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PG-tips Issue 2

Come read our round up of the latest news and tips from the wonderful world of photography

Pro Gallery new site news round up

Watermarking & unlimited storage

You can now watermark Pro Gallery photos, a great way to discourage people from copying your images. To do this simply click ‘Watermarking’ in the Collections tab in Gallery Admin, and the watermark will be added to all the images in that particular gallery. Please note, the album in your PhotoBox account will also be watermarked, but will print normally.

Another big bit of news is unlimited storage. Active Pro Galleries, both existing ones and new galleries created in the launch phase of the service, can now enjoy the fantastic benefit of unlimited storage (fair use policy applies).

Coming soon...

Scheduled for early April we’ll soon give you the option to password protect your collections. Perfect for weddings and family portraits which your clients may only want to share with family & friends.

New feature - Watermarking

Watermarking now available


Featured photographer

Matt Moule

Matt Maule

In Support of Comic Relief, registered charity 326568 (England & Wales); SC039730 (Scotland).

Matt Moule from Talk Photography decided he wanted to do something funny for money this Red Nose Day. So he bought and photographed a couple of red noses and set up his first Pro Gallery as a quick and easy way to try and make a bit of money for Comic Relief. With just a few photos he’s put together a fun gallery, which we really hope will help this very worthy cause.

See Matt's gallery


If you’d enjoy the spotlight treatment, tell us why you deserve to have your Pro Gallery featured. Perhaps you’ve got an interesting project on the go, want to raise awareness for a charity like Matt, or you might be one our bestselling galleries that month. Drop us an email at for your chance to star as our featured photographer and put your business in the spotlight. Likewise, if you’ve got an exhibition or event coming up that would be good for our ‘Don’t miss it’ section let us know!

Get featured


Tips from the top

Share your photography tip

We’d love you to get involved in a project we’re working on. We recently published 50 Fantastic Photography Tips to inform & inspire our members. Now we’d love you, the Pros in the know, to share your own photo tips. To get involved just send us a photo tip in no more than 60 words and a photo that illustrates your point, and we’ll include your tip in a similar feature, along with a credit and link to your Pro Gallery of course to get your business better known! Email your photo tip and photo to us at

Send us your tips

Share your photography tips

PhotoBox in action

Win Celebrity Gala Night tickets

As sponsors of the Renaissance Exhibition we’re offering you the chance to win a pair of tickets to their Celebrity Gala Night worth £130, being held in London on 24th March. You’ll get to view all the shortlisted and winning competition entries, enjoy champagne and canapés, followed by an auction led by comedian David Mitchell, all designed to raise money for the Lavender Trust to help young people with breast cancer. To enter our competition, just email us at before 18th March when we’ll pick the lucky winner.

Win tickets

Win with Photobox and Renaissance

© Silence in the family, Gerda Kochanska


Don’t miss it

Check out what’s on now

A Lasting Moment

1954 Leeds

© Marc Riboud

Marc Riboud famously said, ‘Rather than a profession, photography has always been a passion for me, a passion closer to an obsession.’ This great love of photography is obvious through his powerful composition and the instinctive way he manages to capture fleeting moments of everyday life and turn them into works of art. In 1954 Marc Riboud spent a month in Leeds documenting local life for Picture Post magazine. These images, along with more recent photographs from his 2004 return trip, make up the exhibition
A Lasting Moment’, currently showing at Leeds City Museum until 28th June. Admission to the exhibition is just £2, making it a real feast for the eyes without punishing your pocket. Make the most of it!



March sees a couple of photography roadshows in the form Photovision in Edinburgh on 24th March and Photo Fest Ireland 2009 at the Crowne Plaza Conference Centre in Dublin on 29th March. Both are one-day wonders packed with interesting seminars and a host of exhibitors to keep you up to date on the latest photographic techniques and equipment. FORMAT International Photography Festival also presents PHOTOCINEMA in Derby, another great place to be for exhibitions, portfolio reviews and workshops. See you’re spoilt for choice!

Roni Horn

Roni Horn

© Roni Horn You are the Weather 1994-95

Currently on show at London’s Tate Modern until 25th May, is Roni Horn aka Roni Horn. As an overview of the American artist’s work the exhibition is made up of sculptures as well as photographs. Of the three major photographic works on show, it’s the installation of 100 close-up photos of a woman’s face showing how her features respond to the changing climatic conditions that’s arguably the most fascinating. Entitled ‘You are the Weather 1994-95’ it’s an interesting idea and shows how even the most subtle changes of expression can make a marked difference to someone’s appearance and your impression of them.

Rankin Live!

Anne-Kathrin by Rankin

© Anne-Kathrin by Rankin!

Legendary photographer Rankin, famous for photographing Kate Moss, The Queen, Tony Blair and many more famous faces, is preparing for his next big project and this time he wants you! That’s right Rankin’s going to photograph 1000 Brits, taking just 15 minutes for each portrait from shooting to printing & displaying them. Portraits cost just £50 each with all the profits going to Oxfam. The event takes place as part of the Rankin Live! exhibition at London’s Truman Brewery in August. What better way to learn from such a legend than to sit in front of the camera for a change and be snapped by the great man himself. Simply email with a photo of yourself and tell him why you’re worthy. Good luck!


Gear, gadgets & goodies

New ideas & classics you won’t want to be without

Top up your training

Multi-award winning photographer Mark Cleghorn’s new online photo-training programme,, has taken off in a big way. Customers can access over 50 videos covering all aspects of photography from camera lighting and business ideas to tips & tricks of the trade. The training is designed for both amateur and pro photographers and costs an annual free of £199. A real bargain when you consider how much you spend on a single photography courses, plus they’re currently throwing in onOne Software worth £130!


Free Lunch

They say there’s no such thing as a free lunch, well how about a free lunchtime talk. If you find yourself near the Photographers’ Gallery on a Friday then treat yourself to a more interesting lunch break. Each Friday at 1pm they host a ten-minute talk by either a professional or enthusiast photographer, about a photograph that holds a special meaning for them. It’s is a great way to do something different and learn a thing or two in your lunch hour.

Free lectures

Our whats on section

Exhibitions & events
Recollections by Philip Jones Griffiths, Conservation Centre, Liverpool, until 15th March

Portfolio: AOP New Members Exhibition, AOP Gallery, London, 4th -26th March

Vision of the Natural World: William A Bolton, Brewhouse Arts Centre, Burton Upon Trent, until 28th March

Jerwood Photography Awards 2008, Impressions Gallery, Bradford, until 29th March

Northern Ireland Photographic Association Annual Print Exhibition 2009, Belfast Waterfront, Belfast, 27th March

Still Human Still Here Coalition ∓ Panos Pict, Host Gallery, London, 17th March – 4th April

Deutsche Borse Photography Prize 2009, The Photographers Gallery, London, until 12th April 2009

Baby, Picturing the Ideal Human 1840s – Now, National Media Museum, Bradford, until 19th April

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2008, Natural History Museum, London, until 26th April

Adrian Gatie: Return to Penumbria, Dean Clough, Halifax, until 24th May

Roni Horn aka Roni Horn, Tate Modern, London, until 25th May

AC/DC: Let There be Rock, Proud Camden, London, until 31st May

A Lasting Moment: March Riboud, Leeds City Museum, until 28th June

PhotoBox Ultimate Mum , deadline 18th March

Linhof Young photographer Award, deadline 31st March

Lumix Award deadline 31st March

Sharrow Photographic Competition, deadline for digital entries 6th May

Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year, deadline for online entries 27th March

Friends of the Earth International Photo Competition, deadline 1st April

A Taste for Life, Run by Magnum Photos and Tanqueray gin, deadline 12th April

Just published

Creative courses
Kent Big Cat Photographic Safari, Digital Masterclass, Kent, 18th April

Oz Kharawala ABIPP Guide to Wedding Photography, Nikon, Kingston, 9th April

Composition - How to See & Compose Great Images, Going Digital, Worcestershire, 25th April

Colour Photography, Ffotogallery, Cardiff, 22nd April for 12 weeks

Practicial Introduction to Photographing Spring Colours, Experience Seminars, Kew Gardens, 21st April

Photography tips

1. Natural personality

Capture people doing what they love, it’s a great way to put them at ease in a photo and give a feel for their personality.

2. Boost the texture

If your photo is more about texture than colour, try converting it to black & white to give added emphasis to the texture.

3. Get up close

Children’s young skin can handle even the closest of close up shots. In fact, it’s often the case with kids of the closer you get the more impact your photos will have.

Media mentions

Photo books are the 21st Century version of photo albums: your pics printed on gorgeous paper with your chosen captions, bound into a proper book.

At PhotoBox you can put your photos on anything from etched glass and mousemats to T-shirts, jigsaws and coasters.

PhotoBox not only safely stores your snaps online – it also offers a variety of photo products.
Stuff magazine

One good site to use is PhotoBox, which allows you to upload digital pictures and order prints and gifts.




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