Posts from the ‘film photography’ category

Vertical Movie Festival in Rome

I have produced many vertical films for screening in galleries in recent years but it was not until a month or two ago that I discovered there are film festivals celebrating the vertical format. One such festival is the Vertical Movie festival in Rome. I was excited to discover that on the 17th September one of my films will be screened as part of their annual programme.

Online smartphone photography and videography workshops for individuals or groups from £20

Thanks for a great tutorial on video photography. One of the best online events I have attended during lockdown. Yvonne Rogers, RAC, London

I have taught smartphone photography to hundreds of groups both online and face to face. These workshops are practical and fun and cover all of the main controls of a smartphone camera and reveal some of the hidden features that can improve the quality of your pictures or video. I also cover editing images or video on your smartphone using free or very cheap smartphone apps. I encourage a friendly and supportive learning environment where students can share their work and learn from each other.

Workshop - photograph, video and audio recording with smartphones

Workshop – photograph, video and audio recording with smartphones

I am normally hired by organisations to deliver this course to their employees or members but I recognise that there is a demand from individuals. To run a group session all  I need to run a six hour workshop is 10 attendees paying £30 per person.

The two workshops I am currently offering to individuals is smartphone photography and editing and Smartphone videography and editing.

The smartphone photography and editing workshop is 3 x 2 hour sessions at £30 for the whole course

The smartphone videography and editing workshop is 1 x 3 hour workshop at £20 for the session

This is an online workshop and open to attendees from anywhere.

Payment is via Paypal and I try to plan sessions at a time that is convenient to all. If you are interested in attending a smartphone photography or videography course with me, please email me telling me which course you are interested in, what time or day is most convenient? If and when I have enough attendees to run a course, I will notify those on the list and request payment.

If you would like to register your interest please complete form below

Please complete the form below if you are interested in either of these workshops (please indicate which workshop in subject field) 07973 631185 or mail@nigelgoldsmith.co.uk

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Print sales

I am now selling prints directly as part of the Artists Support Pledge. As part of the scheme, I have both sold some of my work and bought a couple of amazing prints by other artists. The project supports artists during these difficult times. If you would like to search for work that is being sold under the scheme. search for #artistsupportpledge in Instagram.

You can see some of the prints I am selling on my Print Sales page, I am currently selling two 20cm x 20cm prints from my Bangladesh Ship Breakers project for  £105 before P&P.  If you don’t mind acrylic rather than glass theses prints look great in Ikea frames. If you are interested in any of the images on the site just let me know.

Two prints for sale £105 exc. P&PFramed print of ship breakers in Bangladesh Framed print of ship breakers in Bangladesh

 

Sea vessel exhibition at Oriel Myrddin in Carmarthen

Over the last few years, I have been working with ceramicist Peter Bodenham on a project highlighting the impact and scale of marine plastics by concentrating on a small stretch of a west Wales beach. While I have been photographing and filming the plastic, Peter has been making ceramic responses based on the objects found.

Peter’s ceramics and a film I created are currently on show at Oriel Myrddin in Carmarthen until the end of October 2020.

Time to upgrade the old trolley

The case for a new location trolley

I know a lot of photographers who have back pain thanks to a career of carrying heavy equipment for long periods of time, loading and unloading countless cases and bags, crawling around on the ground to get low angle shots or craning their necks and backs to operate an elevated camera or light. When budgets allow, I hire an assistant to share some of this work but, thanks to the pandemic, limitations on the number of people allowed in indoor spaces has meant that I have had to do most interior shoots on my own and literally shoulder all the carrying myself.

small folding trolley loaded

My old trolley loaded and ready to fall over

I have had a small folding trolley for years which packs completely flat and carries two or three square shaped cases but as soon as you put a couple of tripods, light stands or reflectors on it, the whole thing becomes totally unstable. I needed a solution that could carry everything I required in one go without tipping over and that would be reasonable compact when stored.

My research

I have not gained commercially from writing this, I just felt that I should share my research and experience and possibly save others some time as well as visits to the chiropractor.

I recall when I first started carrying a lot of equipment around in the 1990s, the professional photography shop KJP, which became Calumet published a huge A4 professional catalogue which devoted a couple of pages to location trolleys. It would have saved me a lot of time and effort if I had kept one of those old catalogues, The products listed in the catalogue had all been selected with the photographer in mind, they were strong, could take a lot of abuse and would fold up to go in the average car. When I Googled location cart / trolley or photographer’s trolley most of the results were bulky, cheap, unstable or just not fit for purpose. I thought I would do an image search with the aim of finding something that looked similar to the images I remember from the old KJP catalogue. Eventually, I found a review of folding carts for festivals which included the Dura-cart, a British made folding cart made from aluminium that looked quite tough and folded up for storage or transport in a car. The Dura-Cart was 90 cm wide when in use which would go through my garden gate but not the front door of my house. The Dura-Cart site clearly described the product and its features but before I press the ‘buy now’ button for a product of this value on an unfamiliar website, I like to see a physical address or other business information on the website. For the reassurance of the Amazon buyer protection programme, I purchased the item from the company via the  Amazon Marketplace. The trolley arrived on a Saturday, the day after it was ordered.

UPDATE 24/10/21

The Dura-Cart site seems to be down and Amazon is out of stock. Hopefully this is a temporary issue and they will be available again. I will update this post if I hear anything. 

After sales

The after-sales service from Dura-Cart was brilliant, I had a couple of questions about the item which I emailed  on the Saturday expecting a response no sooner than the following Monday. Craig from Dura-Cart answered my email first thing on a Sunday morning!

Setting up the Dura-Cart

The cart takes seconds to unfold, basically you move the wheels away from each other, unfolding the chart and creating a flat base. There are two identical aluminium panels, one for the back, one for the front. These slide into grooves which stops the cart from folding up. The handle which is in two parts can then be released from its stowed state and secured with a locking bolt. Four bolts attach the handle to the cart when in use.

In use

My first job for the Dura-Cart was filming at a local research centre. My kit for the job included; a camera case, lenses, two lighting kits, large black drapes, a pop-up green screen, stands, tripods, sound mixer, blimp, clips, tapes, laptop, and extension cables.

Equipment unloaded

Equipment unloaded

The trolley carried all of the equipment without issue, the lighting stands were too long to sit inside the cart so they had to lay on the top in a soft stand bag. To keep everything in place, I used bungees wrapped around the tubular frame of the Dura-Cart.

Dura-Cart loaded with equipment

Dura-Cart loaded with equipment

The cart carried everything I needed with room to spare. It was stable and would go through most doors in commercial spaces. While I mainly bought the trolley for interior location work, its stability and large wheels would also be useful in shifting equipment to some exterior locations and provides a working platform above the dirt, dust and mud.

On my second trip to the location, I added a ladder, a soft box, a dolly and a ski bag (holds the track for the dolly). Securing everything with bungees the trolley carried everything with ease though the tyres show some evidence of the weight they are carrying.

Fully loaded car boot

Car boot fully loaded with back seats down, folded trolley on the right side.

Fully loaded trolley on location. The tyre needs some air.

Dura Cart fully loaded

Wheeling the Dura-Cart through an industrial building.

The cart in storage

When folded the trolley is about a quarter of its working width. While the trolley is mostly made from aluminium, it is still quite awkward to carry when folded. It is possible to wheel it in its folded state on flat ground if you are moving it through narrow doorways etc.

View from above of Dura-Cart in its folded state

View from above of Dura-Cart in its folded state

The two end panels must be removed when the trolley is folded. I couldn’t see any obvious places to store the panels and could imagine them being separated in my sometimes chaotic studio. To try to keep them together, I used heavy duty clips to pinch the panels against the side of the trolley next to the wheels. These clips are used a lot on set to secure drapes, cables and reflectors so it is good to put them to work as they are coming with me anyway.

Dura-Cart folded with end panels removed

Dura-Cart folded with end panels removed

 

Clips attached to tubular frame to secure end panels while stored

Clips attached to tubular frame to secure end panels while stored

Side view of folded Dura-Cart showing clips securing end panels

Side view of folded Dura-Cart showing clips securing end panels

Summing up

I believe that if I had saved the money and bought one of the cheaper ‘festival’  trolleys I would soon be suffering from buyer’s remorse. While the Dura-Cart is considerably more expensive than most of the other folding trolleys, I believe it is well made and should endure the rough and tumble of daily use. When things return to normal, I believe my assistants will also thank me for it.

 

 

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