Fellow Photographers,

In case you missed the news last week details of the long awaited Lightroom Version 6 have leaked on-line.  Take a look below at my thoughts on the most important features… if the rumour turns out to be true.

The is no Friday Night at the Studio event this week but while I am out of the country lecturing on photography for a few days.Rick Bradbury is running an event called “Booted and Suited” all about photographing men.  The event is on Friday 6th March.

My stock sale for this week is 0.5 of a sale.  If you want to know how that is possible or want to find out more about what’s on at the studio, please read on….

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[Blog/News] Lightroom 6 Spec Leaked on-line?

Photorumours website is reporting details of the long awaited Lightroom Version 6.  I am not normally one for spreading rumours and re-posting them but this one does look quite plausible.  And if it is true then there are some new and exciting tools coming to Lightroom in the next couple of months.

You can read their article here: http://photorumors.com/2015/02/18/adobe-lightroom-6-leaked-online/


The main new features appear to be:

  • Face Recognition.   This has been seen as something of a gimick in other image management software packages, however I can see some real uses of it in a professional environment such as my own.  I do a lot of theatre photography and it is a huge task to try to tag individuals in those images.  Occasionally I want to find images of a particular actor and can’t remember all the plays I have photographed them in.  For me the ability to use face recognition would really help in that sort of task.  Similarly working with models the ability to quickly and easily pull together all the shoots done with a particular person… ok… ok… I should be tagging them as I do them but there’s always some shoots that get missed!
  • Merging HDR images.  Would be nice to be able to do this in LR instead of having to export the images and re-import them.
  • Fusion Panoramas. The ability to merge images in to highly detailed panoramas.  Again it would be nice to see this become part of LR rather than having to export and re-import.
  • Enhanced Slideshows.  The current LR slide shows are pretty lame by current standards.  You basically have the option of cutting between images or fading.  A major update to this is well overdue.  Will it be enough to make me drop Proshow Producer?  Time will tell.
  • Performance Gains.  Yeah, well they always say that don’t they!!??

I must emphasise that these are only rumours at this stage… and so is the March 9th release date.  But certainly well worth keeping an eye on both.

Forthcoming Events

Friday, 6 March 2015 – Booted and Suited


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

This event will be led by Rick Bradbury.  We will be working with a male model.  The looks will range from suited and booted through to more casual ware.

During this event we will also look at type/styles of light that can be used with male models as well as poses.

You will have plenty of time to shoot and Rick Bradbury be on hand to answer any questions and set lighting.

A lot of events tend to use female models so let’s change that up and add to your portrait experience.

Charge your batteries and clean that lens… let’s shoot.

The model for the event will be MattS – http://purpleport.com/portfolio/matts/

Price: £27

Please book via my website: http://www.ians-studio.co.uk/events/booted-and-suited/

Friday, 20 March 2015 – Glamour Girl Night


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

At this Friday Night Friday night we will be shooting glamour – bright colourful glamour.   It time for swimwear, lingerie, topless and nude…

We will be working with an experienced glamour model who will help photographers shoot the best poses and get the best images.

I am pleased to announce that the model for this event will be Anastasia You can see her profile on purpleport:  http://purpleport.com/portfolio/anastasiauk/

Anastasia has been the the studio twice before.  Firstly for our bodyscapes event:  You can see the images from that shoot here:  http://photos.imb.biz/model/shoot/anastasia-bodyscapes and more recently when I did a test shoot with her for the glamour girl night.  You can see images from that shoot here:  http://photos.imb.biz/model/shoot/anastasia-glamour1

As you might expect all the above links contain nudity and should be considered as NSFW.

Price: £29

Please book via my website: http://www.ians-studio.co.uk/events/glamour-girl-night/

Saturday, 21 March 2015 – Art Nude Workshop


Location: Ian’s Studio
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Price: £82

At this workshop will look at a number of basic art nude set-ups.  Including single light set-ups to multi light set-up.  Each lighting set will be documented in the printed notes that accompany the workshop.

The day will be suitable for those who are a little unsure about where to start with art nude photography; but time will be built into the day to enable more experienced photographers to build on these set-ups.

We will look at some basic techniques to bring out the best in the subject you are photographing, including how to put your subject at their ease.  These techniques are particularly use for anyone wishing to expand their boudoir photography business to include offering art nude shoots to their clients.

I am pleased to announce that the model for this event will be Vivi Blue – http://purpleport.com/portfolio/sellers/?referrer=ianbutty – Viv is a very experience art nude model and she describes art nude as her favourite genre.

There will be opportunities to create high-key (white background) images, low-key (black background) images and bodyscape images.  A large selection of props will be available to enhance the images and to help inspire you with ideas.

Cost £82 per person (this includes lunch and printed notes).

Please book via my website: http://www.ians-studio.co.uk/events/art-nude-workshop-4/

Photo of the Day

POTD (11 Years ago today) Sat, 21 Feb 2004: ROME DAY TWO – The Simonetti Staircase.

The Simonetti Staircase.


The weather in Rome has been bad – when we arrived we were greeted by international news teams doing features on how bad the weather was. Today we decided to head to the Vatican Museum where for most of the time we were inside.

My favourite part of the whole museum was on the way out. The famous Simonetti Staircase. It’s a double-helix design. It is often photographed from above look down. I decided to shoot from below looking up.

You can see the highlights of the Rome trip here: http://photos.imb.biz/travel/country/italy/rome

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: EW0221B-D00259

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 27 Apr 2005: The Urbis Museum

The Urbis Museum, in Catherdral Gardens, Manchester

LICENCE: Rights Managed

You may be wondering how I can possibly have had “half a sale” with this image? The image sold for the front cover of a map of Manchester (one of those pop-out pocket maps). The image was used in a mock-up the map cover and that mock-up went live on websites such as Amazon to sell the map. Unfotunately before the real map was produced the manufacturer/publish decided they wanted a different image to represent Manchester – my image of Urbis was dropped and Alamy refunded 50% of the fee. So in my book it’s a half sale.

There is a follow on to this however – the image that replaced Urbis on the cover? Was Manchester town hall, and by a very strange co-incidence, the image they chose to buy from Alamy was also mine! I guess that’s a win-win!

27 Apr 2005
Country: United Kingdom
Usage: Editorial
Media: Travel guides -print and/or e-book
Industry sector: Retail books/magazines/newspapers
Sub-Industry: Maps and Atlases
Print run: up to 50,000
Placement: Front cover
Image Size: 1/4 page
Start: 27 June 2005
End: 27 June 2008

27 May 2005
Sale Refunded (50%)

Alamy Link: http://www.alamy.com/image-details-popup.asp?Imageid={924D3A65-3EE2-448A-98C4-E2574BB3D65A}

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: EV1007A-D02839

The Full Programme

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

Friday, 6 March 2015 – Booted and Suited
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, 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.