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The Societies Newsletter
04 November 09

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Weekly Forum Photographic Competitions

This Weeks Forum Competitions are now open:

Week 36 - The Venue (Wedding)
Week 36 - Speed (General)

Week 35 Voting - Bride and Water (Wedding)
Week 35 Voting - Off Camera Lighting On Location (General)

Week 34 Winners - B&G & All Guests (Wedding)
Week 34 Winners - Natural Beauty (General)

All the winners for the weekly competition will go through to a final vote for the favourite image of the year and the winner will receive a prize and be awarded, at the Annual Awards Night, the accolade of "Members Choice Wedding/General Photographer of the Year". Also the images will go into Professional Imagemaker.

Pimp My Photo  
Pimp My Photo #44 - Phil Bourne

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/ for more information.

Professional Imagemaker

Latest Photographic News


Epson new range of Fine Art papers

Recognising that artists and professional photographers require a variety of media to produce or archive their work, Epson today announces four new fine art papers.

onOne Software Announces Plug-In Suite 5 for Adobe Photoshop

Since the release of Plug-In Suite 4, we have been working closer than ever with both professional and enthusiast photographers to make sure that Plug-In Suite 5 continues to solve the most common problems they face as photographers.

onOne Software Announces Phototune 3

The improved PhotoTune Wizard walks new users through the optimizing process in as little as two steps with no need to understand color theory or complex controls like levels or curves.

onOne Software Announces FocalPoint 2

With FocalPoint 2 photographers can create realistic selective focus, depth-of-field and vignette effects that help focus attention on an area of an image in an easy to use plug-in.

Angela Adams Judges Choice Award - August  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

Sandy Puc' Guide to Children's Portrait Photography

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ConventionThe Societies 2010 Photographic Convention

Convention: 12-18 January 2010 - Trade Show Dates: 15-17 January 2010
Novotel London West – Hammersmith

With less than 70 days to go, the Convention is looming large on the horizon. If you have not already booked in then it is time that you do! What better place to start the year than the Convention, gather every scrap of advice from the many seminars to prepare yourself for the fray. Learn better marketing skills, polish your technique, your clients are going to need something tempting to get them moving!

Convention update!

2 New Superclasses Announced:
Working in Low Light Levels
How to make a profit in Event Photography

Julie Hughes Superclass only two places left:
Bumps and Babies  

Finally don't forget to pre-book the hotel! Rooms from £120 a night

Do remember that you are able to enter both our 20 x 16 and Album competition, which is open to everyone. The closing date for entries being December 1st 2009. The judging is in the open and you are able to attend and watch the judging process free of charge. We are certain that you will find this most informative and educational.

20 x 16 Competition
Album Competition


Kevin Casha - Speakers’ Corner

We don’t believe there’s ever been a speaker line-up quite like this before at any photo convention – anywhere.

At the pioneering seven-day long 2010 gathering, our broad church of professional and aspirational photographer visitors will have a truly enormous choice of seminars to be delivered by 175 top-rated experts from across the globe. (We just wanted to make quite sure we had covered every subject under the imaging sun!)

Of course it would be impossible to produce personal profiles for every single speaker given obvious Imagemaker pagination restrictions, so we’ve drawn a dozen of these key names out of the hat to give you an exclusive ‘cross-section’ profile snapshot.

We asked them all similar questions – and here’s the result.

I am based in Malta and my career in photography now spans almost 30 years. Over that time I have been fortunate enough to win a number of awards both locally and internationally. My first camera was a Canon AE1 and I was determined to make a career in photography after I saw some great pictures at a local club competition. I’ve had nine books published now and I am delighted to have been awarded Honorary Life Membership of both the Malta Photographic Society and the Malta Institute of Professional Photography (MIPP). I specialise mainly in fashion, advertising and portraiture.

Read more... http://swpp.co.uk/professional_imagemaker/speakers_corner/kevin_casha.htm

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

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  • Customizable Design
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  • SEO Tool Kit
  • Video player
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  • Edit the colors of your menu designs
  • Incorporate your own Style with Customizable Design

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A month in view


LCE Show

5 November  - Lincoln

Mark Cleghorn - Creative Tour

Photoshop for Photographers

9 November - Cardiff

11 November - Swindon

12 November - Southampton

16 November - Stockport

17 November- Grangemouth

18 November - Newcastle

19 November - Ponterfract

23 November - London

24 November - Cambridge

25 November - Coventry

November continued


Mentor Me on Steroids

Aspiring to L - 13 November 2009

New dates coming shortly

The Flash Centre -  Mike Larson

Studley Castle, Warwickshire

18 and 19 November

Irish Photographer of the Year

22 November  - Dublin


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