The Societies Newsletter
24 June 09

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Print Comp Winners
Forum News:

This Weeks Forum Competitions are now open:

Week 17 - Accessories (Wedding)
Week 17 - Vertical (General)

Week 16 Voting - Father and the Bride (Wedding)
Week 16 Voting - Lone Tree (General)

Week 15 Winners - Amusing Moments (Wedding)
Week 15 Winners - Table Top Product Shot Winners (General)

Pimp My Photo
Pimp My Photo - 36 Dave Simm for more information.

A 'Golden' opportunity

Nearly the end of the month, so it's time to get your entries in for the monthly online image competition

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Convention2010 Convention

The Countdown Has Begun

We are now starting the countdown to the 2010 Convention. Already HQ are preparing for what is to be the biggest Convention, The Society have held so far.

The truly international line up of speakers this year is incredible, with over 90 lectures from around the world giving over 350 hours of masterclasses.

This year is not to be missed!

Extraordinary Effort. Extraordinary Results (Full-Day Seminar)
by Jerry Ghionis

Monday 18 Jan 10:00 - 16:00

Jerry will share his posing techniques that will help you never to run out of poses ever again. He will demonstrate how he directs his clients to achieve fun and fashionable images, including + size brides, odd height couples and couples who don't want to be posed. He will teach you how to shoot like 2 photographers and not only capture the natural magic of the wedding day but create magic of your own. Renowned for turning the ordinary into the extraordinary, Jerry will share some of his latest and best examples of how to bring out the best in a poor and challenging environment. After this seminar, you will never complain about an ordinary location ever again. Jerry will show you how a good album design goes unnoticed and how a truly defined theme can make your albums stand out from your competition.

Jerry is relentless in giving you as much information as he can possibly fit in. You will be inspired, challenged, educated and entertained by one of the industries brightest stars.

£75.00 Non-Members £85.00 (No lunches included)

Click here to book now

Doug's Red Bus Road Show Class (Full-Day Seminar)
by Doug Gordon

Wednesday 13 Jan 09:00 - 16:00

Doug will take you on a complete journey of how to take your photography and business to the next level, in his straight forward, straight from the heart, inspirational style.

You will be motivated, educated, challenged and entertained as you walk through the streets of London for a day shoot that will completely transform the way you shoot.

What better environment is their to learn then while on the fly working outside the box. See unconventional, unique, edgy glamorous poses right before your eyes. Prepare to be changed forever.

Members £99 Non-Members £125 (No lunches included)

This class is very limited on numbers.
Book now to avoid disappointment.

Click here to book now

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

Sigma Lens

New Sigma 10-20mm Launched

Sigma has confirmed the suggested retail price of the new SIGMA 10-20mm F3.5 EX DC HSM to be £649.99. This new lens will run alongside the current Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM and is expected to be available in July for Sigma, Canon and Nikon fit, with Sony and Pentax fit arriving in August.

The lens boasts two ELD (Extraordinary Low Dispersion) glass elements, one SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass element and four aspherical elements to provide correction for distortion and allow its compact and lightweight construction.

HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor) enables quiet and high-speed auto focus and a full-time manual focusing capability. This lens has a minimum focusing distance of 24cm throughout the entire zoom range.

For full details, see

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 112-117 in the current June/July issue of Imagemaker for a full review.

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Portrait Professional V9 is currently on a launch offer
till the end of June showing a 15% saving for only £34.95 plus you can claim a further 10% off by quoting code pim169

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Lighting Techniques Bundle Deal

Lighting Techniques for High Key Portrait Photography
Master photographer Norman Phillips shows readers how to avoid common pitfalls to produce flattering high key portraiture. Readers will learn to recognize high key portraits, and to create this popular style in their own studios—or in their backyards. From metering for perfect exposures, to achieving correct lighting ratios, to selecting an appropriate background, Phillips shows photographers how to compose artful, elegant images.

Lighting Techniques for Middle Key Portrait Photography
Norman Phillips, author of Lighting Techniques for High Key Portrait Photography and Lighting Techniques for Low Key Portrait Photography, examines a much over-looked area of photography: the middle key. As Phillips shows, the fact that many photographers ignore middle key as a way of structuring their images results in portraits that may be cluttered or be visually confusing because elements of the scene, subject, clothing, props, and lighting are actually at odds with each other. By approaching these images with the concept of middle key in mind, it becomes much easier to avoid common errors and produce images with greater impact.

Lighting Techniques for Low Key Portrait Photography
The “key” of an image describes its overall tonal range—including the subject, background, clothes and props. In low key images, these tones are primarily dark. While simple in theory, creating this style presents some unique challenges. Fortunately, the techniques in this book will show you how to best meet these challenges to create images your clients will love.

Tips for creating a studio setup, using window light, and employing natural light on location are all covered in detail. Readers will also learn how to meter accurately for perfect exposures, select an ideal background, and compose low key

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