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The Societies' Newsletter
19 October 2011 

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The Societies 2012 Photographic Convention

In 2012 The Societies Convention will celebrate 10 years of helping and inspire both Professional and Aspiring Photographers.

Convention: 10th-15th Jan 2012
Trade Show Dates: 13th-15th Jan 2012

Novotel London West
Hammersmith International Centre
1 Shortlands
W6 8DR

Free to enter photographic trade show. Meet 150+ plus photographic trade exhibitors

Trade Show Only tickets are free as long as pre registered by 24 December 2011 after this time it is £6.00.



Exclusive 2012 Convention discount vouchers, deals and prize draws:http://swpp.co.uk/convention/trade_show_deals.htm

The BIG ‘L’ Challenge at The Convention 2012

Do you have it to gain a distinction in your specialist subject?

We are laying down the challenge to our valued members to gain Licentiate, Associateship or Fellowship accreditation for their work at the 2012 Convention.

Venue - Hammersmith Novotel Exhibition and Convention Centre
Dates and Times - Wednesday 10:00-18:00 and Thursday 10:00-18:00

What the judges are looking for:-

Impact - Technique - Story Telling - Creativity - Style - Composition - Presentation Colour Balance - Centre Of Interest - Lighting - Subject Matter - Posing - Relevance to category – Expressions - Cropping...

All members are invited to attend these days Free of Charge


Book Here

Adam Alex - Do You Understand Light? - Superclass

Saturday 14th January 2012

Understanding light is a subject you may proclaim to know lots about, but do you really see the light?

As wedding photographers, you will often have to work with available light, work fast and make magic. Adam's award winning techniques are most often focused around working fast and with available to light to create emotion and depth.

Adam will teach on his principles of photography and the simple subject of light.

Adam Alex believes that once you understand light you will understand everything else. Come and spend 4 hours on location with Adam Alex and witness how he works with a couple in all types of light.

Ticket Price: Members £80 - Non-Members £120  

Last few places remaining - Booking early to avoid disappointment is advised

Congratulations to qualification successes this week

Congratulations to qualification successes this week

George Abdilla ASWPP – Associate http://tinyurl.com/6aan79e
David Meaney ASDA Associate in Digital Art http://tinyurl.com/6ccewv4
Karl Harper LSWPP – Licentiate http://tinyurl.com/5tty5ax
Ken Meaney CrSWPP - Craftsman http://tinyurl.com/6kg4u9q
Charles Zammit CrSWPP- Craftsman http://tinyurl.com/6yphvr4
Therese Debono ASWPP – Associate http://tinyurl.com/5vpssfb
David Meaney CrSWPP – Craftsman http://tinyurl.com/62u8jlp

Examples of other successful submissions can be found here

Licentiate http://swpp.co.uk/qualify-Licentiate.htm 
Associate http://swpp.co.uk/qualify-Associate.htm 

Qualification Structure http://swpp.co.uk/qualify.htm

Latest Photographic News

Leica announces Leica D-Lux 5 Titanium ‘Special Edition’

Performance redefined - Canon unlocks new possibilities for professional photographers with the EOS-1D X

£50 Cash Back Offer on Quantum QFlash and Turbo Batteries

AKVIS MakeUp V.2.0: Portrait Retouching Software. New Effects!


The Society Forum

This weeks forum competitions are now open:

Wedding Week 41 - The Brides Shadow
General Week 41 - The Element of Surprise

Wedding Voting Week 40 - How Much Alcohol?
General Voting Week 40 - Illusion

Wedding Winners Week 39 - Sunset
General Winners Week 39 - Autumn

New to the Forum?

We all know it can be a little daunting to post on a busy Forum for the first time, so we have created a special section where you can just say hello. https://thesocieties.net/forum/index.php/topic,1216.0.html

https://thesocieties.net/forum/  for more information.

Topics only viewable to registered logged on members

Richard P Walton - Thinking outside the box

Members Training Days

1st November – London

A day devoted to lighting and selling dramatic wedding and portrait images.

As photographers we are governed by certain rules, although with new technology things have loosened up a bit we still have to stick to what is viable in the situation we’re in. As we abide by these technical rules I feel we are also governed by another set of rules that we seem to have created ourselves, as professionals we feel the need to live up to what's expected of us as photographers and not what we are capable of as artists and individuals.

Cost: £80 Full-Day per person/£40 per session

Members Training Days

19 October, - Bath - Lighting For Portraits and Fashion
20 October, - Rothley - Portraits
1 November, - London - Thinking Outside the Box
2 November, - Warwick - Thinking Outside the Box
3 November, - Chester - Thinking Outside the Box
7 November, - Reading - Family Portrait Photography
8 November, - Bristol - SEO and Marketing
14 February , - Chester - Business and Weddings
15 February , - Huddersfield - Business and Weddings
16 February, - Warwick - Business and Weddings

Check out the new Interactive Seminars Map

Each day is split into two sessions.

Cost: £40 per session/£80 Full-Day per person

Portrait Lighting for Digital Photographers- The Basics

The fundamentals of exposure and the essentials of lighting are explored in this photography reference that uses progressive images from portrait sessions as its basis of explanation.

Starting with how light is perceived differently by the camera than the human eye, this resource clarifies the more complicated laws that govern light, breaking the rules down with clear, effective examples.

Various light sources are investigated - from simple sunlight to advanced professional and studio systems - as well as the types of lighting units used at different times during the sessions. Usually £24.99 Now £15.00

Social Networking

And don't forget if you have a Twitter, Facebook or Blog, let us know your username/page and email it to ben@swpp.co.uk and they will show up on your Members page.

Twitter - http://twitter.com/#!/TheSocieties
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/theSocieties

Facebook Convention Event Page

We Have created a Facebook Event page for the 2012 Convention, have a look and tell us if your attending.


Please note: You need to book in through the Societies to confirm your booking, by replying to the event or by confirming your attendance on Facebook does not secure you a ticket.


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