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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

 

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 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.

Trade union photography

Photography and illustration for trade unions and NGO’s

I have had the pleasure of working with many trade unions since I started as a photographer and illustrator in 1994. I have covered campaigns, mergers, strikes, conferences, festivals and almost every other area in which unions are active. Some of my photography has won the TUC annual awards.

Trade union photography at conferences and AGMs

I have worked on conferences and AGMs for PCS, ACCORD, RMT and ASLEF. The types of shots I have taken include, portraits, delegates and the lecture, guest speakers, reactions from the audience, group shots and informal shots of delegates enjoying the event.

Trade union photography - AGM conference delegate

Delegate at ASLEF AGM

Trade union photography - group shot

Group photograph at ACCORD conference

Trade union photography - pictures of audience

Questions from the floor – ACCORD conference

trade union photography - Guest speaker at trade union  conference - John McDonnell

Guest speaker at trade union conference – John McDonnell

Images for magazines, journals and publications.

I often take images to go on the cover of the union journal or for editorial images to go inside. These might be documentary, illustrative or staged images.

ASLEF cover

 

Campaign illustrations and photomontages

Sometimes a still image cannot illustrate a complex story effectively but an illustration or photomontage made from a number of separate images can create a powerful campaigning image.

Work Life Balance image for PCS

trade union photography and illustration

Commissioned Photomontage for CWU created using Photoshop

trade union photography - Jeremy Corbyn at TUC Tolpuddle Festival

Jeremy Corbyn – leader of the Labour Party – Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival

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 at Bristol University

Medical School

 

Documentary photography project at Bristol University

Medical students relax between classes

Documentary photography project at Bristol University

Taking bloods

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

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. I also provided neutral grey paper backdrops and blackout material for the windows. The 36 megapixel camera that was used to capture the images revealed a huge amount of fine detail such as  the artists finger marks or brush strokes. This level of detail is often of great interest to future researchers or academics.

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, title of piece or series and information about the media type was embedded into the images as they 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 an online 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 I 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.