Tuesday, 31 July 2012

FEP International Photo Days at GMUNDEN, Austria

14th to 15th April, 2013

Designed and built by the  FEP in cooperation with the organization of the Gmunden Photodays, this event will host a program of conferences by renowned European professionals, all creative pathways through which to attest the strength and the impact of today’s Master photographers in Europe.

The program will offer the opportunity to meet some of the most talented, provocative, inspiring, and enthusiastic, European photographers and see why professional photography does have a future and how it is evolving.

The FEP International Days will also be the chance to meet professional colleagues from all over Europe, spending 2 or 3 days in one of the most beautiful and intriguing locations in Austria... and appreciating its intimate picturesque ambience, its colors and flavours with new and old friends.

More about the event

Speakers program
After Valencia 2009 and Lyon 2011, the FEP international days go to Gmunden, Austria.
It will be a great opportunity for professionals, young talents and students who want to grasp the changes of the photographic industry in Europe, and to know the actual standards and trends in social and commercial photography.
The program, made under the auspices of the FEP, the European Federation of Professional Photographers, puts the light on what’s is the top standard in Europe: the  authors who will take the stage will be all  "certified" by the highest European recognitions.
Among them:
Jerónimo H.Coelho, MQEP, from Portugal, will offer us a particular point of view on the photography of architecture, as well as wedding, portrait and fine art. His passion for the image is so intense and the professional standard is so high that you will be simply captured..
Günther Egger, MQEP, Austria has worked as a professional photographer since 1995, focusing on the areas of fashion/beauty, products and fine art. The highest European quality is the icing on the cake!
Filip Santens, MQEP, another eclectic talent based in Belgium, his images space from social photography to illustration, fine art, landscape and reportage.
Martin Vrabko, maybe the best actual Slovak photographer, also a Master QEP. Touching and inspiring, both his portraits and commercial fashion works  show how to add vital energy to all his creations. And how to turn a passion into a great professional opportunity.
Bella West, QEP, UK, specialises in wedding and portrait photography, and is an established photography teacher. Bella will show a special collection of images to be displayed as art pieces from both commissioned works and her personal work over the years. 

All the speakers will be presented on the stage by the radio journalist Jutta Mocuba.

For more information about the event please contact:

Friday, 27 July 2012

Thursday, 19 July 2012

The Nude Form - Wednesday 15 August

Join us at Head Office in Buckinghamshire on Wednesday 15 August for The Nude Form Foundation Workshop with Russell Baston FBIPP.

Russell Baston FBIPP

This is a practical one day workshop to help photographers with little experience of the subject as well as those seeking to develop further in the genre. 

The nude form is one of the fundamental subjects in image making and maintains the status of being one of the best learning subjects for photographers.

The workshop will include two practical sessions and will cover:

- An understanding of the basic principles of nude photography

- Introduction to lighting principles
- The control of light and exposure
- Camera & lens settings
- Creative and technical challenges
- Transferring skill to other subjects

Your tutor, 
Russell Baston FBIPP, is a Photographer, BIPP Assessor, Lecturer, and Education Advisor.

Further details can be found online at

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

A Beautiful Day for Bella West’s Workshop

Copyright British Institute of Professional Photography

Many thanks to Bella West FBIPP for an excellent environmental portraiture workshop yesterday.

The weather was very kind to us and we had an afternoon of beautiful sunshine, which meant the outdoor practical sessions were a huge success.

Thanks also to our models – Katie & Jasmine.

We hope everyone who attended enjoyed the day and went home with some useful tips & advice.

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Featured Member

James Ritchie ABIPP - Social

James Ritchie ABIPP

Getting Ready for Bella West's Workshop

We're getting ready for Bella West's Environmental Portraiture workshop at Head Office today.

Fingers crossed the weather holds out for the outdoor practical session this afternoon.

We hope everyone attending has a great day!

Friday, 13 July 2012

Photographer becomes the first to achieve unprecedented third Fellowship with the BIPP

Kevin Wilson FBIPP was recently awarded a record third Fellowship from the British Institute of Professional Photography (BIPP) making him the only member ever to hold three Fellowships in the Institute’s 111 year history.

Kevin Wilson FBIPP
Based at his studio in Dorset Kevin achieved his first Fellowship in 1996 in Portraiture. He then went on to achieve a second Fellowship in Weddings in 2009 - becoming the first member to hold Fellowships in both Portraiture and Weddings.

Widely acclaimed as one of Europe’s leading portrait and wedding photographer Kevin has travelled around the world and has recently returned from a successful visit to the USA.

Kevin has always been an advocate for professional qualifications and a few years ago, a gentleman in his late nineties visited his studio in Dorset. Having been delighted with the results of Kevin’s work he promised to commission a portrait for his 100th birthday, sadly he died before this could be achieved. This inspired Kevin to assemble 20 portraits of people who had achieved the age of 100 or more. He started the project in February 2012 and finished in May. Kevin submitted his project for a qualification assessment with the BIPP in June 2012 and was awarded his third Fellowship in Documentary Portraiture.

The Qualification Assessors were moved by Kevin’s remarkable presentation of images highlighting the harsh beauty of some of the country’s oldest residents.

BIPP President Roy Meiklejon FBIPP commented ‘ Kevin’s achievement is truly unprecedented. His most recent Fellowship presentation was both moving and inspirational. A true reflection of the standard of the photography required at Fellowship level. ‘

When asked why he decided to submit for a third Fellowship Kevin commented ‘I have always felt that it was not good enough to rest on my laurels, gaining a fellowship is a difficult task, once gained it is important to push on forward. I am involved with assessing other photographers’ work and feel that you have to talk the talk and walk the walk, in other words prove you are current in different genres.’

The BIPP trains and qualifies professional photographers who, once qualified, hold either a LBIPP (Licentiateship of the BIPP), ABIPP (Associateship of the BIPP) or FBIPP (Fellowship of the BIPP).  In order to gain a Fellowship with the BIPP a photographer must demonstrate an exceptional level of craftsmanship and creativity. 



Thursday, 12 July 2012

Featured Member

Aiden Clarke LBIPP - Commercial

Aiden Clarke LBIPP

BIPP Long Service Certificates

We would like to thank everyone for their lovely comments recently regarding receiving their BIPP Long Service Certificates. The Long Service Certificate recognises the commitment and contribution members make to the Institute.

Long Service Certificates are awarded to members with 20 years of membership and then again at five yearly intervals. We are extremely fortunate to have so many dedicated members in our Institute.

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Upcoming Workshops with BIPP

Russell Baston FBIPP
15 August 2012
The Nude Form (Foundation) with Russell Baston FBIPP
A practical one day workshop to help photographers with little experience of the subject as well as those seeking to develop further in the genre.
The nude form is one of the fundamental subjects in image making and maintains the status of being one of the best learning subjects for photographers.
The Workshop will include two practical sessions and will cover:
·An understanding of the basic principles of nude photography.
·Introduction to lighting principles.
·The control of light and exposure.
·Camera & lens settings.
·Creative and technical challenges
 ·Transferring skill to other subjects

Tutor:  Russell Baston FBIPP
Photographer, BIPP Assessor, Lecturer, Education Advisor

Kelly Hearn ABIPP

12 September 2012
Weddings Workshop (Intermediate) with Kelly Hearn ABIPP
A practical one day Intermediate workshop for photographers wanting to take wedding photography to a higher level. 
Kelly will encourage you to look at all aspects of a wedding in innovative and creative ways.
Kelly Hearn ABIPP
 The Workshop will include two practical sessions and will cover: ·Timings - giving yourself enough time to cover everything on the big day.
·Lighting and lighting patterns: using fill flash, reflectors and room lighting.
·Posture and posing.
·Compositions and backgrounds.
·Seeing things in a different way.
·Group photographs.
·Working with the situation you are given!
·After the wedding - marketing, using social media as a marketing tool.

Tutor: Kelly Hearn ABIPP has a passion for photography and has gained valuable skills, knowledge and understanding during her 12 years as a professional award-winning wedding photographer which she generously shares with delegates.www.kellyhearn.com

Visit http://www.bipp.com/Default.aspx?tabid=92 for more information and to book your place.

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Portfolio Review Day in Winchester - 8 August

On Wednesday 8 August we will be holding a Portfolio Review Day at Marwell Hotel in Winchester between 10am-4pm.

Portfolio Reviews offer professional photographers the opportunity to receive face-to-face advice on their work from one of BIPP’s Approved Assessors. Our Assessors fully understand the requirements for BIPP qualification and are highly experienced photographers with a wealth of industry knowledge.

Marwell Hotel

Thompsons Lane
Colden Common
SO21 1JY


If you would like to come along, please book online at

Members: £25.00+VAT
Friends: £45.00+VAT
Non-Members: £50.00+VAT

Further information about BIPP qualifications can be found at

Nik Software Releases HDR Efex Pro™ 2

Nik Software Releases HDR Efex Pro™ 2

New version offers enhanced features, improved interface and performance

Hamburg, July 9, 2012 - Nik Software (www.niksoftware.com) today released HDR Efex Pro 2, a powerful new version that enables professional and amateur photographers to create exceptional natural and artistic images. HDR Efex Pro 2 represents the next generation of high dynamic range photography that produces exceptional results. This new version not only adds a wide range of new features, but is also built on a proprietary and even more powerful tone mapping engine, providing unrivaled speed and quality. The company’s patented U Point® technology enables precise, selective fine-tuning, simplifying and speeding up the process for creating extraordinary high dynamic range images. To watch videos and join live online training sessions, visit www.niksoftware.com/hdrefexpro.

“With HDR Efex Pro 2 we set out to advance photography by offering a wider range of possibilities for HDR photography while increasing both speed and quality.” said Michael J. Slater, President and CEO of Nik Software. “Over 400 professional photographers from our beta group play an important part in our development process and ensure that we deliver quality and performance that professionals expect.”

“HDR Efex Pro 2 is a giant leap forward in HDR image editing software that makes life easier for professional photographers.” said Rien Van Rijthoven, award-winning architectural photographer. “I can create photographs even with the difficult lighting situations that I encounter on a regular basis all without compromising my vision or the high level of quality my clients demand.”

Key New Features

  • NEW: Improved Tone Mapping Engine — Develop superior results with better color rendering and improved natural styles
  • NEW: Depth Control — Enjoy added depth and realism in images and helps with the new and proprietary Depth control, which helps counteract the flattened look commonly associated with HDR images
  • NEW: Full GPU Processing and Multi-Core Optimization — Gain even faster performance with GPU processing that takes full advantage of the processors found on modern display adapters
  • UPDATED: Ghost Reduction — Improved ghost reduction algorithm ensures that artifacts created by moving objects are removed with a single click
  • NEW: Chromatic Aberration Reduction — Reduce color fringes around objects
  • UPDATED: Interface, Interaction, and Workflow — Benefit from improvements to the merging interface, tone mapping and enhancement controls, visual presets, and more
  • NEW: Graduated Neutral Density Control — Access the full 32-bit depth of the merged image, providing a natural effect especially on images with a strong horizon line
  • NEW: Full White Balance Control — Take full advantage of the white balance in an image with a new Tint slider, which along with the Temperature slider, can be applied both globally as well as selectively using U Point technology
  • NEW: History Browser — Easily review adjustments and different HDR looks via the History Browser which records every enhancement used in an editing session
  • NEW: Extended Language Support — International users benefit by the addition of Brazilian Portuguese and Chinese (Simplified and Traditional) to a list of languages that includes English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, and Japanese

Pricing and Availability
HDR Efex Pro 2 is available now in English only directly from Nik Software (www.niksoftware.com). HDR Efex Pro 2 will be available soon in other languages. Customers may also purchase through specialty camera and national resellers. A complete list of Nik Software resellers may be found at www.niksoftware.com/resellers.
The suggested retail price of HDR Efex Pro 2 is € 99,95. Upgrades from the first version are € 49,95. Customers who purchased HDR Efex Pro or a Complete Collection bundle after June 9, 2012 are eligible for a free upgrade and may find all instructions for accessing their free software at www.niksoftware.com/freeupgrade.
HDR Efex Pro 2 is Windows and Mac compatible and installs as a plug-in for Adobe® Photoshop® CS5 or later, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom® 3 or later, and Apple® Aperture® 3 or later. For more information about HDR Efex Pro 2, including video tutorials, live online training, and a free 15-day fully functional trial version, please visit: www.niksoftware.com/hdrefexpro.

The latest news from One Vision Imaging

Take a look at the latest news from One Vision Imaging.

Olympic Torch goes past BIPP

The Olympic Torch was in Whitchurch, Buckinghamshire yesterday morning and came straight past the BIPP offices!

The Olympic Torchbearer for this leg was Karen Southworth.

Karen's nomination story
Karen has been a regular and committed volunteer for many years and willingly gives up large amounts of her time to care for some of the most vulnerable members of our society including young people, elderly, homeless people and those living with life-limiting illnesses.

Monday, 9 July 2012

BIPP Scotland - Regional Award Winners 2012

Congratulations to all of the Winners of the BIPP Scottish Region Awards, held at Huntingtower Hotel in Perth last month.

Thanks go to the judges - Hamish Scott-Brown FBIPP and Gordon McGowan FBIPP - for all their hard work and also to the Scottish Region Committee for organising such an enjoyable event.

The Scottish Region Photographer of the Year 2012 was awarded to Lenny Smith LBIPP.

So now for the winners & their images...

Industrial, Commercial, Advertising & Architecture

Winner - Kennet Illumin8 by Andrew Neilson ABIPP

Andrew Neilson ABIPP
2nd - Herbelin Trimetal by Andrew Neilson ABIPP

Pictorial & Illustrative

Winner - Lonesome by Kerstin Gruenling LBIPP

Kerstin Gruenling LBIPP

2nd - European Eagle Owl by Trevor Russell LBIPP
3rd - Pinnacles by John Parris FBIPP

Open Category

Winner - Teenage Dreams by David Porter LBIPP

David Porter LBIPP

2nd - Rain Over Raasay by Kerstin Gruenling LBIPP


Winner - On the Edge by Lenny Smith LBIPP

Lenny Smith LBIPP

2nd - Picturesque Passion by Lenny Smith LBIPP
3rd - Watching The Rain by Mark Archibald LBIPP

Press & PR

Winner - Dunsinane by Richard Campbell ABIPP

Richard Campbell ABIPP

2nd - Eddie Stobart's Second Car in the NS Forest by Glenn Coulter LBIPP
3rd - Park Dean Holidays by Richard Campbell ABIPP


Winner - The Boys by Mark Archibald LBIPP

Mark Archibald LBIPP

2nd - Black & Blue by Lenny Smith LBIPP
3rd - No Parking by Mike Cook LBIPP

Student - Social & Portraiture

1st - The Native American by Pascaline Hofmann

Pascaline Hofmann

2nd - Kendo 2 by Adam Molka
3rd - He's On Fire by Lee Howell
Merit - Four Ladies by Carley Buick
Merit - Fijian Girl by Liam Reid
Merit - Cowboy by Carole Burden

Student - Advertising & Fashion

1st - Victoria by Agnieszka Tarnowska

Agnieszka Tarnowska

2nd - On The Run by Dawn Marie Jones
3rd - Saint Magda by Agnieszka Tarnowska
Merit - Deep End by Solen Collet 
Merit - Lorna Bennett by Gabriela Silveira
Merit - Wild Women by Gabriela Silveira
Merit - Windup Key by Gabriela Silveira

Student - Photo-Journalism

1st - Bow Fiddle Rock by Fiona Thomson

Fiona Thomson

2nd - Innocent or Guilty by Lee Howell
3rd - Riots in Spain by Ivan Irlandis
Merit - Hosedown by Angela Isac
Merit - Inspected by Michèle Dillon

BIPP Yorkshire - Richard Walker Event Photography - 18 July

Join the BIPP Yorkshire Region for an evening with Richard Walker talking about Event Photography on Wednesday 18 July 2012 at 7.30pm.

The Owl

Main Street

Richard will tell us how his Bradford-based business makes good money from Event photography all over the country.

If you have tried this line of business without too much success, or if you have wondered how it can be done successfully and profitably, then here is a chance to learn.

Everyone welcome!

Further details about events in the Yorkshire Region can be found at

BIPP North West - Social Media Seminar - 11 July

Join the BIPP North West Region for a seminar on Social Media : How Social Media & PR Can Work For Your Business on Wednesday 11 July 2012 at 8pm.

Statham Lodge

Warrington Road
WA13 9BP


£5 for BIPP members / £10 non members

We are lucky to have secured the services of Amanda Jackson from Tigerfish PR who will guide us through the field of social media strategy and management. Amanda, who runs Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn workshops for businesses, will also offer advice on a range of marketing and PR topics, and how to move your business forward.

Topics will include:

  • Why you should engage with PR and social media
  • What makes a news angle
  • How to get your emails read
  • Make sure your LinkedIn profile is up to scratch
  • 3 ways to make Facebook really relevant
  • Why Twitter works for photographers
  • How to keep up with social media in just 5 minutes/day
  • This will be a fun and interactive session, so you will all come away with some great nuggets of information which you can immediately put into practice for your business.
  • The audience will be encouraged to participate and contribute so they can also share some best practice of what has worked for them.
This is a ‘not-to-be-missed’ event which will benefit all members, both social and commercial.

Amanda Jackson has been a leading PR figure in the region for the last 25 years. She was a director of the PR division of an advertising agency (ICA) in Manchester, and set up a PR company for a Burnley advertising agency (Scott Dawson), before becoming an independent PR consultant at Tigerfish PR Ltd in 2001.

Everyone welcome!

Friday, 6 July 2012

London & Essex Group Summer BBQ - 18 July

The London & Essex Group will be holding a "Summer Bar-B-Q Social" on Wednesday 18 July from 7pm 'til late and this will be a great chance to meet, chat, eat, drink and generally have fun.

Pani, the legendary BBQ king, will be at the helm with the help of the rest of the committee to make this evening a tasty and memorable one.

The food is being provided by the committee, as a thank you for your support throughout the year, but please remember to take your own drinks.

The get-together will be held at:

Studio Rochford
300 Thundersley Park Road

01702 542842 or 07711 338382

Please RSVP by Friday 13 July to Kevin Pengelly at kevin@pengelly-photography.co.uk

IMPORTANT: Food will only be served to those on the list so please make sure you let Kevin know if you would like to attend.

Further details about the events happening in the London & Essex Group can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/londonandessexgroup  

Thursday, 5 July 2012

BIPP Midland Region - An Evening with William Long FBIPP FRPS - 24 July

Join the Midland Region for An Evening with William Long FBIPP FRPS, who features in, and on the front cover of, the Summer 2012 Issue of the Photographer magazine.

the Photographer - Summer 2012

Tuesday 24 July - An Evening with William Long FBIPP FRPS


Lea Marston Hotel
Haunch Lane
Lea Marston
Sutton Coldfield
B76 0BY 

The Region is delighted to have this internationally acclaimed photographer all the way from Australia.

William will talk about his business and how he has adapted to survive in the business:
  • This will include his Creative photography.
  • The Business of, and Marketing in, Photography 
  • How he deals with commercial enquiries "10 and 1/2 ways how not get screwed by a commercial client enquiry"
William prefers his presentations to be interactive and he encourages questions (and answers) as during his presentation.

For more information about William's work please visit his website at www.longshots.com.au

This special meeting will start at 6.30pm - earlier than normal.

Cost: £15.00 on the door

Further details of events happening in the Midland Region can be found at www.bipp.com/midlands

Portfolio Reviews in Norfolk - 10 July

Last chance to book for the Portfolio Reviews in Thetford, Norfolk, on Tuesday 10 July.

There are still a couple of places available at 10am, 12pm, and 4pm.

The Bell Inn

This is an ideal opportunity for members & non-members to meet with our Approved Assessors to discuss their work and understand the submission criteria for working towards either a Licentiateship, Associateship, or Fellowship qualification.

£25+VAT (members)
£45+VAT (friends)
£50+VAT (non-members)

Reviews last up to 1 hour and can be booked online at www.bipp.com/events

Further details about Portfolio Reviews can be found at www.bipp.com/portfolioreviews

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

BIPP Workshops - Environmental Portraiture & The Nude Form

Bella West FBIPP

Tuesday 17 July
Environmental Portraiture Workshop (Intermediate) with Bella West FBIPP

A workshop which will encourage you to look at the fundamental makeup of your work, to think creatively and give you the tools to implement your ideas.

Bella West FBIPP
The Workshop will include two practical sessions and will cover:
·Examining the make-up of portraiture work
·Refine natural lighting skills.
·Creating strong composition.
·Working on location
·The tools needed to implement your ideas.

Tutor: Bella West FBIPPwww.bellawest.co.uk

15 August 2012
The Nude Form (Foundation) with Russell Baston FBIPP
A practical one day workshop to help photographers with little experience of the subject as well as those seeking to develop further in the genre.
The nude form is one of the fundamental subjects in image making and maintains the status of being one of the best learning subjects for photographers.
The Workshop will include two practical sessions and will cover:
·An understanding of the basic principles of nude photography

·Introduction to lighting principles
·The control of light and exposure
·Camera & lens settings
·Creative and technical challenges
·Transferring skill to other subjects
Tutor:  Russell Baston FBIPP
Photographer, BIPP Assessor, Lecturer, Education Advisor

Visit www.bipp.com/events for more information on both workshops and to book your place. If you have any further queries about the Workshops please contact Pam@bipp.com.