Post Flight Image Modification and Finishing
Once we have completed an aerial photography assignment our superior RAW camera images are downloaded to our powerful Apple Mac-equipped computer suite, where they are indexed and captioned.
We then take as much care with our post-flight production as we do with our original aerial photography, before images are delivered or archived, to ensure optimum image quality. Our skilled staff therefore assess and optimise each image individually, and their attention to detail and quality control procedures ensure that the finished photographs always reflect the exceptionally high quality aerial photography for which we are widely respected.
We are also very skilled in a wide range of photo-enhancement and manipulation techniques. This can be particularly useful; especially when we decide in-flight to capture a particular subject for our own archives, or for a client, when the opportunity presents itself, but when some circumstances may not be in our favour.
In the example of the stately home image below and to the left, for example, the weather and light conditions were favourable, but part of the path and steps to the front of the building was covered with blue plastic sheeting to protect remedial work being carried out. Our finely honed re-touching techniques were therefore put to good use to remove the plastic sheeting and warning tape either side, and then to rebuild the path and steps. This process was complicated by the shadows cast across this area by the trees and handrail to the left of the path, so we also had to rebuild the shadows to create the finished image with the adverse features removed, as shown on the right. Please Click any of the images to study this work in more detail.
Delivery of Finished Aerial Photographs
Our finished photographs can be delivered in a number of different forms, as itemised on the High Quality Finished Photographs page of this site. Most of our business clients nowadays prefer digital image files on CD, or DVD in JPEG or TIFF format. We also use electronic delivery methods, such as E-mail attachments, although this depends on the size of image file your electronic mailbox can accept, as the larger and more detailed the image, the bigger the image file will be. We therefore use the We Transfer drop box system, which enables clients to directly download our larger images, or we can use File Transfer Protocol (FTP) if clients are set up for that form of electronic image transfer.
We can also deliver in high quality photographic print form, from standard to virtually unlimited sizes, and our photographs can be printed or mounted on a wide variety of other surfaces; increasing the surprising range of uses to which our aerial photography can be applied.
As our aerial photographs are extensively used by newspapers, magazines and other publications, we code all our digital images to International Press Telecommunications Council (IPTC) standards. This involves writing metadata, which provides a detailed description of the subject, essential keywords etc. and electronically inserting this into the image file. This information can then be viewed by the receiving party using the appropriate software. This metadata also contains the essential copyright and useage rights information.