Fellow Photographers,

Some weeks it is easy to know what the headline story should be for the newsletter – this week is one of those weeks.  I’ve been busy putting together the 2015 programme of studio events.  Since I sent out the previous newsletter last Monday I have added 24 more events, workshops and courses to the calendar, taking the current total upto 31 photography related events.  This includes all FOUR full courses, NINE full day workshops, SIXTEEN Friday Night events and TWO Other Events. And I’m not finished yet, I am still adding more events!  If you want to see what’s on you can scroll down to the bottom of this newsletter, alternatively take a look at our What’s On page.

As ever I want to highlight two forthcoming events.  The first is the Friday’s Fascinating Fascinators with model Amy Linton and her collection of designer headwear.  This will be a great chance to look at the skills involved in creating great headshots.  The following Friday is our Create Your Own Art Nude Posing Guide event.  I’m already running out of spaces on that event.  So if you do want to come to it, I would advise that you book your place sooner rather than later.

From the blog this week we have an explanation of clam shell window lighting and a link to my latest YouTube video.  This week I am critiquing images from three photographers. To get notifications as soon as new videos are available please subscribe to the video feed on YouTube.

For all this and more…. please read on….

Deal of Day

[Deal of the Day] Exclusive to Facebook Fans


This weeks “Deal of Day” is a little different – it’s a good deal but you won’t find it here.  It is exclusive to those people who visit my Facebook page.

To find out about the deal you will need to go to our studio Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/IansStudio and look for the pinned post as the top of the page.  That will tell which event the deal is for and how much you can save…. while you are there please “like” the page.

Forthcoming Events

Friday, 21 November 2014 – Fascinating Fascinators

Fascinating Fascinators

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

For tonight’s Friday Night at the Studio event, Model Amy Linton is bringing her collection of designer fascinators to the studio for an evening of portraiture with a difference.

Amy has been modelling for over three years now. Originally trained in performing arts and dance she uses her skills within the shoot to really enhance the photographs. She has experience in catwalk and her work has been published. Amy covers many genres including pin up, dark gothic, avantgarde, fashion and everything inbetween. She also designs and styles her shoots as well as designing headwear which will be featured at this event.

You can see Amy’s profile on Purpleport: http://purpleport.com/portfolio/vocalpuppy/?referrer=ianbutty

As ever with our Friday Night events I will be on hand to explain lighting and camera settings if you need me to.  There will also be opportunities for people to set and modify the lighting if they wish.

Price: £25

Maximum number of spaces for this event will be 7.

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

Friday, 28 November 2014 – Create Your Own Art Nude Posing Guide

Create Your Own Art Nude Posing Guide

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

Posing Guides are sets of images showing different way for a model to pose.  Art Nude photography is all about pose, and during a shoot it is sometimes difficult to remember what poses you might want a model to try.  At this session we will work with KarenR, an experienced art nude model, to enable each person to create their own posing guide.

Myself, the model (and the event attendees, if they wish) will bring along ideas and possibly images showing example poses.  Each of these poses will be recreated by the model and each photographer will get the opportunity to photograph the pose. Everyone will get to shoot each pose in turn before we move on to the next pose.

We will create and shoot poses in three different set-ups.  On a box (as shown on the eFlyer), standing or floor level on a plain background, and finally against a wall.

At the end of the evening for each scenario we will each have a set of images that show scores of different art nude poses, all under the same lighting conditions.  You can then refer to this guide when working with other models in the future.

Our model for the event will be KarenR.  Karen is regular model at Ian’s Studio and is very experienced as an art nude model.  You can find Karen’s portfolio on Purpleport : http://purpleport.com/portfolio/karenr/?referrer=ianbutty (NSFW)

Price: £29

Please book via my website: http://www.ians-studio.co.uk/events/create-your-own-art-nude-posing-guide/

From the Blog…

[Blog] Clam Shell Window Lighting


The image above of model Hazel is lit entirely using the light of the window which is behind her.  How did we achieve this and prevent Hazel’s face from becoming just a silhouette?  When you look at the image below the answer becomes obvious we used two reflectors to bounce the light back in to her face.   One reflector is placed at 45 degree above her and it is this that proved the majority of the illumination.  The second reflector is below and is used to fill-in the shadows under Hazel’s chin.

As you can see from the image there is only a small gap between the two reflectors, and it is through this gap that we place the lens of the camera.

The lighting is known as clam-shell lighting.


You don’t need two reflectors to do this.  As you can see we are using one reflector and just a sheet of white card.  You could use two sheets of white card.  However having a reflector with a silvered surface will bounce back more light than a white card and will help get more light on to your subject’s face.

[Video] Photo Critiques: Philip, Julie and Tristan

I few days ago, I posted on Facebook asking if anyone would like to have their photos critiqued, I had several replies and in this first video I examine three images from three photographers, Philip, Julie and Tristan.  As part of the review process I talk about the techniques the photographers have used and look at how we can use Adobe Lightroom to examine the images.

The video also shows some Lightroom techniques such as the use of the spot removal brush and cropping tools as well as how to move around an image when it is viewed at 100%

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What do you think about this video?  Did you find it helpful?  Do you agree with my comments about the three images?  Please comment on my blog page or comment on the video page on YouTube and let me know your thoughts.

If there is sufficient interest in these types of video I will do more in the future.  If you would like one of your images to be critiqued please contact me and I will let you know what I require from you to be able to review your image

Photo of the Day

POTD Mon, 10 Nov 2014: Terre Haute

Terre Haute

One of the images from Stockport Garrick’s first studio production of the season “Terre Haute”. Which tells of the relationship between a reporter and the Oklahoma bomber. While covering the events of the bombing the play is more about the interaction between the two characters and how they both, in different ways, need to be accepted by the other.

You can see the full set of images from the play here: http://photos.imb.biz/garrick/terrehaute

For more information and booking for other plays this season please visit: http://www.stockportgarrick.co.uk/

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: FG1110A-G13763

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 11 Apr 2014: Stockport Town Hall

Stockport Town Hall

LICENCE: Rights Managed

Stock photography is very much a long game. This is one of the photos I took back in June 2003 when I was putting together a submission for Cheshire Life.

It was nearly 11 years before it sold:

11 Apr 2014
Country: Worldwide
Usage: iQ sale: Corporate client. Point of Sale.Excludes advertising. Repeat use within the terms of the license.
Industry sector: Travel and tourism
Start: 11 April 2014
End: 11 April 2024

Alamy Link: http://www.alamy.com/image-details-popup.asp?Imageid={6D5BDFF9-D1E9-407F-AE28-FD95203C025C}

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: EV0613A-D01523

The Full Programme

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

Friday, 21 November 2014 – Fascinating Fascinators
Sunday, 23 November 2014 – Mounting and Matting – Rerun!
Friday, 28 November 2014 – Create Your Own Art Nude Posing Guide
Friday, 5 December 2014 – From Concept to Creation
Saturday, 6 December 2014 – Digital Rain & Wet-look Glamour Workshop
Friday, 12 December 2014 – All You Need Are Strobes
Friday, 19 December 2014 – Christmas Critiques 2014
Friday, 2 January 2015 – Focus Stacking
Friday, 9 January 2015 – Steam Punk
Sunday, 11 January 2015 – Introduction to DSLR Photography Course
Friday, 16 January 2015 – Bodyscapes
Saturday, 17 January 2015 – Boudoir Workshop
Friday, 6 February 2015 – RPS Distinctions Night
Saturday, 7 February 2015 – Lightroom Training Day
Friday, 13 February 2015 – Friday the Thirteenth – Part 2 – Fear Factor!
Friday, 20 February 2015 – Clear Slime Nude
Saturday, 21 February 2015 – Messy Day
Friday, 20 March 2015 – Glamour Girl Night
Saturday, 21 March 2015 – Art Nude Workshop
Tuesday, 21 April 2015 – Intermediate Photography Course (8 Sessions)
Friday, 24 April 2015 – Shooting Silhouettes
Saturday, 25 April 2015 – Introduction to Wedding Photography Workshop
Monday, 4 May 2015 – 120:20 Challenge: Manchester
Saturday, 9 May 2015 – Night Photography Workshop
Friday, 15 May 2015 – Pregnancy Night – With Maude
Sunday, 17 May 2015 – Comprehensive Studio Photography Course
Friday, 19 June 2015 – Falling Down and Floating Up
Saturday, 5 September 2015 – Learn to Use Your flash Workshop
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 – In-Depth Art Nude Course
Saturday, 10 October 2015 – Messy Art Nude Workshop
Saturday, 24 October 2015 – Studio Photography Taster Day