Just a quick update today to keep you all informed.  Last Week I said, that barring any unforeseen problems, I was going to launch The Academy site today.  Guess what I’ve hit?

The Unforeseen Problem

I am having problems integrating the Membership plug-in with the plug-in that manages the studio events, and with PayPal.  I won’t bore you will all the techy stuff (if you really want to know email me), but suffice it to say that I have several support tickets open with the manufacturers and I am now seriously looking at switching to a different membership plug-in.

There is a saying that you only get one chance to do a launch.  So I want to make sure I get it right.  I want The Academy to be something that is easy and fun for you to be part of.  And I want to deliver on what I promised, in particular, low monthly fees (one of the issues is to do with regular monthly payments via PayPal) and discounts and early access for Academy Members to book for Academy Events (and that’s the other key issue).

I am hoping to get both of these problems sorted quickly, and as soon as I am able to launch you can expect another email from me with details of how you can try it for free until part way through January.  (Actually, I might have to charge you £1 for that ‘free access’ – that’s another of the unforeseen issues).

Strong Diagonals

To inspire and challenge you this week, I’d like to briefly talk about strong diagonals in photographs.  It is a fact that images that have a strong diagonal element as part of their composition are more visually appealing and create interest in an image.

Often we can find diagonals in what we see (such as in the cannon at the bottom of this post) other times we may need to create them, this can be done easily by just tilting the camera, as you can see in the image above of the memorial to the women who served in the second world war.  It is worth noting that at first sight, this is just a tilted image, there are several strong diagonals here – the most obvious being the line of the shoulders and the line of the bottom of the jackets.  In addition to this, we have each garment tilted which also creates its own diagonal.

It is worth noting that tilting the camera when photographing tall thin objects no only adds a diagonal thus making the image more appealing, it gives image gives a different perspective.  Our brains normally adjust what we see so that verticals remain vertical and horizontals remain horizontal.  (It’s always fun when I say then when lecturing on photography as I tend to see large numbers of the audience tilting their heads as I am speaking!).  By tilting the image, we are giving our viewer a different view of the subject, one that they don’t normally see, and that makes the eye want to look at it for longer.

If you go out and photography any autumn colours (See last week) or any strong diagonals from this week.  Please be sure to post your images to social media and tag them with….


I have noticed a couple of people have started tagging their images with #InspiredByIansStudio and it was good to see the autumn images that last week’s email inspired.  Although Ed’s Autumn Leaves image in Spain wasn’t quite the golden carpet of leaves I was trying to inspire!  You will just have to search social media to find that.

Here are the links to show the hash tags (in some cases on Facebook you won’t see the images that have been posted unless you are friends with/following the photographer).

Twitter: https://twitter.com/search?src=typd&q=%23inspiredbyiansstudio
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/inspiredbyiansstudio/

It’s mainly my images there at the moment, so please tag any images that I have inspired by my emails or that have been shot at events I’ve run.

So until next time,  keep making great photographs,