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By Bethany Clark

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Today is the official first day of fall in the northern hemisphere, so why don't you fall back in love with photography (see what we did, there?) while reading some of the top blog posts in the photography industry this week!

WORKFLOW: Auto-stacking in Lightroom can quickly organize a huge set of images in to more manageable 'stacks', which are images tightly grouped according to their capture time. This 6-minute video on PetaPixel shows how you can use the feature to speed up your workflow. 

LIGHTING: Check out this article on Fstoppers for some tips on transforming a boring, badly-lit room with a simple, portable lighting setup. You'd never know it was a conference room!

STYLE: To underexpose or not to underexpose: that is the question. This Fstoppers article seeks to answer it, with tons of sliding-scale before-and-after shots! 

EDUCATION: Online registration is now open through September 28 for Super 1 Day, October 2-16, when dozens of studios across the country will host all day, peer-to-peer education workshops that enhance skills and help photographers build a better business. Book your classes today!

HOW-TO: DPreview has a great video that explores four common composition mistakes many photographers make and how to fix them. Each tip is accompanied by a very useful "do this, not that" before and after, and will help you banish those mistakes once and for all!

COPYRIGHT: You may be interested in the new image-copyright registration system recently launched by photo protection company ImageRights International. Anyone can use it, not just subscribers, and the company offers both a Lightroom plugin and a website-based registration tool that streamlines registrations, including automatically checking for errors and filling in forms. DPreview has more details.

FREEBIES: This article from Fstoppers delves into pricing strategy, imposter syndrome, and setting proper expectations in order to sustain your business and the photography industry.

CONFERENCE: Imaging USA in Nashville is right around the corner, January 14-16, 2018, but there are a few ways to save money if you get started NOW! PPA Today offers this list of tips that will ensure you show up in Tennessee with even more spending money!

SOFTWARE: If you've been asking your clients to do selects from Lightroom on the Web, you know that historically they needed to have an Adobe ID first. But now they can authenticate using either Facebook or Google, making the process much simpler for everyone. PetaPixel has more details on the good news.

TECH: Adobe is so ubiquitous in many photographers' studios, it's practically an employee... which would explain the record-breaking revenue Adobe has announced for the fiscal quarter that ended on September 1, 2017. DPreview has the story.

There you have 'em, our weekly blog post roundup! What photography blogs or podcasts do YOU follow? Post your favorites on theLoop or email them to us at OnlineContentCommittee@PPA.com. 

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By James Yates
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Drones are everywhere you look, including PPA's educational library! PPAedu has an extensive library filled with hundreds of educational videos on topics that interest professional photographers. Aside from being interesting, these videos are packed with loads of information to help you brush up on, or learn more about photography. In this case, drone photography!

"Using Drones in your photography Business" with Randy Braun and Stacy Garlington joins Randy and Stacy from DJI as they explain the added value drones can generate to your photography business. Learn how to broaden your client base and expand your line of services.

The only way to access these helpful videos is through your PPA membership. As a PPA member you can access these videos anywhere, anytime. Between PPAedu and PhotoVision, photographers who have a PPA membership can tap into hundreds of programs to help them Be More! Get full access to all the PPAedu and PhotoVision videos. 



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By Sidra Safri

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Ever found an image and had no idea if it was still protected by copyright? Wondered if it was already considered to be a part of the public domain? What exactly is the public domain? 

Thankfully, here is a simple chart that can help you get started on your search. This chart breaks down what images or creations may still be protected under copyright, or what is already considered public domain. 

This chart is in no way all-inclusive, but it does give you a good idea of where to start. However, there are two key things to remember:

  1. If the original author or creator has passed away, you can contact next of kin. Copyright does transfer similar to property rights. 
  2. Public Domain is when the original author's copyright has expired, and they failed to renew their copyright, and so the copyrighted work was then made available to the public. Any creation categorized as public domain is free for the public to use without having to worry about copyright laws. 

When was the image published:

How long will the copyright last:

If the work was published before 1923

This image is considered to be a part of the public domain. Nothing new will be considered public domain until 2019.

1923 to 1977

1923-1963: Work is considered to be public domain if the copyright was not renewed during this interim. If the work was renewed, the copyright will last for 95 years from date of initial publication.

 

1964-1977: Unlike images produced between 1923 and 1963, the copyright does not have to be renewed and will automatically last for 95 years from the date of first publication.

 

In both cases, if the image was created but not published before 1978, the copyright will last for the author's lifetime plus another 70 years. If the creator died more than 70 years ago, then the copyright may last until December 31, 2047, if it was published before December 31, 2002.

1978 or later

The copyright will last for the life of the creator plus an additional 70 years.

 

If the work was for-hire, was created using a pseudonym, or was anonymous, the copyright will last for 95 years from the date it was first published or 120 years from when it was first created, whichever one is shorter.

 


*Note: this information not meant to be taken as legal advice. When in doubt or for legal advice, contact a local attorney.* 

It is also worth noting that, for works published before March 1, 1989, the use of © copyright notice is mandatory. For any work published after this date, it is recommended to include the copyright notice, but is not a requirement. 

To stay informed on copyright matters, boomark PPA.com/Copyright!


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by James Yates
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Imaging USA in Nashville is right around the corner, January 14-16, 2018, but there are a few ways to save money if you get started NOW! Here is a list of tips that will ensure you show up in Tennessee with even more spending money...

  1. REGISTER EARLY! Imaging USA is the show for real professional photographers, with hundreds of classes, tons of networking opportunities, a huge photo exhibit, and a giant expo floor. Over 10,000 photographers attend to learn from the industry's best. Aren't registered yet? Register by December 6, 2017 to save $50 with the Early Bird Rate
  2. BOOK YOUR HOTEL EARLY! If you're not staying at the host hotels, chances are you'll have to spend some money on a taxi or parking to partake in some of the events. Why bother? Stay at the host hotels and be at the center of it all. They're filling up fast, though, (especially for Pre-Con) so BOOK NOW at our easy, one-stop-shop booking platform. Imaging USA Host Hotels: Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center (HEADQUARTERS HOTEL), Hampton Inns & Suites at Opryland, Hyatt Place Nashville Opryland
  3. FIND A ROOMMATE! Get on theLoop, PPA's exclusive social network, to post about and find a roommate. Everything's cheaper when you split the cost. 
  4. MAKE AN EXPO GAME PLAN! Create a shopping list of the things you need for your studio in 2018 and grab those items first. The trade show floor is the best place to find exclusive deals from vendors, so save your holiday cash for January 14-16. 
Get ready to enjoy an amazing trip to Music City and rest easy until then, knowing you're saving money!

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James Yates is an Atlanta-based writer/actor and the Communications Specialist at Professional Photographers of America (PPA). A graduate of Georgia State University, James has worked in the non-profit sector his whole life and is proud to be able to help artists achieve their goals. In his spare time he can be found walking his dogs on the Beltline or partaking in the nightly theater and comedy scene in the ATL.


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By Chris Homer

Get ready to connect and grow with fellow photographers in this year's Fall Super 1 Day!
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Online registration is now open through September 28 for Super 1 Day, October 2-16, when dozens of studios across the country will host all day, peer-to-peer education workshops that enhance skills and help photographers build a better business. 

This is peer-to-peer education at its very best: more than 150 all-day learning sessions created by photographers, for photographers. 

Participants will have the opportunity to experience classes like:

  • Building your business: pricing and marketing strategies
  • Finding your niche: seniors, children, newborns, weddings, landscape, boudoir, etc.
  • Learning lighting patterns, equipment, and setups for studio and on-location, 
  • Discovering techniques for Photoshop® & Lightroom®
  • And much, much more!

These don't even include the workshops on different post-production methods and posing techniques, becoming a certified professional photographer (CPP), or branding and sales knowledge. The point is, if you want to learn it, there's probably a Super 1 Day class for it!

In addition to what you'll learn, these classes also help you get closer to earning an official photographic degree! PPA members earn one service merit for each paid attendance, which go toward earning a degree.

All Super 1 Day Photo Workshops will be held October 2-16, 2017. Hurry and sign up today and you'll save $21 off the full, on-site registration price! 

You have three easy ways to register:

  • ONLINE: Register online for only $99 through September 28, 2017.
  • BY PHONE: Call your PPA Customer Service team at 1-800-786-6277 to register by phone until September 28, 2017, for only $99.
  • or ONSITE: All registrations after September 28, 2017 must be completed onsite and in-person for $120. Please contact the instructor prior to going on location to ensure there is space available.

With more than 150 classes offered across the country this fall, you are sure to find one in your area! So browse the schedule at PPA.com/Super1Day, and register for a workshop near you!


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Chris Homer is PPA's SEO & Web Specialist, which basically makes Google Analytics his best friend. A graduate of the University of Georgia, Chris cheers passionately (and obnoxiously) for the Bulldogs in all things from football to checkers. When he's not hard at work on PPA's websites, you'll find Chris at auto racing events around the southeast, where he's known as a master architect of tent villages.


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by Mayo Lawal

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You want to explore drone photography but you just don't know what regulation guidelines to follow, or how much you should budget to spend, or even which drone to buy. Get answers to these questions and more in tomorrow's free webinar!

From equipment options to evolving regulations, Manie Kohn, the first trained, certified, and fully-insured drone pilot in the USA, will help demystify and declutter the confusing landscape of drone photography. Using his own personal experiences, Manie will share valuable insights that you can use to build and grow your business in your local area.

Oh and it's open to all photographers for free! So don't miss it; register today and tune in tomorrow, September 21, 2017, at 2pm ET. Additionally, if you're a PPA member, just wait 2 weeks after the initial broadcast and you will be able to replay this (and any PPA webinar) as many times as you wish! Block your calendar and... enjoy!

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By David Eun

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When it comes to success, Yale University historian - George Burton Adams - once remarked, "There is no such thing as a 'self-made' man [or woman]. We are made up of thousands of others." 

Professional Photographers of America (PPA) is the world's largest non-profit photography association with over 30,000 members under its banner. Whether you're already a member or on the fence, PPA connects you with like-minded photographers around the globe, providing you with virtually unlimited resources to resolve any problem that comes your way. 

You're using theLoop and have registered for Super 1 Day, but where else are you turning to get your updates on what's happening in PPA's daily orbit? Here are some of the many outlets you have at your fingertips to keep you consistently informed: 


  • PPA Today Blog If you're looking for stories regarding anything photography, the PPA Today blog is your go-to. From coverage of speakers at 2018's Imaging USA conference to PPA's Weekly Roundup (our post highlighting the biggest photography stories of each week) PPA Today provides all the information you could ask for and then some.


  • PPA Advocacy Copyright laws can be tricky. That's why PPA regularly travels to Capitol Hill, pushing for more rights and increased protection for photographers. Have an inquiry regarding the copyright side of the photo business? Here is a great place to find answers.

  • PPA Drones PPA knows drones are one thing above anything else: Awesome. Check out PPA's Drone Knowledge Center to become a Certified Drone Photographer, learn your legal drone rights, or simply figure out how to get started incorporating drones into your photography business. PPA lives for drones, so get started today! 


As a nonprofit, PPA's mission is to help you constantly improve and watch your career not only grow, but thrive. That's why PPA enjoys sharing rich information to its members for them to utilize or share with others. And as a PPA member, you can guarantee we will always aspire to help you make it happen!

David Eun is the newest Marketing Intern at Professional Photographers of America (PPA). A Boston University alumnus, David earned a B.S. in Advertising and has found himself at PPA, hoping to take his communication skills to the next level! Outside of work, you'll find him training Mixed Martial Arts, hiking, touring museums and saving up to purchase his favorite dog - Doberman Pinscher!

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By David Eun

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theLoop is an online platform where PPA members can discuss and share all things related to photography as well as connect with fellow photographers of various styles and backgrounds.

We aren't exaggerating -- posting a question on any one of our countless message boards will most certainly result in a spirited discussion. Why?

Because you are interacting with thousands of professionals eager and able to help you make your career the best it can be. You could talk about the latest app to effectively automate your Instagram posts. You could ask about how you should price your photography services. You are part of a worldwide family, and family takes care of each other! Seriously: Ask anything.

Don't believe me? Check out some of these trending topics on theLoop!

 

  • WEDDING CONTRACT PPA Member Alexander M. faced a situation where a client and her fiancé signed a wedding contract with him but later changed their minds. He asked how he could refine his contracts to ensure more client commitment.

  • WEBSITE Michelle M. felt displeased with her current website's quality on WordPress and inquired as to others' opinions on PhotoBiz as a suitable replacement.

  • TO GO, OR NOT TO GO, MIRRORLESS A fresh trend in the photography world is the switch from DSLR cameras to mirrorless ones. Kenneth P. wished to see if others shared his bittersweet vibes on the new craze. (Kenneth seemed a bit more reluctant.)

  • COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT Anthony J. faced arguably the biggest headache of all photographers: Copyright Infringement. However, Anthony sought the aid of his PPA community by asking how he could turn this inconvenient situation into a business-advantageous one.

 

PPA takes pride in providing a top-notch community to its photographers. With that said, theLoop is at the disposal of every PPA member as an open forum for a range of resources. If you haven't checked theLoop out yet, we strongly encourage you to do so. Who knows! You could have a debate going on in your head right now that's only a few minutes away from being resolved. 

David Eun is the newest Marketing Intern at Professional Photographers of America (PPA). A Boston University alumnus, David earned a B.S. in Advertising and has found himself at PPA, hoping to take his communication skills to the next level! Outside of work, you'll find him training Mixed Martial Arts, hiking, touring museums and saving up to purchase his favorite dog - Doberman Pinscher!

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By Bethany Clark

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PPA has given away two All-Access Passes to Imaging USA 2018 during the month of September, and we've got two more left to give away!
 
Any professional photographer who wants to kick off their 2018 at the best photographic convention out there can enter!
 
Imaging USA is packed with photography classes, workshops, parties, and tons of motivation... not to mention an 80,000 sq ft trade show full of everything photography-related!
 
To enter, simply fill in this form! One winner will be selected on the remaining Fridays in September 2017:

  • Sept. 22, 2017
  • Sept. 29, 2017
 
BEST OF LUCK! Enter today.

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by Mayo Lawal

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Formally a business professional, photographer Eden Bao found SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) analysis has been invaluable for making good strategic decisions in her photography career. 

"You can't just put a commercial or ad out there," says Eden. "Everything works together: your website, social media, search engines, getting referrals, and working on word of mouth. They're all elements of an overall marketing strategy." 

Find out how Eden achieves success with the analytical approach in Maternity Photographer Uses SWOT Analysis to Guide Business.



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by David Eun
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We are exactly one week away from the first official day of Fall! You can feel it in the air - literally. But, if you're not one to easily acclimate to the cooler weather, we've got you covered. Feel free to check out our top posts from September 11-15 while you enjoy the indoors with a cup of hot chocolate. 

My Photographs Were Used Without My Permission: Now What?

COPYRIGHT LAW: Copyright infringement can be a serious dilemma, but hiring an attorney isn't the simplest process either. PPA Today walks you through not only essential steps you can take to resolve your copyright issue as thoroughly as possible, but also how PPA can help! 


What Photographers Need to Know About SEO!

ONLINE MARKETING: The digital world can be a confusing one; nevertheless, it is a world businesses need to familiarize themselves with. Rob Greer, shares insight with PPmag.com on how Search Engine Optimization can help photographers expand their businesses. 


Use Psychology to Take Better Portraits

PSYCHOLOGY: When people tell you, "It's all in your head," they may not be kidding. Paul Adshead delves into how a keen understanding of psychology can make a world of a difference in conveying your portraits' message.


5 Ways to Improve Your Food Photography

FOODIE: Natural lighting. Keeping things simple. Scott Choucino provides 5 useful tips for photographers - professional or amateur - looking to take their food photography skills to the next level. 


5 Dos and Don'ts When Shooting With Models

ETIQUETTE: Working with models can be a fun and enjoyable experience for a photographer, but the process can also be awkward if handled unprofessionally. Jayphen Simpson for PetaPixel suggests these 10 tips when your photo shoots involve models. 


SKY HIGH PHOTOGRAPHY: Drones can literally take your photography to places it's never gone before, so be sure to check the latest article from PPA's Sidra Safri regarding the legal steps you'll need to take to safeguard your drone photography.

PODCAST: There are your run-of-the-mill photos you see at a gift shop, and then there is exquisite work that separates itself from the pack. But, what defines exquisite? Martin Bailey discusses his standards of how a photograph or print should be considered, "fine art." 
 
DIFFERENT ANGLE: Look in any photographer's portfolio. Chances are you'll find images of a building, infrastructure or monument. Peter McKinnon invites you to try a few methods to up your architectural photography game.

DOING GOOD: We've all heard stories of people putting themselves in harms way to salvage a priceless memory. This one's for real. Michael C. Duke recollects him and his family's struggle to rescue family photos amidst the damage dished out by Hurricane Harvey.

BUSINESS: Digital platforms are the future of business. David Wallace shares an infographic from Ignite Images Photography, illustrating how using images and online photo marketing can result in a drastic boost to your brand awareness.

There you have 'em, our weekly blog post roundup! What photography blogs or podcasts do YOU follow? Post your favorites on theLoop or email them to us at OnlineContentCommittee@PPA.com.

David Eun is the newest Marketing Intern at Professional Photographers of America (PPA). A Boston University alumnus, David earned a B.S. in Advertising and has found himself at PPA, hoping to take his communication skills to the next level! Outside of work, you'll find him training Mixed Martial Arts, hiking, touring museums and saving up to purchase his favorite dog - Doberman Pinscher!



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Imaging USA 2018 will be here before you know it...three-to-six days of everything photography, including learning, networking, shopping, and partying! It's all going down in the Music City, Nashville, TN, January 14-16, 2018 (Pre-Con classes January 11-13).

Imaging USA is known far-and-wide as THE place to see some of the best speakers in the photography industry, as they take you on deep-dives into every photographic and business topic you could want to learn more about. In order to get you even more excited (if that's possible!), PPA is going to spend the next several months highlighting our 2018 Imaging USA speakers.

Let's Meet...

Thomas Dodd


Thomas Dodd is an Atlanta-based visual artist and photographer who has developed what he calls "painterly photo montage." In this method, he uses editing software and crafts elaborately textured pieces that have a very organic and decidedly non-digital look to them. His work often has mythic and quasi-religious themes, paying homage to Old Master art traditions while also drawing from psychological archetypes. Resembling paintings, his pieces are entirely photographic in nature, fusing many images into a cohesive whole, and he has had numerous exhibitions around the world.

Thomas' exhibition schedule has included Poland, Germany, Romania, New York City, Mexico City, Orlando, San Antonio, Seattle, Washington, DC, Atlanta and is continually growing. His photographs have been featured in many magazines, on book and album covers and he frequently teaches workshops and webinars on photo-editing and marketing for artists. Ironically, Thomas was best known as a musician and harpist in the 1990s and did not start his visual artistry until 2005. Today, his images are basically a visual equivalent of the music he composed, and the results continue to astound and amaze.

Speaker Sessions:

Sun, Jan. 14: 6:45-8pm: The Painterly Photo

Q&A:

What is your life motto? "You are never defeated as long as you can get back up again." Inspired by this eternally-optimistic dude: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhRUe-gz690
What was your first concert? Bruce Springsteen in 1976 (Born to Run tour) which completely spoiled me- I thought that from then on all concerts would last 3 and a half hours long and have 4 or 5 encores... Quickly found out that wasn't the case at all.
What would be your advice for photographers who are just starting their career? The most important thing that you should do as an artist is enjoy what you do. Every step of the journey. It doesn't matter what you do. Don't do things for money. Do them because you love them and then the money will come.

Thomas Dodd is just one of the many amazing speakers you'll get to meet and learn from at Imaging USA 2018! Registration is online now so take advantage of the Early Bird rates for passes and your hotel!


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By Sidra Safri

Congratulations on the purchase of your drone! This is an exciting development in the world
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 of photography and one we know you will thoroughly enjoy. However, before you can begin taking aerial photos and charging your clients, there are a few things you MUST do! 

1. Register your drone at the FAA's website
If you are only going to use your drone as a hobby and not for commercial purposes, then you do not have to register. However, the moment you decide to charge for your drone photography, you must register with the FAA.

2. Study/ Get Licensed
In order to fly your drone for commercial purposes, you must have a section 107 drone license. This shows the FAA that you know enough about aerial flight patterns, and other facts, to man a drone, and are well prepared in all situations. You can find plenty of study materials at PPA.com/drones or the FAA website. In order to get your certificate, you must score a 70 or higher on the exam. The exam will cost you $150 dollars to take and it must be taken at one of the FAA testing centers which can be found here. Also make sure you are aware of what waivers you can apply for. For more details or to go ahead and apply for a waiver, visit the FAA's website

3. Review your insurance.
With your PPA membership, you are already insured with PhotoCare. However, this does not include drone coverage. You will need to increase your liability insurance. This can be done by contacting Lockton Affinity and they will walk you through the entire process. You can find more information here.

4. Download the B4U fly App
This app is created by the FAA. You want to make sure you use this app before you fly. This will let you know if there are any flight restrictions, as well as if you are too close to an airport or possibly flying in airspace you are not allowed to fly in.

5. Get PPA Drone Certified
This allows you to stand out and show your clients that not only did you put in the time and effort to legally be able to fly, but also you were willing to put in the time to take fantastic drone photos. There is a learning curve to drone photography, and being a PPA Certified Drone Photographer will help you get past that learning curve in no time! For more information, visit PPA's Certified Drone Photographer page.

6. Stay up to date on all things drones.
With drone rules changing every day, it is necessary to stay current on any new developments. Visit http://www.ppa.com/drones/ to be in-the-know on all things drones!


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by James Yates
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Are you looking to take in some live demonstrations at Imaging USA? The Demo classes are guaranteed to give you a jolt of inspiration as you witness top instructors working live, in front of you. 

As you prepare for the world's largest pro-photography convention, keep these Demo classes in mind to catapult your business!

Sunday, January 14th, 2018: 

8-9:30am: 5-minute Photography - Booray Perry Cr.Photog., CPP (sponsored by Miller's Professional Imaging)
In any circumstance, in any setting, a good photographer should be able to capture a great portrait. Yet on-location shoots can make even the most talented professionals panic. Never fear! Booray Perry provides you with a step-by-step system that will eliminate the stress and worry of on-location photo-shoots and give you the confidence you need. Learn how to assess your location and determine which path to follow to achieve great images. This class will help you explore what to do when using natural light, bounce flash, or off-camera light. Booray will also conduct a demo to show you what he does and how he reacts each time a new element changes his image. You'll discover how to work through them and produce a final, award-winning result. Whether you shoot weddings, Seniors, events, or portraits, you will learn how to work faster and smarter, on-location and under pressure, for results that will wow!    

5-6:15pm: Pro-tween-ographer: How to become 'THE' Photographer Tweens Choose - Kay Eskridge M.Photog.Cr., CPP (sponsored by Kodak Alaris) 
Do you want to plan, advertise, and implement portrait experiences that will bring in year-round cash flow? Do you want to feel good about what you do as a professional photographer? Do you want to give your clients something to rave about? If you answered "Yes" to any or all of these questions, this is the program for you! Today's social media has changed how young people deal with self-image, especially girls in their tweens (ages 9-12). During this program, you'll learn how to embrace this demographic and position yourself as the Tween Choice in your community. Kay will cover different types of marketing approaches, various portrait programs to offer for this specific niche, and the psychology needed to ensure a successful portrait experience. You will learn how to successfully manage a pre-portrait consultation and then get a live demo, showing the appropriate lighting and posing for this age range. Discover how to stay true to your craft and your clients. After this program, you'll be equipped to make your tweens and their parents happy, while producing portraits that everyone will love.  

6:45-8pm: The Painterly Photo - Thomas Dodd 
In this demonstration, acclaimed photographer and digital artist Thomas Dodd will show you the methods and techniques he uses to get his signature "painterly" look. Thomas will share his philosophy and how this artistic effect is not achieved solely in the editing process but rather how it begins even before the photograph is taken with important components like model and wardrobe selection, lighting techniques, and backdrop choices. Thomas has his own way to make you discover how intentional pre-shoot planning and a steady diet of classic art can contribute to the images you will create. Thomas will also show you how to manipulate color and light in a way that mimics painting of the Old Masters. In this program, you will learn Photoshop editing techniques and tips that will give your images that perfect embellishment, creating an artistic masterpiece. Thomas will even show you some of his finishing techniques, including how to add actual paint -and other materials- on top of the printed pixels. From initial planning to the actual painting and final touches, this class is a must as it will help you transform your photos from images to art!

Monday, January 15th, 2018: 

8-9:30am: Maternity Posing & Lighting - Alli Peck
Maximize the tools of your trade as you learn to create outstanding images. Using live models, Instructor Alli Peck will demonstrate maternity posing at its finest. Learn the poses that showcase your clients' beauty, grace and poise in your maternity sessions. You will also delve into lighting techniques and learn to use both one light and strip lighting to achieve optimum effects. This workshop gives you the skills, but also the confidence, to conduct successful maternity shoots with stunning results!


By Sidra Safri

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You are casually scrolling through social media or your favorite magazine, and a certain picture catches your eye. Upon further inspection, you realize that published image is yours! You quickly get excited and begin looking for your name in the photo credits, and it dawns on you... the image was used without your permission! Now what??

As frustrating as this can be, you are not alone. There are a few steps you can take before you run to contact an attorney, because let's be real: attorneys are expensive! 

The first thing you want to do it use PPA's Copyright Infringement Tool. This quick questionnaire will help you assess your copyright abuse situation and tell you what your best course of action is, depending on each particular case. 

Second, as annoyed as you might be, contact the infringing party. Talk to them, ask how they got your image, and let them know you are the proper copyright owner of the image in question. Sometimes, the image is used carelessly; other times, someone dropped the ball somewhere. 

Often, your connecting with them will rectify the situation and will get the image removed. But there are situations where this won't work. 

If, after talking to the infringer and explaining that your work was used without your permission, the person(s) still do not cooperate, the next thing to do is to send a certified copyright infringement letter. In this letter, you will cite Federal copyright law and why the use of the image without your permission is a violation of your copyright. You can also include additional demands, such as payment or simply the requirement to stop using the image. Sending this certified letter also puts the infringing party on notice, which is a requirement before any legal proceedings can begin. 

If your image was infringed on a digital format (social media, website, etc.), you should also send a Digital Millennium Copyright Act Letter (DMCA Letter). This cease and desist DMCA letter once again puts the infringer on notice. Attempt to address the letter to someone who is in charge of publishing or upper management such as a director, manger, etc., as they are familiar with the legal implications of this letter. 

If, after sending a letter and putting the infringing party on notice, they still refuse to comply, at this point it may be appropriate to have a local attorney inform the infringing party that they are in violation of Copyright law. 

Most of the time, the combination of these steps will get your image removed and can even provide you with compensation. 

Keep in mind that with the current makeup of copyright law, it may not be worth pursuing a claim in Federal Court, since you may spend more than you will get back. That is why it is so important, now more than ever, to push Congress for a Copyright Small Claims process! This would allow photographers like you to resolve infringement cases without having to spend thousands of dollars in court. 

To learn more, visit PPA.com/Copyright. And if you too want the copyright system to change, show your support at PPA.com/SmallClaims. Good luck, and thank you in advance!


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By James Yates
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You can't go it alone and be successful in your business (well, you can...but it's much harder...and did we mention lonely?) You need the support of your peers and, when it comes to connecting professional photographers, PPA offers a lot of opportunities.

PPA has amazing online education available to its members, of course, but sometimes it's best to get out from behind the computer! Take advantage of opportunities to Be More Connected that involve directly interacting with an instructor and/or fellow photographers live and in person. If face-to-face, in-person learning works better for you, then PPA has you covered!

  • Super 1 Day Events: Super 1 Day events occur bi-annually for two weeks and are facilitated by professional photographers looking to share their knowledge and experience with others. During Super 1 Day events, you get the opportunity to take part in day-long workshops covering a huge cross-section of topics. These are fantastic opportunities to hone your skills in addition to networking with your peers! Register now for Super 1 Day!

  • PPA Affiliate Schools: PPA has partnered with photography schools all over the country-and even in others- to provide professionals with in-person educational opportunities for one week each year. And like Super 1 Day, taking advantage of classes offered in these Affiliate Schools is not only a great way to become a better photographer, but also a great way to meet other pros just like you!

  • Photographic Competitions: All artists need to feel a sense of belonging and, according to Anne Geddes, PPA gave her "the fellowship and opportunities for my work to be reviewed and judged by my peers through photographic competitions, and it helped build my confidence and credibility as a photographer." Anne says, "There is a camaraderie that comes from entering your best images in print competitions. The judges are all walking up and 'sniffing' your print, as we used to joke. A judge says, 'You know, I don't think it's good enough for...' It's character building." PPA competitions begin at the start of the year at the district level and continue to the International Photographic Competition every summer.

  • Imaging USA: The world's largest, strongest and longest-running photography expo and convention continues to get bigger and better! 2018 is set to be no exception. Imaging USA will set up shop in Nashville, Tennessee. That's right. We'll be invading the Music City for three amazing days (six with pre-con!) of Imaging USA, January 14-16, 2018. You can't help but Be More Connected with a trip to Imaging USA! 

So get up, get out and get to learning! PPA is always adding ways to Be More Connected as a member. Learn more now at PPA.com/Connected. 


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Professional Photographer magazine prides itself on producing amazing content from guest writers who have their fingers on the pulse of the photography business. 

Imaging USA always presents photographers like you with the best speakers holding workshops on the most important topics to your business. 

Isn't it nice when these two resources merge? Just last week, we pointed you to an article on marketing from Imaging USA speaker, Teri Fode. Last week's other featured speaker, Rob Greer, also has a piece up on PPMag.com and this one tackles the topic of SEO (Search Engine Optimization)!

Don't think SEO means anything to you and your business? It does.  The act of maximizing a website's visibility for search engines has evolved into one of the most important pursuits for any business with a presence on the web. Rob Greer is an SEO guru and, in this helpful and fun article, he walks you through four steps that will help you narrow your target and attract the right eyes to your website. 

Learn more in "What Photographers Need to Know About SEO" on PPMag.com today!


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By Mayo Lawal

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While there are really good times for your business, there are also times when your business is so slow, you start to wonder if your clients can even see you. Find out how to bounce back from slow seasons quickly in tomorrow's free webinar!

Rosh Sillars, a commercial, advertising, magazine and corporate photographer, will share ideas on how you can get your business up and running when it isn't doing as well as it should. Rosh serves as a creative consultant and collaborator on numerous corporate, communications, and marketing projects. He has unique insights based on his over 20 years' professional experience that you don't want to miss!

Oh, and it's open to all photographers for free! So register today and don't forget to tune in tomorrow, September 14, 2017, at 2pm ET. Additionally, if you're a PPA member, just wait 2 weeks after the initial broadcast and you will be able to replay this (and any PPA webinar) as many times as you wish! Not a member? Join PPA today!




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Imaging USA 2018 will be here before you know it...three-to-six days of everything photography, including learning, networking, shopping, and partying! It's all going down in the Music City, Nashville, TN, January 14-16, 2018 (Pre-Con classes January 11-13).

Imaging USA is known far-and-wide as THE place to see some of the best speakers in the photography industry, as they take you on deep-dives into every photographic and business topic you could want to learn more about. In order to get you even more excited (if that's possible!), PPA is going to spend the next several months highlighting our 2018 Imaging USA speakers.

Let's Meet...

Booray Perry, Cr.Photog., CPP

Web: boorayperry.com

Facebook: Booray Perry

Twitter: booray_

Instagram: boorayperry

Booray Perry had it figured out, or so he thought. After a 20-year career in radio, he retired from being a wacky morning man and moved to Florida to marry and start a family. He was a stay-at-home-Dad while his wife built a successful real estate business. When the economy downturned in 2007, his family found themselves starting over at which point Booray rediscovered his childhood passion, photography.  Today, he shoots approximately 100 weddings and events each year and teaches photography classes nationwide. Extremely involved within his industry, Booray serves on PPA's Online Content Advisory Committee, as a PPA Councilor and as the host of IPC Live. In 2014, he was a Platform Speaker for Imaging USA, and then a pre-conference instructor for Imaging USA 2015. He sits on the Board of Directors for the Tampa Area PPA, and is active in both Florida and Southeastern Professional Photographers Associations. The combination of Booray's ability to talk for hours, his humor, and experience make him a popular instructor and he's always eager to help fellow photographers on their path to success.

Speaker Sessions:

Sun, Jan. 14

8:00am- 9:30am- 5-Minute Photography

 

Q&A:

What do you most value in your friends? Bail Money

If you could have dinner with any historical figure, who would you choose and why?  You know that guy that stood in front of the tanks in Tiananmen Square? I most identify with that guy's friend, who said he would be there but instead stayed home to watch Archer on Netflix.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse? "What seems to be the problem, officer?" OR "It wasn't my fault, Your Honor."

If you could have a theme song, what would it be? "I'm the Map," from Dora the Explorer

Booray Perry is just one of the many amazing speakers you'll get to meet and learn from at Imaging USA 2018! Registration is online now so take advantage of the Early Bird rates for passes and your hotel!


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By Bethany Clark

Whether you are a pro or new to the industry, PhotoVision is a great way to enhance your skills. PhotoVision provides a behind-the-scenes look at the techniques used by well-known experts in the world of photography. Don't believe it? Check out the latest series, "Know Your Market," by Beth Forester! 

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Beth sits down with PhotoVision correspondent, Angela Kurkian to discuss marketing. Beth explains how she has created an upscale boutique studio in a town with a population of 3,000. She describes why marketing to high school seniors should be thought as marketing to two distinct demographics at once. She talks about how effective promotional calls to existing clients can be and how she books new sessions nearly 4 out of every 5 times.

PhotoVision is included for FREE with your PPA membership. So what are you waiting for? Head over to PhotoVisionVideo.com to begin streaming classes today! Not a member? Join PPA today and get FREE access to all the videos!

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