Tom Watson is a digital imaging innovator, large format digital photographer, and “panoramist”. The quality of his work has attracted the attention of The American Institute of Architects, WIRED magazine, Architects’ Journal, UK and BBC television. Tom’s work is being noticed for two reasons.
1. His thoughtful blending of traditional and new photographic techniques.
2. His use of a large format 144 mega-pixel scanning digital back mounted on a one-of-a-kind camera. In concert, these produce the highest quality digital files – ones of unparalleled color, fidelity and sharpness.
“We still photograph light events. There is no substitute for a well lit interior or proper timing of a twilight exposure. However, with digital, we often combine several exposures to produce the image that we have pre-visualized.”
Watson’s technology serves many professions, including the hospitality industry, where his continuous panoramas can be used in interior spaces as well as exterior. In Watson’s wide-angle photos, the ceiling and floor are eliminated and the viewer sees more of the room design. Example:
Watson is often asked to photograph difficult spaces because he has solved the wide angle issues that limit digital photography; those that would be impossible to capture with traditional photographic equipment. From his laptop, he determines the rotation, color balance, contrast and exposure as the camera moves across the scene. The files are richly detailed, suited for four color offset printing, and backlit transparencies. They also retain their brilliance when resized for use on the internet.
Tom Watson, Photographer
See a recent article in the BBC World about Tom Watson.