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By Chris Homer

As we count down the days to fireworks and hotdogs, take a minute to check out the top
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 photography blog posts for the week of June 20! 

DRONES/UAS NEWS: The FAA has just announced new regulations regarding the operation of drones that will allow photographers to offer this type of photography to their clients, provided you meet some requirements. Check out the news on the PPA blog!

PHOTOGRAPHY CONTRACTS: Contracts can be a tricky thing, especially when dealing with a 'work-for-hire' situation. In this post on Photo District News, lawyers review several editorial photography contracts and break down what some of that confusing language means. You may be surprised! This is a must read for all photographers.

BUSINESS TIPS: If you've ever experienced hard drive failure, you know how stressful it can be to lose all of your images. Help avoid this problem by creating a USB Recovery Drive. Photofocus breaks down the steps in this post. And if hard drive failure still happens to you, don't forget about your PPA member benefit with DriveSavers

TUTORIAL: Whether or not you shoot cityscapes at night, this post from Digital Photography School provides a good tutorial of how to use Luminosity Masks in Photoshop and the results you can get by using them!

BACK TO THE BASICS: Do you understand how the histogram display on the back of your DSLR works and what it can tell you about a photograph you just took? Take a look at these exercises from Picture Correct that will help you understand the histogram! 

By Chris Homer

As you prepare for your summer photo shoots, take a minute to enjoy our top blog posts of the
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 week! You never know what you might be able to incorporate into your business. 

TAKE YOU BLOG TO THE NEXT LEVEL: Do you ever post video blogs (vlogs)? If so, take a look at this post from Fstoppers. You'll get some tips for how to structure your videos to maximize how many times your video is viewed and get the most engagement with your audience! 

PHOTOSHOP NEWS: If you've ever had to straighten an image in Photoshop using the rotation feature, this news of the upcoming content-aware crop feature should make you very happy! See a sneak peek of it on Popular Photography and see how it can make your life as a photographer easier. 

TECHNIQUE: Using light painting can create some very dynamic images! If you want to start using this technique, check out these tips for getting the best results on Picture Correct. 

TECHNIQUES TO TRY:  Are you looking for some new photography challenges this summer? The PhotoShelter blog has put together a list of suggestions that are perfect to try out during the summer months. Try one out and expand your skills!

STUDIO SPACE: If you've never considered renting a studio space, take a look at this post from Fstoppers. It gives some reasons and situations where having your own studio space can come in handy, especially if you've only been shooting outdoors!
As we wrap up the first week of May (yes, already!), take some time to enjoy our favorite
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photography blog posts of the week! 

LIGHTING: National Geographic is world-renowned for their photography, so who better to get lighting tips from than an actual National Geographic photographer? In this video, photographer Bob Holmes shares lighting tips that can help you get that 'National Geographic style' in your own work.

PHOTOSHOP TUTORIAL: If you're confused by Photoshop's layer masks while editing your photos, this tutorial from Digital Photography School is for you. It walks you through several tricks that will help you understand how you can use these layer masks!

SARCASM & GEAR: As a photographer, your equipment is essential to your business. But are you guilty of any of these thoughts about gear? Read them on PetaPixel.

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY: Are you considering taking a wedding client on for the first time? Read this article from Popular Photography first! It covers some points you'll want to consider before taking that job!

BUSINESS ADVICE: Many photographers can be intimidated by having another photographer in their market to compete with. This article from Fstoppers brings a new perspective to competition and shares why it can be good for your business to have another photographer to compete with!

INSPIRATION: All photographers need some inspiration from time to time. Check out these powerful Pulitzer Prize-winning photos from the Middle East Refugee Crisis on Huffington Post. You may get some ideas for your own photography projects.

COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT: Photographer Lynn Goldsmith is claiming that the Smithsonian Institute violated her copyright by using a portrait of musician Prince without her permission. Read all the news about the ongoing situation on Photo District News. Don't forget that PPA is here to help members when situations of copyright infringement occur. Read all about the resources available to members at PPA.com/Copyright.

LIGHTROOM: Do you use a traditional ND filter? If you do, you may be surprised to learn that Lightroom has tools that allow you to get the same (or even better!) results as an ND filter. Watch the tutorial from Killer Lightroom Tips.

INSPIRATION: If you do portrait photography, you'll want to take a look at this gallery of portraits of the great David Bowie by photographer Steve Schapiro on Lens Culture. Schapiro also shares the process that went into the portraits. Take a look and be inspired.

JUST FOR FUN: Have you ever wondered how the ink you use for printing photographs is made? Well wonder no longer! Take some time to relax and check out this video for a cool look at where your ink comes from.

There you have it, our weekly blog post roundup! What photography blogs or podcasts do YOU follow? Post your favorite on theLoop or email them to us at OnlineContentCommittee @PPA.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

As we wind down the week, take some time to enjoy our top photography blog posts from
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 around the web! 

TUTORIAL: If you've ever been inspired by high speed photography shots that make use of water, this post from Picture Correct is for you! You'll learn set ups you can use to capture these intriguing images. 

TECHNIQUE: The Rule of Thirds is one of the first composition techniques professional photographers learn. But is it as important to composition as you think? Check out this post on No Film School, it might make you look at the Rule of Thirds in a new way! 

BUSINESS ADVICE: Are you thinking about diving into the professional photography market full-time? Read this article from Improve Photography first to make sure you don't believe any of these myths about being a professional photographer. You'll also learn what you can do to prepare yourself if you've been under the influence of one of these myths! 

INSPIRATION: Not only are these photos of the Hunter-Gather tribes of the Himalayas on the Feature Shoot sure to inspire you, they also show the importance photography plays in preserving the history of a culture. 

MICRO PHOTOGRAPHY: Are you fascinated by micro photography? View this gallery of micro photographs on Lens Culture that are sure to inspire!
By Chris Homer

Happy Friday! Take some time to end your week with a little advice and inspiration from our top
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 ten blog posts of the week.

COPYRIGHT ADVOCACY: This week, PPA was in Washington D.C. meeting with lawmakers to help strengthen photography copyright. Read all about PPA's goals for this visit, as well as the day one and day two recaps of meetings with members of Congress!

BUSINESS: This post from the Story of Telling provides some questions to ask yourself about your photography business to help you focus on creating value for your clients! After all, the more valuable clients find your work, the more likely they are to make big purchases or become a repeat customer.

CONTRACTS: Are you including Terms & Conditions in your photography contracts and estimates? Read this post from Photoshelter to find out why you should be, and to see a few examples from professional photography contracts. Don't forget that PPA has a whole host of sample contracts you can use to help build your own contract! Members can access the sample contracts here.

PHOTOGRAPHY NEWS: Here's a piece of news that all photographers will be interested in, especially those that photograph police at work as part of their job. A recent court ruling states that photographing police officers is not always protected by the First Amendment. Read PetaPixel's breakdown to see what this means for you.

PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY: Are you interested in creating portraits of strangers you meet on the street? This interview with photographer Iwona Pinkowicz on The Phoblographer is for you! Read all about Pinkowicz's process for capturing compelling portraits of complete strangers and see some of her work!
By Chris Homer

As you get back into the swing of your business post-Imaging USA, take a few minutes to
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 check out the top blogs of this week. You'll find everything from social media advice to pricing for real estate photography. Check them out below.

IMAGING USA: Imaging USA 2016 was last week in Atlanta. If you weren't able to go, check out recaps from pre-convention, day one, day two and day three from PPA staff member James Yates. We hope to see you in 2017 in San Antonio, Texas. 

MARKETING/SOCIAL MEDIA: Do you know how social media can impact your Search Engine Optimization (SEO)? Check out this guide for photographers from Zenfolio on how social media and SEO work together and learn how to make your business more visible on the web!

GENERALISTS CAN BE PROFITABLE!: While many photographers choose to focus their business on one specific specialty, there are photographers out there who are generalists - meaning they shoot anything and everything! In this post, Fstoppers interviews generalist photographer Viktoria Haack on how she's found success without specializing. There's some good advice here that you may be able to apply to your own business!

SAFETY, SAFETY, SAFETY: PPA works with Operation Lifesaver to educate photographers on the dangers of photographing on railroad tracks and why you should avoid doing this. Don't take our word for it though! This post gives one photographer's perspective on the dangers of photographing on railroad tracks after having their eyes opened to the risk at Imaging USA!

DEVELOPING STYLE: Do you struggle trying to find your own photographic style? This post from Digital Photography School is for you. It gives advice on how you can start to develop a photographic style that will, in turn, give your images more meaning!
By Chris Homer

Imaging USA starts this weekend! With that in mind, this edition of the blog roundup includes
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 several posts to help you prepare for what you'll experience in Atlanta during Imaging USA, along with the usual photography news, advice and inspiration you're used to seeing. Enjoy and we'll see you in Atlanta!

IMAGING USA: Attending Imaging USA but not sure what the value is of attending the Grand Imaging Awards or the Award and Degree Ceremony? Read up on PPA member Christine Walsh-Newton's take on these events and why they are important for professional photographers to attend!

EXPOSURE 101: If you're thinking about going pro, or if you need a refresher, one of the things you've got to understand is how the Exposure Triangle of Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO work together. This post from Digital Photography School gives a nice overview of how these elements come into play when taking a photograph.

STUDIO PORTRAIT TUTORIAL: If you run your photography business from home or don't have a large studio, you can still create great looking, professional portraits. In this post from PetaPixel, a photographer shares the simple set-ups he uses to create great portraits, all without a conventional studio.

HDR 101: Capturing photos with the correct lighting can be a challenge at night. This post from PhotoFocus shows you how you can use HDR Photography to get great results in photos taken at night.

COLOR: If you want to create portraits that really stand out, check out this post from The Phoblographer. It goes over some of the key points to consider to get the best color out of your portraits.

COPYRIGHT: Do you include copyright information in the meta data of your photos? Doing so is a great way to help defend your copyright. This post from Killer Lightroom Tips goes over how you can easily update (or add) your copyright information to a photograph in Lightroom. 

By Chris Homer

Happy Friday! Sit back and soak up the knowledge from our top blog posts of the week. 
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VIRAL MEDIA:  Read PPA photographer Tara Ruby's story about how a photo she took of 10 soldiers breast-feeding and posted to Facebook went viral and was featured by national media outlets like CNN. It's an interesting look at what you can expect if you post an image to social media that goes viral!

INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION:  If you've entered PPA's International Photographic Competition (IPC) before, you know that images are judged based on the 12 Elements of a merit image. Did you know there's a whole podcast dedicated to the 12 Elements? Check out Imaging USA instructor Dan Frievalt, M.Photog.Cr., on the 12 Elements Podcast discussing the process behind making his images that merited at this year's IPC. It's a great learning experience for any photographer who has entered the IPC before and first-timers thinking about entering the 2016 competition alike! And don't forget, you can see all the Loan collection images from the 2015 IPC at the International Photographic Exhibit at Imaging USA 2016!

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY/SEE THE DIFFERENCE: Here's a good, quick article from Brides for wedding photographers to share with their potential clients on how to tell if a photographer is a true pro, or an amateur. PPA's See The Difference campaign is also dedicated to showing the value of hiring a professional photographer, so if you're a PPA member check out all the resources we have for you to help show potential clients why they should hire a professional!

ADVICE: PPA photographer and Imaging USA instructor Cris Duncan, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, was recently  featured on the Photo Tellers podcast. He discusses things all photographers should know, as well as how to fall in love with photography again if you're feeling run down by the industry. There's tons of great advice here for you to adsorb.

INSPIRATION: This post from PetaPixel is sure to entertain any wedding photographer. Several wedding photographers share images from their very first wedding shoots and compare them to their recent work. It's remarkable how far these photographers have come, and it's also a good reminder to keep learning and working on your photographic technique so your images are always getting stronger.
By Chris Homer

We're back again with our favorite blog posts from around the web! Check them out below:
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SEE THE DIFFERENCE: In her guest post on the PPA Today blog, Christine Walsh Newton, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, shares before and after images comparing when she was a MWAC (Mom With A Camera) to her work she has done so far now that she's earned her Master of Photography degree from PPA. It's a great look at how earning a PPA degree can help improve your photography, and a good reminder of the difference between a professional photographer and an amateur. If you want to find more resources to share with your own clients to show the importance of hiring a professional photographer, check out PPA's See The Difference Campaign and the See The Difference Resources

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS BEWARE: PetaPixel shares a shocking story this week about two photographers who were surprised to find a non-contracted vendor shooting images for marketing purposes at a wedding they were hired to photograph. Even worse, after telling the vendor to stop photographing and respect the couples' privacy, the vendor slapped the photographers with a lawsuit! Luckily, they were able to counter sue and win, but it serves as a good cautionary tale for all the wedding photographers out there!

INDUSTRY OUTLOOK: PPA's CEO David Trust was a guest on The PhotoTellers podcast with host Bill Ramsey to discuss The State of Professional Photography in America. Before you get all doom and gloom, give it a listen! Bill and David discuss where things are now as well as what photographers can expect from the recent movement toward new copyright law in Congress. They also dive deep into the business of photography and how PPA helps the industry.

NATURAL LIGHT PORTRAITS: Making a good portrait using natural light can be a challenge. If you need advice on how to accomplish this feat, head on over to Digital Photography School and read through these tips to keep in mind for the best natural light results.

INSPIRATION: PPA photographer Joel Grimes, Cr.Photog., was recently featured on PhotoFocus. Check out a video of Joel explaining how he created one of his favorite composite sports photographs. You may be inspired to try something out like thisyourself! And if you want more from Joel, he's also a PPAedu instructor. Check his PPAedu videos out

By Aleighia Rouse 

Good golly Mr. and Ms. Molly's! August has approached its end! Where did all of the time go? We are hopeful that you spent your time doing exciting things for your amazing businesses and learning a little bit more in the process.  Here is a little something to add to that list, our top ten blog posts of the week, just for you! 

BOOKING: As school revs up in full motion, it can be hard to get your senior student clients booked on the calendar. It's not very easy to bring summer beach weather to Oklahoma autumn weather. See PPAedu instructor Jen Basford's, Cr.Photog., tips to get those students photos done well.  

CREATIVITY:  Feeling uninspired? Maybe it is the creative energy you have surrounding you! Read FStoppers as they explain why it is important to have a creative collective around you when you are an artist. 

REFERENCES: This is for all our landscape photographers out there. We know your job isn't just taking pictures of random objects and infrastructures; it is much bigger than that. It's nice to have some people that understand that struggle.  Read Robert Rodriguez Jr.'s talk about who his influencers are in the field of landscape photography. 

INFORMATION: Imaging USA is right around the corner and I know you are excited, holding your tickets in hand.  Another important feature to this convention is the awesome pre-convention classes we offer. Though an extra fee, they are worth the intimate learning experience. 

PETS:  Pet photography can be an intense experience, especially when Spot decides to be more concerned with using the backdrop as a chew toy then sitting in front of the camera.  Check out these tips from PPA photographers to helping get the best images out of man and woman's best friend. 

CONSIDER: As a professional photographer you have to be able to make anything possible and being that every subject is different, this can be a very hard job. This post from PetaPixel highlights this difficulty. Read about photographer Rick Guidotti work photographing people with genetic conditions. 

WILDLIFE:  Thrills, chills, and beauty can all be found in wildlife photography. There are some things that must be known ahead of time before you end up in the middle of the woods with your camera.  See these tips from Digital Photography School! 

SOCIAL: Have you considered expanding your company into the realm of blogs? If you don't believe us check out this post from Digital Camera World for reasons why you should! 

BE DIFFERENT:  Photography can sometimes become difficult especially when you don't want to look just like the next professional in the field. See these easy tips on how to stand out in the wonderful world of professional photography. 

EQUIPMENT. It can be difficult and expensive to keep up with the latest in new features and camera gear.  Here are some tips on how to save money and make the best out of what you already have. 
 


Aleighia Rouse is known by her happy personality and bubbly voice. With over 6 years of the film and photography experience, Aleighia can relate to most of the issues that come along with being a photographer. A graduating senior at Spelman College and our Marketing and Communications intern, Aleighia aspires to hold a position just like the amazing people she works around.  

By Chris Homer

Another Friday, another roundup! Check out our favorite posts from around the web below.
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IPC: The 2015 International Photographic Competition was held last week and results are available now! Congrats to all the photographers who had images selected to be part of the loan collection or earn merits. If you're one of the photographers whose images didn't merit or go loan, check out this post on PPA photographer Christine Walsh-Newton, M.Photog.Cr., CPP,'s Wootness blog. It deals with not getting discouraged by your results and why you should keep entering!

TAXES: As a photographer, there's a good chance you're an expert at making images, not at tax law. That's where this post from PhotoShelter can help out. It covers seven pitfalls that photographers need to be aware of when it comes to taxes.  

INSPIRATON: This entry from Huffington Post shares some great wedding imagery that may inspire you along with the stories behind the photographs. Besides showing some great images, the post is also a good reminder of the importance of hiring a professional photographer, and that's what PPA's See The Difference campaign is all about. PPA photographer and Imaging USA instructor Ross Oscar Knight has an image featured too!

ADVICE:  Photographers know it's important to always keep learning the latest photography techniques. This list from Improve Photography has many tips that may seem basic, but are still important none the less! Take a look and see if there's anything that can help you improve.

TUTORIAL: Do you shoot photographs in black and white? Whether you already do or want to start, this post from Digital Photography School has five quick tips for getting the most expression out of black and white images.

BUSINESS/MARKETING: A great way to market your photography business is by building partnerships with other local businesses. This guide from The Lawtog covers the advantages of forming a partnership with another business, how to propose a partnership, and other points to be aware of if you decide to do it!

7. Pricing and Negotiating: Splitting the Cost of an Architectural Shoot
SALES/CONTRACTS:  
If you shoot commercial architectural photography, this post from A Photo Editor will be worth the read. It covers an actual bid a commercial photographer received to photograph a city park where the photographer's fee would be split among four different parties. You'll learn how to write a contract to cover what can become a tricky situation!

WORKFLOW: Do you use a Wacom Tablet for retouching in Photoshop? If you don't use one, it can seem daunting to try it out, but it does have some advantages for retouching work. This post from Fstoppers explains how to use a Wacom tablet for retouching in Photoshop and why you might want to consider using one.

INSPIRATION: Here's a thought provoking post from The Phoblographer. The most recent winner of National Geographic's Traveler Photo Contest is a professional photographer that captured an impressive underwater image using a Sony point-and-shoot. This post dives into why a professional photographer can create a great image, even while using a less professional camera! It's another good reminder that professional photographers have skills that amateurs don't. PPA's See The Difference campaign is all about educating the public on just that!

PERSONAL GROWTH: Often what separates one photographer from another is the sense of style they bring to a photograph. However, developing a style doesn't happen overnight! This post from Luminous Landscape explains the steps photographers go through when developing a style, as well as what you can do to help define your own style.

There you have it, our favorite posts of the week! What photography blogs or podcasts do you follow? Post your favorites on theLoop or email them to us at OnlineContentCommittee (at) PPA (dot) com.


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About 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, which means it's time for our favorite photography stories from around the web!
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 Check them out below:

STEAM THE IPC: PPA's International Photographic Competition is coming up August 3-6! You'll be able to stream all the judging live at Stream.TheIPC.Org. This year, we've also added a new component to the live streaming - IPC Live! Hosted by PPA photographer Booray Perry, Cr.Photog.CPP, IPC Live will feature interviews with the judges, answers to judging questions and more! In this post on his blog, Booray previews the upcoming stream. Take a look and get excited to watch. You might even want to host a viewing party! (Find the complete streaming schedule here.)

SALES: Sales seem to be the least favorite part of the photography business for many photographers. One reason for that is frustration over clients' objections. Chances are good that you've heard these objections in this post from HubSpot before. Read on and find out how to overcome them!

SOCIAL MEDIA: Do you use Instagram as part of your social media marketing plan? If you do, check out this post from HootSuite on how to write a caption for your Instagram photos to get the most engagement with potential clients!

WEBSITE ADVICE: If your website gets strong traffic, but you get very little inquiries from that traffic, this post from Mountain Side Media is perfect for you. You'll learn tips for turning that web traffic into potential bookings!

SOCIAL MEDIA: Social Media is essential to any successful marketing plan for your photography business. If you're not sure where to start, this post from Mashable is a good jumping-off point. It covers the basics of many of the popular social media platforms and how you can use them to your advantage.
By Chris Homer

Happy Friday! Take a minute to relax and enjoy this week's top photography blog posts!
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TIME MANAGEMENT: Do you find yourself working so hard that you don't have time for your personal life? Consider consolidating your photography appointments down to a few days to create more free time without losing business. This post from the Million Dollar Photographer explains the advantages of  consolidating your appointments. 

SCAM ALERT: Please don't let this happen to you! Read how one Florida wedding photographer got fooled by a fake check scam. It's a good reminder to always be careful when booking work for clients, especially if you've only communicated via email. 

FINE ART:  PetaPixel interviewed former Time CEO turned art gallery owner, Ann S. Moore, on how she chooses photographs to include in her gallery collections. If you want to break into this market, you'll find some great advice in the interview!

INSPIRATION: In this short video interview with PhotoFocus, PPAedu and Imaging USA instructor Joel  Grimes shares his thoughts on 'personal work' and why he considers every project to be personal. It's a good perspective to pay attention to and carry over to your own work! 

POSING:  If you've ever struggled with getting your clients to look relaxed and natural during a photo  shoot, check out this post from Digital Photography School. It provides some quick tips on how to get your clients to relax to get better portrait results.
 
INSPIRATION: Do you make photographs, or just take pictures? Hopefully, as a professional photographer you strive to do the first! In this article from Smithsonian, National Geographic photographer Frans Lanting describes the difference between the two and what you can do to make sure your images always have impact.

ARCHITECTURAL PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS: Do you ever get asked by clients to photograph architecture? If you're not sure where to begin, this post from Canon Blogger provides 5 tips to keep in mind when shooting architecture. 

PORTRAIT RETOUCHING: If you need some advice on retouching common flaws in portraits, check out this post from Light Stalking. You'll get some quick tips for retouching skin blemishes, skin tone, teeth,  eyes and more! 

TUTORIAL: When you hear the terms 'aperture', 'shutter speed' and 'ISO' do you know how to put them all together for the best photography results? If you're not sure or need a reminder, this tutorial from Fstoppers provides a good overview of what these things mean and how to use them in your photography.

JUST FOR FUN/INSPIRATION: In an earlier roundup, we shared a post with some of the entries in the 2015 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest. Well, The Atlantic is back with another post featuring another round of entries to the competition. Take a look! There's some beautiful imagery here that may inspire you to go out and create something great.

There you have it - our favorite posts of the week! What photography blogs or podcasts do you follow? Post your favorites on theLoop or email them to us at OnlineContentCommittee (at) PPA (dot) com.


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About 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

Another week, another roundup! From business advice to lighting tips, you'll find it all below:
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BUSINESS: Since most photographers are entrepreneurs and small business owners, we know how easy it can be to become overwhelmed with everything involved with running your business. That's why this post from Fast Company is worth a read for all photographers. It lists 7 habits of people who are happy at work. Take a look, these tips are good to keep in mind when running your business! 

SOCIAL MEDIA: We've talked before about the importance of having a presence on social media for your photography business. With everything else on your plate, it can be tough to find time to work on your social media. That's why this post from Forbes is great! Read on for tips on how you can use social media without having it eat up too much time.
 
NAMING YOUR BUSINESS: If you're just making the transition to full-time professional photographer and need a name for your business, read this post from Name Kitchen first. PPA's own Director of Education and photography studio owner, Angela Kurkian, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, provides some good advice on things to keep in mind when picking a name. 

SALES: Are you struggling with making high-dollar sales for your portraits? This post from the Million Dollar Photographer is right up your alley. Make sure you don't hold any of the attitudes listed in the post about making sales; you may be hurting your bottom line!

LIGHTING: If you need advice on lighting for your wedding photography, don't miss this video featuring past Imaging USA instructor Ryan Brenizer from Fstoppers. He shares his top 5 lighting tips for weddings. 

STUDIO SETUP TIP: This post from Digital Photography School that lighting setups in your studio don't always have to be complicated to be effective. Check out 5 setups using only one light that you can use to get great photographs.
 
INSPIRATION: The National Geographic Traveler Photo Content is currently underway, and InFocus has a collection of some of the top entries so far. There's some powerful imagery here that just may inspire your own work!

NATURAL LIGHT: If you like to photograph using natural light, check out this interview on the Phoblographer. Photographer Susan Wasinger uses only natural light in her studio, and shares her processes and tips for this style of photographing in the interview. 

PPA COMPETITIONS: PPA Photographer Christine Walsh-Newton, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, is back in the round up this week sharing a recap of her experience at this year's District Photographic Competition. She shares the images she entered, how they scored and how she uses the District Competitions to prepare for PPA's International Photographic Competition. If you're thinking about entering this year's IPC (entries open May 26), check out this post. You'll find some good advice!

TUTORIAL: The newest version of Lightroom was recently released. If you use this software, this tutorial from Light Stalking is worth your time. It goes over how to use the new Panorama, HDR and Filter Brush features of Lightroom 6 step-by-step, as well as explaining what's so impressive about these features and how they can impact your photography.

There you have it - our favorite posts of the week! What photography blogs or podcasts do you follow? Post your favorites on theLoop or email them to us at OnlineContentCommittee (at) PPA (dot) com.


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About 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

We're back again with our favorite blog posts of the week! From branding to safety, we cover
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 a wide range of topics this week. Check them out below:

BRANDING: If you're a wedding photographer, one of the best ways you can set yourself apart from the competition is by creating a consistent brand in your photography. If you have multiple photographers in your business, or are thinking of hiring additional photographers, read this post from WeddingWire first! It covers some good points on how to make sure your employees represent your brand.

BUSINESS: Do you have a physical studio location? If you're thinking about opening one or have recently opened one, the Million Dollar Photographer covers 9 pitfalls you'll want to avoid when opening a studio!

MOBILE WEBSITES: We covered this in last week's roundup, but it's so important that we think it's worth sharing another post on the topic! Google has changed their search algorithm so that sites with mobile friendly versions rank higher than those without. Fstoppers has a great post on what these changes mean, and also provides a tool to rate how mobile friendly your site is!

SALES: Did you recently turn pro and have trouble making sales? Here are five quick tips to consider increasing your sales from Craftsy.

TUTORIAL: If you shoot long exposures, check out this post from Digital Photography School. You'll get some quick tips you can use to make stunning long exposure images.

DATA LOSS: PetaPixel breaks the news about a wedding photographer in Spain that was forced to repay his wedding clients over $8,000 for losing their photos. Don't let this happen to you! Did you know PPA's Indemnification Trust can help protect you in situations like this?

SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS: Here's one for the sports photographers out there. Advancing Your Photography has a video featuring tips from top sports photographer John Todd. You'll get advice on how to draw emotion from your subjects and the different composition angles to get the best sports images.

INSPIRATION: We don't suggest abandoning your professional camera, but this post from Photography Monthly is a nice reminder of what a professional photographer can create with a simpler consumer camera. Check out the images photographer Meagan Blazier was able to create with an old Canon point-and-shoot.

SAFETY: PPA photographer Brian Mullins shares a harrowing story on PetaPixel. While photographing a wedding, Brian's hand was badly burned by a sparkler during the bride and groom's exit. It's a reminder to always be aware of your surroundings while out on a job, as you don't want to go through what Brian did! We're glad that Brian's OK and back to photographing now! 

JUST FOR FUN: Here's a fun photo collection to end this week's round up from 121 Clicks. Check out the images of photographers at work trying to get the perfect photo. They range from funny to cringe-inducing levels of danger.

There you have it - our favorite posts of the week! What photography blogs or podcasts do you follow? Post your favorites on theLoop or email them to us at OnlineContentCommittee (at) PPA (dot) com


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About 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 know what that means. You guessed it - time for our weekly rundown of
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 our favorite photography blogs from around the web. Enjoy them below!
WORKING ABROAD: If you ever do photo shoots in foreign countries, you'll want to pay attention to this post. PetaPixel reports on 13 American photographers who were thrown out of Indonesia for not having the proper permits for a photo shoot. Moral of this story? We can't expect clients to respect our copyrights but flagrantly break other laws.

COMPETITION IMAGES: PPA Photographer and PPAedu instructor Christine Walsh-Newton, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, has started a great new series on her blog. As a way to show the value of photo competitions, Christine examines different self-portrait entries that other photographers have entered in the International Photographic Competition (IPC). This week, she breaks down PPA Photographer Christie Kline's, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, "Soul Salvation" self-portrait entry. You'll learn all about how the image was created, and maybe draw some inspiration. Want to hear more on photo competition? Don't miss her "Certification, Competition, and Credentials: The Course for Continued Success" webinar on June 9! This live webinar will be free for anyone to watch; PPA members have the advantage to be able to replay it later at their convenience.

TUTORIAL: If you do HDR photography, you won't want to miss this tutorial from PhotoFocus. You will find tips on using the HDR tool which is now part of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC. It just may improve your workflow!

INSPIRATION: In this interview on Fstoppers, Fashion Photographer Dana Pennington discusses breaking into the fashion photography industry as well as overcoming the challenges of moving from a mid-sized market in Denver to the huge market of Los Angeles. It's a great read for both fashion photographers and anyone that's struggling with moving to a new market! 

LIGHTING TIPS: If you do Macro Photography (close-up images) or have been thinking about getting in to the market, check out this post from Digital Photography School. It provides some quick tips for properly lighting these images that may come in use on you next shoot. 

EARTH DAY/JUST FOR FUN: April 22 was the 45th annual Earth Day. To celebrate, The Atlantic put up a great photo series of environmental images from throughout the years. Check it out, there may be something here to inspire you. 

BUSINESS: We're sure that headline grabbed your attention! While reading this post from the Online Photographer won't necessarily make you a millionaire, it does cover good points on something all photographers (especially those just starting out) struggle with - giving away your work for free! If you've ever done this before, read up! Working for free may not be the best marketing strategy out there. 

LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY: Here's a great post for the landscape photographers out there. Photofocus has compiled a list of 10 quick tips you can use to make your landscape images have more impact.

BUSINESS: You may have heard that Google has updated their search algorithm so that sites with mobile friendly pages rank higher than those without mobile friendly pages. If you're confused by what this means for your website, PhotoShelter has provided a great guide on the changes, as well as how you can check to make sure you are mobile friendly. 

BUSINESS: If you're thinking about making the transition from part-time to full-time photographer, read this post from Digital Photography School first! It provides some good things to think about before making the leap into full-time professional.

There you have it - our favorite posts of the week! What photography blogs or podcasts do you follow? Post your favorites on theLoop or email them to us at OnlineContentCommittee 
(at) PPA (dot) com.


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About 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

Happy Friday! As always, we're back to deliver you a selection of the top photography blogs
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 of the week. From portrait photography to business advice, there's a little bit of everything in this week's roundup. Check them out below. 

BUSINESS: Many photographers have started to offer video as part of their services. If you're thinking of getting into this market, read this post from Fstoppers first! It covers some good points you'll want to consider before you start offering video. 

GEAR GEEK: Do you ever find yourself paralyzed when it comes time to capture a shot - running through a mental list of lenses, lights, and other equipment? You may be suffering from 'Gear Acquisition Syndrome.' Find out how you might be able to slim down some of that gear and still get great photographs, and have a healthier bottom line, in this post from The Phoblographer. 

LIGHTING TIPS: With summer approaching, chances are you're starting to get requests for outdoor portraits during 'golden hour' (that time right around sunrise or sunset). There are some tricky lighting situations to consider, but this post from Digital Photography School provides some advice to overcome these challenges. 

INSPIRATION: This video features the Gulf Photo Plus ShootOut, where three photographers (including past Imaging USA instructor Joel Grimes) were given the challenge of capturing intimacy between strangers with only 20 minutes to plan, shoot, edit, retouch and present their results. The photographs are pretty astonishing given the time frame. Plus, you'll get to listen to their thought process behind each photograph, which may give you some useful tips for your own work! 

PPA Competition: Here's something we don't see every day! At a recent PPA District Photographic Competition, photographer Monish Mansharamani witnessed how his image scored a perfect 100. You can watch the judging of Monish's "Brooklyn Twilight" image and see what it is PPA judges are looking for in an image. Hopefully, you'll be inspired to enter a District Photographic Competition or the International Photographic Competition

TIPS FOR POST: If you struggle with lighting darker skin tones, this post from PhotoFocus is for you. Some quick tips are provided for getting the light correct so you can always give your clients flattering results.  

SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY: With March Madness going on, basketball is probably on the top of the mind for the sports photographers out there. H & H Color Lab has compiled a great series of videos that show photographers in action at the NCAA Tournament. You may pick up some tips you can use the next time you're hired to cover a basketball game. 
NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY: If you enjoy nature photography, check out this post from the Photo Naturalist. It discusses how to subtly retouch an image so you get exactly what you had envisioned, without over-doing it to the point that a photograph no longer looks like it was captured in the wild. 

INSPIRATION: A solar eclipse is a rare occasion, which makes this video pretty impressive. Watch the behind the scenes video of photographer Rutger Pauw scout the perfect location to capture the eclipse on the Isle of Skye in Scotland. Rutger definitely overcomes some tough challenges to get the shot. Check it out on DIY Photography. 

BUSINESS: Do you find yourself stuck in a rut - taking photography jobs you don't really want? Check out this post from Fstoppers on three really simple ways you can market yourself to get the jobs you actually want! 

There you have it, our top blog posts of the week! What blogs do you enjoy? Let us know on theLoop.


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About 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 know what that means - blog roundup time! Here are our favorite stories
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 from around the web for the week of March 2. 

BUSINESS IDEAS: Where do you look to find ideas, inspiration and support for your business? If you need a place to start, this post from photographer and business maven Rosh Sillars is a great jumping-off point. He provides 197 ideas to help you support your photography business, so we're confident you'll at least find a few that will work for you! 

ETHICS IN PHOTOGRAPHY: You may have read about the controversy surrounding the World Press Photo competition. Last week, the 1st prize winner's photograph was investigated on the grounds it was unethically staged, however WPP found no wrong-doing and defended the photographer and their decision - which has caused quite an amount of disagreement among photojournalists. The saga isn't over yet! New accusations of unethical behavior have been levied against the photographer this week, causing the investigation to be reopened. Read all about it on PetaPixel. 

BEWARE OF SCAMMERS: Last week, we reported on a scam targeting photographers where scammers have threatened to leave bad reviews on your site, then offered pricey online reputation management solutions to clear it all up. Well, be aware that it's still happening! One photographer in Oregon shares what she experienced in this post. Read our post from last week as well to know what to be aware of and how to protect yourself! 

BUSINESS MOTIVATION: PPA member and past Imaging USA instructor Tiffany Briley wrote this great post on staying successful in a creative industry like photography. She encourages you to 'uproot' yourself from time to time to help you figure out where you are successful. Why? Read the post to find out!

SHOOTING ON LOCATION: Do you photograph people on location? Whether you take portraits of people in their homes or at their work place, environmental portraiture is all about showing people in their habitat. So how do you make these portraits look believable? This post from PhotoFocus provides three things to keep in mind while making these types of portraits. 

INSPIRATION: If you're in need of some new ideas or creative inspiration, the collection of Mike Cable's abstract photographs on the Photo Argus may be just what you need to get your spark ignited again! Between commercial and fine arts, you'll find unusual takes of usual sceneries. Just check it out!

LIGHTROOM HELP: This tutorial from Lightroom Killer Tips could be a great boost to your workflow if you use Lightroom. In it, you'll learn how to use the Brightness Slider tool to easily get a feel for how a printed image will look once you send it off to the lab for production. 

INSPIRATION: Every now and then, we like to share a story about a unique photographer. This post from DIY Photography features Australian photographer Ray Collins and his story of how he went from working in a coal mine, to being one of the top surfing photographers, despite being color blind. There's also a great collection of his images. 

FOR FUN: We've all seen them before - those cheesy 'business' stock images. As a photographer, you've probably cringed at more than a few. Here's a take on those images that will make you laugh. Actor Vince Vaughn and his fellow stars of the upcoming movie 'Unfinished Business' posed for a series of business-type stock images with hilarious results. Check it out on Fstoppers. 

COPYRIGHT INFOGRAPHIC: Do you have a hard time understanding who has the rights to use your images and how to protect them from illegal use? It can be a confusing topic, but the infographic in this post from Ephotozine is a great resource to remind you of how photographic copyright works. From who has the right to use images you post on social media, to how to find infringers, the infographic gives a good overview of copyright. And don't forget, PPA's here to help on this front too with our copyright resources and assistance. 

PHOTOGRAPHER IN THE NEWS: Variety has announced that Jennifer Lawrence will star as award-winning war photographer Lynsey Addario in the Steven Spielberg-directed "It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War." While the movie won't be out for several years, it is based on Addario's memoir of the same name, which you can check out now

There you have it, our favorite photography posts of the week! What blogs do you enjoy? Let us know on theLoop


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About 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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What's up faithful readers?! John here, back for another top 10 to let you know what you missed this week while you were busy with Santa portrait sessions or your last wedding of the year. Here's the best blogs from December 15-19!

1). A Good Thing for Our Industry: Peter Lik's World Record

HE DID WHAT?! A wonderful thing for our industry! Imaging USA keynote speaker Peter Lik just added another feather to his cap, this time as a world record holder. He just sold a single print for $6.5 million (or three prints for $10 million!). We promise that's not a typo. This blog theorizes just how Peter did it. 

By Chris Homer

We're back at it again with our favorite photography posts of the week. Take a look and seeblogroundup_1212.jpg what you can use to improve your photography business. And forget the naysayers, photography is anything but dead. Check these out:

1. The Portrait Era is Over!
INSPIRATION: How many times have you heard another photographer complain that people no longer want wall portraits, just digital files? Well, this post from the Million Dollar Photographer points out how that simply isn't true! If you've had this feeling before, check it out and see why you shouldn't give up on these timeless products.

2. Peter Lik Sets World Record

PHOTOGRAPHY GOOD NEWS: Imaging USA keynote speaker Peter Lik has set a world-record for selling the most-expensive photograph ever. His image "Phantom" sold for an astounding $6.5 million! Be sure to head over to Peter's blog to see the image. You can also see him speak in person in Nashville! Peter will host a special program at Imaging USA 2015 where he'll share stories from his remarkable career. Plus, you'll be able to browse an exhibit of his work during the Imaging Expo.

3. How I Shot a Time-Lapse of a Large Thunderstorm Rolling Through Sydney
KNOW-HOW: If you shoot storm photography, you won't want to miss this post on PetaPixel. Photographer Matthew Vandeputte explains how he created a time-lapse of a super storm moving through Sydney, Australia. He details everything from camera set-up to post-production. Check it out!

4. Dramatic Lighting | Tips from Hollywood
LIGHTING: Do you want to create more dramatic lighting in your images? PhotoFocus recently spoke with a Hollywood photographer on creating dramatic light and recorded the conversation. You'll find some amazing lighting tips here!

5. Funny Business: 25 Portraits of the Funniest People On the Planet
INSPIRATION: Fstoppers has a collection of creative photos from Seth Olenick of various comedians-- from Zach Galifianakis to Jane Lynch and more. Take a look and get inspired for future portrait sessions.

6. 6 Tips for Photographing Dogs in Action
PET PHOTOGRAPHY: If you're thinking of getting into the pet photography market, or if you want to create better shots of dogs running and playing, check out this post from Digital Photography School. Fast track your pet photography skills with some quick tips for how to get those great (and furry) action shots!

7. From Above - Astronaut Photography with Don Petit
FOR FUN: As a professional photographer, you've probably photographed in tons of crazy places. Something tells us that you've never shot in outer space though! This video interview from SmugMug Films, featuring astronaut/photographer Don Petit, talks about the challenges of photographing in outer space. It's a fascinating watch.

8. Lightroom Retouching Tip: Fixing Hotspots
RETOUCHING: If you've struggled with 'hotspots' - shiny areas on your portrait subject's face - this post might have a solution for you. Lightroom Killer Tips has provided a video tutorial on how you can remove these troublesome spots.

9. 20 Creative Photography Tumblr Blogs You Should Follow
CREATIVITY: As a photographer, you're probably always looking for new sources of inspiration. That's why we loved this post on Digital Photo Buzz. You'll find a list of great photography blogs to follow (in addition to this one of course) to keep your creativity flowing!

10. Infographic: 36 Ways to Make Money as a Photographer
MONEY-MAKING TIPS: Feeling stuck in a rut? Take a look at this infographic from Photography Concentrate to remind you of all the ways you can make money as a photographer. The post also looks at some of the emerging photography markets you might want to dive into!

There you have it, our favorite posts of the week! What photography blogs do you enjoy? Let us know on theLoop.


  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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