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The Societies Newsletter
21 October 09

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Comp Winners

Weekly Forum Photographic Competitions

This Weeks Forum Competitions are now open:

Week 34 - Favourite Group Shot of B&G & All Guests (Wedding)
Week 34 - Natural Beauty (General)

Week 33 Voting - Hearts (Wedding)
Week 33 Voting - Cats (General)

Week 32 Winners - Castles/Ruins/National Trust (Wedding)
Week 32 Winners - Made of Metal (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 #42 - Martin Allum

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

Canon introduce Canon EOS 1D Mark IV

Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, is proud to introduce the next evolution in the EOS 1D series of cameras: the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV Digital SLR camera. The EOS-1D Mark IV is a high-speed multimedia performance monster with a 16-megapixel Canon CMOS sensor.

Canon brings enhanced wireless control to the latest EOS-1 Series and EOS 5D Mark II

Canon today announced the launch of two new Wireless File Transmitters to improve workflow efficiency and place greater control and flexibility in the hands of professional photographers using both wired and wireless networks.

RDW acquire Spicer Hallfield Digital Album assets

Leading digital printers and bookbinders, RDW Digital, have acquired the main assets of the digital photo album division of Spicer Hallfield Ltd including the high specification Polielettronica photo printing machine and taken on former Spricer staff to run the new equipment.
Loxley Colour ploughs 1 million GBP into Dynamo Press a new online marketing solution for UK photographers

The labs pioneering Dynamo Press solution offers photographers the chance to create their own bespoke professional marketing collateral at a fraction of the cost of using design houses.

Get up close and personal with Nikons AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/3.5G ED VR

Nikon Europe is pleased to announce the launch of a new compact and lightweight DX format Macro lens with high quality optics, the AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/3.5G ED VR.

Look out for your Members Handbook and Associates Trade Directory, packed full of useful features including successful submissions, aspects of competing, insurance and much more.

A month in view



22 October - London

Pro Photo Solutions

27 - 28 October 2009

Malta 2009

30 October - 1 November 2009




GF Smith
3rd November - Kegworth – Yew Tree Lodge 


4 November 2009

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


For more information on up-coming seminars and trade shows please see: http://swpp.co.uk/seminars.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

Lighting and Photographing Transparent and Translucent Surfaces

BookLearn to meet the unique challenges of photographing transparent and translucent surfaces in this comprehensive book. Rand provides a theoretical approach that will make you confident in your ability to work with gels, glass, plastics, water, and more, giving you the tools you need to photograph an assortment of subjects in the studio or on location. The book is perfect for commercial photographers, nature and portrait shooters—hobbyist or pro. With a host of illustrations that mirror and reinforce the key concepts outlined in this book, readers will quickly reap the benefits of using their new skill set, whether on a commercial assignment or taking photos for their own pleasure.

Usually £24.99 Now £15.00

ConventionThe Societies 2010 Photographic Convention

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


Damian ‘Big Dog’ McGillicuddy - 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.

It was my uncle Brian who baptised me in the art of photography. I was 11 years old and my first camera was a Ricoh XR-1. I started an art degree just two years later but I wasn’t mature enough to handle it. I was very shy at college and I was younger than the other students. This put me at a disadvantage with the girls – until they realised I could take a half-decent picture.

Classical Posing and Lighting For Weddings
by Andrea Barrett (Superclass)

Practical session using a model, classical posing incorporating lighting techniques, Inc available light, window light, video lighting, How to create wow factor pictures, easily, learn from one of Britain’s most Highly acclaimed and classically trained photographers.

This class is very limited on numbers.
Book now to avoid disappointment.

Saturday 16 Jan 09:00 - 13:00

Members £75 Non Members £85 (Per Person)

To Book your place, please phone +44 (0)1745 356935

Photoshop for Virgins by Mike McNamee (Superclass)

In response to the numerous requests, the 'Photoshop for Virgins' has been extended to a four-hour superclass, with a limited number of delegates. As previously, the sessions will be paced for photographers who are new to both digital and image editing. The program is aimed at people with introductory levels of Photoshop use and digital imaging, and the object is to provide a friendly, relaxed atmosphere where beginners can seek answers to their questions without the fear of being surrounded by impatient experts who only want to see the latest whiz bang features of the software. With ten years of teaching experience at community college level, Mike is well placed to deliver the tuition.

This class is very limited on numbers.
Book now to avoid disappointment.

Saturday 16 Jan 09:00 - 13:00
Sunday 17 Jan 09:00 - 13:00

Members £75 Non Members £85 (Per Person)

To Book your place, please phone +44 (0)1745 356935

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

We are pleased to announce the following event in conjunction with The Flash Centre.

Following on from his very successful two-day masterclass at this venue in June, International Wedding Photographer Mike Larson returns to Studley Castle for two, one day seminars focusing on the business of wedding photography and techniques in a series of sessions throughout the day.

18 and 19 November 2009 - Studley Castle, Warwickshire

Book online with this link;


Society members can get a 10% discount by using the voucher code – SWPP10

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