Fellow photographers,

In this newsletter I want to give more information about the next few events and workshops happening at the Studio.  Over the next few weeks there should be something to interest almost everyone.  Smoke, Oil and Water the Friday will be all about creating abstract images.  While a week later Mega Model Night will be of interest to anyone who likes working with models.  On the 9th September we have a Burlesque themed shoot.  Also coming up are a Manchester Photo Walk, a pet photography night, and a Wedding Photography Workshop.

Looking Back: in this newsletter I’m going to show an image from the Graveyard Shoot I ran in July and talk about one of the images from last Saturday’s Burlesque and Gothic event.

And if all that isn’t enough… I’m going to give a plug to the two training courses starting shortly.

Read on for more details on all these topics……

Smoke, Oil and Water

Friday, 26 August 2011 , 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: Ian’s Studio
Smoke, Oil and Water

Time to create abstract images using two different techniques.  The first involves photographing smoke, the second involves creating patterns using both oil and water.During the evening we will work on abstract set-ups using smoke from incense sticks.  The other set up will involve working with oil droplets on water to create abstract patterns.

If you have a macro lens or extension tubes please bring them to this event.  You will also find it useful to bring a tripod.

Price: £10

Mega Model Night

Friday, 2 September 2011 , 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: Ian’s Studio
Mega Model Night

For this session I will be arranging for as many different models to visit the studio as possible.  I will be setting up a number of shooting areas within the studio.  Plus (weather permitting) some shooting areas outside.  Every twenty minutes you move on to work with a different model in a different shooting area.

All models will be working on a TF* basis.  Any models offering topless or nude levels may optionally make a small charge per 20 min session in addition to requiring images from the shoot.  Any model working at fashion or lingerie levels will NOT make any additional charges.

MODELS: If you know any models who may wish to attend this event please contact me.  This will be a great opportunity for them network with other models and photographers.

I am pleased to announce that we have the following models confirmed for this event:

Price: £10 Entrance.
(Additional charges *may* be made by some models if you wish to shoot them topless or nude)


Friday, 9 September 2011 , 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: Ian’s Studio

We have a burlesque dancer and model Cerise Derrière back at Ian’s Studio this week.  The event will be led by New to Photo’s Rick Bradbury.

On Saturday 20th September, burlesque dancer and model Cerise Derrière visited the studio for group shoot.  Sadly several photographers who wanted to come to that event were unable to attend.  In view of this… and also because Ceriese is a great model… I decided to book her for another session.

Even if you did come to the last session I am assured by Cerise that she will be bring some different outfits.  Additionally with Rick leading the event in my absence you will get a different perspective on lighting!

You can see images from Cerise’s previous shoot at the studio here…

And you can find here purestorm profile here:
http://www.purestorm.com/p​rofile.aspx?id=Cerise_derr​iere  (Note Cerise’s purestorm profile contains nudity)

Price: £22

Manchester Photo Walk

Sunday, 11 September 2011,
2:00 PM – 6:30 PM Manchester Photo Walk

Meet 2.00pm in front of Manchester Town Hall.

Join me for a walk round the centre of Manchester to photograph the city.  I’ll show you some of my favorite views of the City.

This will be a great chance to practice travel and architecture photography.  At the end of the walk those who want to can retire to a pub/restaurant for a drink, food and to share photos on the back of your camera.

Price: £8.00




Pet Photography

Friday, 16 September 2011 , 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: Ian’s Studio
Pet Photography

For this session I will be arranging a number of pets/animals to visit the studio throughout the evening for photographers to work with.Any photographer able to bring a pet to the shoot will get free entry!

I am hoping to have at least two dogs, a rabbit and a tortoise available for photographers to shoot.

Price: £18

Introduction to Wedding Photography Workshop

Saturday, 17 September 2011 , 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: Ian’s Studio
Introduction to Wedding Photography Workshop

At some point all photographers get asked to photograph a wedding – even if it is on an informal basis just as a favour for a friend.  This workshop will introduce you to what is involved.

While taking the photographs is relatively straightforward what scares most photographers is the fact that you have limited time and only have one chance at a wedding.

In this workshop we give special emphasis on the ‘stage management’ role that a wedding photographer has to assume.  We look at the planning side, and how to make sure things run smoothly from a photographic perspective.

We conclude the workshop with the chance to photograph a bride and groom models in the local park.  Whatever the weather we will go ahead with the outdoor shoot!  If it rains this will be a good chance to learn what to do for wedding photos when the weather is not as you would wish it!

Cost £69 (Includes lunch and notes)

Looking Back: Goths

We have had a couple of Goth related shoots in the last two months.  The first was “Goths in the Graveyard” in July and then half of last Saturday’s studio day was on a Gothic theme.  Here’s an image from each shoot a few comments about how it was achieved.

Goths in the Graveyard 
Our model for the day was Rachael. Two strobes were used in this image one pointing at the angel the other at Rachel. From memory I believe the one pointing at Rachael had a brolly on it. The angel one didn’t.

Comparatively speaking not much done in post production. A slight boost to the saturation and vibrance. A few tweaks to the brightness. The major post production effect is a graduate filter at the bottom of the image to increase the exposure/brightness of the lower third of the image.

The rest of the images from the shoot can be seen here: http://photos.imb.biz/models/shoot/rachaelwoodford


Saturday’s shoot had two themes to it. Firstly burlesque and secondly Gothic. This is Ash our Gothic model.

From memory this image was lit with a single soft box in front and to camera right of Ash.  There is just enough light spilling round Ash to illuminate the background.

I wanted a dark feel to this image. So make some tweaks in Lightroom to achieve it. The main tweaks were to reduce the overall saturation of the image, but in contrast to that to then boost the saturation of the red channel. This makes the skin appear paler and the Basque and Ash’s lips appear more dominant. A fairly hefty vignette adds a frame to the image.

The full gallery of images from the shoot with Ash can be found here :  http://photos.imb.biz/models/shoot/ash


If you find this “how it was done” section of interest and would like to see me do more of them please let me know!

Just for Fun: Inspiring Travel Photos

Many of the images posted on G+ are inspiring. But just once in a while you see images that really, REALLY inspire. This morning I saw a set of travel images by +François de Halleux – Take a look… you won’t regret it:


Training Courses

Don’f forget…. I have two seven session training courses running through the autumn. These are:

Introduction to DSLR Photography” – This course takes is suitable for anyone just starting out in digital photography, we cover all the basics including composition, exposure, aperture, ISO, and digital processing.  The course begins on Sunday 18th September at 3.00pm

Intermediate Photography Course“  – The course will consist of seven sessions (plus and optional session).  Each session will be two and half hours in length.  Each session will look at one or two related genres of photography.  We will cover techniques and equipment, and I will be providing practical advice and where appropriate I’ll share experiences from a professional perspective.  This course starts on Wednesday 31st August.

Please follow the links above for more information about the courses and if you know anyone for whom the courses will be appropriate please let them know about them.