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Photography can give a whole new meaning to even a familiar subject.

Commercial Photographer Mikkel Jul Hvilshoj's creative and exceptional images capture dishes in a new light.

Go behind the scenes with Mikkel, as he explains how he achieved these unique images on Professional Photographer.

When you put your blood, sweat and tears into creating a masterpiece that showcases your uniqueness, the last thing you want is your work being improperly used or even stolen, especially if your art is your livelihood.  Unfortunately, many professional photographers of all backgrounds and fields deal with copyright infringement every day.

Granted, those who have high enough incomes predominantly benefit from today's current laws, but the same can't be said for the average professional, like Marie. Check out Marie's story on her battle for the rights to her own image:

Marie is an architecture photographer who gets a large portion of her income from photographing homes and licensing images to the home's seller for uses related to the sale. She recently performed such a job for a client in Idaho. Marie later found out that the real estate company her client worked with used one of her photos several times for the purpose of promoting the business. She found the advertisement for the real estate company featuring her work on the back cover of a magazine and on the back cover of the program for a music festival. Marie assumes there are other infringing uses she did not happen upon.

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Marie contacted the owner of the real estate company directly to retrieve payment for the infringing uses. She sent an invoice with her standard licensing fee. The infringer completely refused to pay anything to Marie and was adamant that the use was not an infringement because the images were provided by the photographer's client who paid for the job. The owner of the real estate company even claimed that this was their "standard practice".

A cease and desist letter was sent to the offender from Marie's photographic association on her behalf to which she received no reply. She followed up with the infringer several more times to be either ignored or sent extremely offensive responses. When asked if she would like to sue the offender, Marie responded, "I would like to but feel that is not an option and will not find an attorney to take on the case for such a small amount of money." Marie estimated the licensing fee of the infringing uses she knew about to be less than $1,000.

Marie reports that all she wants is for the offender to admit wrongdoing, pay the invoice, and change her standard practice. She believes her requests were disregarded because the infringer knew Marie could not make her pay if she refused - of course Marie was not going to file a federal lawsuit over a $1,000 licensing fee.

"A small claims option would give me the opportunity to actually pursue this further or at least would provide something to hold over [the infringer's] head," Marie said.

This story and many others are the reason that a Small Claims process can be a game-changer for photographers and creative artists. It will help them enforce their copyright in cost-effective and efficient ways. We need everyone to support Small Claims at PPA.com/SmallClaims

Would you like to challenge yourself with PPA's Western District Photographic Competition? Hurry, the early deadline is January 18, 2018 by 5pm ET, after which a late fee would apply. So don't wait, enter today and save money.

Entering your local district competition is one of the best ways to push yourself to be more. You'll learn where you stand--how your photography matches up with your peers. You'll learn about the 12 elements of a merit image, and start incorporating them into your daily photography. You'll learn what it takes to create a merit image, and if you stick with it, work your way up to the Loan Collection.

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To find out more about how to enter and improve your skills, visit PPA.com/Districts. From there, you can find the entry deadlines, rules, and judging dates for each District competition. Be sure to read the rules carefully!  

If you're in the Western District, enter today! Below is the schedule for the remaining district competitions, which will be accepting entries throughout the winter and early spring of 2018; be sure to mark these dates on your calendar so you're ready when registration opens for your district! 

Northeast District Photographic Competition

2018 Judging Dates: March 8-9, 2018

Registration Opens: January 3, 2018

Early Deadline: January 31, 2018 by 5pm ET

Late Deadline (Late Fee Required): February 15, 2018 by 5pm ET

 

Northcentral District Photographic Competition

2018 Judging Dates: March 22-23, 2018

Registration Opens: January 24, 2018

Early Deadline: February 14, 2018 by 5pm ET

Late Deadline (Late Fee Required): March 1, 2018 by 5pm ET

 

Southwest District Photographic Competition

2018 Judging Dates: April 5-6, 2018

Registration Opens: January 31, 2018

Early Deadline: February 28, 2018 by 5pm ET

Late Deadline (Late Fee Required): March 15, 2018 by 5pm ET

 

Southeast District Photographic Competition

2018 Judging Dates: April 17-19, 2018

Registration Opens: February 20, 2018

Early Deadline: March 13, 2018 by 5pm ET

Late Deadline (Late Fee Required): March 27, 2018 by 5pm ET

So find your district and start preparing your images. It's time you take the plunge to improve as a photographer by entering your District Photographic Competition.


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Imaging USA 2018 is finally here and we are so excited that our top 10 blogs are all about the best photography convention!

Last Chance to Register For Imaging USA

More than 100 sessions and speakers, an enormous Expo (80,000+ square feet!), parties that will rock your socks off, and lots more - are you sure you want to miss it? This is the last call!

Imaging USA 2018: For the First-Timers...

Well over a thousand new members come to Imaging USA every year. If this is your first time attending Imaging USA, read this post to find out how to have a perfect time at the world's largest (and best) photography convention!

Packing Essentials for Imaging USA

Packing for Imaging USA? Check out this life-saving checklist of things you don't want to forget.

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Travel Mistakes to Avoid on Your Way to Imaging USA!

Beware of these commonly made mistakes so that you can have the best possible time at Nashville this year!

Learn Everything about Drones at Imaging USA

This post gives you a hint of what to expect at the Drone Zone at Imaging USA 2018. If you have been considering drone photography, prepare to be exhilarated!

Enhance Your Skills with the School, Sport, and Event Track at Imaging USA 2018

The classes in the School, Sport, and Event track at Imaging USA includes everything from exclusive photography, to mind-opening business tips and tricks! Find out more about the track in this article.

Your Imaging USA Keynote Speaker... Ryan Estis

You probably already know that the Keynote speaker for Imaging USA 2018 is Ryan Estis but this article will get you even more excited to meet him.

Survival tips for Imaging USA 2018

As you know, Imaging USA is the one of the largest photography conferences in the world with tens of thousands of attendees and an expo floor of over 600 booths! So you may want to read this article with tips on how to make the most of your experience at Imaging USA 2018.

#Say Cheese! Help Us See Imaging USA Through Your Snaps, Posts, and Tweets!

From your arrival at the official Imaging USA hotels to the closing events, we want you to do what you do best; capture the moment, and then snap, tweet, or post! Just use the hashtag #ImagingUSA, to share on our social media sites, and see what others are sharing.

 Watch These Videos to Help You Make Final Preparation

As if you're not excited enough we have an entire video gallery dedicated to giving you overview of what you can expect as well as recaps of last year's conference. As you make your final preparations, you might want to take a look. Don't miss anything!

See you in Nashville! 

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By Chris Homer

Imaging USA 2018 is just a few days away and we can barely stand the wait!  This also
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 means that if you haven't registered yet, you have very limited time to do so! If you are still contemplating, here's the question for you: Do you really want to miss this incredible opportunity for professional growth, and to connect with like-minded professionals from all over the globe?

If you're already registered, the Imaging USA website has a whole host of videos to help you make your final travel preparations! Visit the video gallery page to watch videos on Imaging USA survival tips from PPA staff, an overview of Imaging USA 2018 and our home at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, how to use the mobile app, and more! 

So, take a look to make sure you're all set for Imaging USA! We'll see you in Nashville! And if you haven't registered yet, do it today!


ch_headshot_100x100.jpgAbout the author:
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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More than 100 captures are required to create one deep-space image, says Chris Garner,Cr.Photog., CPP, an astrophotographer who captures the beauty of celestial bodies in tremendous detail.  

Find out how Garner makes his stunning images in Professional Photographer.


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Imaging USA is THIS WEEK! And nothing is more exciting than the Imaging EXPO. Did you know you can go for FREE? 
With so many options and products to consider, it's like the Mall of America for photography. Live product demos, access to revolutionary photography products, and countless networking opportunities can all be found in one place at Imaging USA 2018: The Imaging Expo! 

This three-day trade show is one of the largest gatherings of pro-photographers and exhibitors alike in the world. With over 600 booths to explore, your newest photographic discovery will be right at your fingertips!

  • See industry leaders such as Canon, Miller's Professional Imaging, and Kodak Alaris show off their newest products. Mingle with your fellow photographers while you learn about 2018 photography trends. You'll even see and be able to test some drones! 
  • You can sit for a spell in the Print Theater and learn vital tips on how to encourage your clients to value the art of the printed product. 
  • Continue your walk through the International Photographic Competition (IPC) exhibit, where you can find the best of the best photographs from 2017 on display, handpicked by judges and entered into PPA's prestigious Loan Collection. 
  • You can be inspired by the awesome images featured as part of Team USA in this year's World Photographic Cup. 
  • If you're interested in entering a Photographic Competition in 2018, definitely check out the IPC Merit Café. Here, you'll find various seminars lead by experienced speakers, get a first look at the new 2018 IPC rules, and you'll even have the opportunity to get one-on-one advice from official IPC jurors about how to improve your photos for the Competition. These sessions are free to all and available on a first-come, first served basis, so sign up today!
And whether or not you're already a PPA member, we would also love to meet you in person! At the PPA booth, you'll be able to speak with our customer service agents who are happy to answer any membership-related questions you might have or even help you understand how to get the most out of PPA membership. And if you aren't with PPA yet, Imaging USA is the perfect time to join! Make sure you stop by PPA's Booth and ask about this year's show special!

These are just a few reasons you won't want to miss the Expo! Imaging USA will be held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, TN. The Expo is open to all Imaging USA All-Access pass holders beginning on January 14, but if you can't attend the entire convention, Expo-Only passes are available for FREE! Just go here and enter TSC2018 as your code at checkout. 

Sunday, Jan. 14........11:30am - 5:00pm
Monday, Jan. 15......10:30am - 5:00pm
Tuesday, Jan. 16.....10:30am - 3:30pm

To get the full list of registered exhibitors and the tradeshow floor plan, visit ImagingUSA.org/Imaging-Expo. And before you go, download the new Imaging USA 2018 mobile app that offers this information and tons more! With just a few clicks, you can even create your own custom Expo plan-of-attack. You'll know just where your favorite exhibitors will be and how to get there, saving you valuable time and effort.

If you haven't registered to attend Imaging USA 2018, do so at ImagingUSA.org/Register. We hope to see this weekend! 

By Chris Homer

With over 200 instructors teaching in almost every state in the U.S., Super 1 Day this past
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 October was a huge success; and YOU can help make the Spring 2018 session another great photography event! 

Super 1 Day provides a unique opportunity for photographers to learn business tips, tricks, techniques, and best practices from fellow professionals. More and more photographers take advantage of these peer-to-peer educational workshops hosted in hundreds of studios across the country. 

So, here's where you come in: PPA is looking for instructors who are willing to share their knowledge with other photographers for the May 7-21, 2018 session of Super 1 Day. There are many benefits to teaching a class (or two!), including digging deeper into your subject area, elevating the industry by improving our profession overall, and even earning two merits towards your PPA Photographic Degree!

Instructor applications for the Spring Super 1 Day close January 29, 2018, so be sure to you fill out yours completely by then. Also, you can invite your pro photographer friends to apply as well! 

Find out how you can apply to be a Super 1 Day Instructor today!

ch_headshot_100x100.jpgAbout the author:
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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Imaging USA 2018 is just a few days away and we can barely stand the wait!  This also means that if you haven't registered yet, you have very limited time to do so! If you are still contemplating, here's the question for you: Do you really want to miss this incredible opportunity for professional growth, and to connect with like-minded professionals from all over the globe?

Aside from the parties and fun, Imaging USA provides education, network, and inspiration that change the outlook on professional photography for many attendees!  Tens of thousands of photographers attend Imaging USA every year. So, if photography is your dream, make it a reality with all of the opportunities lined up for you in Nashville, January 14-16.

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Just to show you a tip of the iceberg, Imaging USA will feature:

                    More than 100 sessions and speakers on all photography topics from techniques to business strategies.

                    Acclaimed keynote speaker Ryan Estis on how to "Adapt and Thrive" with today's modern client.

                    Parties that will rock your socks off!

                    An enormous Expo (80,000+ square feet!) filled with tons of new products and deals

                    International Photographic Competition exhibit with well over 3,000 images! This is the largest photography exhibit out there!

                    The Drone Zone--all you need to know about getting started in drone photography

                    A dedicated theater to learn how to sell PRINTED WORKS

                    Award shows and degree presentations

And so much more! Keep in mind that you can attend the Expo trade show, PRINT For Success Theater, Drone zone, Keynote speech by Ryan Estis, and International Photographic Exhibit with an Expo Only pass... which you can get for free at ImagingUSA.org/FreePass! Just enter code FB18. If you want to attend all of Imaging USA's classes, parties, and events, upgrade to an All-Access pass! Head on to ImagingUSA.org and register today.

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Imaging USA 2018 is just around the corner...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 highlighting our 2018 Imaging USA speakers.

Let's Meet...
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Luke Edmonson, M.Photog.Cr.,CPP
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David Edmonson, M.Photog.Cr.
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David & Luke Edmonson are called "Master Photographers to Master Photographers" and with good reason. Together, with over 60+ storied years as commercial, wedding and portrait photographers, the Edmonson's signature style is unmistakable. 

Recognized by leading institutions at home and abroad, both father-and-son are PPA Master Photographers, Craftsman, and multi-Diamond award winners, as well as other distinctions. David is a Grand Master of WPPI, as well as a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, while Luke is a co-founder of the industry's first certification for wedding & portrait photographers and a Double Master.

The Edmonson's hold their Fellowships from the U.K. based SWPP and are the only photographers to ever win Australia's AIPP Overseas Photographer of the Year 3 years in a row. As sought-after speakers and print competition judges, their calling is to help others grow beyond craft to rediscover our roots and foundations within Art. It's often said that Art Imitates Life. If you've ever seen the work of David & Luke Edmonson, this is clearly true: "Profound with dimensionality, ingrained with emotion and compelling in their beauty."

Speaker Sessions:
Monday, January 15

David and Luke Edmonson are just two of the many amazing speakers you'll get to meet and learn from at Imaging USA 2018! Register today!

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And since we want every aspect of your experience to be the best it can be, take a peek at some of these travel mistakes to avoid. We hate to be Debbie Downers, but steering clear of these potholes will keep you primed for an awesome time at Imaging USA! 

  1. Not checking the weather before you pack. We'll be in Nahville, but it can get pretty chilly in January! Check the weather before you head out and bring the outerwear and layers you may need.
  2. Not bringing an extra bag. If you plan on stocking up at the Imaging Expo, pack an extra suitcase or duffle to accommodate your haul and avoid shipping charges.
  3. Forgetting the essentials, like your badge, a refillable water bottle, maybe a fanny pack (not fashionable, but quite handy for a three day conference!). Be sure to bring them to Nashville, and definitely don't leave them in your hotel room! You'll need them at the convention.
  4. Not bringing enough business cards. Imaging USA is an excellent networking opportunity and there are plenty of drawings to enter during the Expo! Be prepared!
  5. Not booking a room at an official Imaging USA Host Hotel. You can save heaps by reserving a room in the Imaging USA block, keeping you centrally located and close to all the action. Also, you can trim costs by finding a roommate! Check out theLoop for attendees looking to split the cost of the rooms. Bonus: you'll have more money to spend at the Expo! 
  6. Bonus mistake: Not bringing hand sanitizer! With so many people in one place, germs can spread. Wash your hands regularly to prevent getting sick. That way, the only thing you'll bring home after the conference is your new gear!

Avoid these travel mistakes and have the best Imaging USA ever! Register if you haven't yet! You don't want to miss it!

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Imaging USA is just days away, and whether you like to pack far in advance or throw everything in a bag at the last minute, packing for a trip can be a little stressful. Of course you need the basics like clean clothes, toiletries, and personal items, but there are other essentials you should pack, too. We took out some of the packing guesswork with this checklist of 10 essentials to bring with you to Imaging USA 2018.

1) Outerwear: You won't ever have to leave the Gaylord Opryland which is kept at a comfortable 70 degrees, but if you WANT to venture out into Nashville...it will be very cold, meaning a coat or jacket will be necessary. It's also a good idea to be prepared for any kind of weather, so a rain jacket would make a smart addition to your suitcase.

2) Camera: It's a photography convention, so you definitely don't want to leave your camera at home.  Between the hands-on classes and tech accessories available at the expo, you'll want your camera by your side throughout the convention.

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3) Comfy Shoes: Make no mistake, you will be doing LOTS of walking during your time at Imaging USA. There are classes to attend, parties to dance at, and one amazing city to explore, so be sure to break in your shoes before you come. Trust us, your feet will thank you! 

4) Phone Charger: You don't usually leave home without your phone, so don't leave for a trip without the charger.  While this seems pretty obvious, you don't want to be the one who left your charger plugged into your wall at home.

5) Refillable Water Bottle: We know there's lots to do while at Imaging USA, so it's easy to forget to STAY HYDRATED! This is so important, and there are tons of places to fill up across the convention center so you'll never go thirsty. 

6) Business Cards: Part of the fun of Imaging USA is meeting tons of new people! These people can become friends for life or the professional mentor you've been looking for. Building your photographic network is easy when you have business cards to share. 

7) Semi-Formal Attire: The Award & Degree ceremony, the Grand Imaging Awards, and the official Imaging USA closing party are all good reasons to get dolled up. By no means is formal wear a necessity (well, unless you are going to be receiving a degree), but the option to dress up while having fun is definitely appealing.

8) Empty Bag: There's lots of swag to be had at Imaging USA, but you'll need another bag to bring it all home in! Bringing a spare bag with you ensures you'll have plenty of space to bring home those extra goodies you've picked up along the way.

9) Note-Taking Device: Do it the old fashioned way with pen and paper or bring your laptop or tablet. Whatever your note taking style, remember all you've learned at your classes by jotting down notes. 

10) Hey wait...where's my badge?: If this isn't your first time attending Imaging USA, you may be wondering why you haven't recieved your badge in the mail yet. That's because badges would NOT be mailed but printed on-site at registration this year! Your Imaging USA badge is essential for entering the classes, expo, parties, and basically everywhere else at the convention. If you lose your badge, there is a reprint fee of $25 for the first reprint and $50 for the second one, so keep an eye on your badge!

And there you have it, the top 10 packing necessities for Imaging USA 2018. This list serves as a jumping off point when considering what to pack, and you should definitely consider your specific needs as well. 

We can't wait to see you in Nashville, and if you haven't already, there's still time to register and meet us there, too!


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The streets of Nashville will be filled with flashes in January as photographers from all over the country flood the city for the largest pro-photography convention, Imaging USA 2018! 

At Imaging USA, you'll meet new people, learn new tricks and take great photos, and we want you to share them all with us! That's right; we want to experience Imaging USA through your eyes.

Many photographers ask, "Can I bring my camera?" Well... duh! Heck, we encourage you to.
 
We want to see it all! From pre-con classes, to opening parties, to the Expo, and even your arrival at the official Imaging USA hotels, the photo opportunities are endless. So, don't be shy! Add your camera to your "must-pack list" and share your time at Imaging USA with the world. No matter how you snap, tweet, or post just use the hashtag #ImagingUSA, to share on our social media sites, and see what others are sharing.

Imaging USA 2018 will be held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, TN, from January 14-16, with Pre-Con classes and activities January 11-13. Register for a full access pass at ImagingUSA.org/Register, or get a FREE Expo-only pass at ImagingUSA.org/FreePass and enter code FB18. And don't forget to download the official Imaging USA mobile app to get up-to-date information about classes, vendors, parties, events, and special announcements.
 
Gather your camera equipment, and show the world the best of Imaging USA 2018 through your eyes!


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By Chris Homer

Copyright in America is on the brink of undergoing historic changes. PPA needs your help to
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 share photographers' stories on Capitol Hill and promote improvements to copyright law that will benefit professional photographers.  

You can help and it's easy! Here's how you can get Congress to understand the need for a Small Claims system for Copyright to positively impact photographer's lives.

Five of you lucky, Imaging-USA-goers will win a 3-day-all-expenses paid trip to Washington, DC. You'll spend one day with PPA, promoting photographers rights' on Capitol Hill and you get two days to spend however you like!

You have two ways to enter at Imaging USA 2018 in Nashville, TN, January 14-16 at the Gaylord Opryland:  

1. Fill out the postcard on your chair in any classroom and drop it off in one of our many handy boxes located throughout Imaging USA, 
2. OR stop by the Social Box outside of the expo and answer a brief series of questions on camera.

That's it! And you'll be entered to win the all-expenses-paid trip to D.C.! Together we can help fix an injustice and finally get real copyright protection! Register now for Imaging USA (if you haven't already!). 


ch_headshot_100x100.jpgAbout the author:
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

If you are considering drone photography as an addition to your business, we've got great news for you! The Drone Zone at Imaging USA 2018 will cover everything you need to know about being a drone photographer.

Did we mention that an EXPO PASS is FREE? Register at ImagingUSA.org/Free-Expo-Pass and enter the promo code TSC2018 at checkout. It's that simple! 

Drones are one of the hottest new photography tools on the market, and it's important to learn how to use them and incorporate them safely, legally, and profitably into your photography business. This year, the Drone Zone will feature daily sessions in the trade show to explore drone photography as a business element, a new photography skill, and FAA training and insurance options to keep you legal and protected!

The Drone Zone will include the following sessions:

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·         To Drone or Not to Drone? Your Questions Answered with Colin Smith

·         Aerial Adventures with Eddie Tapp, M.Photog.MEI.Cr., API

·         FAA 107 Requirements  with Robert  Norwood

Furthermore, Imaging USA 2018 will also feature two pre-con classes where you can learn the technology behind drones, proper aerial photography techniques, how to market drone photography to grow your business, and much more!

This Drone classes include:  

Incorporating Drones into Your Business
January 12, 9am - 5pm
With Stacy Garlington and Randy Braun

DJI Aerial Photography Academy is an intensive one-day class designed to teach valuable secrets to students who wish to create top quality, compelling, marketable aerial photographs using DJI drones. Expert instructors Randy Braun and Stacy Garlington have come from DJI global headquarters to share their expertise in an upbeat day-long classroom presentation. 

Let's Talk Drones
January 13, 9am - 5pm
With Manie Kohn

 Join highly-acclaimed drone pilot Manie Kohn as he discusses the ins and outs of drone photography and how you can ACCELERATE your business in this exciting new industry. Learn how to navigate through the complex drone-licensing landscape and FAA Drone Regulations, while also discovering how you can create extraordinary images. Learn to use many of Manie's own techniques to help you avoid making the cinematic mistakes often made by drone photographers. Explore the fields, the various skill levels, and the overall business of drone photography as Manie shares his experience and craft.

Find out more about Imaging USA classes and speakers on the Imaging USA website. Imaging USA 2018 takes place January 11-16 in Nashville, TN. So if you haven't already, hurry and register today for the full Imaging USA experience.  Or, pick up your FREE EXPO PASS today! 

 

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The Northeast District Photographic Competition of 2018 is now accepting entries! Enter your images now by January 31, 2018 to avoid a late fee! 

Entering your local district competition is one of the best ways to push yourself to be more. You'll learn where you stand--how your photography matches up with your peers. You'll learn about the 12 elements of a merit image, and start incorporating them into your daily photography. You'll learn what it takes to create a merit image, and if you stick with it, work your way up to the Loan Collection.

If you're ready to enter and improve your skills, visit PPA.com/Districts to find out which competition you should enter. From there, you can find the entry deadlines, judging dates, and rules for each District competition. Be sure to read the rules carefully!  

If you're in the Northeast District, enter now! Below is the schedule for the remaining district competitions, which will be accepting entries throughout the winter and early spring of 2018; be sure to mark these dates on your calendar so you're ready when registration opens for your district! 

2018 Judging Dates: March 8-9, 2018
Registration Opens: January 3, 2018
Early Deadline: January 31, 2018 by 5pm ET
Late Deadline (Late Fee Required): February 15, 2018 by 5pm ET

2018 Judging Dates: March 22-23, 2018
Registration Opens: January 24, 2018
Early Deadline: February 14, 2018 by 5pm ET
Late Deadline (Late Fee Required): March 1, 2018 by 5pm ET

2018 Judging Dates: April 5-6, 2018
Registration Opens: January 31, 2018
Early Deadline: February 28, 2018 by 5pm ET
Late Deadline (Late Fee Required): March 15, 2018 by 5pm ET

2018 Judging Dates: April 17-19, 2018
Registration Opens: February 20, 2018
Early Deadline: March 13, 2018 by 5pm ET
Late Deadline (Late Fee Required): March 27, 2018 by 5pm ET

So find your district and start getting your images ready. It's time you take the plunge to improve as a photographer by entering your District Photographic Competition.

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The holiday season is typically fun and relaxing, but also a time when you sit back, evaluate the past year and think of what you might want to do better the coming year. Well, we are now a few days into the New Year - a great time to start working on those New Year's Resolutions you made. So if one of your goals was to improve your photography business, you can start by attending Imaging USA January 14 - 16, in Nashville. Here are 4 resolutions photographers commonly make - and how attending Imaging USA can help you achieve these.

 

Sell More Products/Make More Money

One area many photographers struggle in is selling printed products to their clients. Selling these products can often greatly increase your business' profitability. The PRINT For Success Theater at Imaging USA provides the answers you need to start selling more printed products! At the PRINT For Success Theater, top photographers will share sales advice in nineteen 30-minute sessions over the course of three days, all happening during the trade show. The marketing tips provided in these sessions are sure to get your clients excited about the print movement, and buying printed products in no time. Come by and get the sales advice you've been looking for. It's open to all badged attendees - including Expo Only!

 

Learn a New Photography Skill

Adding a new specialty to your business is a great way to bring in new clients, and at Imaging USA we'll be hosting classes on one of the most popular new specialties - drone photography! Drones are one of the hottest new photography tools on the market, and it's important to learn how to use them and incorporate them safely, legally, and profitably into your photography business. The Drone Zone will feature daily sessions in the trade show to explore drone photography as a business element, a new photography skill, and FAA training and insurance options to keep you legal and protected!

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Find a Mentor/Become a Mentor

It's easy for photographers to feel like they are all on their own when running a photography business. In reality, there's a vast network of professional photographers who are willing to share their knowledge with you and provide support when you need it! Imaging USA is a great opportunity to find a mentor, because you'll be mingling with 10,000 other professional photographers. You may just meet that person with the knowledge to jump start your business - or become someone's photography mentor and create a life-long friendship.

 

 

Enter a Photography Competition

Photographers who have participated in PPA's International Photographic Competition (IPC) commonly mention that the knowledge you gain by entering is one of the best ways to improve your images. At Imaging USA, you can browse the International Photographic Exhibit; it's the largest photographic display out there with over 3,300 photographs featuring the top images from 2017. Come take a look and be inspired to create your own images!

There's also the opportunity to speak with an IPC Mentor about your own images you're thinking about entering in competition and get their advice. Check it out and remove the fear that comes with entering your images in a competition!

 

Now that you've seen how Imaging USA can jump start your resolutions, go to ImagingUSA.org/Register and sign up today. Keep in mind that you can attend the Expo trade show, PRINT For Success Theater, Drone zone, Keynote speech by Ryan Estis, and International Photographic Exhibit with an Expo Only pass... which you can get for free at ImagingUSA.org/FreePass! Just enter code FB18. If you want to attend all of Imaging USA's classes, parties, and events, upgrade to an All-Access pass!

 

See you in Nashville!


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By Chris Homer

Did you know that PPA offers a personalized, online education platform? With PPAedu, you
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 are able to create a program that best fits you and your business needs from an extensive library with hundreds of educational videos.

And it's free! That's right, PPA members can access these videos any time, any day! If you have photographer friends who aren't PPA members but would enjoy this video, you can share this one, because PPAedu unlocks one free video for everyone to view each month. But be sure to hurry and share because non-members will only be able to access this video during January!

If you're looking for ideas on how to boost your studio's business via networking, be sure to check out this month's video! In "6 Ways to Build Your Studio's Business Through Networking", Bruce and Josh Hudson share 6 different strategies you can use when networking to build up your business.

If you are not a member of PPA, you will have access to this video the entire month of January, but consider joining PPA so you can get FREE access to all the videos and much more!


ch_headshot_100x100.jpgAbout the author:
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 Chris Homer

Imaging USA 2018 is just around the corner...three-to-six days of everything photography,
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 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 highlighting our 2018 Imaging USA speakers.

Let's Meet...
Melanie Anderson, Cr.Photog., CPP

"We believe in creating visionary works with a passion for the community while placing family first, developing our craft and educating others." ... the purpose statement for Melanie Anderson's studio and team.

Melanie is a wife to her husband of 20 years, Bill, and a mother to their 4 children, Sarah, Emily, Kayla and Billy - whom she stayed at home with until they were all in school before embarking on a newborn photography business. She has nurtured Anderson Photographs from a home studio into a 3,000 square foot photography studio, specializing in Seniors, Children, Newborns, and Families, located in the Arts & Entertainment District in downtown Hagerstown, MD.

Though Melanie is primarily self-taught, she gladly undertook and overcame the challenge of becoming a Certified Professional Photographer in 2011, and received her Craftsman Degree in 2015. Throughout the process, she continued to run the business as well as mentor for After Dark Education, go on tour with Sandy Puc, and appear on SPTV, in addition to being the Vice President of the Maryland Chapter for PPA, teaching at Southeastern Professional Photographers Association and several State PPA Chapters, and most recently filming several segments for PhotoVision (now also a part of PPA). Melanie stays passionate about one-on-one mentoring and works diligently to provide educational resources to fellow photographers through Anderson Education, which includes webinars, eBooks, videos and workshops.

Her awards and achievements include the following: PPA Photographic Craftsman Degree and Certified Professional Photographer, Maryland Photographer of the Year, Maryland Portrait Photographer of the Year, Fuji Award Winner, 2013 Washington County "Person to Watch", Maryland Achievement Award, and the #1 Photography Studio in Hagerstown Magazine's Hot List in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Speaker Sessions:

Tuesday, January 16

Q&A:

If you could have a theme song, what would it be?  "Let's Get Physical" Haha, just kidding... "Pour Some Sugar on Me" oh geez... ok...  but seriously... "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" by IZ

Most embarrassing moment: When I got so excited on stage and was jumping up and down... I peed my pants. Yup!!! This mom of 4 has zero bladder control... jumping up and down and laughing can cause some issues when there is "liquid" in the bladder. Luckily it was just a bit and I had dark pants on, but I knew... and I didn't know if it was visible till I finished speaking and could check without being obvious.

Melanie Anderson is just one of the many amazing speakers you'll get to meet and learn from at Imaging USA 2018! Register online today!


ch_headshot_100x100.jpgAbout the author:
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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Want to know how some photographers consistently improve their skills? Check out PPA's 500+ video tutorials database: PhotoVision. You can start with the Free Video of the Month, "Creating an Heirloom."

Photographer Parker Pfister creates a beautiful portrait of a mother with her children, and talks viewers through how to tastefully handle non-sensual nudity in photography in order to create symbolically nurturing and organic imagery. Parker demonstrates how to keep children engaged, even when dealing with vintage full-frame film cameras that require absolute stillness. Parker stresses the importance of capturing emotion in his images and how to pose in order to create a sense of connection.

PhotoVision is a ginormous photography-learning library that offers photographers education and solutions through cinematic HD videos from some of the biggest names in the industry. Because we want all photographers to Be More, PPA unlocks one PhotoVision video each month that can be viewed for free by anyone. If you are a member, you have full access to all PhotoVision videos. This is just one of many reasons to join PPA today!

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