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COLOUR MANAGEMENT: The key to a great print

13 September 2018

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When it comes to printing, it can often be a daunting final process – how can you be sure the colours seen on screen will be accurately represented in the final print? AOP Affiliated Company Datacolor share their expert knowledge on how you can get it right.

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"YOU HAVE TO BE IN IT TO WIN IT!' AOP Award Winners Success Stories

10 September 2018

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‘YOU HAVE TO BE IN IT TO WIN IT!’ – AOP Award Winners share advice and their success stories. Along with advice from our curators on what to consider when selecting your entries.

The Awards 2019 call for entries are open which means hours of thought and preparation ahead, as both our members and non-members prepare their entries for the Photographers and Open Awards. To help you along the way we catch up with a selection of our Award winning Accredited Photographer members and Assisting Photographer members who share the impact of winning - along with offering advice when considering what images to enter. We also caught up with two of our curators to give you an insight into what they are looking for in a winning image.

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AFFILIATED COMPANY FOCUS: Hartnack & Co - Bespoke Portfolios

Welcome to Hartnack & Co, our latest Affiliated Company to join the AOP, we catch up with them to find out more about them and their stunning bespoke portfolios.

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Huge congratulations go out to the 18 AOP members who are winners of this years Portrait of Britain prize.  100 winning portraits in total have been selected by a panel of judges from a total of 13,000 portraits submitted into the open call from the British Journal of Photography.  200 images were shortlisted, of which another 17 are AOP members and will be printed in the Portrait of Britain Book. The 100 winning portraits will be displayed nationwide from 1st to 30th September across JCDecaux's national channel of digital screens.

Read on to see who the winners are and a selection of images.

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Hello Janie! Can you tell us about your background and how you got into photography?

I became excited about the possibility of a career in photography during a degree in Graphic Design where I enjoyed the image making element much more than the typography.   I had encouraging tutors and was boosted by winning a photographic competition which kick started my career.   There was then the inevitable move to London and an amazing 3 years of assisting a variety of fantastic photographers where I learnt more about lighting, working with a team, the business element etc, travelling with work / kit and all the things you don’t learn at Uni.

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PICTURE PERFECT: The Value of Teamwork on a Photography Shoot

Continuing with our series of features in association with Computer Arts Magazine we bring you the next in line: Picture Perfect. What are the vital ingredients of a successful campaign? Does a photographer need to be left to their own devices, or is teamwork really important in getting the best out of a creative team? We talk to AOP photographer Susan Bell, whose stunning work in food photography has earned her recognition at the Pink Lady Food Photography Awards for the last two years.

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BOOK: Who Shot the Pregnant Man by Alan Brooking

AOP50 showcased a stunning array of our members photographs in celebration of our 50th year anniversary.  Included in the collection was the iconic image, ‘The pregnant Man’ by Alan Brooking. We caught up with Alan to find out more about his recently published book "Who Shot the Pregnant Man?' - a must read, this book gives a real insight into what Advertising Photography was all about in the 60's, 70's and 80's.


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The Importance of Having a Strong Online Profile

We partnered up with Computer Arts Magazine to bring you a series of features - First up is 'Strong Profile'. For self-employed creatives, it’s more important than ever to have a powerful online presence in order to keep work coming in. We catch up with two AOP members, photographer Tom Barnes and stylist Emma Lightbown who both have an excellent online presence and oodles of great advice on building and maintaining a profile that will work effectively for you.  

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