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By Sarah Ackerman

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Happy Holidays from your friends at PPA! As you're traveling to see family and friends, take a moment and check out our top 10 favorite blogs from around the internet on this short week. 

HOLIDAY FUN: T'was the night before Christmas, when all through the house. Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that new photo gear soon would be there. Get the rest of this classic from Steve Gettle and enjoy your holidays!

ARTISTRY: Get to know PPA Photographer Tim Kelly, M.Photog.Cr., F-ASP, in this special two-part episode from Gary Hughes and Booray Perry. Listen in as they cover just about everything photography related (it IS two parts)!

LIGHTING: Traveling might not be on your agenda for the holidays, but you can still experiment with some new lighting techniques at home! Get back to basics and pick up a few tips from FStoppers. 

COMPOSITION: As a photographer, you know that composition can make or break your photograph. Drew Hopper gives you an inside look on how he uses lines to emphasize his subjects and create brilliant works of art. 

BUSINESS: PPA Photographer Jeffrey Shaw sat down with Anna Rea and discussed why we all need to banish the phrase "starving artists". Just because you're an artist doesn't mean your bank account needs to suffer. Give it a listen and get inspired rolling into the New Year!

INSPIRATION: What's the difference between you and the pro down the street? You're you! It sounds pretty simple, but this great blog from PhotoFoucs really hits it home that you make your business unique. 

CHEAP TRICKS: If you want to start exploring macro photography, but don't want to shell out the cash for a ring flash, here are three inexpensive alternatives to get you started from the Phoblographer. 

LEGAL: Ever wonder if it's worth it to have clients initial every single page of every single contract? Rachel Brenke, the Law Tog, discusses why it adds a layer of protection and helps maintain a happy client/photographer relationship. 

IMAGING USA: Wedding photographer extraordinaire, Carrie Wildes, is coming back to Imaging USA for a fantastic pre-convention course entitled "The Art of the Wedding Photography Business: How to Create a Plan to Succeed." Check in with Carrie before January here!

TRICKS OF THE TRADE: It's not one of the more glamorous parts of the job, but editing unwanted stubble come with the territory. Check out these quick and easy tips from PetaPixel on making that process easier!

There you have it, our weekly roundup of the top photography blog posts we found! What photography blogs or podcasts do you follow? Post your favorite on theLoop or email them to us at OnlineContentCommitee @ PPA.com 

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Sarah Ackerman manages all things social media for PPA and Imaging USA. When she's not living on the internet, she loves improv comedy, going on wilderness adventures, gallivanting around the globe, knitting, wood working and yoga. 



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By Sarah Ackerman

The holidays are in full swing! We hope you had a great Thanksgiving. If you're still in a bit of a food coma, here are our top threads from November on theLoop! Give them a read, chime in with advice or ask a question of your own!

If you're looking to expand into the corporate headshot business, this is an excellent thread for you! See what lighting systems work (or maybe don't work so well) or chime in if you have any favorites!

Looking for a best solution for tethering with an iPad on a shoot? There is a wide variety of commercial options out there. Help one photographer find out what works best. 

Are you coming to Imaging USA? (If you haven't registered yet, head to ImagingUSA.org/Register today before rates increase on December 8th!). One photographer asks if the Closing Party is a must do. Because we're taking over the Georgia Aquarium, of course it's bound to be an unforgettable night. What are your thoughts?  

Help a fellow photographer find a solution to an interesting problem: finding a cover for sound proofing foam that will still allow the foam to do its job. Canvas is out of the question, so what's next? Share your ideas on this thread.

Shooting a Bar Mitzvah for the first time can be intimidating. Do you have any tips and tricks for a first timer? Join the conversation here!

Shooting a parade solo can be a large endeavor! How would you suggest a one-man crew cover such a big celebration? Weigh in with your equipment and logistic recommendations in this thread.

Photographers new and old are always looking for new ways to ensure that their images last a lifetime. Do you have any pro tips on backing up and storing your files? Share them in this great thread!

It's always great to expand your creative offerings. Have you ever dabbled in food photography? Help one photographer on pricing, resources and more! 

Sometimes your clients want some pretty crazy things. Help a fellow photographer shoot a real estate sign with a macro look, without post processing. Chime in and see what works best for you!

Do you ever experience things in your studio that just stump you? Check out this holiday photography that's got one photographer perplexed. He has his Christmas lights on, but in the photos, it looks like every other string is turned off. In this thread participants are debating what may have caused this mini-mystery. 

Communicating to your clients when your studio is open is critical to your business, but how do you do so, while still leaving flexibility in your schedule? How do you post that information on your website and other digital platforms? 

This is a slightly complicated situation: you're hired as a second shooter, but are sent out solo. The couple hates the final images and wants their money back. How do you approach the photographer that hired you? Read these responses and weigh in!


Remember to check out theLoop, a safe and protected online community where PPA members can discuss a range of photography topics. Not a PPA member, join here!

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Sarah Ackerman manages all things social media for PPA and Imaging USA. When she's not living on the internet, she loves improv comedy, going on wilderness adventures, gallivanting around the globe, knitting, wood working and yoga. 

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The first full week in December is in the books - how are you holding up? If you need a little "you time" settle in with these 10 great blog posts from around the web!

COMPETE: We get it; photographic competitions can be tough and intimidating. But they are also extremely rewarding, educational and you'll make more friends than you'll know what to do with. Christine Walsh-Newton shares where you can get your start and why it's so important. 

REALITY TV: In our favorite photography series of all time, Caleb Shane and Jacob Slaton went head to head in Little Rock with some interesting REFOCUS restrictions. See who took home the title this round and subscribe so you always are current with your episodes! 

BETTER BLOGGING: If improving your blog is on your list of resolutions for 2015, this is a must-read from Lightstalking. Do the exact opposite of everything in this post and you'll be making substantial improvements - hey, you might even end up in this round up!

POST CAPTURE: It's true, sometimes cover models can be a little heavy on the post-process work. What happens when you take four ladies off the street and give them the same treatment? Their reactions are interesting and might hit home. 

POSING: If you're sick and tired of static looking portraits, this post from Digital Photography School is for you! Get more creative shots with a few simple tricks - you'll be thrilled with what you can accomplish.

CAREER ADVANCEMENT: Want to get up to pro status? You might be asking the wrong questions! Here are some great examples from photographer Jenna Martin of how changing up how you talk to other photographers could get you the answers you really need.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS: How do you capture the holidays? Just having a Christmas tree in your photos won't cut it anymore. Check out these three great tips from Love That Shot to beef up your holiday repertoire. 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Have you taken the time to look at how far you've come as a photographer? Even two years can be the difference between "Meh" and "Wow!". Join Sasha Juliard on a journey looking back and the dramatic changes that can happen. 

INSPIRATION: Peter Lik is coming to Imaging USA (and you should be too)! He'll be presenting a key note address, along with receiving PPA's Lifetime Achievement Award and let's just say this high energy Aussie is a little excited. Check out this great video from when he recently sat down with PPA President Susan Michal.

SOCIAL PURPOSE: Past Imaging USA instructor, Jeffrey Shaw, sat down with Ted Coiné to discuss the human side of social media. This podcast will help you reframe how you look at social, and all of the good it can do! Give it a listen!

There you have it, our favorite posts of the week! What photography blogs do you enjoy? Let us know on theLoop.  

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Sarah Ackerman is known around PPA as #Sarah in part because she handles all things social media and in order to differentiate herself from the other Sarah's in the office. Sarah loves improv comedy (think "Whose Line") and routinely performs with Witless Protection around the Atlanta area and at Dad's Garage Theatre Company. When she's not tweeting/instagramming/facebooking all of the action at PPA, she can be found gallivanting around the world or wandering around the woods with her pup, but more than likely she's on stage making people giggle.


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