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The Societies Newsletter
3 February 10

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A selection of 2009 winners

Welcome all 200 plus members who joined the Societies in January

Find past articles from Professional Imagemaker here:


Capturing Dragons

Tony Pick Coastal Images

Gallagher's Sutherland

Britain’s True Wilderness



DOUG GORDON - Where Does Inspiration and Success Come From?

Using Adobe Creative Suite for Album Design

The 48-Shot Wedding

Finding Creativity - I Need A Flow

Sales Is What It Is All About

On top down under - Gordon Jovic



Dave Montizambert looks at egg-crate light modifiers

Rolling with the BIG Dog Part 1 - by Damian McGillicuddy

Rolling with the BIG Dog Part 2 - by Damian McGillicuddy

Transitioned – a photographers vision - the work of Winifred Whitfield



Plus many more articles for you to enjoy

Going for Gold

January's results now on our web site - congratulations to all members who received Gold this month.


See previous results here:


Forgotten the upload instructions - no problem visit the Forum

Jerry Ghionis Overall Society Photographer of the Year 2009

Jerry Ghionis Overall Society Photographer of the Year 2009

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Just some of the topics on the Forum:


Got my Associateship at the convention

How do I approach to be a assistant or second shooter?

1st attempt at lighting with gels, please critique

What Style are you shooting at Social Events

Top 30 most influential photographers of the decade

Free tethered shooting utility for Nikons

Camera settings for flash photography

Who is using WiFi for camera to computer

February in the Social Club

As requested by many members, we now have dedicated boards for each Society. You can view the relevant board here:

Weddings and Portraits - Sports and Leisure
School and Event - Nature and Wildlife
Media and Press - Fashion and Glamour
Commercial and Industrial - Travel and Tourism

Topics only viewable to registered - logged on members


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.

GF Smith Open Days

If you are in these areas do drop by and say 'hello'

Mini trade show 11am - 4pm

9th Feb: Falmouth Beach Hotel Falmouth TR11 4NA
10th Feb: Haldon Country House Hotel Exeter EX5 7YF
11th Feb: Forest Lodge Lyndhurst Hampshire SO43 7AS
Dates for your Diary

All Day Seminars with Bjorn Thomassen

Malta - 13th March 2010

Thessaloniki, Greece - 14th March 2010

Nicosia, Cyprus - 19th/20th March 2010 [date to be confirmed]

Giottos Rocket Air

Giottos rocket-shaped air-blowers are made from non-toxic, environmentally friendly material, resistant to both high and low temperatures and tear-proof. It has an air valve to prevent it from breathing in dust and blows out a powerful stream of air to blow dust away - making lens, camera, and filter cleaning a breeze.



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Monte Zucker's Portrait Photography Handbook


In 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.  Highly recommended  by the mentoring team!


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Gepe Card Safe

For the transport, safekeeping and optimal protection of memory cards, Gepe has developed the Card Safe, with its unique Multicard Insert. Each card compartment can be used for different card types Without having to change or modify the insert you can tightly and perfectly store: MMCT/SDTcards, Smart Media, Memory Stick or Compact Flash. The design and special materials used protect the cards from shocks and keep them securely in place.


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Photographer's Guide to Wedding Album Design and Sales, 2nd Ed

Albums are the most profitable product offered by wedding photographers, but also one of the most complicated to design, assemble and market. In this book, Bob Coates takes you inside the process, showing you the possibilities and offering suggestions for enhancing your bottom line. In each chapter, one photographer, carefully selected from among the best in the industry, discusses the creative choices they make for each design and how they market their work. By following along with these proven practices and techniques, photographers in all demographics can learn how to give their clients the "upscale" feel that results in happier customers and bigger sales.


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Trek Tech Optera 230

The Flexible go-anywhere, hold tight tripod. The Trek Tech Optera 230 is the next generation of portable mini tripods - flexible & versitle, the Optera 230 will literally bend to fit your every need. Comes complete with the patented MagConnect PRO to easily mount and quickly release your equipment. Which Includes anti-rotation MagAdapter with a cord and D-ring system for added stability and security. Optera 230 is fabric covered which is rugged enough for outdoor use, also a water-resistant bottom and rubber feet for added traction. Wraps securely around your camera to protect the body and lens.

Usually £49.99 Now £29.99
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Christopher Grey's Studio Lighting Techniques for Photography

Christopher Grey's Studio Lighting Techniques for PhotographyTaking the guesswork out of lighting, this invaluable examination provides tools and techniques from an accomplished expert. The most essential principles for photo shoots are presented through lengthy image sequences, considering different finishes for reflective surfaces, types of light sources, light modifiers, and even light placements. From creating fundamental looks to the effect of fine-tuning placement and setting, this detailed guidebook enables photographers to maximize productivity on any shoot. Concluding with the most effective solutions for solving lighting problems, this study is an excellent resource for both active professionals as well as intermediate to advanced students of photography.

Usually £24.99 Now £15.00

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Doug Gordon's 12th Annual Spring Blast 3-6 May 2010 Lindenhurst, NY.

Join Doug with this once in a lifetime chance. What better place to learn then on Doug’s home turf. Get ready to absorb the techniques used by one of the most influential wedding photographers in the world: His images illustrate technical perfection with an ease in posing and capturing a bride’s REAL expressions. Join him to learn the easy and fun posing techniques that result in his glamorous, fashionista—yet fun and REAL—wedding expressions. Then take in his all-too-easy but all-necessary finishing techniques, and learn to turn the perfect image into a piece of art.
See every type of posing imaginable, Learn how to take the ordinary and turn it into the extraordinary. You will see the poses created before your eyes and the incredible finishing techniques Doug adds to them.

Immersion Training: This will be four of the most intense days of training you have ever received. Class will begin with Doug at 9 am promptly each day and will go to whenever. We will be going on location in and around Long Island with a special night time shoot in NY City.
We will also introduce you the world of Trash the Dress at one of Long Islands Famed Beaches. Our staff will be on hand to help you with everything you can imagine. If you would like to stay after the class or come before to attend a wedding with our staff it is all included.
Sit with a real sale or learn like a trainee. It is all included. As a group Doug will also be taking the class to A NY Mets Baseball game.
Doug sees Baseball as a rite of passage and wants to share this with his class. It is always one of the highlights of the class.

Unlimited Resources: Being in our studio is beyond helpful as you’ll have full access to our brains.
This class is limited to only 20 students Class fee $995 US Dollars


Receive 20% off Doug's products (does not include class above) use discount code: swpp10

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