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Here you can find details of upcoming AOP events, including career talks, seminars, online exhibitions or workshops.

If you have any queries please contact events@aophoto.co.uk or call: +44 (0)20 7739 6669

Opportunities in Stock Photography

Tuesday 9th February 2016, 10:30am - 12:30pm

AOP Offices, Holborn Studios, Eagle Wharf Road, London N1 5ED

A Seminar aimed at photographers at all levels

This seminar covers the nuts and bolts of the creative stock business: what type of images sell and why, how license models and royalties work and an exploration of the current trends in image use.

The seminar is open to photographers at all stages in their career who are contemplating stock photography as part of their portfolio of activity or indeed who are already shooting actively for one or more of the agencies and who would like a more rounded insight into what makes content commercially relevant.

  • Nuts and bolts of the industry
  • How advertising uses imagery
  • Making saleable content
  • Pitfalls & opportunities
  • Analysing your own work for stock suitability 

Zoe Whishaw is a Commercial Photography Consultant and Mentor providing creative direction and strategic advice for photographers at all stages in their career who what to take their work to the next level. She works on a one-to-one with those who need bespoke, objective advice to focus their creative energies and marketing and so gain competitive advantage.

As a seasoned Editor and Art Director she has had many years experience analysing and critiquing imagery across a broad spectrum of genre and subject areas. Zoe has developed and contributed to the success of leading media company, Getty Images, where she worked for 17 years in senior creative and strategic positions, latterly as European Director of Photography.

She has been on the judging panel of a range of national and international photography competitions, including the Association of Photography Awards, Wildlife Photographer of the Year and ArtGemini Prize and regularly conducts portfolio reviews at industry events. Zoe runs seminars and workshops at universities across the UK and works closely with Photofusion and Four Corners in London guiding photographers in professional practice.

Member Ticket: £35

Non-Member Tickets: £45

To book tickets, please click here.

 

The AOP Assistants One to Ones

Wednesday 10th February 2016. 6:00- 9:00 p.m

Camden Park Studios, London NW1.

We are excited to announce that The AOP, in conjunction with LPA, will be holding an exciting event for a select group of AOP assistant members, including those that were shortlisted for this years Assistant Awards.

The Assistant One to One’s will match these emerging photographers with three key industry figures each, in thirty minute sessions. During their session assistants will receive a short critique of their work but also get the chance to ask up to three probing questions relevant to the person they are talking to. The industry VIP’s will include around fifteen leading agents, art buyers, creatives and established photographers; they will be paired up with assistants according to their questions, which we will ask them to submit beforehand.

If you are an AOP Assisting Photographer member and would like to be considered for a place at this event, please email Flo at flo@aophoto.co.uk

FREE

Editing Workshop

Thursday 17th March 2016, 10:30am - 1:30pm

Editing is a creative process in its own right yet many photographers loath it in practice as it is requires decisions that often challenge their deep emotional ties to the work. However, it is an essential task for every photographer whether to showcase a gallery of pictures on a website, put together a portfolio of work to woo prospective clients or indeed to identify the strongest image(s) when delivering the files from a job.

This half-day workshop will feature live edits with a maximum of 4 attendees. We’ll be discussing principles of editing a body of work as a group using samples of the attendees’ own images as case studies.

 The workshop is ideal for those wishing to get an objective opinion on the strongest images within a set or who would like to hone down a project to a smaller group that sums up a narrative. Further insights will be gained from the discussions and scrutiny of the range of other work brought to the session (apart from their own).

We’ll also be discussing the merits of cropping and retouching as part of the creative process and touch on the art of sequencing.

Photographers can submit one of the following for the session:

  • Up to 50 individual/random images to be edited down to the strongest set or a pre-defined number of pictures.
  • Up to 50 images from a preconceived shoot to be edited down to the strongest set of pictures.
  • Up to 30 images from a documentary project to be edited down to the strongest set (or pre-defined number) of images that define the narrative.

A short questionnaire for attendees will be provided to give some context to the work and task being submitted.

Zoe Whishaw is a Commercial Photography Consultant and Mentor providing creative direction and strategic advice for photographers at all stages in their career who what to take their work to the next level. She works on a one-to-one with those who need bespoke, objective advice to focus their creative energies and marketing and so gain competitive advantage.

As a seasoned Editor and Art Director she has had many years experience analysing and critiquing imagery across a broad spectrum of genre and subject areas. Zoe has developed and contributed to the success of leading media company, Getty Images, where she worked for 17 years in senior creative and strategic positions, latterly as European Director of Photography.

She has been on the judging panel of a range of national and international photography competitions, including the Association of Photography Awards, Wildlife Photographer of the Year and ArtGemini Prize and regularly conducts portfolio reviews at industry events. Zoe runs seminars and workshops at universities across the UK and works closely with Photofusion and Four Corners in London guiding photographers in professional practice. 

 Email flo@aophoto.co.uk to find out more.

The Photography Show

Saturday 19th March - Tuesday 22nd March

NEC, Birmingham

The AOP is returning to The Photography show for its second year running. Join thousands of fellow photography professionals, enthusiasts and trade visitors to find out what’s new from over 200 exhibiting brands, including industry giants Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Fujifilm, Panasonic and Sony.

Come and find us over the four days, at the AOP stand G42, more information on what we have in store to be released soon.

The event also includes masterclasses, networking events, a live stage, Adobe Theatre and workshops. 

Click here to find out more about The Photography Show & book your free ticket.

AOP Talks:

Saturday 19 March

Successful marketing - Turning pro conference, Charlie Giles
There are lots of ways as a photographer that you can market yourself and your work more effectively. AOP Marketing Manager Charlie Giles will be on hand to give her expert advice on ways that you can improve your social media presence to gain clients and build your reputation. There will be plenty of time to ask questions on any areas of marketing so get your thinking caps on.

Monday 21 March

Insurance and professional indemnity - pro conference. Matt Whinney and Anne Mannion

This two part session will include:

What is professional indemnity insurance and why is it important for photographers?
From corrupted memory cards, to complaints about the quality of your photographs. We will bring to life why professional indemnity insurance is important for photographers and provide some claims examples of things that have, and can go wrong.

Matt Whinney will cover some common questions that photographers ask:

· What does professional indemnity cover?
· I’ve never had a complaint before so do I need professional indemnity?
· Is copyright and intellectual property covered under a professional indemnity policy?
· How much will it cost and how much do I need?
· What if a third party copies my photographs without my permission? Is that covered?
· Will professional indemnity cover re-shoot costs?
· Does it matter which insurance company I use to buy professional indemnity?

Contract Law for Photographers and why you should always get it in writing
Anne Mannion of Swan Turton LLP will explain how to make your legal rights work for you and answer questions on the important topics of:

· Contracts with clients
· Terms and Conditions
· Licences and Copyright Assignments
· Purchase Orders
· Contracts with suppliers
· Model release forms

Anne Mannion is an Associate Solicitor at Swan Turton LLP where she advises on intellectual property disputes involving copyright, trade mark and advertising law. Anne has acted for clients including internet media companies, advertising agencies, production companies, actors, models and photographers. Recent matters Anne has advised on include the Google Right to be Forgotten, DMCA take downs and social media campaigns.
Anne has Higher Rights of Audience as a court advocate with a particular interest in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court. She regularly speaks at seminars and has recently provided comment and opinion on copyright matters to BBC Radio 4. Anne contributed to the legal sections of the Association of Photographer’s guide for professional photographers, Beyond the Lens.

11.05-11.40: Copyright and commissions - pro conference. Nick Dunmur

Nick will talk about the importance of copyright and licensing in professional photography from a photographer's perspective, covering your rights as a professional and how to manage the sometimes awkward landscape of licensing your work in various markets. He will also cover the importance of the 'paper trail' in dealing with commissions and offer a straightforward approach to managing this part of your business successfully.

Click here to find out more about The Photography Show & book your free ticket.

The Move from Emerging to Professional Photographer: Setting yourself up for Success 

Wednesday 20th April 2016, 10:30 -12:30am

AOP Offices, Holborn Studios, Eagle Wharf Road, London N1 5ED

A Seminar, aimed at emerging photographers

Are you ready to become a pro?

 How do you know when you’re ready?

  • What are the markets for a professional photographer?
  • What characteristics in a photographer do art buyers and photo editors look for?
  • What are the essential elements of a compelling website?
  • What does a photographer’s rep/agent do and when is the right time to find one?
  • What are the best ways to market your work?

 This talk will give you a reality check to really determine whether running a photography business is the right thing for you.

Zoe Whishaw will be exploring what it takes to attract potential clients to use your services and the essential characteristics and personality traits that you need if you are to be successful.

She will be discussing how important it is for photographers to develop a Brand in what is a very congested creative arena.

Zoe Whishaw is a Commercial Photography Consultant and Mentor providing creative direction and strategic advice for photographers at all stages in their career who what to take their work to the next level. She works on a one-to-one with those who need bespoke, objective advice to focus their creative energies and marketing and so gain competitive advantage.

As a seasoned Editor and Art Director she has had many years experience analysing and critiquing imagery across a broad spectrum of genre and subject areas. Zoe has developed and contributed to the success of leading media company, Getty Images, where she worked for 17 years in senior creative and strategic positions, latterly as European Director of Photography.

She has been on the judging panel of a range of national and international photography competitions, including the Association of Photography Awards, Wildlife Photographer of the Year and ArtGemini Prize and regularly conducts portfolio reviews at industry events. Zoe runs seminars and workshops at universities across the UK and works closely with Photofusion and Four Corners in London guiding photographers in professional practice. 

Member tickets: £30

Non-Member tickets £45

To book a place, please click here

Commercial Considerations: Content and Marketing

Tuesday 24th May 2016, 10:30-12:30

AOP Offices, Holborn Studios, Eagle Wharf Road, London N1 5ED

A Seminar, aimed at professional photographers

If ever you’ve wondered how to make a photo editor or art buyer’s head turn, Zoe Whishaw's seminar will help you to evaluate your own photographic offer and give you tangible guidance on how to gain competitive advantage.

What characteristics does a photographer need to be successful in the commercial arena?

  • What is the advertising and commercial world looking for?
  • How can you make your website more appealing to this marketplace? What will catch the eye of an art buyer?
  • How can you make the most of your personal projects to enhance your portfolio?
  • How can documentary/editorial photographers break into the commercial world?

Zoe Whishaw is a Commercial Photography Consultant and Mentor providing creative direction and strategic advice for photographers at all stages in their career who what to take their work to the next level. She works on a one-to-one with those who need bespoke, objective advice to focus their creative energies and marketing and so gain competitive advantage.

As a seasoned Editor and Art Director she has had many years experience analysing and critiquing imagery across a broad spectrum of genre and subject areas. Zoe has developed and contributed to the success of leading media company, Getty Images, where she worked for 17 years in senior creative and strategic positions, latterly as European Director of Photography.

She has been on the judging panel of a range of national and international photography competitions, including the Association of Photography Awards, Wildlife Photographer of the Year and ArtGemini Prize and regularly conducts portfolio reviews at industry events. Zoe runs seminars and workshops at universities across the UK and works closely with Photofusion and Four Corners in London guiding photographers in professional practice.

Member tickets: £30

Non-Member tickets £45

To book a place, please click here

Personal Promotion: Defining your Vision Workshop

Thursday 23rd June 2016, 10:30am - 1.30pm

AOP Offices, Holborn Studios, Eagle Wharf Road, London N1 5ED

A workshop, aimed at professional photographers

Finding the visual language that best describes your work and creative spirit.

  • What language do you use to describe your work and approach to photography?
  • How confident are you when asked to describe your vision?
  • Does your ‘pitch’ help you stand out from your competitors?

Genuine belief and passion in your work and ideas is the most infectious way to encourage someone to want to explore your photography. The most effective way to sell yourself and your ideas is by the transference of this enthusiasm.

The workshop will help you gain confidence in expressing a meaningful and textured summary about your work and approach to photography, which is crucial when pitching to clients or simply networking to promote your vision and motivations as a photographer.

Zoe Whishaw shall facilitate a highly interactive session where participants work in groups to explore and enhance their personal visual language that should help photographers gain in confidence when describing their work and their offer to prospective clients.

Zoe Whishaw is a Commercial Photography Consultant and Mentor providing creative direction and strategic advice for photographers at all stages in their career who what to take their work to the next level. She works on a one-to-one with those who need bespoke, objective advice to focus their creative energies and marketing and so gain competitive advantage.

As a seasoned Editor and Art Director she has had many years experience analysing and critiquing imagery across a broad spectrum of genre and subject areas. Zoe has developed and contributed to the success of leading media company, Getty Images, where she worked for 17 years in senior creative and strategic positions, latterly as European Director of Photography.

She has been on the judging panel of a range of national and international photography competitions, including the Association of Photography Awards, Wildlife Photographer of the Year and ArtGemini Prize and regularly conducts portfolio reviews at industry events. Zoe runs seminars and workshops at universities across the UK and works closely with Photofusion and Four Corners in London guiding photographers in professional practice.

Member tickets: £30

Non-Member tickets £45

To book a place, please click here

Branding and Marketing Workshop

Friday 15th July 2015, 10:30am - 1.30pm

AOP Offices, Holborn Studios, Eagle Wharf Road, London N1 5ED

An interative workshop aimed at professional photographers

  • What is branding in the context of photography and why is it important?
  • How can a photographer develop a brand that is personal to them?
  • Who should you be marketing your work towards?
  • What are the most effective ways for photographers to market themselves?

Creating and establishing a presence in today’s congested photographic arena is a challenge but vital if you want to get noticed and be remembered by your clients.

In this interactive workshop, we’ll explore as a group why branding is so important for photographers in today’s competitive marketplace and we’ll be investigating practical ideas and strategies for building a brand in conjunction with integrated, multiple-channel marketing.

Zoe Whishaw is a Commercial Photography Consultant and Mentor providing creative direction and strategic advice for photographers at all stages in their career who what to take their work to the next level. She works on a one-to-one with those who need bespoke, objective advice to focus their creative energies and marketing and so gain competitive advantage.

As a seasoned Editor and Art Director she has had many years experience analysing and critiquing imagery across a broad spectrum of genre and subject areas. Zoe has developed and contributed to the success of leading media company, Getty Images, where she worked for 17 years in senior creative and strategic positions, latterly as European Director of Photography.

She has been on the judging panel of a range of national and international photography competitions, including the Association of Photography Awards, Wildlife Photographer of the Year and ArtGemini Prize and regularly conducts portfolio reviews at industry events. Zoe runs seminars and workshops at universities across the UK and works closely with Photofusion and Four Corners in London guiding photographers in professional practice.

Member tickets: £30

Non-Member tickets £45

To book a place, please click here

Thinking Differently: Brainstorming for Originality Workshop

Wdnesday 14th September 2016, 10:30am - 1:30pm

AOP Offices, Holborn Studios, Eagle Wharf Road, London N1 5ED

An interative workshop aimed at all levels of photographer

  • How proficient are you at coming up with ideas for images on demand?
  • Are you confident coming up with novel ideas for personal projects that demonstrate originality

There will be times when you need to reach deep within yourself to conjure up original ideas when face to face with an art buyer or photo editor. Other times, you simply need to keep buoyant by generating new ideas for personal projects that help further your vision and stretch your capabilities.

These and other occasions will demand an ability to think differently and for your ideas to be original

We will be working in small groups to explore methods of generating new ideas for individual images and ways to enrich projects with new perspectives. This will be crucial when pitching for jobs and when needing to take your work to the next level.

Zoe Whishaw is a Commercial Photography Consultant and Mentor providing creative direction and strategic advice for photographers at all stages in their career who what to take their work to the next level. She works on a one-to-one with those who need bespoke, objective advice to focus their creative energies and marketing and so gain competitive advantage.

As a seasoned Editor and Art Director she has had many years experience analysing and critiquing imagery across a broad spectrum of genre and subject areas. Zoe has developed and contributed to the success of leading media company, Getty Images, where she worked for 17 years in senior creative and strategic positions, latterly as European Director of Photography.

She has been on the judging panel of a range of national and international photography competitions, including the Association of Photography Awards, Wildlife Photographer of the Year and ArtGemini Prize and regularly conducts portfolio reviews at industry events. Zoe runs seminars and workshops at universities across the UK and works closely with Photofusion and Four Corners in London guiding photographers in professional practice.

Member tickets: £30

Non-Member tickets £45

To book a place, please click here

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