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The Societies Newsletter
29 October 09

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Latest Photographic News

Adobe Releases Lightroom 3 Beta

Adobe Systems Incorporated today introduced Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 beta software for Macintosh and Windows, a public preview of new and improved functionality to be delivered in the next major release.
Custom Brackets Launch New Gimbal Heads

Flaghead Photographic are pleased to announce two new Custom Brackets Gimbal heads. The lightest and most affordable Gimbal heads yet.
Mamiya Announces New Open Platform Digital Camera 645DF

Mamiya, synonymous with professional medium format photography for 50 years, announces an entirely new medium format camera body, the Mamiya 645DF.
Lensbaby Announces Two New Optics

Lensbaby announces today the addition of the new Fisheye Optic and Soft Focus Optic to the Lensbaby Optic Swap System. Each new optic is available for use with the Lensbaby Composer and Muse.

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BBC 3BBC Three are looking for teenage brides and/or grooms to take part in a potential documentary about young weddings. We want to follow people who have taken the once-in-a-lifetime decision to marry at a young age and give them the chance to discuss why they've decided to make the commitment. If any of your clients are under 20 and are getting married in the next year we would be really grateful if you could let us know or pass this onto them. My email address is sarah.mann@bbc.co.uk Many thanks for your help.


Group Portrait Photography Handbook

BookGroup portrait photography is one of the greatest challenges in portrait photography. From lighting and posing to focusing and exposure, every aspect of the shoot becomes more complex when multiple subjects are involved!

Drawing on the expertise of top professional photographers, Rangefinder editor Bill Hurter explores the art of group portraiture, providing the information you need to select the right equipment and locations and guiding you through the creation of effective groupings, flattering poses, and a cohesive look.

Filled with outstanding images and tips covering groups of all sizes—from couples to the giant staff of a corporation—this book provides strategies that will yield unmatched results. Whether you photograph weddings, families, businesses, teams, or all of the above, it's a must have book for professional photographers!

Usually £24.99 Now £15.00

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


Bjorn Thomassen - 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 was born in England to an English mother and a Norwegian father. I followed in my father’s seafaring footsteps and spent a while on the high seas before working as a harbour policeman. I was also a crew member and helmsman at The Royal National Lifeboat Institute where I was fortunate enough to be honoured with an award for my contribution to saving life at sea. Then I stepped ashore to pursue my real passion: photography. My first pro camera was a Bronica 645 and I achieved my first professional qualification in 1994.

2010 Business School

Running a successful business doesn’t happen by chance you need to develop strategic business strategies by careful business planning and attention to market trends. This highly-focused two-day power-packed business school has been designed to bring you successful professional photographers who have taken their business to the next level. They will share with you their thoughts and secrets of their business acumen and give you the head start for a successful 2010.

Catherine Connor
Michael Turner
Jane Breakall
Richard Hallsworth
Mark Leightley
Xander Casey
Michael Redford
Stewart Randall
John Denton
Suzanne Stinton Heeley
Mitche Graf

Members £150 Non Members £165

For more information on the 2010 Business School and description of each of the talks.

The Really Really Simple Lighting Course
by Gerry Coe (Superclass)

The idea of this class will be to show how to use the minimum of lights but still be able to produce top class High Key and Low Key Portraits.

Gerry is well known for his "Pencil Portrait" style of High Key lighting and he intends to show how to move from "Low Key" Dark moody images to the "High Key" just by using 2 lights. He will of course show how he does his lighting set up in the studio.

All the delegates who attend will have the opportunity to take some images and then these will be worked on, on the computer.

Each delegate should bring a camera and possibly a laptop but not essential as Gerry will show how he works on his own laptop.

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

Friday 15 January 2010 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

Manfrotto ChristmasFantastic Christmas Offers on Manfrotto tripod and head kits!

Perfect Gifts at Perfect Prices!...only from Manfrotto

Distributor Bogen Imaging UK is offering the following Manfrotto tripod and head kits at a fantastic Seasonal price for a limited time only so buy now!

Available at participating dealers from October 2009 whilst stocks last!
055XDB Tripod + 222 Head Kit
Normal price: £209.90
Offer Price: £139.95
190XDB Tripod + 056 Head Kit
Normal price: £129.90
Offer Price: £89.95

Hurry take advantage of these fantastic Seasonal Offers!
Prices inc VAT.

For more information and where to buy Manfrotto kits.
Contact Bogen Imaging UK at tel: 01293 583300 or email: info@uk.bogenimaging.com

Sim2000Come and see Sim2000 in Leeds and Receive a 20% off voucher

Venue: Marriott Hotel - Leeds LS1 6ET
Date and Time: 4th November 2009 - 11am-5pm
We hope this will give our customer from further afield the opportunity of seeing the full range of Sim2000 products, including our brand new range of wall hanging solutions.

Pop in and visit us throughout the day or call us 020 8207 0700 to make an appointment with a consultant. sales@sim2000imaging.com - www.sim2000imaging.com


Also joining us will be:

joining us will be

Fotospeed Exhibition: Workflow Solutions in Action

A month in view


Malta 2009

30 October - 1 November 2009


GF Smith
3rd November - Kegworth – Yew Tree Lodge 


4 November 2009

Workflow Solutions in Action

4 November 2009

November continued


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

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