Photographic Societies and Organisations

The Royal Photographic Society

The Royal Photographic Society is the world's oldest national photographic society in continual existence since its foundation. It was founded in London in 1853 as "The Photographic Society of London" with the objective of promoting the art and science of photography. The Society offers various levels of distinctions in all aspects of photography and an Imaging Scientist qualification. It runs an extensive programme of over 300 events throughout the UK and abroad, through local groups and special interest groups. The Society acts as a national voice for photographers and for photography more generally and it represents these interests on a range of governmental and national bodies dealing with areas as diverse as copyright and photographers' rights.

Midland Counties Photographic Federation

The chief aim of the Federation is to assist Clubs/Societies to provide adequate programmes of interest and instruction for their members through the judges and lecturers. Members of Council are willing to help in any way possible when invited to do so. Is serves central England and holds shows and events organised events. Midland Counties Photographic Federation (MCPF) has details of what is happening in the Midland Counties including Gloucester, except that part of South Gloucestershire which was formerly part of Avon, Hereford and Worcester, Leicester, Northampton, Rutland, Shropshire, Stafford, Warwick and West Midlands.

The Photographic Alliance of Great Britain

The Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB) is an organisation that co-ordinates specific activities for photographic clubs in England, Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland. It does this through 15 geographical regions known as Federations. The PAGB organises national competitive photographic events for its Federations and for clubs. It also offers other services such as Recorded Lectures to clubs and its own photographic Distinctions (known as awards for photographic merit) direct to qualifying club members.

Fédération Internationale de l'Art Photographique

FIAP counts more than 85 national associations in the five continents and represents the benefits of nearly one million individual photographers. Its purpose is the promotion of photographic art under all its aspects and by all kinds of photographic events.

Software

Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop is a graphics editing program developed and published by Adobe Systems. Used to edit and retouch photographs or to add effects to inspire your creative side. Photoshop is available in different version, the level of functionality reflected in the price of the different versions. You can download a 30 day free trail of the different version.

GIMP

Open source software with similar functionality as Photoshop. GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It has many capabilities. It can be used as a simple paint program, an expert quality photo retouching program, an online batch processing system, a mass production image renderer, an image format converter, etc. It is designed to be augmented with plug-ins and extensions to do just about anything. There is a large library of plug-ins and extensions, many of which are free.

Paint .NET

Paint.NET is another free open source image and photo editing software for computers that run Windows. Its features an intuitive and innovative user interface with support for layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools. It also designed to be augmented with plug-ins and extensions and also has a large library of plug-ins and extensions, many of which are free.

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