By Lindsey Forson
April is Copyright Awareness Month at PPA! Why get involved? Because copyright is arguably the most important legal concern for professional photographers. During the course of your career as a pro, it's inevitable that you will have to deal with copyright infringement at some point. To highlight the importance of copyright protection and give you the opportunity to learn the easy way, some PPA photographers have agreed to share their experiences!
In light of a recent issue with a copyright infringement, we had a conversation with PPA member Ross Oscar Knight.
Ross has been a professional photographer since 2004. He takes great care in protecting his images but still faces around 4-5 copyright infringements per year! He has dealt with infringements from clients, retailers, and other photography businesses, along with those frustrating unknown infringers.
Ross stands with PPA in encouraging photographers to protect their images and sees copyright protection as one of the most important aspects of a photography business. For him, there are reasons to protect images beyond the obvious business-related concerns because his images will live on long after his life and the life of his business. "It's no different than a musician writing a song," said Ross. "I'm a photographer, and for me, images are my legacy."
That's right! PPA has elections and you get to vote! Starting today, April 15, PPA Council nominations will be accepted online at PPA.com/CouncilElections.
What's PPA Council, you ask?
It's a delegate body that oversees PPA's bylaws. Volunteer PPA members are elected to represent their states for a 3-year period.
What does PPA Council do for YOU?
- Assists PPA members and fellow photographers. As a group, they make decisions that guide the association.
- Elects members to serve on the Nominating Committee and PPA's Board of Directors.
- Approves PPA degree recipients and maintains PPA's merit system.
PPA Council Nominations will be held for each state. Who do you want to represent you? Give it some thought, and submit your nominee(s). But please, run it by them first...
You've got two weeks to submit your elected nominee(s). All nominations must be submitted by May 1, 11:59pm EST. Take advantage of this chance to give input on your state's PPA representative(s) and help shape your photographic association.
If you're not sure who a good candidate in your area would be, chat about it on theLoop and share what traits/skills you'd like your PPA representative to own.
For more information on the 2015 elections and instructions on how to nominate, please visit PPA.com/CouncilElections.
Don't forget - voting opens May 15!
PPA-led Team USA Brings Home Second Consecutive Title
The World Photographic Cup is on its way back to the States as Team USA, made up of PPA members, narrowly defeated the competition for a second consecutive year. The cup was awarded April 12 in Montpellier, France.
Gold, silver, and bronze medals were awarded to the individual creators in each of six categories, and teams were awarded points for top ten finishes. Team USA won the cup with four medals and nine top 10 finishes. Team Portugal finished second with four medals and seven top 10 finishes, and Australia rounded out the podium with two medal wins and eight top tens.
"We're very proud of the stunning images created by PPA photographers for Team USA this year," said David Trust, PPA CEO. "This competition is really all about the fellowship of photographers from all over the world. It's an honor to be the association that represents this winning team of incredibly talented photographers."
The team's efforts were led by medalists Ben Shirk, Iowa, and Kenneth Martin, Wisconsin. Shirk, an Imaging USA and PhotoVision speaker, took two gold medals, in the portrait and wedding categories, as well as silver in the illustrative category. Martin won silver in the landscape/wildlife category. The other gold medals went to Portugal, Belgium, New Zealand and Spain.
In the previous post 2 Studios Are Getting a Full Business Makeover This Year! you met PPA Studio Makeover recipients, Wes Roberts and Krista Newbill and read the overview of the makeover process.
Now that the makeovers are underway, you can follow along with their progress! First up is Wes as he and the PPA mentor team dove into the financials of his business.
Wes was super excited to get started. He's been working with PPA's Business Consultant and CPA, Bridget Jackson, to get a handle on where he is currently and the best way to move forward.
First, we always did a complete financial analysis of the studio. It's important to know what's working and what's not. We did this by comparing Wes' studio's numbers to PPA's Benchmark Survey. By comparing his cost of sales, overhead and net profit we started to get a good picture of the pitfalls that are causing monetary loss. We also uncovered potential opportunities for savings.
Wes' numbers looked better than the average benchmark studios in 2013 and 2014. However, his 20% cost of sales percentage doubled between 2013 and 2014. While, in general, 20% is a great number to achieve (below the recommended 25%), we had to figure out what has changed to cause such a drastic uptick and put everything in place to ensure that trend would not continue in 2015.
Second, PPA mentors helped Wes develop a photography business plan for 2015 that included three goals:
- the number of sessions he wants to photograph (broken down by month)
- the sales average of each session
- his net profit
By: Lauren Walters
As April rolls along, check out this week's top blogs about ethics. Join in the fun with other posts and learn about the PPA perk - Photovision. Remember to exercise good ethics and inspire your creative self.
PPA MEMBERSHIP PERK:
Now that PhotoVision is part of PPA, you have no excuse! The sources of inspiration
to be more inspired and more creative are endless! Pick a topic, pick a genre
or pick an instructor, there is something for everyone to motivate and inspire
you in photography. With over 800 cinematic HD streaming videos, PhotoVision is
now included with your PPA membership! Visit PPA.com/PhotoVision
and proactively continue to learn today!
COPYRIGHT: We all know the troubles copyright comes with. The U.K. created a hub to identify all copyright information pertaining to a single piece simply by searching the image, video or audio file. How useful is this? Read this article to find out what the U.S. thinks of this hub.
find out! In Germany, a Berlin-based street photographer started a project funded
by 528 supporters totaling $19,850 for his possible legal fees. Since 1907, the
law stated if a photographer didn't have the subject's permission to photograph
them, they weren't allowed to publish the image. This interesting article shows
how this project turned out.
ETHICS AGAIN: In a way, photography is manipulation, but photojournalism is about revealing the truth to the public. A photojournalist cannot recreate a moment by asking a subject to pose a certain way - they must be an honest and credible source. Check out this video and celebrate 25 years of Photoshop as it relates to modern photojournalism.
JUST FOR FUN: An
underwater photographer, Scuba
Monster team member, found a camera among the coral reef near the bottom of
the ocean. Guess what? The camera sill worked! What all did this camera go
through before being rediscovered? Read more to get the full scoop!
of photographing little girls in pink dresses and flowery hats, PPA
Photographer Kate Parker helps her daughters find their confidence. Through
photography, Parker's daughters show their tough side - redefining the term
TREAT YOUR PSYCHE:
"Why become certified?" PPA photographer Suan Goralski tells all! Read about
her journey on the CPP path and find out what it takes to become a certified
professional photographer. It might involve a side effect that helps with you
beyond the client perception's rationale... just read on!
INSPIRATION: Is less more? "If less is more, just think how more that will be!" Where do you draw the line? When intensifying and balancing the right elements, your work will stand out among the crowd. Check out this work and get inspired by this photographer's brave lunge into the bold.
camera obscura to the iPhone, Fine Art Professor Mary Marien explains the
evolution of photography through her book "100 Ideas That Changed Photography".
Through this article, catch the highlights of significant historical artifacts
that pushed photography toward the art it is today.
PHOTOGRAPHY PASSION: In the mini-documentary, "Updating Philosophies", film makers Jared Levy and Justin Hamilton share their secrets about how to get booked for the work you WANT to do. Watch the short video and follow their 5 simple steps to start living your dream.
- The $199/year streaming is waived as it is now part of the PPA membership;
- PPA is a nonprofit funded thanks to membership dues and as there are more and more PPA photographers each year, the membership funds are reinvested into scalable benefits;
- PhotoVision offers quality programs that match PPA's mission of providing tangible quality products and services for Photographers to be more