Fellow Photographers,

In this week’s newsletter we have:

  • 10% Off an Art Nude Workshop
  • RPS Distinctions Night
  • Lightroom Training Day
  • Friday the Thirteenth
  • A video on photographing products for eBay
  • A Photo of the Day with a trick for photographing snow images at night

There is no Stock Photography Sale entry this week but instead I have a blog post about the strange way stock photographers have to think to create their images.

So as ever…. please read on….

Featured Post

[Deal of the Day] 10% Off Art Nude Workshop


I am running an early booking 10% discount for this week only for the Art Nude one day workshop on 21st March.

Use the code NUDE10PC when booking for the event to get 10% off.  The code will expire on Friday 6th February 2015 – and places on the workshop are limited so don’t leave it too long to book your place.

You can book your place here:  http://www.ians-studio.co.uk/events/art-nude-workshop-4/

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/

Friday, 13 February 2015 – Friday the Thirteenth – Part 2 – Fear Factor!


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

Anther in our horror movie themed shoots.  This time we will be concentrating on the emotions connected with such movies.  From the fear of the victims to the mad delight of perpetrators.  We will be photographing screams, tears and maniacal laughter.  Add to all of this the odd splattering of (fake) blood and you will have a photography night to remember.

Our model for this event will be Karen R (See: http://purpleport.com/portfolio/karenr/?referrer=ianbutty ) but there is also the chance that the studio’s very own mad axe man may make a re-appearance too… you have been warned.

Price: £29

Please book via my website: http://www.ians-studio.co.uk/events/friday-the-thirteenth-part-2-fear-factor/

From the Blog…

[Video 021] Photographing products for ebay

This week’s video tutorial shows how to photograph products for sale on ebay using nothing more than a cheap light tent and two desk lamps. Oh yes and a camera too!

This was one of my very early videos, which hadn’t previously been released, so the quality may not be quite as high as some of the more recent videos.

PS. The photography podcast I mention in the video is the Martin Bailey Photography Podcast and it can be found here:http://www.martinbaileyphotography.com/

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What do you think about this video?  Did you find it helpful?  Please comment here on my blog page; or comment on the video page on YouTube and let me know your thoughts.

[Blog] Thinking sideways – the Stock Photo Mindset

Sometimes when creating stock photos you need to look at the world in a different way.  For example look at this image I create to be used to illustrate stories about car road tax in the UK.

The image has sold once and a slightly different composition of the same car and discs has sold twice.  It is all about thinking about illustrating the topic in a different way.  I sometimes refer to it as ‘thinking sideways’ – approaching the task from a different angle.

Sometimes the ideas not work.  For example this image to illustrate “mail-order brides” has never sold.

But this image of the same model choosing healthy food over instead of cake has.

With that bit of background information take a look at this link I found recently 50 Completely Unexplainable Stock Photos No One Will Ever Use.  Some of the images I can kind of see where the photographer is coming from, but in others I’m left just bemused.

Photo of the Day

POTD (5 Years ago today) Wed, 3 Feb 2010: Snow

Car, street, snow and houses at night

It snowed – AGAIN! This gave me a chance to try one of my favourite techniques. Put the camera on tripod and take a long exposure of a scene illuminated by orange sodium street lights.

In lightroom colour correct for the orange light. Use the eye-dropper tool and click on any area of white or grey in the image. This gives a great look to a night time scene. This is especially true when there is snow in the scene.

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: FC0203A-E01347

The Full Programme

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

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.

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