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The Societies Newsletter
11 November 09

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Weekly Forum Photographic Competitions

This Weeks Forum Competitions are now open:

Week 37 - The Dress (Wedding)
Week 37 - Low Light Portraits (General)

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

Week 35 Winners - Bride and Water (Wedding)
Week 35 Winners - Off Camera Lighting On Location (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 #45 - Adam Matheson

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’. 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


The Societies CEO slams government plans to change copyright law

Phil Jones described the proposals as a potential nightmare scenario for photographers across the land. Under the scheme, which follows a report from the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) individuals could be allowed free use of photographers images for non-commercial purposes.

AKVIS Noise Buster 7.0 Better Noise Suppression for Digital and Scanned Images

AKVIS Noise Buster reduces both luminance and color noise in digital images without blurring the edges of objects. Photos remain sharp and crisp, while the unwanted artifacts disappear.

New DxO Optics Pro 6 sets new bar for high ISO RAW conversion and further extends optical fault correction

New features include an improved user interface to increase accessibility and productivity.

One Vision Imaging launch dynamic new website

One Vision Imaging, the UKs leading professional photographic laboratory has just launched its dynamic new website.

Green Clean Free Magnifier Promotion For Sensor Cleaning Kits

Austrian manufacturer GREEN CLEAN are supplying a set of Clip & Flip Magnifying Glasses Free of charge with all Sensor Cleaning Kits until 31st of December 2009

Aaduki Multimedia Insurance extends its freeze on rates until January 2010

Aaduki Multimedia Insurance has announced it’s freeze on rates for photographers, journalists and video makers / film makers due to expire on the 31st October has been extended until the 31st December 2009


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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

The Best of Professional Digital Photography


Digital imaging has a stronghold on the photographic industry. In this book, Bill Hurter provides you with a behind-the-scenes look at how the world's finest photographers craft their images, work with clients, and set the bar for other photographers. You'll learn about the advantages that working digitally offers, what features to consider when shopping for an SLR, how to choose studio ligting equipment, and how to optimize your workflow. You'll also discover fail-safe tips that will allow you to prevent color shifts and ensure consistent color from one image to the next. Covering a wide array of topics related to all aspects of digital capture, this book offers something for everyone.

Usually £21.99 Now £15.00

Your Vote Counts – Please Vote For Your Products of the Year

And You Could Win A Wacom Tablet

Now's your chance to have your say to vote for your products of the year https://swpp.co.uk/secure/trade-awards.htm
Do you want to take your photography to the next level?

If you want to grow your business or just simply take better images then there is no better way than gaining meaningful qualifications in your field of expertise. The process of having your images mentored – critiqued and approved will make you self examine your work to a much higher level. You will have the confidence to charge more for your products – services and be prepared to undertake work, which previously may have been out of your reach.

Start down the road of success today by joining in our mentoring programme.

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

Email your submission to phil@swpp.co.uk

October Monthly Competition and Judges Choice Award

October’s competition has now been judged and the results are on line. Click here to see the winners

The Judges choice award for October has been announced.
The winner will receive a Fujifilm Finepix Z30
Click here to see the Winner

http://swpp.co.uk/comps.htm for more information.

Lastolite 50cm (20") Reflector Sunfire/Silver

Lastolite, the original manufacturer of collapsible reflectors, continues to improve the quality and variety of it's reflector range. As well as the lifetime guarantee on reflector steel, Lastolite has also upgraded the rim tape to create a stronger, longer lasting reflector.

Usually £20.00 Now £15.00


ConventionThe Societies 2010 Photographic Convention

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

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 Societies has held so far. With companies booking left, right and centre, the 2010 Convention is sure to be another success.

The truly international line up of speakers this year is incredible, with over 90 lectures from around the world giving over 200 hours of photographic education.

This year is not to be missed!

Convention update!

Big Deal Ticket Offer Extended

Get the most education per pound with our Limited Time only, Big Deal ticket. See the tickets page for details of what the ticket includes.

To apply for a Big Deal ticket please see the Convention website
swpp.co.uk/convention/ or phone 01745 356935.

The ticket is available for purchase until 14/12/09. All payments must be received in full by the 14/12/09 to be issued with a ticket.
Mentor Me at the Convention Announced

Book your mentoring session now.

Get 30 minutes of intense one-to-one advice for just £30.

For more information please visit:


Catherine Connor - 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.

My skill sets are in business development and marketing and I am the founder of Annabel Williams’ Contemporary Photographic Training (CPT). In an act of pure liberation I stepped away from the world of corporate management with Wella GB to launch CPT alongside Annabel. Nine years ago I headed the Fujifilm Envisage programme, designed to prepare everyone within the photographic industry for the birth of digital photography today.

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

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

Bogen Imaging UK

One Vision Imaging - PhotoCoverBooksPhotoCoverBooks

One Vision Imaging have just launched their most cost effective albums to date. PhotoCoverBooks offer the photographer a colourful, high quality photographic alternative to many of today's books. They come with a choice of 5 sizes from 5 x 4" up to 16 x 12" and three types of covering. All are produced photographically offering optimum image quality yet with a price tag of lesser quality media.

Don't sacrifice your photography to anything less!

To find out more about PhotoCoverBooks and One Vision Imaging's award wining services please visit their website at www.onevisionimaging.com

One Vision Imaging - PhotoCoverBooks

Barrett and Coe
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 June/July issue of Imagemaker for a full review.

Save hours of time trying to obtain similar results with Photoshop! Literally in a few minutes, this highly acclaimed quick and easy to use photo editing and airbrushing software, subtly reshapes faces, fix skin blemishes, whitens teeth, removes wrinkles and adjust lighting plus much more – all at the click of a button… and is now available for Mac users as well.
A Studio version is now also available as a Photoshop plug in.

Portrait Professional V9 is currently on a web launch offer which ends in a couple of weeks showing an extra 15% saving on the Studio version for only £49.95 with the Standard V9 at £34.95 plus you can claim a further 10% off by quoting code pim

To purchase the software or download a free trial please go to www.pprof.com

A month in view


Mark Cleghorn - Creative Tour

Photoshop for Photographers

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

18 and 19 November - Studley Castle, Warwickshire

Vision 09

27 November  - Business Design Centre, Islington


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