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Mobile phone photography training

Mobile phone photography and video training

Short mobile phone photography workshop (1-2 hours)

This fun yet practical session shows how you can get better pictures from your mobile phone. It covers 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 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 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 images if used with care. Images can be taken spontaneously and shared immediately, saving time and the cost of  hiring a professional photographer.

The session provides a practical and fun staff development activity during team building events 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.

The class is suited to groups of between 4 and 12 students, all they need to bring is a fully charged, modern mobile device.

The price for the workshop is £250 per group (maximum size 12).

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

Food photography shot with iPhone

Food photography shot with iPhone

Capturing high quality media 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, 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.

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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

 

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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.

Documentary photography project on medical students at Bristol University

Documentary photography project at Bristol University

I recently had to photograph medical students at different stages in their training at university and at teaching academies in Bath, Bristol, Swindon, Gloucester and Taunton. Through the five year course the students work in several different hospitals in the region experiencing a wide range of real and simulated medical situations. Some of the images in the documentary photography section of this website show students during a simulated medical emergency.

The images have been used by Bristol University in both print and screen form to illustrate the content of the course to prospective students.

Documentary photography project on Medical Students at Bristol University

Medical School

 

Medical School, documentary photography

Medical students relax between classes

Documentary photography Bristol

Taking bloods

There are more images from this series in the documentary section of the photography gallery.

Widening Participation at the University of Bath

The University of Bath has a very active Widening Participation Office which aims to introduce groups that are under-represented in higher education to the university experience. I was the first in my family to go to university and so understand the importance of the work that the team is doing. The Widening Participation Office organises a number of summer schools and residentials where young people can immerse themselves in all aspects of university life including; lectures, project work, research and debates as well as social and sporting activities. A team of trained student ambassadors support the Widening Participation staff and make a valuable contribution to all of the activities.

Widening Participation - Ice breaking session

Ice breaking session

 

Isolating DNA from saliva

Biology lecture – Isolating DNA from saliva

 

Isolating DNA from saliva

Biology lecture – Isolating DNA from saliva

Down time at the Sports Village

Down time at the Sports Village

Cameron, a student ambassador helping in the Judo class

Cameron, a student ambassador helping in the Judo class

Museum photography using mobile studio

I recently had the opportunity to visit the Carmarthen Museum to take a series of photographs of a new collection of contemporary local ceramics.

There wasn’t a  dedicated studio space at the museum so I used my own portable studio which includes a full Elinchrom studio flash system and light modifiers, neutral grey paper backdrops and blackout material for windows. The 36 megapixel Nikon D800 that was used to capture the images revealed a huge amount of detail that could be of interest to future researchers or academics. On some objects the camera had even captured the ceramicist’s finger prints in the clay of the pieces.

Colour accuracy is particularly important for images used in the heritage sector. Once the camera and lights were fully set up a reference shot is taken of a GretagMacbeth ColorChecker. This is then used in the Raw conversion to ensure the colour is as accurate as possible throughout the workflow.

Taking test shot of GretagMacbeth Colorchecker to standardise colour before shoot

Colour checking – Carmarthen Museum

Metadata such as artists name, date of manufacture and title of piece or series was embedded as the images were imported onto the computer. Images were captured in Raw and the client was provided with 16bit Adobe RGB Tiff files for their archive along with sRGB JPEG files for a presentation they were preparing.

The objects were all handled by a museum specialist.

Carmarthen Museum - temporary studio

Carmarthen Museum – temporary studio

The collection of contemporary local ceramics is now on permanent display in the main hall of the museum.

Contemporary jug and bowl from the collection at the Carmarthen Museum

Contemporary jug and bowl from the collection at the Carmarthen Museum

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Detail of jug and bowl showing capture detail of Nikon D800

I worked for over 8 years for JISC Digital Media (formerly TASI) at Bristol University where he provided specialist photographic advice, support and on site consultancy to cultural heritage organisations across the UK. I now offer these services as a consultant. If you would like help in planning or undertaking a digitisation project do get in touch.

 

Recipe and ‘make it’ videos

Recipe or ‘make it videos are a great way to show your customers how they can adapt or customise your product. They can give your brand a human face and the customer feels like you are sharing something with them for free. Users may wish to share your videos on social media or embed them on their own sites so it is a good idea to incorporate your brand name or logo somewhere in the clip. Videos can be trickled out at regular intervals to generate customer interest, recipe videos can themed around seasons, or celebrations such as Christmas. Videos can also be used to introduce new products or showcase established ones.
If you would like to know how we could help you to produce recipe or make it videos get in touch on 07973 631185
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Three day introduction to video course

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

Three day introduction to video course

Nigel is a great tutor and has enabled me to advance my skills tenfold in just two and a half days. I would definitely recommend to any budding film makers. He’s equipped me with the competence and the confidence to go out and shoot”. Kelly O’Connor, Kinneir Dufort

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.

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

Recording high quality sound for video

This three day introduction to video course covers; planning and developing an idea for a short film, camera operation, using available lighting, video lighting, microphones and sound recording, video editing and delivery. The course encourages ‘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 and budget.

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.

The course can be delivered at your place of work at a time that suits you and your colleagues. Alternatively, we can host it for you.

The typical class size is 3 people.

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.

The cost is £600/person for three days or £1400 for three attendees.

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

Lighting for video, three day introduction to video course

Lighting for video