Hugh Nicholas – Professional Photographer – Tutor
I have many years’ experience as a professional photographer. I received my first camera at six years old and have never looked back. Achieving a City and Guilds qualification in photography and design in 1981, I joined a studio working on international advertising campaigns and was trained as a still-life and fine art photographer, over a 15 year period. I have worked with many well-known London photographers and have perfected my art over the years, taking on many assignments from agencies and corporate companies, giving my portfolio a wide and varied look.
I was one of the first to introduce freestyle to weddings and portraits taking inspiration from London and Americas top fashion and wedding photographers, became a society wedding photographer and have been featured in Hello! Magazine. I owned one of the UK’s first digital studios trading as ‘Venture Bishops Stortford’ in the UK with over 20 staff including six photographers, which revolutionized portraiture. I have a passion for photography, technically and visually, and never happier than when I have a camera in my hand :}
All images have been selected from real assignments. To date, I’ve had over 200 commercial clients, produce prospectus photography for around 50 schools and colleges per year, shot over 1000 Society and domestic weddings and taken over 2000 freestyle portraits, all in studio and on location.
I have shot many thousands of products over the years for advertising, retail, catalogues and brochures. Depending on the clients needs a days shoot can consist of 1-100 shots per day.
I originally trained as a still-life and fine art photographer over a 15 year period from 1982, working with Walter Neale in Harlow and Charles White Horne in Central London. The studios had many large and diverse clients, but specialised in drink, jewellery and electrical-IT imagery.
I adapted from film (120, 5×4 and 10×8) to a large format digital system ‘Phaseone’ in 2001, and quickly became proficient in Adobe and Capture-one software.
Shooting on location is an art in it’s self, as you have little control over weather, timings and interior lighting conditions etc. Even the largest quad or mono-block flash light can be like lighting an ocean on the darkest night with a candle!
This is where experience counts as nothing is imposable, if you have an extensive knowledge of photography, imaging software, can think laterally, see beyond the obvious and get along with clients, employees and the general public.
Company and social freestyle portrait photography in studio and on location.
Portrait photography is all about communicating, understanding and observing people, we’re all unique, but in some ways we’re the same. Understand yourself, and your understand others.
Making people look good comes with time, experience, practise and a little know-how.
There’s two types of landscape photography, Shooting to your own specifications where you have all the time in the world, and fulfilling a clients needs, tutorial restraints and deadlines.
You need to think and work fast, be able to understand the brief, work well with senior staff, teachers and pupils. Communication, vision and an extensive knowledge of photography and the digital process is key.
My usual schedule is one section i.e. English, science, art etc every 30 minutes. This includes transporting two mono blocks, a camera, tripod plus a bag of lenses flash-guns and accessories. It’s punishing, but rewarding.
As in portrait photography you must understand people and know how they react to numerous situations, enabling you to get the perfect shot every time and telling the couples storey.
Every picture I take is how I wish it to be, there’s no luck or anything left to chance.