Fellow Photographers,

Welcome to this weeks newsletter.  First order of the day, did you remember to put the clock forward on your camera?

My lead story this week is a few thoughts about, and a reminder to shoot, different variants of an image – especially if you are a stock photographer.

During this last week I added two new Friday Night at the Studio events to the studio callendar they are:

And finally a quick reminder that my Introduction to DSLR Photography Course will be starting again soon.  More info and to book your place please click here: http://www.ians-studio.co.uk/events/introduction-to-dslr-photography-course-7/

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

Featured Post

BLOG: Stock Variants – vertical vs horizontal

Just wanted to write a short post to talk about the importance of creating variants when shooting stock images.  The most obvious example of this is shooting both vertical and horizontal images.  Take the following images of a series of shop to let signs.

Both of these images have sold.  This means that in some cases the photo editor required a horizonal image and in others they needed a vertical image.  Had I only shot one version of the image there is a chance that I would have lost 50% of those sales.  Yes, there is a chance that orientation didn’t matter or that the photo editor had the option to change the layout to accomodate either orientation.  But it is more likely that an editor looking for an image will give preference to one that is the correct orientation for the space he has in mind.

Someone one said – if your only photo of a subject is vertical, then it will never be a double-page spread.  Similarly if the only image you have of an image is horizontal, then it is highly unlikely to be full page front cover image.

Even if you are not submitting image for stock – it is a good practice to try to shoot a mix or orientations when out and about with your camera.  You never know how you might want to use a particular image in the future.  Additionally forcing yourself to shoot both orientations makes you think a little more about composition.

Forthcoming Events

Friday, 17 April 2015 – Backlighting


Location: Ian’s Studio
Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Price: £27

As Ian will not be available for part of the evening this event will be co-led by Rick Bradbury.  For tonight’s event we will be lighting from behind with back lighting techniques. Many people will see the main light for a photograph in front of the subject, let’s change that up and stick the light behind them.

With back lighting you can make things light and airy or really dramatic with the use of one simple light source.

Grab your camera and let’s get to work.

Details of the model will be announced soon.

Cost £27

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

Friday, 8 May 2015 – Friday Night Venom


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

Model Strawberry Venom is returning to the studio for a night of tattoos and art nude.

It has been a while since Strawberry Venom has been modelling at Ian’s Studio.  During that time she has acquired even more tattoos. The emphasis tonight will be on creating art nude images which show off those tattoos.

Even if you are not normally a fan of working with heavily inked models you will not be disappointed when shooting Strawberry Venom as she has a unique ability to create poses that no other model can come close to.

You can find her profile on purpleport:  http://purpleport.com/portfolio/strawberryvenom/?referrer=ianbutty

Price £29

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

From the Blog…

BLOG: Don’t Forget the clock on your camera!

Welcome to British Summer Time!  I am sure that by the time you are reading this you will have remembered to put your clocks forward.  But did you remember to put forward the clock on your camera?  Most photographers, myself included, often forget to do it.

Do yourself a favour… Go find your camera now and put the clock forward.

Photo of the Day

POTD (2 Years Ago Today) : Tue, 26 Mar 2013: On the ropes

Master Sken Academy


Today I was doing some publicity images for Master Sken Academy. During this sparing match I was able to get close in to the ropes. However I soon learned that the ropes can move a lot further than I thought and I quickly moved back to a safer distance to continue shooting.

The image illustrates how a wide angle lens can ‘open up’ the ropes so that you can see the to fighters easily through them.

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: FF0326A-G02412

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 28 Nov 2014: Piazza di Montecitorio, Rome

Piazza di Montecitorio, Rome

LICENCE: Rights Managed

I am not normally one for getting up early in the morning, however when staying in Rome I did once of twice venture out before breakfast so that I could photograph the squares with fewer people in them.

8 Feb 2006
Country: Worldwide
Usage: Editorial
Media: Textbook – print only
Industry sector: Non Profit/ Education
Sub-Industry: Pre-school (0 – 5 years)
Print run: up to 10,000
Placement: Inside
Image Size: 1/2 page
Start: 08 February 2006
End: 08 February 2009

19 Mar 2009
Country: Germany
Usage: Editorial
Media: Magazine – Print only
Industry sector: Retail books/magazines/newspapers
Sub-Industry: Children’s
Print run: up to 100,000
Placement: Inside
Image Size: 1/4 page
Start: 10 June 2009
End: 10 July 2009

28 Nov 2014
Country: World English Language
Usage: Editorial
Media: Book, print and/or e-book
Print run: Unlimited
Placement: Inside
Image Size: 1 page
Start: 28 November 2014
End: 28 November 2024
Rights include use of an image across a single product title/ module (within context) on print and digital platforms (DVD, CD-Rom, online – password protected and Open/Social Website Use, PDF download, USB Stick); Duration: 12 Years.

Alamy link: http://www.alamy.com/image-details-popup.asp?Imageid={FA5561E9-8421-4EB2-A8F0-2EE119E4B8CD}

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: EW0225A-D00877

The Full Programme

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

Wednesday, 15 April 2015 – Introduction to DSLR Photography Course
Friday, 17 April 2015 – Backlighting
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
Friday, 8 May 2015 – Friday Night Venom
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.