Photography talks move online

Nigel’s first webinar

With all but one of my in-person talks this spring cancelled, I’ve started moving my talks online, thanks in the first instance to an invitation from the Sodbury and Yate Photography Club (a group near Bristol).

Nigel Hicks in front of his computer, about to start his first online talk.
Nigel about to run his first online talk, for Sodbury and Yate Photography Club. 1st June 2020.

Setting up the first online talk

That invitation came through just a few weeks ago, and the talk went ahead last Monday, on 1st June, using Zoom software. Although I’ve participated in webinars before, as a listener, this was my first experience as the presenter. Initially, I found it slightly unnerving, talking to an invisible audience, just the photography I was presenting visible on the screen. I felt as though I was talking to myself, and with no audible feedback coming from the audience I really couldn’t be sure there was anyone out there in cyberspace!

Still, I got used to it, and pretty soon I was losing myself in the on-screen photography, to the point that the time flew by.

For subject matter, things stayed pretty close to home, the remit to talk about photography in southwest England’s two national parks, Dartmoor and Exmoor. So it was mostly landscape photography, though there was also a little wildlife material, most especially around Exmoor’s well known Red Deer.

Nigel in action, delivering his webinar.

I hope you like the short video showing a few highlights of the talk: just a taster. Sadly, of course, I’m not looking at the camera shooting the video: instead I’m talking at the on-screen photography and to the online audience that was hopefully at the other end of my webcam. Needless to say, there was an audience out there – as the line of questions at the end proved, reassuringly!

So, if anyone out there has a society or club that you would like me to talk to, get in touch and lets see if we can organise an online event.

Photography courses

Finally, a short note about my photography courses. All the spring events that were postponed have been rescheduled, with the first one set for 4th July. That will be Dartmoor in Spring (I guess that should now be renamed Dartmoor in Summer!). For further information about the courses click on the link below.

Red Deer on Exmoor, one of the images from Nigel's online talk.
Red Deer in countryside near Dunster, Exmoor National Park, Somerset, Great Britain.

Welcome to our new-look website!

Welcome to our new-look website! It has taken a while to come about, and it is still something of a work in progress, but we are now up and running. A few more behind-the-scenes tweaks will be needed, but nevertheless we hope you find the new site already looking good and performing well.

Looking familiar

The basic navigation, and even layout are deliberately relatively similar to the previous website, thus (hopefully) helping those of you already familiar with the site to find your way around easily. The main navigation route, as before, is through the page-head navigation menu, though there are also plent of links on each page, including fixed links on the right of each page (when seen on a computer) to the courses, tours, gift vouchers and latest images sections.

Website homepage
A partial view of the homepage on the new Nigel Hicks Photography website.

Looking new

Those things that have been greatly improved include the following. There is better security, working mostly behind the scenes but made visible by the padlock icon visible in your browser next to the web address. The image galleries display with brighter, clearer photos. We now have booking forms back up and running, to make it quicker and easier for you to book course and tour places, as well as to buy gift vouchers (although at the time of writing, the actual online payment process is still be tested).

What’s more this new blog page is now integrated into the same Nigel Hicks Photography website, instead of being restricted to a linked, but separate site. Hopefully, this will result in better integration between the news, tips and instruction articles that will appear here and what’s happening on the rest of the website.

Site development

Progress with developing the new site has been very slow in recent months due to there being not enough hours in a day (sound familiar?). So it’s amazing what can be achieved with a lockdown and collapse of business in general, even if accompanied in our case by a good dose of Covid-19. All is back up and functioning properly now (and not just the website!), so things are moving ahead.

Scillies photo gallery
A partial view of a photo gallery of the Isles of Scilly,

Exploring the site

Feel free to take a tour around the website. I hope you’ll enjoy the photo galleries, especially. As with the previous site, there are also, of course, sections on commercial photography, books, photography courses, photography tours, and Nigel’s products. Click on the links below to go straight to these.

If you find anything not working please let me know – nicely! I think we’ve checked everything over, but it’s possible something has been missed. The one remaining issue – online payments – should be up and running shortly.

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