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By Megan Mitchell
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Surprise! Our weekly roundup of our favorite blog posts is a day early! Sending best wishes for a happy and safe independence day weekend celebration!

TELL YOUR STORY: As a professional photographer trying to set yourself apart, you need to connect with your clients. That's why you need stories on your website and as a photographer, you have many places to add them - tell your story and tell the stories of the photographs you take. 

TOUCH UP: Wondering how you can enhance your firework images? Here's one way from the folks at Killer Lightroom Tips!

HONOR CODE: You want to be respectful when photographing the American flag in portraiture, so read up on the U.S. Flag Code - the LawTog makes it easy to understand!

STATE OF THE UNION: Have you heard? The White House has lifted its ban on photography during tours! National Geographic sent a team of photographers on one of the first photo-friendly tours. Check it out!

HEALTH: Here are some stretches you should do during your long editing sessions at the computer - your body is an important asset to your business, so take care of it!

Call a Doctor Plus, the latest membership benefit from PPA, can save photographers both time and money when they're not feeling well or have health questions. For a modest monthly fee, PPA members can simply pick up the phone or log on to a website to get answers, assistance, and even prescriptions.

Call a Doctor Plus is a health and wellness telemedicine program that provides patients with effective, immediate access to medical goods and services. There are no copays, deductibles or per-call charges. Photographers who are members of PPA get service for an exclusive low monthly subscription.

Call a Doctor Plus provides 24/7 access to U.S. certified physicians who can diagnose and prescribe over the phone or through an online chat. Prescriptions are sent directly to the patient's local pharmacy, and records are sent to their primary physician. The benefit covers up to five dependents at no extra cost.

One member who's already used the service gives it a thumbs-up. "I requested a consultation online and was called by a doctor within 5-10 minutes," she said. "After providing a brief description of my symptoms, I was diagnosed with an acute upper respiratory infection. The doctor sent a prescription to my local pharmacy, and I had the medicine in hand less than an hour after I called."

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By Chris Homer

We hope you've been enjoying success throughout June. Check out these top conversations on theLoop and join in! You never know what you might learn, or who your advice can help!

Have you ever exhibited your work at a summer festival? If you have, share your advice in this thread. If you're thinking about selling your work at a festival, there's lots of good advice to consider as well!

One member brought an interesting problem to theLoop in June. A client asked him to sign a contract guaranteeing that images of her family would not appear on his website or social media. Would you sign this contract? See what other members have to say!

Do you need advice for adding accent light to the background of a portrait? This thread is for you! Read members' suggestions for lighting set-ups.

Most photographers carry multiple cameras while out on an assignment. In this thread, one member asks what's the best solution for carrying multiple cameras so you can easily switch between them. Members provide all sorts of great ideas, so if you've struggled with this, check it out!

Do you shoot jewelry commercial photography assignments? If you do, this thread provides some good tips for capturing all the details.

Don't forget, theLoop is PPA's safe and secure online community where members can discuss various photography topics! Not a PPA member? It's easy: join today!


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


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By John Owens


Greetings photography community! Hope you've all had a wonderful start to summer. To cap things off, here are our favorite 10 blog posts from the week. Dig in!


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1. Have or Want To Open Your Own Studio? Read This

STUDIO ADVICE: This post from Million Dollar Photographer shares common pitfalls that you'll want to avoid if you have or are considering opening your own studio. Author Bradford Rowley offers 9 things to keep out of your studio space. Take a look around and see if they apply to you!

2. Why Compete? Photographers Weigh In

BE MORE INVOLVED: First, some good news: The deadline for submissions to the International Photographic Competition (IPC) has been extended to July 10! Why should you enter? We asked photographers just that on theLoop. Check out their responses in this post. Hopefully they inspire you to compete too!

3. People Skills? Yeah, You Need Those Too

NEGLECTED NECESSITIES: Here's a trick of the trade that's not often talked about but generally assumed we all have: people skills. The word 'skill' is there for a reason--it's a talent! This post discusses their importance and asks three insightful questions for you to consider. Take a look!

4. Skin Retouching: What To Do (And What Not To Do)

POST-PRODUCTION: Here's a post from Lindsay Adler, all about skin retouching. (did you know she's speaking at Imaging USA in 2016?!). I this post, she discusses five things that ruin skin in your photos. Are you guilt of any of these photography sins? Lindsay tells you how to fix them.

By Megan Mitchell

Have you been on the fence about entering PPA's International Photographic Competition (IPC)? 

If you're simply not entering because you are afraid of not scoring well enough, you might be missing a huge learning opportunity! What did you learn the last time you took a risk and tried to step up your work? What else could you learn? If you want to become a better photographer, these are probably the real questions! 

Entering the IPC and choosing to have your image critiqued is a great way to improve your photography skills. IPC jurors are accomplished photographers who have entered their images into the IPC many times before. Their eyes are trained to see things in your photos you might miss.

Now's the time to decide! If you enter before midnight on June 25th, you'll avoid a late fee - but no worries if you need a little bit longer to put things together, as late entries close July 10th. 

Curious about what sort of things the judges will be looking for? Watch a critique video here! Andrew Jenkins M.Photog.Cr., CPP, critiques Michael Patch's merited image, "Woodland Faces." 


Need a little more help before you take the plunge? See what other photographers have gotten out of entering their images in IPC and what they learnt from their critiques here! Ready to compete in the IPC? Enter the IPC today and Be More Competitive!

Megan Mitchell is an intern at PPA. Though she attends college in New York, she is originally from Georgia - most everyone she meets up north is shocked and disappointed by her lack of a southern accent. She finds great joy and comfort in copy editing and reading. She loves nothing more than words, but her family and friends take a close second.

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PPA instructor and sales guru Jeff Dachowski, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, is dropping some free advice this Thursday, June 25, 2pm ET, and if you want to Be More Profitable, don't miss it! The webinar is all about Selling to Out-of-Town Clients.

Jeff will discuss all aspects of long-distance sales, from how to set the stage with the first phone call to the final delivery of portraits! You'll learn how to set and manage client expectations, maintain control of the session and use technology to your advantage.

Check out the full class description and Jeff's bio then register! It's FREE and open to both PPA photographers and nonmembers alike. If you're looking to become a master of the sale--this is the class for you!

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By Chris Homer

If you're thinking about entering the International Photographic Competition (IPC), make sure to get your images entered by Midnight ET, June 25! After that date, there's a $35 late entry surcharge! You'll still be able to enter until July 10, but why waste $35? 

If you've never entered the IPC before, don't fear having your images judged. The process can be intimidating, but entering the competition really is one of the best ways to improve your technique as a photographer. Read all about why PPA members enter the IPC and how it can help your career in this post. 

When you enter, you'll also have the option to request your images critiqued by an IPC judge. Go for it! The judges have entered the competition in the past and have achieved success, so they know exactly what to look for in an image. They'll point out ways to improve your photography that you may not have considered before. Check out a critique from last year's IPC. 

Are you ready to Be More Confident in your images? Remember to enter the IPC by June 25 and avoid the late fee! 

And remember - the IPC judging will take place August 3-6 at Gwinnett Technical College in Lawrenceville, GA. Judging is open to the public, so feel free to attend and watch the judging. If you can't make it to the IPC to see the judging live, it will also be streamed online! This year there will even be a live broadcast, twice a day, to answer judging questions and go over some of the image reviews and challenges that will be happening during judging.


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


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By Megan Mitchell

You might have noticed us post about the International Photographic Competition (IPC) quite a bit recently. That's because registration is now open! 

We could talk about the value of competing until our faces turn blue, but why not let other photographers do the talking? We asked IPC competitors to share their thoughts on theLoop here. Here's what they had to say!

Why should I compete?

"To grow beyond from merely being a photographer to becoming an artist. That's why a total immersion in the crucible of competition is what I suggest."
-Jerry Venz, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, Idaho

"It has given me something to send out press releases about and that helps keep my name in front of potential clients. I share credit with clients whose images have done well in competition and they get excited about it also. As you earn enough merits and receive your degree that gives you more talking points when selling clients that your skills are top notch."
-Bob Coates, M.Photog.M.Artist.Cr., CPP, Arizona

"Working on your own work shows and tells clients you believe in your own work."
-Joanne Fabian, Pennsylvania

Great, so a critique will help me "improve." How?

"I often learn more from those critiques than any other education resource. While I may not always agree with the critique, there is still validity and things to be learned. As a result, I see my work constantly improving."
-D. Brent Walton Cr.Photog., CPP, New York
 
"It takes much longer to progress in a vacuum. By that, I mean the usual praise you may receive from family and friends. So, go for it! Even if you don't earn merits or Loan Prints right away your client images WILL improve because you will be getting UNBIASED, HONEST feedback on your work--and that is PRICELESS!"
-Jerry Venz, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, Idaho

"You start to look for possible competition images in every session that you shoot--consciously, and subconsciously. In every portrait session that you do, you start looking at things just a bit differently. You start looking to see if you can possibly create a competition image from just about each and every session that you do. You find yourself taking just a second or so before tripping the shutter to really look at your subject like it was a competition image and you end up finding yourself correcting those things that would keep that image you see in front of you from scoring well... and in the process, the quality of your day-to-day work just automatically gets better and your clients get a better product. 

Without even noticing it, you look back a year or two and are amazed about how much your work has improved with what seems like no effort at all. Just because you started to take just those few extra seconds to do the steps that you need to do to change an ordinary image into a competition image."
-Rick Massarini, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, Lousiana

"Almost all the critiques pointed at things I did not see at first and helped me get even better. After your first critiques you will view your images differently. You are not looking for a sellable image or a showcase of your work. You are objectively looking for the 12 Elements of a Merit Image they list as you pick your images. It is an enlightening journey, so welcome aboard."
-Joanne Fabian, Pennsylvania

I don't think I can do this. 

"It's obtainable to all those folks who are naysayers - find your inner artist, turn it loose, find mentors whose work you admire and ask for constructive feedback. Most of the best people out there are willing to help others raise their bar because in the end, it makes our industry better for everyone!"
-Gena Tussey, CPP, Tennessee

They said it best! Ready to step up your game and compete with your images? Register now!
And check out the full conversation on theLoop. Have something to add? Jump on in! 

Megan Mitchell is an intern at PPA. Though she attends college in New York, she is originally from Georgia - most everyone she meets up north is shocked and disappointed by her lack of a southern accent. She finds great joy and comfort in copy editing and reading. She loves nothing more than words, but her family and friends take a close second.

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By Chris Homer

PPA's annual International Photographic Competition (IPC) is right around the corner! Are you planning on taking the plunge and entering this year? 

If you've never entered the IPC before, you might feel a little nervous about having your work judged. It's understandable, but know that entering a photographic competition and having your work judged by other professional photographers is one of the best ways to improve your photography technique! 

How?! When entering the IPC, you can select to have your images professionally critiqued. PPA's IPC jurors are accomplished photographers themselves who have successfully participated in the competition, numerous times, and know what makes a great image. As a result of their experience with the competition itself as image makers, but also, as they underwent a long training to become IPC jurors, opting to get an image critique with their candid viewpoint can greatly help you improve your work. That's the reason why they do it! Help photographers Be More Successful at competing. 

Check out the critique below. It is from last year's IPC and is by Andrew Jenkins, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, critiquing Mario Munoz's, M.Photog.Cr., "Reservoir Dogs". Mario's image was accepted into PPA's loan collection and while Mario often enters the IPC, he keeps ordering critiques, because they help him Be More Successful at IPC. 




Are you ready to enter your images in the IPC? Make sure to do so by June 25 to save money (after that date there's an added late fee!) Go ahead and enter today and see how scoring at competition can help you Be More Confident! 


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


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By John Owens

You might have heard, PhotoVision now comes as part of the PPA membership. The benefit gives photographers full access to PhotoVision's entire library of 800+ videos, 24/7 via web streaming. PPA members even get 50% off the DVDs and DVD sets!

And in fact, anyone can currently sample what the amazing educational program has to offer through PhotoVision Exposed, running now through June 30. 

To learn a little bit more about PhotoVision's origins, its mission and goals for the future, we chatted with founder, producer and longtime PPA photographer, Ed Pierce, M.Photog.Cr., CPP.

How did you come up with the idea for PhotoVision?

I had been a photographer for about 20 years prior to PhotoVision, and was pretty actively involved in education for at least 15 of those years. I was one of the earlier people to hit the road speaking and doing photographic education seminars. All education was platform at the time. A photographer would get on stage and present a slideshow. That was considered hands on teaching.

I came up with a concept of going on the road and filming photographers in their studios or on locations they would actually work in. Really it was just to give a truer, more realistic view of how people were conducting their businesses. It was a fly-on-the-wall experience that they couldn't otherwise get. I wanted it to be somewhat unvarnished. In a platform setting, you can pick your very best images and tell the story a little glossed over.

In the beginning, PhotoVision was a one day satellite uplink event called Portrait 2000. It was essentially a real-time Q&A, broadcast by teleconference to 80 venues across the country. We would deliver 1-hour VHS tapes of the recording every month. But it was very expensive to produce and we barely broke even; the last time we actually lost money.  

As a result, I hung up my hat on that and got back into my photography, but continued to receive great reviews from people on the events and tapes. People loved seeing actual working photographers in their real environments. And that's basically from where PhotoVision originated.

How has the video production changed?

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Like any small business, most photographers are always looking for ways to save. PPA photographers can now stop wasting money on unnecessarily high credit card processing fees. All that cash can (and should) go straight to your bottom line! 

PPA negotiated deeply discounted rates for PPA photographers through Bank of America Merchant Services. Members who have made the switch have saved hundreds (at times more, depending on the volume you process each year!). 

Here's some fun math! We compared the negotiated PPA rate using Bank of America's standard terminal against a standard mobile processor from the well-known company Square. 

For regulated debit card (legalese for credit card) rates:   
Bank of America: Current interchange (0.05% + $0.22) plus 0.07% plus $0.07 = 0.12% + $0.29 per transaction 

Square: Flat 2.75% per transaction

Monthly Credit Card Processing Amount

PPA Member Fee

Regular Fee with Square

Monthly Savings

Annual Savings

$300

$0.65

$8.25

$7.60 / month

$91.20 / year

$1,000

$1.49

$27.50

$26.01 / month

$312.12 / year

$2,500

$3.29

$68.75

$65.46 / month

$785.52 / year

$5,000

$6.29

$137.50

$131.21/ month

$1,574.52 / year


There are no (zip, zilch, nada) pesky monthly fees for the regular transaction processing. And if you add the option to process mobile transactions, that's only a flat $9.95 add-on per month.

See for yourself! Bank of America Merchant Services is offering free statement comparisons - just call them at 888-317-5402 (7am-7pm CST) or email TellMeMore@BankofAmericaMerchant.com to see how much you could save. 

Make the switch today and Be More Profitable today!

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Sarah Ackerman is known around PPA as #Sarah in part because she handles all things social media and in order to differentiate herself from the other Sarah's in the office. Sarah loves improv comedy (think "Whose Line") and routinely performs around Atlanta. When she's not tweeting/facebooking/instagramming all of the action at PPA, she can be found gallivanting around the world or wandering around the woods with her pup, but more than likely she's on stage making people giggle.

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By John Owens

 

It's already been a few weeks since our last update from Krista Newbill and her adventure with PPA's Studio Makeover. This time Krista checks in with a video on the changes she is making to her sales.

 

In this video blog (or Vlog for you web lingo-savvy readers), Krista shares what she learned from chatting with her PPA mentor. From their conversation, Krista says she will make changes to slow down her sales process and change her album pricing. Could these changes apply to you? Watch her 2-minute video check in and see:



About PPA's Studio Makeovers:

This year PPA is working with two lucky studios in all areas of their business, to give them a total "makeover". Every facet of their businesses will be scrutinized to help them be more profitable. The makeover will touch on and improve their business model, branding, pricing, marketing, sales strategy, workflow efficiency and overall profitability--all based on the tools, information and resources set by PPA's Benchmark!

Follow these two studios' progress, challenges and changes. Updates will be posted right here on the blog and you will be able to watch monthly webinar updates to track this year-long process. It's a series worth paying attention to, as there will be strategies and business tactics you can apply to your business too.

 

You can get a refresher with the project overview and take a look at the first update on Krista's makeover. Some of the advice they're receiving may very well apply to your business! Another update on Krista's progress is coming soon as well as more from our second studio makeover recipient, Wes Roberts. This adventure is supposed to make both Krista's and Wes's studios Be More Profitable. So stay tuned for the next update on PPA's two Studio Makeovers!

 

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John Owens is PPA's resident wordsmith. Know how they say a picture is worth a thousand words? That's where he comes in. The Connecticut transplant and (still) avid Hartford Whalers fan is an aspiring adventurist/novelist/racer on a lifelong quest to find the best trails, brews and burger.

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By Chris Homer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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By Megan Mitchell

Marketing is an essential key to success for any business. You want to get those clients in the door and requesting your photography services! But marketing can be hard. It might not be your favorite thing and it even might be something you were never trained for, but it is something you must do if you want to keep your business afloat! It takes strategy, but how can you create a plan that's right for your studio?

This Thursday, June 11, watch and learn from Mary Fisk-Taylor, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, ABI, API, as she teaches about the creation of a successful marketing strategy during the FREE webinar, "Studio Makeover: Creating Sustainable and Successful Marketing Strategies for Any Studio." Mary understands the value of a focused marketing strategy and she's going to make sure that you do too!

This educational opportunity is FREE for all (PPA members and non-members alike) so you can learn from the comfort of your home. All skill levels are welcome, so follow along and create your first marketing strategy ever, or fine-tune the one you've had for years. 

You'll also be able to see this process in progress at two different studios! Have you been following PPA's Studio Makeovers? Well, during this webinar, you'll get an update on their progress, specifically their developing marketing plans. If you want to see more updates from this series, check out Wes' and Krista's updates.

Create a marketing strategy that's right for your studio and attracts your ideal clients with Mary for free on June 11 at 2 PM (ET). Register now and Be More In-Demand!

If you want to watch this webinar at a later date and time, you need to be a PPA member - PPA members have hours upon hours of educational video content through both PPAedu and PhotoVision, so join today!

Megan Mitchell is an intern at PPA. Though she attends college in New York, she is originally from Georgia - most everyone she meets up north is shocked and disappointed by her lack of a southern accent. She finds great joy and comfort in copy editing and reading. She loves nothing more than words, but her family and friends take a close second. 

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By Rachel Noto

With the call for entries for PPA's International Photographic Competition (IPC) in full swing, it's now more important than ever to make sure your images are at the top of their game!

The work of artists can be fundamentally personal, and as such it can feel intimidating to submit work to be criticized and reviewed by masters in the field. However, absorbing a critique is one of the most important aspects of being an artist. Learning to think critically about others' work benefits you as well; in identifying the stronger and weaker parts of the work of your peers, you can turn that same discerning eye on your own work. 

All IPC jurors have earned Master of Photography degrees from PPA by submitting their images to competitions just like you, so their advice comes from a place of experience and empathy.  Hearing the thoughts of one of the jurors themselves is incredibly useful because they are not only a master in their field but have been in your shoes!

Watch Glen Mahan's merited image from the 2014 IPC, "Afrikaans Language Monument," be critiqued by Donna Goodhale, M.Photog., for some insight into what judges look for, and hone your own skills in observation and critique so you can identify the strengths and weaknesses of your own work in order to set your best foot forward in the 2015 competition!


Are your images ready for judging? Submit your work here!

Want to read more examples of critiques and other information about IPC before you submit? Read through the PPA blog's previous posts about the International Photographic Competition!

Rachel Noto is the second of two summer interns wandering around the labyrinthine offices of PPA, enthusiastically taking pictures of her cat, and occasionally getting a little writing and design done. An Atlanta native, she's learned to embrace the feeling of getting lost every now and then, though she now spends most of the year in the gridded city of Savannah, Georgia, where she attends the Savannah College of Art and Design. She has a passion for food, cute animals, and communication in all of its forms.

By Chris Homer

Have you ever thought about becoming a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) or earning a PPA degree? These official marks of recognition will help you be more in-demand as they mean more than just being able to add a string of letters to the end of your name. Becoming a CPP or earning a degree is a great way to show your potential clients that you are a true professional photographer committed to constantly improving your craft - which means they can trust you to consistently create great imagery for them! 

The next webinar on this topic is FREE! On June 9 at 2 pm EST Christine Walsh-Newton, M.Photog.Cr., CPP,  goes over each step of the process in an online session called: "Certification, Competition, and Credentials: The Course for Continued Success". Christine will walk you through certification, photographic competition and degree programs and how they make a big difference in attaining various career and personal goals. Christine also de-mystifies each process and presents them in understandable terms so that you may incorporate one or more of them into your own goals.

It's a good way to get the low-down on PPA's Certification as well as the Master of Photography, Photographic Craftsman and Artist degrees, what it takes to add each of them to your resume and how they will help you become a better photographer. Prepare to be inspired and... amused!

Speaking of photographic competition, PPA's International Photographic Competition (IPC) is currently accepting entries, so if you're thinking of entering IPC this summer, this webinar couldn't come at a better time! 

The webinar is free to both PPA members and non-members to stream live, so sign up today. If you want to access the recorded version of this webinar (and more than 1,100 other PPAedu classes and PhotoVision videos), you've got to be with PPA. So join today! And don't forget to enter your images in the IPC!


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


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By Megan Mitchell

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It's Friday, so sit back and begin to enjoy your weekend with these 10 stories that should inspire you and help you push your business to new heights! (Plus, a bonus #11 that might even make you laugh!)

CUSTOMER SERVICE: This post addresses some ways you can prevent bad reviews in the first place, as well as solutions should you get undeserved bad reviews. The author of the blog is both a photographer and a lawyer, which provides a great, educated perspective. 

PRINTS: With the continuing rise of social media, fewer portraits are being printed. PPA hosted a summit featuring industry voices to discuss what can be done to encourage the printing of portraits. Read and start to brainstorm how you could sell more prints!

PRICING: Do you put your prices up on your website or do you ask potential clients to reach out to you over the phone? Both methods have drawbacks, but this blog post offers a third solution that gives your potential clients all the information they need!

POETRY: This is a beautiful little poem written from the perspective of a 30x40 family portrait. It made me tear up while I thought of the family portraits that hang in my home. And now I want hundreds more. This is an eloquent argument for the importance of prints.

FEEL GOOD: A dad and step-mom team up to help build their young daughter's confidence. What an inspiring way to use a camera! Read more and think about how you could build people up with the power of photography.

By John Owens

Hundreds of dollars isn't a savings to scoff at, especially for small business owners like professional photographers. And if you're with PPA, you could already be saving too!

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PPA got its members crazy low credit card processing rates by negotiating deeply discounted rates for PPA photographers with Bank of America Merchant Services. Members that have already made the switch already started saving hundreds. Some, even thousands!

How much savings? Here's some math you won't hate: PPA photographers get interchange plus 0.07% + a flat $0.07 fee per transaction. That equals one of the lowest credit card processing rates out there and more importantly, the potential for big savings for you!

There are NO pesky monthly fees, unless you add the option to process mobile transactions, and that's only $9.95 per month.

Your savings will vary depending on how many transactions you process each month, but any extra funds add up fast. So fast, that this PPA perk alone is paying for the annual membership of a lot of busy full time photographers! How cool would it be if your membership paid for itself like that?!

To help you see for yourself, Bank of America is offering free statement comparisons. Call 888-317-5402 (7am-7pm CST) or email TellMeMore@BankofAmericaMerchant.com.

These low rates are REALLY hard to beat; you'll most likely save a large amount of cash each month if you make the switch. Compare now how much you could save now, it's free! At PPA we're here to help you Be More Profitable.

 

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John Owens is PPA's resident wordsmith. Know how they say a picture is worth a thousand words? That's where he comes in. The Connecticut transplant and (still) avid Hartford Whalers fan is an aspiring adventurist/novelist/racer on a lifelong quest to find the best trails, brews and burger.
By Megan Mitchell

Entries for PPA's International Photographic Competition (IPC) are now open, so this critique comes at a great time, because IPC is a great opportunity to improve your craft so you can offer your clients even better images.

How can watching someone else's critique help YOU? The IPC critiques provide feedback from one of the competition's jurors and such critiques are directly meant to help the image maker! All IPC jurors have Master of Photography (M.Photog.) degrees from PPA, meaning they have submitted their own images to IPC to gain merits - they've been in your exact position before and they take into serious consideration the image critiquing as a way of coaching you. So any feedback, good and bad, is meant to be constructive and to help the listener SEE what it takes to take an image to the next (competition) level. 

See for yourself! In the video below, you'll see an example of a critique from last year's IPC . Glen Mahan's image, "Solomon," is being critiqued by Jeff Dachowski, M.Photog., Cr., CPP. This image was accepted into PPA's general collection and Glen earned an exhibition merit! You can learn what put this  work over the top!



Ready to submit some of your work to this year's IPC? Do it here!
If you're still feeling a little unsure, check out some helpful PPAedu videos on photographic competition!
It's time to Be More Creative.

Megan Mitchell is one of two summer interns running around at PPA. Though she attends college in New York, she is originally from Georgia - most everyone she meets up north is shocked and disappointed by her lack of a southern accent. She finds great joy and comfort in copy editing and reading. She loves nothing more than words, but her family and friends take a close second. 

By Chris Homer

Have you ever wanted to host a photography workshop? Well, if you have, your chance is here: Consider applying to be an instructor for PPA's Super 1 Day photography workshops this fall. It's a great chance to give back to the photography community by sharing your knowledge. 

What does your class need to be about? Anything photography or photography business related! In the past, instructors have taught classes featuring portrait and wedding photography techniques, posing and lighting, digital retouching and workflow, and sales and marketing strategies - so if you've got some special insight into a particular photography technique or business practice Super 1 Day is a great chance to bring fellow photographers into your studio, broaden your network or your reach and help raise the bar in the industry by sharing your knowledge. 

Better yet, if you're working towards earning a PPA degree, you'll get 2 speaking merits for hosting a Super 1 Day class. You can even earn some extra cash - Photographic Craftsman and Master Photographer instructors receive $50 per student after the 7th paid attendee.

The dates for the upcoming Super 1 Day are October 5-19, and you can host your class anytime during this range. Check out the FAQs for more information.

Super 1 Day instructor applications are due by June 29, so go ahead, Be More Adventurous and apply today!

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


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