Fellow Photographers,

I have added three new events to the calendar since my last newsletter.  The first of which is this Friday evening: “Less is More” with model Aurelia.  I’ve added two autumn events to the calendar, the first of which is “Through the Decades” a full day shoot with outfits for 6 or 7 different decades.

The third event to go on to the calendar are details of a rerun of the “Introduction to DSLR Photography Course” which will be restarting again in September.

This weekend we have Tina Kay coming to the studio for a studio day.  If you don’t know how studio days work, take a look at the blog post included in the newsletter where I answer some FAQs.

I’m also including a blog post about the different paper backgrounds that are available at the studio.

So for all this and more… please read on….

Forthcoming Events

Friday, 25 July 2014 – Less is More

Less is More

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

For this week’s Friday Night at the Studio event we are going to look at the theme of creating “Implied Nude” and “Implied Topless” images.  Often images can be more powerful and striking where the nudity is just hinted at.  We will consider a number of different techniques creating such images including the use of props, pose, lighting and even the angle from which we shoot.

Although the theme is implied nude and implied topless images we will be photographing a model who has been booked to work up to full nude levels.  This means that as we consider these techniques we can compare both concealed and revealed images. It also means that as we practice various techniques there is no embarrassment to the model if the concealment is not as perfect as we had intended.

Our model for this event will be the amazing Aurelia.  You can find her profile on purpleport: http://purpleport.com/portfolio/msaureliajones/ (NSFW).

Price: £29

Please book via my website: http://www.ians-studio.co.uk/events/less-is-more/

Saturday, 26 July 2014 – Tina Kay: Studio Day

Tina Kay: Studio Day

Location: Ian’s Studio
Time: 10:00 AM – 6:45 PM
Price: £55 per hour

Tina Kay comes to the studio for a studio day.  Book model and studio for an all inclusive price of £55 per hour.

The price covers Tina working at any level up to art nude.

You can see Tina’s profile on purpleport here: http://purpleport.com/portfolio/tinakay/?referrer=ianbutty (NSFW)

As ever with any event or studio hire I will be on hand to provide as much (or as little) help and support with lighting and settings as you wish.  And if you don’t wish or need any help I will sit quietly in office out of your way.

There is a 15 minute break between hourly sessions.  Book two consecutive hours and get the 15 minutes between for free.

The following sessions are available:

Session 1:  10:00-11:00
Session 2:  11:15-12:15
Session 3:  12:30-13:30
LUNCH 30mins
Session 4:  14:00-15:00
Session 5:  15:15-16:15
Session 6:  16:30-17:30
Session 7:  17:45-18:45

Please book the hourly slot(s) you wish using the booking form below.  If you have any problems making your booking please contact me.

Price: £55 per hour.

Please book via my website: http://www.ians-studio.co.uk/events/tina-kay-studio-day/

Friday, 1 August 2014 – Sports and Fitness Night

Sports and Fitness Night

Location: Ian’s Studio
Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Price: £25

For this Friday Night at the Studio event we look at creating sport and fitness images.  Weather permitting we will split our time between shooting in the park and in the studio.

Details of the model for this event will be published shortly.

Price : £25

Please book via my website: http://www.ians-studio.co.uk/events/sports-and-fitness-night/

Tuesday, 9 September 2014 – Introduction to DSLR Photography Course

Introduction to DSLR Photography Course

Location: Ian’s Studio
Time: 7:00 PM – 9:30 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 weekly on Tuesday Evenings 7pm – 9.30pm. starting Tuesday 9th September (Please note: There will be no session on Tuesday 23rd & 30th September).

Ie the course sessions would be as follows:

  • Tues 9th Sep
  • Tues 16th Sep
  • Tues 7th Oct
  • Tues 14th Oct
  • Tues 21st Oct
  • Tues 28th Oct
  • Tues 4th Nov

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.
  • 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-5/

Sunday, 19 October 2014 – Through the Decades

Through the Decades

Location: Ian’s Studio
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Price: £75

In March model Amy Pulford came to the studio for a 1920′s evening.  This proved to be a huge success and Amy’s attention to detail when it comes to her outfits and make-up is second to none.  This October Amy will return to the studio for a full day.  The theme will be “Through the Decades”.  Each set we shoot will be based on a different decade starting with the 1920′s through to the present day.

To help with the changes we will have MUA Jane Bellis joining us at this event.  We are aiming to shoot 7 or 8 different decades at this shoot.  We will attempt to include as many as possible of the following:

  • 1920′s – Flapper Dress
  • 1930′s – Hollywood Glamour/Caberet style
  • 1940′s – War-time Land Girl
  • 1950′s – Classic Swimsuit Pin-up
  • 1960′s – Hippy Chick
  • 1970′s – Punk
  • 1980′s – Yuppie Girl/Business Power
  • 2000′s – Geeky Girl

You can find Amy’s profile on Purpleport here: http://purpleport.com/portfolio/amypulford7/?referrer=ianbutty

Price: £75

Please book via my website: http://www.ians-studio.co.uk/events/through-the-decades/

From the Blog…

Background Papers

One of the questions I get asked a lot at the studio is about where I get my background papers from.  I also get asked about the cost of the papers.  As I have just ordered EIGHT new rolls of paper for the studio, I thought this would be a good time write a blog about it all.

The background papers I use at the studio are a standard studio size 2.72 metres (8’11″) wide and the length of the paper on the roll is 11m (36ft) long, 180 gsm.  There are many companies that supply papers in these sizes, Colorama perhaps being the most well known.

The supplier I use is “Creativity Backgrounds” – They have 50 different colours and are just a little less expensive than Colorama.  Creativity Backgrounds also do an offer buy three and get a fourth roll free.  So I tend to order my papers in batches of four.  The price is £42 (inc VAT) per roll.

Including the eight rolls I have just ordered the colours of the rolls I currently have at the studio are:

Arctic WhiteStorm GreyUltra BlackCherrySunflowerSulphurSummer GreenRiviera*,AquaRoyal PurpleBarley*

Click on the links above or on the swatches below to go to the info page for each colour at the Creativity Backgrounds website.



* The Riviera roll, is towards ‘end of roll’ and will not be replaced in the near future

* The “Barley” roll is only 8ft (2.4m) wide.

FAQ for Model Days


As I have a model day planned with Tina Kay for this Saturday, I thought it would be good to write an FAQ about Model Days for the benefit of those who may not be too familiar with them.

What is a Model Day?

It is a day when a named model is based at the studio and you can book her and the studio in hourly slots for an all-inclusive price.  It is sometimes known as a slots day.

Can I book more than one hour?

Yes of course you can, in fact you most people do.  There are a number of advantages in booking more than one hour, not least that one hour will be over before you know it.  To allow time for change overs we normally have a 15min gap between the sessions that can be booked so if you do book more than one hour you get the 15min gap for free!

Do I have to set up the lights myself?

No.  I am on hand to do the lighting for you if you wish.  Just tell me what you want to achieve and I will set up for you.

What if I want to do my own lighting?

That’s fine too.  I’ll keep out of your way if you want me to and leave you to get on with it.

I’ve only ever been to group shoots before, What if I might run out of ideas to shoot?

You probably won’t, most photographers find that once they get started the time goes very quickly and they don’t get through all the ideas they want to shoot.  That’s another good reason for booking for more than one hour.  But in the unlikely event that you do run out of ideas, both the model and I can give you suggestions on what you might want to shoot next.

Can I share the slot with another photographer?

Yes of course you can.  In fact that is a great idea, book say three hours between two photographers and you get the two 15 min gaps between sessions, you get to bounce ideas of each other.

Ian, will you sit in on the shoot?

Only if I am asked to do so.  Normally I sit in the office out of the way and get on with paperwork.  If you want me to sit in on the shoot to provide advice and suggestions then I am happy to do so. Very occasionally a model may ask me to sit in on a shoot.  This is extreamly rare but if it does happen there will be a good reason for it, such the model needing help with certain props.

Ian, do you shoot during my session?

No.  You have booked for an hour of you shooting with the model.  The only exceptions to this would be if the photographer invited me to take a few shots, or if I was asked to demonstrate a technique.  Those who have been to training sessions at the studio will know my training style is very much “show and tell”.  In either case the number of images I take are minimal and always only with your permission and at at your instigation.

What backgrounds, sets and props are available?

Tell me what you are looking for and I will advise.  I have a range of different background papers, and painted backgrounds.  Room sets may be possible but building and dismantling the sets (eg the Bed set or the boudoir set) all take time and may take a large chunk out of your hour slot, if you really want to shoot one of those let me know before booking and I will advise whether it is possible or not.  I have too many props to list here – just let me know your theme and I will tell you if I have anything suitable.

This all sounds fantastic where can I book?

At the time of writing our next model day will be on Saturday July 26th with Tina Kay – see http://www.ians-studio.co.uk/events/tina-kay-studio-day/ for more information and to book your slots.

The Full Programme

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

• Friday, 25 July 2014 – Less is More
• Saturday, 26 July 2014 – Tina Kay: Studio Day
• Friday, 1 August 2014 – Sports and Fitness Night
• Friday, 8 August 2014 – Improvised Outfits
• Friday, 15 August 2014 – Table Top Night: Christmas Cards
• Monday, 25 August 2014 – Trash the Dress: Fleetwood
• Tuesday, 9 September 2014 – Introduction to DSLR Photography Course
• Sunday, 19 October 2014 – Through the Decades