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The Societies Newsletter - October 31st 2012

Why go to seminars?

These seminars are arranged as a benefit to you and will definitely help you run your business better. Practicing photographers are happy to share their knowledge and experience to assist you with the complexities of digital imaging and running a photographic business.


The added bonus of coming along to a seminar is that you will network with fellow photographers in your area, who knows when you may need to rely upon someone in your patch for support.

Lisa Beaney - South England
Lisa BeaneyStarting and building a photography business - All about the wedding
Open to member and non-members - £80 per person

Tuesday 6 November - East Sussex 
Wednesday 7 November - Dorset 
Thursday 8 November - Exeter

After photographing her first wedding in 2006 Lisa has gone on to build a business that now provides the sole income for both her and her husband Phill.

In this informative day Lisa will talk candidly about the business planning, marketing and personal skills that have enabled her to build the business whilst developing her own photographic skills that have seen her win numerous awards including Gold Awards in portrait, wedding, pictorial and fine art photography as well as Fashion & Glamour photographer of the year, portrait photographer of the Year and overall photographer of the year from the MPA (Wessex)

Damian McGillicuddy - Turkey, Cyprus and Greece
Damian McGillicuddyFashion Fusion - Contemporary Portrait Seminar
Open to member and non-members - €80 Full-Day Members €120 Non-Members

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

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".
Damian McGillicuddy
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.

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!

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.

Convention 2013
Workflow from the Basics in Lightroom to High Level Enhancements in Photoshop - Superclass - Sunday 13 Jan 2013

This class will include taking an image from import straight through to the final, print ready image. Using such tools as Lightroom for selection and first level enhancements I will be showing ways to improve the images overall exposure, vibrancy, white balance and more.

From there we will then export the images for further enhancements in Photoshop. Here we will process the images to a print ready state. We will start with the basics to ensure that each student understands layers and layer masks in order to get the most out of Photoshop. Using this skill we will apply it to many functions as we perfect our images. This will include using curves to bring out the eyes, and techniques for softening skin and sharpening fine details. We will cover adjustment layers, creating composites, adding textures and sloppy borders as well as creating actions and batch processing.

Last Places Remaining

Fine Art Portrait with The Yerburys
Boudoir though to Nude with The Yerburys
FIRM Weddings - Gordon McGowan
Natural Light Boudoir - John Denton
Weddings Meet Fashion - Brett Florens



onOne Software Announces Availability of Perfect Photo Suite 7

ProAm Imaging New Lower Prices

AKVIS Chameleon v80 Photo Collage Creation Made Easy

All-New iMac

Canon unveils new EOS 5D Mark III firmware - enhanced shooting and improved video workflow


Join Today - Convention Offer

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

For a limited time only you can take up this fantastic offer. When joining any 2 Societies for £99 you will receive a £30 complimentary 2013 Convention voucher.

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.

The Society Forum

This weeks forum competitions are now open:

Wedding Week 40 - Birds
General Week 36 - Bright Lights

Wedding Week 39 - Bride and Groom with Reflection - Voting
General Week 35 - People - Voting

Wedding Week 37 - Bridal Boudoir - Winners
General Week 34 - The Car's the Star - Winners

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. https://thesocieties.net/forum/index.php/topic,1216.0.html

https://thesocieties.net/forum/  for more information.

Topics only viewable to registered logged on members

Master Guide for Glamour Photography

Increase your profitability as you create beautiful glamour images that keep your clients coming back for more. Nelson introduces you to the five subgenres of glamour photography, providing you with guidelines for images that will suit every client's comfort level.

You'll learn to create a comfortable studio environment; analyze figure and facial structures for a flattering, personalized approach; and how to pose and light lingerie, semi-nude and nude images. You'll also discover a range of digital image enhancement strategies and learn how to find untapped markets for your work!

Usually £21.99 Now £13.00
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Painting with a Lens

Arguing that photography should be about more than gear, shooting modes, and computer programs, this book highlights methods for creating artistic photographs in the moment a picture is taken, rather than later in the editing process.

In stark contrast to the "fix everything in post production" approach dominating modern digital photography, this reference demonstrates a more purposeful approach to shooting each frame - carefully considering the subjectís focus and determining the best camera settings, lighting, lens choice, and composition to achieve that objective.

Usually £21.99 Now £13.00
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Congratulations to this weeks Qualification successes

Michalis Taliadoros LSWPP succesful Licentiate submission

Ginny Marsh LSWPP succesful Licentiate submission

Mike Hill LSWPP succesful Licentiate submission

Tomas Janonis LSWPP succesful Licentiate submission

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 so do via the link below:

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.

If you would like to donate to The Societies' Team please use the link below: https://www.movember.com/uk/team/548845

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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