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With the new FAA regulations regarding drones going into effect August 29th, you need to have the most up-to-date information to fly and use a drone for business or work purposes. Bottom line: you MUST take the aeronautical knowledge test (the "Drone Test") and have your drone registered. Here are important links and guidelines that will be helpful while navigating through the process.

In order to sit for the "Drone test", and be able to apply for the remote pilot certification, the applicant must be at least 16 years old, be fluent in English, be in good physical and mental condition to operate a drone, and take the test at an approved FAA knowledge testing center. Step by step guidelines are posted on the FAA website under requirements and process for becoming a pilot.

Approved Testing Centers are listed here.

All applicants need to take and pass the Drone Test in order to apply for their remote pilot certificate with a small UAS rating. The cost of taking the test is $150 and, once certified, the certification will be valid for two years. Taking the test and getting certified allows photographers to use drones during photo sessions in accordance with FAA guidelines. To ensure that everyone has the knowledge necessary to pass the drone test, the FAA has posted various study guides and sample test questions for applicants to study. These materials can be found under the FAA's suggested study materials

Once an applicant has passed the drone test, applied for and received their remote pilot certification, they MUST register their drone. The drone must be registered if it is over .55 pounds, up to a maximum weight of 55 pounds. The 55 pound limit includes any equipment you attach to the drone, such as your camera. Registration cost is only $5 and will be valid for three years. All drones need to be registered at https://RegisterMyUAS.FAA.gov/.

Your drone must also undergo a pre-flight check to ensure it is in proper condition to be operated. This link has a .pdf of the FAA's pre-flight checklist. 

The FAA has addressed some Drone Regulations frequently asked questions here. Here is also an easy-to-read recap chart with all the necessary information regarding both pilot and drone requirements:
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You can find even more information in the FAA's Getting Started guide. We hope you're as excited and ready to fly your drone as we are! Share your (legal) drone photography with us on theLoop, Facebook or Twitter! Now, get out there, take some amazing photos and share them with the world!

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Staying at the official Imaging USA host hotels is the best and easiest way to get the most out of your time at the convention. We encourage you to reserve a room and stay in the following host hotels:

San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter (HEADQUARTERS HOTEL) 

San Antonio Marriott Riverwalk

Hilton Palacio Del Rio

Grand Hyatt San Antonio

So, what's the big deal about host hotels? 

1. Host Hotels Keep Your Registration Fees Low!

By staying at the official Imaging USA host hotels, you're helping to keep registration fees down! These hotels provide complimentary meeting rooms for Imaging USA if, and only if, we meet the required minimum guest rooms in our hotel contract. Otherwise, Imaging USA must pay for meeting rooms as well as for each room we fall below the minimum--and registration fees will go up! So stay with us and save!

2. Host Hotels Provide Networking Opportunities!

By staying at the host hotels, you're at the epicenter for everything Imaging USA. Social and networking opportunities abound, and you don't even have to go anywhere to find them. They're all right there!

3. Host Hotels Save You Money on Transportation!

If you're not staying at the host hotels, chances are good you'll have to spend some money on a taxi or parking to come over for some of the events. Why bother? Stay with us and be at the center of it all!

The San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter is the official Headquarters Hotel of Imaging 2017. Hurry and register because these rooms are selling out fast! If you can get a room there, we highly encourage it as you will be closest to all the action like: 

Hands-On Pre-Con Classes
Opening Party location
Charities Celebration location
Closest to the action: the San Antonio Riverwalk is right outside!

This year there is a "one stop shop" reservation system for Imaging USA hotel booking in San Antonio. Make your reservations through this new online system, as it is here to help you book your hotel rooms seamlessly.
 

If you have any questions or need help booking your hotel, call 210-207-6734.

By Chris Homer

Have the Summer Olympic Games inspired you to achieve new heights of success in your
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 photography business? Here are the top posts of the week that may help you get there! 

HOW TO PITCH: For many photography jobs, especially for a publication, you're required to pitch your ideas and skills to get the job. It can be an intimidating process! If you don't know where to start, this post from Light Stalking gives some good tips on how to pitch yourself. 

IPC News: PPA announced some changes to the 2017 District and International Photographic Competitions. Read about the changes in this post so you are up-to-date when your District Photographic Competition comes around! And, in case you missed it, results from the 2016 IPC are available now! Congratulations to all the photographers who earned a merit or had an image be selected for the PPA Loan Collection. 

INSPIRATION: Have you ever wondered how Salvador Dali and photographer Philippe Halsman put together their famous 1948 "Dali Atomicus" photo without Photoshop? Time has put together a fascinating video on the creation of the photograph - it took 28 tries to get the composition right! This is a must watch for any photographer.

HEADSHOT KNOWHOW: For portrait photographers that shoot headshots, one question that always comes up is, "what's the best focal length to use?" This post from PhotographyTalk gives some examples of different focal lengths and when you might want to use them. 

PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT INSURANCE: Here's a cautionary tale from DIY Photography on why you should always double-check what your photography equipment insurance policy actually covers. This photographer found out the hard way that theft was not covered by his policy! Fear not PPA Members, your free PhotoCare Equipment Insurance includes theft coverage! 
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Working in the most downtrodden city in America hasn't harmed Shawn Lee's business. In fact, the Detroit photographer has found ways to grow his high school portrait niche. 

Find out how Lee made his business thrive during difficult times in "From Surviving to Thriving" on PPmag.com

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The International Photographic Competition has seen substantial growth over the last few years due to the consistent efforts of its members, staff and competition volunteers. PPA is thrilled with the renewed interest in competition among its members. With this growth in mind, we're excited to share some changes in both the District and International Photographic Competitions.

Here are some of the changes coming to the 2017 Competitions:

  1. All panels convened to determine merit will operate with a five-member panel. This will increase efficiency in the judging. In 2016, a six-juror panel was seated and the lowest score was dropped, therefore five scores were used in determining score. This change is an alignment of the amount of scores required to determine a final score to be congruent with the number of jurors on the panel. The lowest score will no longer be dropped. When a judge associates an entry with an entrant, the judge is required to disqualify themselves from scoring an entry. When this scenario happens, the Jury Chair will enter a score for that entry. In the case of two jurors needing to disqualify themselves, the entry will be skipped until a panel with five jurors can be convened to score the entry.

  2. To further bring consistency between the District Competitions and the IPC, scores will be used to determine merit at both events. A majority of members surveyed stated that they would like the two scoring systems to be the same.

  3. The PPA Loan Collection will be determined in a different manner as well. Images scoring in the "deserving of a merit" category (80-84) will not be reviewed for the Loan Collection. Entries that receive a score of 80-84 at a District judging have the choice to send those Seal of Approval entries on to IPC for a merit towards their degree, or to break the seal to chance a higher score at IPC. 

    • Entries scoring 85-94 at the District or IPC will be reevaluated for the Loan collection at the IPC event. 
    • Entries scoring 95-100 will be automatically accepted into the Loan Collection. Entries in this scoring range from the District events will still need to be submitted to the IPC to be included in the Loan collection and to receive the merits associated with those entries.
  4. Critiques ordered in conjunction with the IPC will be produced off site from the IPC judging. Critiques ordered for both events will be available within four weeks of the competition.

  5. The review mechanism of "outs" will no longer be utilized. Currently, entries scoring 78-79 were reviewed again for merit. The introduction of the majority challenge effectively activates this review on each entry.

  6. Entries into the Artist Competition will now be required to have guide images within the entry.

  7. In the Photographic Open category, an entrant will now be required to have made all elements in the entry. Entries involving elements from other artists may be entered into the Artist Competition.

Beginning in 2018, all district competitions will utilize a minimum of two panels during their judging events. This will allow each district to continue to grow and accommodate those members who are looking to earn their Seals of Approval prior to the IPC.

Once again, PPA is looking forward to further encourage its members to take advantage of these incredible educational opportunities. Look for 2017 District Rules and Schedules this fall on PPA.com/Competitions

Be sure to check out the results from this year's exciting IPC

by James Yates

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Can you believe we've made it to the dog days of summer? Send your kids off to school and take some time for yourself! Here are our top ten blog posts from around the web for your Friday reading pleasure...


DRONES: August 19th is only one week away, so be sure to sign up for PPA's new and exciting Drone Webinar with drone industry insiders Randy Braun and Stacy Garlington! 

COMPOSITION: Fun and fascinating article on Photzy about color inspiration and the power of "red". 

SCARY: The hard side of photographing at the Olympics: actual video of the confrontation between a photographer and the man who stole his gear! 

IMAGING: Need more reasons to convince yourself or your photographer friends to go to Imaging USA 2017 in San Antonio? Here are ten reasons to get you excited for January! 

TIPS: Capturing emotional moments with your photography is made easier with these tips from a famed sports and music photographer via FStoppers

TRANSCENDENT: CityLab has an amazing gallery of London tube commuters reimagined as Renaissance art. 

CANDID: Lens, the photography blog from the New York Times, has rare photos of Robin Williams, revealing what it's like to photograph rare celebrity moments on and off-stage.

PATIENCE: Long exposure photography can provide gorgeous shots, but required practice. FStoppers with a post on the trickiness of long exposure and general tips to help you out. 

FAMILY: Creating an extended family portrait could be an impossible task given the ten family groups scattered across the United States. Read how Huth & Booth Photography in Riverview, Florida, found a way to make it happen on Professional Photographer

REGISTER: It's time to start thinking about Super?Day for fall 2016! Registration is online now, so see which all-day learning opportunities are in your area at PPA.com. 

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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With so many resources available online, you may be asking whether it's worth your time and money to attend Imaging USA. Especially if you are a member of PPA, you already have access to online networking and education with theLoop, PhotoVision and PPAedu. So what makes Imaging USA so special?

There's literally a bajillion reasons to go to Imaging USA, but here are 10 you can't ignore:

Sharpen Your Saw
Stephen Covey talks about this in his 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. It's the idea that if you don't step away from your daily grind to take care of life's other needs, you won't be doing your best work. It's a simple fact that the dull saw cuts less wood.

When you socialize, learn and network with your peers at Imaging USA, you are "sharpening your saw." When you return to your studio, you'll have new ideas, inspiration and connections that will help you work more creatively and efficiently.

Your Next "Ah-Ha" Moment
You never know where your next "ah-ha" moment is going to come from. But when you're surrounded by 10,000 photographers it could come from a new friend, the keynote speaker (this year it's Mel Robbins!), a tradeshow vendor, or the photographer sitting next to you in a session. One thing for sure, you will have several of these each day, and it's all worth it!

The Value of Face-to-Face Connections
Social media has its place in keeping you connected and forums like theLoop are great if you need a quick answer. But it's hard to make a strong, lasting personal connection when you aren't meeting face-to-face. At Imaging USA you get the face time you need to make connections that will last a lifetime with speakers, vendors, other photographers, or all of the above! People do business with people they like. And when you spend several consecutive days under the same roof, strong connections are bound to happen. The benefits of your networking at Imaging USA will serve you long past the end of the conference.

That Thing You Didn't Know You Needed
You never know what you'll find on the Imaging USA EXPO tradeshow floor, but you can be sure it's the latest and greatest. After all, these vendors are in the business of providing photographers with the equipment and services they need to thrive.

And the Expo is more than just a shopping mall for photographers. It's your opportunity to get hands-on demos of the products you need, check out the winners of the International Photographic Competition and take the opportunity to discuss your specific business challenges with the vendors that can help. Oh, and the discounts that you'll find on the tradeshow floor are well worth delaying your Christmas shopping for your studio until Imaging USA! 

Get Out of the Studio
Being in the same studio or sitting in front of the same computer monitor day after day is a sure way to find yourself in a rut. A change of scenery always leads to a fresh perspective, and Imaging USA is the perfect setting to spark new ideas... photography speaking, business speaking and for your creativity in general!

Business Solutions That Work
Sometimes the problem with having the Internet at your fingertips is that there is simply too much information. How do you find the exact solution to your problem and how do you know that it will work for you.

Imaging USA can help cut through the clutter. Bring a list of your business challenges and discuss them with your fellow photographers. You're likely to find others who have successfully overcome similar challenges and you can put their ideas to work for you. Plus, all speakers are available at the end of their sessions for questions. Those of you who sign up early enough to get a portfolio review are in for a treat! And there will be even more speakers on the tradeshow floor, with mini sessions and demos, and at the IPC Merit Café on photographic competition.
 
The Energy of Like-Minded Individuals
At Imaging USA you will be surrounded by like-minded people who are there to learn, share and teach. It brings a new level of energy of motivation to the learning that you can never get anyplace else. You WILL end up making (new) friends for life and this WILL boost your motivation and inspiration... perfect timing to start 2017!

The Power of the Random Workshop
Attend one class outside of your specialty and find one thing from that session that you can take back for your business. It could be a new product line, a new workflow method, a bit of marketing genius or a new way to sell prints. Imaging USA has 10 educational tracks so there is bound to be something new for you. Often times we have heard of exploring classes in a track outside your day-to-day practice as becoming a game changer. News ideas, new approaches, new techniques, new best practices, all make for more inspiration, more motivation and more power to you!

Invest In Yourself
Attending Imaging USA is a small investment in yourself, and you're worth it 20 times over! Constantly learning and growing is vital to your bottom line and essential to keeping you one step ahead of your competitors. Imaging USA is organized by PPA and because PPA is a non-profit, it is able to keep the registration cost so much lower than any other conference of this caliber, that it would be a mistake not to leverage it! Don't spend top dollars with fauxtographers! Come where the real pros come year after year to learn, grow, connect and have fun! There's no way you'll regret it ? 

Photography is Your Passion
Like with any great love, you must nurture it to sustain it. Your life can get so full and hectic with all the things you have to do throughout the year. You most likely need a jolt to recharge your passion after the busy holiday season. So come join us at Imaging USA and re-discover your love of photography.



Time for a blog roundup! Take a look at this week's stories below. IPC dominated our focus and emotions this week, but there was plenty more news going on in the photography world. Let's take a look.

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IPC: Find out the details of the merits and Loan images. Thank you to all who entered, and congratulations to all who merited or received a Loan! 

DRONES: Mark your calendar for Friday August 19 for a new webinar. Drone industry insiders Randy Braun and Stacy Garlington respond to the most frequently asked questions about drone photography.

SOCIAL MEDIA: Instagram has released its own Snapchat-esk feature. Find out what that might mean for you and your clients. 

KEEP YOUR COOL: Learn three ways to keep your shoots as smooth sailing as possible. 

PPAedu: Unlock this month's free video and learn how to set up your area while on-location.

PRICING TIPS: Time is valuable and must be used wisely. Keep this perspective in mind as you manage your time with clients. 

WORKFLOW: Learn how photography juggernaut Getty devises a workflow that cranks out quality results. Hint: preparation is KEY.

GEAR: See why this photographer ditches the extra gear and keeps it light.

HOW TO: How do you create photos that step outside the box? Learn this simple technique. 

PHOTOSHOP: Is it possible to make color-correction a breeze? Fstoppers thinks so! Learn how. 

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.

Bethany Clark manages all things social media for PPA. When she's not living on the internet, she loves writing, sewing, travel, yoga, and of course photography.
By Chris Homer

The 2016 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 2017, January 8 -10 in San Antonio, TX!

Go to PPA.com/IPC to view the 2016 results, and don't forget to register for Imaging USA 2017 to see all these great images in person! 

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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 Chris Homer

It's time to alert your photography-loving friends who aren't with PPA. Each month, one PPAedu video is unlocked for everyone to enjoy, because we believe in spreading the wealth of education that PPA members have at their fingertips! The PPAedu library has a lot to help you sharpen your photography techniques, marketing strategies, sales techniques and business operations. These tutorials and educational videos are available 24/7 at no cost as a benefit to PPA members. Between PPAedu and PhotoVision, you can tap into hundreds of programs to help you Be More in photography and in your photography business! If you haven't checked out PhotoVision lately, take a look. There's a new website with a slew of new episodes!

For the month of August, the video "Sports & Events: On Location" with instructor Jeff Gump has been unlocked. In the world of photography, the studio is your domain, but on location - well, anything can happen. In this video, PPA Instructor and sports photography expert Jeff Gump teaches you how to prepare so that "anything" doesn't happen on your watch.

If you're already a member of PPA, just log in anytime to watch this video and any other PhotoVision or PPAedu videos! This video is unlocked for everyone to enjoy, this month only, at PPA.com/TryEdu. For full access to PPAedu and PhotoVision programs, join PPA today!


ch_headshot_100x100.jpgAbout the author:
Chris Homer is PPA's SEO & Web Specialist, which basically makes Google Analytics his best friend. A graduate of the University of Georgia, Chris cheers passionately (and obnoxiously) for the Bulldogs in all things from football to checkers. When he's not hard at work on PPA's websites, you'll find Chris at auto racing events around the southeast, where he's known as a master architect of tent villages.



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By Chris Homer

Despite the small size of Oakland City, Indiana (population 2,432), Dan Rowe has built a thriving business with the help of his senior spokesmodel program, which veers from the traditional. 

Read how Rowe's program draws in teens and primes parents to buy in "Model Might" on PPMag.com.


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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By Chris Homer

It's Friday - so you guessed it - time for a blog roundup! Take a look at this week's stories
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 below. From portrait photography to some photography history, there's something for every photographer! 

BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHY: The majority of boudoir photographers tend to be women, but there are many men in the field as well! Find out how this industry operates differently if you're a male photographer, as well as some advice for how you can break into it as a man, in this post from Fstoppers.

PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS/REFRESHER: All photographers want to take better photographs, and this post from WizardNote provides some good tips to keep in mind. These may seem kind of simple, but it's always useful to get a refresher on the basics of what make a good photograph!

PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS: If you do street photography or enjoy capturing candid photos of people, check out this article from Digital Photography School. You'll get some advice for how you can get great candid photos of people that tell a story as well.

INSPIRATION: Check out the unique Photoshop work of artist Matt Barnes, a pioneer in the 'dark art movement', as well as an interview with him on DIY Photography. You may get some ideas for your next Photoshop project from this post, especially if you're looking to make something creepy!

PHOTOSHOP: Do you use Photoshop plug-ins? If so, you'll want to check out this post from Fstoppers. In it, one photographer discusses if plug-ins are still relevant, as well as what some of the top plug-ins are. Do you agree? Start a discussion about it on theLoop!
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PPA is always looking for ways to get you to Imaging USA and help start your year off right each January with six days of photography fun. We are pleased to announce that, for the third year, four lucky PPA photographers will win Imaging USA scholarships and the opportunity to soak in all the fresh, new ideas available at Imaging USA 2017. They'll get full access to every session, all of the after parties and events and can freely browse the massive expo tradeshow floor. The scholarship also includes the choice of a pre-convention class that happens the Thursday, Friday or Saturday leading up to the show. 

No matter where you are in your career, there's a class for you. Pre-convention programs range from multiple-day workshops to half- and all-day classes on topics like fashion portraiture, post-processing workflow, certification process, the business of senior photography, and more! 

Plus, there are also Hands-On pre-convention classes, which take you on a photo shoot with the instructor and practice the skills you are taught with your camera right there on the spot! These classes are designed so you can attend multiple sessions during the day and get all the hands-on practice you want.

The Kickstart scholarship includes: Choice of a pre-convention class and a full Imaging USA registration all for FREE. Travel, meals, and lodging are not included. Visit ImagingUSA.org for more information on hotels, travel and more. 

To apply for the scholarship, you must be an active PPA member and you can't have previously received an Imaging USA Kickstart Scholarship. Applications for the 2017 Imaging USA Kickstart Scholarship open August 1!  Applications are due by November 11, 2016. Recipients will be announced November 23 and notified via phone. 

What are you waiting for? PPA is making it SO EASY for you to attend Imaging USA 2017 in San Antonio and begin next year with the knowledge and connections you need to Be More! 

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By Chris Homer

The FAA's recent updates to the regulations for flying a drone have paved the way for photographers to begin using them in their business (read the new regulations here), however, aerial drone photography has a whole host of unique issues you need to be aware of before you begin offering this type of service! 

If you want to become an aerial drone photographer, join PPA on August 19 at 2pm ET for the "Aerial Drone Photography: Where Do I Begin?" webinar! During the webinar, drone photography industry insiders Randy Braun and Stacy Garlington will respond to some of the most frequently asked questions about drone photography, like 'What equipment do I need?', 'How do I learn?', 'What are the rules?' and more! Join them live on August 19 and get the answers you need to start off in drone photography! 

Don't forget to visit PPA.com/Drones for all the latest information on regulations, registering your drone, becoming a drone pilot and more. You can also access past webinars on drone photography to continue your education on this exciting new field of photography!


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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By Bethany Clark

Take a peek at some of merited images featured in PPMag's gallery! See the full gallery and learn more about each image and the photographer who captured it on PPMag.com/Gallery/Merited.

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By Chris Homer

Photographers who belong to Photographers of America (PPA) are a very diverse group of people, but one common thread is their passion for the support that their peers provide. PPA's YouTube video series, Behind The Camera, features professional photographers who share their trials and tribulations, and their relationship within the PPA community. Today it's Pete Rezac, CPP, who pitches in!

None of these interviews are scripted or paid for. These are real photographers, members of PPA, who value and share the power of their PPA community.

The world of professional photography spreads far and wide, which makes it easy to feel that you have to "go at it alone". PPA's goal is to link professional photographers together, providing a support system and business backbone that helps photographers grow, sustainably. 

In the video below, Pete shares how becoming a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) through PPA has helped him grow as a photographer and impacted his business positively!

 
Help your photography friends and share this video. The power of being involved and deeply connected goes beyond professional development. It's a support system no one should be left without. You can also view a full playlist of the Behind The Camera Video series on PPA's YouTube channel and learn more about the CPP program here.


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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By Bethany Clark

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Here's a recent example of a question and the first couple of responses. 

Question: 

Hi, I just opened my photography business a year ago and am looking for good business books. Any recommendations? Thanks!

Answer:
  • Be Your Own Sales Manager: Strategies And Tactics For Managing Your Accounts, Your Territory, And Yourself by Tony Alessandra Ph.D., Jim Cathcart, & John Monoky Ph.D. 
  • Best Business Practices for Photographers (second edition) by John Harrington 
  • The Complete Photography Careers Handbook (second edition) by George Gilbert 
  • The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday 
  • Go for No! by Richard Fenton & Andrea Waltz
  • The Photographer's MBA, Everything You Need to Know for Your Photography Business by Sal Cincotta
  • Start with Why by Simon Sinek 
  • The E-Myth by Michael Gerber 
  • Youtility by Jay Baer 
  • Worth Every Penny by Michael Port 
  • Book Yourself Solid by Michael Port 
  • Rework by Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson

Check in at theLoop.PPA.com to see more tips, discussions, recommendations, and to ask your peers questions you need answered! And find even more Quick Tips from your fellow Loopers here!
By Bethany Clark

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Share your inspiration from the new PPMag.com on Pinterest for your chance to win fabulous prizes:
  • A Loktah 8x8 Signature Flush Mount Albums ($180 value)
  • WHCC Wall Display Product (up to $270 value)

Contest Rules:
  1. Create a Pinterest Board named "PPmag.com Inspiration" 
  2. Pin images, articles, and content you love from the new PPmag.com
  3. Complete the entry form found at PPmag.com/PinToWin with a link to your board 
  4. Follow Professional Photographer Magazine on Pinterest to see who wins!
  5. Contest ends on 8/10/2016 and one randomly selected winner will be notified by email. 

So pin to your heart's content from July 21 to August 10, 2016! Get all the details at PPmag.com/PinToWin.

Bethany Clark manages all things social media for PPA. When she's not living on the internet, she loves writing, sewing, travel, yoga, and of course photography.

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This has been a HUGE week for Drones! The FAA finally released their new regulations covering UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) and PPA has read all 600 pages to help YOU better understand how to (legally) incorporate drones into your business. 

You can head over to www.faa.gov/uas/ to get all the latest information, but we've got a summary for you to get you started and answer your most basic questions.

So...You Want to Be a Small Drone Pilot...

To become a pilot you must: 

Be at least 16 years old
Be able to read, speak, write and understand English (exceptions may be made if the person is unable to meet this requirement for a medical reason, such as hearing impairment)
Be in a physical and mental condition to safely operate a small UAS
Pass the initial aeronautical knowledge exam at an FAA-approved knowledge testing center

How Do I Apply for a Remote Pilot Certificate?

1. Schedule an appointment with a Knowledge Testing Center (there are over 700 locations in the U.S).
2. Pass the Aeronautical Knowledge Test. 
3. Complete FAA Form 8710-13 for a Remote Pilot Certificate.
4. Pass the TSA security background check. You will then receive a confirmation email containing instructions for printing a temporary remote pilot certificate from IACRA (Integrated Airman Certification and Rating Application). 
5. Receive a permanent remote pilot certificate via mail once all other FAA-internal processing is complete. 

Once certified, your certification must be easily accessible by the remote pilot during all UAS operations. It is valid for two years, after which you must pass a recurrent knowledge test to renew your certification.


By Bethany Clark

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Today is not only the mid-point in the month, but also an important legislative day - the final day that the U.S. House of Representatives is in session before a six-week summer recess. This means that July 15 has been the preferred deadline to get a copyright small claims bill introduced, and luckily a bill was indeed introduced yesterday. Read all about what this means for the photography community (as well as the bill itself) in today's roundup, along with several other top blog posts from the week of July 11-15, 2016.

THE FIGHT FOR COPYRIGHTS:  PPA was on Capitol Hill this week as Congressman Jeffries (D-NY) and Congressman Marino (R-PA) introduced a bipartisan small claims bill to the House. 

EDUCATION: As a professional photographer, you're probably always on the lookout for photography courses that can help improve your skills as an artist and business owner. If you're a PPA member, you have unlimited access to PhotoVision and PPAedu for free! 

GETTING THE SHOT: Professionals have no qualms about doing whatever it takes to get that peeerfect shot, amiright?

TECH TALK: Have you got your eye on this camera? Let's talk specs. 

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Mel Robbins has worn many hats: criminal defense attorney, entrepreneur, life coach, CNN host... Now she's wearing her 10-gallon hat and joining us in Texas for Imaging USA 2017's Keynote Speech.

TIPS & TRICKS: Check out this handy tutorial on capturing perfect starbursts and sun flares.

IPC: Now that all the entries are in, save the date for August 1-4, 2016 and watch all the IPC action!

STORAGE WARS: Don't let the pile-up of photos and files get you down. Compress.

RIGHTS: What are the rules for taking photos in public places in the UK?

ABOUT FACE: This photo series visits famous landmarks... but doesn't include them in the shots!

TECH TALK: Learn how to use just a DSLR and a few accessories to digitize your negatives!

Bethany Clark manages all things social media for PPA. When she's not living on the internet, she loves writing, sewing, travel, yoga, and of course photography.


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