Academy Events

The following is a full list of all future Academy Events at Ian’s Studio.  Academy Events cover specific topics and come with a set of printed notes that you can keep for future reference.  Academy Members get priority booking for these events and a significant discount.   Two weeks prior to the event booking will be open to the general public at the full price.

Please note that once the event is open to bookings by the general public the Academy Members discount will also be unavailable.

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Friday, 23 August 2019 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
£35.00 (6 spaces left)
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]


Sunday, 8 September 2019 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
£30.00 (10 spaces left)
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:

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
£30.00 (10 spaces left)
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.

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]


Friday, 20 September 2019 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
£35.00 (6 spaces left)
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 just one light.  The lighting set-ups covered at this session are:

  • Grey background: Single light across the body
  • Softbox silhouettes
  • Black background: Strip light from above

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 the event will be Tatiana96 (https://purpleport.com/portfolio/celebrateeverymoment/?referrer=ianbutty)

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]


Sunday, 22 September 2019 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
£30.00 (10 spaces left)
Woodbank Works, Turncroft Lane, Stockport, Cheshire, SK1 4AR

In this session, we go through Adobe Lightroom’s Develop Module in detail.  Looking at each of the panels in turn, we look at what it does and how best to use it to process your images.

The training will cover some of Lightroom’s hidden functionality, explaining how a number of options change their functionality when used while holding a key on the keyboard.

We will also look at saving and using presets and some options for batch processing.

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

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, 29 September 2019 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
£30.00 (10 spaces left)
Woodbank Works, Turncroft Lane, Stockport, Cheshire, SK1 4AR

In this session, we look at how using keywords, and smart collections can help you manage and speed through your workflow.  We also look in more detail how presets of all kinds can be used to speed up your workflow and save you time.

The workflow involves spending time up-front to configure keywords, collections and presets.  The first part of the session will walk you through this set up.  The second part of the set up will walk you through using the managed workflow.

Suitable for: Those who are familiar with Lightroom but who find they are losing track of what images they are working on, or who are finding that processing with Lightroom is taking too long.

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.


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, 6 October 2019 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
£30.00 (10 spaces left)
Woodbank Works, Turncroft Lane, Stockport, Cheshire, SK1 4AR

In this session, we look at the different output options within lightroom including:

  • Export dialog
  • Publish collections
  • Printing
  • Slideshows
  • The Book Module
  • The Web Module

We will look at the use of presets for export, third party plugins for publishing.  We will look at some of the options available for printing and briefly look at slidshow, book and web modules.

Suitable for: Lightroom users who want to find better ways at getting their images out there.

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.

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]