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The Societies Newsletter - November 7th 2012
*Last Chance to Enter!*

Remember that there in no Monthly Image Competition in December, so November is your last chance to enter and put you images forward to the Photographer of the Year Awards.


Forgotten the upload instructions - no problem visit the Forum

Seminars - Brett Harkness - Norfolk
Wedding Photography - Last places remaining

This talk will focus on what makes Bretts business stand out from the rest. Brett will be talking about his wedding structure, how he runs a wedding to get the most out of it. Talking about some of his favourites images, techniques used and equipment used.

Bretts business has gone from strength to strength since opening his first studio in 2002.

This open forum will give you the chance to spend a few hours with Brett and ask any question you want!

No holes barred, Brett is known for his straight talking approach and willingness to discuss his business and approach to all that he photographs. Spend a fantastic , informative few hours with Brett a coffee and plenty of questions!!! 

Seminars - Kevin Casha - Ireland
Lighting and Posing for Fashion and Models Seminar
Open to member and non-members - €80 Full-Day Members €120 Non-Members

Dublin - 11 November
Cork - 12 November
Galway - 13 November

"I'm really pleased to be back in Ireland again, together with the Societies. I love this country and the hospitality."

Come and join me in any one of my three workshops around the country, for a "no holds barred" instructive and fun time.

I will be sharing over 30 years of experience in photography in the fashion and modelling sphere. The workshops will consist of theory and a lot of hands-on practice, where all delegates will be encouraged to work with our model using easily available equipment, naturally under my supervision and advice. We will be using the seminar venue surroundings for this purpose.

The bonus will be to mainly enhance your skills in posing, direction and lighting particularly when working with models.

You will also have the opportunity to have your images assessed during the day. Just bring over five of your images (in jpg format) on a usb drive.

Seminars - Damian McGillicuddy - Mediterranean Tour
Damian McGillicuddyFashion Fusion - Contemporary Portrait Seminar
Open to member and non-members - €80 Full-Day Members €120 Non-Members

Evolution or revolution... to prosper and place oneself for the best possible marketable position one must take action! Today's clients are visually more astute than ever, we are all bombarded by media rich image ideals, clients simply want the style and quality they see in the "glossies".

Make a decision today to advance your craft, make a decision today to grow your business, make a decision today to learn how to evolve and realise your creative goals... the BIG Dog can help you!

Let Damian "The BIG Dog" McGillicuddy, the man referred to by the popular photographic press as the "lighting wizard" and the only Grand Master to offer training, inspire and enthuse you to ramp your photography up another notice.
Damian McGillicuddy
Whether you shoot for pleasure or profit in this "over automated" world of photography, lighting control and understanding is a skill that has to be learned. Throughout this education-filled, fun-packed day Damian will show you how to achieve your aims with unparalleled ease. If excellence in photography is your aim you cannot afford to miss this high octane seminar!

Kavaklidere, Turkey - 11 November
Limassol, Cyprus - 13 November
Thessaloniki, Greece - 15 November
Athens, Greece - 16 November

Convention 2013
Weddings Meet Fashion - Superclass with Brett Florens

Only a few places remain

Friday 11th Jan 2013 - Windsor Foyer Suite

Many high-end clients are very aware of fashion. Most of them own a wardrobe of the best designer labels - and the leading wedding gown designers themselves use top fashion photographers to showcase their brands. Learn how I use editorial fashion photography lighting and posing techniques to create wedding images that look like they belong in glossy magazines such as Vogue or Harpers Bazaar.

This class must be pre booked to ensure your place. 

Last Places Remaining

Fine Art Portrait with The Yerburys - SOLD OUT
Boudoir though to Nude with The Yerburys
FIRM Weddings - Gordon McGowan
Natural Light Boudoir - John Denton


Trade Awards
2012 Trade Awards - Voting Opens  Please vote for your products of the year.

Now's your chance to have your say to vote for your products of the year - Votes must be entered by 31 December 2012


Latest Photographic News

SIGMA 35mm F1.4 DG HSM

Corel Launches Roxio MediaBook for Microsoft Windows 8

24 sweet moments: Pixum Advent calendar with chocolate and your individual favourite picture

Carl Zeiss Presents Two New Lenses

Professional test under extreme conditions in the environmental lab

Discover new perspectives with the inspiring Nikon D5200

Hahnemuhle FineArt - UPON PAPER magazine receives the red dot: grand prix award

Epson supports Take a view Landscape Photographer of the Year 2012 for the fifth year running

Reflecta launches new multi-benefit graphic tablet

Gizmon iCA Remote Shutter for ios devices


Join Today - Limited Offer

As the 2013 Societies' Convention is just 69 days away, now would be the best time to book to avoid disappointment.

For this week only we are offering a free Members day ticket at the Convention 2013, if you join this week only.

To take advantage of this offer please fill in the secure join form

10 Reasons to Join:
1. Feature filled bi-monthly magazine.
2. Network with other photographers on our online community.
3. Get expert help and advice with your imagery.
4. Monthly Image Competition.
5. Reduced Insurance Rates.
6. Free listing and online gallery on our web site.
7. Qualifications and distinctions by the submission of work.
8. Photo workshops and classes
9. Exclusive member discounts on selected photographic products and services.
10. Discounts on Annual Convention.

Mentor Me Programme

We have a small team dedicated to innovative programmes and research in order to provide you with the right tools to develop your business.

One of these is our invaluable 'Mentor Me' programme through which you receive a one to one appraisal of your work and advice for progression.

All reports include recommendations for participation in training programmes pertinent to your professional development and it doesn't just stop at reaching your Licentiateship. In fact, that is only the beginning on a journey of lifelong learning.

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



Bookstore - Now Free Postage to all UK Customers
Professional Digital Portrait Photography

Digital portrait photography offers a number of advantages - both creatively and financially. Yet, because the learning curve is so steep, making the transition to digital can be frustrating. Jeff Smith, a studio owner and successful digital portrait photographer, walks you through the process from a professional perspective.

Based on his own experiences, Smith helps you avoid common problems. Next, he provides techniques for creating dazzling digital portraits - from shooting digitally to editing the images, retouching and adding special effects. You'll see how to get the best results from your lab and how to educate your clients about this exciting new technology.

£15.00 inc. free P&P to the UK  

Minimalist Lighting - Professional Techniques for Studio

While studio lighting offers complete control, many photographers are reluctant to dive into it because of the perceived startup costs or confusion over what equipment they really need. In this book, acclaimed photographer Kirk Tuck charts a simple course to success - and shows you how recent technological advances have made it easier and more affordable than ever to set up a very functional studio for portraiture, commercial photography, still lifes, and more.

Tuck covers every aspect of the process, providing simple solutions for designing a functional space, determining what equipment you need (and what you can make yourself), and getting started with some sure-fire lighting setups. 

£15.00 inc. free P&P to the UK    

Other News
We have decided to go for it and take part in this year's Movember.

We have created a team for The Societies and if any members wish to join our "hair-raising" experience you can do so,

It's not "Just for Men"...(ok I'll stop now), girls can join as a "Mo Sista" (an individual that is dedicated to supporting the Mo Bros in her life through their moustache growing journey). These inspirational women are committed to raising awareness of men's health issues and much needed funds for men's health along the way.

About Movember

During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of mens faces in the UK and around the world. The aim of which is to raise vital funds and awareness for mens health, specifically prostate cancer and testicular cancer.


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