By John Owens
It's Friday! And you know
what that means--photography geeks blog round up time! Flip your way through
this top 10 to see what's going on in the photography world this week. There's
sure to be some good stuff that applies to you!
AWARENESS: April is Copyright Awareness Month! Do your part and raise awareness
with your local photo retailers. They might be helping people infringe on your
images without you even knowing it! You can help them know what they don't know
during this month's campaign. Read the details and sign up! Be sure to check
out the free-to-all copyright webinar later this month to educate yourself on
is Now a PPA Member Benefit
DID YOU KNOW? PhotoVision is now a part of PPA! That means the best
photography education videos out there, for PPA photographers. 24/7 access to
PhotoVision's entire catalogue of 800 videos through online streaming at no
cost. Read more for details.
Detail: Get the Photo Your Client Will Cherish
INSPIRATION: In this heartwarming essay, Jenna Martin shares her wedding story
and the image she wishes she had from the day. She gets introspective toward
the end and it's something any photographer, especially wedding photographers,
can practice. What's the one image you wish you had from your big day? How can
you make sure you capture those moments for your clients?
for a Long, Healthy Career
ADVICE: Learning from mistakes is a tried and true method, but chances are
someone has already made those errors before you. Use this 40-year professional
photography veteran's hindsight to your advantage and check out this post on
the five biggest mistakes he's made during his career. Read through and make
sure you don't fall victim to any of these shortcomings.
Helps Potentially Harmful Arkansas Bill Get Vetoed
PHOTOGRAPHY LAW: Early this week, PPA was notified of a bill in Arkansas that
would be incredibly harmful to the livelihoods of photographers not just in the
state, but nationwide. The bill contained unintended and potentially dangerous
implications to photographers, but was thankfully vetoed just in the nick of
time. Read the full blog to see what this could have meant for photographers
and what PPA did to make sure it didn't happen!
with Dr. Julie Connor
MOTIVATION: Past Imaging USA speaker Jeff Shaw has Dr. Julie Connor on this
week's podcast to share her tips for dreaming big and achieving them. Dr.
Connor travels the world spreading her mission helping people reach their goals.
In this podcast she and Jeff discuss aligning tasks and goals with vision and
mission, how to get unstuck and making your lifetime goals your habits.
POST-PROCESSING: Here are some handy tips from Fstoppers to help you spend even
less time in front of that dreaded computer screen editing your images!
Photographer Jeff Rojas uses a male portrait session to demonstrate his 6-step
workflow process that could apply to any portrait session. If you're spending
too much time retouching, give these a try!
and Receive Critiques with Grace!
CRITIQUING YOUR WORK: Here's a great post full of advice on how to give and
receive photography critiques. The author gives tips for both sides and it's a
pretty solid way to think of them. Don't forget, critiques
are one of the most valuable pieces of photographic
competition so make sure you get yours when you enter!
Your Subject Pop Off the Background
TECHNIQUE: Does the subject of your image ever get washed out by the
background? Don't let it happen again with these helpful tips from The
Best Photography-Related April Fools' Day Spoofs
JUST FOR LAUGHS: A round up in a round up?! So meta, John. April Fools' Day
came and went Wednesday, hopefully without incident for you all. PetaPixel did
us all the favor of gathering the best photography hoaxes. I'm pretty partial
to the SteadiKid Baby Carrier. What's your favorite?
There you have it, our top
blog posts of the week! What blogs do you enjoy? Let us know on theLoop.
John Owens is PPA's resident wordsmith. Know how they say a picture is worth a thousand words? That's where he comes in. The Connecticut transplant and (still) avid Hartford Whalers fan is an aspiring adventurist/novelist/racer on a lifelong quest to find the best trails, brews and burger.