Fellow Photographers,

In this week’s Photography Newsletter I want to start a discussion about “Live View” the ability to view what the camera sees on the back display screen on the back of your DSLR.  It’s come up a few times at the studio and I am not sure any of us really know how to get the best out of it.  So it’s time for us to start pooling our information.

There’s a bit of a Lightroom theme to other parts of the Newsletter.  This weeks VideoCast is all about how to maximise screen space when working in Lightroom.  It’s only 4mins long and people are telling me that they are finding it very helpful.  So worth checking out. And while you are doing so please subscribe to my YouTube channel.  The video go live typically several days ahead of this newsletter going out – so if you are a subscriber you’ll be one of the first to get to see new video each week.

Still on the Lightroom theme.  One of the studio events I am highlighting this week is my Lightroom Workshop.  There are plenty of places available on this – largely be cause of a bug on my website (now corrected) that was stopping anyone from booking on it.

And talking of omissions from the website – I had failed to name the model for the Messy Day – I’ve updated the event listing.

[Stop Press] We have had a cancellation for Rick’s Three Light, Three Point event on Friday so at the time of writing this the is ONE place available again.

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

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[Blog] Live View – Some information and a request for more.

Over the last few weeks at the studio, at a couple of different events the whole topic of “Live View” on cameras has come up.  I want to write a feature on the subject but I am going to need your help.

The one thing that has really come home to me about Live View mode on modern DSLR cameras is how little most photographers, including myself, understand how it works, and how we can best way use it to help our photography.

Just a couple of thoughts about Live View at the moment…  

The main time I use it is when I am doing table-top work with the camera on tripod, it enables me to check focus by zooming in on critical areas of an image.

There is an exposure simulation mode with Live View which can be switched on an off. When it is on (the default on many cameras).  The image on the back of the camera will get lighter or darker as you change your shutter speed, aperture or ISO.  The brightness of the image on the display simulates the exposure you would see on your image if you were to take it with those settings.  Unfortunately when working in the studio using studio lights, this all falls apart. The camera has no idea about the studio lights and shows you a display based on the ambient light.  In other words the display will be black.  To be able to use Live View under such conditions the “exposure simulation” needs to be disabled.  On the Canon 5D Mk III that is on 4th (red) camera menu screen.  Which has three options.  Enabled (the default), During Video, and Disabled.

Live View Menu

For several people, when Live View is on, the studio triggers do not fire.  Oddly – you CAN use an on-camera (TTL) flash with Live View.  To use Live View with the studio triggers it is necessary to come out of live view after composing and focusing your image before hitting the shutter release.

I have found the following on-line resources about Live View (both Canon):


Here’s the information I’m looking for.

  • How/When do you use Live View?
  • Does your camera have exposure simulation with live view and can you turn it on and off?  If so how? (images of the menus always helpful for that).  Don’t forget to let me know make/model of camera.  I am particularly interested to hear from Nikon shooters.
  • Have you had problems with studio triggers / flash guns in Live View mode?  Do you know any workrounds?
  • Any on-line resources or guides you have found helpful for your make/model of camera.

Once I have sufficient information and a better understanding I’ll put together a guide to using Live View.

Forthcoming Events

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/

Saturday, 7 February 2015 – Lightroom Training Day


Location: Ian’s Studio
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Price: £65

Learn Adobe Photoshop Lightroom in one day. This intensive and extensive training day will equip you to get the best out Lightroom and will help you streamline your photography workflow.

Attendees may wish to be bring a laptop with with Lightroom installed, to follow the through the training on their own screens.

All participants will get printed notes.

Cost: £65.00  (Price includes lunch)

Topics covered include:

The Lightroom Philosophy

Learn to work the Lightroom way.

Configuring Lightroom

Set-up options you MUST change
Where to store your files
Setting up metadata defaults

Library Module

DAM – Digital Asset Management – what is it? Why do I need it?
Finding images
The filter bar
– Getting images into Lightroom
– Naming conventions
– DNG – what is it? Why convert to DNG?
Setting metadata
– Using the panels
– Using the painter
– Using presets
– Synchronising metadata
– Saving metadata!
Using keywords and keyword hierarchies
Reviewing your images
– Flags and ratings
Collections and smart collections

Develop Module

Understanding the adjustment panels (we go through each panel in turn an look at what it can do.)
Using adjustment brushes, graduated filters and other editing tools
Using presets
Snapshots, history and virtual copies

Output Modules

Slide show

Exporting Images

Export & Publish – what’s the difference.

Workflow hints and tips

Using keyword to mange workflow

Please book via my website: http://www.ians-studio.co.uk/events/lightroom-training-day-2015/

From the Blog…

[Video 020] Maximising Lightroom Screen Space

If you have ever tried working with Adobe Lightroom on a Laptop you will quickly discovered how little space there is on a standard laptop screen.  Here are my top tips for maximising the screen space to help you work faster and easier with Lightroom.

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Photo of the Day

POTD (2 Years ago today) Sat, 19 Jan 2013: Christ Church Stockport

The remains of Christ Church Stockport

This is Christ Church in Heaton Norris, Stockport… or rather what remains of it. The church is a ruin only the tower and a bit of wall remains. I would love to go in a photograph it but it is all sealed off, and this image was only possible by pushing the camera through the gate railings. A photography note is that the day was horrible and grey – the pseudo HDR effect was created in Lightroom – pushing most of the sliders to their limits to find the colour and detail in the image.

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: FF0119A-E00704-Edit

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 29 Aug 2014: Young couple kissing

Young couple kissing, his hand is on her bottom

LICENCE: Rights Managed

I learned a valuable lesson when doing the shoot this image from. Firstly check carefully the details of the models you are working with. The female model looked nothing like the images on her profile, and I hadn’t seen any images of her boyfriend. When they arrived I wondered if they were really model material for stock images.

The second lesson I learned was don’t jump to conclusions. Images from this shoot have sold, including one for a book cover.

24 May 2011
Country: United Kingdom
Usage: Editorial
Media: Magazine – Print and App
Print run: up to 250,000
Placement: Inside
Image Size: 1 page
Start: 12 May 2011
End: 19 May 2011

19 Aug 2014
Country: Estonia
Usage: Editorial
Media: Newspaper – provincial/free
Print run: up to 25,000
Placement: Inside
Image Size: 1/4 page
Start: 01 July 2014
End: 02 July 2014

Alamy link: http://www.alamy.com/image-details-popup.asp?Imageid={5242604E-F3BA-4FE5-9BB1-D055E5AF5CBE}

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: FA0604E-E06089

The Full Programme

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

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.