Exploring Eye-Catching Photography with Nigel Goldsmith
The workshop explores ‘in camera’ creative techniques and combines lighting and camera methods to capture objects, portraits and architectural subjects.
After an introduction, the group will look at the importance of light and shade in photography and how we might light objects creatively. Following a demonstration of the key characteristics of all light sources, attendees will be introduced to common lighting setups used in still life and portrait photography. Once the group has covered the basics of lighting, we will explore how to combine; long exposure with continuous light, long exposure with flash, long exposure with multiple flash (strobe), long exposure with moving lights and combining flash with daylight or other sources. Attendees will then apply these techniques to a range of subjects in the classroom before going on a local photowalk.
This is a beginner to intermediate level workshop aimed at photographers that might want to take greater control over camera and lighting.
The ‘exposure triangle’ is key to understanding the camera’s exposure settings. Some people find the Camera Sim website/app a useful way of simulating the relationship between aperture, shutter and ISO before attending a class. https://camerasim.com/camerasim-free-web-app/
There are numerous good quality resources both online and in print. A book that a lot of students seem to find useful is ‘Photography by John Ingledew’.
The Tutor: Nigel is a commercial and art photographer with over 30 years in the industry working digitally since 1990. Much of his work explores issues such as globalisation and the anthropocene.
His commercial work has been seen in numerous publications and he has exhibited in galleries in the UK and abroad. Recently, he was a finalist in the 2019 John Ruskin Prize and the 2020 Signature Art Prize.
He has taught photography at the University of Bristol, University of Bath, University of Gloucestershire, and University of Coventry.
He has a BA in Photography and an MA in Fine Art.
What to bring: Attendees will need to bring a digital SLR or mirrorless camera with room on their memory card, charger and or spare battery just in case. A tripod if you have one but please don't buy one for the workshop. A packed lunch, tea and coffee is available through-ought the day. We will go outside to take photographs so warm and waterproof clothes are advisable.
Please bring a packed lunch or use local amenities.
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If you are attending one of our workshops that involves a trip out, please ensure you bring all weather clothing and protection for your camera. Persons under the age of 16 are welcome to attend events but, to conform with UK law, must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or responsible adult.
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