Fellow photographers,

Welcome to a theatrically themed newsletter.  Most subscribers know I am involved with local theatres, and also know that when I am on stage my regular Friday night events get handed over to local photographers.  At the moment I am involved with two different there productions, Amadeus at Stockport Garrick Theatre and Talking Heads with Woodford Players.  The means that the next THREE friday nights will be hosted by guest photographers.  Rick Bradbury will be doing his “One light night” workshop this Friday, and a new “All in the shadows” event two weeks later.  Sandwiched in between will be an “Evening of Venom and Latex” where Stephen Roberts will host a shoot with model Kayleigh aka Strawberry Venom.

The next event I will be hosting at the Studio, is the “Girl/Girl Messy Day” on Sunday 24th June.  Followed by an evening looking at “RPS distinctions” on Frdiay 29th June and re-run of the “Introduction to Wedding Photography” on Sunday 1st July.

For details on any of these events (and plug for the two plays I’m in) please read on… 

 One Light Night with Rick Bradbury

NOTE: If you wish to book for this event please let Rick or myself know BEFORE 6pm Today (Thursday).

Friday, 8 June 2012 , 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: Ian’s Studio

This event will be a re run (with a twist) of a popular event at Ian’s Studio the One Light Night.  The last time this was run back in May 2011 it was a popular event and we have requests to re-run it so others can attend.  Again the event will be hosted and run by “New to Photos”‘s Rick Bradbury

Rick writes……

For this event we will be working with just one light, why?  Well you can truly do allot with just that one single light and it’s a great place to start if you are new to using light or flashes. The key when starting out is keep it simple, start somewhere and then move on…that somewhere is with One Light.

During this event I will cover the basics of finding a good (no such thing as correct) flash exposure so you can start to practice and become comfortable with dialling in a good exposure with your camera and your light.  Remember I said Your and this is where the twist comes in.. I want you to bring your speedlite (what most people start with) your modifier (if you have one), your stand and bracket and your wireless triggers. But the studio has studio lights we can use?  Yup it does but using those lights won’t help you with getting to learn and know your gear.

You will be using your gear, learning about flash exposure and making the images happen yourself (with my help), I’m not going to use a light meter and tell you what settings because that’s of no help to you, this event is designed to help beginners to flash photography and using one light.  So if you have some lighting gear but have yet to learn how to use it then this is for you.  Of course regular studio event attendees/advanced photographers are more than welcome but this is to help people new to using off camera lighting.

We will look at where to start with gear/ modifiers and positioning your light (a subjective choice).  Learning the basics will help your photography far more than buying new gear any day and with the skills learnt (then practiced!) you will be free to attend future studio events with out these basics getting in the way.. freeing you up to shoot shoot shoot.

I look forward to meeting you at the event and starting you on your journey with off camera lighting and kick starting your to gaining control of the gear you own.

What you will need.

  • Your Camera and kit lens (feel free to bring other lens but keep it simple)
  • Your speedlite (one) and some batteries (bring spares)
  • Your wireless triggers, the studio has triggers available but if your have your own bring them.
  • Your Stands and brackets if you’re unsure on how they work/set up.
  • Your modifier (but only one) if you have one.
  • Questions – if you have any about this stuff then write them down.  I’m not leaving until I answer them all.
  • Desire to learn and get to know your own gear and further your photography, this wont cover it all but it will get you started and on your way.

Cost £25

If possible please bring the correct money.

Details of our model for this event will be released in due course.


Latex and Venom – Hosted by Stephen Roberts

Friday, 15 June 2012 , 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: Ian’s Studio
This weeks event will be led and hosted by Scottish Geek Photography’s Stephen Roberts.  At this event you will have the opportunity to shoot a mixture of latex fashion and art nude with model Strawberry Venom.

Strawberry Venom is a regular model at the studio and is one of the countries leading models for latex outfits.  She has been widely published in magazines such as Bizarre, Amateur Photographer.  You can see her Purestorm profile HERE

In addition to modelling a number of designer outfits Miss Venom will also be posing for some art nude images.

Price: £29

It’s all in the shadows with Rick Bradbury

Friday, 22 June 2012 , 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: Ian’s Studio

This event will again be hosted and led by Rick Bradbury.  At it we will be looking at and working with shadows but not just shadows on our subject.  We will be looking at making abstract images, photographing shadows and shapes both with and with out a subject in frame, as well as using shadows to create interesting patterns on the background and may be even fool the images viewer.

Rick Writes…..

Shadows are an important aspect of any photograph as they create depth and shape in what is a 2 dimensional image. They can also create mood, but they have to be delivered well and made part of the composition like in the image above.

You will be shooting allot and have free run to experiment with light placement and shadow placement as well as creating interesting backgrounds using shadows of objects, props or a person or two.

What you will need:

  • Camera and Kit lens
  • Memory Cards
  • Anything that can have a light fired at it to create a pattern / shadow on the background.  I will bring a few items but feel free to bring what you have.

Cost £20 per photographer.

If possible please bring correct money as it’s easier to deal with and also pay the model that way.

Details of the model will be released nearer the time.

I look forward to working with you and seeing the result you create on the night.


Girl/Girl Messy Day

Sunday, 24 June 2012 , 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location:Ian’s Studio

Another in our series of popular messy days.  This time we will work with two established glamour models to create messy images involving two models and messy substances.This event is designed to build on the topics covered at the Messy Art Nude Workshops run earlier this year.  This time we will be working on images that require two models to create.  This day is ideal for those who have previously attended one of the workshops.  (although that is not a prerequisite).

Our models will be working up to nude levels. And there is plenty of scope within the day to work on messy ideas that those attending may wish to bring to the event.  If you have a very specific idea you wish to try please let me know before hand so that I can schedule the different set-ups in the most efficient way.

I am pleased to announce that one of the models will be “Blue Saphire”  (http://www.purestorm.com/BlueSapphire – contains nudity).  I will announce details of the other model shortly.

The types of images I expect we will work on include art and glamour nude images where the poses involve both models.  We will also work on some pie fight and/or food fight images.

Here’s some messy ideas to get start you thinking…. http://photos.imb.biz/messy-highlights (As you might expect the gallery contains artistic nudity)

You can see example images from the March 24th messy workshop (with Kiki Devine as the model) here: http://photos.imb.biz/model/shoot/kikimessy

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.

We require a minimum of three photographers to book for this event to take place.

Price: £95 (Includes Lunch) [This event is a little more expensive than the others due to the fact that we need to book two models for the day]

A deposit of £25 is required to secure your place you may pay your deposit on-line here: http://www.ians-studio.co.uk/pay/

 RPS Distinctions Night

Friday, 29 June 2012 , 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: Ian’s Studio

Something a bit different for this “Friday Night at the Studio” event.  I keep getting people asking me what is involved in getting an LRPS or and ARPS from the Royal Photographic Society.At this event I will explain the process.  Show you my LRPS and ARPS panels and provide you with some feedback/critique on any panels you are planing to submit to the society.

Please Note: Although I am a member of the RPS and I have an ARPS distinction.  I hold no position with the RPS and this session is not authorised by the RPS.  The views expressed are my own and are based on lessons I learned while preparing my own images for submission.

Price: £10

Ian On Stage


I know that some of the subscribers to this newsletter are also interested in Theatre, so I thought I would take the opportunity to give a quick plug to the two stage productions that will be taking me away from the regular Friday Night at the Studio events for the next three weeks.

Fristly, I am appearing in Amadeus at Stockport Garrick Theatre.  9 – 16th June.  Amadeus is tells of the rivalry between two composers – Salieri and Mozart, and particularly about Salieri’s part in Mozart’s early death.  I play one of the Venticelli – a slightly camp purveyor of news and gossip.  The Venticelli appear 20 times in the play, always together, finishing each others sentences and frequently speaking at the same time.  The play defies definition – it is historical, it is a black comedy, it is a tragedy,  it has drama and of course it has music!  To book please visit the Stockport Garrick website.

Less than a week after the curtain comes down on Amadeus I will be appearing in Woodford Players production of Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads.  22nd & 23rd June.  Talking Heads requires very little introduction, it was a series of monologues written by Bennett for TV in the 1980s.  Subsequently released for stage performances.  Each monologue is about 35 mins in length.  I will be performing “A Chip in the Sugar” which is the monolgoue that Bennett himself performed on Television.  The humorous and moving monologue tells the story of midle aged, Graham, his relationship with his mother and her new ‘fancy man’.  Two other monologues, Lady of Letters and Her Big Chance will be performed.  The evening will take the form of a Theatre Dinner with a served two course meal and complementary glass of bubbly all included in the ticket price.  See the Woodford Players website for booking information

It would be great to see some of my photographer friends as either show.  If you are coming please let me know and I’ll see you in the bar after the performance.

The Full Programme

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