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by James Yates

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It's the last weekend of April and things are really heating up! Enjoy the sunshine, grab your phone or tablet, and take in a little "porch-reading" with this week's top ten photography blog posts from around the web. 

H.R. 1695 Passes House with Overwhelming Support
GRASSROOTS: PPA's Grassroots Action Team scored a MAJOR victory this week with the House's passage of H.R. 1695. Now it needs to be approved by the Senate! Read up on what all happened in D.C. this week with our recaps and be sure to sign up at PPA.com/Grassroots for the NEXT big fight! 

When is the right time to upgrade your gear?
DRONES: When Ty Polland started getting into gear, his love of photography increased exponentially. Now, he's written a piece for FStoppers about why you should upgrade your gear regularly and how it can benefit your photography. He uses examples from his own work to show why investing in a newer camera and/or drone can make your content the best it can possibly be. 

Are You Shadowbanned on Instagram? This Website Can Tell You
CENSORED: A lot of buzz has been made lately about Instagram's process of "shadowbanning", which is when the platform makes certain users' (mostly businesses) images no longer visible on a hashtag thread to viewers who do not follow their account. Now, there's an app that can help you find out if YOU'VE been shadowbanned. 

Communication Is Key For Higher Sales 
SALES: Yes, as much as a photographer like you may hate it, this business depends on sales. There are tons of ways to do it, but knowing your best and most effective communication style is key to creating a lasting relationship with clients...and key to making the sale! 

Drones for Real Estate Marketing: Are They Worth It?
DRONES: RISmedia with an in-depth look at drones and if they're "worth it" for your real estate business. Get the stats and learn more about drone pilots, FAA-regulations and insurance options (our guess: you'll check out what PPA has to offer!) 

Subject tracking: Why it matters to us and why it should matter to you
TECHNIQUE & FOCUS: As technology has improved, so has subject tracking: choosing your subject and letting the camera track as you hold your composition. This technique is often overlooked, but now that manufacturers have made it such a successful feature on their cameras, subject tracking can change the way you take photos forever. 

Photographic skill without marketing is just a hobby 
MARKETING: If you are going to make a business out of your passion for photography, you need to know who your customer base is. What is your market? Have a clear vision...make it all about the client...and more great marketing pro-tips are included in this article from Northlight Images. 

Large prints - The Photography Show 2017
PRINT: The PRINT movement is worldwide! This blog links to several articles on the need to print, coming from the NEC Photography Show in Birmingham, England. Get tons of info on photo workflows, large prints, software, test images, pixels and papers and more. 

9 Things Photographers Need To Know About Using Hashtags on Instagram
SOCIAL MEDIA: Targeting, vetting, appropriate use...there's actually a LOT of thought you need to be putting into your hashtags. Once you get it down, you'll be able to reach your target audience on social media with more efficiency. Read these nine tips to improve you SEO!

Why Printing Your Photos Will Make You a Better Photographer
PRINT: Why, we couldn't agree more! PetaPixel and photographer Pete McKinnon have a video that ties right into PPA's PRINT Movement. A former "darkro

om" photographer, McKinnon still remembers when photography was a two-step process (1. Shoot 2. Develop and print), and he has one big piece of advice for how to be a professional: print your photos.


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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May 3rd is the last day to register online for Super 1 Day, so if there's a photography class that you've got your eye on, register for it in the next few days! 

The spring edition of Super 1 Day takes place May 8-22, 2017, at which time dozens of photography studios across the country invite attendees to join day-long workshops featuring portrait and wedding photography, posing and lighting, digital retouching and workflow, sales and marketing strategies, and more.

Super 1 Day is a chance you won't want to miss - a full day of photography education brought to you by fellow professional photographers. 

Register online through May 3, 2017 for $99 per class. If you miss the online deadline, you can still register in person, but registration will be $120 and you'll only get in  if there's still room. Browse the classes in your state now! PPA.com/Super1Day

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Professional Photographers of America celebrated the passage of H.R. 1695 (the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act), marking the first important step in the association's goal to modernize the U.S. copyright system. 

H.R. 1695 makes the Register of Copyrights, who leads the United States Copyright Office (USCO), a presidentially-appointed, Senate-confirmed position. HR 1695 gives the Register the autonomy to modernize the Copyright Office to suit the specialized needs of the copyright system. PPA has been activating its 30,000-member base to call or email their representatives in support of the bill. 

"So much effort went into this," says PPA CEO David Trust, "and everyone who took 30 seconds to submit their letters should feel proud about what we accomplished together. So, today is a day for smiles and congratulations. Tomorrow we start preparing for a much tougher fight in the Senate."

Cindi Marifield, President R2P Strategies, representing PPA in D.C. says, "It is fitting that on World Intellectual Property Day, the House overwhelmingly passed H.R. 1695, the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act.   There are not many bills that pass with overwhelming bi-partisan support these days (378 to 48) and it is a tribute to Chairman Goodlatte, Ranking Member Conyers, Congressman Doug Collins and Congresswoman Judy Chu and their staff who worked deliberately and effectively to pass this legislation.  This bill is a great first step toward bolstering the Copyright Office and we look forward to both Chambers taking up and passing legislation to create a small claims process for individual creators as efforts to modernize the Copyright Office heat up." 



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HR 1695 has passed through the House with overwhelming support! The vote was 378-48 and Rep. Chu was able to put in an ammendment favoring the Small Claims process. 

A big thanks to everyone who took the time to call or write your representative. This was a major victory in our fight for better copyright protection. 

Stay tuned for updates...


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Happy World IP Day!  We kicked things off this morning with a Facebook Live video explaining World IP Day and how it aims to thank creative artists, photographers, graphic designers and all other creators for everything they do and how colorful they make the world! 

PPA also wants to take a moment and thank all of our wonderful members for making the world so much more beautiful! Besides the excitement of World IP Day in D.C, we are even more excited about H.R 1695. We have been told that it is still scheduled to be debated and voted on later this afternoon. In the meantime, it is important to continue to send letters and make phone calls reminding our representatives how important this bill is to creative artists and photographers! This is the first step in modernizing the copyright office, and will set the stage for small claims in the future.

PPA will be alternating celebrating World IP Day at the Library of Congress and meeting with Senator Dick Durbin (R-IL), Frank Cullen of the US Chamber of Commerce, Senator Deb Fisher (R-NE) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). It is imperative that we begin meeting with the Senate side to continue to prep members for H.R 1695 and lay the foundation for Small Claims. 

We will keep you updated throughout the day and hopefully have some great news for you before we leave D.C!

By Chris Homer

Entries for the International Photographic Competition (IPC) will open on May 22! If you've never entered images in the IPC before, we know it can seem a little intimidating to have your work judged by other photographers, but the experience is well worth it. The IPC helps photographers, new and experienced alike, be more creative, artistic and inventive in their photographic pursuits. When you enter your work in the IPC, you will be able to build on your best pieces and elevate the quality of your output. It's by participating in photographic competitions that photographers push themselves to be better year over year!

Rules for the Photographic Open and Artist categories are available now! Be sure to give them a thorough read so you're meeting all the requirements for entry and so that you know which category to enter your images in. 

You might be wondering, "What will judges be looking for in the images?" Easy! It's a thorough process where they compare your work against PPA's official 12 Elements of a Merit Image. For even more information on preparing your images for entry, check out these video tutorials

The judging itself takes place July 30 - August 2 at Gwinnett Technical College in Lawrenceville, GA. Judging is open to the public so you can attend and hear the judges' comments in-person. If you can't attend, the competition will also be streamed live online!

We hope you'll challenge yourself by entering this year's IPC! Start getting those images ready for registration opening on May 22.


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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As you already know, PPA is making big push this week to get H.R. 1695 passed. The passage of H.R. 1695 would make the Register of Copyright a Presidential Appointment that would be vetted by the Senate both before and after being chosen. However, as with anything in D.C and on Capitol Hill, is it is always important to consider what would happen if H.R. 1695 does not pass.

If H.R. 1695 is unable to get the votes it needs tomorrow, the Register of Copyright would continue to answer to the Librarian of Congress. The Librarian of Congress and the Register of Copyrights have inherently opposing jobs. The Librarian is responsible for capturing a screen shot of society and being able to share it with everyone. On the other hand, the Register is responsible for making sure creators are being given their credit and compensation, which limits free-and-wide usage.  

The biggest setback if H.R. 1695 does not pass would be the difficulty modernization and Small Claims legislation would face. These goals would be significantly harder to achieve. Even if the Copyright Office is given a face-lift and is brought into the 21st century, able to hear disputes regarding copyright infringements, it would still answer to the Register of Copyright. Basically, all the "modernization" would be made for nothing. The librarian would still control what and how the register operates. This would be a huge setback considering that the Librarian does not have the same in-depth knowledge of copyright issues as the Register.

Not passing H.R. 1695 would make any and all work being put into the copyright office a waste. The good news is that PPA does believe that H.R. 1695 will pass. There is bi-partisan support for this bill and constant agreement that something needs to be done about the Copyright Office. Between the ancient workings of the Copyright Office and the abrupt removal of the Register in October of 2016, this is the momentum creative artists and photographers needs to get the House to pass H.R. 1695. 

Be sure to email and call your representative now! 

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In 2013, when business was sluggish, Las Vegas-based commercial photographer Greg Anderson traveled to New Orleans to photograph contestants at the National Beard and Mustache Championships - without an assignment to do so. 

His initiative paid off. "I don't think my career got off the ground until I started intently preparing for things," Anderson says, pointing to the Beard and Mustache Championships as the genesis of that practice. "The only thing you can control is before the shoot. It was really preparing and being confident about what I was going to do in a shoot that made my career--or at least took it up a notch."

Read his fascinating story, Greg Anderson: At The Intersection Of Preparation And Inspiration, on PPmag.com today!

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Professional Photographers of America and the Copyright Alliance Throw Support Behind HR 1695 on World IP Day. 

Bipartisan bill, currently in House, seeks to make Register of Copyrights a presidential appointee.  

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for copyright_Support-HR-1695.png(Atlanta, GA) April 24, 2017--Professional Photographers of America (PPA) and The Copyright Alliance will be in Washington D.C. on April 26, 2017 to attend the Copyright Matters program in the capitol, celebrating the 17th annual World IP Day. World Intellectual Property Day will feature panel discussions with several lawmakers and the artists directly affected by copyright issues. This year's celebration comes during a critical time, as PPA and the Copyright Alliance have announced their impassioned support of HR 1695, a bill meant to help strengthen copyright protections for visual artists across the United States. Visual artists include illustrators, graphic designers, artists, photographers, visual journalists, videographers, and others who create and license their works for the news media, magazines, advertising, books and other publications, consumer products, digital platforms, multimedia presentations, and broadcast. Typically, they are one-or-two-person businesses and small, family enterprises that not only create, but also are responsible for running all facets of a small business. PPA has been mobilizing its members and anyone who supports small businesses and the arts to contact their representative to support HR 1695 via letters and phone calls.


To help facilitate the marketplace for creative works, visual artists have long called for modernizing the U.S. Copyright Office (USCO). That goal is one step closer to reality with the introduction of HR 1695, the Register of Copyrights and Selection and Accountability Act, which would make the Register of Copyrights, who leads the USCO, a presidentially-appointed, Senate-confirmed position. The bill recently passed out of the House Judiciary Committee by the overwhelmingly bipartisan vote of 27-1 and is supported by the Copyright Alliance, a coalition of 46 companies that includes the RIAA, Disney, and Professional Photographers of America. 

The U.S. Copyright Office, which resides in the Library of Congress, maintains copyright registration and recordation databases upon which creators, licensees, users and consumers depend, but which have become outdated. Indeed, despite repeated calls by former Registers for reform, including releasing the most forward-looking IT plan in the Office's history, the USCO has been unable to modernize because it lacks the autonomy to do so. The Office's efforts have been frustrated as it is housed within the Library of Congress where it competes with many other Library priorities for resources, technology and staff. This arrangement may have worked in the past, but the creative economy now contributes $1.2 trillion to the U.S. GDP and supports 5.5 million jobs. PPA and the Copyright Alliance believe that HR 1695 would give the Register the autonomy to modernize the Copyright Office to suit the specialized needs of the copyright system. HR 1695 would also elevate the office of the Register to a stature commensurate with the economic sector to which the duties of the Office are so critical. 

The U.S. Copyright Office also has a policy mission, statutorily acting as Congress' impartial advisor on copyright law and policy. Historically, that Office has been a resource to Congress, providing counsel on issues large and small. This is particularly important for individual creators and small businesses, for without this dedicated "think tank," Congress might not hear the plight of creators, like photographers,  on critical issues such as how to handle copyright infringement claims too small to justify the expense of undertaking a federal law suit. PPA and the Copyright Alliance believe that the U.S. Copyright Office must have the autonomy necessary to continue its vital advisory role to Congress and a presidential appointee position would make this a reality.

Some critics of the legislation have suggested that elevating the Register is an attempt to "give more power to Hollywood". Without a doubt, the USCO's technological shortcomings affect visual artists far more than movie studios and record labels. For instance, Variety reported that 563 movies were released in 2014 by the entire movie industry, which is a relatively small number of copyrights to register for an entire year. By contrast, a single photographer can take well over 500 photos in one session, and may create as many as 50,000 individual photographs per year. Further, unlike large entertainment companies, these artists, like photographers do not have the luxury of in-house professionals who can dedicate their time to navigating the complexities of the registration process. As a result, many visual artists forgo registration, which then makes defending one's rights in court a virtual impossibility. Put another way, the U.S. Copyright Office's problems represent a de facto regressive tax--the smaller the creator, the more adversely they are impacted.

PPA and the Copyright Alliance will use the timing of the World IP Day festivities to place a spotlight on HR 1695. It is their belief that, especially with public attention turned toward copyright matters, Congress should take an important first step towards fixing these problems and pass HR 1695. By ensuring the Register has the autonomy necessary to begin implementing operational reforms and continuing to provide impartial advice, visual artists and all creators will be able to continue creating works that contribute to the American economy and help shape our society in the digital age. 

About PPA:
Professional Photographers of America (PPA) is the largest international nonprofit association created by professional photographers, for professional photographers. Almost as long-lived as photography itself, PPA's roots date back to 1869. It assists nearly 30,000 members through protection, education and resources for their continued success. See how PPA helps photographers be more at PPA.com/BeMore.

About the Copyright Alliance:
The Copyright Alliance is the unified voice of the copyright community, representing the interests of thousands of individuals and organizations across the spectrum of copyright disciplines. The Copyright Alliance is dedicated to advocating policies that promote and preserve the value of copyright, and to protecting the rights of creators and innovators.

By Chris Homer

The results are in for the 2017 Northeast District Photographic Competition! Congratulations to all who merited!


With these results, the District Competitions are complete for 2017. If you didn't get a chance to enter your District Competition, fear not, you can still enter your images in the International Photographic Competition! Registration opens May 22.


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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Sometimes in order to get to your final destination, there are a few things that need to be done along the way. This is one of those things. PPA has been concentrating on Copyright Small Claims lately, but there's a bill in the House of Representatives that needs our attention now!

H.R 1695 allows the position of Register of Copyrights to become a presidential appointee. This ensures that someone with ample knowledge of the copyright world leads the office in an unbiased manner, as it begins to undergo the modernization process. This change will also guarantee the office is able to serve all creative artists the way it was designed to. Making sure the office takes a step in the right direction will not be possible without YOU! 

Please take 30 seconds and click here to send a letter to your representative or click here to give them a call! PPA has done the scripting and writing for you, so no worries. It's time to pass this legislation!

UPDATE: 
Since we have put out this call to action, certain districts across the country have called saying they are unable to send a letter or make a call to their representatives. This is because their district currently does not have a representative and we are waiting for the results of their special elections. The following is a list of states/districts that are going to be affected by this, and the dates of the elections:

Special Elections (House)

  • Kansas 4th District- just had elections on April 11th and will take some time to set up office and contact information. 
  • Entire State of Montana- Only has one representative and their election is on May 25th
  • California 34th District- Just had election April 4th and will take some time to set up office and contact information
  • Georgia 6th- Election is April 18th 
  • South Carolina 5th- Election is May 2nd
  • Pennsylvania 10th- Election is TBD


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Guest post by Tom Kennedy, Lara Kisielewska, Akili-Casundria Ramsess, Juliette Wolf-Robin, and David Trust.

Most everyone knows the phrase "a picture is worth a thousand words." It captures the notion that one image can instantly convey complex ideas and world events, changing how we think individually and as societies. For instance, who could forget the picture of an American sailor kissing a woman in Times Square, which expressed the elation, joy and excitement of the nation as World War II came to an end. And the 1989 image of a lone protestor standing before oncoming tanks in Tiananmen Square still resonates deeply today. In both cases, visual artists--who depend on strong copyright protections to make a living--captured those iconic images. 

Visual artists include illustrators, graphic designers, artists, photographers, visual journalists, videographers, and others who create and license their works for the news media, magazines, advertising, books and other publications, consumer products, digital platforms, multimedia presentations, and broadcast. Typically, they are one-or-two-person businesses and small family enterprises that not only create, but are responsible for running all facets of a small business.

To help facilitate the marketplace for creative works, visual artists have long called for modernizing the US Copyright Office. That's why we strongly support HR 1695, the Register of Copyrights and Selection and Accountability Act, which would make the Register of Copyrights, who leads the USCO, a presidentially appointed, Senate confirmed position. The bill recently passed out of the House Judiciary Committee by the overwhelming bipartisan vote of 27-1.

The Copyright Office, which resides in the Library of Congress, maintains copyright registration and recordation databases upon which creators, licensees, users and consumers depend, but which are sadly outdated. Indeed, despite repeated calls by former Registers for reform, including releasing the most forward looking IT plan in the Office's history, it has been unable to modernize because it lacks the autonomy to do so. The Office's efforts have been frustrated because it resides in the Library of Congress where it competes with many other Library priorities for resources, technology and staff. This arrangement may have worked in the past, but the creative economy now contributes $1.2 trillion to GDP and supports 5.5 million jobs. The Register must be given the autonomy to modernize the Office to suit the specialized needs of the copyright system. And it is appropriate that the office of the Register be elevated to a stature commensurate with the economic sector to which the duties of the Office are so critical.

The Office also has an important policy mission, statutorily acting as Congress' impartial advisor on copyright law and policy. Historically, the Copyright Office has been an invaluable resource to the Congress, providing expert counsel on issues large and small. This is particularly important for individual creators and small businesses, for without this dedicated "think tank," Congress might not hear the plight of our creative members on critical issues such as how to handle copyright infringement claims too small to justify the expense of a federal law suit. The Copyright Office must have the autonomy necessary to continue its vital advisory role to Congress.

Some critics of the legislation have suggested that elevating the Register is an attempt to "give more power to Hollywood"--something we in the visual arts community find puzzling. Without a doubt, the Copyright Office's technological shortcomings affect visual artists far more than movie studios and record labels. For instance, Variety reported that 563 movies were released in 2014 by the entire movie industry, which is a relatively small number of copyrights to register for an entire year. By contrast, a single photographer can take over 500 photos in one shoot, and may create as many as 50,000 individual photographs per year. Further, unlike large entertainment companies, we don't have the luxury of in-house professionals who can dedicate their time to navigating the complexities of the registration process. As a result, many visual artists forego registration, which then makes defending one's rights in court a virtual impossibility. Put another way, the Copyright Office's problems are a de facto regressive tax--the smaller the creator, the more adversely they are impacted.

Congress should swiftly pass HR 1695, thereby taking an important first step towards fixing these problems. By ensuring the Register has the autonomy necessary to begin implementing operational reforms and continuing to provide impartial advice, Congress will help ensure that visual artists and all creators can continue creating works that contribute to our economy and help shape our society in the digital age.

Tom Kennedy is the Executive Director of the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP). Lara Kisielewska is the President of the Graphic Artists Guild (GAG). Akili-Casundria Ramsess is the Executive Director of the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA). Juliette Wolf-Robin is the National Executive Director of the American Photographic Artists (APA). And David Trust is the CEO of the Professional Photographers of America (PPA).

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Many members have asked, "What good will come from making the Register of Copyright a presidential appointee and how would this make the process less political?" These are great questions with a slightly complex answer. 

Currently, the Copyright Office is housed in the Library of Congress with the Librarian of Congress as the head decision maker. The Librarian is appointed by the President for a 10-year term. The Library and the Librarian's role is to capture a screen shot of society and have it readily available to everyone with no regard to credit or compensation. 

On the other hand, the Copyright Office and the Register's role is to protect copyright, provide and review registration, and advise Congress on copyright law and policy. With this in mind, one can see that the Library of Congress and the Copyright Office are at odds with what they do. Making the Register of Copyright a presidential appointee is the first step in giving the Copyright Office some autonomy to effectively do what they were created for. 

Further, an added protection to ensure this does not become a highly politicized appointment, is that whoever is appointed is done so with the advice and consent of Congress. Since Congress would be relying on the Register so heavily it would ensure someone with ample knowledge and experience would be appointed. 

For these reasons, PPA asks you to support H.R 1695 and take the first step in modernizing the Copyright Office. Send a letter to your representative or call them NOW

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PPA's partners at the Copyright Alliance have put together a great blog post, giving a counterpoint to misconceptions about HR 1695. Read and share now! 

The myths are:  

  • MYTH #1: It's "mystifying" why congress would prefer a Presidentially appointed Register of Copyrights to one appointed by the Librarian of Congress.
  • MYTH #2: A Presidentially appointed Register will become "more concerned with policy than modernization".
  • MYTH #3: This bill is an attempt to take power away from Dr. Hayden and give it to President Trump. 
  • MYTH #4: Making the Register a Presidential appointee will politicize the position.
  • MYTH #5: There isn't time to wait for a presidential appointee. A "new and qualified" Register must be appointed right away.
  • MYTH #6: A 10-year term would make the Register "less accountable to Congress and the public."
After you dig deeper into these myths and the reasons they're just that, be sure to have everyone you know lend their voice in support of HR 1695! Use PPA's pre-written messages and call or write your representative.  

By Chris Homer

It's Friday, so you know what that means! We're back with our favorite photography blogs
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 from around the web. As you head into the weekend, take a minute to relax and browse these posts - you never know what you might learn! 

CAMERA METERING MODES: Do you have a firm grasp of how to use the metering modes on your camera? If you need to brush up, this post from New Atlas shares how and when to use these modes.

CHILDREN'S PHOTOGRAPHY: Do you feel like you're stuck in a rut, creating very similar portraits of children for your clients? If so, this post from Digital Photography School can help. It covers some non-portrait ideas for photographing children that clients love!

TIME-LAPSE PHOTOGRAPHY: Do you have the desire to create time-lapse videos using your photography, but aren't sure how to start? This tutorial from Aperture Tours will show you how to get going on that time-lapse project you've been thinking about doing!

FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY: Are you interested in photographing food? If you're looking for advice on how to get into the food photography market, read this interview from Sony's blog. In the interview, food photographer Ariel Ip explains how she got started.

GEAR: If you've recently turned pro, or are thinking about turning pro, give this post from Photography Talk a read. It covers what they feel are the best DSLR cameras for those starting out in the professional photography market.

By Tristin Vaccaro

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Whether you need a little inspiration or a dash of encouragement, PhotoVision is the place for you. PhotoVision is a collection of informative and inspiring videos from some of the greatest photography professionals in the world. You get an all-access, behind-the-scenes look into the minds of photography's biggest names, and the best part is, it's FREE for PPA members.

The newest addition to the PhotoVision library is, "Creating with Purpose and Meaning" with world-renowned photographer Anne Geddes. In this new video, Anne candidly discusses her humble beginnings and her personal storytelling process. For Anne, this process involves living a creative life and she acknowledges that, "these [photography] concepts, or little ideas, can come from anywhere at all." A true artist and master of her craft, Anne shares with us what it really means to put in the work.

This video is currently available on PhotoVisionVideo.com for all PPA members. If you're not a member, join PPA today and get access to over 500 videos included with your membership. So what are you waiting for? Be More Inspired today! 

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By Bethany Clark

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They say April showers bring May flowers, so let's keep our fingers crossed that this recent stormy springtime weather brings good tidings. While you stay dry, enjoy some of the most informative and interesting blog posts in the photography industry this week!

COPYRIGHT: There's a great new copyright blog out there, and guess what... it's from the U.S. Copyright Office! The U.S. Copyright Office is really stepping up their game in an effort to share their activities with the public. Check it out, and be sure to join PPA's Grassroots Action Team to support Small Claims for photographers! 

ADVOCACY: PPA's Government Affairs Team travels regularly to Washington D.C. to advocate for the Freedom for American Small Creators Act (the small claims bill) and highlight why this is so important to creative artists, especially photographers. Since the bill has not been reintroduced yet (but will be soon!), PPA hopes many of the representatives we talk to will be willing to co-sponsor the bill when the time comes. Read all the updates!

SAFETY: According to the TODAY show, over 340 people are killed while trespassing on train tracks each year. Ever wondered how the train could "sneak" up on people without them being able to get away in time? Take a look at this demonstration. Bottom line: don't trespass on live tracks because (1) it's illegal and (2) it's truly dangerous.

ONLINE: With more and more online-only retailers, quality photography is essential to consumers who are considering buying a garment or product. Go behind-the-scenes of an e-commerce shoot to see what it takes to create an appealing visual story for online shoppers.

DRONES: Thinking about adding drones to your photography business? Learn how with PPAedu! If you aren't a PPA member, you're in luck because this month's free video thoroughly explains the added valued drones can bring to your business. If you are a PPA member, log in and watch this video (plus hundreds more) at any time!

MARKETING: Do you need to make sales calls to sports leagues? Check out H&H Color Lab's marketing program, full of tools to help you grow your sports photography business!

IMPROVE: Want to get feedback on your images from an official IPC juror? Request a critique while entering the IPC! Take a look at real critique from last year's competition and see how invaluable the insight can be! 

STARTUP: Congrats! You've decided to start your photography business. Before you dive headfirst into the fray, take a look at these tips from The Guardian so that you start off on the right foot.

SALES: Keep in mind that every email, call, or text with a client is an opportunity to communicate effectively. Check out this blog to learn the advantages of selling clients on the experience of hiring you and preparing them for what they can buy when it's all said and done. 

SOCIAL MEDIA: Check this free video from PhotoVision. Photographer John Pyle discusses his effective use of social media to drive his business, providing marketing tips and his successes and failures from his past seven years using various social media sites.

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.

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There's a great new copyright blog out there, Copyright Creativity at Work, and guess what...it's from the U.S. Copyright Office! The U.S. Copyright Office is really stepping up their game in an effort to share their activities with the public. This is fantastic news for PPA and supporters of copyright law reform, as it makes the Copyright Office more open and transparent while we embark on the modernization process. 

The blog is great and very well maintained so far, with article updates when court cases pertaining to copyright take place. The blog intends to explore "a wide variety of copyright-related topics, including special project updates, interesting copyright court cases and case law, current copyright issues, current events, historical facts, copyright myths, trivia, communications about current and developing Office services, fun facts, and responses to copyright interest suggested by our customers."

Along with the blog, the Copyright Office launched its updated website. The site's redesign is also a great step in the right direction, making for a more organized, more responsive, and easier-to-navigate user experience.

Read all about the changes and how to use the new site here. 

Don't forget, while you're diving deep into the world of copyright law, you still need to sign up to support PPA's legislative efforts at PPA.com/Grassroots. 

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By Tristin Vaccaro

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

Every month, we unlock a free PhotoVision video for non-subscribers to take advantage of amazing learning opportunities. Why? Because we believe in the power of education for all! In this month's free video, "Social Media", we sit down with photographer John Pyle to discuss his effective use of social media to drive his business. John provides tons of marketing tips and his personal social media successes and failures from his past 7 years using various social sites.  
Non-members will have access to this video throughout the entire month of April. Want to see more? Head on over to PhotoVision and begin exploring all the website has to offer. Don't forget that PPA members get access to all the PhotoVision photography courses for free with their membership, so join PPA today!

The results are in for the Western District Photographic Competition! Congratulations to all who merited!


Want to improve as a photographer and gain feedback on your work? Start preparing your images for the International Photographic Competition! Registration opens May 22.


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By Bethany Clark

201703-solitude-(1981).jpgWith more than 400,000 impressions (posters, prints, and more) of David Lorenz Winston's photograph "Solitude" sold since it was published in the 1980s, it ranks as one of the best-known images in recent memory. 

Learn the intriguing story behind the photograph in "The 'Solitude' Fence Has A Quirky Backstory" on PPmag.com!



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