Photographic and Digital Imaging Consultancy

I have 25 years of experience providing photography services for a wide range of editorial, corporate and commercial clients, from small 1 person businesses to huge multi-national corporations. I'm now offering my services as a consultant to businesses who want to improve their handling of the photographic and imaging processes within their company.

Commissioning, archiving and using photography is rarely as simple as it seems, so if you have any queries, from copyright, to setting up a permanent in-house photo studio, get in touch and I can offer my experience and advice.

Advice on Commissioning Photography For Your Business

I can advise on the best way to go about finding, hiring and briefing a professional photographer, to make sure you get what you need for your marketing, branding, web presence or social media needs.

  • When should you try to do it yourself rather than hire a professional?
  • What about stock photography?
  • Who owns the copyright?
  • What should be in the contract?
  • How much should it cost?
  • Finding the right photographer for the job.
  • What to expect from the photographer, and what the photographer will expect from you.

Keeping, Finding and Using Images

Do you have lots of photographs scattered across hard drives and folders, with no captions and meaningless filenames? Is it difficult to find pictures you've already commissioned and then find the correct version that's the right size for the web, or for your next brochure?

I've been shooting digitally for 20 years and have an archive of over 1 million images, but I can usually find what I'm looking for in just a few minutes!

I can help you set up a simple system for archiving all your images so they're captioned, sensibly named and easy to find and re-use later. I can suggest appropriate software solutions and train your staff to use them effectively.

Photographic Training and Equipment Advice

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Are you considering taking some photography in-house?

I can provide advice on which equipment is most appropriate for your needs and experience, as well as train employees on basic photographic and software skills, for those times when you don't feel its cost effective to hire a professional.

I can even help to set up an in-house photographic studio and advise on simple lighting setups for repeatable, high quality results.

If you'd like to discuss any of the above, drop me a line at pictures@simonridgway.com, fill in the form below, or give me a call on 07973 442527. Our initial discussion of your requirements is completely free, after which I'll work out an estimate of costs, based on your specific needs.