It's time for a long weekend! We hope you enjoy the Memorial Day kick-off of the summer season. Here are our top blog post picks for the week, to read as you sit by the pool or on the beach.
A Huge Step Toward Copyright Small Claims
Advocacy: PPA Today on the progress made this week in Washington D.C. and our signature advocacy issue: a small claims option for photographers who experience copyright infringement.
Why This 150 Year Old Photography Practice is Making a Comeback
Old is New: CNN has a gallery of images from a London duo using the century-old photographic technique of Tintype.
3 Ways to Help Turn Your Weaknesses Into Branding Strengths
Spin: Does your business have shortcomings? AmEx Open Forum has an article on how you may be able to turn those shortcomings into strengths, if you sell them to your customers and make it a part of your branding.
Tips and Tricks for Black and White Wildlife Photography
Inspiration & Technique: 500PX ISO has tips from a South African photographer on how and why he uses and prefers monochromatic nature photography to capture stunning wildlife images.
Instagram's Much-Anticipated 'Insights' Analytics Look Awesome
App News: Instagram plans on sharing a variety of insight into your followers, including demographic information, such as age, gender, location, etc. and FStoppers (via Later) has a look at what to expect.
Google Is Using a Robotic Gigapixel Camera to Capture Famous Paintings With Incredible Detail
Detail: Google has been working on an Art Camera project that uses robotics and specialized gigapixel software to document famous works of art with painstaking attention to the small details. Popular Photography explains how in this article.
Tips From a Pro: Shoot Kid Photography That's Not Cheesy
Authenticity: Zoe Berkovic, one of the country's busiest and best child photographers, lets Popular Photography in on her tips and secrets.
How Do-it-all-yourself Shoots Can Improve Your Photography:
How-To: FStoppers has this guide of seven ways and reasons you should try "photographic downshifting": when you consciously and purposely execute each process on your own, from concept building to casting, makeup, hairstyle, wardrobe, etc.
You Can Do It: Create Abstract Light Patterns In Photos Using LEDs
Paint-with-Light: Popular Photography's all over it this week, and in this article about German paint-with-light artists EDM (Electric Movements in the Dark) they'll show you how to rotate your LED strips to play around with composition.
What Huntington Witherill Can Teach You About Composition
Mentoring: In this engaging video conversation with PDN Pulse, photography icon Huntington Witherill sheds light on how he composes his award-winning images.
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.
James Yates is an Atlanta-based writer/actor and the Communications Specialist at Professional Photographers of America (PPA). A graduate of Georgia State University, James has worked in the non-profit sector his whole life and is proud to be able to help artists achieve their goals. In his spare time he can be found walking his dogs on the Beltline or partaking in the nightly theater and comedy scene in the ATL.