March 10, 2021No Comments

Update to Capture One 21 v14.1

Yesterday a new update to Capture One 21 was released. Incremental improvements and one significant new feature moving the software further towards being a complete solution for photo processing. Style Brushes.

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February 27, 2021No Comments

What’s New in Capture One 21

Like many people who have been using Capture One software in the studio, I'm used to using it for one set of capabilities and that has definitely been the case with the new release.  I've also noticed in the course of a few shoots now, that there are things happening that might enable me to keep more of my workflow in Capture One. So here's a summary of what's new in Capture One 21. Read more

January 28, 2021No Comments

Capture One 21 in the Studio

Two shoots this month equals two chances to use Capture One 21 in the studio. I am impressed. Like Apple Computers it just works!

First the shoots. I've been working with Shropshire Artist Grace Currie for around six months now. I photographed her work for her graduating exhibition (She got a first class degree in Fine Art) and subsequently for her web site and social media. Her pictures are often hyper alive, vibrant with great texture and colour. I shoot these differently to the way I shoot products. Read more

December 8, 2020No Comments

Capture One 21 is released

Capture One 21 is released today! We're very happy to be affiliated with Capture One for the very good reason that we've been using their software for five years now, for all our studio work and some location work too. Basically for anything that requires tethered shooting we use Capture One. We think it's the best software for our studio requirements bar none. Read more

November 30, 2020No Comments

2020 – The Year of Living Dangerously

2020 - the year of living dangerously. What a year! It's been our best year ever but there have been times when it's looked bleak. I was hospitalised with Covid 19 between Xmas and New Year and nearly died. Not an experience I'll easily forget. But I recovered and now even our accountant is happy! Read more

October 2, 2020No Comments

Photography and Covid-19

Photography and Covid-19 don't mix! This post shows how we survived the lockdown period and continue to build our business.

Some of you may know that I was hospitalised last Christmas with a condition that in hindsight was almost certainly Covid-19. It was possibly the scariest thing that's ever happened to me. Read more

June 2, 2020No Comments

What is WebXR

The WebXR Device API replaces WebVR in products such as Oculus Quest, Google Chrome and Firefox browsers.

What does it do? It brings Augmented Reality under the same overarching API as Virtual Reality, opening the door to special effects like the one here (Chrome or Firefox) What does the X stand for? Nothing, it's a wildcard that stands for anything you like- its your reality after all! Maybe this will stop the tiresome debate around whether 360° Photography is counted as VR! Read more

May 6, 2020No Comments

Build your own Zoom Room

We've been advising a client on the equipment they need to deliver training in a socially distant way. Along the way it occurred to us that you might want to build your own Zoom Room too. This will also be relevant to Facebook Live, YouTube, Vloggers and anyone inviting family and friends onto a video call. There is no better way to see your friends in Lockdown! Read more

April 28, 2020No Comments

Luminar 4 Review

We are members of Skylum's affiliate program, so please don't expect this Luminar 4 review to be bad. I will say only that we never endorse products that we do not use ourselves.

Luminar 4 is an AI powered processing tool from Skylum that challenges Adobe's Lightroom and Photoshop combination. I have used it professionally for real estate work for a year now and have been impressed with what I've been able to achieve, particularly in the extreme light conditions of Spain. Skylum also make the excellent Aurora HDR software. This review is of Luminar 4. Read more

March 23, 2020No Comments

Digital Marketing in times of Corona

At Helter Skelter Studios we've been racking our brains as to what we can offer our local community in these troubled times. We looked on the internet for inspiration and came up with a few ideas..
1. Nude self portraits tutorial .... hmm REJECT
2. Cat and Dog portrait tutorial... not really our thing REJECT
3. Free portrait photography... self defeating and not our thing anyway.. REJECT
4. Recipe Videos.. hmm MAYBE - as long as their Viv's recipes and not mine 🤣
5. Video Diary... we're not that interesting - REJECT
So we're not planning on offering anything to do with video or photography pro bono - unless somebody comes up with a compelling idea.

Digital Marketing in times of Corona

We have, with slightly less than perfect timing, been working on a new offering in the area of Digital Marketing because we spent significant amounts of time doing that last year - (Funky Frankwell and for a couple of much larger clients in Shropshire). We're launching a new website Helter Skelter Design on 1st April dedicated to this side of the business.
We are Google certified (for Google Ads) and we've worked in and around the web design industry for twenty years designing and building sites for clients as diverse as the University of North London (School of Computing), Orange, de Beers (diamonds really are forever).. So we may be in a position to offer something of real value to the community after all.
We know there are numbers of small businesses and organisations in the Frankwell Area who are in all probability sitting at home wondering how to make sense of Web Sites, Google and Facebook advertising. Which, Why and in what order? So...
If you are Frankwell based and self isolating, we are offering free access to Digital Marketing Advice via Zoom (teleconferencing software that we host). First call will be 20 minutes. For as long as people are self isolating all advice will be free within the boundaries of Frankwell. No catches, no tie ins. Free.
If you're interested - mail us at
We'll get back to you with some suggested time slots...

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