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Panoramic photography with an iPhone

The iPhone panoramic photography feature can produce amazing images if used with care. If it is a process you would like to explore further, you should practice test it in with a range of situations and subjects.

Before you start, you need to consider where the light is coming from to avoid lens flare. You should also decide what your main subject will be and where it will appear in the final composition. If there are rapidly moving subjects in the scene, these may appear squashed or stretched so you may need to wait until they have passed before you start the shot.

While natural scenes containing distant buildings, trees and countryside can stitch together reasonably well, modern buildings or interiors shot from closeup can cause problems.

For natural scenes, open the camera app, switch to the ‘Pano’ option and you will see a horizontal bar with a large arrow on it. The phone detects the angle you are pointing it in and the arrow tells you if you are tilting it up or down. When you click the shutter button, you then rotate the phone while trying to keep the large arrow on the line in the middle of the bar. If you deviate too far from the line, the camera won’t be able to create a smoothly stitched image.

iPhone pano display showing how to use the feature

iPhone pano display

Once complete, press the shutter button again to finish the panorama. The phone will then process the data and show you a finished panoramic image. These can be very large files compared to standard images and will rapidly use up space on your device.

Panoramic photography iPhone

Image captured with Pano option iPhone

Subjects containing strong lines close to the camera may challenge the cameras software and there may be issues where lines don’t stitch together very well. You may need to change the way you hold and rotate the phone to reduce this. Rather than holding the phone out and rotating around your hips, you could try rotating the camera around itself and the centre of the phone becomes the point of rotation, this is known as its ‘nodal point’. This is harder than it sounds. For serious panoramic photographers, there are special camera supports which rotate the camera around the nodal point.

Panoramic photography is just one part of my short iPhone photography workshop. If you would like a mobile phone photography workshop for your course, company or for personal development, do let me know.

Mobile phone photography staff development activity

iPhone photography workshop

Our short, mobile phone workshop is an enjoyable and valuable staff development activity. The workshop explains a number of tips and tricks to help people take better pictures with their mobile phones.

Once the essential topics have been covered, the session can be more tailored to meet the needs of the attendees.

Topics might include.

  • Portraiture
  • Lighting
  • Product photography
  • Special effects
  • Flash lighting
  • Video capture

If you would like to know more, please contact mail@nigelgoldsmith.co.uk for more information.

This can be delivered to individual learners or to groups of up to 12.

The workshop has been delivered at a range of organisations including; Linguarama, Microsoft, University of Bath and the Royal Photographic Society and for the 24 Hours in Bristol photomorathon

Iphone photography workshop

Iphone photography workshop

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 the Royal Photographic Society 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 but often deliver sessions along the M4 from London to Cardiff. For events outside the Bristol  and Bath 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.

 

If you would prefer to attend a formal workshop, I run a mobile phone photography workshop at the Royal Photographic Society. Follow this link to check for dates and availability.

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

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