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*In this week's newsletter*
Monthly competition results, competition extra, news, training days, bookstore, Jersey convention, workshops, join, mentor me, forum comp, free info pack

Monthly Competition

The Gold awards for February's monthly competition have been announced, to see the gold winning images please see here

Judges choice award for February has also been chosen, please see here to see the winner

The winner of the Judges Choice Award each month, receives a £100 voucher from Colorworld Imaging

Photographic News
Bella Macchina meets Heavy Metal


Canon launches top-of-the-range photo scanner with advanced software

The New Digital Matted Album...Nothing Will Ever Be the Same Again

Adobe Brings the Power of Photoshop Touch to Mobile Phones

Travel Competition

Today is your last chance to enter our 'Travel' image competition which closes at midnight tonight.

So far we have had over 400 entries and to make sure you are in the running for these fantastic prizes get your images in today.


One year Free Membership of any of our Societies
Trektech trekpod


Jersey Photography Convention
The Societies have confirmed they will be holding their first ever Jersey Photography Convention later this year, in St Helier.

Join us for a new and exciting photography convention on the beautiful island of Jersey.

31 October-1 November 2013

Trade Show Opening Times: 10:00-16:00
Masterclases Times: 09:00-10:00, 12:30-13:30 and 16:00-17:00
Open to Members and Non-Members alike

5 places left for John Denton's Harbour Safari Location seminar
6 places left for Richard P Walton's Shoot to Thrill Superclass


Mentor Me
A great opportunity to have help from leading practitioners in the photographic industry.

Why struggle when help is at hand? Our Mentoring team are here to give you first class advice on your imagery and help you to create the very best images for your clients…and lead to qualifications.

Members are requested to complete our online form for mentoring. Once completed you will be directed to our MailBigFile upload facility, this will substantially speed up uploads for our members

Remember to save the files as jpgs
Number 01 - 20
2000 pixels on the longest side
Create a contact sheet with all 20 images
Compress all the files into one zip folder
Please then rename the zip file YourName_MembershipNumber_qualification/mentoring i.e John_Jones_12345_mentoring.zip


Video on Your Members Page
Members can now have a video or slideshow added to their members page.


If you would like to add a video to your members page, please see the forum - https://thesocieties.net/forum/index.php/topic,29945.0.html

Forum Competition
The Society Forum Competition

This weeks forum competitions are now open:

Wedding Week 7 - Nerves
General Week 7 - Bodyscape

Wedding Week 6 - Bride & Groom with the Wedding Car - Voting
General Week 6
- Spring - Voting

Wedding Winners Week 5 - Bride and Stone  
General Winners Week 5 - Street Photography

New to the Forum?

We all know it can be a little daunting to post on a busy Forum for the first time, so we have created a special section where you can just say hello. https://thesocieties.net/forum/index.php/topic,1216.0.html

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

Photographic Training Days
Dave Montizambert's Dance with Light Tour - Places are going fast book now to avoid disappointment

International lighting and digital photography trainer, Dave Montizambert believes that the most significant creative tool in photography is not the camera but light. In this session he will show participants how to create dramatic lighting for soulful portraits and fashion using basic to advanced lighting set-ups, tailored for digital capture and photographers on a budget.

In this full-day seminar you will learn:
  • How to create dynamic portraits using available light.
  • How to use mixed lighting - speedlights with available light.
  • How to simulate sunlight on cloudy days using one speedlight.
  • To create low-key and high-key lighting.
  • How to use light to convey mood.
  • How to master metering and lighting ratios.
  • All you really need to know about colour management.
  • How to speed up and streamline your digital workflow.
  • How to control and predict with absolute accuracy, highlights and shadows for perfect prints every time.
  • How to get a perfect exposure in digital.
  • How to create multiple light source setups using only one light.

Tour Dates:
21 April - Dublin
24 April - Dunadry
26 April - Glasgow
29 April - Birmingham
1 May - London

As places are strictly limited. For more information and to secure your place, please visit

The Digital Photographer's Guide to Light ModifiersThe Digital Photographer's Guide to Light Modifiers

Focusing exclusively on light modifiers and making the most of the least equipment, this in-depth handbook is ideal for use by professional photographers and advanced amateurs.


£24.99 £15.00 Save: 40% off

Lighting Essentials: A Subject-Centric Approach

Encouraging photographers to take a subject-oriented approach to lighting, this manual shows it is possible to make better decisions about both the technical and artistic aspects of lighting.


£21.99 £15.00 Save: 32% off

What the Members Say

"I absolutely love the Societies and could go on and on about why people should join, but the forums really are worth the price of admission alone.” George Fairbairn

"SWPP is the best £100 I will spend all year....Apart from the wealth of knowledge and discussions on the forum it nice just to get to 'talk' to others withe the same interests etc." Colin Turtle

"Have just joined @TheSocieties - excited to be part of such a great network of photographers" Becky Joy Photo on Twitter

"Pleased to have joined The Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers. Great to be part of this national network @TheSocieties" Olly Knight on Twitter

"My Photographic home from home" David Greame-Baker on Facebook

If you are still unsure, you can request a free information pack on the Societies


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