Fellow photographers,

Welcome to a long overdue first Newsletter for 2012. I’m pleased to announce the programme of events and workshops between now and the end of March.

Click the links above or read on for more information on the events coming up in the next couple of weeks….  (Oh, yes, and at the very end there’s a little bit of Lightroom News too!)

Glamour Clichés

Friday, 3 February 2012 , 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: Ian’s Studio

We’ve all seen the glamour clichés… and at some point we will all shoot them.  Come along tonight, shoot them and get them out of your system ….and move on.At this event we will have one or two models (depending on the number of photographers) working to glamour nude level.I have a number of clichés to get us started but I’m hoping you will come with your clichéd glamour ideas too.

The idea is that we shoot each cliché then we will work as a group to modify it into something more original.I am pleased to announce that the model for the event will be Wendy Louise…

Price: £29
(Still got a couple of spaces available)

Shooting for Stock

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

At this event I will showcase some of the stock photography images that I have created and sold.

There will be opportunities for you to work with a model to create commercial images suitable for submission to photographic libraries.Additionally I will set up the table-top studio and give advice on creating table-top concept images similar to those that have I have sold in the past.

Details of the model for this event will be announced later.

Price: £22

Art Nude Workshop

Saturday, 11 February 2012 , 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: Ian’s Studio
At this workshop I will demonstrate a number of art nude set-ups.  There will be printed notes detailing the lighting set-ups being used.The day will be suitable for those who are a little unsure about where to start with art nude photography; but time will be built into the day to enable more experienced photographers to build on these set-ups.

Our model for this event will be announced shortly

There will be opportunities to create high-key (white background) images, low-key (black background) images and bodyscape images.  A large selection of props will be available to enhance the images and to help inspire you with ideas.

Cost £82 per person (this includes lunch and printed notes).

Self-portrait night

Friday, 17 February 2012 , 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: Ian’s Studio
Sooner or later every photographer needs a photograph of him or herself.  Most of us don’t like posing for other photographers, so tonight we will look at some techniques for getting self portraits.We will look at simple techniques for setting up your camera and ensuring you get yourself in focus.

We will look at not only studio lighting set-ups but also strobist techniques that can be used anywhere.  Of course many of the lighting set-ups can also be used for any portrait shoot.Finally in addition to all this I will show you the techniques involved in creating a surreal self-portrait.  (See the image advertising this event).

Your model for this event is…. YOU!

Price: £10

Lightroom News

Lightroom Splash ScreenYou will almost certainly know by now that Adobe have announced the public beta of Lighroom 4.  You can download the beta from the adobe labs website:  http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/lightroom4/

The beta version is free but has a few limitations.  Firstly you can’t upgrade a Lightroom 3 catalog… that functionality WILL be available in the final version but Adobe disable it in the beta to dissuade people from using the beta for their live working environment.

Secondly the beta will expire at the end of March… but on past experience this means that a new beta will be out before then, which will have a later date.  I would expect it possible to continue using the beta versions right up to the time of the release of Lightroom 4.  And then you usually get a month’s ‘free trial’ of the released version.

There are a lot of new features in LR4 and I’ve taken the decision to postpone my next Lightroom Training Day until April or May so that I can incorporate information about the LR4 changes in to the training.

The other bit of information you might like to know about is that until the 3rd of March Adobe are offering Lightroom 3 at 50% off.  See: http://www.adobe.com/uk/special/offers.html.  – That works out at £118 for the full product.  Upgrades are typically prices about £76 so buying v3 now and buying the upgrade to LR4 when it is released might be a cheap way into buying the product.

Usual caveats apply to this.  I’m guessing that the upgrade price will be the same as previous Lightroom upgrades and this doesn’t take into account of any offer that Adobe might decide to run when LR4 is first released.  And, yes, they do tend to run an offer for the first moth of it’s release.  All I can do is provide you with the above facts and let you make your own choice.

I will write more about the new features in LR4 in my next newsletter.