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By David Eun

Drones are here and ready to take your photography to new heights - literally! But, we have to be honest with ourselves and realize they are complex, expensive pieces of equipment; it's not a toy (per se). We mention this because PPA wants to ensure all of our drone photographers fully understand the ins-and-outs of drone capabilities and limitations to ensure safety and fun!

So, how do you fly a drone?

PPAedu presents Flying Your Drone, hosted by returning faces Randy Braun and Stacy Garlington! From preflight safety checklists to how to land, the duo overviews every detail in regards to effectively taking phenomenal photos from the skies. Check it out now!

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 David Eun

PPA believes photographers should consistently improve their skills. A superb resource to help you refine your craft is our 500+ video tutorials database: PhotoVision. Check out our Free Video of the Month, "Simplified Location Lighting"!

In this video, Ed Pierce and Lori Nordstrom take a high school senior on a photo shoot that spans three gorgeous outdoor locations. They instruct on both natural and high-speed sync flash lighting, and how to combine them in order to get beautifully lit images. They also discuss how to compose inventive and unique images in common locations.

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. PPA photographers get PhotoVision streaming...absolutely free! And because we want all photographers to Be More, PPA unlocks one PhotoVision video each month so you can share it with your non-member friends. Go ahead, share and show them why they should join PPA today!

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Let's face it: though undeniably important, pricing is not the most exciting part of photography. So if you're struggling with pricing, you're probably not alone... but you can attend tomorrow's free webinar to get some valuable tips that could help a great deal!

Join Andrew Funderburg (photography expert and industry visionary) as he shows you not only how to price profitably, as per the PPA Benchmark Survey, but also how to strategically price your albums and wall art. At the end of this webinar, you'll have a pricing blueprint for sales as well as examples of wall-art designs that really move. 

Oh and it's open to all photographers for free! So don't miss it; register today and tune in tomorrow, October 3, 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 

Professional photography can be a stressful profession. Studios come and go all the time, and no photographer desires to live from paycheck to paycheck. That's why we ensure you have the knowledge you need to run a fulfilling business! 

PPA's free webinar tomorrow - hosted by Bruce Hudson, M.Photog.Cr, and Charles Hudson - delves into photography business strategy. Particularly, the Hudson team will use their 45 years of combined experience to educate viewers on how to effectively identify and market towards key clients as well transform those clients into long-term patrons for your company. 

This webinar is open to ALL photographers, both beginner photographers seeking to become full-timers and also experienced ones desiring to rejuvenate their struggling businesses. The webinar begins tomorrow (9/28) at 2:00 pm ET. Register today and hopefully we'll see you then!

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by David Eun 
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Does your photography business seem to feel stuck in its tracks lately? You have the drive and the willingness to take your company to new heights, but you're unsure of the tangible steps to take to make it happen? Then do we have an announcement for you

PPA is hosting a free webinar tomorrow regarding strategies to drastically expand your business. And with a combined 80-plus years of modern photography business experience, guest speakers Todd Lewis and Charles Lewis, M.Photog.Cr., A-ASP, will be covering a range of topics, including - but not limited to - garnering long-term clients and securing personal free time for rest and relaxation. 

All photographers of any skill level and/or style are welcomed to join. Furthermore, PPA members will be able to replay the talk two weeks after the initial broadcast as many times as humanly possible! The webinar will begin tomorrow (9/26) at 1:00 pm ET, so register today to tune in for all the keen insight our speakers have to offer. Hope to see you there!

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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 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. 


By Bethany Clark

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No matter how great your photography skills are, or how awesome your business is doing, there is always room for growth. So why not learn how to further develop yourself and move your business forward with PPAedu live webinars? They're free for all photographers! 

PPAedu webinars are packed with useful information from industry experts about the most popular topics in the business. From creative techniques that make your photos stand out, to how to run a top-notch photography business, we've got the webinars for you.  

Check out the webinars coming up this month:

September 12, 2017
This class is for all photographers who are passionate about photography, and especially those who regularly search for inspiration. This webinar looks at common attributes of highly-successful, creative people; the keys to generating consistent results; and ways to increase our ability to express ourselves as visual artists. 

September 14, 2017
We all have slow times in our photography business. What can you do to help get your business going again? Are there things you should be doing? Rosh Sillars shares ideas to help you get back on track.

September 21, 2017
Wondering what to buy, what NOT to buy, and what to look out for? This is the webinar for you! Join Manie Kohn to help demystify and declutter the confusing landscape of drone equipment. Manie shares his own personal, valuable insights and actionable, competitive advantages you can immediately use to build (or expand) your business in YOUR local area.

September 26, 2017
This in-depth workshop has been created to show photographers EXACTLY what to do (and what NOT to do) RIGHT NOW to make over $100,000 profit PER YEAR, all from photography, and all without working more than 45 hours a week. Now is your chance to have two photographers with over 80 years of combined experience running modern photography businesses give you their complete blueprints to how to build and run a very successful photography business.

September 28, 2017
What does it take to be successful and create a consistent living in the world of professional photography? Is producing award-winning images enough to put money in your bank account each and every month? Which strategies are the most effective to get you and your studio over the "finish line" that demands respect in your community and earn the money you deserve? Bruce and Josh Hudson have a combined 45 years of experience running a successful photographic studio near Seattle WA. They will be sharing their top 4.5 strategies that will help you build your studio business into a profit-making machine, and give you a consistent paycheck by maximizing your sales.

These webinars are coming up soon, so head on to PPA.com/Webinars to sign up today! (And if you miss a scheduled live session, never fear. All live webinars are included in the PPAedu course library, free for PPA members!)

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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, as a PPA member, you can access these videos any time, any day! If you are not a member, PPAedu also releases a video that's open for everyone to view every month. But be sure to hurry because you'll only be able to access the video for that month!

With sports photography, what happens after the shoot can be just as critical as the images you take. That's why in this month's release, "Sports & Events: Workflow", Jeff Gump shares the workflow secrets that are sure to score points, each and every time! 

Non-members will have access to this video the entire month of September, but if you would like to get FREE access to all the 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 Chris Homer

One of the best ways to enhance your skills as a photographer is by viewing the more than 500 video tutorials available on PhotoVisionVideo.com from top photographers in the business. Don't believe it? Check out the newest video titled "Do Not Compare Yourself" with Sue Bryce!

In this video, Sue shares her experience as a public figure and offers advice for facing criticism in a constructive manner. She offers steps for building an audience and reputation while suggesting that the photographer's focus should be on the service provided rather than the validation received.

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!


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 Trent Schick

With aerial photography becoming more popular and accessible, it's creating a whole new platform for creativity and style in photography. But it's not all smooth sailing. Photos are being taken in this new element and it's important you know how to make those images look their best.

Join Colin Smith (Founder, PhotoshopCAFE.com) as he shows you how to process your aerial photographs in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. Aerial photos have some very unique characteristics that are different than the other photographs you have taken. Discover how to keep your photographs looking natural, but also bend a few rules to bring out the very best in each image. Colin's aerial panoramas stop people in their tracks because they are so vast and unique. Learn exactly how he makes these panoramas.

This is a great webinar to sharpen your skills and earn your wings in aerial photography. It's free and open to all, so register today and tune in tomorrow, June 13, 2017, at 2pm ET.

Oh and if you're a member of PPA, 2 weeks after the initial broadcast, you'll 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 Trent Schick

Wouldn't it be great to have a learning program that's personalized to fit you and your business needs? Well, good news, because PPAedu does exactly that and more by providing you with all the educational tools you need to succeed as a photographer and business. All of this is accessible through your fingertips at any time.

PPAedu has created a great assessment tool that sets up your own personal plan of education. You will answer a series of business and photography-centered questions that will first determine your skill level to start. Then, based on your answers, PPAedu will pull online courses from its library to build your customized education plan. You will be able to hone your business and photography skills at your own pace and on your own time.

You also get 24/7 access to over 350 HD tutorial videos designed to educate you on all things photography and business. With new videos added every month, you are sure to find a video that fits you.


PPAedu is FREE to all members, and is just one of the many great resources that come with being a member. It's a learning opportunity that's too great to turn down.

Visit our website to learn more about PPAedu and see how you can start your education plan to make you and your business more successful! 

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By Chris Homer

Social media can be an incredible way to market your photography business and increase your income. Here's the thing, though: there's a ton of it out there, some of it is confusing, and finding time to fit it into an already busy life can seem impossible.

If social media marketing makes your head spin, don't fret! PPA is here to help. Tomorrow's free PPAedu webinar will teach you the basics of social media, including:

  • Social media platforms - how to pick which ones you want to use
  • Best practices - what approach is going to help you grow and engage your audience
  • Life hacks - the best tools and techniques for creating great social media content and getting it out there
  • Advertising on social - Helpful ways to use paid advertising in a way that doesn't feel like advertising

If you want to up the power of your social media marketing, don't miss this webinar! It's free and open to all, so register today and tune in tomorrow, June 13, 2017, at 2pm ET.

Oh and if you're a member of PPA, 2 weeks after the initial broadcast, you'll be able to replay this and any PPA webinar as many times as you wish! Block your calendar and... enjoy!


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

One of the best ways to enhance your skills as a photographer is by viewing the more than 500 video tutorials available on PhotoVisionVideo.com from top photographers in the business. Don't believe it? Check out the newest video titled "Printing in House" by Sue Bryce.

In this video, Sue Bryce shares the benefits of printing your work in-house. She explains how to achieve a lab quality image by selecting the correct printer, paper options, and printing profiles. Additionally, she mentions how printing your own work significantly changes the way you value and sell your work, and the reward of watching an image you created come to life.

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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by James Yates
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Are you flying by the seat of your pants when it comes to your business? Do you set goals and keep track of them? Do you forecast yearly? 

Most photographers don't. If you're in the volume business, specifically youth sports, let Jeff Gump, Cr.Photog., help you get on the track. Without goals and accountability you will never succeed. Take an hour out of your week and sit in on this must-see program.
 
This webinar is FREE and open to both PPA members and non-members alike, so register now and tune in tomorrow, June 22, 2017, at 2:00 pm ET!


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by Trent Schick

The IPC is PPA's annual photographic competition that allows photographers to test their skills, and get advice on how to improve quality, impact and technique through constructive competition and critiques from qualified jurors. Participating in PPA's photographic competitions gives you the opportunity to:

  • Improve upon your finest work 
  • Earn recognition and admiration from your peers
  • Engage with the passionate and supportive photographic competition community
  • And improve your business!

If you think you're up for the challenge, you'll also choose to have your images critiqued, and will receive a recording from a judge with feedback on each image you've entered in the competition, explaining to you how each photo stacks up against the 12 elements of a winning image, and what you could have done better if it fell a little short. So come on and enter your images to be critiqued by official jurors at this year's competition. Recorded critiques are a fantastic way to learn, specifically, how you can take your images to the next level.

To give you an idea of the types of things you can learn from a critique at IPC, check out this one from last year's competition. This is "Hope" by Edith Itzcovici-Levy, critiqued by Gabriel Alonso M.Photog.Cr., CPP.


The judging for the International Photographic Competition will be held July 30-August 2, 2017 and you will be able to watch it all at no cost via PPA's live online streaming of the IPC! Early registration opens May 22, 2017-June 20, 2017 by 5 pm ET. Entries submitted on or after June 20 at 5 pm ET will be accepted with a late fee through July 6, 2017. Note that no entries will be accepted after July 6, 2017 by 5 pm ET.

This year's IPC has some new rules. Be sure to check them out and enter your images early to beat the crowds and save some money!

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by Trent Schick

PPAedu, another one of PPA's great education platforms, is filled with many resources that can help strengthen and further your knowledge as a photographer and/or small business owner. It's available to all members, with over 300 HD videos that are designed to improve both your photography and business skills. 

PPA members can access any of these instructional videos 24/7, but each month one video is unlocked so that non-members can learn from it as well! Be sure to check out PPAedu this month to see the video before it's gone, or better yet become a member and view it anytime you want! 

This month's free-access video is "Creative Vision: Telling the Story", with instructor Jen Hillenga, M.Photog.Cr. Learn from Jen how you can better know and understand your clients. She will teach you how to utilize that information and create pictures that can beautifully tell a story about your clients. After all, photography is all about trying to capture emotion into a picture that tells a perfect story!

Non-members will have access to this video the entire month of June, and PPA members can access this video anytime. Between PPAedu and PhotoVision, photographers who have a PPA membership can tap into hundreds of programs to help them Be More! For full access to all the PPAedu and PhotoVision videos, join PPA today!
 
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by Trent Schick

If fine art photography is something you have a passion for or are interested in doing, then this webinar is for you!

Join the acclaimed photographer/artist Thomas Dodd as he delves into all the important business facets of being successful in fine art photography. He will talk about the significance of influences and intentions, how to market yourself online and off, how to find, approach, and work with galleries, and much more you can learn about through his one hour presentation.

This webinar is FREE and open to both PPA members and non-members alike, so register now and tune in tomorrow, May 25, 2017, at 2:00 pm ET!

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Super 1 Day is here!!! Well, it's May 8-22, 2017 but your friends at PPA are already deep into planning the next and subsequent rounds of day-long photography workshops....and we need your help. PPA needs your images! 

We'd love to have images of the class-- the various locations, the hands-on experience, and the camaraderie between you photographers would be a great way to showcase Super 1 Day to those who have never participated before, those who are on the fence, and for those interested in teaching or taking a class in the future. 

Please take and send along to us any images you feel comfortable sharing. We're looking for photos that depict your class, your craft, and your creativity for Super 1 Day! These images would potentially be used to help promote and advertise for future Super 1 Days, so please be sure to submit images that you would be comfortable having appear on social media.

You can send your photo files to PPA's Education Coordinator at Lbradley@ppa.com. 

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PPAedu has an extensive library filled with hundreds of educational videos on the topics that interest you. Aside from being entertaining, these videos are packed with loads of information to help you brush up on, or learn more about photography.

The only way to access these helpful videos is through your PPA membership. As a PPA member you can access these videos anywhere, anytime. If you're not a member, stay tuned every month when PPAedu releases a video that's open for everyone to access! Be sure to hurry because you'll only be able to access the video for that month!

This month's release is "The Wedding Consultation" with Carrie Wildes. A client relationship is a two-way street, and in this class, you'll learn how to handle any potholes or roadblocks that might arise. Instructor Carrie Wildes tells you, step by step, how to conduct an effective, professional wedding consultation so that you and the client can know if it's a good fit and thereby build a good relationship.

Non-members will have access to this video the entire month of April, and PPA members can access this video anytime. Between PPAedu and PhotoVision, photographers who have a PPA membership can tap into hundreds of programs to help them Be More! For full access to all the PPAedu and PhotoVision videos, join PPA today!

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