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By Chris Homer

If you are a photographer, PhotoVision is a great way to elevate your skills by using the more than 500 video tutorials available from some of the top photographers in the business. Better yet, PhotoVision is included for FREE with your PPA membership! Head over to PhotoVisionVideo.com to begin streaming classes.

And if it's been a minute since you've checked in with PhotoVision, be sure to come back and watch these new videos! The new releases include Sue Bryce and Anne Geddes, who are contributing to PhotoVision's new 'Year of Inspiration' series.

Sue Bryce inspires a return to simplicity. She recalls starting out in the photography business, working in an established studio with lots of props, lights and equipment, and how she transitioned to a simpler style that has now become her signature look. A true artist, Sue shares the how and why for this simplified lighting choice.

One of the most fascinating elements of an artist is learning how their mind creates and works before they ever pick up the camera. In this video, world-renowned photographer and story-teller Anne Geddes shares her creative process and gives a glimpse into her own inspiration. In addition to her aesthetic, Anne speaks about the journeys she's faced throughout her career and the lifetime of stories she has amassed along the way. She discusses how much research and hard work went into each of the six books she has created, while also giving an inside look of her newest work, Small World.

In this episode, Amy Doerring photographs three young sisters having a tea party. She demonstrates how to look for and capture the small moments that define a subject's personality. Amy shows how forgoing stiff posing and letting little kids just play, can lead to more expressive emotions. The kids also bring out a pet frog to play with while Amy photographs "slice of life" images.

To be a successful photographer, you must have a firm understanding of sales, pricing, and the products of your business. In this video, Sue Bryce shares her own philosophies and the tried-and-true sales techniques she has learned over the years, including her two favorite products to sell to her clients. Additionally, Sue explains the psychology behind the placement of your middle package to achieve your desired average sale while still keeping your price list simple and clean to improve your overall sales.

Visit PhotoVisionVideo.com today to access all of these classes! 

If you're not a PPA member, join today and watch all the PhotoVision and PPAedu photography tutorials, whenever you want, wherever you want! You could tap into more than 1,000 videos to take your photography to the next level! You have nothing to lose; try 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 Chris Homer

PhotoVision has everything you're looking for and more! This great resource provides an all-access, behind-the-scenes look at the techniques used by some of the biggest-named
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 professionals in the world of photography. These videos cover a wide range of best practices to inspire every element of your business. The best part about PhotoVision is that it's free to PPA members!

Read all about the latest PhotoVision videos below, including new videos from Anne Geddes and Sue Bryce that continue PhotoVision's "Year of Inspiration" series.

Sue Bryce inspires a return to simplicity. She recalls starting out in the photography business, working in an established studio with lots of props, lights and equipment, and how she transitioned to a simpler style that has now become her signature look. A true artist, Sue shares the how and why for this simplified lighting choice.

Anne is truly inspiring as she shares her take on being an artist, truly owning your work and imbuing it with a sense of importance. She disputes the idea that "everyone's a photographer" and encourages you to see past such a simplified concept so that you are inspired to, in her words, "rise above that vacuous imagery and create a timeless piece." She passionately relates her thoughts on PRINT. The Movement, the significance of printing in photography and the role it plays in valuing your imagery and yourself as an artist. To learn more about PRINT. The Movement, visit http://printmovement.org/.

Andy Marcus photographs a wedding couple in a beautiful European-style memorial garden and then takes them to the waterfront to capture their images against the Jersey skyline. Andy and his assistants demonstrate how to utilize silhouettes and leading lines to create stunning abstract images that will sell. Learn how he uses blurred foreground to create frames within a frame that help give images an artistic flair.

There you have it! If you're a PPA member, these videos are available on PhotoVision for you now. If you're not a member, join PPA today and get access to these videos and over 800 more, included with your membership! 


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 Bethany Clark

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While many people enjoy flying drones for personal use, when it comes to flying for commercial photography purposes, you've got to really dot your i's and cross your t's to make sure you start off (and stay) on the right foot. 2016 has been an exciting year in the world of commercial drone use, what with the new FAA regulations, the steps to becoming a small drone pilot, and lots of buzz about new equipment, and with all of that going on, PPA is committed to providing you with the most up-to-date information and resources, so that adding a drone component to your business is as seamless - and profitable - as possible.

If you plan to add a drone to your photography business, you'll definitely want to bookmark the PPAedu drone track, which, like all of the other topics and tutorials packed into the PPAedu library, that help you sharpen your photography techniques, marketing strategies, sales techniques, and business operations, is free for PPA members to access at any time, 24/7.

Check out some of the topics available already, taught by Randy Braun, Director of Product Experience with DJI, and Stacy Garlington, Product Specialist with DJI:

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Randy and Stacy cover the basics of drones, from guidelines to etiquette to how to incorporate drones to leverage your photography business.

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Randy and Stacy respond to the most frequently asked questions about drone photography. Now is the time to become involved, as this new technology will soon have you soaring above the competition in your marketplace.

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Buying a drone? Watch the video and learn which features you should be looking for when buying your first drone and how to choose a drone that fits your needs. Key features to look for: price, camera, lens quality, and much more.

Instructors: Randy Braun, Stacy Garlington
So you want to fly a drone? First learn the safety, rules, and proper flying etiquette before you take flight. Randy and Stacy will discuss the basic safety procedures that go into flying a drone, as well as the FAA flight rules and regulations. 

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Randy and Stacy give a brief overview of the DJI drone hardware components, as well as give a quick tour of the DJI Go App.

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Curious about what goes into flying a drone? Watch this episode as Stacy shows you a basic overview of flying a drone from the pre-flight checklist to take-off and landing, as well as basic drone flight terminology. 

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Join Randy and Stacy as they discuss the added value drones can generate to your photography business. Learn how to broaden your client base and expand your line of services. 

If you're a member of PPA, just log in to watch PPAedu at any time. If you're not a member yet, you can experience one PPAedu video a month at PPA.com/TryEdu, and if that's not enough, join PPA today for full access to all the PPAedu videos! (When you join, you'll also benefit from the dedicated drone community on theLoop! Join today!) 

And if you want an up-close and in-person experience with a drone, be sure to attend Imaging USA 2017! There will be a range of drone classes and exhibitors ready and willing to talk to you about all things drone. So what are you waiting for? Register today

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By Chris Homer

Each month, one PPAedu video is unlocked for everyone to enjoy, because PPA believes in
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 the power of education for all photographers (it's normally reserved only for members)! The PPAedu online library has a lot to help you sharpen your photography techniques, marketing strategies, sales techniques and business operations. These tutorials and educational videos are available 24/7 to PPA members. 

Between PPAedu and PhotoVision, as a PPA member, you can tap into hundreds of programs to help you Be More! If you haven't checked out PhotoVision, take a look; there's a new website with a slew of new episodes!

During October, the video "Success Secrets of a Six Figure Studio" with Allison Tyler Jones, CPP has been unlocked! Who wouldn't want to earn six figures from their photography? Here's a hint - you can't do it by only selling digital files! Watch the video and learn which products that use actual printed photos have been successful for Allison's business and what helped her grow into a six figure studio. You'll also learn her in-person sales strategies to help you sell more to your clients! 

After you've checked out the video, why not check out PRINT. The Movement as well? This is PPA's campaign to encourage sales of printed images and products! Visit http://PRINTmovement.org and find out how you can get involved, as well as some resources to help you educate your clients on the importance of getting professional prints of their photos! 

If you're a member of PPA, just log in to watch the video anytime. And bookmark the page to get some more learning on, as you have open access to all of PPA's online education. Non-members will have access to this video this month only at PPA.com/TryEdu. For full access to all the PPAedu and PhotoVision videos, join PPA 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 Bethany Clark

Each month, one PPAedu video is unlocked for everyone to enjoy, because we believe in spreading the wealth of education that PPA members have at their fingertips! The PPAedu library is full of tools to help you sharpen your photography techniques, marketing strategies, sales techniques, and business operations. These tutorials and educational videos are available 24/7 at no cost, as a benefit to PPA members. Between PPAedu and PhotoVision, you can tap into close to a thousand programs to help you Be More! If you haven't checked out PhotoVision, take a look. There's a new website with a slew of new episodes!

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For the month of July, the full video "Inspiration: Emphasizing the Creative Process" with PPA Instructor Joel Grimes Cr.Photog. has been unlocked. In this video, Joel first takes you down an interesting path, discussing how art and artists are often defined. Rather than focusing on terms like "genius" and "brilliant," Joel emphasizes the hard work, motivation and passion that go into creating something worthwhile. Examine and explore the many ways an artist can express ideas, so that your work truly is a manifestation of you. You'll also discuss the concept of the final product - how what you produce is ultimately subject to someone else's opinion and expectation, and how beauty is truly in the eyes of the beholder. After all, perception really is reality.

If you already belong to PPA, just log in anytime to watch the video. This video is unlocked for non-members, this month only, at PPA.com/TryEdu. For full access to PPAedu and PhotoVision programs, join PPA today!


Bethany Clark manages all things social media for PPA. When she's not living on the internet, she loves writing, sewing, travel, yoga, and of course photography.

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By Chris Homer

With so many helpful videos to choose from, why wouldn't anyone want to be a part of PhotoVision? PhotoVision is a photography learning website that provides 24/7 online photography tutorials. The PhotoVision series provides a range of educational information from some of the biggest names in the professional photography industry. From helpful tips to processes that photographers can use when considering every element of their business, these videos have it all. They range from helpful information in green screen techniques to constructing a social media and digital marketing plan and so much more. The best news? PhotoVision is available at no cost to PPA members!

Need some convincing on why to join PPA? Consider subscribing separately to PhotoVision! Every month, PhotoVision unlocks a FREE video available for everyone to stream. We're so sure you'll love it and gain insight from it that you'll want to come back for many, many more.

This month's free video:

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Featuring The Boudoir Divas 


This video begins with the Boudoir Divas creating a series of head and full length boudoir images while using a unique constant which mimics a glamorous runway. Watch as the Boudoir Divas use Photoshop to put the finishing touches on the final images.

Check out PhotoVision today! Just one more way PPA is helping you Be More Educated!


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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