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The Societies' Newsletter  - 15.08.12
helping photographers create the right image...
In this week's newsletter:

Seminars | Photo News | The Prop Box | Convention 2013 | Photo Training Overseas | Bookshop

Featured Seminar -  Damian McGillicuddy - Fashion Fusion - Contemporary Portrait

Aberdeen | Dundee | Copenhagen | Goteborg | Stavanger | Turkey | Limassol | Thessaloniki | Athens

Evolution or revolution... to prosper and place oneself for the best possible marketable position one must take action! Today's clients are visually more astute than ever, we are all bombarded by media rich image ideals, clients simply want the style and quality they see in the "glossies".

Make a decision today to advance your craft, make a decision today to grow your business, make a decision today to learn how to evolve and realise your creative goals... the BIG Dog can help you!

Let Damian "The BIG Dog" McGillicuddy, the man referred to by the popular photographic press as the "lighting wizard" and the only Grand Master to offer training, inspire and enthuse you to ramp your photography up another notice.

Whether you shoot for pleasure or profit in this "over automated" world of photography, lighting control and understanding is a skill that has to be learned. Throughout this education-filled, fun-packed day Damian will show you how to achieve your aims with unparalleled ease. If excellence in photography is your aim you cannot afford to miss this high octane seminar!


For a full list of seminars, please see the website: http://swpp.co.uk/seminars/index-chrono.htm

Photo News

Fujifilm's X-Pro1 Wins EISA European Professional Compact System Camera of the Year 2012-2013

Sports photographers get set for big prizes in a new Calumet-Canon competition

Nikon live at Photokina 2012

Canon EOS 7D firmware v2 now availableProfessional Imagemaker Magazine

Nikons New COOLPIX L610 Compact Camera with Incredible Zoom Lens Makes it Easy to Capture a Familys Active Always OntheGo Lifestyle

Nikon Expands Its Popular Nikon 1 System with the Addition of the New Nikon 1 J2 Camera and 1 NIKKOR 11275mm F3556 Lens


The Prop Box

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Convention 2013
Featured Superclass - John Denton - Natural Light BoudoirFeatured Superclass - John Denton - Natural Light Boudoir

Day: Sunday 13th Jan 2013
Time: 12.00 to 16.00

Using just the light flooding into the suite John will explore the world of Boudoir posing. He will demonstrate how to use ambient light to emphasise the positives of all range of body shapes as well as talking through how to maximise the potential of your Boudoir business. This will be a practical session so bring your camera, bring some ideas and shoot them in a range of Boudoir styles from nude to lingerie. John promises that he will not use any flash or video light in this session and it will be a true test of his, and your own, ingenuity with light.


There is a wide selection of photographic training available and there is Photo Training Overseas. This unique week long photographic training concept is now in its 26th year and continues to meet the requirements of photographers at all skill levels. By utilising a tried and tested system involving a minimum of eight highly talented and experienced tutors; everyone who participates receives the same quality of training in an ideal learning and teaching environment, so why not join PTO from 31st January-7th February in the glorious resort of Costa Teguise in Lanzarote at the four star Beatriz Costa Hotel & Spa on all inclusive for £950 per delegate and £750 per non-delegate. There are several fantastic competitions available to participate in with some fantastic prizes for the winners. The most important thing is that you will receive the ultimate motivation and necessary skills and ideas to combat the difficult trading times we all face. Full details are available at www.pto-uk.com

Minimalist Lighting - Professional Techniques for Studio

Minimalist Lighting - Professional Techniques for StudioWorking from the studio used to be a complicated and expensive task requiring great skill and extensive equipment to ensure that the imagery was as effective as location photography. Now a more minimalist approach is not only possible, but preferable thanks to developments in camera and lighting technologies. Minimalist Lighting explores how this shift can be exploited with less complexity and a smaller budget, which offers the reader more flexibility than ever before to create varied, sophisticated imagery from their studios.

Monte Zucker's Portrait Photography Handbook

BookIn this book, completed shortly before his death in 2007, Monte presents a comprehensive guide to the flawless lighting and elegant posing techniques that have made his images stand the test of time. Also covered are step-by-step techniques for determining how best to flatter each subject, tips for studio and location portraits, and creative ideas for enhancing your images.

"Simply the best guide for lighting and portraiture"
- Phil Jones  The Societies CEO

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