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by James Yates
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The Business Challenge provides photography business owners with the information and tools they need to develop the foundation for a more profitable business over the course of one year. Not only do they receive the tools required to make changes to their business, but also step-by-step instruction and support from PPA mentors as they implement these changes.

The next Business Challenge starts April 1st and you don't want to miss it! Be sure to sign up for your year of fun, interactive inspiration for you to integrate as much business acumen as you can in one year's time. 

The first assignment is all about defining YOUR idea of success.  It's vital that photographers begin creating a roadmap that will take them where they want to go so they don't end up somewhere else completely. 

"Something I hear often," says Angela Kurkian, Education Director and moderator of the Business Challenge, "is this concept that helps people dismiss the idea that they should be profitable...the concept that success and money don't go hand-in-hand, as if accepting money for your craft were a bad thing. Should artists only make enough to pay the bills'? I don't think that's true."

Here's an example comment from a participant:

"I feel that many tie success with money.  There are so many other facets to success.  Don't get me wrong - I am not anti-money, I just want to make enough to pay my bills.  I want to be able to have a balanced work/personal life balance.  I shoot lots of events and sports.  One of my schools is one that has been ignored by many because it is a lower income school.  The impact that I have on these students make it all worth it.  They are so excited that someone will take the time to really care about them."

And here was Kurkian's response:

"Right on! I appreciate that sentiment completely; we can't be so focused on our wallets that we lose sight of how it feels to give of our gift.  I also appreciate that you choose to give to a lower income school. You're right; those schools don't get enough attention from local businesses because they become known as 'lower income schools'.  I have also learned that the more profitable I am, the more room I have in my schedule to give to those who would benefit from what I can offer.  It's a two sided coin.  It's that concept of putting the oxygen mask on yourself first, before attending to those you're helping.  I admire you greatly and hope we can help you to develop and sustain an even more profitable level so that you can continue to give as you do."

For some, success is having the agency to be able to give back to others. For others, success may be the ability to take that yearly vacation. And for some, it may be a more existential definition. The concept of "defining success" leads to many great discussions on the PPA Business Challenge (like this great answer we shared last week). 

YOU should sign up now for April 1st's Business Challenge group. Consider it the next, big step toward success for your business! 

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For professional photographers, the start of spring means District Competitions are in full swing! Did you know you can stream and watch the judging, LIVE?

You can stream the judging of the Southwest District Photographic Competition March 24-25, from 9am-6pm ET on Stream.theIPC.org

If you've ever wanted to take a peek at what the judges are looking for during the Photographic Open or Artistic competition, or to learn more about PPA's 12 Elements of a Merit Image, we invite you to tune in and get inspired. Who knows? Maybe there's still time to register for your district? Or maybe you'll be entering next year? Find out more here. http://www.ppa.com/ipc

To give you an idea of what the judges are looking for, here's an actual critique from last year's Northcentral district competition. This image is "Alone Together" by Sevie Kenyon. It's being critiqued by Janel Pahl M.Photog.Cr., API. 

   
PPA's District Competitions comprise a step along the way to the annual International Photographic Competition (IPC), July 30-August 3, 2017. Though that may seem quite far away, time always flies and it's best to take some time to prepare the best images in your portfolio now so you can enter with confidence. IPC is an excellent opportunity to challenge yourself, so you definitely don't want to miss it! 

By competing in the IPC you'll get the chance to elevate your work through: 

Engaging with the photographic community 

Getting critiques from PPA certified jurors 

Competing against the best in the business 

And maybe even earning merits or joining the prestigious Loan Collection!

So get started now competing in your local, state, and district competitions. Then, you'll be prepared to head to the big stage and compete in PPA's IPC. 

The judging for the IPC will be held July 30-August 2, 2017. Early registration to enter your images opens May 22-June 21, 2017 by 5pm ET. Entries after June 21 will be accepted with a late fee through July 6. But please note that no entries will be accepted after July 6, 2017 by 5pm ET. 

This year's IPC has some new rules, so be sure to check them out. And don't forget to enter your images early to beat the crowds and save some money!

by Sidra Safri 

Drone_Alert_StateBill9.pngOn February 8th, the West Virginia Senate introduced a "Drone Bill" that effectively makes it difficult for photographers to continue to use drones for aerial photography. 

Senate Bill 9 contains two harmful provisions. As it currently stands, the legislation states:

  1. If you are operating a drone within 100 feet of a structure, you must have prior consent of all owners or occupants of any pictured structures. 
  2. In order to intentionally take a photograph of another person, you must have prior permission. This also applies to large group photographs taken at weddings, fairs, etc. 

Both provisions make it extremely difficult for commercial/real estate, wedding and event photographers, making it not only impossible, but impractical, to get consent from all owners or people pictured. 

Further, these provisions are so overreaching and do not consider the actual unintended effects on consumers. Photographers will not be able to fulfill consumer expectations due to the limitations placed on them from this arbitrary law.

This bill has already passed the Senate and is currently be reviewed by the House Judiciary Committee, with it possibly going to a vote in the next few days.

West Virginia PPA members and those who care about visual artists and small business rights need to take action now! 

Reach out to your representative here and tell them that Senate Bill 9 is unfair to Drone Photographers! We've already done all the work for you. Reach out to your representative here and tell them Senate Bill 9 is unfair to photographers!*** West Virginia ONLY, please!

Everyone else, take note: This could be the first step in several states attempting to adopt similar legislation. PPA and your Grassroots Action Team will keep you informed so we can all stand together and fight this impediment to your small business. 

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by Sidra Safri 
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Do you ever wonder if your client fully understands their contract--especially the portions dealing with copyright or the usage rights? Some clients are so focused on the end product they completely forget that they may have to ask permission to use their new images for something other than personal use.
 
PPA has a small fix for that. Included in your membership kit (and renewal kit) is a stack of copyright inserts. These inserts can be stapled to your contract or be included in all the materials you provide to your client. The copyright inserts explain copyright law in a nutshell, and urge the clients to ask you, the photographer, for any additional information. Sometimes a gentle reminder or simple education can go a long way. 

These copyright inserts can be downloaded and printed anytime you need them here. 

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by Sidra Safri
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For a long time, wanting to take photos on train tracks has been extremely popular. What better way to celebrate a milestone and show that you are "heading somewhere in life" while getting some phenomenal shots? As great as this sounds, PPA has news for you: TAKING IMAGES ON TRAIN TRACKS IS TRESPASSING, THEREFORE IT'S ILLEGAL! 

Recently, this has become such a big deal that Union Pacific (second largest railroad company in the U.S) will seek removal of any photos that violate this policy

This may sound unnecessary, but safety is a huge concern around train tracks. While taking pictures on tracks, it is extremely easy to get stuck, not see or hear the train coming, or simply step in the wrong place at the wrong time. 

Many people have heard about the recent story out of Navasota, Texas about a young athlete, mother-to-be, and aspiring model. Her death could have been easily prevented. 

As photographers, it is our duty to inform our clients about what can or cannot be done. If a client is adamant about taking photos on train tracks, many states have train museums or "false" tracks that allow you to do so. 

Keep in mind: SAFETY should always be the number one priority!

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By Autumn Rice
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Spring is in the air, and so is the chill of winter... BRRR, it's cold in a lot of places right now! Until the temperatures rise and you're able to head out for some springtime fun, snuggle up with some of the most informative and interesting blog posts in the photography industry this week!

EQUIPMENT HELP: When your photography equipment is clean and well-kept it can make your sessions run much smoother, but if not, it could be a disaster. Don't let dirt and grime rear its ugly head during your shoot! Check out this step-by-step, how-to video on cleaning your tripod. Some of these methods can also be applied to some of your other equipment! 

PERSPECTIVE: Changing your perspective can change your photography, leading to more creative and challenging shoots. Light Stalking has an article up with four reasons you should try taking low-angle photos. The article features examples and may just help you stretch yourself in a direction you haven't thought of before.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS: More than likely, your website is your initial consultation...the first thing your potential client sees. But if you're using flash or aren't mobile-responsive, you're rapidly being left in the dark ages. FStoppers has "Eight Reasons Why Your Photography Website Sucks". From grammar to design, there's a lot to make sure you're doing right. 

OLD BECOMES NEW: The progression of technology has made today's photography universal, instant and easily accessible, but the resurgence of Tintype counters this trend. Tintype photography takes much more time, involves chemicals and metals, and a little chemistry. Read this article about the rebirth of these vintage photographs, and see if it's right for you!

COMMERCIAL PHOTOGRAPHY:  Photographers have always documented the evolution of fashion for magazines and billboards, and as fashion changes so should photography. Watch this up to date video with Clay Cook about shooting fashion and editorial portrait photography that fits today's landscape.

COLOR CORRECTION: When shooting close-up portraits on clients it's easy to see imperfections in their skin. As a professional, you must correct these issues before presenting the photographs to the clients. Go through some of the steps and corrections notated in this post to see if you've missed anything in your editing session!

ADD TO YOUR WATCH LIST: Wedding season is approaching and for wedding photographers that means business will be booming! To put your best foot forward and giver your clients the best finished product, brush up on your photography skills with a few of the newest wedding and engagement inspiration videos from PhotoVision!

CYA & WORKFLOW: Many photographers have questions about the best way to back up their photos. The problem is, they seek this information after they've run into trouble. They either thought their plan was good enough, or they didn't have one at all. Get ahead of the pack and figure out an accident-proof backup strategy for your photos with tips from this article! 

ONLINE MARKETING: As a professional photographer you must focus on more than just your craft; there's a business aspect too and SEO plays a big part in that. Some photographers don't know what SEO is, or how to optimize it. Here's an article about how to optimize and interpret SEO for photographers!

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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By James Yates
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The Business Challenge provides photography business owners with the information and tools they need to develop the foundation for a more profitable business over the course of one year. Not only do they receive the tools required to make changes to their business, but also step-by-step instruction and support from PPA mentors as they implement these changes.

The next Business Challenge starts April 1st and you don't want to miss it! Be sure to sign up for your year of fun, interactive inspiration for you to integrate as much business acumen as you can in one year's time. 

The first assignment is all about defining YOUR idea of success.  It's vital that photographers begin creating a road map that will take them where they want to go so they don't end up somewhere else completely. This was one challenger's answer - one of many great ones--from Lindsay Syme, owner of Lindsay Syme Photography in Spring Creek NV. She also just so happens to be the winner of the 2017 Dream Studio Giveaway at Imaging USA (see photo)! 

"Success is that fabulous thing you achieve when you set a goal and do the work it takes to reach that goal.

My Business Goals:  

• I want to contribute financially for my family: This starts with pricing for profit and having solid business foundations. I need to get over myself and see my worth. I see it in others but fail to see it in myself. I am making progress but still have much to do!

• I want to be 100% present in everything I do: I need to focus all of my attention on whatever it is that I am working on because I tend to be distracted, lack focus, or procrastinate.

• I want to give back to the community and others: Being able to give to others feels so dang good. There are so many areas in our community that I could make a difference. Having the financial means would be awesome as well as the time to volunteer. Again, goes back to pricing for profit so I can have the money and time.

• I want to educate and share with others: I know how grateful I am when others share their time and talent. I want to give back to my photography community. Teaching runs through my veins so I look forward to the day that I can contribute.

• I want to strive to be better and improve my craft: My last step to earning my CPP is the image submission. My eyes have been opened to a whole new perspective! I always want to be better and push for the next step, whatever that might be.

• I want to show others how valuable they are: It amazes me how many times I get put off as a customer by various businesses and business owners. I find it shocking! I want people to feel important. I want people to feel special. I want them to feel communicated to and valuable. I want to go above and beyond so others know how important they are. I feel like achieving these goals will result in success!"

It's going to be an exciting year for Lindsay and her fellow Challengers..including, hopefully, you! We'll check back in with Lindsay and see how things have progressed. YOU should sign up now for April 1st's Business Challenge group. Consider it next, big step toward success for your business


By Sidra Safri 
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Photographers BEWARE! Google's new imaging software, RAISR, is every photographer's worst nightmare. RAISR stands for "Rapid and Accurate Image Super Resolution". This software, like many others on the market, is able to take a low-quality image and turn it into a larger, and slightly better, image.

RAISR poses a bigger threat because this software is able to improve the image to make it look almost identical to the original! Even more worrisome is that this software is able to do this 10 to 100 times faster than most, and also works on mobile devices. With access to higher quality images on all devices, the door is now open for even more infringement opportunities without any remedy for photographers, perpetuating the unfair copyright-infringement cycle! As software continues to advance, it has become more important than ever to have a copyright-infringement remedy available for photographers and creative artists. 

With the passage of Small Claims legislation in the (relatively near) future, photographers will have the ability to prevent infringers from stealing their work. In order to make this a reality we need your support! Sign your name to the Grassroots Action Team at ppa.com/grassroots. We're trying to get 30,000+ names to show Congress how important this issue is for our members and their communities. For more information about small claims please visit ppa.com/advocacy or contact the Government Affairs Manager at ssafri@ppa.com.  

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By Autumn Rice

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Interested in formulating an infant photography business that keeps your customers coming back? Register for today's webinar with Olivia Grey Prichard where she tells you all about cultivating repeat clients with a successful "baby's first year" plan.

During this webinar you'll learn what ages/stages to shoot, how to shoot them, and when to incorporate family members. You'll also develop methods for communicating and setting expectations with clients. Finally, you'll set your sales goals and learn what products to sell, all setting yourself up to be more profitable!

This webinar has it all, and you don't want to miss it. Click here to register and don't forget to tune in at 2 pm ET, today!

By Tristin Vaccaro
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Spring hasn't quite sprung yet, but even though we haven't seen the last of winter, we've got something that's sure to give you the warm and fuzzies. Here is the weekly roundup of the HOTTEST photography-related blogs around! So melt away your stress and relax with all things photography.   

EDITING: The great thing about digital is the ability to make simple edits using settings right on your camera. Whether it be boosting the clarity or vibrancy, it is very much possible to capture your final image "right out of the camera" with little to no external edits.  A little in-camera polishing can go a long way, and photographer Tony Corbell explains why.

COPYRIGHT: As PPA fights for improvements on copyright law and small claims options on Capitol Hill, there is something you can do to make a difference from the comfort of your own home. Using the "Share Your Story" tool, you can share your personal account of how copyright infringement negatively impacted you and/or your business. Copyright infringement is frustrating, so use this tool to vent so we can share these stories with congress and advocate for a better small claims process.

DRONES: Drone photography provides us with fascinating images from a point of view that we would never be able to experience otherwise. When you're hundreds of feet in the air, the photo opportunities are endless. Getting started in drone photography is easier than you'd think, and these tips will help you get the most out of your investment.  

GALLERY: This past Wednesday, March 8, was International Women's Day 2017, and Reuters photographers from around the world took to the streets to capture portraits of women on the job. From skydiving instructors to priests to diplomats, this gallery shows what women in the workplace looks like across the globe. 

ORGANIZATION: As a photographer, you probably have files all over the place. In folders, on your desktop, in your email, and who knows where else. Photographer and IT specialist Mykii Liu will take you through his steps for arranging files on your desktop that are sure to maximize your workflow.  

VIDEO: This short segment from The Today Show is a little different, in that it was completely shown using only old-fashioned still photographs. Anchor Al Roker visits photography shops in NYC completely dedicated to analog photography, and takes a few film photographs himself. Follow Al's journey from film to files then back again in this unique feature story. 

PERSPECITVE: You work hard for your money, there's no doubt about it, but have you ever thought if you're worth the money you charge? Photographer Eric Brushett offers an eye opening perspective: A man with a camera is often valued more than a man in a police uniform or a women teaching your children in today's society. It's something to ponder and reflect on as the busy season rounds the corner. 

INSPIRATION: If you're thinking about getting started in the unique space of drone photography, look no further than these popular snapshots for inspiration. Grab a cup of coffee and scroll past thousands of mesmerizing drone photographs and aerial photography tips on this Pinterest page. You could be here a while. 

INDUSTRY: Nowadays, it seems as though anyone with a decent smartphone camera can call themselves a photographer.  As a professional, you know this isn't true, but perhaps some days you feel as though the industry is in decline because of it.  Fear not! The profession isn't dying, but maybe your commitment and attitude toward your job have taken a dive.  Read this article for some words of encouragement and tips on how to keep your love affair with photography alive and well. 

BUSINESS: You're proud to show off the photos you've been producing, but would you say the same for your business? With PPA's Business Challenge, you'll get tons of information and advice from mentors about how to improve your bottom line. This article will explain just some of the takeaways you'll receive from the Business Challenge and how to sign up. Is you business up to the challenge?

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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By now you know PPA is always fighting for your rights on Capitol Hill, lobbying and advocating for improvements to copyright law (including a small claims option). 

You can be proud of the "big-picture" ways that your association is working to improve your business's sustainability and profits via copyright reform, but there's a new way that you can personally pitch in!

A few months ago, PPA started working on new ways to get PPA members and non-members alike to share their copyright infringement stories. After a few tweaks, it's time to roll out this new "Share Your Story" tool

Submissions can be made by both members and non-members. Share the page on your social networks. We want YOUR story and the stories of all you know who have been affected by copyright infringement. 70% of professional photographers have dealt with copyright infringement, so we know you have stories. Now, we have an opportunity to share those stories with congress and help pass the Fairness for American Small Creators Act (FASCA). 

We need to get FASCA passed because it will allow you to protect your work and provide adequate and affordable recourse if your work is stolen, without the immense time and monetary demand normally required.

We only have one shot to change things and this is why we need to hear your stories. Please make a short video of an experience you've had with copyright infringement and upload it to the link. With your stories, we will be able to advocate for a better Small Claims process on Capitol Hill that will protect the work of photographers and creative artists.


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

View the results here

Want to improve as a photographer and gain feedback on your work? There's still time to register for the other districts...learn more now!

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By Tristin Vaccaro

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It's finally Friday, and if that wasn't exciting enough, we've brought you our favorite photography-related blogs from this week! You've made it to the end of another week, so reward yourself by taking a moment to relax and read up on all things photography. Enjoy!

BUSINESS: The life of a photographer moves fast and between consultations, shoots, and editing, where does the time go? The last thing on your mind during these hectic times is probably your email, but it should be.  Read up on how frequently reading and responding to your emails equates to more money in your pocket.

PRESTIGE: The 2017 World Photographic Cup winners were announced on February 23rd at the WPC 2017 Photo Show at the Grand Intercontinental Hotel in Yokohama, Japan. Find out which country took home the coveted cup!

TIPS: Changing tides, stunning sunsets, and majestic marine life are just a few of the reasons to try your hand at seascape photography. For those of you looking to get your feet wet (pun intended), there are some basics you should know before you get started.  

INSPIRATION: It happens to even the best photographers: the dreaded photography slump. Whether your inspiration up and left, or nothing you've captured recently really speaks to you, fear not. As with any creative process, there are times of successes and failures, learning and growth, but the important thing to remember is this rut won't last forever. If you've found yourself feeling low, read up on these tips for turning it around.

SOCIAL BRANDING: If you thought Instagram was just an app for amateur photographers and millennials, you thought wrong.  With over 600 million monthly users, Instagram is the perfect place for skilled photographers to share their images and gain a fan base along the way. In this article, six photographers (some with millions of followers!) provide you with insight as to how they cultivated a mass following on Instagram, and how you can, too.

INDUSTRY TRENDS: For more than 40 years Showcase, Atlanta's largest and last camera store, sold photography and video equipment to customers nationwide. Sadly, on January 5, Showcase announced they were closing their doors for good. Showcase is just one of the many camera stores that have fallen victim to big name retailers and lack of consumer interest. Showcase's general manager John Williams explains why he believes independent camera stores are on the verge of extinction in this eye-opening article.      

PASSION: Photographer Liam Smith really loves wedding photography, like REALLY loves it. Smith says he doesn't shoot anything else and has no desire to. Where does this passion for capturing others' big day come from? Besides the obvious pressure and emotional connection with clients, Smith reveals the reasons behind his love affair with the wedding niche in this fun testimonial.        

FUN: You remember playing with those LEGO building blocks as a kid, but did you know you can now build your face with them? At London's LEGO store you can enter the "Mosaic Maker" photo booth and leave with your own custom LEGO kit. After assembling all its pieces at home, you're left with a LEGO mosaic of your portrait. Read this article to see just how it works and unleash your inner child!    

CREATIVITY: Inspiration can strike at any time, when you're not expecting it or even when you're expecting something else.  In photographer Ty Poland's case, he set out to capture the perfect wide shot of New York City at sunset, but the other photos he captured on his excursion were even better. See the images and read about Ty's story about stepping out of the box and how changing your perspective can make all the difference. 

TUTORIAL: If you know anything about color theory, you know that color grading by split toning complementary colors adds visual interest and appeal to an image. Currently trending in photography and editing is the "orange and teal look" which involves, you guessed it, combining orange and teal hues together in a photo.  YouTuber Denny's Tips walks you through the steps to achieve this popular look, and it's perfect for beginners and professionals alike.  

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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By James Yates
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You may already have the art of photography down, but is your business where you'd like it to be? If you find yourself wanting to learn how to boost your bottom line, the PPA Business Challenge is for you! 

The Business Challenge provides photography business owners with the information and tools they need to develop the foundation for a more profitable business over the course of one year. Not only do they receive the tools required to make changes to their business, but also step-by-step instruction and support from PPA mentors as they implement these changes. 

We all know that photographers are entrepreneurs, small business owners with a passion for their craft. We also know that, more often than not, many photographers open their studios as artists, not having gone to business school, nor carrying a finance background. It is part of PPA's mission, as a nonprofit, to help our members understand and implement the basic business principles needed to maintain a sustainable studio. 

The Business Challenge is meant to be a fun, interactive way for PPA members to integrate as much business acumen as they can in one year's time. There is work involved, as this "challenge" is meant for photographers who are serious about wanting to take their business to the next level. Participants will have tasks to complete and the opportunity to be active members of accountability groups and peer-to-peer mentoring. 

"PPA's business advice is based on years of experience and successful business mentoring," says Angela Kurkian, M.Photog.Cr., CPP and Director of Education at PPA. "The Business Challenge helps our members be more business-confident. It helps them think and strategize as a savvy business person." 

Kurkian led a presentation on the Business Challenge (pictured above) and its first year at this year's Imaging USA in San Antonio. Titled "4 Things You Need to Know to Be Successful", the group panel included Gregory Daniel, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, F-ASP; Mary Fisk-Taylor, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, ABI, API; and participants from the previous year's Business Challenge. 

As an example of the kinds of takeaways you'll gain from the Challenge, they presented these four steps to success... 

By Chris Homer

Through PPAedu, PPA members have hundreds of tutorials and educational videos to choose from, available to them 24/7. Each month, however, one PPAedu video is unlocked for everyone (including non-members!) to enjoy. Why for free? Because PPA believes in the power of education for all working photographers!

This month, the video "Posing for Two: Part 1" with Drake Busath, M.Photog.Cr., has been unlocked for your viewing pleasure! In this video, Drake will show you how to expertly position younger and more mature couples so their images showcase their relationship. You'll learn key poses, what type of shots to get, how to make the couple comfortable and more!

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


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Chris Homer is PPA's SEO & Web Specialist, which basically makes Google Analytics his best friend. A graduate of the University of Georgia, Chris cheers passionately (and obnoxiously) for the Bulldogs in all things from football to checkers. When he's not hard at work on PPA's websites, you'll find Chris at auto racing events around the southeast, where he's known as a master architect of tent villages.

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By James Yates

For professional photographers, the end of winter and beginning of spring means District Competitions are in full swing! Did you know you can stream and watch the judging, LIVE?

You can stream the judging of the Northcentral District Photographic Competition this week, March 3-4, from 9am-6pm ET on Stream.theIPC.org

If you've ever wanted to take a peek at what the judges are looking for during the Photographic Open or Artistic competition, or to learn more about PPA's 12 Elements of a Merit Image, we invite you to tune in and get inspired. Who knows? Maybe there's still time to register for your district? Or maybe you'll be entering next year! Find out more here

To give you an idea of what the judges are looking for, here's an actual critique from last year's Northcentral competition. This image is "Jack" by John Stalzer, M.Photog.Cr. It's being critiqued by Cary Garrison, M.Photog.Cr., CPP. 



PPA's District Competitions comprise a step along the way to the annual International Photographic Competition (IPC), July 30-August 3, 2017. Though that may seem quite far away, time always flies and it's best to take some time to prepare the best images in your portfolio now so you can enter with confidence. IPC is an excellent opportunity to challenge yourself, so you definitely don't want to miss it! 



Thumbnail image for marketing plan.jpgMaking a marketing plan doesn't have to be a daunting experience that you put off for months on end. 

In fact, creating a killer plan -- and being motivated to actually execute marketing each week -- is actually easier than you think! 

You are invited to attend a free webinar tomorrow, March 2 at 2:00 pm ET, that explores the important aspects of making a marketing plan that works.

You'll learn:
  • The key elements of a killer marketing plan and why are they important
  • How to build a tactical marketing plan you'll actually follow
  • Tips and tricks for sticking to the marketing plan
This webinar is FREE and open to both PPA photographers and non-members alike, so register now and tune in tomorrow, March 2nd, at 2:00 pm! 

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

View the results here

Want to improve as a photographer and gain feedback on your work? There's still time to register for the other districts...learn more now!



Happy Friday! It's time to enjoy our weekly roundup of photography blogs from around the
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 web. Take a look - you never know what you might find that could help your photography and business!

FILM TUTORIAL: Are you interested in shooting and developing photos using black and white film? This post from PetaPixel has some great tips for how to get the best results!

GEAR: Many photographers use a ball head mount on their tripod, but have you ever considered using a fluid head? This video from photographer Hudson Henry explains the advantages a fluid head can have for your photography. 

TUTORIAL: Educator Jimmy McIntyre demonstrates a nifty trick for photographers looking to get a greater dynamic range in a photo: blend 3 bracketed exposures of the same scene using Photoshop. 

RETOUCHING: Whether you've been in the photography game for a while, or are just starting out, this post from Fstoppers shares some good topics you should have a firm grasp of to improve your retouching of photos. 

INSPIRATION: If you're looking for some inspiration, this post from Fstoppers is a great read. You'll see how photographer Nicky Hamilton built his own sets, by hand, for a cinematic photography project. 
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The 2017 World Photographic Cup winners were announced on February 23rd at the WPC 2017 PHOTO SHOW at the Grand Intercontinental Hotel in Yokohama, Japan. 

The winner of the 2017 World Photographic Cup, with a total of 34 points and for the second year in a row....is Team Portugal! Portugal is now beginning a "streak" unless someone else takes the cup in 2018!

The second place went to the United States of America.

Russia took third.
 
Individual gold medals went to Russia, Finland, Mexico, Slovakia, the United Kingdom and Singapore.

The World Photographic Cup (WPC) was organized in cooperation with the Professional Photographers of Japan Association (PPJ) and is sponsored by the Federation of European Professional Photographers (FEP), Professional Photographers of America (PPA), the United Asian Professional Photography (UAPP) and the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP).

26 national photographic teams entered the fourth edition of the Olympics-styled competition, from Europe, the Middle East, Asia, North America and Oceania.

The Golden medals in the six categories went to:
  • Dušan Holovej, Slovakia, for Commercial category.
  • Antti Karppinen, Finland, for Illustrative category.
  • Pepe Soho, Mexico, for Nature (Landscape and wildlife).
  • Eelena Malysheva, Russia, for Portrait category
  • Goh Wee Seng, Singapore, for Reportage/Photo Journalism.
  • Lee Howell, United Kingdom, for Wedding.

Also awarded medals: 
  • Amber Griffin (New Zealand), Silver Medal and Michelle Trull (Team USA) Bronze Medal for commercial. 
  • Uli Staiger (Team Germany), Silver medal and José Almeida (Portugal) Bronze Medal in Illustrative; 
  • Andreas Kalvig Anderson (Norway), Silver Medal, and Ann Coppens (Belgium), Bronze Medal for Nature; 
  • Christopher Ian (Australia), Silver Medal and Nikki Harrison (Canada), Bronze Medal for Portrait; 
  • Vincenzo Tessarin (Italy), Silver Medal and Oldich Bubák (Czech Republic) Bronze Medal in Reportage/Photojournalism; 
  • Andreas Zopf (Austria), Silver Medal and Terese Samuelsen (Norway), Bronze Medal in Wedding.

"Congratulations to Team Portugal for winning the WPC two times in a row, and all the winners. An incredibly close competition, with a huge variety of winners, from four continents, is exactly what the WPC committee could hope for," commented the Chairman of  WPC Judging Committee Jorgen Brandt. "It has been amazing to see so many beautiful images coming from around the globe, and really difficult to judge them!"

"It's a unique feeling coming out from a unique competition," added Giuseppe Scozzi, WPC Chief Executive. "Representing their homeland at any level is an amazing opportunity and there has never been a program that involves photography like this. Now we have it in the World Photographic Cup. We really experienced the groundswell of enthusiasm from photographers to create the finest they can in the hope of representing their country!"

The WPC CEO also thanked the Professional Photographers of Japan Association for having organized such a beautiful event, and announced that the next hosting country will be Australia in 2018.



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