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In this weeks newsletter - Photography News, Competitions and Making the Most out of your Membership

photo news

New Orbit camera rig is a showstopper

Technology Alliance Announced Between Bowens PocketWizard and Sekonic

Hasselblad H5D50c CMOS camera official launch

Nikons Spring Cashback Offer

AKVIS OilPaint v20 Oil Painting Effect New Tools Features

Schneider Optics Announces Two New Dealers in Germany

Tony Corbell Noted Photographer Educator and Author Joins Bowens as Lighting Evangelist

Open to all Competitions - Entries are invited from everyone who is interested in photography

Adorable Pet's Photography Competition - http://swpp.co.uk/pets/
Cityscapes Photographic Competition - http://sittp.com/city/
Weather Photography Competition - http://sinwp.com/wea/
Speed Photography Competition - http://sislp.com/speed/

Make the most out of your membership

Make the most out of  your membership by using the following 10 Point Challenge

1. 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.

Please supply:
20 jpg images.
2000 pixels on the longest side
Numbered 01 - 20
Keep your submission to one subject matter


2. Do we have your twitter username?
You can now have your twitter stream, running on the right hand side of your page.

To see an example, check out David Simm's members page: http://swpp.co.uk/members/Simm0017.htm

To add this feature to your page, please email info@swpp.co.uk with your twitter username (handle) and membership number.

3. 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 ben@swpp.co.uk at 800 pixels wide.
In addition you can also have a 'Signature Image' on your members page, again to do this send in your image to ben@swpp.co.uk at 400 pixels wide.

4. Say hello on 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’. The many members who already frequent the Forum will make you feel very welcome and when you feel confident at ‘joining in’ then please do so.
Say hello here: https://thesocieties.net/forum/index.php/topic,1216.0.html

5. Check your contact details
It’s very quick and easy to check your contact details. All you have to do is visit your member's page.
If there are any alterations please contact us: http://swpp.co.uk/contact/

6. Send in a self portrait
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 member’s 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 an image of yourself, 200 pixels wide as a jpg to colin@swpp.co.uk and get yourself seen.

7. Send in a current bio
Good unique content is essential if you are to be found on the internet - so by submitting a profile of you and or your business for inclusion on your page on our site, you can substantially increase the referrals that you get from our web site. The profile can include: information about what services you offer, your achievements, your training, your qualifications, the venues or the areas that you cover, it could also include your clients feedback or just about anything else which you think may encourage a client to follow the link to your web site. Please keep them to around 250 words. Please email in bio colin@swpp.co.uk

8. Sell your unwanted equipment
As members of the Societies you can sell your equipment through the forum. Over the past month members have sold in excess of 10k worth of gear.

9. Can’t cover a booking – Pass it on to another Society member
Already booked for a certain date and do you have more potential clients wanting to book? Why not pass the contact details on to another member of the Societies.

10. Recommend a friend
Members who recommend and enrol photographers into membership of any or all of the ‘Societies’ will receive a voucher valued at 10% of the subscription paid. The voucher(s) may be redeemed against products from our range of books, seminars, Convention bookings or even as payment towards your own subscription (cash alternatives will not be offered).

It is essential that the new member quotes you as ‘Recommended by’ along with your membership number, as we do have several members who share the same name. Vouchers will only be issued once full payment has been received. The incentive is only available for recruitment of new members.

Take up the 10 Point Challenge today and make the most out of your Society membership.

We would like to extend an invitation for you to consider joining The Societies.

You can try us out for 3 months free of charge and if you enjoy the benefits of membership, you can continue at just 10 a month. You can sign up hassle free by using the PayPal link below:


The Societies has continued to develop new benefits that will help you with your photography and business.

The online forum continues to be the corner stone for advice on equipment, photographic techniques and business suggestions. We also host a range of weekly, monthly and annual competitions which you can enter whilst on your trial period.

Other benefits of membership include:

Professional Imagemaker Magazine
Online Photographic Forum
Mentor Me Programme
Reduced Insurance Rates
Free listing on our web site
Monthly Image Competition
Qualifications by submission of work
Reduced Rate Merchant Service facilities
Trade sponsored promotions for members
Discounts on Annual Convention


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