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*In this weeks newsletter*

Monthly image comp results, Mini Convention, News, Training days, Bookstore, New join offer, Insurance advice. 

The Monthly Image Competition - January Results 
A new year embarks on a new competition for the Societies. We have refreshed the categories and definitions to bring a wider scope of options for the members to enter their images.

The January monthly competition has been judged. To view the Golds please see: http://swpp.co.uk/image_competition-2013/Jan/

The Competition for February is now open

Mini Conventions  
Join us for a new and exciting series of Mini Conventions hosted throughout the UK.

These Mini Conventions are the perfect opportunity to catch up with the latest products and services from the trade and gain education from a series of talks.

You can attend these days free of charge and they are open to members and non-members alike.

13 February 2013 - Antrim, County Antrim N.Ireland
20 March 2013 - Witney, Oxfordshire England
18 April 2013 - Bolton, Greater Manchester England
9 May 2013 - Cardiff, South Glamorgan Wales
13 June 2013 - Edinburgh, Scotland
5 September 2013 - Bradford, West Yorkshire England
17 September 2013 - Norwich, Norfolk England
10 October 2013 - Solihull, West Midlands England
22 October 2013 - Exeter, Devon England
6 November 2013 - Southampton, Hampshire England
28 November 2013 - Ashford, Kent England


Photographic News

Canon refreshes home office printer range with four new All-In-One devices

Graphistudio Expands UK Team In Preparation for New Launch

NIKKOR Celebrates 80 Years of Optical Excellence in 2013

Focus 2013 Graphistudio Seminars
Photographic Training Days
Light, Pose and Retouch - County Cork - John Denton - 11.02.13
Light, Pose and Retouch - County Dublin - John Denton - 12.02.13
Light, Pose and Retouch - County Galway - John Denton - 14.02.13
Starting and building a photography business - Staffordshire - Lisa Beaney - 19.02.13
Starting and building a photography business - Northampton - Lisa Beaney - 20.02.13
MAXIMUM IMPACT - Minimum outlay - Dave Wall - Malta - 23.03.13
MAXIMUM IMPACT - Minimum outlay - Dave Wall - Malta - 24.03.13


Just One Flash - Just 2 left

Filled with tips for producing paramount effects using a single flash, this guide shows amateur and professional photographers how to lighten their gear load and free up their budget. With an in-depth look at equipment and special features, this manual covers essential topics such as shooting in RAW format, manual versus automatic, selecting the right ISO setting, the effect of aperture, using the flash’s zoom feature, changing the angle of the flash, and wireless triggering.


£24.99 £15.00 Save: 40% off

Family Photography

Going beyond how to capture memorable family photos, this examination spotlights the special touches and relationship-building skills that turn subjects from clients into friends. The author’s signature techniques for generating repeat business are shared, revealing how to remain a family’s constant photographer for years - from maternity portraits and baby photos to wedding images and senior snapshots.


£21.99 £15.00 Save: 32% off

Join Today
Walkstool Comfort Tripod Stool - New Joining gift

Walkstool is the only patented three legged stool with telescopic legs in the world! The telescopic legs offer 2 sitting positions; low position with the legs retracted and normal sitting height with the legs extended.

10 Reasons to Join The Societies

  • Professional Imagemaker Magazine
  • Online Photographic Forum
  • Mentor Me Programme
  • Reduced Insurance Rates
  • Free Listing on our Website
  • Monthly Image Competition
  • Qualifications by Submission of Work
  • Reduced Rate Merchant Service Facilities
  • Trade Sponsored Promotions for Members
  • Discounts on Annual Convention


Should I insure my photographic equipment and laptop for use as a professional?
This is always the most difficult question to answer but as long as you remember the most important insurance to have is Public Liability and then Professional Indemnity you should be ok.

Some photographers feel that the equipment is their “life blood” and they couldn’t do without it so for them then insurance is the most sensible solution. It means they have some “hiring in costs” should the worst happen and they need equipment to continue with work commitments whilst any claim is being considered


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