Fellow Photographers,

It is not always easy to find a linking theme from the items I include in my newsletter, but I do try to find one to be able to give the newsletter a title.  This week the theme is “Unusual”.   I’ve added a couple of new events on to the calendar both are a little unusual. The first is Unusual Underwear (which is also featured in this week’s “Deal of the Day”), the second is Fascinating Fascinators which is all about photographing model Amy Linton and her designer head gear.

The next two Friday Night events are also a little unusual – this Friday I’m teaching attendees how to do Mounting and Matting (bring your own prints to mount) and the week after we have a male model night with The Hitman Darren S.

Also in this weeks newsletter is:

  • For studio photographers: a second blog post about settings I use in the studio – this time I look at white balance.
  • For night-time photographers: news of how you can meet up with me to get free tuition on photographing fireworks and bonfires on 5th November
  • For stock photographers: the unusual sale of a Yorkshire sign.

And for those who missed this Friday’s Studio Fashion night my Photo of the Day is of Sarah Angel from that event and it has some unusual post-processing… well, unusual for me anyhow!

So for all of this…. please read on….

Deal of the Day

Unusual Offer

FG1114Z-Z00001During the past week I’ve announced two new events at the studio (and there are more to come in the next few days).  One of those events is called “Unusual Underwear” and will be taking place on Friday 14th November.

This event should be of particular interest to anyone wanting to shoot boudoir style images as we will be making use of the studio’s boudoir props and sets.

Enter code: UNUSUAL5 when booking to get £5 off the price of this event.  The code is only valid until 23:59 on Wednesday 29th October, so please book promptly to claim you discount.

For more details about this event and to place you booking please go to: http://www.ians-studio.co.uk/events/unusual-underwear/

Forthcoming Events

Friday, 31 October 2014 – Mounting and Matting

Mounting and Matting

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

Learn how to cut mats and mounts for your photographs.  I have a Longridge mount cutter at the studio, which can give accurate cuts for mounting your images.  The mount cutter is free to use for anyone who attends events at the studio, or who hires the studio.

If you have never cut your own mounts before you probably will not know just how easy it is when you use a professional mount cutter.

For tonight’s event I will show you the techniques involved, once you have been shown you are welcome to use the cutter at the studio whenever you need to cut future mounts.

Bring a couple of prints you want to mount/mat to this event.

Price: £10
Materials included in the price will be sufficient to mount either two prints unbacked or one print with backing.   Based on 50x40cm frames.  For smaller frames you may get more mounts from the material supplied.

PS: Yes, I do know the date is Halloween – if you are like me and don’t like the endless stream of kids playing trick or treat – then this is the ideal chance to get out of the house!

Please book via my website: http://www.ians-studio.co.uk/events/mounting-and-matting-2/

Friday, 7 November 2014 – The Hitman

The Hitman

Location: Ian’s Studio
Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Price: £27

At tonight’s Friday Night at the Studio event we will have a vigilante, a hitman, an assassin, and a boxer – all in the form of male model Darren S.

Darren is a popular NW Male model with (at the time of writting) 38 out of 38 positive reviews of Purpleport.  Darren does lots of styles but he is particularly know for his “hard man” looks and style.  And that is the theme we will be shooting tonight.

You can see Darren’s profile on Purpleport here: http://purpleport.com/portfolio/darrens/?referrer=ianbutty

As always lighting and settings will be explained to those who need it – so this event is suitable for experienced studio shooters and first time shooters.  The usual opportunities will be available for those who want the opportunity to set up lights themselves.

Tea, coffee and biscuits are also available.  Maximum number of spaces will be 7.

Price: £27

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

From the Blog…

Bonfire Blast 5 Nov 2014


Again this year I will be attending the big bonfire/fireworks event in Stockport.  As I have done in past years I will be offering to share my experience in photographing the fireworks, the bonfire and the event itself.  You’ll need to pay to enter the event, but there is no charge for the photography advice I will be sharing.

The prices for 2014 are:  £4 per adult, £7 for a family ticket (2 adults + 2 kids of the same family, or 1 adult and 3 children),  £3 for OAP & ages 11-16, £1 for children 10 & under.

If you are coming to the event and want to meet up you here’s where you will find me

  • 6pm and 6.15pm – just inside the main event entrance (top right corner)
  • 6.30pm – 7pm – The bonfire is lit at 6.30pm.  I will be round the bonfire taking photographs of the fire.
  • 7.30pm – I will be on the hill to the left of the stage photographing fireworks.

If you planing to meet up with me please let me know so that I can look out for you.

Things to bring: Camera, tripod, remote trigger/cable release (if you have one), wellies or boots (it gets muddy), warm clothing and gloves.

For more information about the event including where to park see the event organisers page or click the graphic above.

If you haven’t yet watched my 10 Step Guide to photographing fireworks you see it here:

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White balance in the studio

In a recent blog post I explained about why I use particular camera settings in the studio.  I deliberately didn’t talk about white balance in the blog post as I wanted to cover it as a separate topic.

I always advise photographers to set white balance to “flash” when they shooting in the studio.  That’s the little lightning symbol on the white balance settings.  I can’t give you a definitive set of instructions for setting white balance as every camera does it different.  For some it is on the menus, on others it is a case of pressing a WB button and using one of the camera dials. If you are not sure how your camera does it check you manual.

Firstly what is White Balance?  Very quickly it is a way to tell your camera how to compensate for the colour of the light that is being used to illuminate a scene, so that colours are reproduced accurately.  Your eyes will compensate for colour casts in the light so you might not realise that daylight has a blue-sh tint to it caused by the blue sky and water in the atmosphere.  Fluorescent strip lights have a green tint to them, and traditional tungsten lights have an orange in colour.

The question I often get asked about setting white balance in the studio is why? Two things typically get asked:

“But AWB (auto white balance) is pretty good isn’t it?”

Yes.  Yes it is.  But it is also very, very stupid.  AWB assumes a certain mix of colours in the light.  If the image we are creating doesn’t have that mix it will assume that the light has a colour to it and instead of removing a colour cast it will add one.  Setting the white balance to flash tells the camera what colour corrections to make and prevents it from making stupid mistakes.  Take a look at the two images below which show the difference between auto white balance and flash white balance.

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Left: AWB.  Right: Flash White Balance  (click images to enlarge)

“But I shoot in RAW mode – I can sort out white balance in post production”

Yes.  Yes you can.  But the image you see on the back of your camera is an embedded JPG image, that has been generated by the camera using the the white balance setting you have selected.  If you leave white balance set to AWB your preview will look like the image on the left.  By setting it to the flash you will get a much more accurate preview.  This will help you assess the images you are taking more effectively.  Additionally the white balance you set on the camera is the default setting used to process the images in Adobe Lightroom or Adobe Camera RAW – so setting it in camera means it is one less thing you have to change in post production.

Hope you found that useful.

Making it easier to connect

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I need your help.  I’ve just added a new ‘widget’ to my website: “Subscribe and follow” – it lists the different ways you can subscribe to the content I am producing – particularly for other photographers.  The widget is on all of the right side of all the main website screens.   From there you can:

  • Subscribe to our weekly photography newsletter
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Here’s where I need your help – you can see in the graphic above how I see the widget – but of course I can’t subscribe to/follow myself, so I can’t really tell if it all works as it should.  So if you there are any of these items that you don’t already follow or subscribe to, can I ask a massive favour and ask you to use the widget to subscribe to any of the items and let me know if it doesn’t work as you might expect.


Photo of the Day

POTD Fri, 24 Oct 2014: Sarah Angel Fashion

Sarah Angel at Fashion Night at Ian’s Studio

This week’s Friday Night at the studio event was themed around fashion photography and saw the return of Sarah Angel to the studio. This image was processed in a combination of Adobe Lightroom and Nik Software’s Analog Pro to make it look as though it was processed with a film camera. You can see the rest of my images from the shoot here: http://photos.imb.biz/model/shoot/sarahangelfashion

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: FG1024A-G12944

Recent Sales

For those who are interested in Stock Photography here’s some information about some of the strange and not so strange sales that I have made.

SALE 26 Feb 2014: Yorkshire dialect sign

Sign at Sleningford Watermill Caravan and Camping site, Near Ripon, Yorkshire. The sign is writen in Yorkshire dialect.

LICENCE: Rights Managed

Sometimes it is the oddest things that sell as stock images. Take this sale as an example, this sign was at a campsite I stayed in in 2004. I liked the sign and photographed it. Sometime later I submitted it as a stock image. Now it has sold.

There are two sales for this in 2010 both on the same day as it appears that whatever magazine it is being used in is using it twice… therefore I get paid twice. (Albeit the spot size for a lot less than the main use).

25 May 2010
Country: United Kingdom
Usage: Editorial
Media: Magazine – Print only
Print run: up to 25,000
Placement: Inside
Image Size: Spot size
Start: 01 June 2010
End: 01 July 2010

25 May 2010
Country: United Kingdom
Usage: Editorial
Media: Magazine – Print only
Print run: up to 25,000
Placement: Inside
Image Size: 1/8 page
Start: 01 June 2010
End: 01 July 2010

The third sale is for a travel guide – I am guessing this will be a ‘flavour’ image within the guide.

26 Feb 2014
Country: Worldwide
Usage: Editorial
Media: Travel guides -print and/or e-book
Print run: Unlimited
Placement: Inside
Image Size: 1 page
Start: 01 April 2014
End: 01 April 2024
Licensed for all languages, all editions including e-book and digital provided no more that 15 percent content changed

Alamy Ref: http://www.alamy.com/image-details-popup.asp?Imageid={397623DD-20DC-47D3-A746-FAB46EA80DB2}

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: EW1003A-D05075

The Full Programme

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

Friday, 31 October 2014 – Mounting and Matting
Friday, 7 November 2014 – The Hitman
Friday, 14 November 2014 – Unusual Underwear
Sunday, 16 November 2014 – Studio Photography Taster Day
Friday, 21 November 2014 – Fascinating Fascinators
Saturday, 6 December 2014 – Digital Rain & Wet-look Glamour Workshop