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By Chris Homer

With Halloween coming up tomorrow, the PPA staff and I want to encourage you to get in the spirit! With that in mind, we've started a thread on theLoop where we'd love to hear some of your spookiest moments as a photographer. To get you started, here are two photography horror stories posted to the thread already that are truly Goosebumps-worthy material: 

"I had an appointment to take a family portrait at an out of town church. Nothing new there, I figured it would be the typical family reunion, anniversary, whatever. But, when I got there the whole family gathered around Grandpa Jim who was lying in his casket at his own funeral. They even propped him up so he could be seen better. WEIRD FAMILY." - David Nelson, King Photography Studio, Jamestown, ND

"While working for a local newspaper I had to cover a Native American prayer event. Just as they began to pray I raised my camera to take just one image and one of the tribe's elders looked right at me and shook his head in disagreement to me taking any images during the prayer. I took that one shot anyway (it was my job) and by the time I walked back to my car and checked the images on the camera monitor they were gone! I couldn't see them on the rearview monitor of the camera and when I got back to the newsroom I couldn't open the files. Was I spooked? You bet I was." - Paul Robinson, Paul S. Robinson Photography, Uxbridge, MA

Can you add to or maybe even top these stories? Head on over to this thread on theLoop and share your spooky photographer story! Your experience may even appear in a future PPA Today newsletter.
 
Don't forget - theLoop is the online community just for PPA photographers! Here you can share ideas and worries, and discuss sensitive topics like customer service, demanding clients and more, all without the fear of a client looking over your shoulder. Want to be part of theLoop? Join PPA 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. 
September was a busy month on theLoop! Check out some of our favorite discussions below:

When you finish a photo shoot, how do you know which photos to keep, and which ones to delete? Members share various tactics they use to tackle this tricky situation. 

If you're thinking of offering metal prints to your clients, be sure to check out this thread first! Members share their favorite companies for metal print production. 

Being out on a photo shoot can take a toll on your body! Check out these tips on keeping healthy and injury-free while you're on the job. 

If you're looking for a good print lab, or thinking of switching to a new one, you'll find lots of useful advice and points you should consider when choosing a print lab in this discussion!

Do you define your photography by a certain style? Members share their thoughts on developing style and what they think their own personal style is. Don't miss this interesting thread! 

If you photograph handicapped children, or have been offered this type of work, you'll find some fantastic advice for how to handle posing. You'll get lots of great ideas and advice in this post. 

This discussion deals with a common problem photographers face: getting prints back from the lab that look dramatically different than they did on your computer screen. Your monitor calibration could be the problem. If you have this problem, take a look. Your fellow photographers have great tips for calibrating different monitors, and if you can't find yours being discussed, there's a good chance you can post the make and model and find an answer! 

If you've ever dealt with someone wanting rights to an image that wasn't initially included in your agreement with them, this is the discussion for you! Find out how to draft an agreement that meets both of your needs through this post, and don't forget that you always have access to PPA's Copyright Resources for more advice. 

If you shoot on location, you know that transporting your gear can be a pain. Learn different methods that have worked for other PPA members in this discussion. 

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!
Summer is ending, but these conversations are just starting up! Check out these topics heading up on theLoop:

Do you have a marketing strategy that works? Have a story of one that went horribly wrong? Share it in this thread and learn from everyone's successes and failures!

If you do any street photography, this is a great thread for you! Do you usually get releases? Do you have to? The short answer is yes. Get in on this great conversation for more - it could protect your business down the road!

If you've ever struggled with client gifts--this is a thread for you! Get some creative, cost-effective inspiration for your next client present. 

Have you gone down the path of creating your own studio? Weigh in with advice to a member who is looking to build her own from the ground up! Any tidbits you wish you would have thought of beforehand? 

If you're in need of some full-size reflectors, you can either shop around or make your own! Get the directions to build your own cost effective reflectors here!

Did you know you get a higher weight limit if you're a photographer flying with gear? It's true! No more heavy baggage fees in your future! Get in on this thread and see if there are any other helpful travel tips you can be saving money on!

Before you get to Nashville for Imaging USA 2015, we wanted to provide a platform to get to know your speakers better! In this thread, get to know Booray Perry, his photography and the man behind the camera. We'll have a whole line up of speakers participating in Ask Me Anythings this year - so stay tuned to get in on the next one!

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!


Some great things were happening on theLoop as temperatures soared. Check out the hottest discussions that happened in July.

[PPA Members Discussion] Offline data storage

What are you using to back up your files? PPA members discuss their methods for protecting their images and the pros and cons of offline and online storage. Even if you've got a system in place, it's worth checking out what others are doing!

[Finance Discussion] What bookkeeping software do you use?

Just as photo editing software updates, so does bookkeeping software too! Members share their favorite programs for balancing the books.

[Commercial Photography Discussion] Pricing executive portraits

Doing executive portraiture for the first time? Get some firsthand accounts from photographers who've done it before and are sharing their tips for doing the job right.

[PPA Members Discussion] Getting a credit line in the newspaper

A PPA member's image is printed on the front page of the newspaper - but they refuse to give him credit. Now what? Weigh in on the discussions for and against getting a credit line in publication.                                       

[PPA Members Discussion] Moving studio

If you're thinking about moving your business from home to a retail studio, or vice versa, read this discussion! Members talk about their experiences working in different locations and how it affected their business.


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!

 

Hello July! Holy smokes--where has this year gone? It's already half over! How is your business shaping up? Check out these top discussions on theLoop to see how you can always improve your skills, your business and your bottom line.


What Was Your First Digital Camera? [PPA members community]

Take a trip down memory lane with this thread. What was your first digital camera? How far have you come since? Ah...memories. 


Starter Speedlight [lighting community]

Do you love your speedlight system? Help this PPA member see what might work best for a beginner. 


Photographing in Public Areas [PPA members community]

We get this question ALL the time! What are your area's policies for having sessions in public? Do you like them? What would you like to see changed? 


Shooting My First Wedding Today [PPA members community]

If you have a wedding story that'll make you cringe, this thread is for you! Crazy (unsolicited) 2nd shooters and how to handle them appropriately are covered here!


RC Aerial Photography [commercial photography community]

Learn the laws, ins and outs of the blossoming field of RC aerial photography! There are laws on the books, but can be difficult to decipher. Get the details and join the discussion here!


If You Could Photograph Any Event, What Would You Choose? [PPA members community]

No time machines allowed- but if you could photograph any current event, what would you do? There are some interesting and inspiring responses on this bad boy!


Everyone Wants A Discount! [finance community]

Where do you stand on the slippery slope of offering discounts? Does everyone get one? Are you 100% against them? Join the conversation and help this photographer get out of a sticky situation! 


Don't forget, theLoop is YOUR safe and secure online community where PPA members can discuss various photography topics... away from the public eye! 

You don't belong to PPA? Don't be left out! It's so easy to join, do it today!


It's Friday, which means it's time for our favorite photography posts of the week! From advice
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 to inspiration, you'll find it all in this collection of posts. Enjoy!

Nobody likes it when it happens, but sooner or later you will have a conflict with one of your clients--be it a copyright violation or another type of contract dispute. This post from The Law Tog gives you 5 quick and easy things you can do to help avoid conflicts with your clients. 

At some point, all photographers are faced with major decisions in their business, like whether to invest in new equipment or tackle a new product line. It can be very stressful! That's why we like this post from Photography Concentrate. It points out that when researching a decision, it's what's right for you that matters, not what's right for everyone. It sounds simple, but check it out. This approach just may make your life easier. 

If you're thinking of revamping your website (if you haven't changed it much in 3+ years, it's time to freshen things up!), check out this guide from Tiffinbox first. It provides some great things to be aware of when hiring a company to build a website for you.

This week, Adobe announced updates to their Creative Cloud, which includes every photographer's friends: Lightroom and Photoshop! PetaPixel compiles the updates in this post and goes over the critical ones. If you use Creative Cloud, you'll want to read up! 

If you shoot infrared photography, check out this tutorial from PhotoFocus. You'll learn how to improve your workflow when processing these images using Lightroom and Photoshop. 

In this post for Fstoppers, Photographer John Schell points out how going outside some of the "standard" photography techniques can help improve your images. Take a read and let us know if you agree with him. 

If you're looking for some inspiration, check out these photos of the Great Wall of China from Trey Ratcliff's Stuck In Customs blog. Better yet, Trey explains how he captured each image! 

Looking for some composition tips to improve your photography? This post from Digital Photography School provides some great tips to think about when preparing to photograph anything! 

Do you add Metadata to your digital images? If you just said, 'Say what!?' you'll want to read up on why you really should and how to do it in this post from Photojojo. 

This post from Reviewed.com is just plain cool! Check out how 6 photographers broke the Guinness World Record for the largest photograph by using a camera obscura technique in an airplane hangar.  

Usually we give you ten posts, but this week we have a bonus for you! The winners of the iPhone Photography Awards have been announced and the images are quite remarkable. Given that they were all taken with iPhones, we could not pass up sharing these inspiring images. 

Boom! We did it again. Don't forget to share your own favorite posts over on theLoop. See you next Friday!
It's Friday the 13th! YIKES! Here are our 10 favorite photography blog posts from June 9-13. In
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 this week's round-up, you'll find some egregious errors to either laugh at or learn from (or both!), helpful tips and of course just some flat-out beautiful imagery. Enjoy!

You might have heard about a little soccer tournament starting this week? The World Cup debuted yesterday and Brazil is... ready? We'll see as the next couple weeks go on, but here are some images of the country in the days leading to the opening kickoff.

The hubble is back! We're suckers for basically anything space photography, but seriously just check out this time lapse. Too cool!

We certainly don't advocate for the use of flames with your wedding or portrait sessions (seriously, we really don't, just like we'd always advise people against any situation where you'd put yourself or your clients at risk!), but having said that, these images sure are pretty remarkable to look at! Check out this brave Oregon couple's wedding photos as wildfires raged on behind them.

In a project to celebrate National Geographic's 125th anniversary, the magazine put their photographers in front of the camera to talk about why they do what they do. The resulting video is a powerful piece on the passion that motivates these photographers. Perhaps you all can relate. P.S., we're not saying they got the idea from our Faces of PPA campaign, but hey, we're fans either way!

OK, seriously NatGeo?! THIS is totally the Faces of PPA campaign. We've started a movement! BRING BACK THE SELF PORTRAIT. Oh yeah, and check these out, they're pretty cool.

After a beach session, photographer Heather Swanner spotted a proposal down the shore and snapped a couple photos. After she got home, she regretted not getting the couple's contact information so she took to Facebook to try and get in touch, and the power of social media brought them their photos. Take a look! 

We're talking super old, like 1995 old. The first DSLR's! Boy have we ever come a long way.

Hey, the help you'll get from the Student Photographic Society is plenty but these are good equipment and business tips too. Take a look!

Up and at em! If we have any early birds out there, you'll appreciate this collection of photographers catching the worm. Maybe it will inspire you snooze button pounders to get up and get out there!

Greek photographer Vassilis Tangoulis created this series of breathtaking landscapes using lengthy exposures. Pretty remarkable stuff!

And that's that! We did it again. Don't forget to share your own favorite posts over on theLoop. See you next Friday!
Here are our 10 favorite photography blog posts from the first week of June. In this week's
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 round-up, you'll find some egregious errors to either laugh at or learn from (or both!), helpful tips and of course just some flat-out beautiful imagery. Enjoy!

Ellen Seidler of Vox Indie penned a blog for the Copyright Alliance this week on her opinion on Google's response time for DMCA notices on its Blogger-hosted sites. Google thinks it's been doing a great job of streamlining its responses, but according to Seidler, it isn't. Have a read in case you ever come across your content illegally posted to someone else's blog! It's a little long, but very informative!

One day, bridal parties will figure out that docks aren't meant to hold 20 people at a time. Lucky for us, today isn't that day! Watch this group take the plunge. A couple crafty bridesmaids actually manage to escape!

You've got rules and contracts and stuff, but how do you get your clients to actually abide by them? Psychology for Photographers tackles how to lay down the law. It might come down to presentation (and properly setting up expectations)!

Photographer Steve McCurry posted to his blog a collection of harrowing images from a visit to Afghanistan. The images show pain and suffering but also beauty and hope. Take a break from your daily routine and take a look.

The cool thing about exhibits predicting the future of the world is that eventually, you get to look back on them and see how they did! This collection of photographs from the World's Fair, hosted in New York City in 1964, shows just that, particularly those from the Futurama exhibit. Think they nailed it?

That's unconfirmed, of course, but we're going to give Lee Thompson credit for it anyway, and definitely credit for being one gnarly dude. The photographer, and co-founder of The Flash Pack, was in Brazil shooting preparations for this month's World Cup, and somehow found himself with permission to not only photograph, but climb to the top of Christ the Redeemer. Read about his experience and see the results!

25 years ago this Wednesday, the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) violently cleared Beijing's Tiananmen Square of protesters, ending a six-week demonstration that had called for democracy and widespread political reform. While Chinese censors have blocked Internet access to terms like "never forget" in an effort to silence talk of the anniversary, the photos remain. Take a look.

Have you seen these?! They look like GIFs, but they are actually portraits created by photographer Romain Laurent. And not created through an app! Photojojo tracked him down and asked for his secrets. Check them out!

We had you at that headline, didn't we? National Geographic photographer Peter Essick traveled through the Ansel Adams Wilderness to capture images in Adams' style. See the beautiful results!

Don't you wish you had a lens like the Hubbel? I mean it'd be hard to carry around and all, but I bet you've never imagined creating a composite image of thousands of galaxies! Well NASA did just that, so be jealous. Take a look.

And that's that! We did it again. Don't forget to share your own favorite posts over on theLoop. See you next Friday!
As we move toward summer, here are the top discussions that took place on theLoop during the month of May. Take a look - you never know what might help you keep growing your business this summer! 

It's a piece of advice that photographers starting out often hear - take lots of photos and delete most of them. The thought is that deleting these photos helps you to spot errors and continually improve. Photographers debate the merit of the approach in this discussion. Join in!

Whether you include print prices for your photography on your website or not, you'll want to check this post out. PPA photographers share advantages and disadvantages of putting your prices online. If you're thinking of doing it, read this post first!

Do you pay for advertising on Google and/or Bing? Read this post before you spend (or keep spending) your dollars! PPA photographers share Search Engine Optimization tactics that can have great results, and cost you nothing. If you are doing paid advertising, members that also do it share some things you'll want to be aware of. 

If you've ever wanted to learn how to light using hot shoe flashes off camera, this is the discussion for you! PPA photographers share different techniques they've used successfully to light using this method. Check out this discussion to participate or learn something.

Did you know that there's probably a local PPA affiliate organization in your state? If you didn't, check out this thread to see what you might be missing out on by not being part of your local chapter! 

Don't forget, theLoop is YOUR safe and secure online community where PPA members can discuss various photography topics! You don't belong to PPA? Don't be left out! It's so easy to join, do it today!

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Here are the 10 photography blogs from April 20 - 25, 2014, that we hope will inspire you and
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 professional photographers around the internet to be more!

Nobody likes hearing about a photo copyright violation, but it's important to be aware of all the same! After photographing the band Red Jumpsuit Apparatus at a live show for a publication, photographer Rohan Anderson was surprised to find the band using one of his images on Facebook without his permission. Even more surprising, the band started bullying him online when he requested that the photo be removed! Check out Rohan's blog to read the full nightmarish saga, how he resolved the violation and how the photography community helped him through the process.

The Phoblographer heard about the Red Jumpsuit Apparatus copyright ruckus as well this week, and that inspired them to interview Rolling Stone photographer Nicole Fara Silver about how to deal with bands using your images without permission. If you do this type of photography, you'll want to check her advice out!

This video of a photography workshop from 1961 on Fstoppers made us laugh, and it's a great look at some photography history. Any long-time PPA members out there remember taking a workshop like this one? 

April 22 was Earth Day and in honor of the event The Big Picture put together a series of photos from Earth Day events around the world, as well as photos of distressed environments. There's definitely some powerful photography in this series! 

In Focus gives us another impactful photo series this week. Check out these amazing images of squatters living in an unfinished high-rise building in Venezuela. It's yet another example of how photography can makes us see the world in a new way. 

As a photographer, you probably have taken hundreds of photos that didn't make the cut in the final product you delivered to your client. Digital Photography School points out why you shouldn't just get rid of these images, and why it's worth to go through them every now and then. There are more opportunities with these images than you thought! 

Do you use lens filters in your photography? If you do, Photography Life points out some issues to be aware of when choosing filters in this post. 

All wedding photographers would probably like to speed up their post-production time and deliver images to their clients faster. Virtual Photography Studio points out 3 simple things you can keep in mind while shooting a wedding that can help speed the process up. 

In golf, the 'Yips' are an apparent loss of fine motor skills without explanation, making the game impossible to play. Believe it or not, this same phenomenon can happen to photographers as well and affect the quality of your photos. One photographer explains how he noticed the problem, and overcame it, in this post for The Online Photographer. 

SmugMugFilms interviewed acclaimed commercial advertising photographer (and Imaging USA speaker/PPAedu instructor) Joel Grimes about his creative process. If you're in need of inspiration, this short video is sure to stir up some ideas.

There you have it, the favorite blog posts of the week from your PPA team! Don't forget that you can share your own posts, or other stories you have enjoyed, on theLoop.
Here are the 10 photography blogs from April 13 - 18, 2014, that we hope will inspire you and
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professional photographers around the internet to be more! 

Did you see the cover of Sports Illustrated this month? It's a giant Boston Strong group shot (3,000 people!) to commemorate a year since the marathon bombing. And guess who was behind the camera?! Imaging USA speaker Gregory Heisler! If you thought wrangling a family of five was tough, you need to see this behind-the-scenes video.

Getting an image or project to go viral can be a real boon to your business. It can also get you... nothing. California photographer, Mike Kelley, unfortunately knows a thing or two about that. Read his cautionary tale on posting your images to social without any form of protection.

Have you posted one of those silly Buzzfeed lists to your social media pages with an "OMG this is SO true!" Admit it, you have. Well, if you're a wedding photographer, we've got one here for you. Check this one out on the many emotions of wedding photography.
 
Approximately one out of six people in the world live on a dollar a day. Photographer RenĂ©e C. Byer traveled through four continents capturing what life is like under extreme poverty. The stunning images are a heartfelt reality check for most of us living in "first world" countries. 

We're suckers for a good time lapse. And we can say for certain we haven''t seen one quite like this! Get your smiles ready and be prepared for a good heart-string tug. Kids... they grow up so darn fast! (Especially in fast forward.)

Good luck finding this one on Amazon Prime. This week, one lucky husband and wife team drove a pretty special package across the country--a friggin T. Rex! National Geographic takes us along as "The Nation's T. Rex" is transported from Montana to the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. It's as simple as wrapping it and putting it in a box, really... but it's a 38-foot, 66-million-year-old fossil. You won't see the full dinosaur on display until 2019 so check this video out while you can!

Did you see the lunar eclipse this week? It was all over social media! If you didn't, these photographers did. Discovery News compiled some of the best photos from the rare event. Check 'em out!

This one touches on a real hot-button issue. You'll be hard-pressed to find more passionate and protective animal lovers than pit bull owners. One photographer decided to put their passion on display and bring them together to raise awareness with his Not a Bully portrait campaign. Read on to learn the story and view some of the portraits!

Ever encounter questions about why you can't photograph for free? Photography Talks came up with a pretty cool list of reasons. Take a look and see if you agree!

Slate delivers this collection of group portraits from photographer Neal Slavin, who's been doing this for, well, a while. There's some really beautiful, really funny, and really weird pictures posted in there. Take a look!

There you have it, the favorite blog posts of the week from your PPA team! Don't forget that you can share your own posts, or other stories you have enjoyed, on theLoop.
Here are the 10 photography blogs from April 6 - 11, 2014, that we hope will inspire you and professional photographers around the internet to be more!

Do you use your DSLR's preset shooting modes? You'll want to read this post. Photography Talk examines DSLR preset shooting modes and the danger of relying on them too heavily.

You've probably heard about it this week: the Heartbleed bug is an error in internet security that was recently discovered. The bad news? Hackers could exploit this flaw to gain access to your personal information through many websites you may use daily. The good news? Mashable has developed a guide that will show you how to protect yourself from this abuse. (Oh, and don't worry about your PPA.com account being hacked, our security is up to date, so your data on theLoop, My PPA and your PPA profile is all safe and sound!)

Have you been wanting to get into the pet photography market? This podcast from Improve Photography can be a great starting point for you as you enter the market. It provides not only technical tips, but some business tips as well!

This is a great post for those of you in need of inspiration. The Phoblographer goes behind-the-scenes of Australian photographer Alexia Sinclair's "A Frozen Tale" photo shoot that took place in an old European castle. There are a lot of cool ideas here, including a shooting diagram! 

Is there anything more annoying than capturing a blurry image when you've got everything else right? This post from Digital Photography School will show you how to choose the correct Autofocus mode and help you avoid this problem. 

Occasionally, you'll get a bride and groom that just don't want to follow your instructions. They just don't get that you've done this before and that there's a process for a reason. This short post from Virtual Photography Studio provides a great tip for how to overcome this challenge. 

Did you know that Lightroom launched their mobile version of the software for tablets and other mobile devices? If you're curious about what Lightroom Mobile is capable of, be sure to check out this post from Lightroom Killer Tips. You might be surprised how much of your workflow can be taken care of from an iPad!

Shoot video and trying to capture movement? These videos on PhotoFocus will show how to do just that. Learn how to use a camera slider to capture fluid movement and create some really interesting shots! 

Do you struggle with color management, or maybe just need a refresher? Check out this step-by-step color management tutorial (complete with examples) from FStoppers. These techniques can help add impact to your photography. 

There's a lunar eclipse coming up on April 14/15 (date might vary depending on where you live) that nature photographers out there will love to photograph. The PhotoNaturalist provides some tips for photographing the eclipse so you can get the best photographs possible. 

There you have it, the favorite blog posts of the week from your PPA team! Don't forget that you can share your own posts, or other stories you have enjoyed, on theLoop.
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Here are the 10 photography blogs from March 16 - 21, 2014, that we hope will inspire our photography friends to be more!

Many wedding photographers are forced to photograph around friends and family with camera phones (or worse, tablets?!), often getting in the way of the images for which they were commissioned. Photographer Corey Ann shares with the Huffington Post why she requests that her clients ask friends and family to not take photos during the big event. If you've ever faced this problem, this is a great post to share with potential clients to back-up your request for no camera phones at a wedding.

Here at PPA, we know that photographers are always looking for ways to improve their photography technique. That's why we were excited by this PetaPixel news that Nikon has launched a 15 part instructional video series on topics ranging from lighting to family portraiture. One of the photographers in the series in PPA's own Tamara Lackey, who will discuss family and portrait photography. There's something for every photographer in this series! 

If you're interested in getting involved in commercial photography, or are already in the industry and want some advice from a seasoned pro, don't miss this opportunity from FStoppers! Experienced commercial photographer Douglas Sonders has been answering questions from photographers all week that are worth a read. If you've got a question of your own, don't be shy. Sonders says he'll try to answer all questions submitted by Midnight on March 24. 

Looking to speed up your workflow in Lightroom? This list of keyboard shortcuts from Photofocus may be a great help! To the point, this blog is sure to be bookmarked by many!

Looking for a little inspiration? This post from DIY Photography has some amazing photos! Check out the photos of the world's largest beehive in Nepal being harvested for honey from travel photographer Andrew Newey. That's a lot of bees!

Do you shoot RAW? If you don't know what that is and how it can impact your workflow, you'll want to check out this instructional video from Photography Concentrate. 

If you're still new to the photography industry (or just want to avoid some duh-moments!), check out this post from Digital Photography School. They cover 10 simple things you can quickly do to help improve your output. 

Here's a unique technique for photographers that you may not have considered before! Canon Blogger shows you how you can create a black background using flash, and why you'd want to. It may sound counter-intuitive, but check it out... it really works! 

Have you tried out timelapse photography yet? If you've ever been curious how to do it, this tutorial on Planet 5d will get you started. Photographer Dustin Farrell gives you a behind the scenes look of how he creates night sky timelapses. 

Last but not least, we end the roundup with some inspiration and beautiful landscape imagery. The Photo Argus has collected an awesome array of city skyline photos sure to get your creativity going. Enjoy!

There you have it, our favorite blog posts of the week! Don't forget that you can share your own posts, or others that you have enjoyed, on theLoop
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Here at PPA, we're devoted to always helping you be more as a professional photographer. With that in mind, here are 10 photography blogs from the week of Feb. 23-28, 2014, that we hope will inspire you.

In this article, Shutterbug gathers insights from several pro photographers on the state of the family portrait business. If you create family portraits, you'll find some interesting points in the piece. >>

We all could use a laugh now and then, and this blog certainly made us giggle. It's exactly what it sounds like - flowers from the bouquet toss photos have been edited out and replaced with cats. Get ready to laugh! >>

Crusade for Art is an organization that aims to educate, inspire, and support artists to create unique, approachable programs that bring new audiences to art and allow them to engage with art in a meaningful way (along the same lines as PPA's See The Difference Campaign). As part of their mission, Crusade for Art is offering a $10,000 grant for the photographer who can come up with the most innovative idea to connect people to your photography. Applications are due April 1, so if you've got a great idea enter today! >>

PetaPixel pointed out a fascinating research project based on Instagram photos. Phototrails uses Instagram photos to map out current cultural trends and presents them in cool infographics. It's a neat way that photography is being used in a way you may never have considered. Oh, and did you know that even the Dalai Lama is now on Instagram? >>

Here's an inspiring post from Demilked for wedding photographers. These photos have tons of emotional impact as we rarely picture the groom trying to control his emotions! >>

Wondering how to correct Chromatic Aberration (that colored halo in your images, usually surrounding a dark object placed against a bright background, like a mountain against the sky)? Photofocus has a great tutorial to help you overcome this issue. >>

If you shoot for iStock, you'll want to read up on this issue! Fstoppers explains how iStock ended up overpaying photographers, and how they are trying to collect the extra payments back from you. Needless to say, it's caused quite a debate. >>

Whether you're trying to get into the pet photography market or already do this type of work, these tips from Digital Photography School are worth a look. >>

Is anyone NOT using a tablet quite yet? This video from Photography Concentrate might be for you. It shows how using one can help speed up your workflow! Once you try, you probably won't go back, at least not for photo-editing! >>

Do you shoot basketball, gymnastics or other indoor sports in your photography business? You'll find some useful tips in this guide from Strobist. >>

There you have it, our favorite blog posts of the week! Don't forget that you can share your own blog posts, or others that you have enjoyed, on theLoop.
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Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, meaning six more weeks of winter. To make those six weeks fly by, check out the top discussions on theLoop from January. Hopefully, some of these discussions will bring some inspiration, education and networking!

After three days of education, your brain can be jam packed with information, ideas and changes you want to make to your business. What will you implement first? 

Want to bust into the world of commercial or food photography, but don't know how? This thread is for you! Get advice on where to start, what to read, and what to avoid. 

Do you love wall portraits? Hate them? They have turned into a polarizing topic amongst portrait photographers. Weigh in with your opinion here!

Your hard drive's getting full. What's your process for storing images of days (and clients) gone by?  Dump them? Spend the money for additional storage? Know your options!

Great models are hard to come by. How do you help them get out there, without throwing them to the wolves? 

When you frame your wall portraits - do you do so with our without glass? Without glass cuts down on glare, but leaves your image open to the elements. What are your options? 


Don't forget, theLoop is PPA's safe and secure online community where members PPA photographers can discuss various photography topics! Not a PPA member? Join today .

Happy New Year! As you begin another year in your photography business, here are some of the top discussions on theLoop from December. Hopefully, some of these discussions will bring some inspiration for 2014!

PPA members share their photography, business and personal goals for 2014. Chime in and see what your peers are striving for this year. 

Long-time pros talk about how things used to be done before digital photography, and what techniques they miss from this age. 

PPA members discuss different hard drives they use and why they prefer them. If you're in the market for a hard drive, this is a discussion you won't want to miss. 

Imaging USA is right around the corner, and this discussion is all about first-timers attending Imaging USA and what they are looking forward to! Dive in and network with some fellow photographers before the conference. 

Sports photographers share their techniques for swim team group and individual photos. There's a lot covered here, from posing to lighting. 

Don't forget, theLoop is PPA's community where members can discuss various photography topics! Not a PPA member? Join today.
Happy Thanksgiving! While you recover from your turkey-induced coma, here are November's top conversations on theLoop:

Join the conversation as photographers discuss who they'd love to photograph (famous or not) and the settings they'd photograph that person in. 

Share your opinion about why photographers should attend Imaging USA, regardless of what point you are at in your career. 

What item is a must-have for you when you're out on a photography assignment? You might be surprised by some of the useful ideas!

theLoop community shares their ideas on studio lighting setups that can supplement ambient light and off camera flash. 

Photographers share why they prefer the Nikon D4 DSLR or the Nikon D800 DSLR. Do you use one of these cameras? Chime in! 

Don't forget, theLoop is PPA's community where members can discuss various photography topics! Not a PPA member? Join today. 
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Whoa, it's already November? How did that happen? 

While you nurse the candy hangovers, here are some of October's top conversations going on in theLoop.

 

PPA Members: Would you be interested in a camera with WiFi and GPS?

Nikon announced the D5300 this month, its first DSLR with built-in WiFi and GPS. Do you want one?

 

PPA Members: Print sales for large event

When you're shooting a large scale event, do you offer prints a la carte or do you make packages available?

 

PPA Members: Is it the camera or the artist that makes art?

Does a better camera make a better photographer? Discuss!

 

Post-Capture: Photoshop vs. Lightroom (and actions)

Which do you prefer and why?

 

Lighting: Studio lighting recommendations

Lighting can be everything for an image, what brands of lights do you trust the most?

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brokencamera_blog.jpgAs a professional photographer, you know that the unexpected can (and will) happen during a photo shoot.

We asked you to share your stories of some of the strangest occurrences while photographing on theLoop, the social network just for PPA members! Ten of our favorite stories are below. While these stories can be hilarious, they also highlight the need for things like equipment and malpractice insurance for your photography business (both of which are available through PPA as part of your membership!).

Fainting brides! Fire ant attacks! Mother Nature! And excrement! You'll find all these situations and more in these stories.

1). "I managed to break my camera and my 35mm three minutes before the bride walked down the aisle. I have no clue what happened to cause it either. The top plastic grid thing of the mirror fell off. Literally broke and just fell off. It was like a quantum leap into suckdom! I almost cried. Thank GOD (or a brain) for insurance AND backup equipment. Being without my 35mm was so hard though. Sigh!" - Jessica Williams Dorris

2). "While taking photos of Girl Scouts at a farm, the peacocks started mating. We were so happy that the male peacock was showing his beautiful feathers for our photo shoot. Well, he was trying to attract Mrs. Peacock and it worked!" - Karen Hoglund

3). "I stepped in dog poop! Matter of fact, It was a dog photo shoot. I'm usually careful about such things but I backed up to get a shot and...squish. I didn't have another pair of shoes either. Needless to say, I took off my shoes when I went in their house later!" -  Karen Hoglund

4). "I was on a shoot outside a decommissioned Air Force (Loring AFB) in northern Maine. On the base is a place where old military vehicles go for upgrades and repairs. I used to do lingerie or swimwear photos on the old trucks that were placed just outside the gate and were either scrap or awaiting repairs. The model went to change and I informed her I would be waiting on the back of one of the trucks, it had been a long day of shooting and I was not watching where I was going, I also did not see the pipe that the cable of winch went through nor did I realize that it had been welded in place.  

"As I jumped on the back of the truck and turned I rammed my left temple into the end of said pipe. I didn't think much of it until I felt a bit of blood on the side of my face... Yep, I drew blood... That caused the saying that 'No one but me is allowed to get injured during shoots', although I have learned to make sure of where I am going before I leap to it." - Jason Grass

5). "I had a bird poop on my face while shooting an engagement once. Not fun...right down my face." -  T. Blair Wright
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Starting today, you'll find a new communication tool on theLoop through the new "My World" feature.

What's the deal with My World? It's theLoop's answer to personal blogs, walls or boards, and will be archived on your member profile. You'll be able to fill it with news and updates about what's going on with you and keep those updates visible on your My World section. If you love keeping an online journal or sharing the excitement, joys and stress of your daily life in snippets, this just may be the feature for you!

And next time you want to see what your friends and other photographers are doing, check out their profile on theLoop and glance at their My World. You'll be able to read their posts, comment, even rate and recommend whatever's been added. Neat, huh?

My World is one more feature we've developed after listening to your requests on theLoop, so keep on sending your suggestions or telling us how you are using theLoop by email at theloop@ppa.com.

In the meantime...Happy Looping!




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