1924 Brough Superior SS80
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.
1924 Brough Superior SS80
Leather bags – Brough Superior SS80
SS80 – right handlebar showing choke (top) and throttle (bottom)
SS80 – left handlebar
SS80 petrol tank-sight glass for total loss oil system
‘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.
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 CS
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 photograph taken with home-made pinhole camera
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.
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
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 contact sheet
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