If you fancy attending a free lecture or workshop from a pro photographer, my uni's photography society have teamed up with Sony to present 5 such events - all free of charge and available to anyone, not just the uni students. So if you're nearby any time from late Jan to early March, drop me a message and I'll sign you up. Here's the official blurb: Edinburgh Uni Photosoc, in association with Sony, are putting on a number of free photography lectures from professional photographers. Anybody and everybody is welcome, even if you don't like photography. Just to reiterate - they're FREE! This won't cost you a penny! --- 26th January - Dave Lawrence - Wildlife Photography Dave will be talking about his work and background. Covering aspects of long-lens and wildlife photography technique, the photographic industry and Africa as a photographic destination, Dave's talk promises to be of great interest to those of us with aspirations towards similar career paths. 2nd February - Celia Henderson - Macro Workshop Celia will be leading a workshop covering all aspects of creating beautiful close-up work. Attendees are invited (though not required) to bring their own cameras and lighting equipment, as well as suitable subjects. 16th February - Duncan McEwan - Landscape Photography Duncan will be talking on aspects of the art and craft that he uses to create his work. Having photographed the Scottish landscape for over 40 years now, Duncan will talk about both his own influences and his hope to influence others to pay greater attention to the conservation of our environment. 23rd February - Michael Wayne Plant - Fashion Portraiture Michael will conduct a live photoshoot, demonstrating to attendees different lighting styles and techniques of working with models. 2nd March - Alonso Diaz - Hands-On Workshop Aided by his assistant Jorge, Alonso will lead a workshop around several Edinburgh locations, demonstrating to attendees his range of photographic techniques. As he specialises in everything from portable lighting to tripod-based landscape work, this should make for an eye-opening experience! --- All of the speakers will end their session with a critique of some of the work of members of the audience. If you want a photo scrutinised by an expert eye, now's your chance. All photos must be submitted in advance, both electronically and physically. [Contact me if you want more details on this]. This event will have strictly limited attendance, so confirm as soon as possible - R.S.V.P. by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Hope to see you there!