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 archived, without limit of time.
We take as much care with our post-flight production as we do with our original aerial photography. Our skilled staff individually assess, optimise and caption each image and their attention to detail and quality control 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, which can be particularly useful, especially when we decide in-flight to capture a subject when the opportunity presents itself.
In the example of the stately home below and to the left, 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 work being carried out. Our finely honed re-touching techniques were put to good use to remove the plastic sheet and then rebuild the path and steps in the final photograph to the right. This process was complicated by the shadows cast across this area by the trees and handrail to the left, so we also had to rebuild the shadows, before adjusting the contrast and the colour balance to create a totally realistic finished image.
Our finished photographs can be delivered in a number of different ways. Most of our business clients nowadays prefer digital images on CD, or DVD in JPEG or TIFF format. We also use electronic delivery methods, such as E-mail attachments, and FTP, 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 can also deliver in high quality photography print form, from standard to virtually unlimited sizes, and our photographs can be printed 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 extracted from the image file by the receiving party using the appropriate software, either in human language form, or by the software itself using machine-readable codes. The metadata also contains the essential copyright and rights information.