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Brough Superior

1924 Brough Superior SS80

1924 Brough Superior SS80

The Brough Superior S80

The Brough Superior is one of the most iconic motorcycles ever made. In their time, these bikes were record breakers and even by today’s standards are fast. These machines are highly sought after but are often only seen in static displays at museums. A neighbour of mine is lucky enough to own one, his bike was bought directly from the factory by his grandfather in the 1920s. While the bike is normally displayed in a museum, he does take it out from time to time and I had the opportunity to see the bike after it had been out on a 100 mile trip in the rain so needed a bit of a wipe down before it was returned to the display. I am a keen motorcyclist so I jumped at the chance to see a Brough in ‘the flesh’ and take some pictures.

The Brough Superior was known as the ‘Rolls Royce of motorcycles’ and for good reason. The craftsmanship is amazing and these were staggeringly fast machines when they were manufactured.  Famous owners include Lawrence of Arabia who owned eight.

I now want to be a vintage motorcycle photographer.

Brough Superior SS80

1924 Brough Superior SS80

Leather bags Brough Superior SS80

Leather bags – Brough Superior SS80

 

Brough Superior SS80 - right handlebar showing choke (top) and throttle (bottom)

SS80 – right handlebar showing choke (top) and throttle (bottom)

 

Brough Superior SS80 - left handlebar

SS80 – left handlebar

1924 Brough Superior SS80 - riders eye view

SS80 petrol tank-sight glass for total loss oil system

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Selfie help workshop – improve your mobile phone photography

‘Selfie help’ workshop – how to take better pictures with your mobile device.

For many, one of the main purposes of the camera in their smartphone is to capture and share selfies. In this popular  workshop attendees discover the true potential of their mobile device and learn the skills needed to take better pictures for both fun and work.

The workshop is both practical and enjoyable and will provide attendees with a range of skills such as lighting, camera,  apps, exposure, composition and useful accessories and much more.

iPhone photography

iPhone photography

The introductory session normally runs for between 1 and 2 hours and there is also an intermediate session of the same length. The workshop can be offered as a practical staff development session (CPD) or as a fun away-day activity.   Click here to find out more.

Macro image taken with iPhone SE

Macro image taken with iPhone CS

Pinhole photography classes in Bath

Pinhole photography class at the Royal Photographic Society in Bath

It is quite easy to think of photography as being a highly complex and technical process however, the principles of photography are very simple and a basic pinhole camera can be constructed with the types of items found in a typical rubbish bin. While the image quality of these cameras is basic by modern standards, there is a mystery to the pictures and in some situations, a pinhole camera can capture images beyond the ability of even the most sophisticated digital SLR. Throughout 2017, I will be running a series of one-day pinhole photography classes at the Royal Photographic Society’s (RPS) HQ in Bath.

The workshops introduce the fundamentals of photography and camera construction before the students make their own cameras and use them to undertake a set of tasks. The students will process their negatives in the darkroom.

If you have never seen a picture appear in a developing dish, this is one of the wonders of analogue photography.

During the class, we also look at contemporary photographers that are exploring the potential of pinhole cameras.

No prior knowledge of photography is required and all materials are provided.

For more information or to book visit the RPS website

Pinhole photography class at the Royal Photographic Society in Bath

Pinhole photograph taken with home-made pinhole camera

 

Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom training

Bespoke Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom training for clients in Bath, Bristol and across the UK.

Adobe Photoshop is the industry standard application for editing still images. I have been using the application commercially since 1990 and have taught it since 1994. Some of my Photoshop illustrations have won national awards. I have taught the application at a number of universities including Bristol, Bath, Gloucestershire and Coventry and have trained people at organisations including the National Trust and the BBC.

While I run structured introduction and intermediate courses, I can also tailor my training to suit the needs of my students. For example, I have delivered a six hour Photoshop for Architects session at the University of Bath and a Raw file format workshop for staff at the BBC.

I normally discuss the clients needs free of charge and only bill for face to face teaching time. My rates start at £40/hr for sessions over 2 hours or £45/hr for 1 to 2 hour sessions. There may be a charge for travel to clients outside the Bath / Bristol areas.

Training for beginners might include; Paint Tools, Cloning, Healing, Selection, Tone and Colour Adjustment, Layers, Type and Filters. More advanced users might cover Masking, Vectors and Colour Management. I plan my training to suit the needs and level of understanding of my students so contact me to discuss how I might structure a training session.

 

Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom training in Bath and Bristol

Editing composite image in Photoshop for PCS

While Adobe Lightroom offers many of the editing tools found in Photoshop its real strength is in its media management features and the ability to process a huge number of images simultaneously.

 

I am based in the Bath and Bristol area but can offer Photoshop and Lightroom training across the UK. For more information, drop me an email or give me a call on 07973 631185

Headshot photography

Headshot photography

In addition to traditional portraiture, I also provide a headshot photography service for new and established actors, performers and artists. I have a full studio and location lighting system and so can capture a wide range of shots from the typical two hour session.

Headshot photography in Bath and Bristol

Headshot

 

Headshot photography Bath and Bristol

Headshot

headshot contact sheet

Headshot contact sheet

Headshot photography Bath and Bristol

Headshot

Prices start at £190 for a two hour session.

For this, the client will normally get between 100 and 200 pictures showing a number of styles, backgrounds and clothing options. Edited images are supplied as both colour and black and white files in high and standard web resolution.

 

These shots of Rory Betts have been used by the casting agency Jeffrey and White and Spotlight

 

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Mobile phone photography workshop

Mobile phone photography training

Short intro to mobile phone photography workshop (1-2 hours)

This fun yet practical workshop shows how you can get better pictures from your mobile phone. It covers preparing your smart phone, general camera phone app settings as well as composition, lighting and exposure.

This popular mobile phone photography training session has been delivered at the University of Bath, Linguarama, 24 Hours in the City and to numerous other groups and individuals. The skills covered will help attendees to get better portrait and product pictures for social media, publicity, promotion, for pleasure or even high quality print.

mobile phone photography class in Bath and Bristol

mobile phone photography class

Modern mobile phones are quite capable of delivering high quality, print ready images if used with care. Images can be taken spontaneously and shared immediately, saving time and the cost and delay in  hiring a professional photographer.

The workshop provides a practical and fun staff development activity or for continual professional development (CPD).

No previous photography experience required.

Product photography shot with iphone

The practical, mobile phone photography session is between one and two hours in length and attendees learn how to get better quality portrait and product pictures from their mobile device.

We also look at a few affordable accessories that can improve quality or build on the camera’s features.

Macro image taken with iPhone CS

Macro image taken with iPhone CS

The class is suited to groups of between 4 and 20 students, all students need to bring is a fully charged, modern mobile device.

For more confident photographers there is the Intermediate mobile phone photography workshop (1-2 hours). In this workshop we explore some of the more advanced features found in some camera apps. The workshop covers white balance, advanced exposure and file formats.

Both introductory and intermediate workshops can be combined into a 3 hour session if desired. Please email to discuss this.

The price for the introductory or intermediate workshops is £250 per group (maximum size 20) or £350 for both workshops. For larger groups, sessions can run back to back.

We are Bath/Bristol based. For events outside this area there may be additional cost for travel/accomodation.

For more information please email mail@nigelgoldsmith.co.uk

mobile phone photography training

Food photography shot with iPhone

Capturing high quality audio and video with your smartphone (1 day on-site workshop)

We can also offer a more advanced 1 day course which explains how to capture the best quality video, audio and still photography on a mobile device. The workshop covers; photographing people, photographing objects, composition, exposure, lighting, high quality sound and video capture, filming interviews and testimonials, editing and delivery.

The teaching can be tailored to suit the needs of a group

Our prices start at £400 /day for up to 4 people.

On site video training

Three day introduction to video course three day introduction to video course

Three day introduction to video course

Through a range of theory and practical sessions, Nigel taught me all the

tips and tricks to shooting my own videos. Specially catered to my ability

level, he customised his workshops to suit my needs.

Kelly O’Connor, Kinneir Dufort

On site video training

Online video is becoming an essential component of the modern website. Video is a great way to convey information about your product or service or to tell a story. With major developments in camera design, software and media delivery methods, high quality video production is now within most peoples grasp and can be undertaken with a minimum of outlay. Video can be used to; introduce your business, describe a product or service, present customer testimonials and inform or entertain your audience. Outsourcing small video projects can be very expensive but recent technical developments mean that with a small amount of knowledge and a modest budget good quality video can be produced in house.

Recording high quality sound for video three day introduction to video course

Recording high quality sound for video

We offer on-site training sessions from one to three days which cover most of the skills required to plan, shoot, edit and deliver online video content.

The sessions encourage ‘best practice’ in camera use, lighting and sound recording. This knowledge covered in the course can easily be scaled down to record videos using available resources such as mobile phones and tablet computers.

The content of the course can be adapted to suit your needs.

Our one video training day sessions are;

Planning and shooting a short video

This practical workshop covers planning a shoot, operating a dSLR, framing, composition, camera supports, camera movements (using sliders, jibs, dolls etc)

 Lighting for video and recording good audio

During this session we will first look at the qualities of light such as contrast, intensity and colour temperature. We then explore techniques used for lighting products and small areas and lighting larger areas for interviews etc. We also consider the importance of good quality audio and how to capture it during a shoot or add it later as a narration. We look at different microphones and other audio equipment

Editing the video

This session covers the art of editing and how to cut your captured media into a finished video.

I have produced web videos for a number of high profile clients as well as being a qualified lecturer with over 20 years teaching experience both in university and to business.

During the course we will use professional video equipment including Arri lighting, DSLRs, Sound Devices audio mixers, radio and boom microphones and video editing software.

Courses can be delivered as 1:1 sessions or to up to 3 attendees.

The price per session is £360 / person/day or  £600/person for three days or £1600 for three attendees.

We are based in the Bath/Bristol area but can deliver the training anywhere in the UK but there may be additional charges for travel and accomodation.

For more information please send me an email mail@nigelgoldsmith.co.uk

Lighting for video, three day introduction to video course

Lighting for video

 

The abandoned car. 12 month pinhole picture of a car park

Extended (12 month) pinhole picture from Ditteridge near Bath

The owner of the car on the left of this picture must have reduced their carbon footprint massively as it has hardly moved over the 12 months of this exposure. On the right, cars appear only as faint, unrecognisable ghosts. One of the fascinating qualities of these images is that they record features which the passing observer wouldn’t notice. How would you know which car had been abandoned if you took a normal photograph of a car park?

The lines in the sky show the passage of the sun across the sky through the year.

 

Abandoned car at Cheney Court

Abandoned car at Cheney Court

This image is part of an on-going project at Cheney Court near Bath. More images from this project can be seen here.