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The Societies Newsletter
25 November 09

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Weekly Forum Photographic Competitions

This Weeks Forum Competitions are now open:

Week 39 - Staircase (Wedding)
Week 39 - Weather (General)

Week 38 Voting - Wedding Rings (Wedding)
Week 38 Voting - Black and White (General)

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

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

ARTtrust Offers Artists and Photographers Using HP Printers Artwork Authenticity Certification

HP have announced at theParis Photo 2009, the European launch of ARTtrust

AKVIS Sketch v.10 Pencil Drawings and Watercolor Paintings from Photos 64 Bits Support and Hatch Direction Control

AKVIS Software Inc. releases version 10 of AKVIS Sketch for Windows and Macintosh

Leica announces limited edition Ever Ready Case for LEICA D-LUX 4 in special mocha leather

Designed specially to carry camera with hand grip and viewfinder accessories

Bowens cuts its new remote control unit down to size

Bowens has launched a pioneering super-lightweight mini remote control unit



Last Week 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

Lowepro Primus AW - Arctic Blue

lowepro_primus_awA perfect combination of fast access and all-weather protection, the Primus AW was built for the backcountry. Rugged construction with a recycled, water resistant outer fabric and a seam-sealed AW cover protects gear. This pack also conforms to a variety of body types with an adjustable 8-point harness system giving the adventure photographer exceptional comfort under heavy load. The lumbar-equipment access point keeps the bag off the ground when digging for equipment in either of the two padded compartments. Gear retrieval is further complimented by a side access zipper that gives the user quick camera access without taking the bag off. Combine that with pockets and features that are made for todays adventure photographer and the Primus AW delivers adjustable comfort with tough camera protection.

Usually £99.00 Now £50.00

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

Full-Day Seminar (Members Only)

Doug Gordon and Mark Cleghorn are teaming up this year to bring you a Full-Day Seminar exclusive to members!

Spend half a day with Doug and half a day with Mark.

Splash the Flash - Mark Cleghorn
The master of lighting is back to give a brand new masterclass on understanding and using creative light. This seminar will include demos and a host of topics in this non-stop Society members' day as Cleghorn goes beyond the basics in this all-about-flash seminar.

High-Fashion, High-Glamour Weddings - Doug Gordon
On this adventure, Doug will take you shooting through the Novotel hotel. Experience everything with wonder of night-time torch-light techniques to the ever popular trash the dress. We will be posing, lighting and shooting every scenario possible. Learn how to make the ordinary extraordinary. You will see a ton of poses before your eyes. See how to work with limited time to create fashionable, glamorous photos at every wedding Optimise your workflow with a true workflow genius and make the most of your time.

Members Only £20 per delegate. Click here to book now
If you are not a current member, join today to take advantage of this exclusive full-day seminar.

ConventionThe Societies 2010 Photographic Convention

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

Photographers from around the world will be gathering in London in January at the 8th Annual Convention and Trade show being held at the Novotel London West.

Convention update!

Free Trade Show Highlights*

Get advice from the experts
Experts will be on hand to give you advice on services and products
Live demonstration stages
300 Seat lecture Area
Attendees are able to attend FREE 20 minute lectures by many of the leading lectures in the photographic industry.
See the latest photographic equipment
Trade Show Bookings are free until 08 Jan 10, After this a £5 fee will be charged
Do remember that you are able to enter both our 20x16" and Album competitions, which are open to everyone. The closing date for entries being December 31st 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

Who Will Win Photographer of the Year 09?

The Winners for 2009 will be announced Sunday Jan 17 at our
Photographer of the Year Awards dinner.

Catherine Connor Business School Host and Speaker wins Cumbria Inspirational Women of the year 2009



Michael Turner - Speakers’ Corner

In 1982 I completed a degree in animal and plant ecology (which of course has proved very useful in my career as a portrait photographer!). Four years later I became a freelance photographer working for local papers and PR agencies. I discovered I really just enjoyed meeting people and photographing them. I worked from a tiny office at the back of my father’s business premises and had use of a darkroom there. Over the next couple of years I shot over 200 weddings for my father’s business but this was the only connection between the two businesses. I started my own portrait studio in 1992. Studio baby promotions were great fun but very hard work – but eight years of baby shoots have provided ongoing repeat clients and referrals ever since. Today’s babies are tomorrow’s lifestyle shoots. For the past two years I have been giving seminars for The Societies. My father was a very keen black and white enthusiast and I had my own Agfa Silette camera to use on holidays and school trips. Once, at the top of Snowdon we were actually above the clouds – I was so excited I used up almost all of the film in about five minutes.

Read more... http://swpp.co.uk/professional_imagemaker/speakers_corner/michael_turner.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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See pages 90-91 in the December/January issue of Imagemaker for an article on skin enhancement.

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Landscape Photography Workshop Holiday
The Societies - 6 Bath St., Rhyl LL18 3EB - Tel 0044 1745 356935