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By Bethany Clark


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It's been quite a week, so take some time to relax and recharge with our favorite photography blog posts from around the web this week!


How to Photograph a Solar Eclipse: 

TIPS: A total solar eclipse will be seen in North America on August 21, and DPreview has compiled tips on how to properly photograph this rare phenomenon from trusted sources such as Canon, National Geographic, Nikon, and more.


Embedding Your Copyright Information in Your Meta data:

COPYRIGHT: Photographers and creative artists are always looking for ways to make sure their images are protected by their copyright. One popular way to ensure your image has your copyright is to embed your copyright information into your metadata. Learn more about it on PPA Today.


The Benefits of Offering Mini-Sessions:

BUSINESS: Check out this post from Fstoppers to uncover some lucrative reasons why you should consider offering mini-sessions to your clients!


Imaging USA 2018: Award and Degree Ceremony's NEW Night!

CONFERENCE: PPA's got big news for this year's Imaging USA 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. For the first time, the Award and Degree Ceremony will be held on MONDAY night, January 15th, instead of on the final night of Imaging USA. Learn more in this article.


Tips for Improving Your Composition Skills:

We all know that composition can make or break a photograph. PetaPixel offers this 7-minute video in which photographer Peter McKinnon offers three tips to help you improve the composition of your photographs.


Documenting the Mood of a Nation with Protest Photography:

Photographs taken by intrepid photojournalists and documentary photographers have been informing the public and galvanizing people to take action on social issues for over one hundred years. Check out this post from Fstoppers to remember why a picture is worth a thousand words.


PPA Discount: InterDrone Convention and Expo!

You never know what you'll find out about on theLoop, PPA's members-only social network. Recently, member David Bailey, M.Photog., CPP, shared info about InterDrone, the biggest Drone Conference and Expo in the country... and we've got a special discount for PPA members!


Tips for Posing Female Models:

The right pose in the right circumstances can make all the difference, particularly when photographing for fashion or advertising. Get a few tips from this PetaPixel article.


Recording a State's History Through Photography:

You'll want to take a moment to enjoy this historical digital archive of images documenting the history of South Carolina. They're among the oldest photos ever taken in this state!


World Photo Day - August 19, 2017:

World Photo Day takes place Saturday, August 19, celebrating the fact that a photograph can change the world. Register to participate and share your favorite photo!



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

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World Photo Day takes place Saturday, August 19, celebrating the fact that a photograph can change the world. 

Register at worldphotoday.com, and on August 19th share your best photo of 2017 to help inspire positive impact in our world through photography.

More about World Photo Day:

In a world where millions of pictures are uploaded every minute, World Photo Day is inspiring thousands of photographers across the planet to share a single photo with a simple purpose: to share their world with the world.

From everyday life to incredible landscapes, our global gallery is an evolving mosaic of images captured by photographers of all skills levels living in a diverse range of countries and cultures.

No matter who you are, where you are or what equipment and skills you have, World Photo Day can help open your eyes to the possibilities of photography, and enable you to share the world as you see it.

Register at worldphotoday.com, and share your photos tomorrow!


Mayo Lawal

When you have a youthful, self-conscious client aiming to make a memory as they move from one phase of life to another, you want to ensure you capture their uniqueness.

Maria Moore, M.Photog., CPP, has found success by making high school seniors' sessions as unique as the photographs she captures. 

"I believe that the senior session should not be just a portrait session, " Moore says. "We try to create an environment that will be something they remember way beyond their portraits." 

Read about Moore's amazing strategies in "Senior Portraiture: The Experience is Everything" on ppmag.com.

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by Trent Schick

Wow! Summer is almost over, but hey that doesn't mean you can't still enjoy your weekends. Take the time to read and enjoy some of our favorite photography blog posts from around the web!


'Computational Zoom' Lets You Remix Focal Lengths for Impossible Photos

PHOTOGRAPHY TRICKS: Photograph the impossible with this really cool new technology called "computational zoom".  It allows you to bring the background in your images forward by remixing focal lengths. Learn how you can do this at Peta Pixel and create more compelling images.


Photographer Takes Portraits of Every Single One of Her Facebook Friends

IDEA: Yes, you're reading that right! A photographer with a brilliant idea for a project went and visited her Facebook friends to try and better understand 'what' friends really are. See what she learned and experienced and check out some of the portraits she captured on fstoppers.com.


Expert Photography Business Hacks | Rise to the Top! The Busy Photographer's Guide to Success!

BUSINESS: They say if you do what you love, you never work a day in your life... but sometimes you have to do the work to be able to do what you love for a living. For all you photographers aspiring to make what you love into a business, this article from Media Novak will help you lay the groundwork to get started on that path.


Creating IMPACT With Your Work is Key

TECHNIQUE: Sometimes all it takes to turn an average photo into an impactful one is a simple change. Learn from inspiring images on TonyCorbell.com how a little adjustment here and there can make a huge difference.


Why Congress Needs to Focus on Photographers

COPYRIGHT: Copyright infringement is still a serious issue, and one too many photographers are suffering from it. Why is it still that Congress has not helped out with this issue yet? We don't know, but at PPA we are fighting every day as an advocate for photographer's rights. Read this article from PPA's CEO David Trust on Medium and spread the awareness.


The Story Behind The Perfect Photo Of Olympic Pain

SPORTS: You may have heard of the famous Olympic runner from the 80s, Mary Decker. She was one of the best and most everyone from that time remembers her famous fall in the '84 Olympics. Read as Deadspin shares more of the story behind the horrible incident and Decker's backstory.


10 Things to See + Do at Imaging USA 2018

IMAGING USA: Are you going to Imaging USA? If you are, this is definitely an article you want to read to let you know all the incredible things you can look forward to! Everything about who some great speakers are, what type of classes, awards, events, and more. Check it out on PPA Today!


Just Say No: A Photographer's Tale

LIFE: Take the time to read this photographer's great and inspirational testimony on his career. You may find yourself in the same situations as he was, and learning from his experience is great help. See on Fstoppers how sometimes you have to say no to get to where you want to be in life.


Instagram and Snapchat expected to hit $10B and $3B in revenue by 2019

SOCIAL MEDIA: Ah, Instagram and Snapchat, the playground of photography. They are among the most successful companies out there, and they are expected to see huge revenue growth in the next couple of years. See on DPReview just why they are so successfully growing and bringing in massive revenue.


What to Do When You Get a Negative Business Review

BUSINESS: Just because you got a bad review of your business on the internet doesn't mean it's the end of the world. If you have a career long enough in photography, chances are you will most likely get a bad review at least once in your time, but Fstoppers is here help you know what to do and how to handle it in a professional manner.


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 Mayo Lawal

With all the techniques involved, photography could get quite complicated; but you can find out ways to keep it simple and still get good quality photos, by watching tomorrow's PPAedu free webinar, "A Simple Approach to Seniors."

In this webinar, Clark Sander will take you through the whole process: from the first client meeting, to photographing the session, to client ordering, and finally to delivery.

"All of my processes are kept pretty simple, even down to my price sheet and product offerings," says Clark, "Keeping things/processes simple can free up time so you have more QUALITY time with friends and family."

You will also learn some one-light setups that you can use in almost every session, from seniors, headshots to summer baseball leagues. 

It's open to all photographers for free! So register today and don't forget to tune in tomorrow, August 10, 2017, at 2pm ET. Additionally, if you're a PPA member, just wait 24 hours after the initial broadcast and you will be able to replay this (and any PPA webinar) as many times as you wish! Not a member? Join PPA today!

By Chris Homer

Have you visited theLoop recently? As an exclusive, PPA member-only forum, theLoop is a
 great place for members to connect with each other, share information/advice, get image feedback, and overall - a place to go if you need help. Become a member so you can "stay in the loop" with theLoop, and if you already are, then head over to theLoop to see what everyone's buzzing about. 

Lots of great discussions have been happening, so here are a few of the top posts so far in August. Check them out, provide some feedback, and perhaps even learn something new!

A photographer is looking for advice on whether special software is required for the best results when shooting tethered. See if you can help out! If you're thinking about shooting tethered for the first time, this discussion is a great place to get you started.

In this discussion, a member is looking for opinions on NAS drives for photo storage. Considering buying one? Read the advice from your fellow photographers before you purchase!

In this discussion, originally part of a giveaway contest, photographers shared their favorite piece of photography equipment that helps make the job easier. The giveaway has already happened, but this is still worth checking out to see if there's some equipment out there you didn't know about that may make your life easier!

Did you know you can now tag fellow members on theLoop, similar to how you would on Twitter? Learn how it works in this thread.

And there you have 'em, the top posts from theLoop! Remember to check out theLoop frequently as new discussions are posted daily. It's a great way to catch up with fellow PPA members! Not a PPA member? Join today!

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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 Trent Schick

"Any city, anywhere we are living, we never know when that day will come when it will disappear in front of us," says photographer Edi Chen of her motivation to pursue her photographic vision.

Living in New York City, Chen was enthralled by the architectural beauty around her, and she wanted to capture that through a daily photo journal. Find out why this was one of her biggest challenges and how she persevered in "Symmetry in the City: A Photo Diary of New York Edifices" at PPMag.com.

by Mayo Lawal

Whether you are a pro or new to the industry, PhotoVision is a great way to enhance your skills. PhotoVision provides a behind-the-scenes look at the techniques used by well-known experts in the world of photography. Don't believe it? Check out the latest series, "Finding Your Voice as an Artist," by Anne Geddes!

In the newest video, "Finding Your Voice as an Artist: Part 2, " Anne Geddes explains the amount of research that goes into each shoot and shares her experience of transforming an empty space into the world she has envisioned. She gives a look into what inspired her for the Signs of the Zodiac and Under The Sea series and offers encouragement to anyone that wants to get started in the photographic industry.

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!


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...

Nick Jones, M.Artist.

Web: harmonyandnick.com

Harmony and Nick are a husband and wife team who call Blackfoot, Idaho home. They have been in business for 7 years at their downtown location and are THE go-to studio for families in Southeast Idaho and Western Wyoming. The winning combination of Harmony's ability behind the camera and Nick's skills behind the computer has set them apart from the competition, and they've been able to successfully and consistently provide a unique product for their clients.

Both have experienced much success in PPA's International Photographic competition with multiple Photographer of the Year medals, and several Grand Imaging Award nominations. Nick walked away with the first-place trophy in his first year entering in the Artist category, and Harmony was recently a finalist in the coveted World Photographic Cup. The Jones' stay busy outside of their studio, involved in their local PPA Affiliate, Professional Photographers of Idaho, as well as participating in the IPC for the last 7 consecutive years. Harmony holds her Master Photographer degree and Nick is a Master Artist, and they both have what it takes to stay ahead in today's competitive market.

Most of all, they love creating and being part of their clients' lives. They live by the belief that you can truly love what you do and make money, and they enjoy sharing that experience with others. It's no wonder people want to keep up with the Jones!

Speaker Sessions:

Sat, January 13

9:00 am-5:00 pm - Increase Sales Through Compositing - Full Details



What is your life motto? "Hard work beats talent, when talent doesn't work hard."

What do you most value in your friends? Loyalty, honesty, curiosity

What did you want to be as a kid when you grew up? Definitely a professional athlete, but my body decided to stop growing at 5'10" so that dashed my NBA dreams...

What was you first concert? Pearl Jam

Which words or phrases do you most overuse? Literally, "literally"


Nick Jones 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...
Tony Corbell, Cr.Photog., API
Facebook: tonycorbell
Twitter: tonycorbell
Instagram: tonycorbell

Tony has been a photographer, photographic educator, and an author his entire adult life. He has released numerous books, written countless articles, and his work has been featured in publications around the globe, and while he was hired by some of the most discerning clients in the world, he is most proud to be acknowledged and included in more than thirty-five photographic books by other photographers.

Tony has photographed three U.S. presidents, The Millennium Summit Meeting of World Leaders at the United Nations, countless sports celebrities, almost 800 brides and grooms, and a handful of NASA astronauts. He is currently featured on PPAedu, KelbyOne, Epson and Creativelive and his YouTube videos with Profoto Lighting and Sekonic light meters have surpassed one million views as he explains lighting techniques to photographers throughout the world.

He is involved with ASMP, PPA, WPPI and currently the president of The Camera Craftsmen of America, a group of 40 photographers worldwide. He teaches almost exclusively about photographic lighting and imaging workflow, and recently passed a major milestone, having taught more than 650 seminars and workshops in the US and abroad. His Basic Studio Lighting book has even become the basis for numerous photographic college lighting courses!

Tony is a living legend in his industry, for his photographic talent his commitment to training and education! Most importantly, he is a person who loves what he does and with whom he does it.

Speaker Sessions
Saturday, January 13, 2018

What do you most value in your friends? Deodorant.
What did you want to be as a kid when you grew up? I wanted to write movie screenplays. I actually have written some things I've never shown to anyone.
What is your most treasured possession? My first Hasselblad camera, 500C. I got it in 1979 and it had over 150,000 exposures when I got it. I worked it hard every day and put on another 350,000 exposures on it. It now sits on the mantel proudly having bought a house or two and a few cars.
What was your first concert? WAR, in 1973 (Cisco Kid, Low Rider, etc...)
What has been your proudest moment? I was really proud when I realized that I was either thanked or had work published in the books of 27 other photographers. Means more to me than anything I ever published under my name.
If you could have a theme song, what would it be? Beatles/John Lennon's "In My Life" (I'm a sucker for romance...)

Tony Corbell is just one of the many amazing speakers you'll get to meet and learn from at Imaging USA 2018! Registration is open now, so take advantage of the Early Bird rates for passes and your hotel!

By Chris Homer

As we wind down the first week in August, take a minute to enjoy this week's top photography
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 stories from around the web! 

PHOTOGRAPHY NEWS: Here's some great news for wedding photographers! Texas photographer Andrea Polito was defamed on social media by a wedding client, causing her to lose her studio and fold her business. Well, score one for the little guy - the court recently awarded Polito $1 million for the defamation! Read all about it on the Washington Post. And remember that PPA's Indemnification Trust can help you with dissatisfied clients if this situation ever arises for you. 

TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY/INSPIRATION: The Atlantic has a collection of photos from the winner and honorable mentions of National Geographic's Travel Photographer of the Year contest. There's some stunning imagery in the collection; take a look and be inspired! 

TETHERING: If you're thinking about tethering your camera during photo shoots, check out this guide from PetaPixel. It shares some good tips for success when shooting tethered. 

PHOTOGRAPHY TECH: Have you ever wondered how the shutter on your DSLR works? PetaPixel has a look at the inner workings of a DSLR shutter that any photographer will find interesting. 

USING GREYSCALE: If you struggle with deciding when to put a photograph in greyscale, this post from Digital Photography School may offer some insight to help you. It discusses the situations when a photograph may benefit from greyscale. 
by Mayo Lawal

There's nothing like flipping through the pages of your wedding album with the family and having a good laugh, or looking up at that picture on the wall that reminds you one of your proudest but craziest moments. That's why we need to PRINT. 

The PRINT Movement is an awareness campaign that helps people see the value in showcasing and preserving their lives or their families' lives with high-quality prints, albums, and all types of displays from professional photographers and photographic suppliers. 

While people are taking more photos than ever before, they no longer print or display those photos in their homes. These images stay in digital form on computers and smartphones. Meanwhile, due to the the rapid advancements in technology, images taken only 5-6 years ago are stored on devices that are no longer supported. Therefore, precious memories have been, and continue to get, lost. 

The Movement concerns everyone, including the professional photographers who have gone to great lengths to learn the art of creating spectacular prints and display products but don't get to use this amazing skill. 

So, let's make a difference! Visit the PRINTmovement.org to find out how you can get involved today!

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By Bethany Clark

The 2017 International Photographic Competition results are now available! Thanks to everyone who entered and congratulations to all the photographers who earned merits or had an image be selected for the PPA Loan Collection! 

Don't forget that all the Loan Collection and merited images will be on display in the International Photographic Exhibit at Imaging USA 2018, January 14 -16 in Nashville, TN!

Go to PPA.com/IPC to view the 2017 results, and don't forget to register for Imaging USA 2018 to see all these great images in person!


by Mayo Lawal

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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? It's 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:

 August 3, 2017 - 2pm ET
Budgeting has wrongly earned a negative connotation, yet it's the essential tool every photographer and family needs to bring their dreams, goals, and values to life. Lindsay Betz will cover the "how" and "why" for budgeting and make it a simple, exciting (and even creative!) endeavor. Whether you are a seasoned business owner with retail space and employees, or solo photographer who wears all the hats, this is one webinar you don't want to miss.

August 10, 2017 - 2pm ET 
This webinar will take you through the whole process: from the first client meeting, to photographing the session, to client ordering, and finally to delivery. Clark Sander's processes are kept pretty simple, even down to the price sheet and product offerings. He will show you techniques he's learned from lots of talented photographers and business people over the years!  

August 15, 2017 - 2pm ET 
Manie Kohn, USA's First Trained, Certified and Insured Civilian Drone Pilot (USAToday, NBC, etc.) will share ACTIONABLE tips, strategies and resources, which he has used personally, to help you understand the drone space, the business of drones for the creative, and how to stand out from your competitors.  

August 22, 2017 - 2pm ET
Are you confused about what marketing actually is? Is it a logo, brochure, website... or something else entirely? Learn (and truly understand) what marketing is with this webinar! Andrea Taylor, CPP will take you through the difference between marketing, sales, and branding. Once you truly understand what is and how it all works, you will be able to make your own decisions about marketing for your business.  

 August 24, 2017 - 2pm ET
 Solid-state storage is the primary medium for capturing and preserving unique and valuable content for the professional photography industry. These many flavors of NAND, flash-based, solid-state devices are typically more reliable than hard-disk drives, but unexpected problems and data loss can still occur. Weston Moyer and Chris Bross will explore the maintenance, troubleshooting, best practices, and data recovery from common solid-state storage devices. You will learn what to do if a failure does occur, the steps you can take to resolve it, and when to engage a professional data-recovery service. 

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!)

by Mayo Lawal

Great photography includes the ability to express one's passion through images that tell a story.

Portrait photographer David Peters, M.Photog.Cr. F-ASP, tells his stories through Passion Voice, a faith-based nonprofit he founded to help victims of human trafficking. 

"This whole project was born from a desire to contribute, to do something valuable," says David. "I wanted to tell the transformational stories of people who changed their path, and use those stories to inspire others." 

Read David's inspiring story in Photographer's Personal Project Leads to Nonprofit Launch on ppmag.com. 


By Mayo Lawal

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Did you know that PPA offers a personalized, online education platform? With PPAedu, you 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!

In this month's release, Architectural Photography: Real Estate Light Painting, Randy Van Duinen, M.Photog.Cr., CPP explains the creative technique of light painting a HOUSE! Using high-powered flashlights (that he bought at your average superstore), he demonstrates how to capture these amazing exterior twilight shots while focusing on one area of the building at a time. You will also learn how to blend the images together, using Photoshop, to create the final image that couldn't be captured any other way.

Non-members will have access to this video the entire month of August, but if you would like to get FREE access to all the videos, join PPA today!

By Bethany Clark

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, who is contributing to PhotoVision's new 'Year of Inspiration' series.

In this video, Anne Geddes shares the thoughtful process that coincides with being creative. She explains that images should come from your heart, and the camera is simply the vehicle in which you capture it. She also shares how newborns became her inspiration and the story she hopes to tell by capturing images of them. Join us for Part 2 on August 7th!

In almost any career, it's common to compare yourself and your work to others. In this video, Sue Bryce 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.

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!

By Bethany Clark

Calling all drone photographers! If you are a PPA member that wants to expand your business by incorporating professional drone photography into your product offerings, consider becoming a Certified Drone Photographer!

The Certified Drone Photographer designation is the official credential for photographers that want to set themselves apart within the drone photography industry. It assures potential clients of a photographer's knowledge, experience, competence, and ability, as well as a compliance with all legal and safety considerations pursuant to operating drone equipment. 

Basically, it assures that not only can you fly a drone legally and knowledgeably, but you can also capture excellent photographs while doing it!

Photographers who earn their Certified Drone Photographer credential do so to demonstrate their expertise in flying drones and taking photographs from drones, gain an edge in advertising their services, and further justify the price of their services.

To qualify for the certification, you have to be a PPA member and have the following: 

  • FAA Section 333 Certificate OR Remote Pilot Certificate (Part 107)
  • Proof of General Liability Insurance
  • UAS Registration Number
  • Logbook summarizing 30 hours of Flight Time

After that, you simply have to apply for the exam! Once you pass, you will have earned your Certified Drone Photographer designation. For more information or to get started on your path to drone photography certification, head to PPA.com/DroneCertification!

The International Photographic Competition (IPC) judging begins July 30 and EVERYONE is welcome to watch! Catch the IPC Judging at Stream.theIPC.org and IPC Live on Facebook.com/OurPPA.

Whether you are a competitor or spectator, the IPC Judging livestream allows you to observe the way the jurors critique images and decide scores. Viewers will get the chance to see exactly what the judges are looking for, what they like and don't like, and understand the method behind the 12 Elements of a Merit Image. Also, if you entered, you might get to see your own image be judged!

All you have to do is go to Stream.theIPC.org, sign in on your computer with your PPA account, or simply register with your email if you're not a PPA photographer - it's free either way! Once signed in, you can select which judging room you'd like to watch (portrait, illustrative, and event and non-event album). Don't worry; you can switch between rooms at any time. While critiques won't be shown live this year, they will be hosted on the new PPA.com once it is up-and-running!

Also returning this year will be the IPC Live broadcast hosted by renowned Florida wedding photographer and co-host of The Photobomb Podcast, Booray Perry, Cr.Photog., CPPfrom July 31-August 2. IPC Live will feature interviews with the judges, review of critiques, and live Q&A sessions. Check out this video to see more about what to expect on IPC Live this year:

Here is the full schedule (all times are Eastern Standard): 

Judging Livestream(Stream.theIPC.org)
  • Sunday, July 30, 4pm-6pm ET
  • Monday, July 31, 8:30am-6pm ET
  • Tuesday, Aug. 1, 8:30am-6pm ET
  • Wednesday, Aug. 2, 8am to  Finish
  IPC Live broadcast hosted by Booray Perry 
  • Monday, July 31, 11:00 am & 2:00 pm ET
  • Tuesday, Aug.1, 11:00 am & 2:00 pm ET
  • Wednesday, Aug. 2, 11:00 am ET

You can also attend IPC in person! Come to Gwinnett Technical College, Building 100, 5150 Sugarloaf Pkwy, Lawrenceville, GA 30043. There will be signs directing you to IPC.

So save the dates, July 31-August 4, and bookmark Stream.theIPC.org, and prepare to be inspired by the IPC Judging Livestream and IPC Live!. 


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...

Darty Hines, Cr.Photog.

Web: syncrocks.com

Facebook: dartyhines

Twitter: syncrocks

Instagram: photodart


Darty Hines has been a professional photographer for over 26 years, working with prestigious colleagues such as Larry Peters of Peters Photography and most recently, Colleen Gonsar of Colleen & Company. Darty' s expertise has kept him at the height of our industry, and his experience includes every aspect of his business from photographer to graphic designer, marketing manager to event planner and social media fanatic.

He is a longtime PPA member, has won numerous photography awards and is currently on the industry's lecture circuit. Darty and his wife Michele are co-owners of the educational conference SYNC, and he has always promoted and believed in quality education for photographers.

Whether behind the camera, in front of students or consulting with the PPA Affiliates of North Carolina or Georgia, Darty Hines is a true professional, focused on his clients, his colleagues and the industry. 

Speaker Sessions:

Mon, January 15

5:00 pm - How To Get Noticed In The Crowd - Full Details

6:15 pm - Business, School, Sport, Event



What is your life motto? "Create. Evolve. Live."

What do you most value in your friends? Being judgment free and loyalty.

What did you want to be as a kid when you grew up? Surfer - sad thing is - I can barely swim.

What is your most treasured possession? If I had to vacate quickly - family then computers and photos.

What was your first concert? Night Ranger at the Ohio State Fair #HairBandNation

Coke or Pepsi? Diet Coke (with a little Blue Chair Bay Rum)

What has been your proudest moment? When my girls make smart decisions. Makes all the struggles of parenting worth it.

If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be? I would turn off Facebook! (which is funny cause my program is on social media!) LOL

Darty Hines 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! 



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