By Lindsey Forson
Things continue to move forward on Capitol Hill and we'd like to share updates on three fronts:1. Currently, the primary focus of PPA's advocacy efforts is responding to a Notice of Inquiry (NOI) recently released by the U.S. Copyright Office. This NOI requests written comments on how certain visual arts, including photographs, are monetized, enforced, and registered under the Copyright Act. The issues we will address in our response are the same issues we're advocating for everyday through our lobbying efforts. This NOI is just another avenue through which we are able to speak up for your interests!
It's very promising to see the Copyright Office continue to express interest in the concerns of visual artists (through this NOI) and show initiative in improving the copyright process for small creators (through several legislative proposals). In our response, we will stress the need for a small claims process for copyright enforcement as a top priority and will discuss other important issues such as the modernization of the U.S. Copyright Office and difficulties for photographers pertaining to copyright registration. We are working in close communication with other visual arts associations and stakeholders in the preparation of our comments and as always welcome PPA members' input!
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."
Read more about the service at PPA.com/CADR+.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
By Rachel Noto
The latest round of PhotoVision videos are here! Check out the list of new videos below, and if you're a PPA member, you can go ahead and dig in!
And don't forget, through the end of June, anyone can sample PhotoVision for free during PhotoVision EXPOsed. Sign up or spread the word to your photography friends to get access to the PhotoVision library and be entered into a raffle to win $20,000 worth of prizes!
The lineup of new PhotoVision videos that have just been added includes:
- "Senior Photography: Including the Family" shows how Melanie Anderson Cr.Photog., CPP, includes an entire family in her senior family photo shoots and includes helpful tips on everything from aperture settings for group shots to how to get everyone in the group to behave and look their best.
- "Location Scouting for Weddings" features Gary Hughes, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, breaking down his process of choosing the perfect location for wedding shoots.
- "Lighting for the Urban Environment" is an excellent tutorial for anyone interested in learning more about lighting tips. Ed Pierce, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, shares his expertise on the matter as he takes you through one shoot in the beautiful Wilmington area.
- "Start Up to Success" features Jill Austin, the woman who has it all, sharing tips on how she manages to keep her business running smoothly while also maintaining a healthy family life.
- "Window Lighting for Newborns" takes you through Jill Austin's process of capturing the tender, warm imagery that sets her newborn shoots apart from the rest.
- "Iconik Studio Techniques" demonstrates how Iconik studio photographers Jeremy Witter and Brent Legg combine youthful but stylish and current elements to their senior photographs to create an end result that pleases both the senior and their parents.
- "Increasing Value with Senior Video Fusion" features Jen Basford, Cr.Photog., describing how she offers videos as an option for senior photography and how it both enhances the client experience and raises the caliber of her studio.
- "Secrets to Make You Blush" focuses on Blush Boudoir's Tracy Malott, who lets you in on how she makes her clients feel special and then sits down with her husband to discuss cross-market potential between photography and local businesses!
- "Extreme Sports" joins Melanie Anderson, Cr.Photog., CPP, as she continues a senior photography session with her "Extreme Senior" add-on. She shares tips on capturing lively images of sports-themed shoots, recommending everything from using a spray bottle to simulate sweat, to having the senior take a swing to get those lively, action-filled shots.
If you're not already with PPA , join and gain immediate access to PhotoVision's entire library plus tons of other advantages that help PPA photographers Be More Inspired, Profitable, and In-Demand!