Search Press is the leading art and craft publisher in the UK, specialising in fine art, textiles, general crafts and children’s crafts. With a team of 26 people, Search Press now publishes up to 100 of its own titles each year, as well as distributing titles for other publishers. From the commissioning of an original idea to the final delivery of books into the warehouse, the publishing process is carried out ‘in-house’. 

With such a high amount of work going out and with a well-established studio (the studio photographs the artist creation process through to the finished artwork), Search Press needed an on-site consultancy to train 3 members of staff on existing equipment, to produce the best quality images for their publications.

Focus Hub travelled to Tunbridge Wells and, after an in-depth analysis of their studio system, found that they were lacking system calibration and the correct colour profiles to produce consistently colour-balanced imagery. The first task, therefore, was to calibrate the system and set the correct profiles.

We then moved onto lighting tips and techniques – after examining their existing lighting and camera equipment, we adjusted and refined their lighting and camera settings to maximise image quality. We also changed their lighting and camera positioning to enable them to get the best results when photographing artist demonstrations.

This was followed by a Capture One Pro course – teaching them the best processes through capture software to achieve high image quality.

“Our company relies on producing great-quality images for art and craft books; and Focus Hub courses did a great job in showing us how to squeeze the best images we’ve yet produced out of our equipment and studio. They provided an information-packed course that was custom-made for us. Encompassing every aspect of our studio, their representative Rob was friendly, professional and knew his stuff inside-out.
Importantly, Focus Hub were prepared to tailor their course package and visit us down in Kent. Having a consultant scout out our studio helped to highlight some drawbacks of our previous approach; something that could easily have been overlooked if we had sent our employees out-of-house.
Rob has shown great communication throughout, from initial contact to aftercare, and we have been very pleased with our choice to use their consultancy.”
Search Press Ltd