PDMS Photography Dorset

For over 40 years, PDMS Photography has been providing professional, quality Commercial Photography, Public Relations Photography, Wedding Photography services and more for a wide array of clients in the south and southwest regions. Based in North Dorset between the towns of Shaftesbury and Blandford Forum, our location is perfect for providing the photographic services we offer to clients throughout Dorset and the neighbouring counties of Wiltshire, Somerset and Devon, we also undertake work UK wide at very affordable rates.

Our experience covers all aspects of Wedding Photography, School Portrait and School Prospectus Photography, Events Photography, Sports and Action Sports Photography, Local Authority, Corporate and Commercial Photography and much, much more. Over the years our business has grown significantly and now incorporates an extensive range of services such as Website Photography, Product and Advertising Photography, Personal Injury Photography and Photo Restoration and Repair work. A more detailed list of our services is available here.

Many of our clients make use of the photography we provide for brochures and product information leaflets in addition to website use. Our Graphic Design and Printing Service, makes us a fantastic choice for a full range of creative services under one roof. With our extensive experience and knowledge, you can be assured that all planning and processes will flow smoothly producing a top quality finished product delivered on time. Please take some time and have a look at the extensive range of Photographic Services, Graphic Design and Printing Services PDMS Photography now provide.


A Personalised, Flexible and Affordable Photographic Service.

We pride ourselves on providing a friendly, creative and quality digital photography service. Our skilled photographers believe putting our clients at ease is just as important as our camera work. Whatever the occasion, your upcoming photo shoot will be discussed in detail and a plan of action will be outlined, so you know exactly what to expect. Offering a first class and friendly service is important to us, we will work closely with you to achieve the best results and find out what you like (or most importantly don’t like!).

We believe flexibility is a key element to any assignment and will endeavour to tailor your package to suit all budgets and requests. We aim to maintain very competitive pricing but will not compromise on the high quality of our products or services.

For your peace of mind, please note we are CRB (Criminal Record Bureau) checked.


Our Photographer Service covers all areas of Dorset, Wiltshire, Somerset and Hampshire

By County:  PDMS Photography provide photographic coverage throughout the counties of Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire, Somerset, Devon, South West region and UK Wide.

Main Town Coverage includes:  Axminster, Bath, Beaminster, Blandford Forum, Bournemouth, Bourton, Bridgwater, Bridport, Bristol, Chard, Christchurch, Dorchester, Exeter, Ferndown, Fordingbridge, Frome, Gillingham Dorset, Lyme Regis, Moorside, New Forest, New Milton, Poole, Portland, Portsmouth, Ringwood, Salisbury, Shaftesbury, Shepton Mallet, Sherborne, Street, Sturminster Newton, Sturminster Marshall, Southampton, Swanage, Swindon, Taunton, Templecombe, Trowbridge, Wareham, Warminster, West Moors, West Stour, Weymouth, Wimborne Minster, Wincanton, Yeovil


Digital Photography Image Files - why we use the RAW image file

RAW v jpg image files

Here at PDMS Photography, all of our digital photographic work is recorded as an uncompressed RAW image file which have distinct advantages to that of using jpg image files. The RAW file format can be compared to that of a film negative and does require a certain amount of post camera processing, adjustments necessary to the whole or part of the image such as colour correction, exposure modification or selective correction to a specific area before it is fit and ready to use. Images recorded in jpg format are naturally compressed in camera and therefore are unable to retain very fine and subtle detail. Additionally, each time a jpg file is saved it is compressed even further, reducing both quality and definition of the image.

As RAW image files are uncompressed they are therefore, a much larger file size to that of the jpg output from the camera.

In order to use the RAW image, special software applications are required to open the files and adjust the image. Most of the popular semi and professional camera manufacturers generally supply some form of basic software to enable a RAW image to be viewed and moderately adjusted. More advanced software applications such as Adobe Lightroom, offers a greater range of adjustments and refinements to be carried out with the option of individual or batch processing to hand. Once these corrections are made, the RAW image files are exported in a usable file format, normally jpg. Adobe Lightroom also allows you select the pixel ratio, dpi and quality of the exported files. Additionally, for those larger assignments, you also have the option to produce contact sheets small enough to attach to an email for your client to initially view and select the images required. There is also the option to batch watermark every image to protect your work from copyright infringements. Another advantage of using the RAW image file is that if any future adjustments are necessary, lets say to crop the image to a different print ratio, the RAW image is opened to make the adjustment then re-exported as a first generation jpg image, maintaining the same high quality and definition as before. 


The importance of correct Monitor and Printer Calibration.

When making any adjustments to photographs, i.e. exposure (density) or colour balance before printing them, it is imperative that all of the equipment used in each of the processes, such as monitors, scanners and printers are calibrated correctly to the industry standard in order to maintain consistency throughout and that the final results are accurately reproduced. PDMS Photography regularly re-calibrates all equipment as standard practice to ensure that what you see, is actually, what you get.



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