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Sunday, 28 February 2016 00:05

FILM and TV

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Uryaen Productions Film Slate

I have a large number of projects in the pipeline, some of which I can talk about publicly, but the big ones, I can't yet. That said, here is a preview of what is coming, and where we're at with the production timelines.

Short Films

MONITOR

Little girl alone in her room talks to no one in particular until an unheard voice begins to question her, lead her, and manipulate her.  

HIDE

Young lady alone at home when a walking dead apocalypse breaks out hides in a closet for weeks, and only emerges when she is sure she is safe. Or is she?

BLEND

“Cooking with Julieanne” is an online cooking show featuring the hottest new celebrity chef. Each week, she has a special guest, and a dark secret.

SISTER

A young man discovers a long lost sister after she comes to live with him. His feelings for her turn from curiosity to confusion to obsession.

JITTERBUGS

Two women, both suffering the PTSD of abuse, go into business together.  Can they work together without scaring each other to death?

BREAKING PLASTIC

A Plastic Gun modder discovers a process for making toy guns lethal. To support her sister, she creates weapons for hitmen and is hunted by the FBI.

MURDER: TRANSLATED

A young boy is discovered as the mastermind of a child based assassination cult. To discover his motives, a book with an ancient language must be decoded.

DELIVERY

SynthBaby is the hottest new biotech product. Bio Ethicist John-Paul Douglas investigates and what he discovers could change humanity forever.

HOPE

A father loses his family to a drunk driver and unable to cope eventually turns to an artificial companion he names HOPE.

Compilation

The above are the short films I intend to produce in the nearterm. If you're interested, I would like to produce all nine together as a package, with extensive BTS materials, but this will require funding. If you want to be involved, let me know. 

Feature Films

Feature Trilogy 1 

( Sci-Fi/Thriller/Drama - Exists as: Full treatment, ready to be formatted into script ) - I know, that's vague, but I have to be from here out to protect my more valuable IPs. Think Blade Runner/Shadowrun/Matrix for look and feel, but very "street level". Explores a LOT of themes, including Morality, Corruption, and even Identity. The entire "story form" for the first film is complete, and is in treatment form. Concepts for the sequels are established. 

Feature Trilogy 2 

( Sci-Fi/Adventure/Drama - Exists as: Full treatment, ready to be formatted into script and has EXTENSIVE character and setting notes, nearly a novel worth ) - A bit more lighthearted and family friendly than most of my work, and would require a much higher budget than most independent films, but the payoff would be extensive in merchandising and video game tie in possibilities. Could be a VERY GOOD candidate for shooting in full 360 video. I am one of the first people in the world who was shooting 360 stills in 1997 when Apple came out with Quicktime VR. More on that later. The entire "story form" for the first film is complete, and is in treatment form. Concepts for the sequels are established.

TV Series

Series 1

I'm not announcing any details about the show yet except to say this. The entire 65 episode series is story formed and exists as titles and synopses. The main character is female. The genre mix has NEVER been done before, nor has the exact setting EVER been used before. Every detail down to the complete budget is complete and ready to go into pre-production. If you are someone or know someone who can fund a series, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Series 2

Yes, an entire second series is deep in development. Series 1 is pretty much ENTIRELY complete and ready to go into immediate production, so while I am working on funding for that, I am developing a second, unrelated series. All I will say at this point is that it is a near future alternate history grounded firmly in reality, and is not sci-fi or fantasy in any form. The most intense and mature audience of my properties. 

What's next? 

What? That's not enough? There's enough material up there to keep me busy for an entire career, and that's just the beginning. I create new concepts all the time, and if somehow all of that gets made/sold, I'll just make more. 

Monday, 30 March 2015 21:41

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Who I Am / What I Do

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My name is Ryan Siller, or "Uryaen", and I am a photographer and filmmaker. ryansept
 
For film making, I specialize in writing, directing and editing. You will see examples of my work under FILMS, I am currently in pre-production on a set of short films and planning stage for two feature trilogies and two major TV series. I am not announcing details about the series yet, but if you are interested in participating, send me an email. 
 
For Photography I specialize in MODEL, PRODUCT, and ARCHITECTURAL photography, in this case meaning location and studio shooting with models and products.
 
I have a fully state of the art digital workflow, from communication through contract, proofing and delivery.  I am member ASMP, PPA, Insured, and Reliable.
 

Contact

To get started, fill out the following form. If you're ready to give us more detail, you can go straight to the Product and Fashion form and I'll automatically have most of the details I'll need to give you a quote. 

For a comprehensive overview of my workflow process, see here
 
If you have questions, you can This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as well, but all jobs are generated through the above forms.

 

 

What Clients and Models are saying:

Client Reviews

“Ryan shot my music studio facility that had just opened up and I had placed a great deal of personal time and labor into the studios.  Ryan was able to bring a level of quality to the images that showcased the care that went into the facility...and the customers noticed!  He is a professional and it made all the difference in my sales at a critical time of business development.” - Sean Mackie, Austin Waveform

"Ryan completed the project on time, and under budget.

We didn’t realize how big our project was until Ryan sat down with us and showed us everything that went into a project like ours. Ryan was able to take our project from concept to completion in a short time with amazing results!

After seeing some of Ryan’s previous work we decided to go with him, a decision that has helped our company portray a much needed professional web presence!

Ryan worked with us on much more than we expected a “web designer” to! They helped us plan photo shoots and video integration, did a phenomenal job on making our graphics “fit” and the invoice project was properly quoted and all inclusive from the beginning, we knew what we were getting and what we were paying for. They are clearly accustomed to working with customers with high standards and tight schedules! Thank you!" - Jeremy Stillman, AR15Targets, INC

Model Reviews

“Ryan is absolutely wonderful to work with! He is very professional, and knows how to execute his vision with precision and creativity. Had a great time shooting with him!” - Kristy Lennox

“Uryaen was an absolute joy to work with. He has a very professional outlook but still manages to engage and entertain his models. There was never a dull moment and I’d highly recommend him for any type of project.” - Nicolette

Why Uryaen? Why use my Process?

Think of it this way: You're not just getting "better images" you're getting a better, and more secure, process.

For example, I am one of the only providers you will ever meet that has a "best practices" color profiling workflow, meaning that your images will ALWAYS have 100% correct color. You'll see an example of that below, but this means that I use a color chart to profile every image. This is not simply "color correcting" but snapping all colors in the image to 100% correct, no matter what the lighting in the scene is doing. 

So let's take a look at some of the benefits to using my process!

Better Images 

Here is a sample of one of my most popular modeling images. You will find the higher resolution version on the main portfolio.

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Note the realistic field of view, even, soft coloring, and dreamy finishing. 

Now look at a comparison to the basic shot without the "special sauce": 

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What a difference a few lights, some modifiers, and some know how makes. This is the difference that "Level of Production Value" makes. 

Such a process also produces images this dramatic:

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Level of Production

What is "Level of Production"?. You see, there is a huge difference between snapping a photo and creating an image. Anyone can sit a product in front of some lights and take one picture. It takes experience to know when you need a few dozen exposures and how to finish them.

Anyone can take a picture of a pretty girl. It takes a world class model photographer to create light where there is none, and turn a rainy morning into a sunny one. 

SECURITY

Security in a provider that is insured and bonded, and a member of PPA ( Professional Photographers of America ) and ASMP ( American Society of Media Photographers ) both of which have standards bodies.

Security in a proven provider who takes EVERY step of the process 100% of the way, and shortcuts NOTHING ( See reviews on the about page of this site ). When I needed to create a Kickstarter campaign for a Trading Card Game I designed, I did a WORLD CLASS job at every single last pixel and word. Just take a look at the Kickstarter page here where you will see quotes and participation from some of the most famous names in games and art. 

You will also see the TWO full length, 4K productions I created ( the link to the trailer on the KS page is broken, but both are on my channel here ) , each of which was months of planning and execution. Such a provider isn't going to shortcut YOU either. 

The above also serves as proof of my ability to single handedly oversee and execute full scale commercial projects. 

Security in reliability. Many providers don't show up, or show up late, or smoke in the job site, or bring friends, or track mud ( I always wear medical shoe covers in private houses and do not set my tripod in dirt )

Security in knowing that the job will be completed as stated, on time every time for a fair but reasonable price point. 

The Process

My process is also 100% secure, private, and upholds a core set of standards that you'll rarely see in conventional providers. We'll cover that as we go along. 

I promise that the time you spend filling out this form will be worth it in saved time later.

Let's get started

The Uryaen Process

A word on The Process

The following is a detailed account of the various "photography sins" you will encounter with less reputable providers. I provide this information as an education on what kinds of things to look for when hiring a photographer. 

Once you have read through it you will have an appreciation for the thought and experience that goes into my productions. 

First, if you're used to amateur photographers with hourly or “day rates" this process might be a little daunting to you. If you ARE used to working with professionals, I apologize for the occasional clarifications along the way.

The good news is that you'll only need to do this process with me ONCE. 

On Pricing Structure

My pricing structure is based on industry standard commercial pricing. This means that my fee is called a "combined creative and usage fee" and everything else is billed at standard third party costs, and there is zero markup on all third party expenses. The actual final project is likely to be predictable to within a couple hundred dollars, but until I know a LOT about your project, we can't know for sure how much of what resources will be required. 

I promise you that if you get a photographer that just spits out a day or hour rate, they are putting NO thought into your project/needs, and are still operating like an amateur.

Depending on how you found me, or how we first contacted, you might not have had time to review my portfolio or skills, and your experience with photographers might be limited to "Craigslist Photographers" who may or may not be quality providers.

If you want some insight into my pricing practices, request my "Schedule of fees for Commercial Photography" PDF. It contains minute details about how your project is broken down and priced. 

Next we need to look at the difference my process makes and why you should care. 

In my extensive research into local ads, I have seen every amateur sin a photographer can commit. Why is this a problem? You get what you pay for. I have an extensive listing what I consider 

11 CORE STANDARDS ( or "fails" ) of Photography

You will see almost ALL of them failed in most providers locally.

In short, they are:

1 - Use of "kit" Lenses - The first is the use of a “kit" lens. This is NOT ok. I use any of several 77mm-82mm size lenses, from primes in 14,24,35,85 to even the Canon 70-200mm IS USM II L F2.8 and 100mm Macro L. Specialized lenses can be rented for any job.

If a photographer uses a kit lens, stay away. They ABSOLUTELY don't know what they're doing and are likely using a cheap “consumer DLSR" camera which probably will not serve your needs. I am currently running with a Canon 5D MK III with custom firmware. 

Why You Should Care - Using a kit lens greatly lowers the overall image quality of your final image, and in all but very specific cases, "kit lenses" only work on crop sensor cameras, which do not have pro quality sensors. They are also not usually in the focal length that is appropriate for your product or model. 

A kit lens on a crop body will not look like a professional image, regardless of what the photography blogs try to make you believe. 

2 - Blown Highlights - After kit lenses, this is the other MAJOR sin, and it's the most common by far. You see it in nearly EVERY shot in EVERY ad online from cheap providers. But what is it and why is it bad?

Highlights are the area of a photo represented by the brightest and whitest pixels, usually light sources. It's actually NOT ok for these to be all one color or as we say “blown out" meaning that there is no detail in that area. This is something that's easy to deal with, but inexperienced or lazy photographers don't.

You usually see this in shiny objects, or white plastic. Sometimes a product will simply "white out" to the background, and this just looks terrible, and limits your retouching options. The CORRECT way to do this isn't really that hard, it just takes time.

Why You Should Care - Losing detail limits your options with an image, and it just SCREAMS "amateur". There are many fauxtographers who will tell you "it's my art" for it to look that way, but there is never a legitimate reason to do this on purpose in camera. Professional photography is about OPTIONS, and this severely limits your options. 

3 - Failing to take enough exposures - One shot is never enough, because highlights and specular will come out varied over different exposures. Not only do you need to do different exposures, but you usually need to move the lights to get even lighting all around.

There is also cases of shot types such as models, where you will see a VAST difference in the emotion from one shot to the next ( there are some other "secret sauce" reasons for taking extra exposures with models as well ), or architecture shots where the light is just SLIGHTLY different but makes a world of difference in the final shot. We call it “coverage" and it's important. 

The inverse, and equally appalling sin is just firing off THOUSANDS of images, the way inexperienced wedding photographers often do, but it's critical to get “enough".

Why You Should Care - This depends, but is another example of losing OPTIONS. Not having enough "coverage" severely limits your options, and may result in the need for a reshoot, which will cost you more in the end. I don't take THOUSANDS of images, but I take enough to get the shot. 

4 - Incorrect Composition - A slightly less terrible sin than the first three but the first thing I notice afterward. Most what we call “fauxtographers" will put almost no thought into composition. Shooting a product is very much like shooting a model, there are correct and incorrect angles and focal lengths. A provider shooting a product or model with a wide angle lens should not be shooting products or models at all.

Why You Should Care - Once again, options. Cropping can save you to a DEGREE, but you lose resolution in the final image rapidly the more you crop. Plus the relationship of foreground and background elements vary with different compositions, and simply cropping won't affect that. 

5 - Lack of Staging - What looks good in real life isn't what works from the perspective of the camera.

This can include issues such as proper background color, specular spill, which is when you see reflections of the color of the background or other objects around you on the thing you're photographing, which is why you need a LOT of room to photograph things like objects or models in a studio, proper angles, distance, dust issues, forgetting to show a feature of something, etc.

You see this kind of issue most often with “hourly rate" photographers, because the client wants it done within a certain amount of time, so instead of doing it right, they do it quickly.

Why You Should Care - A really good example of this is food photography. Which looks better, an image of a bottle sitting there looking dry and room temperature, or a bottle ( assuming it's supposed to be served this way ) that looks ice cold, and has water and ice dripping down it? In almost all cases, the manufacturer of that bottle will want the illusion of wet and cold, and I know how to provide that ( hint: neither the water nor the ice is "natural" ).

Wine bottles look better next to a poured glass, or some grapes. A computer mouse looks best on a sleek pad, on a glass table, with the keyboard in view in the corner. 

The bottom line is that sometimes proper staging can take a GOOD image and make it GREAT. 

6 - Lack of Color Profiling - This is not “color correcting". although it is related. Color profiling allows ALL of the colors of an image to be adjusted to be correct, not just white balance. This means showing the camera a color chart at EVERY shoot, and using that to snap all colors into 100% consistent.

I do this with every shoot I do, and that's why my colors are so amazing. Look at the vibrant, realistic color of my portfolio vs. the average flat, monotonous, cold color of most images locally.

Here is a shot showcasing the device that I use to profile colors.

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Why You Should Care - This is one of those black and white "if your photographer isn't color profiling, fire them" things. You CANNOT deliver images with controlled, correct colors unless you profile on the spot.

It is completely unforgivable for a photographer to NOT be color profiling, and if they're not, run away. Seriously. Of all things on this list, THIS is the one you should use as the test of whether to run from this provider. 

For some shoots, the client can sit at my computer and watch the images come in and be color profiled automatically! THAT'S a proper color workflow. 

7 - Not Using Off Camera Light - This is true of ALL forms of photography. If your photographer doesn't know how to use off camera speed lights, strobes, and modifiers, they shouldn't be charging clients. This is related to the "Blown Highlight" issue.

You will see a lot of fauxtographers who advertise that they are “natural light photographers". There is no such thing. They're just lazy or too inexperienced to sculpt and bend light to their will. Don't get me wrong, there are some beautiful and amazing images out there that did not use off camera light, but those images were not taken by “natural light photographers".

I have a large number of both speed lights with various modifiers and studio strobes with modifiers. Any type of lighting set up required, I can do. 

Why You Should Care - Because "long exposure" is for amateurs. Because sculpting light properly is a requirement of 100% of all commercial photographs. 

8 - Not Shooting Tethered - If you're not familar with the concept, tethered shooting refers to having the camera physically linked to a device such as a computer, tablet, or even phone, and sending either full RAW or JPG images to the device immediately upon capture. 

This allows a second party, such as an assistant, MUA, or the client to monitor the shoot without the photographer having to stop and show the images. With modern wireless tethering, there is literally NEVER an excuse to NOT be tethered, and is a pretty sure sign of an inexperiened provider. 

Even on a model test shoot, I use a wireless tether to a tablet, and my assistant captures the images as they come in, alerting me to issues, flagging keepers, showing the model, etc. 

Why You Should Care - Tethering allows you to monitor the shoot in real time. Need I go on? 

9 - Not Post Processing Images Correctly - This encompasses several sub categories of things that should drive you crazy if you're paying someone to photograph something.

Some common mistakes include:

  • Forgetting to color profile
  • Not using color grading tools
  • Not cropping or aligning the image – Not EVERY single pixel of an image is required, and usually we crop to bring attention to what we want the viewer to focus on. Also, not aligning the image to be straight is just straight up amateur.
  • Not understanding how the histogram works – which is why you see images with varied levels of exposure in the same set. They are obviously using automatic modes on the camera, and if you're actually charging clients and still using automatic modes . . . let's just say that's bad, very very bad.
  • Not editing images for things like objects or people in the frame.
  • Any of dozens of other little issues you will learn to spot as you view ads.

Why You Should Care - Because even if an image was captured perfectly, it still has to be processed properly, and one of two things happens with a pro: They either finish the image themselves, or hire a third party to finish it because that party has techniques or styles we want. Amateurs will tell you they can do ANYTHING, and will deliver sub par results either way.

10 - Charging by the hour - Professional photographers do not structure their finances around "labor". Regardless of how many hours it takes to accomplish something, it is both antagonistic and counter productive to bill "by the hour". Many inexperienced clients ask for this, but you shouldn't. 

The actual list of reasons why is so long, it's beyond the scope of this page, but I'll give you the most important one: Perception. 

If a photographer quotes too much per hour, they are afraid that you will panic upon seeing the actual bill, and thus they're hoping to just rack up as much as possible. 

If they quote too little, they will have to purposely drag their feet, and draw out the project as long as possible, and that's not good for either party. 

Clients who see a large "per hour" charge will be inclined to rush the photographer, and that never results in quality work. 

A professional KNOWS how long it takes to accomplish a project, and will figure out the costs accordingly. Further, professional level photography results are all in the "planning, experience, and execution", and not valued by how many literal minutes it takes. It's actually valued based on usage, but we'll cover all that in the Client Intake Form

A couple of notes to get out of the way: Yes, a commercial photographer is likely to cost more per hour than your attorney, but you can't think of it that way. Attorneys and Photographers have completely different work flows and goals, and thus, the pricing structure does not lend itself to "per hour" structure. 

Therefore, once you get the final quote, it might feel a bit sticker shock-y, but you will KNOW what you're to expect for it, whereas an hourly agreement can really only end in one of two ways: The provider feels shorted for doing a good job quickly, or the client feels cheated because the provider took a certain amount of time, and the client doesn't agree that it should have taken that long. 

This is the exact and primary reason why photographers have such a hard time with "trust". You won't have that issue with me. 

Why You Should Care - Even if you set out to find quotes on a per hour basis, you should IMMEDIATELY STOP doing that, and also immediately reject all photographers who respond to quote requests with "day" or "hour" rates, as they are putting no thought or experience into your project, and do you really want your brand or company represented so cynically? 

It also encourages providers to invent prices per client, if they think they can get away with it. 

My pricing structure is complex, but easy to navigate, and the same for all clients. The variables are how involved the project is, and what the usage rights are. It's all quite straightforward. 

11 - Operating like an Amateur - I want to say “operating like a punk", because that's really what we're seeing. Someone who charges you money, and then does such a poor job that you see several or all of the above fails, shouldn't be allowed to operate for money at all. Sadly, most ad examples exude EVERY one of the above issues, in Real Estate images especially, which means that the photographer is lazy, inexperienced, and disingenuous.

Why You Should Care - By hiring me, not only are you getting someone who operates with precision and perfection, but is also experienced in several related forms of professional photography, and can arrange almost anything.

I won't sugar coat it: my work is not cheap. I do not advertise, nor do I work for "cheap". My work is "commercial level", but my pricing is very fair. I'm also open to trades or business credit. I'm ALWAYS buying gear, so anything we can work out that benefits me is usually ok.

If the above is acceptable, and you're ready to give me a try, fill out this form, and I'll be right with you, 24/7. Seriously, you need a shoot and it's 3am? I'm the guy.

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Monday, 30 March 2015 21:40

The Workflow Process

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Uryaen Productions Client Workflow

For those of you who would like a step by step walk through of my process, here it is! If you emailed me out of the blue, I likely sent you here. Don't worry, it's a fairly involved but straightforward process. 

So what does this page cover?

We're going to talk about the two halves of a client/provider interaction. Your needs and requirements, and mine. This process will walk you through step by step how to obtain a quote, hire me for a commercial project, and avoid problems along the way. 

Step 1 - Need

You've decided or realized that you have a need, and seek a solution. 

That's the most important step of this process. 

Step 2 - Identify Your Requirements

This process works best if you spend some time really identifying what you need to accomplish. I need to know a LOT LOT LOT of details, and I have forms to help us get through that, but you need to have a strong idea of the following major issues before contacting me: 

1 - What is the project scope? Are you creating an advertising campaign and need several very high detail images of products, models, and certain locations all together, in something that will require a crew of 12, four days to shoot, and several weeks to produce? Or do you just need one image of one product on a white background? Scope means the overall level of production that your project will require, and you don't have to determine this, I will inform you what is required after I have all of the details, but you do need to have an idea of what to expect because this will greatly affect the overall budget and timeline. 

Note on "Should only take 30 mins" types of inquiries - I see this in A LOT of ads online. Prospects describe their project as something that will "only take 30 mins" or maybe "will only take an hour". There is no such thing. 

With product photography, I can't see doing a PROPER project in less than about 8 hours, and that's with at least that many hours into communication, planning and booking the shoot, and another equal chunk for post processing, and that's average. Larger projects can take WEEKS of production. If your project truly IS a half hour deal, it's probably not something that will benefit from the use of a professional anyway. It takes 60-90 minutes just to get all my gear unloaded and set up. Anyone who does little more than take a camera out of a bag, ready to go, and snap a few pictures of a product already just sitting there is just a documentary photographer, and not a commercial product photographer. 

For a recent example, I produced this 100 image collection of Monster High dolls. From planning, purchasing supplies, testing, ( especially the water tank ), shooting, and organizing and post processing, this project took about 350-380 hours over about 2.5 months. If you are looking for a project THAT massive, and need images THAT high of quality, it's going to take that long, and my fees at that level start at $250 per image. This means that my fees alone for a project of that level would be $25k at least. Add another several grand in costs. But just take a look! Wouldn't you find this level of quality worth it? 

( The following is just a tiny sample of the complete 100 image set )

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I say this in multiple places in this process, but I don't charge by the hour, and even if I did, you're not going to save money trying to convince me to work for only 30 minutes, even if the reality of physics allowed such things. 

Special note on "White Background Product" Photography - I get a lot of inquiries for this, and there is a lot of misconception. There are a few people who look at white background images and believe this simply involves placing an object on a white sheet or table and taking a picture. While you CAN do that, nothing could be further from the truth, and properly executed commercial product photos with white background are some of the most involved and expensive type we can do, and this will be reflected in the final fee. 

2 - What is the overall level of "production VALUE" that your project will require? This is how "high quality" the final product is, and is mostly a function of BUDGET. Many prospects email around to providers and just ask for rates.

THIS IS THE WRONG APPROACH. 

This dangerous thinking is how you get clients burned by providers who can't perform to the level of expectation, and how you get providers quitting jobs because the client mislead ( even unintentionally ) the provider on what they expected for the price. 

I have a very thorough process that assures that we both understand what is being produced. 

For now, what you need to think about is whether YOUR audience requires or cares about very high production value. If you're selling products on Amazon and just need basic images this won't affect you much, but if you are needing photography for a full page ad in a national, glossy magazine, or to use as the main product image on your primary public facing site, these are going to be very different levels of production. 

Step 3 - Contact me 

I know it sounds simple, but this is actually a very complex part of the process. If you're just sending form emails to every amateur provider in town, I probably won't be responding. I do not "bid" for projects, when the prospect clearly shows no interest in my work, and is just "price shopping" for the lowest bid. 

I will always quote a FAIR price, and one that is in line with what professionals charge, but is never going to be the LOWEST bid in town. I do not strive for, nor care to be the lowest bid.

You don't go into an Infiniti dealership and ask them to bid a Q70 against the price of a Saturn S. You will note that Saturn went out of business. If you're looking for photos for a dollar each, you're in the wrong place. My pricing is fair, but definitely does not go below $50 per image even for regional usage. 

I have many qualifications, meaning that my work is worth a certain level, and a lot of overhead that amateur providers do not. This is part of the "safety" of hiring a professional, and we'll get into that in a moment. For now, the next step of the process is to fill out the form on my site pertaining to your required project type. The main form is for fashion, product and architectural projects, which are most commercial projects, and that is located here.

Please do not send me a one line email asking for my rates, as I will likely ignore you, and at best I will direct you to the form. Even my smallest projects take dozens of hours, and the biggest project I did recently took about 380 hours to produce 100 beautiful product images. 

So first you go here

Step 3a - THE CLIENT INTAKE FORM

This is the master form I use to start all projects. To avoid confusion it is required. I do not book projects unless the prospect has filled out this form. It goes over a bit more about my process, and gathers the required information. Again, if you're just looking for the lowest bid, and are not looking to hire me due to my reputation and work, then don't bother. I don't "bid", and I never "compete for bids". Any photographer who does has no respect for their own work, and also isn't producing unique work. I do, therefore, I can afford to be picky about clients. 

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Just part of the "Client Intake Form" above. 

A Note on Deadlines - Please understand that commercial photography requires a significant amount of time to plan, gather materials and crew or talent, execute the shoot, and post process. The sooner your deadline, the higher the cost for the project. Realistically, plan for the shoot date to be at least two or three weeks from the day you submit your quote request, and this depends on a massive variety of factors, but larger commercial campaigns can take MONTHS. Please plan accordingly and the sooner you send me the above information, the better. I virtually never accept projects with deadlines in less than a week, and that's for only the most basic possible shoots. Since I require about half payment upfront AND have a waiting period for projects to start, this means you need to get right on this if you have a very tight deadline. 

Step 4 - Provider Evaluation and Additional Information

For someone used to just asking for prices and looking at "bids" this is going to look like a lot, but it's all required information before I can even BEGIN to craft a quote. 

You see, there are literally DOZENS of individual parameters, issues, variables and items that make up a quote, and the scope and production value of a project can greatly affect the pricing of things like locations, studio costs, rentals, crew, my "creative fee", usage licenses, and other expenses. 

It's a major undertaking to look at your needs and craft a MEANINGFUL quote, not just spit out a number and hope you say yes. Just crafting a proper quote takes at least two hours, and if I spent all my time doing this for prospects that never book, I'd be out of business in a hurry, so you have to understand that the quote process starts with you giving me the info I need so that I can help you make an informed decision. 

At this point, I carefully review your answers, and here is when I start to put together a skeleton quote or two, just to give myself an idea of what your project entails. 

To give you an idea of all of the MAJOR categories of items I have to account for in a basic quote, this is a list of the checkboxes I have to work with for a Photography quote. I have another entire list to add to this for Cinematography:

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Once I create a basic quote, I don't send it yet. First, I gather more information through the process of client interview. I will ask additional questions, and depending upon the scope of the project, this process can be anything from one more email to two weeks worth of emails and meetings. 

Step 5 - The Quote and Agreement

Finally, after what will feel like an EXHAUSTIVE process, you get your quote. Your quote is based on a massive number of items that I have likely spent HOURS thinking through and researching, and is not taken lightly. 

Any photographer who simply throws out a "I charge $XXX.XX an hour" first of all isn't operating professionally or even ethically, and absolutely isn't doing so with ANY thought at all into your needs or problems. 

At this point, I have created one or more quotes to choose from. These quotes are based on both my real expenses, and my standard fees, and are not simply invented out of thin air. The Usage Fee is often the biggest variable, as is the level of production value. 

I will enter all of this information into the system, and I will see the following screen:

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This screen has five components: 

The Client - Your name and email address are tied to this. Once I have finished my work here, you are sent the entire package to review via the system itself to your email address. 

The Quotes - Usually there's only one, but I MAY sometimes submit more than one. Please note that the additional quotes are for varying levels of production value, not "price" and are different quotes. I have an actual "price sheet" that shows the actual dollar amount that all of the above either costs me, or that I charge, but I do not publish this as it does not reflect a "menu" of items to choose from, and is simply how I build a quote. I'm happy to share this list if you wish to review it. 

The Payment Schedules - Almost all projects are set to a Retainer 50, Net ROD, which means that the remainder is due at ( technically right before ) final delivery. The vast majority of projects work like this, and it's pretty industry standard. If you're used to working with photographers who are such big flakes that you have to withhold the entire payment until you receive the final images, you won't have to worry about that from me, plus I absolutely do not work that way. 

My contract has a lot of details about this, but I require not less than a 50% retainer, and for smaller jobs, it's usually 100%. I SPEND more to complete most jobs than lower end providers charge, so I can't allow prospects to book jobs without some security. 

I also do not deliver final images before final invoice is paid. There's more information about this as we go along, but that's the rule. 

The Attached Questionnaires - I usually don't use them at this point, as by the time I'm quoting, I feel that I know everything I need to know. 

The Contract - My contract is extensive. I won't sugar coat, it's going to take you a while to read through it. I will provide a PDF of the latest version if you wish to review it before getting this far into the process, but every single item is there because of long experience, and none are optional. I also DO NOT use contracts provided by clients. I will add any items that you require that I feel are not "unfair" ( such as demanding worldwide perpetual copyright without paying a fair fee for it ) but I ONLY book projects with my system and my contract. 

The contract covers a VERY wide gamut of situations, and it's very unlikely that all of them will apply to you. Ignore sections that do not apply to you but please do not send me hate mail about it. 

When you get your email, you will see a link, and it will send you to a page that has either three or four tabs and looks like this:

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Scroll down to see the actual embedded quote itself, or quotes if applicable. You will select this button if you approve this quote. 

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Before you do, scroll to the bottom of the quote window and review the variables, and make sure that they line up with what you agreed to. If you have questions, don't click anything, just email and ask me. 

This is it. The moment you've been waiting for. If this all looks like what you agreed to, and you wish to book the project, go back up and hit that "SELECT QUOTE" button to be taken to the PAYMENT SCHEDULE tab. 

Here you will either select or acknowledge the payment terms. I always offer a choice of half down, or all down. If you pay ALL down, you get lots of nice bonuses, usually extra images, faster project time, anything else I feel I can throw in. It's worth it. With POA I also submit proofs without large watermarks, which makes the delivery process easier for you. Ultimately you will be required to pay the final invoice before the final images are released to you, so it's an option I offer. 

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Once you select your PAYMENT SCHEDULE, you are taken to the CONTRACT:

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You will see a message informing you to sign your contract, and you will see the QUOTE embedded here as well. The ENTIRE quote becomes part of the permanent record of the contract, and is considered an attachment. As per that contract, if you require additional work or deliverables NOT mentioned or covered by the contract, that will most likely be considered an addon, and will be charged as such.

Once you have carefully reviewed the entire agreement and contract, scroll to the bottom and electronically sign it. Just enter your name. You will see later that the contract is stored with extensive metadata that is permanently stored in a cloud service, and constitutes a legally binding agreement. 

NOTE on Email Communication - At this point a special BCC address is created for the project. I require that ALL official communications for the project are done through email and include this address. The contract has extensive details about this. 

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Finally you are shown the actual payment screen. In my original form I send you, I ask you what form of payment you intend to use, and by this point, you will have been shown the parts of the contract that deal with this. I prefer certain forms of payment, and there absolutely IS a waiting period for most of them. This is all covered in those documents, or just ask me for those details. 

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If you are paying via check or wire transfer, you will want to do that immediately, as I have a strict rule about when production begins on a project, and that rule is that it begins FIVE business days after receiving the cleared funds for the retainer.  I DO NOT accept PayPal, at all. Finally, CC is a great option, and one that most clients take. There are fees, and I do not cover the fees. I will add 3% to the total in the final invoice if you pay via CC. CC payments are processed through Square, and are available to me one or two business days after payment, which means that you need to pay the retainer at least 7 days prior to the desired project start date.

In any case, I encourage you to click on the "view sales order" link and bookmark that page. It shows you everything, and allows you to deal with invoices directly:

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Let's look at what happens if you decide to pay via Wire Transfer, which I encourage. 

First you go to this screen:

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Actual wire transfer instructions are included in the above page, but removed from this example. 

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You enter your estimated date ( I HIGHLY encourage you to get to it that day, as Wire Transfers CAN be delayed ), and you can enter a message, but it's not required. I have seen international wires go through in three HOURS, so it CAN be a fast way to get going, and the fees are reasonable. 

In any of the above cases, payment fees are the responsibility of the client, and I encourage full payment up front as it tends to slightly reduce the payment fees.

At this stage, you are essentially DONE. 

Note - Please remember that the project is not considered booked until I have the retainer payment in hand and clear. I also do not sign the contract at my end UNTIL the retainer payment is clear. If you need the project to start immediately upon signing of contract, you need to use paper cash, as all other forms of payment take time. 

Wow, that was a big stage, and we're just getting warmed up!

Step 6 - Pre-Production

After the mandatory five day waiting period for the retainer, I will begin the process of pre-production. If you require production to begin sooner than this, I CAN accommodate this, but you will have to meet certain requirements: 

Short Notice and Same Day Pre-Production or Production Requirements

Short notice is any project that must commence photographic activity within five business days of booking. 

Payment must be made IN FULL for entire project.

Payment must be FULLY cleared and available. This means you're most likely going to have to do a wire transfer, or paper cash. Checks cannot be used as they are not considered CLEARED for at least ten business days. Cash is considered accepted when accepted by my bank.

The requirements of the job must not include equipment rental or ANY third party crew, as I do not book crew on such short notice. Exception can be made but crew will likely require a SIGNIFICANT extra payment. 

Studio shoots require booking the studio, and current policy is that I do not even INQUIRE about availabilty at the studio until payment is made. This is to protect the integrity of my relationship with local studios from prospects who are just "window shopping". Once you commit, we'll get it done. 

If you have a project requiring work to begin in less than five days, but not same day, use a CC, pay the entire quote plus 3% for CC fee, and add an additional 7% for a "rush" fee. This will add 10% total to the base quote, and I will waive the five day waiting period and begin production 2 ( TWO ) days after payment. Short notice projects are not eligible for any discounts.

For literal SAME day service, I will probably not go through the entire quote process, as that process eats up hours of time, and simply book the production and head out. You will have to have cash on hand, and the amount will reflect a 100% upcharge to the CCUF and my expenses for same day service. This helps to compensate for the lowered scope of a same day production. 

In most cases, the initial quote does not cover the entire scope of the production, and as I say in many places, please plan to set aside 25-35% or more of the quote amount for the final invoice. This is usually the case if the client requests additional scope of service that cannot easily be absorbed by the original quote. This is less likely to be an issue with VERY short notice projects, but you will need to be prepared to render the final invoice before the final images are released. 

Plan accordingly. 

What does pre-production entail?

We need to address many things at this stage:

First, if the project required the purchase of any equipment this is taken care of first. If any needs to be rented, this is booked once we know the shoot days. 

On Equipment Rentals - For most productions, I highly recommend rental of backup camera bodies and lenses. In some cases, we rent lenses or specialized lighting that we don't carry. In all cases, I book at least one extra day at each end of a rental, to help absorb any scheduling issues. The larger and more involved the project, the MORE days I will book the rental gear. 

Equipment Usage Fees - For all projects, I charge a reasonable equipment fee as well for the wear and tear of my owned gear. This is industry standard, and the rate is below the rental rate of a rental company. My fee for use of primary camera body and up to three lenses is $200 per shoot day. This is below market for rental equipment. As of this writing, Lensrentals pricing for this set of equipment is $300 per day. This is not a fee or profit center, this is to cover the wear and tear on my equipment to allow for replacement every year or two. If shooting at my home studio, I stlll charge the fee, but I don't charge it PER day. Most of the time, I will charge it flat. For massive projects such as the example Monster High 100 image, 350+ hour project, my equipment usage fee might be closer to ten rental days worth. Plan accordingly. 

Crew Fees - If any third party crew are required, and for all but the smallest jobs they are, they are booked and paid a retainer out of the budget. The retainers paid to third party crew and providers are NEVER refundable if the project is cancelled, regardless of reason. This is to protect my reputation with local crews and providers. They are not privvy to the details of a job, and will have to reconfigure their schedule. Therefore, once they are paid, that money is gone, no matter what happens. Please plan accordingly. 

Product Handling - If this is a product shoot, I will request the product be either shipped to, or brought to me. In most cases, I will request that you bring more than one copy of each product, for various reasons. If it is a prototype or one off, I will request that you make available a close analogue for test shooting. 

Remaining Details - I will narrow down the details of the project, including the content of images or videos, and dates for different stages of the production ( which are NOT booked until the retainer is cleared and step 6 is started ). 

If the project will require location permits, shooting permits, security officers, or other third party items, this needs to be set up at this point. 

For most projects, pre-production is about a one week deal. For much larger projects, it can last for several weeks. For very small scope projects it is only a day or so, but it's a very important step to assure that actual production goes smoothly. 

Once I determine that I have everything I need to enter production, we'll book the actual shooting days. This is a hugely involved process, and this is why I cannot simply book a "shoot day" right off the bat. 

Step 7 - Production

This is the largest step of the process, and the details of it are too variable for this tutorial, but you can read through the contract for a lot of information about how I operate. 

I try to under promise and over deliver. Circumstances do not always allow this, and the more people involved in a project the less control I have over it and thus the more likely there is to be problems, but normally, you will get more than I quote initially. 

If you require that yourself or your employee be present at a shoot EVENT, please make sure that you are free to schedule it on the agreed upon day. I have several rules for this. See contract. 

There is no need to bring memory cards, hard drives, or removable media to my productions, as I have a very strict rule. I do not capture to client owned media, and I do not allow client owned media to attach to my computers or cameras. There are NO exceptions to this policy. For projects where an EXCEPTIONAL amount of storage is required, such as multi-day cinema shoots where I shoot .raw files, I will build the cost of the media into the production. Under NO CIRCUMSTANCES are Uryaen Productions used media EVER released to anyone. NO exceptions. 

This is absolutely NOT a place for you to save money because you already have a memory card. This is a security issue. I do not bend on this one bit. 

"Production Days" are defined as 6 hours production time, with a 1 hour break, and 1 hour set up and striking. Shoots may be quoted as more or less.

For shoots where time is a factor, I WILL require the rental of backup camera bodies, lenses, and media. If you waive this, you are waiving the right to invoke reshoots or refunds should an equipment failure cause the shoot to not occur for the day. It's a minor cost for larger jobs. 

I may require third party security depending on the location and details of the shoot. For outdoor shoots with rented gear, or shoots with female models outdoors, I will require it. It's also a reasonably small additional fee. 

I encourage you to be familiar with my harassment and conduct policies, as they do affect the fulfillment of the contract. 

Once all of the production required for the project is captured, it is reviewed, and post-production can begin. 

Step 8 - Post-Production

Post consists of several steps itself, and depends on what types of activities production involved. We'll use photography as an example, as it's the most common job type. 

Once I have safely secured my equipment and all rental equipment, and assured the safe return of all crew and talent, I will allow for image review. In VERY rare cases, I will do this same day, but most productions I will shoot wireless tethered anyway, so you will have the chance to see images as they are created. If you are not represented at the shoot, I will determine if the shoot yielded acceptable results. 

I will injest all files into my post production workflow, which is a separate process also involving many steps. ( As you can see, I am all about "best practices" and workflows that are consistent and sustainable )

For most projects, I wll make a first round of "PICKS", and do very basic color and sharpness processing, and then upload these to my studio management system, which creates a beautiful gallery for you to review. 

This gallery will say "CLIENT NAME - PRODUCTION - DATE - PROOF" and is password protected. You will receive an email with those instructions but this is what the gallery looks like. Neat huh?

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You will use the info in the email to login and make your picks. You don't even have to send me an email to tell me which images you chose, because I can see a list generated via the system. Copy the password provided in the email. 

Once you click on the button in the email, you are sent here:

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Paste the password here. 

You are presented with a full screen, large format gallery of the proofs for your project. 

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Beautiful huh? The layout's not bad either. 

If you mouseover each picture, you will see a heart icon. You may also see other icons, but we'll cover those in DELIVERY. For now carefully review and choose the number of images that the contract states you are entitled. Please select carefully, as I will only finish the number of images that the contract states, unless I make other arrangements. The first time you do this, you are prompted for your email address. By entering it, you are creating a saved "cart" of images I can then look up and know which ones to finish. Note that your actual proofing gallery will be heavily watermarked. 

It's all very elegant, and leaps and bounds faster and more reliable than the old ways. 

Once you have clicked on your PICKS, you are done. You will see a heart icon at the top of the screen now showing a red number. If you click on that, it will reduce the gallery to only your picks. Verify that your choices are correct and the correct number. The system does not notify me that you DID click some picks, as it allows you to finalize your choices first. Just send me a quick note to say you're done, and I'll take it from there. 

step 9 - Copyright

The final step of post production pre-delivery is the copyrighting of all of the deliverable images. This step doesn't take very long, but it is required before I can deliver the final images. All images are copyrighted Uryaen Productions. You will not be allowed to use the images in any capacity outside of the scope of the agreement. You will also not be allowed to attempt to copyright the images yourself, or display them with a copyright notice that is anything other than "Uryaen Productions". 

If you paid for full buyout, or copyright, you will be given the images directly. I can walk you through copyright, or for a small fee, I can handle the filing for you. 

Step 10 - Delivery

Here it is, the last stage. 

Delivery works mostly the same way that the last stage works. I will create the FINAL deliverable images, and upload them to a new delivery gallery. The finals are uploaded and watermarked assuming the final invoice has not been paid. If you have paid, it won't be.

You will need to review and sign off on the final images, and then remit the final payment. Once you do I will send you the PIN to download the full resolution images without watermark. If you need to review the final, non watermarked images before you can approve them for use, you will need to remit final payment. There are no exceptions. Releasing the final, non watermarked images removes the ability to control the images. The actual resolution of the released images depends on the usage agreement as well. Full resolution images are only released when PRINT is part of the CCUF. 

You have 48 hours from the time you receive the email to approve the final images. If you do not, I will assume that the images are approved, and the project will be closed out. The project folder on my computer will be .rared and archived. This will forfeit the one round of minor edit clause, and there will be a small fee to unarchive files and make additional changes.

The contract covers what happens at this point as well, and assuming all went smoothly, we are essentially done. 

The final step is that I will send you a final ( SHORT, I promise ) form to allow you a chance to leave me a review. This review is published only on my own site, and not anywhere else, therefore there are no "star ratings" or incentives or other abusive silliness, just an honest, normal review. 

Further production or support is subject to the contract and proposal terms, and I'm always up for another, so let's head back to the top and do it again!

Monday, 30 March 2015 21:40

Monitor - The Short Film

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Uryaen Productions Presents: 

MONITOR - The Short Film

Now in pre-production, shooting NOW.

See the site here

Monitor

A Short film by Uryaen

“Stolen footage film genre”

Two parents and one child are missing.

Police report indicates that there is almost no evidence, and that the victims, including child, were never found . . .       

The only pieces of evidence are the recordings of a child monitor in the bedroom of the little girl detailing the events of the final five nights.  

Each night, a little girl alone in her room talks to no one in particular about her day, her friends, her toys, her parents . . .  

Early on her stories are completely innocent, but eventually she recounts various songs, parables, and poems. It all seems normal on the surface, but something about her isn't right. An unheard voice begins to question her, lead her, and manipulate her.  

What she does on the final night will haunt your dreams.

DETAILS

Monitor is a standalone short film coming later in 2015 from Uryaen Productions and will be submitted to film festivals. 

 

Monday, 30 March 2015 21:39

Architectural Portfolio

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URYAEN Architectural PORTFOLIO

FOR DETAILS ABOUT HIRING, SEE THE WORKFLOW PROCESS.

PLEASE NOTE - This section is under heavy redesign. I have shot some new architectural material this year, and intend to shoot quite a bit more before I release the new portfolio. Until then, feel free to contact me for details if you have a need. 

The following are all Uryaen Productions images, and for now, I'm keeping this portfolio pretty short, but look for new images soon! 

NOTE - While there are few client images, and few good looking examples ( other than the first one ), I am fully trained in all modern Architectural Techniques, including light painting and Twilight Composites. I have all world class production workflow, including using a wireless tethering system, multiple speed lights, various modifiers and gels, a 12' crane, and my world class color processing. Please don't let the lack of "architectural photography" chase you off. I'm looking for a WORTHY subject to feature here. If you have a Real Estate listing, or a recent architecture project, fill out this form and I'll get right back to you. Please do not email me directly until after you have filled out the form, as I will direct you to the form. 

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I am fully trained in world class architectural photography techniques, I don't simply dabble in it. Fill out this form to get started, and I'll prove it. 

Also Available: 360 degree Panoramic images:

Uryaen is one of the FOREMOST founders of this photography style, and can provide shots from 1997 of the Siegfried & Roy Secret Garden, the ONLY photographer of the era allowed to shoot in this location.

I can do a very high quality 360 fairly quickly using a non Fish Eye lens and manual bracket, or if demand is high enough, I'll invest in a robotic bracket capable of gigapixel images.

Because I do not use a fish eye, my images have far less distortion. I also take mutiple expsoures for EVERY shot, and blend them in the computer. This is NOT HDR, but something much more proprietary and natural looking. 

Because I do hundreds of exposures, and do them sharper and less distorted than virtually anyone else, my fee for this type of shot will be higher than you're used to, but it's worth it, especially when I get into what is possible, such as hot spot still images, linked panos, and even embedded VIDEO, so that you can stand in the 360 and talk about the room WHILE the user looks around. 

What is a Gigapixel Image? 

The same 360 pano image, only with AMAZINGLY high resolution. So high that you can zoom in on buildings or objects MANY miles away in perfect detail. Obviously this is massive overkill for an interior, but if your listing is a high rise condo, or views the Pacific Ocean from a Mountain in Santa Barbara, or otherwise has an AMAZING view, this could be the ticket to showing that off. 

Contact

There is a LOT to go over in regard to this style of photography. If you are a Realtor or an Architect, and have high end listings, use this form

If you have questions, you can This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as well, but all jobs are generated through the above forms.
 

Workflow mini-overview: 

For all prospects, I highly encourage you to read The Workflow Process page, as it goes over the entire booking and production process in detail, but if you just need a brief overview of Architectural shoot process, it goes like this: 

I need to know about the location(s) I'll be working with. I will need example links, images, etc. You do that using this form. 

If you are a company in need of Architectural or Real Estate images, either for editorial or advertising usage, and require a complete turnkey shoot, you will still use this form, but I will need additional time to contact, get approval for, and book the model(s). I will select my crew according to criteria for the shoot. 

Please note: If you're a Realtor looking for $35-100 shoots, I don't do those. My work is intricate, detailed, and high end, and if you're ready to move up to higher end images, contact me, but I don't do typical Real Estate listing style images. 

Once you have filled out the entire form, I will contact you immediately with follow up questions, usually within one hour if I'm not traveling or shooting at that moment. Please make sure you're available for the next two hours or so after you submit your form. 

Once I have the answers to the follow up questions, I can give you an estimate of the fees, costs, and time table for the completed delivery of the shoot or campaign, depending on how large a scale a production you require. 

I will ask you about your budget, as this will affect every other choice we can make. Please be ready with an answer to this question, because wtihout that information, I can't do much to help you. See The Workflow Process page for more on this. 

Once you approve the final details, I need to you remit a retainer according to the type and scope of the shoot. Once that is available, and I can book the crew, we can do the production.

At this stage, I will need you to help arrange for permission to use the location itself for a shoot. If you own the location, I simply need you to fill out a location permit. If not, we'll need the owner to do so, and we'll need to schedule a scouting day, if possible. 

In the case of shoots involving models, if a local model cannot be sourced, we will either have to have a model travel to me, or I will have to travel to them.  

I will execute the production, and make available the proofs usually same day, unless a lot of traveling is required. 

Once proofs are finalized and approved, the contractual number of images or more are finalized, and uploaded to a gallery that only the client has access to. 

That's pretty much it. MUCH more detail on every stage of the process is in The Workflow Process page. 

So let's get started on that product photography shoot!

Monday, 30 March 2015 21:38

Product Portfolio

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Uryaen Product Portfolio

For details about hiring, see The Workflow Process.

Uryaen is a product photographer specializing in lifestyle product shoots, using natural and strobe light, together with a large variety of modifiers. Whether you need a national campaign or just one image, just take a look below. 

Product shoots typically require a week to plan and schedule, and require materials, props, assistants and, and are either produced in studio, or on location. We call these "lifestyle shoots" because they incorporate props and locations into your advertising, making the message much more effective. 

Below you will see a curated gallery demonstrating all of these concepts, from studio to location, and fashion to concept. I typically only keep a small number of images available at once, so if you don't see what you're looking for, send me a message, and we'll work it out. 

If you have the time and budget, I can plan and execute very high concept shoots involving props or products, and extensive post production to create visually unique advertising. Inquire below for details. 

To inquire about hiring, please see this form, and I'll get right back to you. 

I am shooting a TON of exciting new material this year, especially in Product. Sign up on the front page to be notified when new content is released.

Newest Release: Monster High Scarrier Reef

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Note: The final 9 images at the bottom with white background represent entry level high volume images with ZERO Photoshop processing, and are an econmonical level of production for very high volume clients with modest budgets. 

Contact

To get started, fill out the following form. If you're ready to give us more detail, you can go straight to the Product and Fashion form and I'll automatically have most of the details I'll need to give you a quote. If you're looking for Cinematography I have a form for that as well. There are way more variables than a form can cover, but it'll get us started. 
If you have questions, you can This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as well, but all jobs are generated through the above forms.

Workflow mini-overview: 

For all prospects, I highly encourage you to read The Workflow Process page, as it goes over the entire booking and production process in detail, but if you just need a brief overview of the Product shoot process, it goes like this: 

I need to know about the product(s) I'll be working with. I will need example links, images, etc. You do that using this form. 

If you are a company in need of Lifestyle images, either for editorial or advertising usage, and require a complete turnkey shoot, you will still use this form, but I will need additional time to contact, get approval for, and book the model(s). I will select my crew according to criteria for the shoot. 

Once you have filled out the entire form, I will contact you immediately with follow up questions, usually within one hour if I'm not traveling or shooting at that moment. Please make sure you're available for the next two hours or so after you submit your form. 

Once I have the answers to the follow up questions, I can give you an estimate of the fees, costs, and time table for the completed delivery of the shoot or campaign, depending on how large a scale a production you require. 

I will ask you about your budget, as this will affect every other choice we can make. Please be ready with an answer to this question, because wtihout that information, I can't do much to help you. See The Workflow Process page for more on this. 

Once you approve the final details, I need to you remit a retainer according to the type and scope of the shoot. Once that is available, and I can book the crew, we can do the production.

At this stage, I will need you to release the products to me, either via in person pick up, or shipping, depending on where you are. 

In the case of shoots involving models, if a local model cannot be sourced, we will either have to have a model travel to me, or I will have to travel to them.  

I will execute the production, and make available the proofs usually same day, unless a lot of traveling is required. 

Once proofs are finalized and approved, the contractual number of images or more are finalized, and uploaded to a gallery that only the client has access to. 

That's pretty much it. MUCH more detail on every stage of the process is in The Workflow Process page. 

So let's get started on that product photography shoot!

Monday, 17 August 2015 08:02

Jewelry Portfolio

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Uryaen Jewelry Portfolio

For details about hiring, see The Workflow Process.

Note - All of the following images are 100% color profiled. This is not the same thing as simply "white balanced". Color profiling is a front to back workflow process requiring the use of this device, and a disciplined approach to color management. If you have products, and you need them to look 100% correct you must have a provider that is a master of this process.

The following are all Uryaen Productions images, some of which are white background, and even clear or white product over white background, which is one of the most intricate and difficult types of product photography to do well. Most of these are test images as my clients usually opt for exclusive usage. 

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I've had a HUGE amount of demand for Jewelry Images this year, and I decided to release a set of images demonstrating this genre. I'm not really including white background stuff, because you've already seen me do that in other sections, and one good white background image looks pretty much like the next. This section gives me a chance to do jewelry shots my way. The following represent a variety of compositions, shooting styles, ( three of them are focus stacked ), and finishing techniques. ( Three have slight "matte finish" style ). 

More shots will be added so check back!

To inquire about hiring, please see this form, and I'll get right back to you. 

I am shooting a TON of exciting new material this year, especially in Product. Sign up on the front page to be notified when new content is released.

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Contact

To get started, fill out the following form. If you're ready to give us more detail, you can go straight to the Product and Fashion form and I'll automatically have most of the details I'll need to give you a quote. If you're looking for Cinematography I have a form for that as well. There are way more variables than a form can cover, but it'll get us started. 
If you have questions, you can This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as well, but all jobs are generated through the above forms.

Workflow mini-overview: 

For all prospects, I highly encourage you to read The Workflow Process page, as it goes over the entire booking and production process in detail, but if you just need a brief overview of the Product shoot process, it goes like this: 

I need to know about the product(s) I'll be working with. I will need example links, images, etc. You do that using this form. 

If you are a company in need of Lifestyle images, either for editorial or advertising usage, and require a complete turnkey shoot, you will still use this form, but I will need additional time to contact, get approval for, and book the model(s). I will select my crew according to criteria for the shoot. 

Once you have filled out the entire form, I will contact you immediately with follow up questions, usually within one hour if I'm not traveling or shooting at that moment. Please make sure you're available for the next two hours or so after you submit your form. 

Once I have the answers to the follow up questions, I can give you an estimate of the fees, costs, and time table for the completed delivery of the shoot or campaign, depending on how large a scale a production you require. 

I will ask you about your budget, as this will affect every other choice we can make. Please be ready with an answer to this question, because wtihout that information, I can't do much to help you. See The Workflow Process page for more on this. 

Once you approve the final details, I need to you remit a retainer according to the type and scope of the shoot. Once that is available, and I can book the crew, we can do the production.

At this stage, I will need you to release the products to me, either via in person pick up, or shipping, depending on where you are. 

In the case of shoots involving models, if a local model cannot be sourced, we will either have to have a model travel to me, or I will have to travel to them.  

I will execute the production, and make available the proofs usually same day, unless a lot of traveling is required. 

Once proofs are finalized and approved, the contractual number of images or more are finalized, and uploaded to a gallery that only the client has access to. 

That's pretty much it. MUCH more detail on every stage of the process is in The Workflow Process page. 

So let's get started on that product photography shoot!

Monday, 21 December 2015 09:08

Food Portfolio

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Uryaen Food Portfolio

For details about hiring, see The Workflow Process.

Note - All of the following images are 100% color profiled. This is not the same thing as simply "white balanced". Color profiling is a front to back workflow process requiring the use of this device, and a disciplined approach to color management. If you have products, and you need them to look 100% correct you must have a provider that is a master of this process.

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New for 2016 I am offering full service Food Photography. 

The following set of images is a soft launch. I am in the process of shooting a TON of new Food images and will fill this section out as new images are released.

I am fully trained and equipped for this project type. I have a complete food styling kit, and can execute shoots in studio, or at your location. As I am also a specialist in model and architectural photography, I can cover staff photography, AND showing off your location. Adding Food as a category was organic and made sense to my workflow. 

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If you need a complete, turnkey solution to rebuild your menus and web sites, I can handle all of it.

The following images were crafted to show a wide variety of shooting and finishing styles. You will find very shallow depth of field, with matte finish to look "dreamy", and very deep depth of field with high contrast finish for menus or advertising, to focus stacked, and various other techniques. 

I am extensively trained and experienced in this form of photgraphy, both from the film days, and more recently. I have a complete location food styling kit, and stand ready to come to your location to help build an amazing new menu or advertising project. 

To inquire about hiring, please see this form, and I'll get right back to you. 

I am shooting a TON of exciting new material this year, especially in Food. Sign up on the front page to be notified when new content is released.

Contact

To get started, fill out the following form. If you're ready to give us more detail, you can go straight to the Product and Fashion form and I'll automatically have most of the details I'll need to give you a quote. If you're looking for Cinematography I have a form for that as well. There are way more variables than a form can cover, but it'll get us started. 
If you have questions, you can This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as well, but all jobs are generated through the above forms.

Workflow mini-overview: 

For all prospects, I highly encourage you to read The Workflow Process page, as it goes over the entire booking and production process in detail, but if you just need a brief overview of the Product shoot process, it goes like this: 

I need to know about the product(s) I'll be working with. I will need example links, images, etc. You do that using this form. 

If you are a company in need of Lifestyle images, either for editorial or advertising usage, and require a complete turnkey shoot, you will still use this form, but I will need additional time to contact, get approval for, and book the model(s). I will select my crew according to criteria for the shoot. 

Once you have filled out the entire form, I will contact you immediately with follow up questions, usually within one hour if I'm not traveling or shooting at that moment. Please make sure you're available for the next two hours or so after you submit your form. 

Once I have the answers to the follow up questions, I can give you an estimate of the fees, costs, and time table for the completed delivery of the shoot or campaign, depending on how large a scale a production you require. 

I will ask you about your budget, as this will affect every other choice we can make. Please be ready with an answer to this question, because wtihout that information, I can't do much to help you. See The Workflow Process page for more on this. 

Once you approve the final details, I need to you remit a retainer according to the type and scope of the shoot. Once that is available, and I can book the crew, we can do the production.

At this stage, I will need you to release the products to me, either via in person pick up, or shipping, depending on where you are. 

In the case of shoots involving models, if a local model cannot be sourced, we will either have to have a model travel to me, or I will have to travel to them.  

I will execute the production, and make available the proofs usually same day, unless a lot of traveling is required. 

Once proofs are finalized and approved, the contractual number of images or more are finalized, and uploaded to a gallery that only the client has access to. 

That's pretty much it. MUCH more detail on every stage of the process is in The Workflow Process page. 

So let's get started on that product photography shoot!

Monday, 30 March 2015 21:37

Fashion Portfolio

Written by

Uryaen Fashion Portfolio

For details about hiring, see The Workflow Process.

Uryaen is a fashion photographer specializing in modeling and product shoots, using natural and strobe light, together with a large variety of modifiers. Whether you are a model in need of portfolio shoots, or a fashion designer in need of product photos, just take a look below. 

Fashion shoots typically require a week to plan and schedule, and require one or more models, makeup artists, hair artists, wardrobe stylist, and are either produced in studio, or on location. We call these "lifestyle shoots" because they incorporate props and locations into your advertising, making the message much more effective. 

Below you will see a curated gallery demonstrating all of these concepts, from studio to location, and fashion to concept. I typically only keep a small number of images available at once, so if you don't see what you're looking for, send me a message, and we'll work it out. 

If you have the time and budget, I can plan and execute very high concept shoots involving props or products, and extensive post production to create visually unique advertising. Inquire below for details. 

I am shooting a TON of exciting new material this year, especially in Fashion. Sign up on the front page to be notified when new content is released. 

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Contact

To get started, fill out the following form. If you're ready to give us more detail, you can go straight to the Product and Fashion form and I'll automatically have most of the details I'll need to give you a quote. If you're looking for Cinematography I have a form for that as well. There are way more variables than a form can cover, but it'll get us started. 
 
If you have questions, you can This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as well, but all jobs are generated through the above forms.
 

Workflow mini-overview: 

For all prospects, I highly encourage you to read The Workflow Process page, as it goes over the entire booking and production process in detail, but if you just need a brief overview of the fashion shoot process, it goes like this: 

If you are a model, or already have a model booked, you need to provide me the information on that model, including links to portfolio, contact information, etc. You do that using this form. In that form, you'll also be able to tell me if you already have a makeup and hair artist. 

If you are a company in need of fashion images, either for editorial or advertising usage, and require a complete turnkey shoot, you will still use this form, but I will need additional time to contact, get approval for, and book the model(s). I will select my crew according to criteria for the shoot. 

Once you have filled out the entire form, I will contact you immediately with follow up questions, usually within one hour if I'm not traveling or shooting at that moment. Please make sure you're available for the next two hours or so after you submit your form. 

Once I have the answers to the follow up questions, I can give you an estimate of the fees, costs, and time table for the completed delivery of the shoot or campaign, depending on how large a scale a production you require. 

I will ask you about your budget, as this will affect every other choice we can make. Please be ready with an answer to this question, because without that information, I can't do much to help you. See The Workflow Process page for more on this. 

Once you approve the final details, I need to you remit a retainer according to the type and scope of the shoot. Once that is available, and I can book the crew, we can do the production.

In the case of shoots involving models, if a local model cannot be sourced, we will either have to have a model travel to me, or I will have to travel to them.  

I will execute the production, and make available the proofs usually same day, unless a lot of traveling is required. 

Once proofs are finalized and approved, the contractual number of images or more are finalized, and uploaded to a gallery that only the client has access to. 

That's pretty much it. MUCH more detail on every stage of the process is in The Workflow Process page. 

So let's get started on that fashion photography shoot!

Monday, 28 December 2015 05:21

The Short Version

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For details about hiring, see The Workflow Process.

If you're on this page, you might have requested "the short version", and this page is it. Here I'll show you my various portfolios, then a QUICK word on how to hire me, and that's it. For much more detail, see the other links in "PHOTOGRAPHY". 

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Contact

To get started, fill out the following form. If you're ready to give us more detail, you can go straight to the Product and Fashion form and I'll automatically have most of the details I'll need to give you a quote. If you're looking for Cinematography I have a form for that as well. There are way more variables than a form can cover, but it'll get us started. 
 
If you have questions, you can This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as well, but all jobs are generated through the above forms.
Thursday, 18 July 2013 09:55

Nightmare™ - The Trading Card Game

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Nightmare™ - The Trading Card Game. 

Set in a world of shared nightmares and featuring 13 different Phobias to deploy against your own subconscious and that of your enemies, Nightmare™ will test your ability to remain focused and escape your fears.

Deploy strategy, planning, and a bit of Delusion before you lose your soul forever in an experience that combines the familiar with the never before seen in a compelling new twist on TCG gaming.  

Nightmare was a Kickstarter Project, launched August 2nd of 2013. It did not fund, and did not gain the required PR traction. 

UPDATE 7.1.17

Hello again. I noticed an odd upswing in hits to this page over the last couple of weeks, and so I did some digging and discovered another game that uses a similar setting and some of the same mechanics. As my game was launched on KS several years prior to this, it's not worrisome to me who was first. It's also interesting because I've secretly been working on updates to NIGHTMARE, and am talking to potentional funding sources. I have not completely redesigned the game itself, but I have come up with a solution to making to the game more "consumer friendly" so you don't have to invest as much to be able to play. The new version won't be sold in blind packs, but in prebuilt deck boxes, and those will all be built around each of the 13 core Phobias. This means you can build effective decks with an investment of around $30. 

I think you're going to love the result, plus there are MANY new cards, four new card TYPES, and a number of new mechanics being added to the core game. 

Stay tuned, and I'll update this page and the official site when I'm ready to talk more about it!

Update 5.12.16

There has been a lot of activity on the Nightmare page of this site recently, and even several instances of Google searches specifically looking for the game, and aspects of it’s design. So I thought an update might be in order.

I launched the Kickstarter for Nightmare almost three years ago after months of exhaustive work and the final result was that less than 700 people even saw the campaign during its run due to the way Kickstarter hides projects that aren’t already doing incredibly well. This means that if you don’t have massive activity on day one, your project won’t be seen by random people and you will lose momentum.

I could not afford a PR firm at the time, and was assured by all involved that I would not need one, and many people contributed by sharing massively on their social media profiles, but that type of reach just isn’t nearly enough.

After spending many months and many thousands of dollars building the project, ( and even being about half way into designing the first expansion before the campaign even launched ) and seeing it fail that hard, I got burned out on the whole idea, and shelved it indefinitely, which remains true to this day.

I do not have amazing news. The project is still effectively dead. It was designed from the ground up to be a CCG, and some people suggested turning it into other genres of card game, which would require scrapping literally everything and starting over with the same theme but an entirely different game. Instead of doing that, and facing the same failure lacking a PR firm, I decided to move on.

I am currently writing and planning films and tv shows, but I am open to reviving this project if someone wishes to fund the production of the first product release, but I will not attempt crowd funding ever again. Since 2013 MANY high profile crowd funded campaigns that raised MILLIONS of dollars have crashed and burned, and the landscape of crowd funding is very different, and probably not the best route for something like NIGHTMARE.

So if you arrived here because you found the project fascinating and wish to fund its production, email me, and we’ll look into what it will take. Otherwise, it will remain in its current stasis and may be revisited again when I can fund it myself. A lot of you believed strongly in the project, and I do as well, and hope to see it released someday.

Ryan

What Makes Nightmare™ Different?

Nightmare™ isn't your typical cookie cutter clone.

Nightmare™ shares some very fundamental TCG conventions with other games but the core structure and setting is completely unique.

We're going to explain everything as we go along, but what you're in for can best be described as "wicked" in every sense of the word.

Nightmare™ will also feature AchievementsDLC, and many more world first features! There's even a Novel Length Storyline planned! See the FAQ for more on all of this. 

About the Game Structure

There are 121 different game cards. ( with a stretch goal of 242! )

Players design and build a single deck made up of a certain number of cards.

Card Types

Nightmare™ doesn't have "spells" and "creatures", it features Phobias, Entities, Delusions, Doubts, Uncertainties, Guilts, Synaptic Misfires, Paranoia's, and Entropies.

You can read all about each on the main page, but the structure of the game is very unique. 

The Kickstarter Campaign

Set to launch in August, the campaign will be supported by world famous artists, and shared heavily by top industry producers. We anticipate a successful campaign, but there are B plans even if it doesn't succeed. 

The campaign has an extremely aggressive funding goal, 13 levels of rewards13 Stretch Goals, a fully transparent budget, world famous artists, a potentially novel length storyline, and much more. 

Industry Quotes:

"Having spent years studying the psychology of horror for my Alice games, I might be the closest thing our industry has to an expert on the topic. From this perspective, I can say that NIGHTMARE is one of the best researched, executed and visualized games to explore this theme. There's a level of detail and understanding here that's truly terrifying." - American McGee, Spicy Horse Games

"I have been involved with the trading card industry for 20 years. The cards you are producing for NIGHTMARE are some of the coolest looking TCG cards I have seen in a very long time. While most everything out there is anime, or some sort of castles and dragon medieval make believe, These cards are REAL, the concept is FRESH, and the artwork is FANTASTIC. I am very excited to see a very original product like NIGHTMARE come to life!" - Matt Linderman, PBM Graphics

Gaming and Toy store Quotes:

“We typically do not carry CCG, but after viewing the Nightmare preview, we are going to sign on to retail this exciting new game” - Joel, Big Bad Toy Store

Conclusion

That's Nightmare in less than 500 words! Excited? You should be. Scared? You better be. See more at www.nightmarethegame.com

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