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VISIONS – Creative studio photography masterclasses by Layla Sailor

How can a keen amateur photographer boost their work and stand confidently alongside professional photographers? Simply contact the studio today and join us from September 2012. Learn new skills and be inspired by our expert Photographer Layla Sailor.

Layla Sailor was born in Manchester, England. After completing a degree in photography at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2005, she has continued to combine commercial fashion photography with fine art & filmmaking, receiving an honourable mention in the 2009 IPA awards, and also being shortlisted for the 2010 RPS Genix bursary. Most recently her work was included in Showstudio’s Visions Couture exhibition at Printemps Paris.

She has run numerous seminars for Calumet and Profoto, and taught at Salford University and Stockport College, she has a unique aptitude for photography and teaching, and enjoys sharing her vast knowledge with other creatives.
Inspired by cinematography, she creates hyper-realistic, dreamlike works and is known best for her unique lighting style and love of colour.

Clients: Sassoon, BBC Television, Tony&Guy, MAC Cosmetics, Kernal Global, Oxfam, Whitney Eve, Revolution Bars, BBC, 1883 Magazine, Style Etc, Live Fast Magazine and Revs (Finland).

Exhibitions: Haceccity Project, Nouvel Organon, Paris 2012. Vision Couture, Pritemps, Paris 2012. Harris Museum (Redeye Exhibition), Noir, Lancashire 2005. Preston Art Gallery (Redeye Exhibition), Preston, 2004

Layla’s work is syndicated by Camerapress & Photovogue Art & Commerce

Dates: Begins Saturday 1st September 2012

Duration: 1 full day – 09:00 until 18:00

Location: Slaughterhouse Studios Ltd, 54-56 Oldfield Rd, Salford, Gtr Manchester, England. M5 4LZ

Course price: £250/day (inclusive of VAT)

Maximum number of places: 20

As well as providing access to a professional studio, Slaughterhouse Studios Ltd will provide all lighting equipment at each session.

How can a keen amateur photographer with an understanding of his or her equipment, and who produces consistently competent images, move their work to the next level and take pictures that will stand confidently alongside professionally taken photographs? One option is to apply to an understanding professional, offer your services and work tirelessly for a number of years as an assistant. The other is to join Layla Sailor’s Advanced Masterclass and soak up many years’ experience while working on professional assignments in a fully equipped studio.

At its core, photography is all about capturing an image with available light. Layla will train students to see the world of light and shade, control the way light falls on their subject and translate the vision into brilliant images.

For almost ten years, Layla has been immersed in the photographic industry. Her enthusiasm and knowledge of the subject is infectious. Join her and a class of like-minded students on a unique series of masterclasses to develop the skills, vision and confidence to create a higher standard of photography with controlled light.

Course programme

All sessions will take place at Slaughterhouse Studios Ltd, 54-56 Oldfield Road, Salford, Gtr Manchester, England M5 4LZ.

The course runs from 1st September 2012, and consists of a full day session of 8 hours. All sessions will take place in the studios from 9.00am-5.00pm.

All who attend will be expected to have the use of a digital SLR camera.

The subject matter of sessions as listed below is a guide only. The exact course content will be finalised according to the experience and interests of the group.

The detail of the course content is at the discretion of the course director and Layla Sailor Masterclasses.

Saturday 1st September – Session 1

Getting to know each other and ambition of the course. Intro by Layla and all other housekeeping necessities. Ideas and demands of what each want from the course.

How to recognise and translate lighting from an image, utilising quality from a light source. Three separate groups will recreate their chosen lighting from the selection in studio and create a set in studio with a model or still life.

Every nuance of light meter readings, from different ways of measuring light to the implications of formats. Leading to the afternoon workshop – Fashion Lighting 1.

Approaching the subject in the style of and under the demands of a structured commercial shoot. The whole building will become an open studio, all will be encouraged to take their subject to create a masterly or experimental approach to lighting and styling the photograph. Understanding the importance of direction and team work.

Future dates are as follows:

7th October

24th November

16th December

Submissions and payment

Submissions can only be made electronically and should be emailed to: info@slaughterhousestudios.co.uk with reference Layla Sailor Masterclass On receipt of your application, you will receive a confirmation email from the course director.

The deadline for payment of the course is 5 days before commencement of the class. T&C’s will be forwarded to all successful applicants on the day of application.

Payment methods

Cheques, BACS or electronic secured payments will be cleared 5 days before the class date to secure each applicant’s place. All payment details will be part of the T&C’s package.

Minimum equipment required                                                                                                        
Digital SLR Camera with manual setting, a standard lens, a formatted memory card and a tripod


Improve your knowledge

How to retouch – Improve knowledge equals enhanced images.

Slaughterhouse Studios ltd is proud to announce a well over due collaboration with one of Manchester’s leading Retouch Artists, Miss Jennifer Doohan. The masterclasses will provide you with the skills to confidently use Adobe Photoshop in a proficient, intuitive and effective way.

Jennifer has worked with some of the finest photographers in the UK, working alongside some of the more well known stars of stage and screen. Her work has allowed her to travel throughout Europe and Asia, with her current post at BBC HQ at Media City, Salford.

Masterclass schedule

The purpose of the masterclass is to present to you the finer details and uses of the Photoshop Toolkit. This will leave you with the relevant skills to produce excellent quality images. The masterclass is aimed at anyone with a basic understanding of the software.

Each class will encourage you to use and understand all the basic elements of Photoshop and then over time lead towards much more advanced levels of learning this software. Jennifer will offer much more hands on practice during the day long course. Therefore, whether a photographer, illustrator, designer or just curious how to get the best out of your digital photographs, Jennifer’s understanding and skills with Photoshop will offer you many opportunities to make your images look sensational.

The classes are for all levels of users, from the novice to the time served user who may wish to have all those bad habits brushed away. You do not need to have any prior experience, just the software on your laptop.

During the first month’s sessions Jennifer will cover:

  • Portraiture
  • Landscape
  • Composition
  • File structure
  • Layers and Labelling Layers
  • Sharpness
  • Hue
  • Saturation
  • Use of colour effectively
  • Black and White
  • Maximising the potential of all the most used brushes and effects
  • Face retouching and manipulation techniques

Workshop details

Maximum number of places – 15

Training dates and location


Slaughterhouse Studios Ltd

Saturday 8th September 09:00 – 17:00

Sunday 16th September 09:00 – 17:00

Saturday 22nd September 09:00 – 17:00

Saturday 29th September 09:00 – 17:00

[October – December dates are going to press on 1st September]

Cost of each Masterclass – £100 (+VAT) this includes breakfast, teas and coffees and free car parking

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How to apply

Email your interest subject to Photoshop Masterclasses to info@slaughterhousestudios.co.uk and we will forward you the application form, T&C’s and payment details.

Payment methods

Cheques, BACS or electronic secured payments will be cleared 5 days before the class date to secure each applicant’s place. All payment details will be part of the T&C’s package.

What you will need:

  • a laptop with a genuine copy of Adobe Photoshop
  • original images shot by you on an openable file
  • a camera (this is optional but gaining access to the studios here at Slaughterhouse Studios will allow each class member the chance to see the whole process of developing a digital image from a shoot in the day light studio to creating a print ready image)
  • a need to learn more about the software and how it can make your photography more intuitive.

Olympic mayhem

Living dangerously I know, what with having the Olympic Marketing Board copyright a date, a city and even the roman numerals of 2012, but hey, its now time to live in the spirit. I am not profiting from anything here, so relax and enjoy the show. One cannot not miss out on the brilliance of the Olympics in London starting today. It’s cold hearted and cynical person who can remove themselves from the emotions of the day. I could go on and on how inspirational it is for the whole nation but there is only one Athlete we at the studio and in the Simpson household are supporting over the next 2 weeks and that’s Victoria Pendleton so join us in screaming at the screen, or if you are lucky enough to have tickets for the Velodrome next week, lets encourage her to slap that smug Aussie cow down to second place and get “our Victoria” those 2 gold medals she needs to become Dame Victoria Pendleton.

Enjoy Underworld, fireworks and a bunch of flying bicycles tonight

Go Team GB!

Lights, camera, ACTION!

Have you heard of the new Meetup Film Club? Slaughterhouse Presents . After the success of the last full day show, it was an easy decision to make to roll it out to a monthly event. So make a date in your diaries for Saturday 11th August and meet up and network, enjoy a trio of themed films into the night, we look forward to seeing you down at the studio every month.

Here are a few testimonials from last month:

Marion Rubins

Thank you. I had such a good time. Hysterical movie, Fab ice lollies and twiglet’s. Loved the comfy chairs. Brill studio too.

Simon Sharman

Great afternoon had all round, Iron Sky was a bunch of laughs. Good job, Sid.

Rob Taylor

As its residents will freely volunteer, the weather in Greater Manchester is never as it should be. If it’s not too cold, too wet, too cloudy, too sunny, too drizzly, or not enough of one or more of the above conditions, it’s either too hot or not quite warm enough. You just can’t please all of the people all of the time and, whatever the weather, you won’t have to go far within the M postcode to find someone who will vibrantly share their disappointment with you, whether you like it or not.

So it is for these reasons that, every year, I welcome the return of the Slaughterhouse Studios Pop-Up Cinema. Not only are curmudgeons instructed to silence themselves, you can guarantee that, unlike the persistently disagreeable conditions outside, SSPUC (as it shall henceforth be abbreviated) is always both dark enough and warm enough, but never too dark and not too warm. To spend a Saturday afternoon in either blazing sunshine or pissing rain is anathema to Mancunians and SSPUC provides the perfect panacea. Furthermore, with Sainsbury’s just a short walk away, you can arrive early, stock up on all the nutrients you need, seat yourself on one of SSPUC’s comfy sofas (or your own seating if you can) and enjoy a triple bill of classic films.

Imagine spending the afternoon in a womb, but a womb that shows movies. That’s how brilliant it is.


new addition

I would like to introduce and welcome our newest member of the team, Natasha Dunn has been with us for the past 3 weeks and would have announced it earlier but its just been too busy this month. Natasha is working with us as part of the Kids Without Connections, an initiative in collaboration with Hazel Blears MP. Creating opportunities for all young people in Salford who do not wish to leave school and spend their life signing on. Since arriving Natasha has helped co-ordinating shoots with ITV Granada, BooHoo and a number of Sunday Newspaper supplement editorials. I have introduced her to some of the the right people to pursue her career as a theatre actress, successfully landing her first audition next week here in Manchester. Keeping everything crossed, break a leg Natasha. The pilot scheme of KWC is culminating in September with a group trip to London and a big press and publicity opportunity at the House of Commons, so expect some  feature images later this year.

Wish You Were Here?

No, me either… but as beach holidays are a long way off and the festival sites are all under 3ft of water, why not spend a wet Saturday indoors?

Slaughterhouse Studios has given in to public demand and has returned this summer with their successful three film Saturday Matinee. 


My god, it’s full of stars…

The timely return of Slaughterhouse Studios’ Pop-Up Cinema

This Saturday, the 14th July, at Slaughterhouse Studios, we will be showing a triple feature of films loosely based on the theme of SPACE.

We have a very BIG screen… and it is free!

Just register your attendance here


The day will be a chance to meet up, eat, drink, watch and enjoy.

All we ask is that you bring a chair (deck, pop-up, beanbag or otherwise), bring some snacks and refreshments (cakes are always good) and don’t arrive during the films (timings below) as we lock the doors, so as not to interrupt your viewing pleasure.

If the weather is good, I may even fire up the BBQ! (ha!)

Doors will open at 1pm

Films are as follows:

2-4pm The Black Hole

5-7pm Iron Sky

8-10pm The Thing

Popcorn & Hotdogs:

There is a Sainsburys/Quality Save/TKMaxx across the road if you need to shop for food, drink or a deckchair

If anyone needs directions, click this link.


We are a short walk from the city centre.


Regretfully, no pets allowed!

stop, collaborate and listen…..

There comes a time in every modern business when the people running it stop, take a moment to look around, and with an increasingly critical eye on what they have created make a discovery that they have missed out on an opportunity to change something. Something that has not been too much of a priority until now. Namely – the website. I know a few of you like the web site, often most of you thought nothing much about it other than gaining contact with us here and taking the chance to see the studios and if they would be suitable for a brief.

But so much has happened here behind the scenes of Slaughterhouse Studios since we opened for business in 2010. So many talented and inspiring people have crossed the threshold and allowed us to be part of the process in delivering global campaigns, portrait series for exhibition and TV ads – to name but a few.

Needless to say, the years have been full of education, joy and pain, but for all the ups and downs, we can be secure in our conviction when we say “it has been a blast and we look forward to the future”.

So to celebrate our next chapter and extend our reach, we at the studio are happy to announce a new site, one that will cover everything we do here, all the services that can be use to take a lot of the pain away from any client brief, any project management, any production, both stills and moving image.

Anything you need doing to put a brand new production together, anything you need supplying to deliver a stills campaign or one off shoot of anyone or anything, then take a look at the new site, pick up the phone or email us any time.

We have the solution to your brief.

We look forward to your call.

Ian & Sid

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