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By David Eun

Drones are here and ready to take your photography to new heights - literally! But, we have to be honest with ourselves and realize they are complex, expensive pieces of equipment; it's not a toy (per se). We mention this because PPA wants to ensure all of our drone photographers fully understand the ins-and-outs of drone capabilities and limitations to ensure safety and fun!

So, how do you fly a drone?

PPAedu presents Flying Your Drone, hosted by returning faces Randy Braun and Stacy Garlington! From preflight safety checklists to how to land, the duo overviews every detail in regards to effectively taking phenomenal photos from the skies. Check it out now!

The only way to access these helpful videos is through your PPA membership. As a PPA member you can access these videos anywhere, anytime. Between PPAedu and PhotoVision, photographers who have a PPA membership can tap into hundreds of programs to help them Be More! Get full access to all the PPAedu and PhotoVision videos.

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By David Eun

PPA believes photographers should consistently improve their skills. A superb resource to help you refine your craft is our 500+ video tutorials database: PhotoVision. Check out our Free Video of the Month, "Simplified Location Lighting"!

In this video, Ed Pierce and Lori Nordstrom take a high school senior on a photo shoot that spans three gorgeous outdoor locations. They instruct on both natural and high-speed sync flash lighting, and how to combine them in order to get beautifully lit images. They also discuss how to compose inventive and unique images in common locations.

PhotoVision is a ginormous photography-learning library that offers photographers education and solutions through cinematic HD videos from some of the biggest names in the industry. PPA photographers get PhotoVision streaming...absolutely free! And because we want all photographers to Be More, PPA unlocks one PhotoVision video each month so you can share it with your non-member friends. Go ahead, share and show them why they should join PPA today!

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Let's face it: though undeniably important, pricing is not the most exciting part of photography. So if you're struggling with pricing, you're probably not alone... but you can attend tomorrow's free webinar to get some valuable tips that could help a great deal!

Join Andrew Funderburg (photography expert and industry visionary) as he shows you not only how to price profitably, as per the PPA Benchmark Survey, but also how to strategically price your albums and wall art. At the end of this webinar, you'll have a pricing blueprint for sales as well as examples of wall-art designs that really move. 

Oh and it's open to all photographers for free! So don't miss it; register today and tune in tomorrow, October 3, 2017, at 2pm ET. Additionally, if you're a PPA member, just wait 2 weeks after the initial broadcast and you will 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 David Eun 

Professional photography can be a stressful profession. Studios come and go all the time, and no photographer desires to live from paycheck to paycheck. That's why we ensure you have the knowledge you need to run a fulfilling business! 

PPA's free webinar tomorrow - hosted by Bruce Hudson, M.Photog.Cr, and Charles Hudson - delves into photography business strategy. Particularly, the Hudson team will use their 45 years of combined experience to educate viewers on how to effectively identify and market towards key clients as well transform those clients into long-term patrons for your company. 

This webinar is open to ALL photographers, both beginner photographers seeking to become full-timers and also experienced ones desiring to rejuvenate their struggling businesses. The webinar begins tomorrow (9/28) at 2:00 pm ET. Register today and hopefully we'll see you then!

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by David Eun 
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Does your photography business seem to feel stuck in its tracks lately? You have the drive and the willingness to take your company to new heights, but you're unsure of the tangible steps to take to make it happen? Then do we have an announcement for you

PPA is hosting a free webinar tomorrow regarding strategies to drastically expand your business. And with a combined 80-plus years of modern photography business experience, guest speakers Todd Lewis and Charles Lewis, M.Photog.Cr., A-ASP, will be covering a range of topics, including - but not limited to - garnering long-term clients and securing personal free time for rest and relaxation. 

All photographers of any skill level and/or style are welcomed to join. Furthermore, PPA members will be able to replay the talk two weeks after the initial broadcast as many times as humanly possible! The webinar will begin tomorrow (9/26) at 1:00 pm ET, so register today to tune in for all the keen insight our speakers have to offer. Hope to see you there!

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by Mayo Lawal

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You want to explore drone photography but you just don't know what regulation guidelines to follow, or how much you should budget to spend, or even which drone to buy. Get answers to these questions and more in tomorrow's free webinar!

From equipment options to evolving regulations, Manie Kohn, the first trained, certified, and fully-insured drone pilot in the USA, will help demystify and declutter the confusing landscape of drone photography. Using his own personal experiences, Manie will share valuable insights that you can use to build and grow your business in your local area.

Oh and it's open to all photographers for free! So don't miss it; register today and tune in tomorrow, September 21, 2017, at 2pm ET. Additionally, if you're a PPA member, just wait 2 weeks after the initial broadcast and you will be able to replay this (and any PPA webinar) as many times as you wish! Block your calendar and... enjoy!

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Whether you are a pro or new to the industry, PhotoVision is a great way to enhance your skills. PhotoVision provides a behind-the-scenes look at the techniques used by well-known experts in the world of photography. PPA members have access to over 500 photography tutorial videos through PhotoVision. Every month, however, we unlock a free PhotoVision video so that non-subscribers can be a part of this learning experience.

Rachel Williams photographs two young girls in a beautiful field as the sun sets. Rachel demonstrates how to arrange children into gorgeously balanced compositions that incorporate aspects of their personality. She includes the girls' dogs into some of their photos and shows the importance of having patience in order to grab that perfect shot. Rachel also shows how to use synchronized strobe lighting outdoors to achieve amazing exposure on the subject without limiting detail in the sky.

Check out PhotoVisionVideo.com today and begin exploring all the website has to offer. As a PPA member, you have full access for free, but non-members must subscribe. Join PPA today and get access to PhotoVision and many other valuable resources!

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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 Mayo Lawal

One of the best ways to enhance your skills as a photographer is by viewing the more than 500 video tutorials available on PhotoVisionVideo.com from top photographers in the business. Don't believe it? Check out the newest video titled "Printing in House" by Sue Bryce.

In this video, Sue Bryce shares the benefits of printing your work in-house. She explains how to achieve a lab quality image by selecting the correct printer, paper options, and printing profiles. Additionally, she mentions how printing your own work significantly changes the way you value and sell your work, and the reward of watching an image you created come to life.

PhotoVision is included for FREE with your PPA membership. So, what are you waiting for? Head over to PhotoVisionVideo.com to begin streaming classes today! Not a member? Join PPA today and get FREE access to all the videos!


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by James Yates
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Are you flying by the seat of your pants when it comes to your business? Do you set goals and keep track of them? Do you forecast yearly? 

Most photographers don't. If you're in the volume business, specifically youth sports, let Jeff Gump, Cr.Photog., help you get on the track. Without goals and accountability you will never succeed. Take an hour out of your week and sit in on this must-see program.
 
This webinar is FREE and open to both PPA members and non-members alike, so register now and tune in tomorrow, June 22, 2017, at 2:00 pm ET!


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by Trent Schick

The IPC is PPA's annual photographic competition that allows photographers to test their skills, and get advice on how to improve quality, impact and technique through constructive competition and critiques from qualified jurors. Participating in PPA's photographic competitions gives you 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 improve your business!

If you think you're up for the challenge, you'll also choose to have your images critiqued, and will receive a recording from a judge with feedback on each image you've entered in the competition, explaining to you how each photo stacks up against the 12 elements of a winning image, and what you could have done better if it fell a little short. So come on and enter your images to be critiqued by official jurors at this year's competition. Recorded critiques are a fantastic way to learn, specifically, how you can take your images to the next level.

To give you an idea of the types of things you can learn from a critique at IPC, check out this one from last year's competition. This is "Hope" by Edith Itzcovici-Levy, critiqued by Gabriel Alonso M.Photog.Cr., CPP.


The judging for the International Photographic Competition will be held July 30-August 2, 2017 and you will be able to watch it all at no cost via PPA's live online streaming of the IPC! Early registration opens May 22, 2017-June 20, 2017 by 5 pm ET. Entries submitted on or after June 20 at 5 pm ET will be accepted with a late fee through July 6, 2017. Note that no entries will be accepted after July 6, 2017 by 5 pm ET.

This year's IPC has some new rules. Be sure to check them out and enter your images early to beat the crowds and save some money!

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by Trent Schick

PPAedu, another one of PPA's great education platforms, is filled with many resources that can help strengthen and further your knowledge as a photographer and/or small business owner. It's available to all members, with over 300 HD videos that are designed to improve both your photography and business skills. 

PPA members can access any of these instructional videos 24/7, but each month one video is unlocked so that non-members can learn from it as well! Be sure to check out PPAedu this month to see the video before it's gone, or better yet become a member and view it anytime you want! 

This month's free-access video is "Creative Vision: Telling the Story", with instructor Jen Hillenga, M.Photog.Cr. Learn from Jen how you can better know and understand your clients. She will teach you how to utilize that information and create pictures that can beautifully tell a story about your clients. After all, photography is all about trying to capture emotion into a picture that tells a perfect story!

Non-members will have access to this video the entire month of June, and PPA members can access this video anytime. Between PPAedu and PhotoVision, photographers who have a PPA membership can tap into hundreds of programs to help them Be More! For full access to all the PPAedu and PhotoVision videos, join PPA today!
 
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by Trent Schick

As of May 22, photographers can now enter their work in PPA's International Photographic Competition (IPC). We hear from past entrants that entering images in the IPC is one of the best ways to improve as a photographer. During the IPC, jurors give competitors the opportunity to receive advice that will improve their future output and could land their work in PPA's Loan Collection, and be honored at Imaging USA 2018 in Nashville! 

If you choose to have your images critiqued, you'll get a recording of a judge going through each image you've entered in the photo competition, explaining how it stacks up against the 12 elements of a winning image, and what you could have done to take your image to the next level if you fell a little short! So, don't be shy! Enter your images to be critiqued by official jurors at this year's competition. Recorded critiques are a fantastic way to learn, specifically, how you can take your images to the next level.

To give you an idea of the types of things you can learn from a critique at IPC, check out this one from last year's competition. This is "Balancing Act" by Angela Cuhel, critiqued by Dennis Hammon, M. Photog.Cr., CPP, F-ASP.


Thinking about entering your images and ordering a critique? Take the plunge! You'll get the opportunity to: 

  • Understand what the judges expect from competitors 
  • Get an idea about the current state of your photography 
  • Improve your work with advice straight from jurors to help you
Having a judge take time to give personal advice on how to improve a specific image is just what you need to grow not only as a photographer but artist! 

Important info:

  • Judging for the IPC will be held July 30-August 2, 2017 at Gwinnett Tech in Lawrenceville GA, right outside Atlanta. It's open to the public and it's free to attend, but if you can't make it in person, you have no excuse not to watch the online streaming of the entire judging process! It's one of the best ways to learn what judges are looking for in this image competition.
  • Early registration to enter your images opens May 22, 2017-June 21, 2017 by 5 pm ET
  • Entries after June 21 at 5 pm ET will be accepted with a late fee through July 6. Please note that no entries will be accepted after July 6, 2017 by 5 pm ET
  • Watch live streaming of IPC judging at Stream.TheIPC.org: July 30, 4 pm - 7 pm ET, July 31 and August 1, 8:30 am - 6 pm ET, and August 2, 8:30 am ET to finish.

This year's competition has some new rules, so click here to view the IPC Photographic Open rules and the IPC Artist Competition rules, or check them at PPA.com/IPC. 

And don't forget to enter your images early to beat the crowd and save some money!

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by James Yates

Beginning next week, May 22, photographers can enter their work in PPA's International Photographic Competition (IPC). We hear from past entrants that entering images in the IPC is one of the best ways to improve as a photographer. During the IPC, jurors give competitors the opportunity to receive advice that will improve their future output and could land their work in PPA's Loan Collection, and be honored at Imaging USA 2018 in Nashville! 

If you choose to have your images critiqued, you'll get a recording of a judge going through each image you've entered in the photo competition, explaining how it stacks up against the 12 elements of a winning image, and what you could have done to take your image to the next level if you fell a little short! So, don't be shy! Enter your images to be critiqued by official jurors at this year's competition. Recorded critiques are a fantastic way to learn, specifically, how you can take your images to the next level.

To give you an idea of the types of things you can learn from a critique at IPC, check out this one from last year's competition. This is "Technique, Composition, Interest" by Jerome Ranch, critiqued by Adrian Henson, M. Photog.MEI.Cr., CPP. 


Thinking about entering your images and ordering a critique? Take the plunge! You'll get the opportunity to:

  • Understand what the judges expect from competitors 
  • Get an idea about the current state of your photography 
  • Improve your work with advice straight from jurors to help you score in next year's competition
Having a judge take time to give personal advice on how to improve a specific image is just what you need to grow as an artist!

The judging for IPC will be held July 30-August 2, 2017. Registration to enter your images opens May 22, 2017 - June 21, 2017 by 5pm ET. Entries received after 6/21 will still be accepted with a late fee through July 6, 2017 by 5pm ET. Please note that no entries will be accepted after that point. 

This year's IPC has some new rules, so be sure to check them at PPA.com/IPC. And don't forget to enter your images early to beat the crowds and save some money. Good luck!


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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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Super 1 Day is here!!! Well, it's May 8-22, 2017 but your friends at PPA are already deep into planning the next and subsequent rounds of day-long photography workshops....and we need your help. PPA needs your images! 

We'd love to have images of the class-- the various locations, the hands-on experience, and the camaraderie between you photographers would be a great way to showcase Super 1 Day to those who have never participated before, those who are on the fence, and for those interested in teaching or taking a class in the future. 

Please take and send along to us any images you feel comfortable sharing. We're looking for photos that depict your class, your craft, and your creativity for Super 1 Day! These images would potentially be used to help promote and advertise for future Super 1 Days, so please be sure to submit images that you would be comfortable having appear on social media.

You can send your photo files to PPA's Education Coordinator at Lbradley@ppa.com. 

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PPAedu has an extensive library filled with hundreds of educational videos on the topics that interest you. Aside from being entertaining, these videos are packed with loads of information to help you brush up on, or learn more about photography.

The only way to access these helpful videos is through your PPA membership. As a PPA member you can access these videos anywhere, anytime. If you're not a member, stay tuned every month when PPAedu releases a video that's open for everyone to access! Be sure to hurry because you'll only be able to access the video for that month!

This month's release is "The Wedding Consultation" with Carrie Wildes. A client relationship is a two-way street, and in this class, you'll learn how to handle any potholes or roadblocks that might arise. Instructor Carrie Wildes tells you, step by step, how to conduct an effective, professional wedding consultation so that you and the client can know if it's a good fit and thereby build a good relationship.

Non-members will have access to this video the entire month of April, and PPA members can access this video anytime. Between PPAedu and PhotoVision, photographers who have a PPA membership can tap into hundreds of programs to help them Be More! For full access to all the PPAedu and PhotoVision videos, join PPA today!

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By Tristin Vaccaro

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Whether you need a little inspiration or a dash of encouragement, PhotoVision is the place for you. PhotoVision is a collection of informative and inspiring videos from some of the greatest photography professionals in the world. You get an all-access, behind-the-scenes look into the minds of photography's biggest names, and the best part is, it's FREE for PPA members.

The newest addition to the PhotoVision library is, "Creating with Purpose and Meaning" with world-renowned photographer Anne Geddes. In this new video, Anne candidly discusses her humble beginnings and her personal storytelling process. For Anne, this process involves living a creative life and she acknowledges that, "these [photography] concepts, or little ideas, can come from anywhere at all." A true artist and master of her craft, Anne shares with us what it really means to put in the work.

This video is currently available on PhotoVisionVideo.com for all PPA members. If you're not a member, join PPA today and get access to over 500 videos included with your membership. So what are you waiting for? Be More Inspired today! 

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By Tristin Vaccaro

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!

Every month, we unlock a free PhotoVision video for non-subscribers to take advantage of amazing learning opportunities. Why? Because we believe in the power of education for all! In this month's free video, "Social Media", we sit down with photographer John Pyle to discuss his effective use of social media to drive his business. John provides tons of marketing tips and his personal social media successes and failures from his past 7 years using various social sites.  
Non-members will have access to this video throughout the entire month of April. Want to see more? Head on over to PhotoVision and begin exploring all the website has to offer. Don't forget that PPA members get access to all the PhotoVision photography courses for free with their membership, so join PPA today!

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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!


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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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