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by Mayo Lawal

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It's finally weekend and you deserve some "you time". So, take a break from all that hard work and check out our ten favorite blogs from around the web this week!

FREELANCE LAW:  In May 2017, the city of New York passed the Freelance Isn't Free Act. The Law Tog has this article on how the Act may immensely affect freelance photography in New York and why you should care.  

DRONES PHOTOGRAPHY: Do you know about the Drone Certification program recently launched by PPA? The author of this article outlines the benefits of this unique program, designed to ensure that you are not only legal to fly drones, but also well prepared to take the best pictures.

COPYRIGHT: Photographer Annette Navarro is suing Procter & Gamble, whom she accused of using her photos for several years without paying her. The author of this article tells the story about the lawsuit concerning images that were on Olay packaging all over the world.  

PRICING TECHNIQUE: Figuring out what to charge a client after a shoot can be difficult if you don't have a good pricing system in place. Find out what Wedding Photographer Susan Stripling did to ensure the most cost-effective pricing for her photography sessions. 

LAWSUIT: The battle that began when VHT filed a copyright infringement suit against Zillow Group in 2015 continues. Check out the updates on Digital Photography Review.

TIPS: Drones are becoming more popular, and many photographers are learning to do amazing things with them. The author of this article has some really good tips on how to take breathtaking photos using drones.  

BUSINESS CHALLENGE: The Business Challenge is a fun, interactive program designed to help PPA members reach their business goals and become more profitable. Also, it's FREE! Learn more about the program and how you can easily sign up today.  

TEST: How good are you at spotting fake photos? Find out with this challenging game and a good reality check on Peta Pixel!  

CONFIDENCE: It could take years and years of good work for some photographers to gain confidence in their abilities. Levi Keplar of Fstoppers explains how lack of confidence could hinder success.

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


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Imaging USA 2018 will be here before you know it...three-to-six days of the best in photography learning, networking and partying! It's all going down in the Music City, Nashville, TN, January 14-16, 2018 (Pre-Con classes January 11-13). 

Imaging USA is known far-and-wide as THE place to see some of the best speakers in the photography industry, as they take you on deep-dives into every topic you could want to learn more about. In order to get you even more excited (if that's possible!), PPA is going to spend the next several months highlighting our 2018 Imaging USA speakers.

Let's Meet...
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Keith Dixon
Facebook: keith.b.dixon
Twitter: keithbdixon
Instagram: keithbdixon

Keith B. Dixon is a freelance commercial photographer, specializing in corporate event photography, corporate executive and on-location, group portraits. Throughout his career, he has photographed high profile clients including the U.S. Chief Judges of the U.S. Appellate Courts, several Bay Area Executives and many celebrities from around the world. Keith has also worked with corporate clients across the United States and abroad. He is an Official Ambassador for Dye  Sub Printer Maker DNP Imaging of America, NETGEAR (the number one producer of Networking and Cloud Based Storage), and affiliations to Spider Holster, Think Tank, and Arkon Mounts. He is a legend on social media, known for creating The Keith B. Dixon Zone on Periscope and Facebook Live and is the founding member of the popular BombSquad Photography Community.

In 2015, Keith was ranked #3 in the world as a Cloud-Based Influencer by Onalytica. He also created a series of free workshop for beginning photographers, the Keith B. Dixon Meetups, and somewhere in the midst of all this, still finds time to serve as the PPA Diversity Co-Chairperson within his industry. More than just a photographer or a social media guru, Keith is a true trailblazer, paving the way and educating those coming behind him.   

Speaker Sessions:
Mon, January 15
11:30 am Business

Q&A: 
What is your life motto? Go hard or not at all
What do you value most in your friends? Loyalty
If you could have dinner with any historical figure, who would it be and why? Marcus Garvey and I named my youngest son after him.
What did you want to be as a kid when you grew up? A Business Man
What was your first concert? Chaka Kahn
Coke or Pepsi? Coke all day!

Keith Dixon is just one of the many amazing speakers you'll get to meet and learn from at Imaging USA 2018! Registration is open now so take advantage of the Early Bird rates for passes and your hotel!

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It's been a year since the introduction of the Section 107 drone regulations and many photographers are still extremely excited as more and more of them look to incorporate drones into their businesses. 

Over the past couple of months, PPA has featured break-downs of these Section 107 exemption waivers, providing you with examples as to when you can apply for them and what sort of information to provide to ensure your wavier is processed as quickly and smoothly as possible.

Here is a summary of the waiver-types and how to apply for them!


You can count on PPA to deliver you all the latest news, helpful tips and even certification for Drone Photography at PPA.com/Drones!

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by James Yates

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PPA members have a way to stand out from the crowd built right in to their membership. The CPP (Certified Professional Photographer) designation is the official credential for photographers that want to set themselves apart within the photography industry.

The Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) program from PPA assures potential clients of a photographer's knowledge, experience and continuance to develop new skills and techniques. It is a declaration of professional competence and ability.

Photographers who earn their CPP credential do so for three primary reasons.

  • ·         It gives them an edge in advertising their services, as certification promotes trust in the minds of clients and consumers.
  • ·         It is a way to justify the price of services offered by the world's top photographers.
  • ·         The peer validation step that is required to earn the certification signals to the photography world that you truly care about your craft.

The path to certification is a simple, 3-step process.

  • ·         Declare your candidacy to PPA.
  • ·         Study for and pass the CPP exam.
  • ·         Submit a set of images for official review.

Once said images are approved, the photographer will have earned their CPP designation. For more information or to get started on your path to photography certification, head to PPA.com/CPP

by Sidra Safri
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PPA's first two meetings today have us off to a great start! 

We started the morning with Representative Doug Collins (R-GA). We were happy to hear that they are hoping for introduction of a small-claims bill very soon and they have been keeping in close touch with key players.

Representative Collins went on say that even though there is so much going on right now, he is devoted to moving small claims forward and ensuring small creators are protected. He also acknowledged that small claims and copyright modernization go hand-in-hand and we must continue to push both. We ended the meeting taking the opportunity to thank his office for everything he has done.

After Rep. Collins we went to meet with representative Hakeem Jefferies' office (D-NY). Jefferies' office has been in close contact with various members of the visual-arts community and is making sure the small-claims bill is what creators want. Once they are able to introduce a bill, Jefferies and Rep. Marino want to work closely with Joe Keeley (House Judiciary Committee's chief counsel of the Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property) and make sure small claims continues to be something both parties can agree upon. 

Another key aspect discussed in this meeting was making sure that however the small-claims process goes forward, in no way should it become cumbersome to the people it's meant to help. We ended this meeting thank Jefferies' office for bringing small claims to the forefront and helping making sure creators' rights are on everyone's minds. 

Right now we are heading to lunch and will take the opportunity it to regroup for our next meetings. After lunch we will be meeting with Joe Keeley from Chairman Goodlatte's office and representative Jim Jordan. 

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PPA is back in D.C. for day two of our trip, meeting with representatives to advocate for copyright modernization and small-claims protection for photographers. Yesterday ended with our meeting with Representative Lieu (D-CA). We visited Representative Lieu's office earlier this year and he showed great interest in small claims since many of his constituents are affected by copyright Infringement. We wanted to follow up with him and thank him for his support and push for small claims. Since Representative Lieu works closely with Representative Chu's office, he fully understands why it's important for small claims and modernization to go hand in hand. This meeting was a great way to end the day, especially since we know we have such fantastic support! 

Today we are changing things up and are going to be joined by other visual-artists organizations that are also pushing for small claims! These organizations include GAG, ASMP, APA, NANPA, and NPPA. With our partner organizations we will be meeting with Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Representative Doug Collins (R-GA), Representative Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), and Representative Bill Johnson (R-OH). All four offices have heavily engaged in work on small claims and we wanted to take the time to propose additional provisions and see what we can do to make a small-claims bill as successful as possible while protecting creative artists. 

Stay tuned for more updates!

by Sidra Safri
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We started the morning by meeting with the office of Representative Labrador (R-ID) and it was a great way to get started! We were happy to hear this his office has been following the news on small claims and really thinks it will be a great step for small business and individual property rights. During this time, we also took the opportunity to explain why small claims and copyright modernization have to happen together and how interdependent they are. Rep. Labrador recognizes this importance and hopes we can continue to push the two issues together.

After meeting with Representative Labrador we went to see Representative Marino's office (R-PA). As a reminder, Representative Marino co-sponsored the other small-claims bill last year. We wanted to meet with his office to take the opportunity to thank him for how often he has worked with Representative Chu, encouraging bi-partisan support. We again took this opportunity to explain why small claims and copyright modernization need to happen together and Rep. Marino's office fully supported this. Representative Marino's office agreed that small-claims protection is important to ensuring that America continues to be the leader for creative artists for decades to come.

Our first two meetings went really well. We are heading to Representative Lieu's office (D-CA). Stay tuned for more updates to come!


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PPA is back in D.C once again and we have three exciting meetings planned for today! 

We'll start the day off visiting the office of Representative Raul Labrador (R-ID). This is will be our second time meeting with Rep. Labrador this year. We thought it was important to visit his office again since he has a strong interest in copyright and small business... the ultimate combination! We will take this time to update his office on where small claims stands, and continue to talk to him about how important small claims is.

After meeting with Representative Labrador we are heading to Representative Tom Marino's office (R-PA). Representative Marino has an extensive history with copyright and IP issues, and has done a fantastic job in the past of working with members of both parties. PPA knows he has an interest in small claims, since Representative Marino co-sponsored the other small claims bill. Having everyone on the same page will help ensure the success of small claims.

Our last meeting for the day is with Representative Ted Lieu (D-CA). Representative Lieu has a strong interest in copyright issues and is well versed in the area since his constituents are constantly affected by copyright infringement in California. This is the second time we will be meeting with Representative Lieu's office. We believe it's important to keep him updated on small claims, and wanted to take the time to thank him for his support. 

We have some great meetings lined up today, and are excited to be advocating for your (copy)rights!!

Stay tuned for more throughout the day.


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by Trent Schick

Every year, Imaging USA puts on an amazing show and is an event that is anticipated by thousands of photographers. There's so much that goes into making Imaging USA incredible that we could write a whole book on it, but this year you are going to want to especially look out for the opening keynote speaker.

Kicking Imaging USA off with a bang will be the exceptional Ryan Estis, who has skyrocketed to prominence as a public speaker, leading his captive audiences toward achieving breakthrough performances in their careers and personal lives. According to his bio, Ryan "blends original research with compelling stories that move participants to take action."

An ad-agency executive for 15 years, Ryan broke away to become a motivator and consultant. Named one of the "Best Keynote Speakers Ever Heard" by Meetings and Conventions magazine, Ryan is bringing his unique research and insight to Imaging USA 2018 in Nashville.

You will be able to see Ryan Estis' opening session Adapt & Thrive on January 14th from 10am-11am. You're not going to want to miss this one. He's tailoring his message specifically for the professional photographers and small business owners in attendance at Imaging USA!

Ryan Estis is just one of the many amazing speakers you'll get to meet and learn from at Imaging USA 2018! Registration is open now so take advantage of the Early Bird rates for passes and your hotel! 

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by Mayo Lawal

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Great photography includes the ability to express one's passion through images that tell a story.

Portrait photographer David Peters, M.Photog.Cr. F-ASP, tells his stories through Passion Voice, a faith-based nonprofit he founded to help victims of human trafficking. 

"This whole project was born from a desire to contribute, to do something valuable," says David. "I wanted to tell the transformational stories of people who changed their path, and use those stories to inspire others." 

Read David's inspiring story in Photographer's Personal Project Leads to Nonprofit Launch on ppmag.com. 

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By Chris Homer

Do you feel like your photography business isn't as profitable as it could be? If you're looking
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 for business advice, PPA's Business Challenge may be just the solution you need! 

The Business Challenge helps members reach their business goals and overall become more profitable. It's a free, year-long program that is supported by mentors who are here to guide you, step-by-step, on how to take your business to the next level.

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

Many photographers are self-made, so they never had the chance to get proper training and education on the business side of how to be a successful and profitable photographer. PPA has filled in that knowledge gap with the Business Challenge.

One of the participants, Alison Satterfield, had this to say about the program: "This challenge is so awesome! I'm so happy that there is actual math that can put a real-life value on a hard-to-measure workload! I can now make sense of my numbers and it's useful and fun!" 

Want to join PPA's Business Challenge? Sign up today at PPA.com/Challenge to enroll in the next group, which begins August 1st, and spend the next 12 months working on your personalized success path. It's FREE! Sign up today! This is the help you needed to Be More Business Savvy!


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

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This year's International Photographic Competition (IPC) is right around the corner and you are invited! Watch the IPC Judging at Stream.theIPC.org and IPC Live on Facebook.com/OurPPA. Check out this post for full details and the schedule! 

Also, you should really consider participating in next year's IPC competition. The PPA annual competition is a great way not only to test, but also enhance, your photography skills. This educational opportunity gets even better if you choose to have your images critiqued by one of PPA's jurors. The judges will explain how each of your images, specifically, stacks up against the 12 elements of a winning photograph, and any possible ways you can improve to obtain a higher score.

Check out this critique from last year to get a feel of what to expect. This is Kim Stephenson's "Let It Rain" being critiqued by IPC Judge Jessica Vogel M.Photog.Cr., CPP. 


So, as you await this year's IPC Judging, you can start thinking of the images you would like to enter for next year's competition! 

Don't forget to stream the competition's judging July 30 - August 2 on Stream.theIPC.org and the IPC Live broadcast July 31 - August 2 on Facebook.com/OurPPA. You can even attend the judging in person FOR FREE at Gwinnett Technical College, Building 100, 5150 Sugarloaf Pkwy, Lawrenceville, GA 30043. There will be signs directing you to the IPC.  

Save the dates and be sure that whether you watch online or come pay us a visit, you're guaranteed to learn a lot from this experience.



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by Trent Schick

With aerial photography becoming more popular and accessible, it's creating a whole new platform for creativity and style in photography. But it's not all smooth sailing. Photos are being taken in this new element and it's important you know how to make those images look their best.

Join Colin Smith (Founder, PhotoshopCAFE.com) as he shows you how to process your aerial photographs in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. Aerial photos have some very unique characteristics that are different than the other photographs you have taken. Discover how to keep your photographs looking natural, but also bend a few rules to bring out the very best in each image. Colin's aerial panoramas stop people in their tracks because they are so vast and unique. Learn exactly how he makes these panoramas.

This is a great webinar to sharpen your skills and earn your wings in aerial photography. It's free and open to all, so register today and tune in tomorrow, June 13, 2017, at 2pm ET.

Oh and if you're a member of PPA, 24 hours after the initial broadcast, you'll be able to replay this and any PPA webinar as many times as you wish! Block your calendar and... enjoy!

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By Bethany Clark 

Imaging USA 2018 will be here before you know it...three-to-six days of the best in photography learning, networking and partying! It's all going down in the Music City, Nashville, TN, January 14-16, 2018 (Pre-Con classes January 11-13). 

Imaging USA is known far-and-wide as THE place to see some of the best speakers in the photography industry, as they take you on deep-dives into every topic you could want to learn more about. In order to get you even more excited (if that's possible!), PPA is going to spend the next several months highlighting our 2018 Imaging USA speakers. 

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Let's Meet...
Kira Derryberry, M.Photog.Cr., CPP
Facebook: kiraphoto
Twitter: shekira
Instagram: shekira

Kira Derryberry is a portrait photographer based in Tallahassee, Florida. Her career started in high school, and she went on to obtain her BA in photography from the University of Alabama. Working in web design and advertising, Kira gained the business knowledge to open her own studio in 2010. Since then, she has developed a strong client base in portraits ranging from children and families, to headshots, commercial work, and boudoir. 

Outside of the studio, Kira focuses on furthering her own knowledge as well as that of fellow photographers. She is a Master Photographer, Photographic Craftsman, Certified Professional Photographer, and sits on PPA's Board of Directors. She was the 2015 President of the Tallahassee Professional Photographers Guild, and is also a member of the Florida PPA's Online Content Committee. 

She is an active competitor in both the state and International Photographic Competitions, and earned silver medals in 2014 and 2015 and a Platinum medal in 2016 at IPC. Her Loan Collection Image, "The Skeptic" was featured on the March 2016 Cover of Professional Photographer Magazine along with an article on her work. Though many might wonder if Kira has any free time, when she does, she spends it with her family or watching bad science fiction.

Speaker Session - Tuesday, 1/16

Q&A

What is your life motto? Never give up, never surrender.
What do you most value in your friends? I value those with the most necessary life skills in the event of an apocalypse as I have none of my own.
What did you want to be as a kid when you grew up? Paula Abdul
What is your most treasured possession? My golden replica cast of Val Kilmer's face from The Island of Dr Moreau.
What was your first concert? New Kids on the Block
Coke or Pepsi? Coke.

Kira Derryberry is just one of the many amazing speakers you'll get to meet and learn from at Imaging USA 2018! Registration is open now so take advantage of the Early Bird rates for passes and your hotel! 

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by James Yates
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Whether it's 100 degrees or pouring rain (maybe both?), chances are you don't want to go outside right now. So, take the weekend to stay in and check out our top photography blog posts from around the web!

GOODS: PPA and the Print Movement have insight on five types of products for your prints that will excite your clients and keep them coming back for more. If you've been wondering, "where do I start with prints?"...here's your answer!

COPYRIGHT: Max Dubler has an amazing piece up that will, unfortunately, probably resonate for a lot of photographers. See his back-and-forth with a rep from a skateboarding company that posted one of his photos without his permission (and without paying him his requested $25 fee). 

HISTORY: These nine photographs contain shocking and important moments in time. Pacific Standard has them up with background info and interviews with the photographers who captured each shot. 

COMPETITION: The International Photographic Competition judging begins July 30 and EVERYONE is invited to watch! Plus, check out IPC Live on Facebook Live throughout the IPC and get your fill of interviews and critiques hosted by Booray Perry!

INSPIRATION:  Photography is equal parts art and craft. Once you have the craft side taken care of, where do you find your "voice" artistically? No matter who you are inspired by, you are uniquely...you. Christopher Malcolm of FStoppers has this piece up about finding your own voice instead of attempting to copy the greats. 

PASSION: Time Magazine asked 13 working photographers and editors the following questions: Why do they do it? Why do they wake up every morning ready to take photographs, to edit them, to publish them? Why is photography important to them and, by extension, to all of us? Their answers are revealing and might line up with yours!

TECHNIQUE: Hyperfocal distance renders an entire scene in focus. It allows you to capture the foreground through to the background, keeping the whole image sharp. But how does it work? PetaPixel has this video up to walk you through exactly how to achieve this desired effect. 

CUSTOMER SERVICE: Running your photography studio can be daunting when it comes to remembering the golden rules about customer service. Open Forum from AmEx has a great piece up explaining three things your potential clients want out of your relationship/interaction...and how you can get it to them. 

PRINT: The Phoblographer's Nathan Hostetter is a champion for the Print Movement! See how his piece on Print dovetails with your own goals as a PPA Print Artist! Taking pride in your work, building relationships with your clients, finding the importance in tangible objects...sure, we know this stuff, but it's great to see the message being spread!  

TRICKS: Using metal prints is a really cool way to be sure your photography stands up to the elements...and then some! Fire, dirt, stomping, squishing...PhotoJoJo has a whole series of stress tests to observe just how strong these metal photo prints are!

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

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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 Mayo Lawal

Even if you didn't submit any entry for this year's International Photographic Competition (IPC), you are welcome to watch the IPC Judging at Stream.theIPC.org and IPC Live on Facebook.com/OurPPA.Check out this post for full details and the schedule! 

Also, you should really consider participating in next year's IPC competition. The PPA annual competition is a great way not only to test but also enhance your photography skills. This educational opportunity gets even better if you choose to have your images critiqued by one of PPA's jurors. The judges will explain how each of your images, specifically, stacks up against the 12 elements of a winning photograph, and any possible ways you can improve to obtain a higher score.

Check out this critique from last year to get a feel of what to expect.This is Leann Kucerik' "Go-o-o-o-ing----UP--" being critiqued by IPC Judge Kathy Meek, M.Photog.Cr. CPP, API. 


So, as you await this year's IPC Judging, you can start thinking of the images you would like to enter for next year's competition! 

Don't forget to stream the competition's judging July 30 - August 2 on Stream.theIPC.org and the IPC Live broadcast July 31 - August 2 on Facebook.com/OurPPA. You can even attend the judging in person FOR FREE at Gwinnett Technical College, Building 100, 5150 Sugarloaf Pkwy, Lawrenceville, GA 30043. There will be signs directing you to IPC.  

Save the dates and be sure that whether you watch online or come pay us a visit, you're guaranteed to learn a lot from this experience. 

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One of PPA's missions is to campaign for the reform of the current (and inadequate!) U.S. Copyright Law. Our current system does little to protect professional photographers from damages when their work is used without their permission. And this makes no sense as the copyright system is supposed to protect copyright owners like you!

Often times, 'a picture is worth a thousand words' so we created some memes to illustrate this cockamamie system. The idea behind these memes is two-fold: (1) to share something you'll relate to, and (2) give you something you can share with your clients and fellow photographers to convey the inequity in copyright law. You can download both Copyright infringement memes here (2 sizes). Consider sharing them on social media today!

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To learn more about what PPA is doing to change copyright law by pushing for a Copyright Small Claims system, visit PPA's advocacy page

And if you'd like to see progress made with copyright protection, please join the group of photographers who are joining in solidarity for copyright change, the Grassroots Action Team, to show your support and know how and when to make your voice heard in Congress! Help make a difference and add your name today: PPA.com/Grassroots!

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by Mayo Lawal

No doubt, Imaging USA 2018 will have more than enough awesomeness to keep you occupied and blow you away at the same time. There will be as much photography education, networking and parties as you can possibly handle. And if coming to Nashville is an adventure for you, or you decide to extend your stay to explore the city, here are some places you shouldn't leave without seeing.

Grande Ole Opry 
You can begin your adventure with Nashville's number one attraction, the Grande Ole Opry, which is less than a mile from Imaging USA 2018 in the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Conference Center. The Opry is known for creating exceptional entertainment experiences as it features live performances of country music's biggest stars. If you love country music, you have to visit the Grande Ole Opry.  

Frist Center 
Nashville's art scene is rapidly growing and the Frist Center has been an outstanding addition since it opened in 2001. It has a fantastic display of art from all around the world, with a variety of exhibits that are ever-changing so there's always something new.

Tennessee State Museum
For all you history junkies, the Tennessee State Museum is a great way to see and learn about history from as far back as 15,000 years ago starting with ancient Native American cultures and up through the Frontier, Andrew Jackson, Civil War, and so on till the early 1900s.

The Hermitage
If you love history, you may also want to visit the attraction named the number one historic house in Tennessee. With over 30 historic buildings, The Hermitage remains the largest and most visited presidential home in the United States, featuring original furniture and family possessions of President Andrew Jackson.

Madame Tussauds Nashville 
If you haven't had an opportunity to visit the world's most famous wax attraction, here is your chance! Madame Tussauds Nashville is located in Opry Mills, the largest outlet mall in Tennessee with over 200 designer outlet stores. Being in the Music City, the unique attraction focuses on American music legends.

The Arcade 
A historic destination in Nashville with a lot of activity and culture, The Arcade, first opened in 1903, is a long, two-story strip mall that is covered by a beautiful, gabled glass roof. The first floor is lined with little shops and restaurants, and the second is occupied with art galleries and offices.

So, if you would like to take advantage of the amazing sights and sounds Nashville has to offer, plan ahead to make the most of your trip! Visit ImagingUSA.org to book your hotel room and save money with Early Bird Registration rates. Join today!

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by Trent Schick

Wouldn't it be great to have a learning program that's personalized to fit you and your business needs? Well, good news, because PPAedu does exactly that and more by providing you with all the educational tools you need to succeed as a photographer and business. All of this is accessible through your fingertips at any time.

PPAedu has created a great assessment tool that sets up your own personal plan of education. You will answer a series of business and photography-centered questions that will first determine your skill level to start. Then, based on your answers, PPAedu will pull online courses from its library to build your customized education plan. You will be able to hone your business and photography skills at your own pace and on your own time.

You also get 24/7 access to over 350 HD tutorial videos designed to educate you on all things photography and business. With new videos added every month, you are sure to find a video that fits you.


PPAedu is FREE to all members, and is just one of the many great resources that come with being a member. It's a learning opportunity that's too great to turn down.

Visit our website to learn more about PPAedu and see how you can start your education plan to make you and your business more successful! 

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By Chris Homer

Social media can be an incredible way to market your photography business and increase your income. Here's the thing, though: there's a ton of it out there, some of it is confusing, and finding time to fit it into an already busy life can seem impossible.

If social media marketing makes your head spin, don't fret! PPA is here to help. Tomorrow's free PPAedu webinar will teach you the basics of social media, including:

  • Social media platforms - how to pick which ones you want to use
  • Best practices - what approach is going to help you grow and engage your audience
  • Life hacks - the best tools and techniques for creating great social media content and getting it out there
  • Advertising on social - Helpful ways to use paid advertising in a way that doesn't feel like advertising

If you want to up the power of your social media marketing, don't miss this webinar! It's free and open to all, so register today and tune in tomorrow, June 13, 2017, at 2pm ET.

Oh and if you're a member of PPA, 24 hours after the initial broadcast, you'll be able to replay this and any PPA webinar as many times as you wish! Block your calendar and... enjoy!


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 Mayo Lawal
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When was the last time you visited theLoop? If you are trying to remember, it's probably time to find out what's new! 

As an exclusive, PPA member-only forum, theLoop is a great place for photographers to connect with each other, share information/advice, get image feedback, and overall - a place to go if you need help. Become a member so you can "stay in the loop" with theLoop, and if you already are, then head over to theLoop to see what everyone's buzzing about. 

Loopers have had many great discussions since the beginning of July. Check out our top posts from theLoop this month, provide some feedback, and perhaps even learn something new!

One Looper would like to know: "What computer do you use for editing on Photoshop/Lightroom editing and why?"

An avenue has been created for people to introduce themselves and people are getting into it. Don't miss out on the fun. 

Given the price disparity, a Looper is curious about the difference between Quickbooks Online and Quickbooks Pro.

GIFs have become one of the most popular media types on various social media platforms. This Looper discovered a great way to create GIFs quickly and easily.  

Has anyone had to check in their camera equipment when they travelled recently? A Looper is concerned about the implications of the possible travel ban on laptops and camera equipment.

A sudden computer crash or total drive damage is probably a photographer's worst nightmare, unless they have a good backup system. This Looper needs suggestions on the best way to backup files.

And there you have 'em, the top posts from theLoop! Remember to check out theLoop frequently as new discussions are posted daily. It's a great way to catch up with fellow PPA members! Not a PPA member? Join today!

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By Chris Homer

While the deadline to enter images in PPA's International Photographic Competition (IPC) has passed, we want to encourage you to stream the judging live and check out the IPC Live broadcasts, tune in July 30 - August 2 at Stream.theIPC.org for the judging and IPC Live on Facebook.com/OurPPA from July 31 - August 2. Check out this post for full details and the schedule! 

The IPC is PPA's annual photographic competition that allows photographers from across the globe to test their skills, and get advice on how to improve quality, impact, and technique through constructive competition and image critiques from qualified jurors.

Through participating in the IPC, you get the opportunity to:

Improve upon your finest work 
Earn recognition and admiration from your peers
Engage with the passionate and supportive photographic competition community
And market up your business!

If you've never entered the IPC before or watched the judging live, you may be curious to see what kind of comments the judges make on photographs. That's why we're continuing to share critiques from last year's competition! Remember, if you choose to have your images critiqued, a judge will explain how each of your images, specifically, stacks up against the 12 elements of a winning photograph, and any possible ways you can improve to obtain a higher score. So be sure to order a critique at any future PPA District Competitions or IPC's you enter!

Below is Derryl Barnes' "Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Lewis" being critiqued by IPC Judge Joan Genest, M.Photog.Cr.


We hope watching this critique has got you excited to stream the competition's judging July 30 - August 2 and the IPC Live broadcast July 31 - August 2! And if you are in the area or want to make the trip, you can also attend IPC judging in person FOR FREE! Come to Gwinnett Technical College, Building 100, 5150 Sugarloaf Pkwy, Lawrenceville, GA 30043 and watch the addictive competition judging process unfold. There will be signs directing you to IPC. Save the dates and we'll see you there - either online or in-person! Whether you watch online or come pay us a visit, you're guaranteed to learn a lot from this experience. 


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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