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by James Yates
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You're all set to go to Imaging USA 2017, but you've never been to San Antonio before? Relax. Your PPA Team has scouted out the best attractions and locations and prepared a video guide to all the amazing sights and sounds set to blow your ten-gallon hat off come January. Here's a handy guide of things to consider making time for your trip in January:

  • Start with The Riverwalk, the unique, can't-miss 2.5-mile walkway along the San Antonio River. Take one of the famed Riverboat Tours to see the other side of attractions like the San Antonio Museum of Art, the Arneson River Theater and the Aztec Theatre. The boats pass right by and through several restaurants, making any night out to eat a gorgeous experience. It may sound like a tourist trap, it's not! It's really nice! That's probably why the Riverwalk is Texas' second most popular tourist spot after...
  • The Alamo/The Missions. Remember this? No trip to San Antonio would be complete without visiting the Alamo and the other four Spanish frontier outposts designated as a National Historic Park. 
  • Founded in 1939, La Villita Historic Arts Village is San Antonio's original neighborhood. La Vallita houses over 30 art galleries and shops along with several restaurants. The Arneson River Theater is also there so you can get a better look from off of the boat. 
  • The RiverCenter Mall is also located on the Riverwalk and literally right downstairs from our host hotels. It's a fully functioning mall with all the stores you may need to get your shopping fix ($6 cowboy hats, anyone?) and tons of restaurants including a food court if you want something fast and cheap! 
  • You can experience the largest Mexican mercado in the city for authentic shopping underneath all those iconic, colorful flags at Market Square. 
  • Get the best view of San Antonio from atop the 750 ft-tall Tower of the Americas, built in 1968 for the Hemisfair (World's Fair), which you'll hear a lot about because it was a huge deal for the city. 
  • If you're looking to venture away from the downtown area by car or bus, The San Antonio Botanical Gardens, the San Antonio Aquarium and the San Antonio Zoo offer some of the most beautiful, Texas-sized flora and fauna for the entire family to enjoy. There are also the big theme parks, SeaWorld San Antonio and Six Flags Fiesta Texas if you have the need for speed and want to ride the state-of-the-art Iron Rattler or Steel Eel. Other kinds of thrill-seekers may want to check out the Natural Bridge Caverns, named for the 60 foot limestone slab that spans the caverns' entrance.  
You may not be sure what to expect from your trip to San Antonio, but what you'll get is a beautiful city with a lively and bustling downtown area, all easily accessible from the Imaging USA hotels and convention center. We're more certain than ever that January 2017 is going to be AWESOME. 


For more info, head over to ImagingUSA.org. Register and take advantage of the Early Bird rates for members by December 8th, OR pick up an Expo Only Pass for only $35 and get access to the trade show, Print Theatre, Drone Zone, IPC Exhibit and Keynote Presentation by Mel Robbins!

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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.

by James Yates

Your PPA Advocacy team will be in Washington D.C. next week to join the Creative Rights Caucus for a "lunch and learn" event to be held on Wednesday, December 7th, 2016 at 12pm. 

"The Art of Photography: Behind the Lens" will be a chance for House members to gather and learn about the importance of modernizing and strengthening copyright protection for small business creators. Creative Rights Caucus co-chairs, Representatives Judy Chu and Doug Collins, will present panelists giving their stories of how they established themselves, their current challenges with infringement and the lack of remedy for photographers who are infringed upon, highlighting the need for a small claims process within the current U.S. copyright system. 

The panel will be moderated by PPA CEO, David Trust, and will include: 

Anne Geddes - renowned photographer known for capturing the purity and innocence of children, Anne became successful in 1992 when she first published a greeting card collection in New Zealand, eventually leading to calendars which would be sold internationally. She specializes in capturing the beauty, purity, and vulnerability of children, while emphasizing that each child must be "protected, nurtured, and loved". She is responsible for the photographs of children dressed up as various flora and fauna that are seen worldwide. Anne has dealt with international copyright infringement on various levels, therefore understanding how important a small claims process is to photographers. 

Michael Grecco - internationally renowned celebrity portrait and commercial photographer, Michael is a multiple-award-winning industry leader best known for his iconic celebrity portraits and visionary magazine covers, editorials, and advertising spreads for NBC/Universal, GA, Pfizer, HBO, Kodak, ABC, IBM, Yahoo!, ESPN, and more. His distinguished work is regularly featured in prestigious galleries such as Louis Stern, G.Ray Hawkins, Stephen Cohen and Fahey Klein. Michael understands the impact an image can have on society and believes it is important to give credit where credit is due, which can be insured through a small claims process.

Denis Reggie - hailed by Town & Country as "The Great Wedding Photographer of Our Day", Denis got his start as a student at Tulane University, where he took photographs for the yearbook and local newspaper. From there he made his jump to wedding photography, when he realized how posed and unnatural many wedding photos tended to look. As his popularity grew, he had the opportunity to photograph various Kennedy Family weddings, among other Hollywood stars. Denis understands the hard work and skill it takes to capture the true beauty in a photograph, and believes that all photographers, big and small, should be given their credit. Without receiving his rightful credit, Denis would not be where he is today, and therefore is an avid advocate for small claims.

At the end of the event, the professional panelists will help House members discover how to take the "perfect selfie" It's expected to be a fun, yet informative and important, meeting on the Hill.

This event has been planned in accordance to House and Senate Gift Rules by the Creative Rights Caucus in partnership with American Photographic Artists (APA), American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), Digital Media Licensing Association (DMLA), Graphic Artists Guild (GAG), National Press Photographers of America (NPPA), Photographic Licensing Universal System (PLUS) and Professional Photographers of America (PPA).

To learn more about PPA's efforts to fight for better copyrights, head to PPA.com/Advocacy and don't forget to join PPA.com/Grassroots to add your name to the list of supporters. 

By Autumn Rice
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Mel Robbins is one of the most sought-after motivational speakers out there and you now have a chance to see her in person. Her life experiences have helped her craft speeches that deliver business-expanding, life-changing, interactive advice to inspire change, challenge thinking and accelerate personal and professional growth. Her book, Stop Saying You're Fine, is a best seller that has been translated into four different languages, and her TEDx Talk "How to Stop Screwing Yourself Over" has over 10 million views across 37 countries. Mel Robbins is a CNN host, commentator and legal analyst, criminal defense attorney, and now she can add Imaging USA Keynote Speaker to her host of talents. 

That's right folks; Mel Robbins is coming to Imaging USA! She will give a keynote presentation on the morning of Sunday, January 8th and follow it up with a book signing directly after in the lobby of the Lira Cockrell Theatre at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. in San Antonio, Texas.

So what are you waiting for? Imaging USA is the only place to be in January 2017! Go to ImagingUSA.org/Register to take advantage of the Early Bird Rates ($50 off!) before time runs out December 8th! 

See what all the fuss is about: Mel's Ted Talk 
By Chris Homer

You've got photography questions, and your fellow PPA members have the answers. Post
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your questions on theLoop and watch the answers flood in! This photographer-only forum for PPA members is the perfect way to give and receive help on all of your photography questions. Don't be shy! Head on over to the theLoop, and get answers to some of your most pressing questions.

Check out some of the Hot Topics from November on theLoop below.

With the growth in popularity of drone photography, many photographers have been considering offering it to their clients. If you're one of those photographers, here's your chance to get your questions answered on anything drone photography related from an expert in the field, Eddie Tapp, M.Photog.MEI.Cr., CPP, API. 

In this discussion, photographers discuss the best procedures for wiping memory cards after downloading. See what they have to say and chime in with your opinion. 

One photographer has run into an issue with Lightroom automatically opening any time a memory card is inserted into his computer, whether he wants it to or not! If you're having the same issue, this is a post you'll want to read. 

This photographer has a problem with a hobbyist in her town violating her contract with a local school. What should she do about it? Find out in this discussion! 

Unfortunately, the holidays always bring in a new batch of scams targeted at photographers. In this thread, one photographer shares a scam offer that was recently presented to him. Read up and protect your business! 

These are just a few of the many discussions on theLoop! Remember that you've got to be a PPA member to take part in theLoop, so join today! 

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


by Sidra Safri

With the holidays right around the corner, many members are looking into getting a drone and adding drone photography to their repertoire.  In adding drone services, many members are focused on making sure they have the best drone, are properly certified, and have all the training necessary to ensure they can capture that fantastic photo. However, during all this excitement, many members will forget that it is necessary to update their contracts to make sure they are protected from any contracted-related issues. 

PPA knows it's important to make sure our members are ready for anything. That's why we have done some of the work for you! Now, under the forms and contracts section, exclusively for PPA members, is a Drone Clause that you can add to your existing contract. This contract has been reviewed and approved by an attorney, but keep in mind this is only meant to be used as a starting point. You still need to make sure you are in compliance with your local and state laws as they can vary drastically from location to location. 

Last, but not least, remember to fill out the Drone Survey request you received last week. These survey responses help guide PPA in knowing what our members want and need, thus allowing us to provide you with the best possible benefits! 

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by Sidra Safri

Today has been an action packed day! Many Congressional offices are just as concerned as we are with the removal of Maria Pallante from her post as Register of Copyrights and want to make sure Intellectual Property issues continue to be championed. Sharing similar sentiments was the office of Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT). Senator Hatch has been a huge advocate for intellectual property issues, including small claims protection. 
When they heard about the removal of Maria Pallante, Hatch's office was just shocked as PPA. They stated that this abrupt removal gives Congress all the more reason to look into Small Claims and the separation of the Copyright Office from the Library of Congress. However, since the next few months will be busy with the transition of a new administration, Copyright Small Claims is going to be a slow process...but one that is needed! 
After talking with Senator Hatch's office for about 45 minutes, we hope that they will continue to champion the rights of small creators and go on to endorse small claims when the time comes. 
After meeting with Senator's Hatch's office, we had the opportunity have a joint meeting with Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT). Both offices understand the need for a small claims option, but know that this is going to be an uphill battle. With the many changes that are occurring (including preparing for a new administration), it is important to focus on our long term goals. During this meeting we also talked about how important it is to have a grassroots effort to make sure that the voice of the people is heard.  As PPA's CEO David Trust stated during this meeting, "It is now important, more than ever, to make sure that Congress does the right thing, and protects small businesses and creative artists." 
This was a great start to our outreach in the Senate, and we hope to continue to visit with key members of both the House and Senate. Luckily, there were not any major changes in the leadership within the Intellectual Property world since the last election, clearing the way for our efforts to ensure that small claims legislation becomes a success!
And, as always, don't forget to sign up for the Grassroots Action Team and make sure your voice is heard!

Your PPA team is back in D.C., attending meetings with key members of congress who hold small business, small claims and intellectual property issues in high regard.

Today, we're with the Senate and our first meeting was with Senator Risch's office. Senator Risch (R-ID) holds IP issues very close to his heart and wants to make sure small businesses succeed. The senator's office shared with us that many photographers are on his staff and his constituents are active creative artists who understand how important a small claims copyright process can be. Even though our meeting with Senator Risch's office was fairly quick, we are hoping that he will join us in fixing the injustice facing small business photographers and creative artists. 

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by Tristin Vaccaro

Standing out in the sea of other photographers is so important when building a client base. Luckily, you have PPA to help you differentiate yourself in this growing photography market. 

As a part of the See The Difference® initiative, professional photographers like you get equipped with marketing resources to help explain your pricing, promote the quality of your work, and convey the worthiness of your skills. These resources are helping to reshape the public's view of professional photography. Educate your customers as to why they should only hire professional photographers.

See The Difference has many resources available to PPA members, and one of the easiest to implement are the PPA logos. Adding a logo to your website shows clients that you are backed by a well-established and trustworthy association. 

Once you log in, there are two logos to choose from, and both are available in full color or black and white, with or without transparent backgrounds. If you're a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP), you can also download a CPP logo to inform clients of your further credibility. 

So go ahead and impress your clients, because as soon as they see your PPA/CPP logo, they will also see your commitment to photography excellence! 

Check out more See The Difference marketing resources offered to PPA members. Not a PPA member? Join Today!

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By Autumn Rice

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As the 2017 season of PhotoVision approaches, we are very excited to announce world-renowned portrait photographer Sue Bryce as the first instructor in this "Year of Inspiration". 

With more than 25 years of experience, Sue Bryce's addition to PhotoVision is an excellent opportunity for subscribers to get inspired and learn from a multifaceted and skilled photographer! 

In her upcoming episodes, we will be bringing you thought-provoking ideas and conversations on valuing your time, craft, and how to succeed as a powerful business leader in the photographic industry.

Here's what PPA's Director of Education, Angela Kurkian said about Sue's involvement in the upcoming PhotoVision season: 

"I'm so excited to have Sue share her experience and expertise with our audience. She's an amazing educator. While her advice is heartfelt, her recommendations are based on sound business fundamentals. She helps photographers understand and own their value as artists as well as their place as business professionals."

PhotoVision features a host of professional photographers as instructors, propelling the education of other professional photographers into new dimensions. Coupled with PPA, PhotoVision offers photographers more than 600 educational videos about lighting, posing, location, and so much more!

PhotoVision is offered to PPA members for FREE with unlimited access to streaming content. Non-PPA members can take advantage of a discounted, limited time subscription rate of $6.95 per month (regularly $19.99 per month) using promo code INSPIRE at checkout. 
Let this be your year of inspiration!

Visit PhotoVisionVideo.com to subscribe to the education program, and read the full press release.

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by Sidra Safri


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Our first meeting for the day was with Representative Judy Chu's office. We discussed details of the Small Claims bill and got a good idea of some of the working language that is now going into the bill. We know the introduction of the Small Claims bill is taking longer than we originally thought, but making sure it is able to best serve creative artists is key. We want to thank Representative Chu's office for all their hard work and for being an advocate for the Creative Artists.

Next, we had the opportunity to meet with acting Register of the Copyright Office and Director of Copyright, Karyn Claggett. This meeting was important, as it allowed PPA to see how the Library of Congress and the Copyright Office currently feel about Small Claims. Both offices want to take a very hands-off approach and want to continue to help Congress in an advisory position. Basically, they will follow Congress' guidance. This is good news for PPA and provides a positive outlook for small claims!

Karyn Claggett also let us know that Dr. Carla Hayden, the current Librarian of Congress, has ties to the creative community. Her parents have a musical background and other family members are very active in the creative-rights world.

Both meetings were very productive, especially the meeting with the Copyright office. These meetings reassured PPA that small claims is heading in the direction we have been pushing for. DON'T FORGET! The most important thing you, as a PPA member and/or someone who cares about the rights or artists, can do is to sign your name to our ever-growing list of supporters and share, share, share with everyone you know. 

More to come tomorrow

8:30 am 
Good Morning! We are up bright and early, heading to D.C. for PPA's first advocacy trip since the termination/resignation/removal of Maria Pallente as Register of Copyrights. Small Claims is just as important to you and your fellow photographers as it was before and we want to make sure D.C. knows this. We will start the day with a strategic meeting with our resident lobbyist, Cindi Merifield, who will fill us in on any new developments on Capitol Hill since our last visit.

Today we are meeting with Representatives Chu and Collins' offices to talk about the status of the Small Claims bill, and also for a general check-in. PPA wants to make sure we always visit both Representatives Chu and Collins since they have been a huge asset to the success of small claims. While we are in D.C we are also going to visit Dr. Carla Hayden, the Librarian of Congress. During this meeting we want to emphasize the importance of modernization to the Copyright Office and how important the Small Claims bill is to PPA's members, small businesses and artists in general. 

We will keep you updated throughout the day with new developments. Off to D.C we go!

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By Bethany Clark

Over the past few weeks, we've given you plenty of tips, tricks, and things to look forward to that will ensure you have the best experience possible at Imaging USA 2017

And since we want every aspect of your experience to be the best it can be, take a peek at some of these travel mistakes to avoid. We hate to be Debbie Downers, but steering clear of these potholes will keep you primed for an awesome time at Imaging USA! 

  1. Not checking the weather before you pack. We'll be in San Antonio, but it can get pretty chilly in January! Check the weather before you head out and bring the outerwear and layers you may need.
  2. Not bringing an extra bag. If you plan on stocking up at the Imaging Expo, pack an extra suitcase or duffle to accommodate your haul and avoid shipping charges.
  3. Forgetting the essentials, like your badge, a refillable water bottle, maybe a fanny pack (not fashionable, but quite handy for a three day conference!). Be sure to bring them to San Antonio, and definitely don't leave them in your hotel room! You'll need them at the convention.
  4. Not bringing enough business cards. Imaging USA is an excellent networking opportunity and there are plenty of drawings to enter during the Expo! Be prepared!
  5. Not booking a room at an official Imaging USA Host Hotel. You can save heaps by reserving a room in the Imaging USA block, plus each of the four hotels we've reserved are in easy walking distance to the convention center, keeping you centrally located and close to all the action. Also, you can trim costs by finding a roommate! Check out theLoop for attendees looking to split the cost of the rooms. Bonus: you'll have more money to spend at the Expo! 
  6. Bonus mistake: Not bringing hand sanitizer! With so many people in one place, germs can spread. Wash your hands regularly to prevent getting sick. That way, the only thing you'll bring home after the conference is your new gear!

Avoid these travel mistakes and have the best Imaging USA ever! Register if you haven't yet! You don't want to miss it!

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By Tristin Vaccaro

As Imaging USA draws nearer, we hope we've provided you with tons of reasons to attend in 2017!  Whether you want to dust off your cowboy boots or just get out of the studio for a while, there truly are a bajillion reasons to go to Imaging USA. 

While fun and networking are definitely on the menu, we know the majority of you come to Imaging USA with the hopes of learning new things! That's why the classes, demonstrations, and workshops are all designed to provide you with tons of methods to improve both your business and photography talents.. 

Imaging USA instructors want you to leave San Antonio a more equipped photographer, and often provide class takeaways so you know just what you'll learn after attending their class.  So today, we're highlighting a handful of awesome Imaging USA classes, and their equally as awesome takeaways, that are sure to stick with you long after you return home!

Lindsay Adler, Cr.Photog.
January 6 | 9am - 5pm
Learn the techniques that highly acclaimed photographer Lindsay Adler uses in the world of fashion - and apply these skills to your own clients. Be it seniors, boudoir, weddings or more, create extraordinary images so you can blow by your competition and WOW your clients!

1. How to pre-visualize, create a mood board, and plan for stylized fashion and portrait shoots
2. Fashion lighting tools and techniques that give your portraits that wow factor
3. Techniques of fashion photography useful to differentiate your work from the competition.

Melanie Anderson, Cr.Photog., CPP
January 7 | 1pm - 5pm
Take volume photography to a whole new level! Go EXTREME as photographer Melanie Anderson shares all her creative techniques and tricks for school and youth sports! Walk away with the knowledge and the ability to achieve 100K+ as THE volume photographer in town! 

1. Marketing to Highschool and Youth Sports
2. Securring Sponsorships
3. Creating Senior Sports Banners

Bradford Rowley
January 9 | 10-11:30am
This class will change your business and your life!  Discover the 10 steps that will explode your sales in 2017.  Everything from closing strategies to handling objections, selling to the sophisticated clients, and more - it's all here!  

1. Learn closing strategies for almost every objection
2. Learn the alternative to hard selling, which is a turn-off to the sophisticated client
3. Why selling portraits is the best kept secret out there, even among photographers

Barbara Breitsameter, M.Photog.Cr., CPP
January 10 | 10-11:30am
Dog photography is one of the fastest growing niches, and this is your ticket to mastering it all! Learn from Best of the Best as Barbara Breitsameter shares her tips and techniques, her secrets and her skills, her experience and her expertise. Canine  family members can be your ticket to a booming business! 

1. Learn the steps for a successful stress-free session for the dog and everyone else
2. Create artistic dog portraits with technical excellence
3. Learn hHow PPA print competitions can take your dog photography to a whole new level 

Gary Box , M.Photog.Cr., CPP
January 10 | 5:15 - 6:30pm
Capture and sell fantastic family portraits! From lighting to marketing techniques, you'll discuss ways to enhance and increase your sales. Capture the image, wow the customer, and improve your profits! 

1. Get more families in your door
2. Learn better family lighting
3. Sell family portraits for the wall

And there you have it, just a few of the nearly 100 diverse classes  and thousands of lessons available to you when you attend Imaging USA this January in San Antonio, Texas. If you haven't already, go register for Imaging USA so you too can leave the convention with awesome swag, valuable knowledge, and amazing memories! 

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By Autumn Rice
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Every year, Imaging USA attendees have the opportunity to take advantage of the best hotel deals and locations in the city, and this year is no different! We've blocked off hotel rooms in San Antonio that will save time, provide networking experiences, and save you money on transportation. Plus, you'll be in the heart of all of the action of Imaging USA 2017. But time is running out because these official hotels are almost completely booked! 

Don't panic; there's still some time left to take advantage of these savings, but hurry! If you haven't booked yet, here are your hotel options:

  • San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter (HEADQUARTERS HOTEL) 
  • San Antonio Marriott Riverwalk
  • Hilton Palacio Del Rio
  • Grand Hyatt San Antonio
  • Homewood Suites

To make your hotel booking experience easy and comprehensive, we've created a "one stop shop" reservation system. Through this online system you can make your reservation, and even find a roommate. That's right; you can search through other Imaging USA attendees who are also looking for someone to split the hotel costs with, and share a room. This is also a great way to save!

Imaging USA 2017 will be January 5-10, 2017 in San Antonio, and we want you to be there, without having to break the bank. Take advantage of these hotel savings and find out about more at ImagingUSA.org

Find hotel information on the official Imaging USA Hotels website, and make your reservation for Imaging USA 2017 today! If you have any questions or need help booking your hotel, call 210-207-6734.

See you in San Antonio!

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By Autumn Rice
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Understanding how to market print products to your customers can be difficult for photographers, but PPA wants to help! A Print showcase has been added to the Imaging USA 2017 Expo floor. These comprehensive sales sessions will be held in 30-minute intervals during Expo hours, and will cover everything from sales to marketing, helping photographers show the value of printed photography to their clients. 

The best part is, it's free to Imaging USA attendees with an Expo pass!

So, if Print photography is something you want to incorporate into your business, be sure to make the print exhibit a part of your expo floor plan. In addition to the print exhibit, use the official print resources page to help apply print products to your photography business. 

This Imaging USA will be one you won't want to miss! It's full of first-time exhibitors and showcases that you won't want to miss! Visit ImagingUSA.org to get a full list of the exhibit floor, and plan out your expo route in advance! 

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By Bethany Clark

Super 1 Day was a big success this past October, and PPA is already prepping to do it again in spring 2017. After all, this unique opportunity to learn photography tips, tricks, techniques, and best practices from fellow professionals and in-person, is something that photographers from across the country seem  to take advantage of more and more. Over 250 instructors taught in almost every state -- 40 classes were held in Texas alone, making it the most popular Super 1 Day state! 
As we prepare for the May 8-22, 2017 session of Super 1 Day, PPA is looking for more instructors! There are many benefits to teaching a class (or two!), including digging deeper into your subject area, elevating the industry by improving our profession overall, and even earning two merits towards your PPA Photographic Degree!

Instructor applications close January 20, 2017, so make sure you filled out yours completely by then. Be sure to invite your pro photographer friends to apply as well! 

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By Bethany Clark

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Each month, one PPAedu video is unlocked for everyone to enjoy, because we believe in the power of education for all (it's normally reserved only for PPA members)! 

The PPAedu library is filled with tutorials and educational videos to help you sharpen your photography techniques, marketing strategies, sales techniques, and business operations, available 24/7 to PPA members. 

Between PPAedu and PhotoVision, as a PPA member, you can tap into hundreds of programs to help you Be More! If you haven't checked out PhotoVision, take a look; the website is filled with episodes on demand!

For the month of November, the video "Secrets to a Successful Holiday Portrait Event" with Beth Forester has been unlocked. This video delves into the key elements to Beth's wildly successful Holiday Mini Portrait Event at Beth Forester Photography. Last year her Holiday Mini Portrait Event yielded over $20k in sales in just 3 days. You'll leave this program with all the inside scoop on running your own Holiday Mini Portrait Event!

If you're a member of PPA, just log in to watch the video anytime. Non-members will have access to this video this month only at PPA.com/TryEdu. For full access to all the PPAedu and PhotoVision videos, join PPA today!

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by Sidra Safri 
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In the past four months, all everybody seems to be talking about are Drones. Between trying to figure out the new FAA regulations, deciding what type of drone to get, studying for the FAA certification test, and making sure you are properly insured; it can make anybody's head spin. If only there was someone who has been through the process that you could talk to! Well, guess what? There is! PPA is providing its members with two great opportunities to get all your drone questions answered. 

PPA member Eddie Tapp is hosting an "Ask Me Anything" session on November 14th and 15th, exclusively on theLoop, PPA's members-only online networking platform. An "Ask Me Anything" is like an online press conference where YOU get to ask the questions. For those two days, members can log in to theLoop and post a question for Eddie to answer. Check back frequently, as Eddie will be answering your questions throughout the 48-hour period. Eddie has always been on the cutting edge of drone photography, and has become an expert in the area. Just take a look at his recent article in Professional Photographer magazine to get a feel for how knowledgeable he is on the subject of drones. During the Ask Me Anything on November 14th and 15th, Eddie will be available for you to: 

Ask away! He will answer all your questions (that he can)
get the inside scoop on what to study for the FAA test 
go over what to look for when buying a drone, and 
get some tips and tricks on how to master flying your drone to get the best shots. 

Just remember to Save the Date(s) of November 14th & 15th, log onto theLoop, and search for the AMA thread/conversation and ask away! 

Once you have all your drone-photography-related questions answered by Eddie, make sure you save time to tune in and switch over to the Drone Insurance webinar to be hosted by Lockton Affinity on November 15th at 2:00 pm. 

Lockton and PPA are long time partners, but what's new is that the team is now providing some of the most comprehensive and affordable drone photography insurance coverage out there and only available to PPA members. During the November 15th presentation, a Lockton representative will go over all the details of the policy, what it covers, and how to make sure you and your investment are always protected.
This upcoming information-packed live online presentation is free and open to the public, but it does require signing up. To secure your spot today, simply go to the Drone Photography Insurance Options webinar sign-up page!

If you're preparing to start adding drone photography into your business or just want more information because your interest is piqued...check out these two great opportunities next week and take "drone-ership" of your photography business! 

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By Chris Homer

With your 3-day All-Access Pass for Imaging USA 2017, you can attend a whole host of
 great photography classes during the regular days of the convention, January 8 -10, 2017 in San Antonio. These programs are included at no extra cost with your All-Access Pass. But if you're looking for even more photography education opportunities, Imaging USA has you covered with the Pre-Convention classes!

Pre-Con, as most nickname these programs, take place right before Imaging USA, from Thursday through Saturday, January 5-7, 2017. While these classes do require an additional fee to attend, many photographers find the much smaller class size and the ability to get one-on-one attention from the instructors well worth the small add-on cost! 

You'll find a multitude of day-long and half-day classes. Here are two examples: 

Perhaps you're new to the photography business and looking for the education that will make your business successful. In that case, consider signing up for the multi-day Pre-Convention workshops, such as: 

And if you're considering becoming a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP), you should take the 3-Day CPP Preparation Class, also a part of Imaging USA's Pre-Convention programming! 

If you're looking for education that's more hands-on, Imaging USA's Pre-Convention classes can help you there, too! The Hands-On class track features 2 hour sessions where you'll actively be using your camera - the perfect opportunity to learn a new technique and practice it! From Lighting and Posing for Children to Cutting Edge Wireless Flash - there's a Hands-On class sure to grab your interest. And since these are short sessions, you can attend multiple Hands-On classes in one day! 

There is A LOT to choose from, but Pre-Convention class sizes are very limited, so sign up today! Head over to ImagingUSA.org/Programs/Sort-By-Day/ and click on the Pre-Convention tab to view the complete Pre-Convention schedule. If you've already registered for Imaging USA 2017, it's easy to add-on some pre-con classes. And if you haven't registered for Imaging USA, what are you waiting for? register now for your Imaging USA All-Access Pass! 

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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.


By Chris Homer

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

Check out this month's free video!

In "Business Gems", Mary Fisk-Taylor, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, ABI, API, gives you an inside look at the business techniques that have made her successful. From marketing to sales, Mary covers many important photography business elements that you'll want to apply to your own studio. Whether you're a new pro or you've been in the photography business for a while - these are tips that any photographer can benefit from! 

Want to see more? Head on over to PhotoVisionVideo.com and begin exploring all the website has to offer. Don't forget that PPA members get access to all the PhotoVision photography courses for free with their membership, so join PPA today!

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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.


By James Yates

You love to learn as much as you can about photography. It's important to you, as a working artist, to stay up-to-date with current trends and styles. But you're also a modern person, and might prefer to do your learning online in the comfort and privacy of your own home. Online learning has revolutionized continuing education, and PPA offers over 1000+ videos and tutorials to cover all your online-learning needs. BUT...  

...Don't you sometimes want to get out of your comfort zone and be challenged, in person, to excel as a professional photographer? Whether it's been six months or sixteen years since you took those college classes, you may be surprised at how vital in-person, hands-on learning can be. Imaging USA 2017 in San Antonio, TX, is here to make sure that, even if it's only for six days in January, you have the chance to push yourself and get away from that computer screen!

Imaging USA's classes are taught by the top photographers in the industry and are geared towards your own personal needs through ten tracks covering everything from Weddings and Portraits to Drones (new this year!) and Sports Photography. You have to leave the glow of your computer screen for just a few days to take advantage of all of these opportunities. So, as you prepare for Imaging USA 2017 in San Antonio, TX, be sure to take some time to plan ahead which classes you'll want to attend. A full list of sessions is now available online and on the App. 

As if those ten tracks were not enough, there are also several must-attend special events at Imaging USA: from networking parties and the 5K fun run, to charity auctions and drone demos, all the Special Events at Imaging USA will keep you buzzing from sunrise to sundown and are the perfect opportunities to build relationships with your peers. Make sure you add these special events and the opening and closing parties to your schedule of classes! You'd hate to miss those! 

Live product demos, access to revolutionary photography products, and countless networking opportunities can also be found at the Imaging Expo! This three-day, 600+ booth trade show is one of the largest gatherings of pro-photographers and exhibitors in the world! You can also sit in on new, comprehensive PRINT sales training class, meant to take your business to new heights, right on the Expo floor!Your newest photographic discovery will be right at your fingertips... and tangible, NOT just on your keyboard! 

That's not even the end of it! The Hands-On track at Imaging USA is part of the Pre-Convention schedule and takes place Saturday, January 7th. These classes require an additional registration and fee, and offer you a chance to dig deeper and make even more out of your time at the world's oldest and strongest photography convention. During the class, students have the opportunity to get advice and lessons from instructors thanks to more one-on-one time. You will go out on an actual photo shoot and practice with your own camera (which means that bringing your equipment is a must)! Since the classes are hands-on, you will be expected to do more and be an active participant in the workshop. These classes are for those with the strongest desire to get up and learn!

Don't worry: all the amazing online learning you've come to expect from PPA will still be there when you get back from San Antonio. Take some time out for yourself, away from your computer, and get your dose of learning inspiration to kick off 2017! Head to ImagingUSA.org/Register and take advantage of the Early Bird registration price to save $50 now! 

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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.

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By James Yates
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November is here! After you take down those spider web decorations and replace them with turkeys and cornucopias, kick back and enjoy your weekend with these photography blog posts from around the web. 

Advocacy:  Last week saw the demotion of the current Register of Copyrights, Maria Pallante by the Librarian of Congress. Read PPA's statement on the news here and see what it means for the fight for better copyright protection. 

SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHERS MATTER!: History was made this week when the Chicago Cubs won the World Series for the first time in 108 years. PetaPixel has an eye-opening look at the coverage from two different newspapers: one which recently laid off their entire photography department vs. one who still employs professionals. Bet you can guess which cover looks better...in fact, the difference is astounding!

MIND-BLOWING: Okay, this is just the coolest. Bored Panda presents some of the stunning macro images from the annual Nikon Small World Photomicrography competition. If you've ever wondered what the fangs of a centipede look like up close, take a look!

TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY: Photographer Tommy Reynolds has travelling around the world and documenting the lives of the people he meets. Read up on his recent travels to India and view some of his amazing street photography along with information on the gear he used to make it happen. 

ONE OF A KIND: White House photographer Peter Souza says that getting to see President Obama up close has been an incredible opportunity. He should know: this is the second U.S. president he has been the official photographer of. Listen to his interview on NPR's All Things Considered and take a look at some of his iconic photos in the slideshow. And for more on Souza, check out his profile in Professional Photographer magazine! 

SKILL: Digital Photography School has great tips to continually improve your work. Whether you're an amateur or a seasoned pro, you could always learn more. Tips on lenses, memory cards, weather conditions and more for you continuing education. 

ACTION PHOTOGRAPHY: This awesome list gives you the details on five bad-a** women in the world of first-class, action photography. From surfing to mountain climbing, these ladies are getting amazing shots in a typically male-dominated section of professional photography. 

LANDSCAPES: You may have been taught that a landscape is not a landscape unless it is devoid of all human elements, including people and architecture. This article from F-Stoppers questions that and looks at what adding a human element, even if it's just shoes or a hat placed somewhere, does to the impact of a landscape.

HELP & WIN! Do you want your voice to be heard on the current state of the photographic industry? Want new products that matter to YOU and your photographic needs? Then take the InfoTrends 2016 Professional Photography and Video Survey! This annual survey helps us keep track of all the things that are important to professional photographers...and you could win $500 just for participating (plus there are 100 randomly awarded $25 Amazon gift cards)! 

Transformation: This group of photos and how much can be done to them in Photoshop is a real eye-opener, but will be familiar to our family of professional photographers. Take a look at the gallery and See The Difference® using a professional who knows how to work in post makes to an image!

There you have them, our top blog posts for this week. Don't forget to check back next week for a new round of amazing posts. 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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