Fellow Photographers,

In this week’s Newsletter – I announce the winner of the Photography Goals £15 voucher.

I want to give this Saturday’s Boudoir Workshop an extra plug.  Places are being taken, so if you want to learn about Boudoir Photography please book your place quickly to avoid disappointment.

Some of you will have heard already about the car crash I was in last week. (I’m alright BTW). My Photo of the Day for this newsletter is the damage to my car.

For all this and more…. please read on.

Deal of Day

[Blog] Goals for 2015 – £15 Voucher Winner

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A couple of weeks ago I posted about my own goals for 2015, and asked people to let me know their goal.  To encourage people to think about their goals I said I would give a £15 voucher to the person who made the most interesting post.

I have selected Vivienne Kehinde as the winner of that voucher.  Vivienne wrote:

” I am a beginner in Photography…so as you can imagine av got loads of goals and things I want to achieve. My one and major goal is to aim to get more training to improve my photography skills in the areas of Portrait/beauty photography.”

One of the main aims of the studio is to help beginner photographers, It is also good to hear of someone who specifically wants to learn more about portraiture and beauty photography. I hope the £15 voucher for events at Ian’s Studio will help Vivienne with that goal this year. 

Forthcoming Events

Saturday, 17 January 2015 – Boudoir Workshop


Location: Ian’s Studio
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Price: £69

A boudoir is a French word referring to a woman’s private dressing room or bathing room.  It would usually be adjacent to her bedroom.  The room may also be used a drawing room or room in which the woman could meet with her romantic partner.

Some of these concepts have carried forward in to boudoir as a style of photography.  Common themes in boudoir photography in bedrooms, dressing rooms, dressing tables and places where the where the female subject can be found relaxing or preparing herself of a romantic encounter.

In this workshop we will look at a number of different techniques for creating Boudoir style images.  The workshop will look at different lighting techniques and the use of different props and a few cheats for creating a boudoir set

The model for this event will be Louise http://purpleport.com/portfolio/silkythighslou/?referrer=ianbutty  – Lou will be working to topless/implied nude for this workshop.

Printed notes and lunch will be provided.

Price: £69

Please book via my website: http://www.ians-studio.co.uk/events/boudoir-workshop-3/

Friday, 6 February 2015 – RPS Distinctions Night


Location: Ian’s Studio
Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Price: £15

Something a bit different for this “Friday Night at the Studio” event.  I keep getting people asking me what is involved in getting an LRPS or and ARPS from the Royal Photographic Society.  At this event I will explain the process.  I will show you my LRPS and ARPS panels and provide you with some feedback/critique on any panels you are planing to submit to the society.

This event is a rerun of the RPS distinctions night that I ran a year ago.  Those who attended last time found the event very helpful in preparing their submissions.

Please Note: Although I am a member of the RPS and I have an ARPS distinction.  I hold no position with the RPS and this session is not authorised by the RPS.  The views expressed are my own and are based on lessons I learned while preparing my own images for submission.

Price: £15

Please book via my website: http://www.ians-studio.co.uk/events/rps-distinctions-night-3/

From the Blog…

[Video 019] April in Paris Poster

I was asked to produce a poster for a produciton of April in Paris at Stockport Garrick Theatre. The marketing director provided me with some concept art. This video shows how I turned the concept art into an actual photograph.

The video shows the steps involved in setting up a table-top shoot, including how I lit the image.

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Photo of the Day

POTD Thu, 8 Jan 2015: Car Crash

Damage to Ian’s Car

Yesterday as I was on my way home from a business meeting, a car came out of a side street and hit me. I was travelling at about 25 miles an hour and it felt as though the other car was travelling at speed.

My car ended up stradling both sides of the road. Thankfully there was nothing coming the opposite way and neither I nor the driver of the car that hit me were hurt. I was however quite shaken by the experience. This could have been a lot, lot more serious, and I suspect that my guardian angel has a few bruises and scratches from protecting me!

I am still waiting for an assessor to come look at the car, but I have a feeling that the car will be classed as ‘unecconomical to repair’. I’m gutted. I’ve had my MX5 since 2001 and over the last 18 months spent a lot of money on it, having the bodywork done and a new roof put on it.

For anyone interested in looking at the extent of the damage, you can see the full set of images I have taken for insurance purposes here:http://photos.imb.biz/other/ianscardamage

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: FH0108A-G10082

Stock 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 19 Aug 2014: Mary and Jesus carving, main entrance Lichfield Cathedral

Mary and Jesus carving, main entrance Lichfield Cathedral

LICENCE: Rights Managed

This image was taken on a horrible dull day in Lichfield. I was there as part of a weekend away for Stockport Garrick Theatre. I took very few images that day because of the weather. Nice to know it eventually sold.

19 Aug 2014
Country: Mexico
Usage: Editorial
Media: Magazine – Print only
Print run: up to 10,000
Placement: Inside
Image Size: 1/8 page
Start: 01 June 2014
End: 01 July 2014

Alamy link: http://www.alamy.com/image-details-popup.asp?Imageid={EF572506-049A-43A3-A1BD-10F3CD77A74A}

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: EZ0325A-E01683

The Full Programme

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

Tuesday, 13 January 2015 – Mounting and Matting – Rerun Again!
Friday, 16 January 2015 – Bodyscapes
Saturday, 17 January 2015 – Boudoir Workshop
Friday, 23 January 2015 – Three Lights Three Points
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
Sunday, 10 May 2015 – Comprehensive Studio Photography Course
Friday, 15 May 2015 – Pregnancy Night – With Maude
Friday, 19 June 2015 – Falling Down and Floating Up
Saturday, 5 September 2015 – Learn to Use Your flash Workshop
Saturday, 19 September 2015 – Digital Rain & Wet-look Glamour 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

Don’t forget our referral programme

£10 for each new photographer you refer to the studio who goes on to book for an event, workshop or course. More details here.