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The Societies 2011 Photographic Convention
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2011 ConventionThe Societies 2011 Photographic Convention

With less than 100 days to go, the Convention is looming large on the horizon. If you have not already booked in then it is time that you do!

The 2011 Convention is a veritable feast of education with eight days of action packed programmes designed to help you the photographer put your imagery ahead of the game. The three day Trade Show spanning the Friday to Sunday is a gathering of the whose-who in the photographic industry with the ‘big guns’ present and eager to show you the latest in technology and design.

Convention: 10th-17th January 2011 - Trade Show Dates: 14th-16th January 2011
Novotel London West – Hammersmith


Exhibitors: http://swpp.co.uk/convention/exhibitors.htm
Speakers: http://swpp.co.uk/convention/speakers/

2011 Highlights

Free Trade Show*
Location Seminars

Business School
Members Day - (Members only)
FREE Demos
Full-Day Photographic Seminars
Photographer of the Year Awards Night
Saturday Night - Social Night
The BIG ‘L’ Challenge - (Members only)
20 x 16 Print Competition
and list goes on ...

2011 Schedule

The schedule for the 2011 Convention is now available online.

Monday 10 January
Tuesday 11 January
Wednesday 12 January
Thursday 13 January
Friday 14 January
Saturday 15 January
Sunday 16 January
Monday 17 January

* We reserve the right to change speakers and timings


2010 Trade Awards - Voting Opens

Please vote for your products of the year and you could win a Masterclass ticket.

Now's your chance to have your say to vote for your products of the year

Here at The Societies we try to make your visit to the Convention as valuable as possible.

We have many tickets and we hope to help you decide which ticket is best for you, so your time at the Convention is as productive as possible. See the 'Tickets Explained' page for more information.


The BIG ‘L’ Challenge (Members only)

Members are invited to submit their Licentiateship panel or if desired their Associateship or Fellowship for consideration.

Delegates can attend and watch the qualifications assessments.

It is preferred that you forward your submission on CD to The Societies’ office prior to the event along with your submission fee (Licentiateship £60, Associateship £95 and Fellowship £150 all inc VAT). This will enable us to prepare for the judging process and ensure that the day runs smoothly.

20x16 Competition 2011

Here it is again! Our fantastic 20x16 Print competition is back for another year!

Entries will be judged LIVE at the Convention with the Merit awards then being displayed for all our attendees to admire during our tradeshow weekend. The judging is an open process so feel free to come along and witness how your entries are scored!

Check out the website for special offers from the labs!


2011 Business School

Running a successful business doesn’t happen by chance you need to develop strategic business strategies by careful business planning and attention to market trends. This highly-focused two-day power-packed business school has been designed to bring you training to help your business prosper. They will share with you their thoughts and secrets of their business acumen and give you the head start for a successful 2011.


My Bride Would Never Do That! – Doug Gordon (Full-Day Seminar)

Monday 10 January 10:00-16:00

This a brand new programme
which Doug put together to get straight to the core! See Doug’s camera techniques, his light, his compositions, his ’posed...but look natural’ methods and also how he shoots for the perfect storybook album. Most importantly he will explain his on the job finishing techniques, This class is a must for any professional.
Beckstead is on the Bus!! (Big Red Bus)

Wednesday 12 January - 10:00-16:00

Rockin’ down the road on a Big-Red-Bus, shooting a fashion/bridal with the pounding sounds of Led Zeppelin and learning from Bodacious-Beckstead…sounds like too much fun to pass up! We will bus around London shooting Beckstead-style playing it loose and free! We are going big and wide so bring a wide-angle lens for sure!!! David creates his crazy-cool compositions with simple tools: 15mm fisheye, 24 1.4 and a 70-200 2.8 and 2-camera bodies. No flash, stands, tripods, reflectors or anything to slow us down! Come prepared to learn from David first and get great imagery as a secondary benefit. David runs a very fun yet organized shoot so be prepared to move around in a bigger group. David has lead shooting workshops all over the globe!
Gary Fong, The Accidental Millionaire (Full-Day Seminar)

Monday 17 January 10:00-16:00

Exclusively to The Societies, Gary will be sharing his insightful, instructive and at times hilarious photographic and personal experiences with a UK audience at The Societies convention in January 2011.
“Now that I have retired from wedding photography, I can freely give you the secrets that made my studio undisputedly the most financially successful business in wedding photography”.

"I'll explain how you can use my step-by-step pricing and merchandising method to help make your custom-designed albums irresistible!"

"The two absolute GOLDEN RULES that you can do (that are virtually ignored by 99% of all wedding photographers) to create an incredible average wedding order value"

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