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The Societies Newsletter
16 December 09
26 Days to go!

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Selection of Competition Winners

Big 'L' Challenge at The Convention Announced!

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 2010 Convention.

Delegates are invited to attend free of charge and watch the qualification 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 £30, Associateship £45 and Fellowship £75 all inc VAT). This will enable us to prepare for the judging process and ensure that the day runs smoothly. Members can bring their submissions to the event though an additional charge of £10 will be made and we cannot guarantee that your panel will be judged on that particular day.

Do please let us know if you are interested in submitting a panel so we can arrange judges and staff to make sure it runs efficiently.

http://swpp.co.uk/convention/big_l_challenge.htm for more information.

Weekly Forum Photographic Competitions

This Weeks Forum Competitions are now open:
Last chance the enter the weekly competitions this year!

EXTRA - Your Best Wedding Image of 2009 (Wedding)
EXTRA - Your Best Image of 2009 (General)

Week 42 - The Boys (Wedding)
Week 42 - Leading Lines (General)

Week 41 Voting - Off Camera Flash (Wedding)
Week 41 Voting - Eyes (General)

Week 40 Winners - Throwing the Bouquet (Wedding)
Week 40 Winners - High Key Lighting (General)

All the winners for the weekly competition will go through to a final vote for the favourite image of the year and the winner will receive a prize and be awarded, at the Annual Awards Night, the accolade of "Members Choice Wedding/General Photographer of the Year".

Also the images will go into Professional Imagemaker.

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

Master Lighting Techniques

Master Lighting TechniquesOutdoor lighting is more variable than studio lighting, and while it presents unique challenges, the payoffs of mastering the light in such situations are many. In this comprehensive book, you'll learn how to control the effects of natural light to create top-quality portraits of any subject—from kids, to models, to families.

Dantzig provides a comprehensive look at lighting, giving you all of the tools you need to poduce the very best portrait results. He presents dozens of images (including several before-and-after shots and image sequences) and shows how each portrait was created. Step-by-step text makes it easy to learn how to use natural light, to understand when and how to supplement that light with flash fill, barebulb, and strobes, and how to select and use light modifiers for the most flattering portrait lighting effects. Numerous detailed lighting diagrams are also included, showing you how to re-create the lighting styles that top-notch professionals use to produce their perfectly rendered images.

Usually £25.00 Now £15.00


Aonline photographic exhibitionre you missing your FREE advertising opportunity?

Hundreds of members have already taken advantage of our online photographic exhibition. To get yours all you need to do is send in 15-30 jpegs to phil@swpp.co.uk at 400 pixels wide.

In addition you can also have a 'Signature Image' on your members page, again to do this send in your image to phil@swpp.co.uk at 400 pixels wide.


Who are you?

It is a proven fact that potential clients like to know who they are dealing with. With this in mind we have for some time been able to display an image on members pages of themselves. Many members have already taken advantage of this extra site facility and are reporting additional visitors to their sites and a positive increase in referrals. So do send in a image of yourself 200 pixels wide as a jpg to phil@swpp.co.uk and get yourself seen.

ConventionThe Societies 2010 Photographic Convention

Convention: 12-18 January 2010 - Trade Show Dates: 15-17 January 2010
Novotel London West – Hammersmith

Photographers from around the world will be gathering in London in January at the 8th Annual Convention and Trade show being held at the Novotel London West.

Convention update!

Exclusive 2010 Convention discount vouchers and deals.


20 x16" Print and Album Competition - Closing date imminent!

To secure your entries payment has to be received at HO by December 31 2009. The entries are to be delivered no later than 8 Jan 2009.

Saturday Night - Social Night - Saturday 16 January 2010

Join us for a night of Free entertainment in the the Lounge Bar.
Who Will Win Photographer of the Year 09?

The Winners for 2009 will be announced Sunday Jan 17 at our
Photographer of the Year Awards dinner.

Free Trade Show Highlights*

Get advice from the experts
Experts will be on hand to give you advice on services and products
Live demonstration stages
300 Seat lecture Area
Attendees are able to attend FREE 20 minute lectures by many of the leading lectures in the photographic industry.
See the latest photographic equipment
Trade Show Bookings are free until 08 Jan 10, After this a £5 fee will be charged
Mentor Me at the Convention - Spaces going fast!

Book your mentoring session now.

Get 30 minutes of intense one-to-one advice for just £30.

For more information please visit:


Don't miss out on the chance to start off the year with inspiration from some of the world's best photographers

Portrait ProfessionalNew Version 9 for Perfect Portraits and save an extra 15% !

Portrait Professional’s updated Version 9 has just been launched from Anthropics Technology.

See pages 90-91 in the December/January issue of Imagemaker for an article on skin enhancement.

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A Studio version is now also available as a Photoshop plug in.

Portrait Professional V9 is currently on a web launch offer which ends in a couple of days showing an extra 15% saving on the Studio version for only £49.95 with the Standard V9 at £34.95 plus you can claim a further 10% off by quoting code pim

To purchase the software or download a free trial please go to www.pprof.com

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