poppy field



Having spent the best part of 40 years looking through a viewfinder of some sort, sitting in front of a computer editing photos or videos, producing websites and managing social media accounts, it’s a very strange feeling to now say when asked, “I’m retired".

Despite no longer taking on commercial paid work, it’s virtually impossible to suddenly stop what you’ve been doing for the best part of your working life so, for the past 24 months I’ve been taking on work on a ‘pro-bono’ basis for church, charity or voluntary organisations. I hope that my experience, skills and equipment can now be put to good use to those who perhaps, don’t have the budget or funding to produce what they want or need for their media requirements.

The following 'blog' items are a mixture, some from when I was working commercially and now, some new items that might be of interest.

Customer satisfaction!

Following a recent poor experience with a business (now sorted) it’s very refreshing to find a business who know how to treat a customer.

A good friend recently took a great photo that was used on his Facebook page, he commented it looked similar in composition to some of the Old Master type paintings, and I produced a few printed copies for him.

In a few quiet moments I thought I’d use Photoshop to produce a painting type effect for him but I couldn’t get it to look just right, so it was off to Google for a Mac painting App.

I found a trial version of PhotoArtista - Oil from JixiPix, after trying it out, it was an instant buy at a very reasonable price (£13.01UKP), I printed out my result on matte paper and gave it to my friend.

The very next day a marketing email arrived from JixiPix offering a ’Summer Sale’ with 35% discount off all their products!

An email explaining I’d bought a product from them less than 24 hours earlier was sent......to my surprise the very next morning there was a refund email for £4.30 from JixiPix...........now that’s how to treat a customer!
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