Fellow photographers,

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  This won’t be my last newsletter before Christmas but it probably will be my most festive.  We have a number of events happening between now and Christmas and over the New Year period.  These are:

If you know anyone who is getting a DSLR camera for Christmas please let them know about my Introduction to DSLR Photography” course.  Which will begin it’s 6th run on Wednesday 25th January 2012.

Click the links above or read on for more information….


TOMORROW!!  Shooting with Steve Roberts & Cerise Derrière


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

This weeks event will be hosted studio regular Steve Roberts of Scottish Geek Photography.  Our guest model for the event will Cerise Derrière

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 This will include a number of vintage style outfits.

You can see images from Cerise’s previous shoot at the studio here…
http://photos.imb.biz/models/shoot/cerise

And you can find here purestorm profile here:

http://www.purestorm.com/Ceriseglittrderriere  (Note Cerise’s purestorm profile contains nudity)

Price: £22


It’s Christmas!

Friday, 16 December 2011 , 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: Ian’s Studio

A Christmas themed shoot.  Perhaps a model “Miss Santa” outfit?  Tinsel and wrapping paper? Perhaps party frocks and silly hat?  I’ll do my best to make sure the shoot is a cracker! (pun intended!)

Our model for this event will be studio regular Sarah Hobart.  Sarah informs me that she will be bringing her sexy santa outfit, a couple of party dresses and some red lingerie to the shoot, and I will ensure that we have a good range of seasonal props.  Our new seasonal red and green background papers will of course also be available to shoot against.

Although this is not a “topless” shoot per se, Sarah is willing to work to implied topless and topless levels for a few images during the evening.

A selection of images from Sarah’s shoots at the studio can be found here:  http://photos.imb.biz/model/sarah-scarlett

Price: £18


Mince Pies and Critiques and a Shoot!

Friday, 23 December 2011 , 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: Ian’s Studio

For our final “Friday Night” event before Christmas, I’ll be hosting a bit of a retrospective.  Come along with photos you’ve taken at our events during the year (and other images too – if you wish).

Over a drink with mince pies and Christmas log, we’ll look back at 2011 and critique the photos you bring.

We will have model Rachael F (pictured) join us for the evening so there will be the chance to do some shooting too!

Price: FREE… but only open to those who have been to at least one event at Ian’s Studio in 2011.  PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU ARE COMING


 Indoor/Outdoor – Winter Warmer

Friday, 30 December 2011 , 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: Ian’s Studio

This Friday Night at the Studio event will actually be an afternoon event.  Weather permitting we will split out time between shooting winter fashions outside and winter glamour in the studio.

For the outside shots think winter fashion, long cloats chunky sweaters, woolly hats, gloves and scarf.  After shooting this in the nearby Woodbank/Vernon parks, we return to the warmth of the studio for some winter studio based glamour.  Using the same outfit, or a least bits of it,  will shoot the same model in a glamour style… think winter coat over lingerie or implied topless with model just wearing scarf, gloves and hat.

Our model for this event will be the amazing Portia Victoria.  Portia’s first visit to the studio to the successful “glamour nude” night (See:  http://photos.imb.biz/model/shoot/portiabecky).  Since then Portia has been back twice for private hire bookings and this “Winter Warmer” event will be her fourth visit.  Portia is a very adaptable model and should be on your “must shoot” list.   Don’t miss this chance to work with her!

You can see Portia’s modelling profile on ModelMayhem: http://www.modelmayhem.com/800860# (As you might expect, there is some tasteful nudity).
Here website is: http://www.portiavictoria.co.uk/
and her facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/portiavictoria

Price: £27


 From head shot to full shot


Friday, 6 January 2012 , 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: Ian’s Studio

This event will be led by Rick Bradbury.  Rick be demonstrating different portrait lighting techniques for head shots, 3/4 length and full length images.

Rick writes…..

Happy New Year Everyone.  The first studio event for the New Year, and its time to get back to shooting.  For this Friday event we will be running 3 lighting set ups.

1. Head Shots. (Standing and Seated)
Using a single light and for some shots background lights you will be getting some great head shots using modifiers light the 28” beauty dish, 28” Apollo and 60” umbrella.

2. Half/Three Quarter Length.
Moving to half and three quarter length shots we will run a multi light set up of a key light, rim and hair lights. Using some of the larger modifiers to get the coverage required. Posing will become more challenging as we now have hands to deal with, but also don’t forget body weight and stance.

3. Full Length
On to shooting full length for more posing options. Using large light sources such as the 7ft Parabolic Umbrella and 60” Umbrella to light full length poses.

Each set will have approx 50 min of time (to allow for set and outfit changes) so you will have plenty of time to shoot and get the shot for each one.

During this event the key thing is – Photographer to Subject relationship, got to talk, get to know and build up trust to get the great shots.. after all we have the time to.

More details of the this event to follow, including details of who the model will be.

Price: £20


Fashion Friday

Friday, 13 January 2012 , 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: Ian’s Studio

This weeks event (rescheduled from the beginning of December) will be hosted by Rick Bradbury.  The theme will be Fashion Photography.

Rick will guide photographers through posing and lighting a fashion model.

Here’s how Rick describes the event:

You will be working with simple lighting setups and an experienced model to great some great fashion portraits with dynamic poses.  This is more about getting results from your subject than lighting so photographer/subject interaction is key…. And shoot shoot shoot.

The lighting sets that we will be using …

  • Single Beauty Dish with sock (not the type you wear)
  • 7’ Parabolic Umbrella.
  • 30-40 Degree Grids.
  • If we have time we will set up white seemless also.

Our model for the evening is Viki Devine – http://www.purestorm.com/vikidevine

Price: £20


Chinese New Year Shoot

Friday, 20 January 2012 , 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: Ian’s Studio

To celebrate the Chinese New Year, (which falls on 23rd January) this week’s Friday Night at the Studio will have a very Chinese flavour to it.

Hopefully we will have not only a Chinese lion dancer to photograph but an oriental model with some traditional Chinese outfits.

Details of the model and some images of the lion dancer will be announced shortly.

Price £25


 Introduction to Digital Photography

Wednesday Evenings 7.30pm till 10.00pm from 25th January 2012
Location: Ian’s Studio

The course will consist of seven sessions Each session will be two and half hours in length.

The course content will include the following:

  • Composition, seeing and finding great photos.
  • Camera settings – understand what your camera can do
  • Getting the camera off auto:  understanding F-Stops, shutter speeds, focal lengths and ISO
  • White balance – what is it and when to change it
  • Flash photography.  Creative ways to use your flash gun to enhance your photos
  • Controlling the light – reflectors, defusers and filters.
  • RAW and JPG – what’s the difference?  Why shoot RAW?  How to process it
  • Downloading, processing and editing.
  • Sharing your photos on-line
  • Photography in difficult conditions:  at night, in the heat of the day, in the rain.
  • Photo critiques – learning how to assess your photos and teaching yourself to improve.

The course is aimed at beginners and those who wish to consolidate their photographic knowledge.  As with any course the time spent on any given subject will be tailored to reflect the current knowledge and experience of those attending.

Printed course materials (over 100 pages of notes) will be provided to all attendees.  Throughout the course there will be opportunities should you wish to have your photographs assessed to help you improve.

The total cost of the course is £149 (That works out at under £22 per session).   Places on the course will be limited.  To book your place please contact me.

Please note: The course is designed for users of DSLR cameras.  If you have a “compact” camera or a “bridge” camera please contact me to discuss its suitability for this course.