Fellow photographers,
I’ve titled this newsletter “It’s a mess” for two reasons.   Firstly I need to give Saturday’s “Messy Art Nude” workshop a big plug.  This will be a great day, you will get to create some very different images that you won’t get to do at a normal studio shoot. Plus we have a fantastic model booked.  If you are able to come please book – you won’t regret it!

The other reason for the title is that it reflects my frustration over the sound problems I’m having with the videocasts.  I’ve just released this weeks video which gives details of some of the problems and showing some of the tests I’ve been doing.

For more details about the messy workshop and this weeks videocast please read on…  (Oh, yes and the details of other events happening at the studio too!)


Messy Art Nude Workshop

Saturday, 24 March 2012 , 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: Ian’s Studio

At this full day workshop we will work with one or two art nude models to create a different style of art nude images using different messy substances such as chocolate & cream, foam, paints, and slime.

This workshop is expanded and extended beyond what was covered in the recent Friday night event.  This workshop will cover additional set-ups and full documentation on the techniques and lighting will be given to all attendees.

You can find example images of the style we will be creating at this event/workshop on my gallery:
http://photos.imb.biz/model/genre/messyartnude
(As you might expect the gallery contains artistic nudity)

The model for this event will be Kiki Devine.  Kiki is an experience art nude model, dancer and contortionist, so we can expect to photographer some great body shapes.  Kiki’s purestorm profile is: http://www.purestorm.com/profile.aspx?id=KikiDevine and her ModelMayhem page is: http://www.modelmayhem.com/1956586

Please note: While care will be taken to try to ensure that those attending the event do not get messy, you should be aware that we are working with messy substances such as paint and food substance which may stain.  Wearing old clothes is advised.

Price: £75 (Price includes printed notes and lunch)

The Friday night version of this event was very popular and was actually over-subscribed.  So early booking is advised for this event if you wish to guarantee a place.


Candle Light Night

Friday, 23 March 2012 , 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: Ian’s Studio
Before the clocks go forward and while we still have dark nights this week we will look at doing portraits by candle light.

Working with one or two models (depending on the number of photographers) we will attempt a number of different set-up to give the appearance that the model is lit by candle light.

Bring your tripod for this event as there will be some longer than normal exposures required.

Details of the model will be published later.

Price: £20


Introduction to DSLR Photography (Two day course)

Two Day Intensive Training Saturday 31st March and Sunday 1st Aril 2012 (10am till 5pm)
Location: Ian’s Studio

We will cover the entire course over a single weekend.  This will be an intensive two days that will give you all the basics to go out and start creating great images.[callout title=What others say]This is what previous attendees have said about the course:

It’s a pleasure to learn from such a skilled and knowledgeable practitioner as Ian.” Sophie Brown & Adrian West, March 2011

Super course :-)” -AB

It was FAB – thank you very much!!” – HH

Ian is really really good and combines a ‘simple’ powerpoint presentation with comprehensive notes and so forth for your retention and even sets practical and creative tasks and runs critiques etc.  This has benefited me already ! I wish I’d been on something like that when I was at college (!)” – DG[/callout]

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.   Places on the course will be limited.  To book your place please contact me.  A buffet lunch will be provided on both days of the course.

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.


Intermediate Photography Course

Weekly on Wednesday Evenings 7.30pm till 10.00pm from 11th April 2012
Location: Ian’s Studio

The course will consist of eight sessions (session 5 on glamour, boudoir, & art nude is option).  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.

  • Session 1 :  Travel and Architecture
  • Session 2 : Available light portraiture and Weddings
  • Session 3 : Off Camera flash and strobist techniques
  • Session 4 : Studio portrature
  • Session 5 : Glamour, boudoir and art nude photography (This session is optional)
  • Session 6 : Events, theatre and performance photography
  • Session 7 : Macro, product and commercial photography
  • Session 8 : Sports and wildlife photography

Each session will leave you with some homework to reinforce the skills and techniques we have talked about.

Price:
8 Sessions: £165.
or 7 Sessions (omitting session 5) : £155

The course is aimed at photographers who have a reasonable level of photographic knowledge.  I have designed the course to be particularly suitable for those who have already completed my “Introduction to Digital Photography” course.  If you have not completed that course, you should have an understanding of photographic techniques such as exposure, aperture, controlling depth of field, etc.  Experience of using flash guns is useful but not essential.  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 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.

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.


Video: Microphone Tests


This week’s video tutorial describes some of the problems I have been having with sound recording for the videocasts.  It really is becoming quite frustrating as I keep getting people telling me I need to improve the sound quality and I am struggling to find a way to do it.  Hopefully you will find the video interesting – even if you are not into videography or sound recording.  But if you are and you have any suggestions that aren’t going to cost me an arm and a leg then please let me know.

Here’s the link: http://youtu.be/hB_9vbgN9uo?hd=1

Oh, yes, and please tell me which microphone in the tests YOU think is the best?  Also please let me know what you think of the sound quality?  Is it distracting?  Are you happy with it?

Please subscribe to the video feed on YouTube – this will help my chances of attracting sponsors so that I can afford to keep producing the videos.

Here’s are the links to released previously.

Please take a look at them and let me know what you think (good or bad), also let me know of any topics you would like me to cover.

Coming soon…..

  • Using a light tent
  • Light tent for eBay products
  • Talking pictures with Rick Bradbury
  • Photography Critique: Shawn Truesdell
  • Time lapse showcase

Please note the titles and order of release is still provisional at this stage and may change.

If you have a YouTube account you can subscribe to updates to my channel so that you are notified when new videos come along.


The Full Programme

For full details of all our fourthcomming events please use the links below..