Fellow Photographers,

I want to draw your attention to a very special event I am running Bank Holiday Monday this weekend.  It is a Trash the Dress shoot up in Fleetwood.  We will be shooting in two locations, on the Esplanade and at the famous Fleetwood Wrecks.  I went over there yesterday to suss out both locations and you can find more information and a link to images I created yesterday in a blog post I have included in this newsletter.  This really is a not to be missed event as not only is the location very photogenic but our model Maud will be trashing her actual wedding dress.

Also in this newsletter is a blog post covering my thoughts about a recent decision by the US Copyright Office.

For this and details of other forthcoming events…. please read on….


Forthcoming Events

Monday, 25 August 2014 – Trash the Dress: Fleetwood

Trash the Dress: Fleetwood

Location: Ian’s Studio
Time: 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Price: £45

Join us on August Bank Holiday Monday in Fleetwood for a Trash the Dress shoot with model Maud.  We will be shooting in various locations in the Fleetwood area including round the wrecks on the Fleetwood marshes.

Our model for this event will be Maud (http://purpleport.com/portfolio/maude/?referrer=ianbutty).  Maud was recently at the studio for our bedroom glamour night and our Friday 13th Event.  She was an instant hit with the photographers and I think without exception we were all keen to shoot with her again.

The dress that Maud will be wearing for this shoot will be her actual, real life wedding dress!  And we intend to completely trash it by the end of the shoot.  As Maud says:  “a celebration in mud of a great divorce hahaha

Never done a “trash the dress” shoot before?  And not sure what to expect?  You might want to take a look at these two galleries on my website:

http://photos.imb.biz/model/shoot/saphire-ttd and http://photos.imb.biz/model/shoot/royalttd

I have found two places for us to shoot at.  The first location will be on the beach and esplanade near Lower Lighthouse.  At this location we will create some classic wedding style images – these will be our ‘before’ shots.

After that we will head over to our main location which are the famous Fleetwood Wrecks.  These are on the muddy salt marshes about a mile out of town.  The marshes are muddy and there is a bit of a scramble to get to the wrecks.  Please wear sensible footwear with good grip we will be walking over uneven, muddy ground.  I recommend that you should wear old clothes and possibly bring a change of clothing with you too.  For some of the set-ups to get the best shots you may want to go down into the muddy areas where Maud is trashing her dress.

You can see images from my visit to both locations here:  http://photos.imb.biz/travel/uk/fleetwood

Price: £45

Please book via my website: http://www.ians-studio.co.uk/events/trash-the-dress-fleetwood/


Friday, 29 August 2014 – Summer in the Park

Summer in the Park

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

As we head towards the end of Summer, this week’s Friday Night theme will be summer in the park.  A chance to practice your strobist (off camera flash) techniques as we work with our model(s) in Vernon and Woodbank parks.

Depending on the number of photographers booking I will arrange one, two or three models for us to shoot.

In the event of bad weather there are several locations we can use to shoot in the park and of course we can always use the studio.

Details of the models for this event will be published at a later date.

Price £25

Please book via my website: http://www.ians-studio.co.uk/events/summer-in-the-park/


Saturday, 30 August 2014 – Rhianna Grey: Studio Day

Rhianna Grey: Studio Day

Location: Ian’s Studio
Time: 10:00 AM – 6:45 PM
Price: £40 per hour

PLEASE NOTE THE ALL-INCLUSIVE PRICE FOR THIS DAY TO JUST £40 PER HOUR

Rhianna Grey returns to the studio for a studio day.  Book model and studio for an all inclusive price of £45 per hour.

Rhianna will work at any level up to art nude.

You can find Rhianna’s profile on purpleport here: http://purpleport.com/portfolio/rhiannagrey/?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: £40 per hour.

Please book via my website: http://www.ians-studio.co.uk/events/rhianna-grey-studio-day-2/


Friday, 5 September 2014 – Enter The Red Room

Enter The Red Room

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

For tonight’s event we will be creating a number of different types of images using the studio’s “Red Room Set”.  The Red Room set is made up of red background paper, a red sofa and for some shots the use of red Venetian blinds.

The Red Room set offers a variety of possibilities and will enable you to create some striking images.

Our model this evening will be working at a variety of levels from clothed to nude.

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

Price: £29

Please book via my website: http://www.ians-studio.co.uk/events/enter-the-red-room/


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/


Friday, 12 September 2014 – Sports and Fitness Night

Sports and Fitness Night

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

*** Please Note:  The date of this event has now changed to Friday 12th September ****

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/


Friday, 19 September 2014 – The Art of Oil

The Art of Oil

Location: Ian’s Studio
Time: 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Price: £35

Tonight’s Friday Night at the Studio event will have an oil theme to it.   We will work with an established art nude model to create a number of artistic images which combine the human figure with oil.

We will look at a number of techniques.  We will use of baby oil to create a shine and reflections on a model’s skin.  Cooking oil and water to show water droplets on the skin, and finally we will use a black slime which looks like crude oil to create abstract bodyscapes, body part and art nude images.

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

Price: £35

Please book via my website: http://www.ians-studio.co.uk/events/the-art-of-oil/


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…

[BLOG] Making a Monkey out of Copyright

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Crested black macaque.  Image created by photographer David Slater
“This file is in the public domain, because as the work of a non-human animal, it has no human author in whom copyright is vested.” – WikiMedia

Have you seen the above photo before?  It is a ‘selfie’ taken by a crested black macaque.  Recently there has been a lot of controversy about it.  It was effectively created by Photographer David Slater – he came across the macaque, and enabled it to take the photograph.  Wiki Media placed it on their website and labeled it as “public domain”.  Slater asked them to take it down claiming he has the copyright.  No says WikiMedia as it was taken by the macaque.  Now the US Copyright Office has waded in and has come down on the side of WikiMedia stating:

“The Office will not register works produced by nature, animals or plants,” the federal office, which operates under the Library of Congress, wrote in a recent update to its regulations. “Likewise, the office cannot register a work purportedly created by divine or supernatural beings, although the office may register a work where the application or the deposit copy(ies) state that the work was inspired by a divine spirit.”

What does this mean for us as photographers?  I believe it is a very dangerous decision.  Slater is clearly the person who set-up this image.  He created the situation where a the macaque could take the image.  He gave the camera to the macaque, he probably ensured the camera was pointing in the right direction.  He processed the image.   All the macaque did was to press the button.

Let’s look at another scenario, a wildlife photographer set-up a camera outside an animal’s den/nest/lair he sets up an infra red beam so that as the lion/bird/fox enters or exits it triggers the image to be created.  Effectively it is taking the image, following the logic of the US Copyright Office the photographer would not have copyright on that image.

Take it to the next level.  A photographer working with an assistant.  The photographer decides on the lighting, he meters it and chooses an aperture and shutter-speed.  He then gets his assistant to put his camera on a tripod.  The photographer checks the composition and then finally he asks his assistant to press the shutter release.  Who created the image?  Who owns the copyright.  I think most people would say it is the photographer not the assistant who created the image and owns the copyright.

So how is this situation of photographer and assistant different to the situation of David Slater and the macaque? I don’t believe it is a million miles away.  If copyright can be taken away from Slater because he didn’t press the button, how long will it be before copyright is taken away from photographers who got their assistant to press the button?

Copyright should be there to protect the primary creative input involved in producing an image or piece of artwork.  This ruling is a first step that could move us away from that principle.  As far as I am concerned, although sadly David Slater no longer legally has copyright on the image, it is still an image that he has created.

For more information about David Slater and his photography please see his website: http://www.djsphotography.co.uk/


[BLOG] Fleetwood Wrecks

Today I went up to Fleetwood to suss out the location for Monday’s Trash the Dress event.  I have found two places for us to shoot at.  The first location will be on the beach and esplanade near Lower Lighthouse.  After that we will head over to our main location which are the famous Fleetwood Wrecks.  These are on the muddy salt marshes about a mile out of town.

You can see images from my visit to both locations here:  http://photos.imb.biz/travel/uk/fleetwood

Just a few details about the event on Monday, firstly a reminder that this is a one-off event that I am unlikely to run again, as it is highly unlikely that I will be able to find another model who is willing to trash her actual wedding dress for the sake of the shoot.

Our model for this event will be Maud (http://purpleport.com/portfolio/maude/?referrer=ianbutty).  Maud was recently at the studio for our bedroom glamour night and our Friday 13th Event.  She was an instant hit with the photographers and I think without exception we were all keen to shoot with her again.

More details about the event and to book please visit the event page here: http://www.ians-studio.co.uk/events/trash-the-dress-fleetwood/


The Full Programme

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

• Monday, 25 August 2014 – Trash the Dress: Fleetwood
• Friday, 29 August 2014 – Summer in the Park
• Saturday, 30 August 2014 – Rhianna Grey: Studio Day
• Friday, 5 September 2014 – Enter The Red Room
• Tuesday, 9 September 2014 – Introduction to DSLR Photography Course
• Friday, 12 September 2014 – Sports and Fitness Night
• Friday, 19 September 2014 – The Art of Oil
• Sunday, 19 October 2014 – Through the Decades

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