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The results are in for the Southeast District Photographic Competition! Congratulations to all who merited!

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Want to improve as a photographer and gain feedback on your work? There's still time to register for the other districts...learn more now!

Happy Friday! It's time to enjoy our weekly roundup of photography blogs from around the
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 web. Take a look - you never know what you might find that could help your photography and business!

FILM TUTORIAL: Are you interested in shooting and developing photos using black and white film? This post from PetaPixel has some great tips for how to get the best results!

GEAR: Many photographers use a ball head mount on their tripod, but have you ever considered using a fluid head? This video from photographer Hudson Henry explains the advantages a fluid head can have for your photography. 

TUTORIAL: Educator Jimmy McIntyre demonstrates a nifty trick for photographers looking to get a greater dynamic range in a photo: blend 3 bracketed exposures of the same scene using Photoshop. 

RETOUCHING: Whether you've been in the photography game for a while, or are just starting out, this post from Fstoppers shares some good topics you should have a firm grasp of to improve your retouching of photos. 

INSPIRATION: If you're looking for some inspiration, this post from Fstoppers is a great read. You'll see how photographer Nicky Hamilton built his own sets, by hand, for a cinematic photography project. 
The 2017 World Photographic Cup winners were announced on February 23rd at the WPC 2017 PHOTO SHOW at the Grand Intercontinental Hotel in Yokohama, Japan. (Yokohama, Grand Intercontinental Hotel.

The winner of the 2017 World Photographic Cup, with a total of 34 points and for the second year in a row....is Team Portugal! Portugal is now beginning a "streak" unless someone dethrones them in 2018!

The second place went to United States of America.

Russia takes third.
Individual gold medals went to Russia, Finland, Mexico, Slovakia, United Kingdom and Singapore.

The World Photographic Cup (WPC) ) was organized in cooperation with the Professional Photographers of Japan Association (PPJ) and is sponsored by the Federation of European Professional Photographers (FEP), Professional Photographers of America (PPA), the United Asian Professional Photography (UAPP) and the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP).

26 national photographic teams entered the fourth edition of the Olympics-styled competition, from Europe, Middle East, Asia, North America and Oceania.

The Golden medals in the six categories went to:
Dušan Holovej, Slovakia, for Commercial category.
Antti Karppinen, Finland, for Illustrative category.
Pepe Soho, Mexico, for Nature (Landscape and wildlife).
Eelena Malysheva, Russia, for Portrait category
Goh Wee Seng, Singapore, for Reportage/Photo Journalism.
Lee Howell, United Kingdom, for Wedding.

Also awarded medals: Amber Griffin (New Zealand), Silver Medal and Michelle Trull (Team USA) Bronze Medal for commercial. Uli Staiger (Team Germany), Silver medal and José Almeida (Portugal) Bronze Medal in Illustrative; Andreas Kalvig Anderson (Norway), Silver Medal, and Ann Coppens (Belgium), Bronze Medal for Nature; Christopher Ian (Australia), Silver Medal and Nikki Harrison (Canada), Bronze Medal for Portrait; Vincenzo Tessarin (Italy), Silver Medal and Old?ich Bubák (Czech Republic) Bronze Medal in Reportage/Photojournalism; and finally Andreas Zopf (Austria), Silver Medal and Terese Samuelsen (Norway), Bronze Medal in Wedding.

"Congratulations to Team Portugal for winning the WPC two times in a row, and all the winners. An incredibly close competition, with a huge variety of winners, from 4 continents,  is exactly what the WPC committee could hope for", commented the Chairman of  WPC Judging Committee Jorgen Brandt, "It has been amazing to see so many beautiful images coming from around the globe, and really difficult to judge them!"

"It's a unique feeling coming out from a unique competition" - added Giuseppe Scozzi, WPC Chief Executive. "Representing their homeland at any level is an amazing opportunity and there has never been a program that involves photography like this. Now we have it in the World Photographic Cup. We really experienced the groundswell of enthusiasm from photographers to create the finest they can in the hope of representing their country!"

The WPC CEO also thanked the Professional Photographers of Japan Association for having organized such a beautiful event, and announced that the next hosting country will be Australia in 2018.

by James Yates

Looking for a little inspiration or hoping to calm your nerves about photographic competition? It's time for the District Competitions, and you can stream and watch the judging! 

You can stream the judging of the Southeast District Photographic Competition this week, February 24 & 25, from 9am-6pm EST on Stream.theIPC.org

If you've ever wanted to take a peek at what the judges are looking for during the Photographic Open or Artistic competition, or to learn more about PPA's 12 Elements of a Merit Image, we invite you to tune in and get inspired. Who knows? Maybe you'll be entering next year!

Congratulations to the photographers selected to represent Team USA in the 2017 World Photographic Cup! 

The World Photographic Cup, which mimics the Olympic Games in structure, pits teams of photographers from numerous countries against one other in friendly competition.   

Meet Team USA in this article on Professional Photographer magazine.

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By Tristin Vaccaro
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Valentine's Day has come and gone and if you're lucky, you might just have a box of chocolate or candy hearts still left over. If not, no worries! We've gathered up the top blog posts from this week that we heart, just for you. Enjoy!

NEW TERRITORY: Adding boudoir photography to the list of your specialties can be an exciting change, but also a little intimidating. In boudoir photography, communication is key and there are a few things you should know before breaking into the biz. Luckily, photographer Myla González of Cheeky Boudoir is providing you with some of her best tips for getting started.

PHOTO REALISM REVERSED: Photographer David Edmonson looks to master painters of the past for inspiration. From the cinematic style of Caravaggio to the American Realism style of Edward Hopper, Edmonson blends techniques of the past with technology of the present. When you see these photos, you won't believe they're not painted. 

LAUGHS: Instagram models, socialites, and celebrities are known for posting glamorous Instagram photos that show off their lavish lifestyles. But what about the boyfriends and husbands behind the camera that make these snaps look effortless and candid? There's a whole Facebook page full of photos dedicated to these unsung heroes, and you can check out some of the highlights here. 

SALES: You work hard meeting with clients, taking photographs, editing out imperfections, and yet people aren't paying you quite as much as you expected. It's an uncomfortable situation as a freelancer or when working for friends, but it is avoidable. Read this article to find out why you're being underpaid and how to make changes to avoid the problem all together. 

ON THE GO TIPS: We all know that smartphone cameras can't compete with DSLR and sensor cameras, but the technology is improving.  Your phone is always with you, and sometimes you don't have time to waste when capturing life's fleeting moments. In this video, French photographer Serge Ramelli provides you with 7 tips to ensure you're using your smartphone's camera to its fullest potential.  

GALLERY: Creatures of the deep and lost treasures are just some of the images you'll see in this gallery of the top 26 images from the Underwater Photographer of the Year Contest. Submissions for the competition came in from over 65 countries with awards available in eight different categories. Wait till you see winner Gabriel Barathieu's stunning underwater image of an octopus. 

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY: If you frequently photograph weddings, you probably know this shot all too well. It's the close-up, detailed shot of the wedding rings and it's typically shot with a macro lens. These images are great, but often lack creativity and the technique can be hard to perfect. With this video from Magic Lens, you'll learn how to nail the quintessential wedding ring shot. 

VIDEO TUTORIAL: If you want high quality film scans, you probably take your film to a lab. But what if there's no lab nearby? What if you could get lab-quality scans from the comfort of your own home? In this step-by-step video tutorial, you'll learn the process of wet mount scanning. With just a few supplies, you may not ever have to hand your film over to a lab again. 

LIGHTING: Photographers are always chasing the golden hour, those few short minutes during sunrise and sunset where there are no harsh shadows and amazing colors. Many in the industry call this "great light", but what about the rest of the 22 hours of the day? Maybe it's time to redefine "great light" and realize that perfect lighting can be found at any time of day, if you know what you're doing. Change your perspective with this fun read. 

GEAR: If you're buying quality cameras, lenses, and other accessories, you'll want to keep these investments safe. That's where your camera bag comes in, protecting all your gear from falls, spills, and whatever else may come your way. Aside from being durable, what other qualities do you look for when purchasing a camera bag? Check out this article for some practical camera bag elements you may not have considered!  

That's all for our post-holiday roundup! Do you know of any photography blogs or websites with amazing articles like the ones you've seen above? Post them on theLoop or email them to us at OnlineContentCommittee@PPA.com.

By Sidra Safri

Section 107 Drones regulations have been out less than a year, and drone usage has skyrocketed. Currently, according to the FAA, there are approximately 7,200 registered drones. With such a large increase in drone usage, the number of close calls between drones and airplanes has also dramatically increased. The FAA reported over 1,700 close calls in 2016. A close call incident is when a drone is within 100 feet of an airplane. Being this close to an airplane can cause more damage than a bird, especially if it hits one of the engines. These close calls put not only the pilot's life in danger but also the lives of the passengers on board. 

Currently, Section 107 regulations state that if you are flying in B, C, D, or E airspace you need a waiver. The larger concern is when drones fly in class G airspace. To fly in class G airspace you do not need to a get a waiver, but you need permission from the air traffic control tower. Granted, other than the "Right to Yield" requirement there is nothing that states how far a drone must stay from other aircraft, but just that it is illegal. However, for the safety of the passengers, and pilots it's necessary for drone pilots to be hyper aware of their aerial surroundings. 

It is of the utmost importance for all drone operators, whether they are certified or uncertified to gain proper experience in operating, handling, and flying a drone. This practice ensures that everyone is safe, and everyone can enjoy the airspace. For more education and information about the Section 107 regulations, please visit the FAA Website. Also, do not forget to report any accidents here, and always check the B4U fly app before liftoff! 

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By Tristin Vaccaro
Photographer Darren Roberts went from photographing 20 city weddings a year to more than 50 mountain weddings in 2016. The transition took two years, but his determination allowed him to build a career creating what he loves. He shares tips on brand consistency, search-based marketing, and establishing a niche in "Weddings With a Rocky View," only on PPmag.com

Image © Darren Roberts

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PPA is dedicated to delivering photographers the best education available through hundreds of photography course videos available on PPAedu, as well as the 500+ videos on PhotoVision. In addition to these recorded courses, PPA hosts LIVE courses that you can attend from your computer as they happen. Be your own valentine and give yourself the gift of attending!

PPA Webinar: The $3000 Headshot
February 14, 2017 - 2pm ET
With Megan DiPiero, CPP
Skill Level(s): ALL
Free for all; PPA Members can access archived recordings

In this memorable and inspiring talk, Megan will share the life lessons that have shaped her into the business success she is today. From her modest home studio, Megan comfortably charges 10x the market rate for her sought after headshot style, bringing in sales ranging from $1700-$6500. She'll convince you that pricing thresholds are limited only by your imagination. Whether you're a portrait or wedding photographer, new to the industry or seasoned veteran, this talk will be just the kick in the butt you need to vault your brand (and your prices) to new heights. Passion and profit ahead!

That's not all! Are you new to PPA or thinking about joining? There's also a new, membership webinar to attend!

PPA Webinar: Maximizing Your Membership
February 14, 2017 - 2pm ET
Skill Level(s): ALL
Free for all; PPA Members can access archived recordings
Click here to register

If you haven't already, it's time to jump in and take advantage of everything PPA has to offer! Please join us for a Maximizing Your Membership Webinar and we'll give you the low-down on everything PPA.

We know membership offers a lot and it can be hard to navigate all of the PPA benefits. That's why we created this webinar to help you take advantage of your membership. Topics include a step-by-step guide to activating your equipment insurance, how to navigate the PPA website and an introduction to theLoop.

Remember, these courses are open to ALL photographers to attend live, so register today! If you want to access the recordings of these courses and the full PPAedu and PhotoVision library of videos, you'll need to be a PPA member. Join PPA today!

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. 

PhotoVision's Year of Inspiration continues with the release of "You as an Artist" with Anne Geddes on Monday, February 13. 

Anne inspires us with her take on being an artist, truly owning your work and giving it a sense of importance.  She disputes the idea that "everyone's a photographer" and encourages you to see past such a simplified concept so that you are inspired to, in her words, "rise above that vacuous imagery and create a timeless piece." 

You can look forward to her passionate conversation on PRINT. The Movement with PPA's Director of Education, Angela Kurkian. The two discuss the importance of printing in photography and the role it plays in valuing your imagery and yourself as an artist. To learn more about PRINT. The Movement, visit our website.

Anne Geddes, one of the world's most respected photographers, creates images that are iconic, multi-award winning, internationally acclaimed, and beloved. 

A global ambassador for children, Anne, as well as having her own Philanthropic Trust, is proud to be the Global Advocate for the UN Foundation's Shot@Life campaign, an Ambassador Volunteer for the March of Dimes and an Ambassador for the GSK global awareness campaign for meningococcal disease.  

Anne's imagery has been published in over 84 countries, and in 24 languages. Anne has recently released a new series of photographs based on the signs of the Western Zodiac. 2017 will see the release of a comprehensive retrospective of her work, published by Taschen. 

For more information on Anne, please visit www.annegeddes.com.  Follow Anne on Facebook to see inside the studio, and stay up to date with her latest work.

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Virtual reality (VR) is computer-generated content that simulates a real-world or fantastical experience. It requires playback in a headset of some type, so visuals must be in 3-D in 360 degrees around the viewer, and the audio also has to be spatial (3-D sound). 

Until recently, computer-generated imagery was the only way to create VR content that was 3-D in 360 degrees. But now, new technology provides opportunities to capture the real world in 360 degrees.

Explore what this may mean for photographers, videographers, and consumers in this article on Professional Photographer magazine.

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It's Super Bowl Weekend! And, around the Atlanta PPA offices, it's also Falcons Friday! #RiseUp Before you head out on Sunday to celebrate the Falcons' historic win, save up your strength this weekend and relax with our top blog posts from January 30-February 3. 

MAKE MORE MONEY: You've learned the basics of marketing and identified your target audience, now PPA's Marketing Campaign Manager walks you through the next steps in creating and enacting a marketing plan that works. A great read with lots of tips. You'll want to take your time with this one!

FUN STORIES: This blog post from PPA Today is like a Russian nesting doll of Imaging USA moments. Uncover blog post after blog post written by Imaging USA attendees when they returned home. You can either relate or find out what you missed and get ready for next year in Nashville! 

CONCENTRATE: FStoppers has a though-provoking piece on the downfalls of year-long photography projects. You don't have to take these on every year but that doesn't mean a year of slacking off. Here's the case for shorter, more concentrated projects that can be just as fulfilling. 

DRONES: So you've gotten your license from the FAA to be a drone pilot, and you're ready to start offering drone photography to your clients. What should you do next? PPMag.com shares some steps all drone photographers should take when starting out. If you're considering offering drone photography, read this article first. You'll pick up advice that can save you some major headaches later!

DRAMATICS: PictureCorrect has 4 steps on how to create those really cools beams of light that shine down in atmospheric photos. Pro tips available on this blog and in the accompanying video. 

CONTROL: FStoppers on how to make a cheap wireless monitor for your photo shoots and on drawing the line at letting clients see images in real time.

GOALS: Hans Rosemond is planning to work on pulling back on stylistic flourishes and reach a simpler aesthetic as an artist. Read his inspiring ideas on ditching your ego and simplifying your images. 

JUST FOR FUN: Looking to relive the awesome party that was Imaging USA 2017 in San Antonio? Couldn't make it this year but want a taste of what you missed? All the videos from the year's best photography convention are up now on PPA Today!

WINNERS: Aerial photography platform SkyPixel received 27,000 entries to its 2016 drone photography competition. Here are the winning shots plus some of The Guardian's favorites. 

JAW-DROPPING: Would you say that you go out on a limb for a photo shoot? If so, chances are you still aren't doing it quite to the extent that photographer Jay Philbrick is! Read all about his riskiest location to date on PPmag.com. 

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

By Autumn Rice

PRINT. The Movement is an awareness campaign that helps consumers see the value in showcasing and preserving their lives or their families' lives with high-quality prints, albums, and all types of displays from professional photographers and photographic suppliers.

As a professional photographer, it is to your benefit to get involved and spread the world about the movement to your clients and peers!

The Resources page on PrintMovement.org offers easy-to-use content that taps into the emotion of clients to help them understand the value of printed photography

  • The brochure template is tri-fold and customizable for your studio. Simply download the brochure, and add your photos, your studio information, and prices. 
  • The outreach content expounds on the movement and provides clients with credible information about the importance of the movement, and why they should be willing to pay more for printed work. 
  • The Print videos are a great way to promote the movement in your studio. All you have to do is download or stream the videos in the lobby of your studio. 
  • There are also logos for you to put on your official print materials. There are a variety of styles and colors, so choose the one that best fits your business! 

All of these resources are downloadable and customizable on the Print Resources page. Head over to PrintMovement.org/Resources to get your resources and be a part of the print movement today!

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By Bethany Clark

Would you say that you go out on a limb for a photoshoot? If so, chances are you still aren't doing it quite to the extent that photographer Jay Philbrick is! Read all about his riskiest location to date on PPmag.   

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By Chris Homer

So you've gotten your license from the FAA to be a drone pilot, and you're ready to start offering drone photography to your clients. What should you do next?

"10 Best Drone Practices" on PPMag.com shares some steps all drone photographers should take when starting out. If you're considering offering drone photography, read this article first. You'll pick up advice that can save you some major headaches later!

And don't forget to visit PPA.com/Drones for even more advice on passing the FAA test, drone insurance, news and more!

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.


Imaging USA 2017 wrapped up on January 10th, and, to be honest, PPA is still buzzing with excitement. The energy from the thousands of attendees, the inspiration from the speakers, the incredible gear from the Expo vendors, and the beautiful city of San Antonio... everything came together to make a truly spectacular conference. 

If you want to relive some of the fun, check out these video recaps! They are chock full of some of the funniest, most touching moments from Imaging USA 2017!

And don't forget: YOU can be a part of the action in Nashville, 2018. Registration opens very soon at ImagingUSA.org!


By Autumn Rice

With everyone fresh off from Imaging USA 2017, now is an excellent time to log on to PhotoVision and stream a few videos. This year is all about inspiration!

This year, Sue Bryce and Anne Geddes will be headlining brand-new episodes of PhotoVision! 

PhotoVision is an all-streaming education portal that offers over 500 tutorials from some of the industry's best professionals. As a PPA member, you have 24/7 access to the entire PhotoVision library for FREE, as this service comes included with your membership. Or you can sign up for a PhotoVision Subscription!

You'll learn about everything from lighting and posing, to marketing and sales. No matter the topic, there's a PhotoVision video pertaining to it. Every month a new video is unlocked for members to watch, replay, and apply techniques to their work. The best part is it's up to you! You choose which videos to watch, and you set the pace for your learning. 

To celebrate the new season, non-PPA-members can take advantage of a discounted, limited-time subscription rate of $6.95 per month (regularly $19.99 per month) using the promo code "INSPIRE" at PhotoVisionVideo.com. Tell your photography friends! 

PhotoVision comes included with the PPA membership, so if you were considering joining, now is the time! Visit PPA.com/Join to start taking advantage of your PhotoVision programming today!

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By Sidra Safri

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With the inauguration less than 24 hours away, many PPA members want to photograph the crowds and have a great view of the event using their drones. As great as this sounds, remember Washington D.C. is always a NO-DRONE ZONE. Meaning that, no matter what time of the year it is, you cannot fly a drone in the D.C. airspace. 

Further, with the security being extra tight, the FAA has expanded the "no drone zone" an additional 30 miles to include some parts of Maryland and Virginia for tomorrow. 

If an individual is caught flying a drone, not only will they have to deal with buying a new drone, but will also be subject to fines up to $1,500 and other criminal penalties. 

Bottom line: don't fly your drone anywhere near D.C!


By Bethany Clark

Take a look at PPmag's inspiring photo gallery featuring images taken by the 2017 Diamond Photographers!

Diamond photographers are professionals whose four images submitted to PPA's International Photographic Competition went four-for-four in the same year. That means that not only did all four images merit, those four merited images also were then chosen to be part of the prestigious Loan Collection and will be published in a special edition book by Marathon Press

The 2017 Diamond Photographers were honored at Imaging USA 2017, at the Grand Imaging Awards! 

For even more inspiration, check out Professional Photographer magazine where you will find a gallery of selected images, as well as an accompanying lighting diagram.

Go ahead, start browsing! The images will wow you!


By Bethany Clark 

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 the latest release! 

In this video, Jill Austin takes a young family to a gorgeous park for family and child portraits. As the shoot goes on, Jill explains what her ideal time of the day to shoot is and how she likes to position her clients around the sunlight to achieve beautiful natural lighting. She demonstrates how to blend candid photos with formally posed ones, to create a myriad of wonderful options for her clients.


Want to see more? Hop on over to PhotoVisionVideo.com and begin exploring all the website has to offer. If you're not a PPA member but want access to PhotoVision, subscribe today and save 50%! 

Why wait? Join today!



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