Oswald & Barcom Studios - Five Years Young

FIVE YEARS

Happy Fifth Birthday to Oswald & Barcom Studios

Our mentors - Oswald & Barcom - celebrate 5 years in the studio hire biz.

Our mentors - Oswald & Barcom - celebrate 5 years in the studio hire biz.

It only seems like yesterday when I decided to redesign the Crossfire Photography working studio into a multipurpose hire studio space. I am not big on marketing … actually, I still have the flyers in the office from five years ago and sooner or later I will get them out. So it is the regulars and word of mouth that have kept Oswald & Barcom alive. This year has been the busiest so far and we have seen more & more repeat bookings perhaps we are doing something right?

Oswald & Barcom has worked as a Stills Studio, Video Studio, Gallery Space, Life Drawing Space, Meeting Space, Offsite Space, Popup Gallery / Shop, Party Venue & Glamour Studio

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Although I can’t mention everyone - I would like to thank some of the regulars.

  • Artful Hens

  • Ascraft & Cloth Julie

  • Brightworks

  • Cath & all the other Instagrammers

  • Chris Cuffaro / USA

  • Crossfire Photography clients.

  • Lees Models

  • F45 Training

  • Frida LasVegas

  • Glen Gante

  • Main Course Films

  • Mikella / renaissance-magazine.com

  • The Australian Museum

  • The Creative Foundry

  • The late - Martyn Cook

  • The Melbourne Photographers

  • Richard Hedger Photographer

  • Stephen Stewart Photography

  • Sue Robbins Photography

  • Vintage Luggage Company

  • WOW Retail Advertising

Finally, I have to thank http://www.creativespaces.net.au for making us more visible  I love the site and it is not for profit but so useful for anyone looking for a creative space.

To celebrate our birthday we have treated the studios to a few upgrades including

  • Upgraded furnishing in Cyclorama Studio

  • More Rugs on Cyclorama Studio

  • In addition to Cyclorama, there is now a shooting wall — with an edge for room set looks.

  • Improved Sound Deadening for Video / Audio

  • Updated Gallery in Lounge Studio.

  • Swedish built Profoto strobes come standard with a hire.

  • LED Continuous Lighting now available in house for Video Work

  • New chargers & Connectors - for newer Macs & I Phones

  • Upgraded Stereo System in Lounge Studio

  • Coffee Machines now in both studios.

  • New light stands plus a Video Tripod with Dolly.

  • Coffee Machines - now in both studios.

All this with the same low-stress approach to studio hire so you can continue to Make Your Ideas Happen at Oswald & Barcom Studios. Cheers From Andrew Richardson Mbl 0408 284 256 www.oswaldbarcom@ozemail.com

Shock Election Result - Shocking Candidate Photos

It never ceases to amaze me that a political candidate will recruit a team, including family and ask them to devote hours handing out flyers and banners with material featuring below standard portraits of the candidate. The portrait is often the only thing the voter knows about the candidate - so why do candidates short change themselves ?

I am not going to show the worst pictures from my local electorate but I did wander around Wentworth (In Sydney) where the some of the portraits were still below what I feel should be acceptable for a political campaign photo.

Poor lighting in the top image versus the overuse of photoshop in the lower photo - neither are good.

Poor lighting in the top image versus the overuse of photoshop in the lower photo - neither are good.

I have photographed Dr Kerryn Phelps before (quite a few years ago) and here I feel that she might have been mesmerised by the outcomes of photoshops smoothing tools. A little more restrain in post production might have improved the integrity of this image.

I have photographed Dr Kerryn Phelps before (quite a few years ago) and here I feel that she might have been mesmerised by the outcomes of photoshops smoothing tools. A little more restrain in post production might have improved the integrity of this image.

Dave Sharma’s grey and underexposed photo was captured in the shade without a lot of attention to hair.

Dave Sharma’s grey and underexposed photo was captured in the shade without a lot of attention to hair.

I think the Liberal Candidate - Dave Sharma should have had the funds to pay for an assistant with a reflector or even a fill flash. His photo was all over the Eastern Suburbs but looked flat and unflattering compared to other candidates in the electorate.

How simple is it to spend half an hour in front of a camera with a professional obtaining images that put you and your team in their best light?

Tim Murry - probably didn’t have a big chance in the blue ribbon Liberal seat of Wentworth but he entered the game with a confidence building photo.

Tim Murry - probably didn’t have a big chance in the blue ribbon Liberal seat of Wentworth but he entered the game with a confidence building photo.

A good portrait is confidence building

Dr Mehreen Faruqi’s photos featured quality lighting and an built environment backdrop.

Dr Mehreen Faruqi’s photos featured quality lighting and an built environment backdrop.

A little while ago a local council members who was in opposition bought her whole team over for a one hour photo session and in that hour we produced enough material for her to run posters for almost ten years needless to say she is now the Mayor.

So - if your running for office or any kind of office. If your planning on putting your face out there. Take the time to have a professional portrait - in studio or on location - with Crossfire Photography.


Amazon Photography

Amazon Product Photography

Lately Crossfire Photography had a lot more and more requests for Amazon Product Photography. The good news is that we are set & ready to deliver photos to the Amazon Specifications while you wait. Whether it’s a garment, sporting goods, lifestyle product or anything in the big wide world of Amazon Crossfire can help you win over the competition for very little cost. 

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Our Amazon Photos have a clear background and show the product in series of up to 10 images

Our Amazon Photos have a clear background and show the product in series of up to 10 images

Getting you product online through Crossfire Photography is so simple that it often takes about as much time as getting a haircut or less ! Most of the time consuming work is in the post prouduction studio where we will tweak your product photos so they are optimised within the Amazon Photo Specifications.

 Why not contact us and then drop by with the product for an obligation free run through. To make it easy we have off street parking and level access access to the studio via our loading dock. Simply roll or walk your product in and then we will show you how to beat your competitors with a professional Amazon product photography set.

What does it cost? Our pricing is so competitive we can’t put it online – so call 0408 284 256 now.

 Before you come along - here are a couple of tips for your Amazon product photos.

 Product Colours

Amazon product photos are on a clear white background – so if you have a slection of product colours you are better photographing mid coloured ones that will bounce out of  the background.

Detail & Styling 

People love detail – so before you bring in your products think about how your product stands out from your competitors so that we can capture all of it’s special qualities.

 Garments & Flat Lays

Garments – smaller sized garments photograph better as flat lays. So when bringing garments for flat lay – bring smalls and /or mediums stock and try to keep them all the same size.

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Not quite as fun as the last number ...

Last wave Burleigh Heads 2017

Last wave Burleigh Heads 2017

Neil - testing the product ...

Neil - testing the product ...

And then Chris joins in ...

And then Chris joins in ...

Tug Boats ... Sydney harbour

Tug Boats ... Sydney harbour

Anyone got the time?

Anyone got the time?

Water of Life. Akvavit or aquavit is a flavoured spirit that is principally produced in Scandinavia, where it has been produced since the 15th century. Akvavit gets its distinctive flavour from spices and herbs, and the main spice should be caraway or dill.

Water of Life. Akvavit or aquavit is a flavoured spirit that is principally produced in Scandinavia, where it has been produced since the 15th century. Akvavit gets its distinctive flavour from spices and herbs, and the main spice should be caraway or dill.

These guys look a little bit too tidy to be shoveling dirt at the end of the day #benross

These guys look a little bit too tidy to be shoveling dirt at the end of the day #benross

Boots off

Boots off

Better have a VB with Harvey.

Better have a VB with Harvey.

Blog By Numbers

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Dagmas Surprise 80th - a few months ago at Old Curragundi Willow Tree

Dagmas Surprise 80th - a few months ago at Old Curragundi Willow Tree

This is the first entry of my blog by numbers.

Crossfire Photography has been around for many years and I use a 4 digit code to identify each image I produce. For example - If I did a product shoot today each image would be described as CLIENTSNAMEXXXX.

I ask all my clients to try an keep the four digit code on the file - even if they want to rename the image - this means that I can access an image from a the archives in very little time and as far back as 1996. It reduces the search from one in a million to one in fifty.

Nowadays - I will do an image number search and I am suddenly having a trip down memory lane - with photos that would otherwise have been left on the cutting room floor forever.

If anyone is interested ... I am happy to search a number requested through the comments section.

So here is my first entry of my Blog By Numbers ... the number - chosen by my lovely Wife Monique without her knowing why I was asking for a random number  -  0357 .

There are many more 0357's but --- I will save them till next time that number comes up.

Captured Lower Hunter Valley during a Outbackjuncky Recce 2015

Captured Lower Hunter Valley during a Outbackjuncky Recce 2015

Colin Buchanan - Always the Larrikin

Colin Buchanan - Always the Larrikin

One Night In Paris 2012

One Night In Paris 2012

Whats in the box ... image before retouching,

Whats in the box ... image before retouching,

A day in someones office.

A day in someones office.

Winter Sailing 7/6/2015

Winter Sailing 7/6/2015

Matt Ballin - NRL Footballer - looking relaxed in his role as male model.

Matt Ballin - NRL Footballer - looking relaxed in his role as male model.

Who is this man?

Who is this man?