Each week we chat about the tools of the trade with one outstanding creative to find out exactly how they do what they do. The questions are always the same, the answers, not so much. This week: Upper Studio. Click here for more User Preferences Tech Q&As.
The Creators Project: Who are you and what do you do?
Upper Studio: We are Pete Gay, Stephen Bryant, and Jessany Friday. We are a post-production company based in east London. We do bespoke retouching for photographers and advertising agencies.
What hardware do you use?
Mac Pros, Eizo Screens, EFI XF RIP, X-Rite i1 (Although apparently the BasICColor Discus is a bit better for those that care), Epson 4880, Server, hard drives etc.
Photographer: Jason Tozer
What software do you use?
Photoshop and Capture One Pro mainly. Our tech man Martin Orpen uses some NASA shit for our more complicated stuff. He builds us custom profiles and scripts to improve our workflow. However, most importantly, he uses a CMS called Argyll. This is a device link for converting RGB to CMYK. This essentially means we don’t lose any color detail in print. The good new is it’s open source. The bad news is you have to be a massive geek to code it.
If money were no object, how would you change your current setup?
We wouldn’t change anything too dramatically. Probably pimp the shit out of our towers. Especially the one’s in our new Verbier office. And we would obviously get our tablets engraved.
Photographer: AJ Numan
What fantasy piece of technology would you like to see invented?
An app exactly like Shazam. Except one that worked.
Is there any piece of technology that inspired you to take the path you did?
Photographer: Alexander Kent
What piece of equipment can you simply not live without?
I’d say the iPhone, but I have an annoying habit for leaving mine in places that I don’t live, so I spend a lot of time with a plastic Alcatel. So with that in mind, I guess it has to be our trusty Macs.
What’s your favourite relic piece of technology from your childhood?
Gotta be the Spectrum ZX or a Walkman.