Fellow photographers,

It has been a little while since my last newsletter.  So this one is something of a mega update on what is happening at the studio.

Tomorrow (Friday 30th Sept) We have our Calvin Klien style night, next week is all about light stencils, and week after we have Steph Owen visiting the studio for our creative headshots night.

Due to popular demand… I am rerunning three of my my most successful full day workshops over the next two months.  These are Lightroom, Introduciton to Studio Photography and Weddings.

This edition’s Tips File will about ND Grad filters.

Read on for more details on all these topics……

Calvin Klein Night

Friday, 30 September 2011, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: Ian’s Studio
Calvin Klein Night

For this session we will be working with male and female models to create images in a Calvin Klein style.  Think denim jeans, underwear, topless/shirtless, and sexy!

The models for this event will be Kate Cooper and Lexx

You can see Kate’s Purestorm profile here: http://www.purestorm.com/xlilcooperx and images from a recent shoot I did with Kate here: http://photos.imb.biz/model/shoot/kate
(The usual warning applies both links contain tasteful nudity).

Lexx’s Purestorm profile is here: http://www.purestorm.com/Lexx

Price: £29

Light Stencils

Friday, 7 October 2011 , 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: Ian’s Studio
Light Stencils

In tonight’s session we are going to look at how to create images using light stencils.  In addition to a short tutorial on how to create your own stencils we will work inside and possibly outside the studio to create some weird and wonderful images images by combining simple strobist techniques with light stencils.

Here’s the images I am planning…

Geeky girl with with game controller surrounded by space invaders in front and behind her floating in the air. Goth surrounded by light bats.  Hippy chick with butterflies and flowers made of light.  And all these will be done in camera!!

You will need to bring with you.  A tripod… we will be doing long exposures.  One or more speedlights.

If you can also bring one or more shoe boxes with lids, kitchen foil, and a craft knife it will help.  If you don’t have any of those don’t panic I will have supplies and things you can borrow.  If you bring your own shoe box you can take your full light stencil away with you at the end of the evening.  Without it you will be able to take away the stencil but not the box to use with (I only have a limited number of she boxes!)

Helping us with this event as our model will be studio regular Sarah Hobart.
Purestorm profile: http://www.purestorm.com/shobart (Although Sarah will be working to fashion levels at this event but her profile does contain some nudity)

Price: £20 

(NOTE: For those attending my “Intermediate Photography Course” I am offering this event at discounted rate of £15.00)

Creative Head shots

Friday, 14 October 2011 , 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: Ian’s Studio
Creative Head shots

In tonight’s session we will be look at different techniques for creating head shots. These techniques will vary from using a single flash gun to using up to four studio lights.  We will work with 1, 2 or 3 models depending on the number of photographers who book to come to this event.Our lead model for the evening will be Steph Owen.  Those who came on the Crosby Beach shoot earlier in the summer will know how versatile Steph is.

You can see images from two shoots I’ve done with Steph (including the Crosby Beach shoot) here:
http://photos.imb.biz/models/shoot/steph and

Price: £20
(NOTE: For those attending my “Intermediate Photography Course” I am offering this event at discounted rate of £15.00) 

 RERUN: Lightroom Training Day

Saturday, 22 October 2011 , 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: Ian’s Studio

Learn Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 in one day. This intensive and extensive training day will equip you to get the best out Lightroom and will help you streamline your photography workflow.

Attendees may wish to be bring a laptop with with Lightroom 3 installed, to follow the through the training on their own screens.

All participants will get printed notes.

For full details of what is covered please see:

Cost: £60.00  (Price includes lunch)

RERUN: Introduction to Studio Photography Workshop

Saturday, 29 October 2011 , 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: Ian’s Studio
Introduction to Studio Photography Workshop

In this workshop we look at a number of simple studio lighting techniques starting with zero lights (using only window light) up to using four lights.  We also look at some basic techniques for posing subjects and for working with models.


We will look at how different light modifiers such as umbrellas, softboxes, snoots, grids and gels can be used.  There will be time during the day for you to practise these techniques with the help of a professional model.  We will cover basic posing techniques which are suitable for photographing friends, family, customers or even models.   We will also look at the biggest cheat of all for posing people in the studio – the use of props.

Printed notes to document the techniques we will look at during the day will be provided and a buffet lunch is included in the price of the event.  Numbers will be limited to 6 photographers and we will have a professional models as our subject.

You can see some images taken at a previous version of this workshop in this gallery… 
27 Nov 2010 – http://photos.imb.biz/models/danniworkshop (at Pumkin Studio)
15 May 2010 – http://photos.imb.biz/models/faithstudio (at Calumet)

The cost for the event is £65.00. (includes lunch and printed notes)
(A deposit of £25 is required to secure a place)

I am expecting this event to be popular and potentially a sell-out.  I’ve already had a number of confirmed bookings and I’ve not really started promoting this event yet.

RERUN: Introduction to Wedding Photography Workshop

Saturday, 12 November 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 go through the day looking at different scenes that wedding photographers have to photograph.

We conclude the workshop with the chance to photograph bride and groom models.

(Please note: 4 or more attendees are required to be able to book both bride and groom models.  If there are 2 or 3 attendees on the workshop we will only have a bride model to shoot.  With only 1 attendee I can still run the workshop as a one-to-one training session but would not be able to offer the chance to shoot). 

Cost £69 (Includes lunch and notes)

The Tips File: Neutral Density Graduate (ND Grad) Filters

These filters have half the filter as an Neutra Desity filter, the other half clear.  There is an area of transition between the two.  ND Grad filters are used to prevent areas of an image from over-exposing.  A typical use would be to photograph a landscape with dark feature but a bright sky.  An ND grad filter with transition placed over the horizon helps to balance the light intensities between the ground and the landscape.