Fellow Photographers,

Welcome to this week’s newsletter.   In the blog section this week I showcase the images from last week’s Bonfire Blast, show how to check your focus points in Adobe Lightroom.

Friday’s Unusual Underwear event is almost sold out now – if you want one of the remaining places, I recommend you get you booking in quickly as I have been told by more people that they intend to book than I have spaces available…. so it’s a first come first served race.  The event page will automatically say full when the last place has gone.

I’ve added a couple more events to the studio calendar this week including a rerun of the Mounting and Matting event for those people who couldn’t make it to the event last month, and my annual FREE Christmas Critiques session which is open to anyone who has been to an event at the studio in 2014.

But before you get to all of that, I have to start the newsletter with a correction/clarification to details to the Studio Taster Day.  So please read on….

Deal of Day

[News] Correction – Studio Taster Day

It has been brought to my attention that there was an error in the advertising for next weekend’s Studio Taster Day.  In some places I was advertising the event as being on the Saturday, in other places it was advertised as being on the Sunday.  I would like to clarify… the event will be taking place on Saturday 15th November.

My apologies for any confusion this may have caused.  Because this may have prevented some people taking up the Deal of Day offer on the event that I announced last week I have decided to extend that deal all the way through till next weekend.

To claim the discount book and pay on-line using the code TASTE15

There will be two different 3hrs sessions.  Each session will highlight different aspects of studio photography work.

Printed notes and lighting diagrams will be provided for all the topics and set-ups that we cover during the taster day.

  • Morning session only:  £36 …. £30.60
  • Afternoon session only: £42 …. £35.70
  • Both sessions: £75 …. £63.75

A buffet lunch will be provided for anyone booking to attend both sessions.

No previous studio experience is necessary.

For full details and to book your place please go to: http://www.ians-studio.co.uk/events/studio-photography-taster-day/

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/

Sunday, 23 November 2014 – Mounting and Matting – Rerun!

Mounting and Matting - Rerun!

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

I have been asked by several photographers, who were not able to come to the event last month to rerun this session.  The date for the rerun will be Sunday 23rd November.

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.  It is best if your images are no larger than 12x16in

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.

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

From the Blog…

Bonfire Blast 2014 – The Photos

I have posted several times over the last few weeks about how to photograph fireworks.  Last night I got to put it all in to practice.  To see how I got on at Stockport’s Bonfire Blast take a look at the photos below:


You can see the full album here: http://photos.imb.biz/other/bonfireblast2014

I’ve also edited the images together in to a short animated slide show:

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Lightroom: Show Focus Points

Have you ever wondered what your camera was focusing on when you took a photograph?  If you have multiple or all focus points enabled it might not have locked on to what you thought it had.  Well now there is a way to find out from within Adobe Lightroom.

You can’t do it directly in Lightroom, but there is a plugin which will enable you to do it, and it is free.

You can download the plug in from:  http://www.lightroomfocuspointsplugin.com/,  Once you have downloaded it, expand the zip file, go to the Library module and install the plug-in in the usual way:

  • File | plug-in Manager
  • Click Add
  • Navigate to where you expanded to zip file and select the folder “FocusPoints.lrplugin”

To use the plug-in you need to be in the library module.  Click on an image then from the menu select

  • Library | Plug-in Extras | Show Focus Points

LR Show Focus Points

Show Focus Points Screen – Click image to enlarge

A window will open showing the image, with an overlay of the focus points indicating which were active.  At the side of the image is some information about focusing modes and even focusing distance.

It’s not perfect but it is free.  The biggest downside to it is that it currently only supports Canon and Nikon camera.  It is also worth reading the FAQ page :  http://www.lightroomfocuspointsplugin.com/#faq to understand more about how it works and what it’s limitations are.

One notable question on the FAQ asks “Is the software free?” the answer being “The software is currently free.” From this I would infer that they will start charging for this plugin in the future… so probably worth grabbing it now while it is still doesn’t cost anything.

Photo of the Day

POTD Fri, 18 Jul 2014: Michelle

Michelle Monroe at Ian’s Studio

This images comes from one of our Friday Night at the Studio Events. The event was called “Fairwell to Michelle Monroe”. This was one of the very last shoots that Michelle did before she retired from modelling. It was the first and only time I worked with her, and I am so glad that I got the opportunity.

The lighting for this consisted of two softboxes – one either side of Michelle.  The main light to camera right provides illumination, the second to the left gives a strip of light down her back to provide separation from the black background.

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: FG0718A-G00419

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 25 Mar 2014: Dafodils

Dafodils and blue sky

LICENCE: Rights Managed

When I am training other photographers I often recommend ‘putting the camera where the eye doesn’t normally go’ – in this case I placed the camera below the flowers looking up to give a worms-eye perspective of the scene.

Country: Worldwide
Usage: iQ sale: Magazine, Editorial print and digital use. Any size.Any Placement.One time use only., Discounted re-use
Industry sector: Media, design & publishing
Start: 25 March 2014
End: 25 April 2014

Alamy link: http://www.alamy.com/image-details-popup.asp?Imageid={86BF3FDD-9B06-45D9-9162-76815A9C81D3}

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: FB0413A-E01304

The Full Programme

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

Friday, 14 November 2014 – Unusual Underwear
Saturday, 15 November 2014 – Studio Photography Taster Day
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