Ros Kavanagh Visit (Screen)

Shane and Kate met with architectural and theatre photographer Ros Kavanagh on the 16th of March. Sitting down with him in his Crumlin studio he discussed his workflow. Ros discussed how he licenses his images and how he tries to prevent his images from being used without permission. By using the description field in the metadata, he enters all information about the specific job and the details of image copyright; the filename and pixel dimensions are clearly displayed in the file information. Ros supplies architectural clients with full resolution jpegs, as it is important to have as much detail as possible in architectural images. Ros has both a portable and office data storage at his office and downloads all his images into storage before importing them into his preferred mass image editor, Capture One. He prefers Capture One to Lightroom as it allows direct access to his image folders without opening up the image management software first. Using Capture One, he makes his initial choice of 10 -15 images and sends a watermarked digital contact sheet to the client. Ros doesn't use a lot of metadata in his images and relies on his own naming system to categorise them, his reasoning behind this is because most searchable sites already have algorithms which analyse the uploaded images and adjust searchability as appropriate. Although he did mention using hyperlinks when uploading his images to external image libraries with whom he has licensing agreements, such as the UK based website, 'View Picture' which specialises in architectural photography. He feels that his own system of categorising improves his file's searchability, as well as making it easier to keep track of invoices which are his main information trail for jobs from older clients. If, for example, if he's importing a batch of images he took at a showing of 'Let the Right One In' at the Abbey, the image will have a three digit number that represents the Abbey, a four-digit date that covers year and month, a two-digit code for the specific job and finally the sequential number of the image itself. When the client selects his images, Ros then exports them as high grade 16 bit Tiffs and adds his metadata. He also pointed out that while the images he saves are high-quality 16-bit images, he usually supplies the client with 8-bit images, to dissuade them from using his images for posters, etc. without consulting him. A final point which Ros mentioned was that although he sells his images which are eventually printed, most of his clients are looking for digital images that look well on the screen.

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