by Mike McNamee Published 01/12/2002
Frantic is the only way to describe the period since the last issue of Professional ImageMaker. We've travelled thousands of miles to seminars, Juliet has almost completed the Herculean task of putting the Awards Dinner together and we have scheduled an exciting seminar tour in collaboration with Epson, Adobe and Nikon - all this plus CRB (see later), VAT and all the other things that running a business demands.
On the technology front things have not slowed down at all. More cameras have arrived either as real working demo models or shrink-wrapped boxed versions and some of them are significant steps forward. They have been joined by new printers, papers and scanners, most of which are also significant improvements on their forebears.
On the artistic front, thank you both for your kind comments on the magazine and also for your recent efforts in the competition entries. This month was a real struggle to fit to 4 pages, which is the way your editor likes it!
On the practical front, issues surrounding the need for photographers of children to be registered with the Criminal Record Bureau is starting to surface. If you photograph children, you are obliged by law to undertake the process off obtaining a Standard Disclosure. More and more people are starting to insist and you are going to be turned away if you pitch up at a nursery without one - you have been warned. SWPP has qualified to process applications and the Standard Disclosure costs £30. If you work alone with children you have to have an Enhanced Disclosure. Phone HO to arrange matters and don't put it off - it's the law, you have to do it!
We hope you had a pleasant Christmas and can look forward to a busy and prosperous New Year
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