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My White Sands photo used as giant wall mural

nat-coalson-white-sands-wall-mural-renderingOver the past few days I’ve completed a custom order for a private client in Italy.

They had approached me with an interest in licensing one of my landscape photographs of White Sands, New Mexico. The prospective client explained the image file would need to be enlarged (massively!) and sent to their local printer to make a full-wall mural.

My initial concerns about managing the rights to the image were addressed and we agreed on a licensing cost that reflected both the large image size and the fact that I was releasing the image ‘into the wild’ with no way to restrict its usage other than our written agreement.

nat-coalson-white-sands-wall-mural-measurementsFrom the beginning, this was an exciting project to be involved with. The client was working with a professional interior designer, renovating their apartment. The interior designer produced renderings to simulate what the finished design would look like (see image at upper right).

The client also explained that the finished wall mural displaying my image would be photographed for potential inclusion in a book about interior design, and maybe also taped for broadcast on a tv show. I was honored to have my image included, and not concerned about the additional usage. In fact, that kind of exposure is very valuable indeed!

So once we’d agreed on a fee, I customised the image to their precise specifications. Based on the renderings and measurements, it was clear that the image would need to be extended at the bottom, to accommodate the precise placement on the wall behind the bed. I used Photoshop CC to extend the image canvas and replicate the textures and patterns of the sand at the bottom of the image.

nat-coalson-wall-mural-proof-imageThe client and I never met in person; all our project communication was done by email. The client made payment through PayPal and I uploaded the image using WeTransfer. (The final image was 292 cm x 351 cm at 180 dpi … the compressed LZW TIF was a whopping 260 MB!)

It’s remarkable what’s possible in the age we’re living in. I live in England, my client in Italy, photograph made in New Mexico, USA. Project communication, payment and file transfer all completed over the Internet.

This project is a perfect case study of how I like to work!

See the original photo here. I look forward to your questions and comments.

Important website updates

Over the past few months I’ve separated my fine art, travel photography and training for photographers into three different web sites. These changes are designed to make it easier for you to find exactly the information, services and products that interest you.
Nat Coalson LogoThis is my Signature web site, where you can see my abstract fine art and learn about creative services for interior design. The artworks, and the web site content, are created for interior designers and private art collectors.

Portfolios showcase my abstract photography; case studies and examples explain my creative services. Find out about the many options for getting your own custom fine art, primarily designed for contemporary homes and hospitality properties. (you are here!)
Pictorial Journeys LogoIf you love travel, nature and landscape photography this is the place for you. The new web site and blog features my extensive archives of images and stories made during my travels around the world.

You can also purchase fine art prints online, choosing from a wide range of sizes and materials.
Photography Essentials LogoFolks interested in learning about photography and digital imaging will find a smorgasbord of free articles, tips and tutorials on the most important aspects of fine image making. From camera reviews to how-to instructions on Photoshop and Lightroom and free photography critiques, there’s something for everyone serious about making their best photographs. You can also find out about my workshops, classes, tours and other photography events.

Each web site also has its own email newsletter.

With your free subscriptions you’ll receive messages featuring content relevant to each site:

  • from you’ll get fine art and interior design news,
  • Pictorial Journeys will send you exotic travel imagery and inspiring stories of life on the road, and
  • Photography Essentials is all about learning photography and imaging.

If you’re interested in the other sites sign up there, too—you won’t be subscribed automatically. As always, you can completely manage your profile settings and unsubscribe (or re-subscribe) at any time.

Beginning Spring 2015, look for more specialized news coming from each of the sites.

I hope you’ll enjoy these exciting changes and look forward to our continuing relationship.

Please feel free to get in touch any time with questions, comments or suggestions.

Talk to you soon!

Update on my Adobe Lightroom books

As you may know, I’ve written three instructional books on Adobe Photoshop Lightroom (for versions 2, 3 and 4). They have been well received by the photo community and I’m very grateful for the support and positive feedback I’ve received about these books. For each edition, I’ve done my very best to provide clear, comprehensive instruction on how to use this most important photo software.

Adobe recently released Lightroom 5 — an important update. Since then, I’ve received an incredible number of inquiries from photographers asking when (or if) my new book on Lightroom 5 will come out.

When my publisher approached me earlier this year asking me to write the update to Streamlining Your Digital Photography Process, I had a lot of soul-searching to do. As an artist first and foremost, writing software manuals is honestly not my favorite thing to do. I wrote the three editions out of a desire to help other photographers and contribute to the promotion of Lightroom; I believe it’s the best software currently available for all kinds of photographers and I want people to know how to use it effectively.

Lightroom 5: Streamlining Your Digital Photography ProcessFor the time being, I’ve decided not to continue writing printed Lightroom books. Rob Sylvan, a well known Lightroom expert and all around great guy, has picked up the torch for me. He wrote the new edition of Lightroom 5: Streamlining Your Digital Photography Process, incorporating much of my previous text from earlier editions. (All the new material on Lightroom 5 was written by Rob.) Rob was also the author of Lightroom for Dummies and runs the support desk for National Association of Photoshop Professionals; he’s an experienced trainer and writer and although I haven’t yet read his Lightroom 5 book, I expect it will be fantastic.

Though I will continue to teach and write about Lightroom in various media and venues, I wanted my readers to know not to expect more printed Lightroom books from me, at least not in the near future.

Please feel free to comment here or contact me directly if you have any questions or concerns. I look forward to continuing to support my students and colleagues throughout the photography industry in new, more innovative ways. Stay tuned to this blog and register to receive my newsletter for exciting announcements as they develop.

As the saying goes, “onward and upward”!

United Kingdom Photo Tour June 2013

Only four spots remaining for my private photo tour of the UK in June… join us to visit and photograph London, the Cotswolds, Peak District, York, Edinburgh and more! Please contact me for details.

Big Changes and New Directions

As you may have noticed, I haven’t been blogging much this year. I’ve had a lot going on in my personal life, in addition to making some important decisions about my career.

On the personal front, I was married to my lovely wife Ruth in May 2012; we also had a blessing in Colorado in August of this year. Ruth is British and we are living in Leicester, England.

Regarding my career decisions: I have decided to take a break from teaching and writing about photography and software in order to concentrate fully on developing my art business. I have been producing fine art and wall décor for many years, and now I will be marketing my work to interior design firms for inclusion in commercial projects, especially the hospitality industry. I will develop new business simultaneously from within the UK and the USA.

As a result, I have also decided to change the focus of this blog. All the instructional material on photography, Lightroom, Photoshop, etc. will be moved to another web site (details will be provided as they become available).

Going forward, this blog, newly titled “Light+Color”, will now focus on art and interior design, especially including topics on using color and lighting.

Thank you for your support over these many years. I am very excited about these changes and hope you’ll continue the journey with me. Stay tuned for much more coming very soon!

All my best,

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