The Societies Newsletter
25 September 09

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Professional ImagemakerLatest Photographic News
Nikon’s D5000 Grabs Gold Diwa Award

Nikon’s D5000, the powerful and versatile DSLR with innovative Vari-angle LCD monitor, has won a prestigious DIWA Gold Award.

Canon Announces DSLR Cashback Promotion

From now until 31st October 2009, Canon is running a cashback promotion on two models within their award winning EOS range.

One Light Portraits by Dave Montizambert

Earlier this year my mentor and friend Dean Collins of Finelight and Software Cinema died of cancer. Dean was responsible for a huge chunk of my knowledge and success in photography as he was for many others. As a tribute to Dean I would like to show you a fascinating lighting technique that he taught me in the first days of studying with him, back in the early 1980s. He gave me an exercise that seemed impossible – create a dramatic portrait of a person against a pure white background. A daunting task to a beginner, however it got worse, I had to do it with just one light!

Landscape Photographer -Labour of Love by Paul Gallagher

Following his introduction in the last issue, Paul Gallagher now gives us a candid rundown on the trials and tribulations of converting into large format camera work and the attendant processing. It acts as a wonderful foil to the frantic pace of the RAW workflow discussion in the earlier part of the magazine – it makes one quite nostalgic really!
Sales Is What It Is All About by Suzanne Stinton-Heeley

It seems that, almost without exception, there are three little words that can make most photographers quiver. Most photographers will happily talk about lenses, pixels, RAW v JPEG, CS4, etc, etc, but mention those three little words ‘sales and marketing’ and they go very quiet. It’s hardly surprising – very few photographers came into the industry to sit and write marketing plans or plan ad campaigns – but the best camera and lens in the world is useless to a professional photographer unless they can sell what they take with it.

Dave Montizambert, Paul Gallagher and Suzanne Stinton-Heeley are all speaking at the 2010 Convention

Malta 2009

Join us in Malta for a fantastic photographic experience.
30 October - 1 November 2009


Damian McGillicudy (Glamour & Fashion)
Ayman Lotfy (Contemporary Portraiture)
Michael Turner (Children)
Daniel Cilia (Book publishing A-Z)
Chris Azzopardi (Classical Portraiture)
Dominic Aquilina (Sports Photography)
BookProfessional Posing Techniques for Wedding and Portrait Photographers

Norman Phillips, an acclaimed professional photographer and seasoned print competition judge, covers the fundamentals of good posing and shows how to achieve these standards with a minimum of effort. Good and not-so-good examples are shown side by side so you can see the effect that making the recommended changes will have on the final image.

"Increase your sales with simple power posing. Learn from a 'Grand Master' how to make your subjects look elegant and comfortable, Well worth the investment" 
- Phil Jones  The Societies CEO

Usually £21.99 Now £15.00
Save: 32% off

ConventionThe Societies 2010 Photographic Convention

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

The 2010 Convention Highlights

Free Trade Show
Over 350 hours of masterclasses to choose from, over four days!
Over 12 hours of Business School
Over 40 hours of FREE Seminars and Demos
Full-Day Photographic Seminars
Photographer of the Year Awards Night
and list goes on ...

Don't forget the Members Only 'Early Bird' 20x16" Print Competition offer.,5837.0.html
for more details

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.

Sponsored by Loxley ColourBusiness School Speakers
Catherine Connor
Michael Turner
Jane Breakall
Richard Hallsworth
Mark Leightley
Xander Casey
Michael Redford
Stewart Randall
John Denton
Suzanne Stinton Heeley
Mitche Graf

Business School Ticket - Members £150 Non-Members £165
See the Tickets page for inclusive tickets that save £££s and make a weekend of it! for more information on the 2010 Business School

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.
Thursday 14 January 2010 - 09:00 - 16:00

High Fashion, High Glamour Weddings
by Doug Gordon

High Fashion, High Glamour Weddings with a little Flow For a full day , Doug will take you on a complete journey of how to take your photography and business to the next level. On this adventure, Doug will take you shooting through the Hotel Novotel.

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. Se e how to work with limited time to create fashionable, glamorous photos at every wedding Optimize your workflow with a true workflow genius and make the most of your time. You will be able to shoot and be very involved.
Splash The Flash
by 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.

Splash The Flash - Seminar and demos include:
1, 2, 3 ,4 - Studio Lighting
The Creative Speedlite
Lighting On A Budget
Portfolio Builder
48 Shots

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.

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

ParkerMario Acerboni We are one of the largest suppliers of presentation merchandise in the UK, with over 50 years experience. We have a wide range of products for the display of photographs and prints including albums, frames, folders and photographic inkjet paper

Parkers are the sole UK importers for the exclusive Mario Acerboni range of leather albums considered to be one of the best albums in the world.
Our brand new Luxury interior is now available in black with a white inlay or white with a black inlay on a luxurious wipeable board, and our Madex Dual System which allows you to place a matted image alongside a flush mounted image.

Are you attending a wedding fair soon?
We have a range of album stands to enhance your display.
You may also like to take advantage of our online promo codes which entitles you to 35% off any album in our range. Simply enter USMXS91 at the checkout to receive your discount.

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

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