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By Chris Homer

As we head into the weekend, take a minute to enjoy our favorite photography blog posts
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PHOTOGRAPHY BUSINESS TIPS: Whether you've been in the professional photography business for a while or are brand new, this post from PetaPixel provides useful business advice. In it, several photographers are interviewed about changes in the photography industry that have impacted their business and how they have adapted!

COMPOSITE PHOTOGRAPHY: With Halloween right around the corner, you may be looking for some inspiration for photos. This video from PhotoForge demonstrates how you can create some unique Halloween composites in Photoshop. 

LARGE FORMAT CAMERAS/TUTORIAL: In this video, photographer Irene Rudnyk demonstrates how she set up a portrait shoot using large format cameras. If you're interested in using this type of camera, check it out! You'll pick up some good tips to get you ready. 

PHOTOGRAPHY TECHNOLOGY: This Fstoppers post poses the question, with all the advances in camera technology, is it still you taking the picture or are you just carrying around a computer that takes the picture for you? Take a look and see what you think of the points made in the post. 

DRONE PHOTOGRAPHY: A drone recently struck a passenger plane in Canada, while the owner was flying illegally in a no-fly zone. Read the news on PetaPixel. This is just another reminder of the importance of understanding and following all regulations when using a drone for photography! Check out PPA's Drone Knowledge Center to learn more about flying your drone safely and legally. 
By Bethany Clark

Imaging USA 2018 is only 84 days away! (Time is flying!) Be sure to download the new Imaging USA mobile app today (it's free!) so you can start building your own program and be more prepared for all the good stuff coming your way in Nashville. It's the best way to be connected with all the latest news and updates while you're there! 

With the Imaging USA app, you'll be able to:

  • View and favorite all the details on classes, sessions, speakers, special events and even the exhibitors at the Imaging Expo
  • Build your own schedule by simply adding the sessions or events you want to your agenda
  • Message and arrange private meetings with other attendees (even if you have all their contact info: the app will connect you!)
  • See what other attendees are saying on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram (and add to the conversation!)
  • Give feedback and help make this a better conference by taking the in-app session surveys after each class
  • Use the maps to find your way around the convention center and throughout the Imaging Expo
  • And more!

If you're going to Imaging USA, this app will be your best friend during the convention. It's available now for iPhone, Android, and iPad devices and there's also a web version for those of you that don't own an Apple or Android phone or tablet. 

Find all the information on how to download for your device here. And stay tuned to PPA's blog or Imaging USA's Facebook page for videos demonstrating how to use the different features of the app.
Of course, if you haven't registered for Imaging USA yet, do it today! Find all the different options on the registration page.

See you in Nashville!  

By Chris Homer

In-Person sales can be a huge boost to your photography business if done correctly,
 especially when you're aware of the most common pitfalls and how to avoid them.

Check out "3 In-Person Sales Mistakes You Don't Have to Make" on PPMag.com to learn some common mistakes photographers make when doing in-person sales. 

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.


by Mayo Lawal

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When was the last time you were on theLoop? If you are trying to remember, you should probably head over to see what everyone's buzzing about.

As an exclusive PPA member-only forum, theLoop is a great place for photographers to connect with each other, share information/advice, get image feedback, and overall - a place to go if you need help. This is one of the many great reasons to join PPA today!

Lots of great discussions have been happening, so here are a few of the top posts from the first half of October.

Watermark Complaint

This Looper wants to know if there's anything wrong with putting your logo or watermark on a purchased image. Apparently, a customer expressed his displeasure with the photographer's logo being on the images he paid for.  Even if you don't have an opinion on this, you have got to check out the interesting and insightful feedback from fellow photographers so far!

Finding Headshot Clients

Who would you contact to find out if a company needs headshots of their staff? This Looper is asking if the Human Resources or PR departments are appropriate contacts for this cause. What do you think?

The Trick No One Tells You to Get Through Airport Security with Your Gear - Fast!

If you are thinking of travelling with your gear anytime soon, this Looper has some tips for you based on personal experience - and coming from someone who flew over 50 hours through 8 airports in 6 countries on 3 different continents, you may not want to ignore this one!

Website Company

This Looper wants to change their website, but isn't sure what website company to go with. Do you know any? If not, you can certainly find some in the responses given so far.

Celebrity Protocol

Have you photographed a celebrity before? If so, this Looper is wondering if accepting a "trade" to use her images,with due credit, on their website and social media with thousands of followers, instead of payment is a great idea. Is it?

And there you have 'em, the top posts from theLoop! Check them out, provide some feedback, and perhaps even learn something new! Be sure to visit theLoop frequently as new discussions are posted daily.

Imaging USA 2018 will be here before you know it...three-to-six days of the best in photography learning, networking 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 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...
Hajj Flemings

Hajj is a leading brand strategist; speaker and tech entrepreneur that travels nationally inspiring people and brands to build, launch and grow their ideas.

In 2011, Hajj was one of eight entrepreneurs selected for the CNN's Black in America 4: The New Promised Land Silicon Valley documentary with Soledad O'brien.  It was during the filming of that documentary that he was exposed to the term meritocracy and how the lack of access in the technology space was creating a permanent underclass in communities of color which literally changed the course of his life.  

Hajj founded Brand Camp University an educational platform that is preparing people for the future of work and produces the Brand Camp Summit a national gathering of thought leaders around technology, design and innovation. As an inaugural winner of the Knight Cities Challenge, Hajj founded Rebrand Detroit, a civic design and brand project.  It is a multi-disciplinary collaboration with the residents, community stakeholders, and local government to innovate neighbors nationwide which we are piloting in Detroit. 

His client list includes: Walt Disney, Pitney Bowes, Pfizer, the Detroit Lions, the U.S. Department of Defense, Iowa State University, University of Michigan - Ross School of Business, Davidson College, University of Detroit and more.  He has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, TechCrunch, Mashable and CNN Tech Money on the subject of startups, digital technology and branding.

Speaker Sessions:
Sunday, January 14

Hajj Flemings 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! 

Imaging USA 2018 will be here before you know it...three-to-six days of the best in photography learning, networking 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 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...
Michael Anthony
Twitter: manthonyphoto
Michael Anthony is a wedding and portrait photographer in the Los Angeles, California market. Alongside his wife, Jennifer, he owns and operates Michael Anthony Studios, a photography studio that consists of 4 brands -- Michael Anthony Photography, Studio 23 Photography, Marilyn Lou Boudoir, and SoCal Headshots. His studio photographs over 100 weddings, as well as over 300 portrait sessions per year. Despite all his client bookings, Michael is still able to stay involved in PPA as a member and a Super 1 Day Instructor. He is also active in WPPI, and feels strongly about sharing his expertise and experience with others. A master multi-tasker, Michael shows you how you can do it all!
Speaker Sessions:
Sunday, January 14
Michael Anthony 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! 


by Mayo Lawal

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Temperatures are finally cooling and the leaves are changing! It's about time, right? So grab your tablet, sit outside and enjoy the weather with our top blog posts from around the web this week.

The New Small Claims Bill is Finally Here! It's Time to Support It

COPYRIGHT: The moment we have all been waiting for is finally here! Two representatives have introduced the bill that will make it so much easier to protect your work and recover damages if your work is infringed upon! Learn more on PPA Today, and find out why you need to urge your representatives to co-sponsor it today!


An In-Person Sales Road Map For Photographers

SALES: Photographer Julia Kelleher decided to ditch a digital-only model for in-person sales. Find out how this helped her more than triple her average sales and build the upscale, boutique-style studio she always wanted, on ppmag.com.


[VIDEO] Pricing, Marketing & Social Best Practices for Photographers!

PHOTOVISION: PhotoVision offers a unique, unprecedented photography education experience. This article gives you an overview of new PhotoVision videos you can't afford to miss!


Tips for Lighting Bald Subjects:

PORTRAITURE: Trying to get rid of the head glare on your bald subject in Photoshop is not exactly an easy task. But according to the author of this article, you won't have to stress if you use these lighting tips.


5 Simple Hacks for More Creative Images:

CREATIVITY: Those creative ideas that seem nearly impossible might just be a lot easier to accomplish than you think. The author of this article on FStoppers shares some creative hacks that could help you push your limits even further.


Why You Should Consider Adding A Drone To Your Gear:

DRONE: You've thought of adding a drone to your gear but you're not sure if it's worth it, or if it's the right time. Well, the more you read, the more you know! Check out this article on DPreview which discusses the benefits of having a drone.  

The Trick to Making Your Photos Fine Art

FINE ART: Fine art photography can be pretty amazing but requires a lot of patience. This article on Photographytalk gives some invaluable tips on how to achieve perfection when making your photos into fine art.


The Iconic Saturday Night Live Bumper Photos:

ICONIC PHOTOS: If you watch Saturday Night Live, you've probably more than noticed the iconic celebrity portraits that welcome you back after a commercial break. Did you know that the photos have been an integral part of the show for over 40 years? Find out the story behind them in this article on CNN.


The Benefits of Shooting Backplates:

BACKPLATES: In recent times, more and more photographers have added backplate shoots as part of their routine during photo shoot sessions. This article on FStoppers explains why this is a great habit to cultivate as a photographer.


How Technology Has Changed Photojournalism Over The Last 40 Years:

THEN VS. NOW: This interesting interview with Jim Wilson, who has been a New York Times staff photographer since 1980, takes us down memory lane as he explains how technology has changed photojournalism over the years.  

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.


By Bethany Clark

Consumers want to play it safe. However, playing it safe may not be so safe. Most consumers aren't aware of the impermanence of digital files, which aren't archival, are subject to becoming unreadable due to evolving technology, and eventually become corrupt. Furthermore, simply delivering a set of digital files leaves the artistic process unfinished and prevents the photographer from offering a full-service experience.

For these reasons and more, Kelleher switched to in-person sales early on. Almost immediately, the change resulted in her sales average growing from $350 to $1,800. Perhaps more importantly, it allowed her to build the upscale, boutique-style studio she wanted.

Read her 8 tried and true steps to mastering in-person sales in "An In-Person Sales Road Map for Photographers", in Professional Photographer magazine. 

Introducing our new Guest Blogger column! PPA Today will now publish a weekly story by an Imaging USA attendee, sharing their experience and giving you some pointers. To kick things off, we're republishing this piece by Mariah Ashley 

**originally published February 11, 2015; 

This is one of my all-time favorite quotes: "Such a pleasant thought, if you improve overall conditions everyone can sail happily into the sunset".

It's an idea I try to set my moral compass to and a philosophy I practice in my business. When I recognize this quality in others I want to latch onto them because lately it seems most people practice the "every man for himself" motto and would sooner see you walk the plank than steer your own ship.

...except at Imaging USA. There, everyone is raising the tide. Unfortunately, it's not possible to latch onto 11,000 people, not even if you're a Kraken (mythical sea beast with many arms). Still, I wish I could give every special person I talked to a big old slimy tentacle hug. I guess I'll have to settle for squeezing them with my words instead.

But before things get awkward, let's consider ships.

If your business were a ship what kind of vessel would it be?

A cruise ship, big and solid chugging along smoothly?

A classy vintage sailboat effortlessly shuttling beautiful people from one sundrenched Mediterranean island to the next?

A hardworking lobster boat, a little messy and a little stinky and filled with salty characters?

A leaky little rowboat adrift in a sea of questions looking for a safe harbor? (Me too).

I met people at Imaging who were sailing and bailing all of these kinds of ships. PPA is the 
tide rising under us all. I'm so proud to know such a positive, cheery, and enthusiastic crew. Team PPA, easily identified by their bright orange shirts; registering, directing, tweeting, photographing, interviewing, organizing, and helping in a million other ways all the guests on the big festive Imaging USA party boat.

A particularly perceptive PPA team member asked me how my first Imaging differed from my current experience. It's funny thinking back to that convention just three years ago. I didn't know anyone at all. I felt like the new kid in school, the lame-o at the lunch table all alone. What a difference a few years can make.

Imaging feels like a family reunion now. It's not because I am so outgoing and that I easily made friends. I'm actually more like a nervous weirdo. But you'd have to be a Kraken (misunderstood mythical sea creature) not to make friends at Imaging. Team PPA is so open, so encouraging, so willing to go the extra mile, and so darn nice. Making friends with the crew that first year is what kept us on course. Plus, it's nice to know we have a place at the cool kids table. If you didn't get a chance to acquaint yourself with Team PPA this year make it your mission to do it at the next Imaging, join the reunion!

Another difference--the first time I went to Imaging I didn't speak to other photographers (nervous weirdo, remember?). Two years later I found myself chatting it up left and right. Talking with random attendees from all over the country renewed my faith in our industry. Photographers are good people, people! Not only are they creative and interesting but they are curious and kind as well. They want to know where you are from, what you shoot and how you are doing.

They are quick with encouragement and insight. They want to share how they got their photograph in the Loan Collection, where they found the perfect album, and where the shortest lines for coffee are in the morning. I'm so glad I came out of my shell and took the time to chat with fellow photographers. We photographers can be solitary creatures 360 days a year, why not be more social the other five? If it was your first Imaging and you felt a little hermit crab-ish, then shed that shell at Imaging USA 2016.

The first and second time I went to Imaging I sat in the audience of many lectures listening to the great advice of the speakers. This time I had the perspective of being behind the podium looking out at the crowd and you know what I discovered? Of all the people at Imaging the speakers are the most selfish! We get the most out of it. Knowing that your message is reaching and helping people is like crack (not Kraken, that's an ominous sea creature).

Honestly my sails have never felt quite so full. I felt I had a small part in the tide rising and was so proud to see it release some of my beached buddies. I've been in that leaky row boat too, though I've recently graduated to a semi stable canoe. I want to share my canoe with others now, but not so many that I tip (just kidding). I want to see all of the hard working passionate people I met succeed. You deserve it!

Lady I talked to next to the post-it note clad Imaging USA Idea Wall, tying for her CPP: I hope you passed and got your certification!

Girl that borrowed money for the convention pass and slept in her car because she couldn't afford a hotel but knew Imaging would give her the answers she needed: I hope you got them!

Tall dude who told me he felt he had been given permission to express his true personality: Be you! Be tall and let that big personality shine through in your business!

Lady who told me she had decided to quit photography on Friday but felt inspired now to keep trying: Don't give up! I know you can do it!

Isn't it comforting to know that we are all in the same leaky boat? We have the ability to throw each other a life line. Toss it when you can! Imaging USA has done that for us over and over again. If it did for you too, make it your pleasure and your addiction to return the favor.

I cannot imagine what Imaging USA 2016 in Atlanta will bring, but one thing's for sure, the tide is already a lot higher, let's keep it rising all year.

About the author:
Mariah Ashley is co-owner of Snap! Photography in Rhode Island. She is blonde, loves to bake fruit pies, wears flip flops way past the summer season, should have been born in the 50s, paints and writes when the mood strikes her, is mother to Jacques and Vianne, vacations on Block Island, is vegan, never has proper or stylish outerwear, fears frogs and toads but loves turtles, has really skinny legs, personal Style- Bohemian Chic, wants to own a VW van,  grew up on a cranberry farm and is happiest when snorkeling is happiest when sipping a rum punch under a palm tree.

By Chris Homer

Whether you are a pro or new to the industry, you have an easy way to enhance your skills
 thanks to PhotoVision videos! These HD videos give you a behind-the-scenes look at the techniques used by well-known photographers. Don't believe it? Check out the latest videos from Sue Bryce and Beth Forester!

Sue Bryce

Understanding how to build a price list is just as important as learning the technical side of photography. In this video, Sue Bryce goes over the evolution of pricing and the lessons she has learned over the years as a professional photographer. You'll learn how she develop her price lists and how you too can reflect your confidence and value as an artist while  reaching your desired average sales. You will get an insider's take on Sue Bryce's thoughts on sustainability and how to to make your upscale packages more appealing to your clients.

Sue Bryce

Keeping it real: Sue Bryce shares in this PhotoVision episode how she once struggled with public speaking and her personal appearance and how she overcame these challenges to become a leader in her community and community of photographers around the world. You'll get her insights as she explains the importance of recognizing your power and your strengths, and how, once you've harvested that awareness, this will boost your confidence and help you find your voice.

Beth Forester

Beth shares with you how she has created an upscale boutique studio in a town with a population of just 3,000. You'll learn why marketing to high school seniors should be thought as marketing to two distinct demographics at once, and how your business can benefit from it. She'll take you on a deep dive about how effective promotional calls to existing clients can be and show you how she books new sessions nearly 4 out of every 5 times!

PhotoVision is included with your PPA membership. That alone represents savings of $199/year! So, what are you waiting for? Head over to PhotoVisionVideo.com and begin streaming classes today... for FREE! If you're not a member of PPA, consider joining 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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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!

By Sidra Safri

Under 14 CFR §99.7 entitled "Special Security Instructions", the FAA has the ability to issue additional drone restrictions based on the recommendations of other governmental agencies. 

On September 28th, the FAA issued a new set of restrictions at the request of the Department of Interior (DOI). The FAA and the DOI have decided to restrict drone flights up to 400 feet of the lateral legal boundaries of the following sites: 

  • Boston National Historical Park, Boston, MA
  • Folsom Dam,Folsom, CA
  • Glen Canyon Dam, Lake Powell, AZ
  • Grand Coulee Dam, Grand Coulee, WA
  • Hoover Dam, Boulder City, NV
  • Independence National Historical Park, Philadelphia, PA
  • Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, St. Louis, MO
  • Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Keystone, SD
  • Shasta Dam, Shasta Lake, CA
  • Statue of Liberty National Monument, New York, NY

'Lateral legal boundary' means that no drones will be allowed to fly within 400 feet of the official boundaries of the site. 

These restrictions will go into effect starting October 5th. For more precise guidelines and more information, visit the B4U fly app

These new rules are important to keep in mind (and to share with fellow drone pilots and drone photographers!) as those who violate FAA restrictions will be subject to potential civil penalties and/or criminal charges. Nothing you want to be inadvertently involved with!

So remember to bookmark this page to stay up-to-date on all things drones: PPA.com/Drones.

By Chris Homer

As you wind down another busy week, take a break and enjoy our top photography posts from
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SOCIAL MEDIA AND PHOTOGRAPHY: Many photographers feel that social media has had a negative impact on professional photography. Before you get too worked up, take a look at this post from Photography Talk. It shares how several social media sites can be a benefit to your photography business. 

COMPOSITION: A recent study has revealed that people's eyes are more drawn to areas of a photograph that have meaning - rather than those that just stick out. What does that mean for how you compose a photograph? Read all about the study on PetaPixel.

MARKETING: If you're struggling to convert your website visitors into paying clients, read this post from FStoppers. It shares some common pitfalls that you'll want to avoid to make sure your site actually brings you business!

WHITE BALANCE: If you're relying on the auto white balance setting of your camera, you may be missing out on an opportunity to create better photos. This post from PhotoFocus explains several methods for how to create a custom white balance to get the most from your photography.

TUTORIAL: You're shooting on location, and you want a dark background, but none are available for you! If this has happened to you, check out this video on FStoppers. It shows how you can turn a white wall into a dark background through proper lighting and set up.
By Chris Homer

PPA offers many educational opportunities for photographers. From live webinars to the library of videos on PPAedu and PhotoVision and in-person events like Super 1 Day and Imaging USA, there's something for every member to continue their education on the art and business of photography. If you want even more education and networking at your state or city level, check out your local PPA Affiliate!

Affiliates are autonomous organizations that choose to  partner with Professional Photographers of America to provide valuable networking and educational opportunities for photographers. As an Affiliate of PPA, they can even offer you merits towards PPA degrees!

So, if you want to attend education and networking events in your local area, check out the Affiliate Directory to find your local PPA affiliate organization and connect with photographers in your area! 

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.

by Mayo Lawal


Lindsay Betz, the studio manager for Jonathan Betz Photography, believes there's no reason red ink has to be part of the plan for cultivating a photography business.

"I would argue that photography does not require debt," she says. "You can grow into your business and take on more as your cash flow allows. That allows you to build a much more solid foundation for your business."

The successful photographer and entrepreneur shares how she was able to achieve debt-free business and how you can do it, too.

Read 10 Tips for Growing a Debt-Free Photo Business and be inspired by Lindsay's story on ppmag.com.

By Bethany Clark

PPA has given away three All-Access Passes to Imaging USA 2018 during the month of September, and we've got one 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! The last winner will be selected this Friday, September 29, 2017!

Will that winner be you? BEST OF LUCK! Enter today.

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. 

By James Yates

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. 

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!

By James Yates

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! These tips 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!

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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