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Short training video shot with smartphone (iPhone SE)

Most smartphones are capable of producing good quality videos if used with care. This short instructional video was shot on an iPhone SE using FilmicPro.

This is a taste of what would be covered in a longer workshop. If you would like to learn more about my smartphone photography or videography workshops, please let me know.


Clients include; The Royal Photographic Society, the WI, Microsoft and the University of Bath.

Recipe and ‘make it’ videos

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

Lighting for video, three day introduction to video course

Lighting for video


How a photo film was used to showcase a unique property near Bristol

While still images are well suited to providing would-be-housebuyers with a visual guide to what a potential property has to offer, most estate agents are limited to using a handful of images to describe a house.
A well produced photo film provides a richer experience for the viewer. A typical 3 minute photo film can use between 60 and 100 images and have a professional quality voiceover and background music track. A by-product of the photo film is a set of high quality still images which can be used for both standard print or screen useStill image taken from photo-film

The current owners of The Chapel near Bristol wanted a photo-film to showase their property. The film combines stills, video and music (piano) and voiceover recordings, all captured in the property.

Audio quality is as important as image quality so we use professional studio microphones and can set up a temporary recording booth to maximise the clarity of the recording. Alternatively we can use a professional voiceover artist to read an agreed script.

Still image taken from photo-film
Still image taken from photo-film

Once edited, the client is provided with a web-ready high definition photo-film in a common video format and a full set of images which can be used on screen or print.

Stop motion animation – bringing characters to life in the blink of an eye

If you are creating a stop motion animation with ‘off the shelf’ characters it can be quite difficult to give personality and expression to your ‘talent’. While it is possible to tweak a mouth here or eyebrow there with applications such as Photoshop, it is very time consuming and involves making major changes to the appearance of the product you may be promoting. A very simple way to give some personality to your characters is to get them to blink or wink. A simple blink may be a character’s response to another character or an event but it does make it look like the character is awake and reacting to its environment. This also doesn’t significantly change the appearance of the character.

I normally place all of the frames in order onto the timeline in Adobe Premiere and do most of the editing. When we are happy with the rough edit I clean up the shots in one by one. Global edits such as dust removal will all ready have been done in Adobe Lightroom when I first import the images so this stage doesn’t need to be too labour intensive.  Premiere lets you transfer still frames from your timeline into Photoshop. These frames can then be edited.  When saved the edited version replaces the original frame in the timeline.

Stop motion animation Edit in Photoshop

Edit in Photoshop

I normally use between 3 and 6 frames for a blink in stop motion animation. This varies with the frame rate of the video I am creating. For 10 FPS I use around 3 frames, for 25 FPS I use 6.

individual frames making up a blink

individual frames making up a blink

I use the Clone Stamp, the Heal Brush is a bit too perfect and can blend in the skin or fur so well that it removes any trace of an eye. The Clone Stamp leaves is a bit more patchy, this can look like there is an eyeball beneath the cloned eyelid. I also leave a bit of the eye at the bottom of the ‘socket’ in the frame for the fully closed eye (above image on right). This looks like eye lashes. I normally have a couple of frames to allow the eye to re-open.

Obviously a cheeky wink is done in the same way.

The above clip is from a recent stop-motion showreel