great because most visitors are lazy and skim-read text at most. This way, you can get the right information to the visitor in a palatable way
Social media embeds are helpful to give the impression that your company is alive and trading. With the new Facebook feed it’s a great way to keep the news on your site ticking over. But be warned, the if the feed isn’t maintained and updated, it will give the opposite impression that your site isn’t active.
If you are going to use imagery, don’t use stock imagery. People can tell when they see the cheesy posed shots found on various stock websites. Infact your priority should be to show your visitors who they would be dealing with - it’s always good to put a face to a name, it shows you’re not afraid to be heard, especially as anybody can mascaraed a website as a huge organization when it may just be 5 people in an office.
Like I say, from the get go you need to compile a list of FAQ’s that you think a visitor would need to see in order for them to turn into a customer.
If you would like me to look at your site and how it is performing, why not get in touch?
I’ve Just finished working on a piece for a publisher. I’ve been turning old WW2 black and white photography into colour photography. I’m really happy with the results on this one, looks like it was taken yesterday.
All the colours are 100% accurate and sampled from actual present day photography of the aircraft/uniform. The sky was taken from one of my own photographs and blended in to fit the scene. Very happy with the results.