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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Tuesday, 17 September 2019 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]


Sunday, 15 September 2019 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Woodbank Works, Turncroft Lane, Stockport, Cheshire, SK1 4AR

The Lightroom Library Module is where we organise and manage our images.  In this session, we look at how to use the import dialog and what the different options in it mean.  We also look at ways we can use import to finally get a grip on the multitude of images stored on our computer system.

Once images are in Lightroom we look at assigning metadata and keywords so that we easily locate our images again in the future.  While looking at adding metadata we also cover the use of the Map Module for assigning geographic metadata.

We look at the use of collections and smart collections as methods for organising our images.  We also look at some of the lesser-known facilities in the library module such as using the painter tool.

Suitable for: Those just starting to learn Lightroom, and those who feel they don’t yet use the full power of the Library Module.

This event is one of a series of training events that together make up our Lightroom Training Course – events can be stand-alone training events or all sessions can be taken as a comprehensive course.

SPECIAL OFFER: Book and pay for four of these Lightroom events before 20 September and I will add you to the fifth event free of charge!

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]


Sunday, 8 September 2019 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Woodbank Works, Turncroft Lane, Stockport, Cheshire, SK1 4AR

Use this page to book for all FIVE sessions of our Lightroom Training Couse and pay for only FOUR.

If you are an Academy Member you can get a further £20 off the price!!

The five sessions are as follows:

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

Don’t forget, Academy Members get a £20 discount on this course.  Why not join the Academy today?

[BOOK HERE]


Sunday, 8 September 2019 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Woodbank Works, Turncroft Lane, Stockport, Cheshire, SK1 4AR

This is a beginner session on how to manage all your digital images.  The session starts by looking at the difference between shooting JPG images and shooting RAW images, and the pros and cons between them.

The next section of the session covers naming conventions and filing conventions and why it is important to settle on a standard that works for you.

The final part of this session is an overview and walk-through of Adobe Lightroom.  Lightroom is the tool we recommend for managing and processing your images.

This session is the foundation session for our series of Adobe Lightroom training sessions.

This session may be taken as a standalone session or in conjunction with the other Lightroom sessions.  As with all Academy Events – printed training notes will be provided.

Suitable for: Beginners or anyone struggling to manage their ever-growing collection of digital images.  Not all cameras are capable of shooting in RAW mode, but if your camera is and you don’t yet shoot in RAW this session will help convince you to make the switch.  The overview of Lightroom is intended to be a very quick overview giving a flavour of what Lightroom can do.  For detailed Lightroom training see events:

SPECIAL OFFER: Book and pay for four of these Lightroom events before 20 September and I will add you to the fifth event free of charge!

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]


Sunday, 1 September 2019 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.

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 £9 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 £8).
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]


Sunday, 25 August 2019 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Lift Lane, Anderton, Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 6FW

Are you up to the challenge?  You have exactly two hours 120mins.  All you have to do is take 20 photographs.  But here’s the catch:  There must be no duplicate images.  No retakes.  No deletions.  The twenty images must be consecutive frames.  At the end of the challenge, you must show all twenty images.

The challenge isn’t easy.  You have an average of 6 minutes per shot, including getting between the locations you are going to shoot.  The challenge makes you think about each and every frame you take.  Check your settings and your composition before hitting the shutter release.

I am organising this free event at the Anderton Boat Lift near Northwich.  Meet at the picnic tables at the car par park at 12:30pm and bring your sandwiches we will start the challenge afterwards at about 1:15pm.  (There is a small fee for the car park).

Full details about the boat lift can be found on their website: https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/places-to-visit/anderton-boat-lift-visitor-centre

Address: Anderton Boat Lift Lift Lane, Anderton, Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 6FW  View on Google map

Even though there is no charge for this event please can you book via my website so that I know how many people are going to be coming.

At the end of the challenge we can meet in the cafe at the visitors’ centre for a drink, a snack and a chat.. and so we can look at what we have each photographed.

I have just published a blog post which gives some background to this event “How to improve your photography in less than 2hrs” : https://www.ians-studio.co.uk/2019/08/blog-19-aug-2019-how-to-improve-your-photography-in-less-than-2hrs/

To see the results of some of my attempts at this challenge why not visit these galleries:

I hope to see you the Anderton Boatlift on Sunday 25th August – DON’T FORGET TO BOOK YOUR PLACE BELOW.

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

 

[BOOK HERE]


Friday, 23 August 2019 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
SOLD OUT!
Woodbank Works, Turncroft Lane, Stockport, Cheshire, SK1 4AR

This session covers three basic lighting techniques that can be used for Art Nude photography.  The lighting set-ups covered at this session are:

  • White background: Softbox as key light, Fill light plus blown out white background (model seated with back to camera)
  • Grey background: “Badger Lighting” two lights either side of the model gives a range of effects depending on how you pose your subject.
  • Black background: Sandwich Lighting

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 Georgia Brown (https://purpleport.com/portfolio/georgiaiaxox/?referrer=ianbutty)

Please note: This is the first in a series of workshop that will teach you how to shoot art nude images.  We have a number of such 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 £5 discount on this event.  Why not join the Academy today?

[BOOK HERE]


Tuesday, 13 August 2019 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Woodbank Works, Turncroft Lane, Stockport, Cheshire, SK1 4AR

At this session, you will learn to shoot full length and three quarter length portraits. The lighting set-ups covered at this session will be:

  • Short lighting with hair lights and fill light
  • Sandwich lighting with a lit coloured background
  • High key lighting with a blown out white background
  • 2 umbrella high key lighting with blown out white 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.

Lighting diagrams will be provided for all the set-ups we work on throughout the evening so you will be able to recreate the lighting in the future.

The model for this event will be Ambrosia (See: https://purpleport.com/portfolio/ambrosia/?referrer=ianbutty).

Suitable for: Anyone wanting to learn to shoot portraits in a studio. Your camera must have a standard hot-shoe (with the middle pin) 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 £5 discount on this event.  Why not join the Academy today?

[BOOK HERE]


Tuesday, 23 July 2019 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Woodbank Works, Turncroft Lane, Stockport, Cheshire, SK1 4AR

In this session, we look at creating glamour images using the studio’s ‘red set’ which consists of a red background, red sofa, and red Venetian blinds.  In this session, you will learn techniques involve creating voyeuristic style images shot through the blind, images of the model looking through the blinds and images where shadows from the blinds are cast on the model.

Although the lighting and set-us are specific to this particular set, the skills (such as how to create shadows through a Venetian blind), are easily transferable to other studio photography shoots.

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.  At this event, our model will be working at a range of levels from clothed to nude.

The model for this event will be Dan Infinity (and yes Dan is female – just look at her profile.  There is clearly no doubt! https://purpleport.com/portfolio/daninfinity/?referrer=ianbutty (NSFW)

If you would like to see the types of images we will be creating at this event please look at this gallery:  http://photos.imb.biz/model/genre/redset (Also NSFW).

Suitable for: Anyone wanting to learn how to shoot glamour images in the studio, that are not just a model on a plain paper background.  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 £5 discount on this event.  Why not join the Academy today?

[BOOK HERE]


Tuesday, 16 July 2019 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Woodbank Works, Turncroft Lane, Stockport, Cheshire, SK1 4AR

At this session, we will be looking at creating glamour images with a messy aspect to them.  During the three hour session, we will shoot two major sessions including our infamous spaghetti setup.  If there is time we may be able to shoot a third messy setup that doesn’t require such a major cleanup for our model.

The setups for this evening will appeal to who like to shoot ‘wet and messy’ (sploshing) but the emphasis will be on creating good images which are well lit, well posed and well composed.  As such the event should have a much wider appeal and be suitable for all photographers who enjoy shooting glamour.

The model for this event will be Simplyb https://purpleport.com/portfolio/beffers95/?referrer=ianbutty

If you would like to see images created at some of our previous messy events you can follow the links below.  The Soft Gentle set and the Axa Jay set both include the spaghetti set up.  Please note that the images in all these albums are definitely not safe for work

http://photos.imb.biz/model/shoot/softgentlemessy

http://photos.imb.biz/model/shoot/axajay

http://photos.imb.biz/model/shoot/rhianna-messy

Suitable for: Anyone wanting to learn how to create messy images in the studio.  Your camera must have a standard hot-shoe (with a centre pin) 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 £5 discount on this event.  Why not join the Academy today?

[BOOK HERE]