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Recent Events

Here are the details of the last ten events at Ian’s Studio.  We maintain this list so that photographers can look up details of the events they attended.  If you need to find an older event please visit the Event Archives

If a model was working at the event, then you will probably be able to find her portfolio mentioned on the event listing.  Most portfolio listing sites permit registered photographers to contact the models through the site.  If you have some great images from the event, I always try to encourage photographers to share those images with the models who made them possible.

If you missed an event or enjoyed an event and would like to see it rerun at the studio please let me know.

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Sunday, 9 September 2018 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Woodbank Works, Turncroft Lane, Stockport, Cheshire, SK1 4AR

This PhotoDoctor session was originally to do with images created in studios but I am extending it to cover any images you would like to receive feedback on.  Bring your  images to be critiqued.  Get answers to photography questions.  See how YOUR photos can be enhanced in post-production.

The format of the session is simple, come with images.  They don’t have to be your best images, the session works best with images that didn’t quite work – and perhaps you don’t know why.  Come with photography related questions, is there a technique you want to understand, is there some photography advice you need.

We will load images into Adobe Lightroom, and go through them, looking at them projected on the studio wall.  We talk about what works and what can be improved.  If appropriate we then look at post-production techniques that can be used to enhance the images.

Interspersed between the images, I will do my best to answer your photography questions, explaining techniques and helping you learn new skills.  Perhaps you have the solution to someone else’s photo issues and can help them.  There will be a chance to share and help each other too.

Not only will you get answers to your own questions and advice on how to improve your photographs, but you get to hear the questions and answers from other photographers.  It should all make for a fun afternoon where we can all learn more.  This event will be free for Academy Members, but there will be a charge of £10 for everyone else.

A minimum of two photographers booking will be required to run this event.

Don’t forget, Academy Members get in for  FREE (and save £10).
Did you know that it only costs £6 to join The Academy for one month?   So why not join the Academy today and save money on this event?

[BOOK HERE]


Friday, 6 July 2018 until 8 July 2018 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Woodbank Works, Turncroft Lane, Stockport, Cheshire, SK1 4AR

This is a full weekend of training in how to get the best out of your compact camera.  The training will consist of the following sessions:

Friday 6th July

7pm – 10pm – The secrets of compact camera composition.  The biggest improvement you will see in your photography has nothing to do with the settings on your camera but has everything to do with learning how to see images and to compose them.  Note: This session is based on my “Secrets of Great Composition” talk/lecture, however for this version is tailored towards compact camera and goes into much more depth than 45min lecture version ever does.

Saturday 7th July

10am – 1pm – Compact Camera Controls.  This three-hour session goes through the most common settings on compact cameras, this includes time to find those settings on your own camera and of course help locating them if needed.  The aim of this session is to help you begin to take control of your of what your camera can do, and know when to override the settings it is offering you.

A light buffet lunch included in the price

3pm onwards – A photo walk around Manchester City Centre – After lunch, we travel into the centre of Manchester for a photo walk.  This is a chance to put the skills you have learned so far on the course into practice.  I will be leading the walk and will, of course, be offering advice on both composition and settings as we walk around the city.  (Note: I recommend taking the tram from East Didsbury park and ride – the cost of the tram ticket (£4.20) is not included in the price).

Evening (Optional) – eat in Manchester city centre – the price of this meal is NOT included in the price of the course

Sunday 8th July

10am – 1pm – Managing and editing your images.  This three-hour session looks at different ways you can edit and modify your images.  We look at a number of different tools including some free ones that you can use to do basic adjustments to your photographs.  We will also look at different strategies for filing and backing up your photographs.

A light buffet lunch included in the price

2pm onwards – Photo Feedback – After lunch there will be an opportunity for those who wish to receive feedback on the images they created in Manchester to receive it.


If you are not from the Stockport area and need to find somewhere to stay – I have a list of budget accommodation here: https://www.ians-studio.co.uk/where-to-stay-round-stockport/

A minimum of three photographers booking will be required to run this event.

Don’t forget, Academy Members get a £15 discount on this event.  Why not join the Academy today?

[BOOK HERE]


Friday, 18 May 2018 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Woodbank Works, Turncroft Lane, Stockport, Cheshire, SK1 4AR

Bring images to be critiqued.  Get answers to photography questions.  See how YOUR photos can be enhanced in post-production.

Tonight’s Friday Night at the Studio event will be a little different.  When I have been lecturing on the cruise ships on of my most popular sessions has been my Photo Doctor sessions.  I’m now going to run one of these sessions as a Friday Night event.

The format of the session is simple, come with images.  They don’t have to be your best images, the session works best with images that didn’t quite work – and perhaps you don’t know why.  Come with photography related questions, is there a technique you want to understand, is there some photography advice you need.

We will load images into Adobe Lightroom, and go through them, looking at them projected on the studio wall.  We talk about what works and what can be improved.  If appropriate we then look at post-production techniques that can be used to enhance the images.

Interspersed between the images, I will do my best to answer your photography questions, explaining techniques and helping you learn new skills.  Perhaps you have the solution to someone else’s photo issues and can help them.  There will be a chance to share and help each other too.

Not only will you get answers to your own questions and advice on how to improve your photographs, but you get to hear the questions and answers from other photographers.  It should all make for a fun evening where we can all learn more.  This event will be free for Academy Members but there will be a charge of £7 for non-members.

A minimum of two photographers booking will be required to run this event.

Don’t forget, Academy Members get in for  FREE (and save £7).
Did you know that it only costs £6 to join The Academy for one month?   So why not join the Academy today and save money on this event?

[BOOK HERE]


Tuesday, 10 April 2018 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Woodbank Works, Turncroft Lane, Stockport, Cheshire, SK1 4AR

This is the one of a series of sessions teaching art nude lighting and photography techniques.  The sessions can be taken in any order.

This session covers three lighting techniques for Art Nude photography.  Each technique uses two lights, the lighting set-ups covered at this session are:

  • Sandwich lighting
  • Double rim lighting
  • Strip light from behind with gelled light on the background

The session is a practical session and you will have the opportunity to practice these types of lighting by photographing a model.  You will be provided with lighting diagrams for the lighting set-ups taught at this session.

The model for this event will be Anastasia.  Here profile can be found here: https://purpleport.com/portfolio/anastasiauk/?referrer=ianbutty

Images from previous shoots with Anastasia can be found here: http://photos.imb.biz/model/shoot/anastasia-bodyscapes and here: http://photos.imb.biz/model/shoot/anastasia-glamour1 and also here: http://photos.imb.biz/model/shoot/anastasia-training

Please note: That we have a number of Art Nude sessions.  Each session is designed to teach different techniques, with the minimum of overlap.  The sessions can be done in any order and no previous studio experience is required for any of the sessions.

Suitable for: Anyone wanting to learn how to art nude photography in the studio.  Your camera must have a standard hot-shoe to accommodate the lighting trigger.  You will need to be able to set your camera to manual mode and select an aperture in the range f/5.6 – f/11.  No prior studio experience is necessary.

A minimum of three photographers booking will be required to run this event.

Don’t forget, Academy Members get a £6 discount on this event.  Why not join the Academy today?

[BOOK HERE]


Saturday, 31 March 2018 9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Woodbank Works, Turncroft Lane, Stockport, Cheshire, SK1 4AR

Rhianna Grey will be at the studio for a Studio/Model day.  Book model and studio by the hour.  As ever I will be on hand to help with lighting if required.

Rhianna needs little or no introduction to most photographers, she is a very busy model and has been a regular at Ian’s Studio.  But if you need to see what she can do, you can find Rhianna’s profile on Purpleport here: https://purpleport.com/portfolio/rhiannagrey/?referrer=ianbutty

We have the following slots available:

9:00 – 10:00‬ – DH
‪10:00 – 11:00‬ – Avail
‪11:00 – 12:00‬ – Avail
‪12:00 – 13:00‬ – Avail
‪13:30 – 14:30 – RG
‪14:30 – 15:30 – RG
‪15:30 – 16:30 – RG
‪16:30 – 17:30 – RG

The price for 1 hour is £50 the price for 2 hours is £90.   Rhianna is happy to work up to and including artistic nude.

[BOOK HERE]


Tuesday, 20 March 2018 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Woodbank Works, Turncroft Lane, Stockport, Cheshire, SK1 4AR

This session covers different techniques for creating bodyscape images.  We look at techniques for creating a white background and techniques for bodyscape images with a black background.

The session is a practical session and you will have the opportunity to practice these types of lighting by photographing a model.  You will be provided with lighting diagrams for the lighting set-ups taught at this session.

Please note: That we have a number of Art Nude sessions.  Each session is designed to teach different techniques, with the minimum of overlap.  The sessions can be done in any order and no previous studio experience is required for any of the sessions.

Suitable for: Anyone wanting to learn how to art nude photography in the studio.  Your camera must have a standard hot-shoe to accommodate the lighting trigger.  You will need to be able to set your camera to manual mode and select an aperture in the range f/5.6 – f/11.  No prior studio experience is necessary.

I am pleased to announce that the model for this event will be HollyJay – https://purpleport.com/portfolio/hollyjay89/?referrer=ianbutty 

A minimum of three photographers booking will be required to run this event.

Don’t forget, Academy Members get a £5 discount on this event.  Why not join the Academy today?

[BOOK HERE]


Friday, 16 March 2018 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Woodbank Works, Turncroft Lane, Stockport, Cheshire, SK1 4AR

Learn how to cut mats and mounts for your photographs.  I have a Longridge mount cutter at the studio, which can give accurate cuts for mounting your images.  The mount cutter is free to use for anyone who attends events at the studio, or who hires the studio.

If you have never cut your own mounts before you probably will not know just how easy it is when you use a professional mount cutter.

For tonight’s event I will show you the techniques involved, once you have been shown you are welcome to use the cutter at the studio whenever you need to cut future mounts.

Bring a couple of prints you want to mount/mat to this event.  Also either bring the frame it is to go into or the dimensions of the frame so that you can cut your mounts to the correct size.

Materials included in the price will be sufficient to mount either two prints unbacked or one print with backing.   Based on 50x40cm frames.  For smaller frames you may get more mounts from the material supplied.

The number of participants at this event will be limited to 5.

A minimum of two photographers booking will be required to run this event.

Don’t forget, Academy Members get a £5 discount on this event.  Why not join the Academy today?

[BOOK HERE]


Saturday, 3 March 2018 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Woodbank Works, Turncroft Lane, Stockport, Cheshire, SK1 4AR

This session is designed as a direct follow on from the “Model Splash” event run early in the day.  It is not essential to have already done that session, however, if you have you will be able to use the images you shot as the base images for the Photoshop work

For those who have not been to “Model Splash” – sample images can be provided or you work with your own images, for the digital rain/lightning section of the training.  If working with your own images, the photographs you select will need to have a dark background.

At the session, we will show you how to create digital rain effects from scratch, and digital lightning effects from scratch.  We will show you how to save both so that you can reuse them on other images.  We also look at the use of downloadable brushes for adding lightning to images.

Printed notes and a DVD going over the techniques taught in this session will be included in this course.

Suitable for: Anyone who has done the “Digital Splash” workshop, or is interested in compositing and manipulating images in Photoshop.  The photoshop techniques talked about in this session are not difficult and should be possible for anyone with a basic knowledge of Photoshop.  Eg anyone who has been to event CR550, or has the equivalent knowledge.

A minimum of two photographers booking will be required to run this event.

Don’t forget, Academy Members get a £5 discount on this event.  Why not join the Academy today?

[BOOK HERE]


Saturday, 3 March 2018 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Woodbank Works, Turncroft Lane, Stockport, Cheshire, SK1 4AR

The theme for this event is “Model Splash” we will be looking at different styles of model photography that incorporate water splashes as part of the image.  This will include creating a ‘water wig’ as shown in the eFlyer image, creating images with the model pouring water on herself and even capturing having a drink thrown at her.

As part of this event we will also be shooting images suitable for adding digital rain and digital lighting effects to them, as well as general techniques for wet-look glamour.

I am pleased to announce that the model for this event will be KarenR see https://purpleport.com/portfolio/karenr/?referrer=ianbutty

We have a follow-on event in the afternoon, during which I will be teaching how to do the photoshop work necessary to add digital lightning and digital rain.  I will also teaching how to do the necessary editing on the images shot in the morning to create the water wig effect.

A minimum of three photographers booking will be required to run this event.

Don’t forget, Academy Members get a £5 discount on this event.  Why not join the Academy today?

[BOOK HERE]


Friday, 2 March 2018 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Woodbank Works, Turncroft Lane, Stockport, Cheshire, SK1 4AR

In this session, we will look at different ways to photograph male subjects.  We will look at lighting for a formal/business portrait/headshot and how to create dramatic portraits such as those that enhance muscle tone.  The session will include general advice on posing male subjects.  We will be working with the following lighting set-ups

  • Key light, gridded rim light, optional fill light and gridded background light on grey background
  • Light across the body (with optional rim light)
  • Key light with two rim lights

The session is a practical session and you will have the opportunity to practice these types of lighting by photographing a model.  You will be provided with lighting diagrams for the lighting set-ups taught at this session.

Suitable for: Anyone wanting to learn how to shoot images of men.  Your camera must have a standard hot-shoe to accommodate the lighting trigger.  You will need to be able to set your camera to manual mode and select an aperture in the range f/5.6 – f/11.  No prior studio experience is necessary.

I am pleased to announce that the model for this event will be Nicky – https://purpleport.com/portfolio/mrnpr/?referrer=ianbutty

A minimum of three photographers booking will be required to run this event.

Don’t forget, Academy Members get a £5 discount on this event.  Why not join the Academy today?

[BOOK HERE]