Fellow Photographers,

Just a quick “newsflash” version of the newsletter to let you know about this Friday Evening’s event.  We have plus-sized alternative model Lethal Gem visiting the studio working at a number of different levels.  This will be a great opportunity to get something that little bit different for your portfolio.

Also what are you doing on bank holiday Monday?  You know it’s going to rain don’t you? (it always does on bank holidays) So why not join us for a 4×4 (4hrs 4 photographers) session with model Willow Rose.

No blog post in this issue but – the first three images in a series of iphoneography photos.

So for all this an more please read on….


Forthcoming Events

Friday, 23 August 2013 – An Evening with Lethal Gem

An Evening with Lethal Gem

Location: Ian’s Studio
Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Price: £29

Tonight’s Friday Night at the Studio event is an opportunity to work with plus size alternative model “Lethal Gem”

Gemma will be working a mix of levels from alt-fashion to art nude.  You can see her profile on Purestorm here: http://www.purestorm.com/LethalGem and find her Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/misslethalgem?fref=ts

Price: £29

Please book via my website: http://www.ians-studio.co.uk/events/an-evening-with-lethal-gem/


Monday, 26 August 2013 – Willow Rose 4×4

Willow Rose 4x4

Location: Ian’s Studio
Time: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Price: £65

Willow Rose is back! And this time she will be modeling for two four hour sessions each of which will be restricted to just four photographers.

Willow modeled for one of my art nude workshops 18 months ago.  Shortly after that workhop she moved down to Cornwall.  It is no exaggeration to say that had she not moved out of the area she would have been a very regular and very popular model at the studio.

Willow will be bringing a variety of looks to this “4×4″ event and will be working at various levels up to art nude. To get some idea of the breath of styles that Willow covers please take a look at her profile on Purpleport: http://purpleport.com/portfolio/willowrose/?referrer=iansstudio

If you want to see images I shot at the art nude workshop with her from 18 months ago you can find them here:  http://photos.imb.biz/models/shoot/willowrose

Don’t miss this opportunity… it might be another 18 months before Willow is back in Manchester!

You have the choice of morning or afternoon session.
The morning session starts at 9.30am, the afternoon session starts at 2.30pm

Price: £65

Please book via my website: http://www.ians-studio.co.uk/events/willow-rose-4×4/


Saturday, 7 September 2013 – Welcome back Rachael F

Welcome back Rachael F

Location: Ian’s Studio
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Price: £65

After a year on placement model/photographer Rachael F is back at Ian’s Studio.  At this special one-off event Rachael will be both modelling and photographing.

For the first 3hrs Rachael will be the model. For the remaining 3hrs she will join the photographers as we shoot a model that she has chosen. The model Rachel has chosen is Luin.

You can see images from some of the events that Rachael has modeled at here: http://photos.imb.biz/model/rachael and you can see Rachael’s Purpleport profile here: http://purpleport.com/portfolio/rachaelf/?referrer=iansstudio

Luin will be working at a mix of levels including modelling cyberdog fashion and some nude work.  You can see her profile here: http://purpleport.com/portfolio/luin/?referrer=iansstudio

We are limiting the number of photographers for this event to six (plus Rachael of course).  I expect this event will sell out so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Please note lunch is not provided at this event.

Price: £65

Please book via my website: http://www.ians-studio.co.uk/events/welcome-back-rachael-f/


Tuesday, 10 September 2013 – Introduction to DSLR Photography Course

Introduction to DSLR Photography Course

Location: Ian’s Studio
Time: 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Price: £149

This course will give all the basics to go out and start creating great images. The course is 7 sessions long and will be running fortnightly on Tuesday evenings 7.30pm – 10pm. starting Tuesday 10 September

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.   A minimum deposit of £40 is required to reserve you place on 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.

Please book via my website: http://www.ians-studio.co.uk/events/introduction-to-dslr-photography-course-3/


Saturday, 14 September 2013 – Introduction to Studio Photography Workshop

Introduction to Studio Photography Workshop

Location: Ian’s Studio
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Price: £69

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.

Details of our model for this event will be published later.

You can see some images taken at previous versions of this workshop in this gallery… 
26 Nov 2011 – http://photos.imb.biz/model/shoot/vikiworkshop
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 £69.00. (includes lunch and printed notes)

Please book via my website: http://www.ians-studio.co.uk/events/introduction-to-studio-photography-workshop-3/


Photo of the Day

POTD 20 Aug 2013 – Royal Mail


Royal Mail

After completely wrecking yesterday’s iPhone image with an over use of snapseed I thought I would try again today and try to be a little more subte with the processing.

Of course the biggest problem with snapseed for me is the whole thing about using it on the phone. When you are used to assessing an image on a big duel screen set-up and iPhone display is a bit on the small side for image editing.

Still, all things being considered I don’t think I did too bad this time… considering the editing was done sitting in the car before sending the edited image up to foursquare.

PLEASE NOTE: This is not a source of free photographs.
This photograph is (c) Ian M Butterfield. All rights are reserved. No use Is permitted (including non-commercial use) without prior permission. If you wish to use any of my photographs please ask first.

Image Reference: FF0820I-I00015


POTD 19 Aug 2013 – Hands


Snapseed Hands

Second day of playing iphpneography. I have installed snapseed an app for editing images on the iphone and ipad. Snapseed has all sorts of effects and it makes it really easy to ruin a photograph!

PLEASE NOTE: This is not a source of free photographs.
This photograph is (c) Ian M Butterfield. All rights are reserved. No use Is permitted (including non-commercial use) without prior permission. If you wish to use any of my photographs please ask first.

Image Reference: FF0819I-I00008


POTD 18 Aug 2013 – Ian and the iPhone


Ian and the iPhone

So today I became the owner of an iPhone. Over the next few days, weeks and maybe months I am going to be trying to be learning all about “iphoneography” and if all goes to plan I will be sharing what I learn via my “Photos of the Day” / Blog.

So where to start? I guess the obvious place to start is where most people start with their iPhones taking the obligatory “selfie”.

A couple of things to note about it – I have transferred the image to lightroom to do the post production – ultimately I will be aiming to do the post production on the iPhone and only upload ‘finished’ iphone images to Lightroom. The post produciton work includes flipping the image and some noise reduction and a little tweeking to the exposure.

PLEASE NOTE: This is not a source of free photographs.
This photograph is (c) Ian M Butterfield. All rights are reserved. No use Is permitted (including non-commercial use) without prior permission. If you wish to use any of my photographs please ask first.

Image Reference: FF0818I-I00004


The Full Programme

For full details of all our fourthcomming events please use the links below or click on the event eFlyer.

• Friday, 23 August 2013 – An Evening with Lethal Gem
• Monday, 26 August 2013 – Willow Rose 4×4
• Saturday, 7 September 2013 – Welcome back Rachael F
• Tuesday, 10 September 2013 – Introduction to DSLR Photography Course
• Saturday, 14 September 2013 – Introduction to Studio Photography Workshop
• Saturday, 21 September 2013 – Introduction to Wedding Photography Workshop
• Friday, 11 October 2013 – Black and White Night
• Sunday, 20 October 2013 – Comprehensive Studio Photography Course
• Friday, 8 November 2013 – Tattoo Night
• Monday, 25 November 2013 – South Manchester Camera Club Talk

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