Firstly, I didn’t plan this picture. I knew HMS Queen Elizabeth was due to return on 10th December and as we were planning to visit Haslar Marina to check the boat I threw a camera in the back of the car in case the opportunity arose to get a few stock images for our library. I shot a few frames as she cleared the entrance to Portsmouth Harbour and then published one on LinkedIn. I normally have several hundred views when I publish a picture, but by the end of the first day I was already up to 400 views. This climbed day-by-day until it finally reached 5,263 views. I don’t know if it was the ship or my hashtags #marine #defence #navy, but it’s my most viewed picture to date, proving that the right combination of image and keywords on LinkedIn is a very good way to attract attention to your business.
The last Monday in March found us on site at the new Portsmouth Cruise Terminal, booked to shoot some glossy interiors and exteriors of the new building which was opening it’s doors on April 1st. Now the date alone should have been an omen – the weather was dull and grey and as we entered the terminal it was painfully apparent it was still very much a “work in progress”. As we were walked around by the port manager, our client started looking a little distressed and started asking if there was anything at all we could possibly make from the mess ! It was obvious overall shots of the interior were out of the question so we resorted to creating “teaser” shots to get the feel across.
Outside areas were a little easier, but in all cases I had to do several hours subtle retouching to supply a selection of viable, professional-quality images.
The client was delighted and our final pictures got good exposure in the both the regional and specialist press.
Below are some “befores” and “afters” to show what we had to do . .