Saturday 28 March 2020

I gave a two-day workshop on photogrammetry for MA Photography students at University for the Creative Arts.
Taught online while the Corona virus pandemic continues....

Friday 27 March 2020

I spoke about Imaging Standards at the brilliant Workshop to update CHARISMA MSI protocols at The British Museum in February 2020.

Thursday 26 March 2020

In April 2018 I attended an ICON course: Colour Science and Colour Measurement for Conservators and Conservation Scientists
at Charlecote Park.

Wednesday 25 March 2020

Scans of 10x8" Contact Prints

Tuesday 24 March 2020

Monday 23 March 2020

I've photographed a few Nicolaes Maes paintings recently, in preparation for this book and the show at the Gallery. Including a 1840ppi mosaic capture on location of one of his eavesdropper paintings, which was a fun challenge!

Sunday 22 March 2020

In July 2019 I started working at The National Gallery. Very excited about this new challenge.

Saturday 21 March 2020

I provide consultancy on Cultural Heritage Imaging.

Key services I can provide:

  • Imaging Standards.
    • Consultancy on how to meet Imaging Standards; Metamorfoze, FADGI and ISO19264.
    • Developing in-house standards.
    • Producing practical guidelines for meeting imaging standards.
    • Advice on hardware and software for meeting imaging standards.
    • Delivering training on meeting Imaging Standards.
  • Colour management.
    • Screen calibration.
    • Device charicterisation.
    • Testing colour accuracy.
    • Colour space advice.
  • Technical photography.
    • UV Luminescence.
    • Camera modification.
    • View camera operation.
    • X-Radiography.
  • Equipment testing.
    • Testing device MTF/SFR.
    • Testing tone response / linearity.
    • Testing colour accuracy.
    • Testing noise levels.
    • Testing illumination uniformity.
    • Testing for geometric distortion.
  • Equipment Procurement and Optimisation.
    • Advice on imaging equipment refreshes or fit-outs.
    • Advice on imaging studio environment, layout, design, lighting.
    • Advice on equipment procurement for projects.
  • Developing Workflows.
    • Designing workflows for a range of projects.
    • Advice on workflow automation and software solutions.
  • Quality Management.
    • Designing QA checks for imaging.
    • QA training and demonstration.
    • What targets to use?
    • What QA software to use?
  • Lighting for 3D objects and Photogrammetry.
  • Lighting for 2D flat objects.
  • Transmissive object capture.
  • Mosaic capture, registration and stitching.
  • Advanced lighting techniques.
    • Cross-polarisation.
    • Raking Light.
  • Photogrammetry capture and processing.
  • Long-term digital file preservation.

I can provide consultancy, on-site training and written guidelines. I have provided Imaging Consultancy to a number of local and national museums, archives and libraries. Please get in touch for more details or to discuss a project/training need.

Friday 20 March 2020

In June 2019 I left The Postal Museum for new challenges. I had a truly amazing time at The Postal Museum, spending just under three years there. When I started the museum itself was a building site and the Digitisation Studio within it was just an idea in the minds of a couple of people. It was then my job to push that idea and make it happen.
I couldn't be more proud of that studio, the work that was done there and the people who were part of it.
It's in very safe hands and i'm sure it will continue as a real centre for excellence in cultural heritage digitisation.

Thursday 19 March 2020

In June 2019 I was part of an exciting project to produce an exceptionally accurate and high-resolution 3D scan of the Ashes Urn.
This was partly motivated by the Ashes Urn leaving its home at Marlebone Cricket Club, going on loan to State Library Victoria in Melbourne.
After several weeks of testing on a facsimile Urn, the Ashes came to The Postal Museum Digitsation Studio. I then had two days to capture it using Photogrammetry.
The challenge of creating a small and perfectly formed model really appealed to me - the small size, variable texture and glossy surface of the Urn all presented challenges for the capture.
The photographs were all made using a Phase One XF IQ3 100, which provided incredible resolution, but more importantly the XF's built-in automatic focus-stacking feature. Every 'single' photographs used to make the model was in fact made up of many many photographs; this meant that the entire urn could be captures entirely in focus with no issue of depth of field. All in all I made 6,146 photographs of the Urn over two days.
The next challenge was getting good surface geometry; being a highly-glossy ceramic object with rounded sides it was impossible to capture without some kind of specular reflections which would decrease the accuracy of the geometry and reduce the accuracy of the colour and tonal capture. The solution to this was to capture a mixture of very soft light photographs and some cross-polarised photographs. This mixture of normal reflected-light and reflected light photographs would then be aligned in Reality Capture and then certain aspects of the model were then made from either the normal and cross-polarised images, along with a bit of masking.
Thanks to Martin Devereux, then Head of Digital at The Postal Museum for all of the post-production work, especially masking images and batch focus-stacking. Thanks to Thomas Flynn of Sketchfab for making a roughness map and his help rendering the final object file. Huge thanks to the team at Marylebone Cricket Club for entrusting me and The Postal Museum Digitisation Studio with capturing the Urn.
You can read the full story on The Postal Museum blog here:

The facsimile of the Urn (MUCH less glossy than the real thing) captured with normal reflected light on the left, and cross-polarised light on the right.

Wednesday 18 March 2020

Late 2019 I sold my drum scanning kit.
It was an absolute pleasure scanning film for some one the most incredible artists and photographers. I loved working with this kit but I couldn't justify the space or the time any more.

Tuesday 17 March 2020

Nothing beats shooting this format...

Monday 16 March 2020

In May 2019 I delivered a paper 'Shifting Standards' at the third 2+3D Photography, Practice and Prophecies conference at the Rijks Museum.

Sunday 15 March 2020

I'm available to provide consultancy on all aspects of museum/heritage imaging and digitisation. In this example I advised on equipment procurement, created a workflow, calibrated the kit and provided training.

Saturday 14 March 2020

Componon-S reversed and mounted to a Phase One XF for use as an extreme macro lens.

Friday 13 March 2020

View camera workshop for MFA Photography students at UCA Farnham in 2019

Thursday 12 March 2020

Scans of 10x8" Contact Prints

Wednesday 11 March 2020

Testing the 'Light Revolution' kit to reveal surface detail.

Tuesday 10 March 2020

Modified ringflash. Polarisation filter applied over the flash, to be used with a polarisation filter over the lens for macro cross-polarised imaging for photogrammetry.

Monday 9 March 2020

Photography for the shop

Sunday 8 March 2020

Making installation shots...