Hugh Nicholas – Professional Photographer – Tutor

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Qudos photo courses - Hugh Nicholas

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 :}


Scroll down for a small sample of my portfolio

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.

Portfolio categories

  • Product and still-life photography in studio and on location.
  • Company and social freestyle portrait photography in studio and on location.
  • Commercial and landscape photography.
  • Educational photography.
  • Freestyle wedding photography.

Product and Advertising photography

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.

Qudos photo courses - product photography by Hugh Nicholas

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Qudos photo courses - product photography by Hugh Nicholas

Qudos photo courses - product photography by Hugh Nicholas


Location photography including 360 panoramas

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.

Click here or the image below to view 360 panoramas at John Ruskin College.

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Hugh Nicholas Photographer

Hugh Nicholas Photographer

Hugh Nicholas Photographer

Hugh Nicholas Photographer

Qudos photo courses - location photography by Hugh Nicholas

Qudos photo courses - product photography by Hugh Nicholas

Qudos photo courses - product photography by Hugh Nicholas

Qudos photo courses - industrial photography by Hugh Nicholas

Qudos photo courses - location photography by Hugh Nicholas

Qudos photo courses - location photography by Hugh Nicholas

Qudos photo courses - location photography by Hugh Nicholas


Portrait photography

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.

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Qudos-Hugh Nicholas-Location portraits 1-2-1 tuition

Qudos-Hugh Nicholas-Location portrait 1-2-1 tuition

Qudos photo courses - studio photography by Hugh Nicholas

Qudos photo courses - studio photography by Hugh Nicholas


Commercial and Landscape photography

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.

Qudos photo courses - landscape photography by Hugh Nicholas

Qudos photo courses - landscape photography by Hugh Nicholas

Qudos photo courses - lanscape photography by Hugh Nicholas

Qudos photo courses - lanscape photography by Hugh Nicholas

Qudos photo courses - lanscape photography by Hugh Nicholas


Prospectus photography for schools and colleges

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.

Hugh Nicholas Photographer

Hugh Nicholas Photographer

Hugh Nicholas Photographer

Hugh Nicholas Photographer


Wedding photography

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.

Hugh Nicholas-qudos wedding photography

Qudos photo courses - wedding photography by Hugh Nicholas

Hugh Nicholas-qudos wedding photography

Hugh Nicholas Photographer

Qudos photo courses - wedding photography by Hugh Nicholas

Hugh Nicholas Photographer


Camera equipment used

  • Canon full frame DS1 MK111 and 5D MK111 with a range of fast canon l-lenses, and 550EX flash units and accessories.
  • Phaseone digital-backs, cameras and lenses.
  • Bowens quad-pack lighting and mono-blocks.
  • Manfrotto and Gitzo tripods.
  • Lowepro camera bags.

Post-production

  • Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom and Capture-one.
  • PTgui-pro (360 panoramas) and an FSP viewer.
  • Video production – Adobe Premiere-pro and After-effects.
  • PC – Fastest available and an NEC 27inch Spectra-view screen (plus two smaller screens)

Camera equipment used before 2001 pre-digital!

  • Bronica 645
  • Mamiya RZ 6×7
  • Sinar F 5×4
  • Sinar P 10×8
  • Bowens and Elinchrom quad-pack lighting and mono-blocks.
  • Film – Kodak, C41 and E6 chemical processing.
  • B&W Printing and developing: Kodak and Ilford multispeed, graded fibre printing papers and chemicals.

Please contact me with any questions.