19 May

19th May 2017

The week in brief


From media days in London to 43 mile walks for charity, it’s been a whirlwind of a week for the Rumpents!

Lauren’s had a busy week filming and editing for our client Housing Units. She attended the launch of the new menu at The Wickentree restaurant on Monday, and took some great shots of some of the delicious new food on offer. Watch out for the finished video, coming soon!

Rise and Shine champ

Lucy headed to London this week with CEO of The House Crowd, Frazer Fearnhead. Whilst there, she managed various press interviews, and we’ve already had some great coverage come through including this piece in the Manchester Evening News.  


Lauren, Martyn and Paul met up with client and office neighbour, Altin Homes, this week. The luxury property developer has some exciting things in the pipeline, including a multimillion pound development in Hale – we can’t wait to see the finished result this autumn!

Gareth attended Japanese Knotweed Solution’s ‘Apocalypse Now’ event on Wednesday. The event included a talk by TV presenter, Michaela Strachan, and covered a range invasive species topics such as Asian Hornets and Japanese Knotweed.


Outside of the office, Lauren impressed us all by walking a colossal 43 miles at the weekend. The walk was in memory of her brother, and she managed to raise over £900 for Ataxia UK! Martyn also had an eventful weekend, hosting his 14th annual Eurovision party. This year’s theme was ‘X Factor’ and he dressed as Cheryl Cole. The resemblance was uncanny.

Speaking of Martyn, it’s his last day in the office for a while today, as he prepares to embark on a 2 month adventure around the USA! He’ll be stopping everywhere from New York, to Nashville to San Francisco. We hope he has an amazing time, and we look forward to his return to the office in August!


Industry comment


Top Tips for great iPhone Photos

Martyn Hett
Digital Manager


When you’re as seasoned at taking selfies as me, it’s easy to forget that not everybody is as gifted in the art of smartphone photography. All too often, I entrust my parents with the task of taking a quick shot at family parties, only to be presented with a poorly framed photo that is so blurry you’d be forgiven for thinking it was a piece of modern art. If you studied at the same school of photography as my parents, fear not. I’ve put together five simple tips to help you take the perfect iPhone photograph:

Tap to focus
Before you take your photo, tap your finger once at the focal point of the photograph. This could be somebody’s face, an object or even the centre of a landscape. The iPhone will then automatically readjust to ensure this part of the photograph is sharp and in focus

Sort your framing out!
A common mistake I often spot people making is taking photographs of people with huge amounts of space above them. Unless you’re stood in front of a beautiful mountain, this really isn’t necessary. It’s important to leave a little bit of space, but generally less is more

It’s all about the lighting dahhling!
If I were Prime Minister, I’d ensure the National Curriculum included a module on how to avoid taking backlit photos. Never take a photo stood in front of a window, a lamp or the sun – the light source should always been in front of you. Not only will this prevent you looking like a silhouette, but it will make your skin look beautiful. Natural lighting is your best friend, so if you are given a choice, always opt for the great outdoors when having a photo taken

Say NO to filters!
We’ve become a nation of filter-obsessed self-Photoshoppers, and whilst a subtle bit of smoothing over doesn’t harm anybody, there’s nothing worse than a photo that’s been filtered more times than a tropical fish tank. Keep photos looking as natural as possible and stick to a few minor contrast, sharpness and vignette adjustments to make your pictures pop.

Taking a video? Turn that phone around!
iPhones have ruined the art of amateur video production. There’s nothing more upsetting than seeing videos on the news or on YouTube with a black bar on either side. Whilst it’s natural to want to hold your phone vertically when filming, the end result will always look poor. For truly stunning videography, keep that phone in the landscape position!

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