November 10, 2022No Comments

Helter Skelter Studios Open in Granada

Weirdly, 2021 was the best year we've had as a business. Despite Covid we posted a third consecutive year of growth. Covid necessitated a change of direction and the Digital Marketing Business we set up at the beginning of the pandemic took off like the proverbial rocket. It seems as though there is an appetite for marketers who understand all of the moving parts. Who knew?

And, as 2021 rolled around and lockdown receded we found the photography and video business started to show signs of recovery. We shot Tanners Xmas Catalogue in Shrewsbury, The Olive Tree asked us to shoot pictures for their website refresh, we shot catalogue and location for Poddy and Black and we made three videos for Responsiv Solutions, one for DEFRA and are currently finishing off a film about deprivation of liberty for Cardiff University.

On the digital side we've run PPC Campaigns for Security Wise, Responsiv Solutions and Poddy and Black, built a completely new website for Learning Cultures and are now hosting a total of fourteen websites! We dabbled with affiliate marketing with Digital Skin

So why would we open a branch in Spain?

We've been Spanish residents for four years now, spending long periods of time holed up in Adalucia working on digital projects and editing video and photography projects. It hasn't altered our ability to produce results for our clients and if anything we have been able to spend more time on our priority accounts and for the first time we can afford to turn down projects without causing our accountant to have palpitations.

So in 2022 we bought our new base, just outside Granada in the Sierra Nevada mountains. The photograph at the head of this article was taken from the new office. We have everything we need to communicate with our clients in the UK and we go back periodically for photoshoots and meetings.

We admire Spanish media greatly, they make fantastic television, way better than the UK have managed in many years now. Netflix is basing a European centre in Madrid. The architecture is bold and exciting, the cities mix ancient and modern with a flare that is breathtaking at times. It's impossible not to be inspired in Spain.

 

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

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.
 
BUT....

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 Digital 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 hello@helterskelterdigital.com
 
We'll get back to you with some suggested time slots...

February 15, 2020No Comments

Colour Management & Product Photography

Colour Management & Product Photography go together like cheese and biscuits. You can have one without the other but at best you risk nuance, at worst you have a mouthful of dry biscuits.

Colour Management solves a problem that bedevils all types of photography to some degree. The colour you see when you open the image in Lightroom is not the same as the colour you saw when you shot it. And here's the kicker. If you're colours are off because your screen is uncalibrated then what will look good to you will look different to other people. They will be used to seeing colours consistently even if their screen is uncalibrated  Read more

October 22, 2019No Comments

Why WebVR is important to VR Providers

What is WebVR and why WebVR is important to VR Providers.

First things first. From the WebVR Project: "WebVR is an open specification that makes it possible to experience VR in your browser."  The goal is to make it easier for everyone to get into VR experiences, no matter what device you have. Read more

October 1, 2019No Comments

Septimus the Giant Shrewsbury Cobbler

Septimus the Giant Shrewsbury Cobbler is an Arts Council funded project by Thingumajig Theatre and Shrewsbury Morris. Helter Skelter Studios photographed and filmed the whole project from building the giant to the debut performance in Shrewsbury Square. Read more

August 22, 2019No Comments

Virtual Tour Engagement

Across all our web sites and social media we are finding that Virtual Tour engagement is consistently returning figures of 10% minimum. This is not an average; certain tours have returned figures in their thousands within hours of being made public. Our Funky Frankwell project features Virtual Tours heavily and some have registered views in the tens of thousands, in a matter of days. Read more

July 30, 2019No Comments

Funky Frankwell Website

The Funky Frankwell Website went live today. It is a crowdfunded, VR powered site; one of a kind and it has attracted a lot of interest.

Crowdfunding

We'd never used crowdfunding to underwrite a project before, but for this one we made an exception. Why? Read more

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