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Ian M Butterfield
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Brand new and bumper sized photography newsletter released today.  Announcing all new events at Ian's studio, plus the usual batch of photography hints and tips...
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Trying to work out how Google+ Events work - my apologies if the event I've just created spammed any one!  I just wanted to post it on my page for local photographers to see but I think G+ may have sent out an email invite too.
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Friday 5th October - time lapse night.  Book your place via my website:
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*Friday, 6 July 2012 , 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM *
Location: Ian's Studio

For tonight’s event we look at low key images.  Think dark backgrounds (not always black), think shadows, think side lighting.

I am pleased to announce that the model for this event will be Zombie Candy aka Amber Dolovak Amber has been to the studio twice before and has proved a big hit both times. You can see her profile on purpleport here: and on Purestorm here:

(And yes, that is Amber in the image I am using to promote this event)

We will also look at techniques to add a little colour to the dark background including the use of gels, and using coloured background but allowing them to go dark using the inverse square law.

Price: £29
Please book via my website:
Low-Key Photography Night
Fri, July 6, 2012, 2:00 PM
Ian's Studio, Turncroft Lane, Stockport, SK1 4AR

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Apologies - would love to but the next two weeks are chocka for me.  Do keep me notified on any future ones though!
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SUNDAY 24 JUNE - Stockport
For photographers in the UK - something a little different:

I've run a number of messy photoshoots in the past- this one is a little different for the first time we have TWO great models booked.  Click the link for more details.
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I really like this set of images by +Steve Simons who was on the Stockport +Scott Kelby World Wide Photowalk today.  You found some amazing angles Steve well done!
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Intermediate Photography Course
Weekly on Sunday Afternoons 3.00pm till 5.30pm (approx) from 21st October 2012
Location: Ian’s Studio

The course will consist of eight sessions (session 5 on glamour, boudoir, & art nude is option).  Each session will be two and half hours in length.

Each session will look at one or two related genres of photography.  We will cover techniques and equipment, and I will be providing practical advice and where appropriate I’ll share experiences from a professional perspective.

Session 1 :  Travel and Architecture
Session 2 : Available light portraiture and Weddings
Session 3 : Off Camera flash and strobist techniques
Session 4 : Studio portrature
Session 5 : Glamour, boudoir and art nude photography
Session 6 : Events, theatre and performance photography
Session 7 : Macro, product and commercial photography
Session 8 : Sports and wildlife photography
Each session will leave you with some homework to reinforce the skills and techniques we have talked about.

8 Sessions: £165.
or 7 Sessions (omitting session 5) : £155

The course is aimed at photographers who have a reasonable level of photographic knowledge.  I have designed the course to be particularly suitable for those who have already completed my “Introduction to Digital Photography” course.  If you have not completed that course, you should have an understanding of photographic techniques such as exposure, aperture, controlling depth of field, etc.  Experience of using flash guns is useful but not essential.  As with any course the time spent on any given subject will be tailored to reflect the current knowledge and experience of those attending.

Printed course materials will be provided to all attendees.  Throughout the course there will be opportunities should you wish to have your photographs assessed to help you improve.

Places on the course will be limited.  To book your place please visit this page:

Please note: The course is designed for users of DSLR cameras.  If you have a “compact” camera or a “bridge” camera please contact me to discuss its suitability for this course.
Intermediate Photography Course
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I need to back to using Google+ kind of got out of the habit recently.  Look out for news of forthcoming photography events and workshops and I'll also share some images to.
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Latest Photography Newsletter for +Ian's Studio in Stockport, UK is now on-line - includes details of forthcoming events and links to all workshops between now and the end of September:
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A few thoughts about the US Olympic team photos

The internet is awash with comments about some photos by Joe Klamar.  You can see one such page here: and a full gallery here:

Ok, before we have a witch hunt... I'd like to know some more info about these images. They are clearly straight out of the camera shots pre editing. The photographer was one of many who were shooting that day on their own set-ups, apparently under extremely difficult conditions. I've done a quick search (not extensive research) about this and the only people who are publishing the images appear to be people who want to criticise them. Have they been published by the US Olympic organisation? I can't find them. Have they been published by the photographer. I can't find them. 

Looks like someone has got hold of some images from the shoot and decided to let them go viral. These might be images pre-edit (granted not sure what editing you could do to save some of them). These MIGHT be the rejects. 

Here's the challenge... can anyone find where these images have been published somewhere other than part of a feature saying how bad the images are? Because if we can't find that then these are prerelease images which in reality may never have seen light of day other than someone leaking them. If that is the case it is unfair to judge them - I don't think any of us would ever wish to be judged on the images we have never made public.

Oh course if they have been released formally by the photographer or the US team then they deserve all the critisim they are getting.

#IMBWeb #Blog #critique #photography #Olympics #USA

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Stockport based photographer, studio owner, and photography tutor
Freelance photographer and studio owner based in Stockport.

My primary area of work these days is training and providing workshops and events for other photographers.  In addition to all this like most other photographers I still do the usual portraits, weddings, etc.

I am involved with local theatre and have photographed about 50 different shows.  I am the official photographer for Stockport Garrick Theatre.

"Ian's Studio" is available to hire.  To find out more about the facilities and to see what workshops and events we currently have planned please take a look at the studio website:

If you want to join my mailing list please send me a message with your email address and I will add you.
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Walked the Pennine Way. Cycled Land's End to John O'Groats. Acted in many plays. Written sketches that have been performed all over the world. Had a photograph on the front cover of a national newspaper. That enough bragging for you?
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    HND Applied Physics, 1981 - 1984
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