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By Bethany Clark

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Today is the official first day of fall in the northern hemisphere, so why don't you fall back in love with photography (see what we did, there?) while reading some of the top blog posts in the photography industry this week!

WORKFLOW: Auto-stacking in Lightroom can quickly organize a huge set of images in to more manageable 'stacks', which are images tightly grouped according to their capture time. This 6-minute video on PetaPixel shows how you can use the feature to speed up your workflow. 

LIGHTING: Check out this article on Fstoppers for some tips on transforming a boring, badly-lit room with a simple, portable lighting setup. You'd never know it was a conference room!

STYLE: To underexpose or not to underexpose: that is the question. This Fstoppers article seeks to answer it, with tons of sliding-scale before-and-after shots! 

EDUCATION: Online registration is now open through September 28 for Super 1 Day, October 2-16, when dozens of studios across the country will host all day, peer-to-peer education workshops that enhance skills and help photographers build a better business. Book your classes today!

HOW-TO: DPreview has a great video that explores four common composition mistakes many photographers make and how to fix them. Each tip is accompanied by a very useful "do this, not that" before and after, and will help you banish those mistakes once and for all!

COPYRIGHT: You may be interested in the new image-copyright registration system recently launched by photo protection company ImageRights International. Anyone can use it, not just subscribers, and the company offers both a Lightroom plugin and a website-based registration tool that streamlines registrations, including automatically checking for errors and filling in forms. DPreview has more details.

FREEBIES: This article from Fstoppers delves into pricing strategy, imposter syndrome, and setting proper expectations in order to sustain your business and the photography industry.

CONFERENCE: Imaging USA in Nashville is right around the corner, January 14-16, 2018, but there are a few ways to save money if you get started NOW! PPA Today offers this list of tips that will ensure you show up in Tennessee with even more spending money!

SOFTWARE: If you've been asking your clients to do selects from Lightroom on the Web, you know that historically they needed to have an Adobe ID first. But now they can authenticate using either Facebook or Google, making the process much simpler for everyone. PetaPixel has more details on the good news.

TECH: Adobe is so ubiquitous in many photographers' studios, it's practically an employee... which would explain the record-breaking revenue Adobe has announced for the fiscal quarter that ended on September 1, 2017. DPreview has the story.

There you have 'em, our weekly blog post roundup! What photography blogs or podcasts do YOU follow? Post your favorites on theLoop or email them to us at 

By James Yates

Drones are everywhere you look, including PPA's educational library! PPAedu has an extensive library filled with hundreds of educational videos on topics that interest professional photographers. Aside from being interesting, these videos are packed with loads of information to help you brush up on, or learn more about photography. In this case, drone photography!

"Using Drones in your photography Business" with Randy Braun and Stacy Garlington joins Randy and Stacy from DJI as they explain the added value drones can generate to your photography business. Learn how to broaden your client base and expand your line of services.

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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Imaging USA 2018 will be here before you know it...three-to-six days of the best in photography learning, networking and partying! It's all going down in the Music City, Nashville, TN, January 14-16, 2018 (Pre-Con classes January 11-13).

Imaging USA is known far-and-wide as THE place to see some of the best speakers in the photography industry, as they take you on deep-dives into every topic you could want to learn more about. In order to get you even more excited (if that's possible!), PPA is going to spend the next several months highlighting our 2018 Imaging USA speakers.

Let's Meet... 
Kristi Elias, M.Photog.M.Artist.Cr 
Instagram: ksephotography

Master Photographer and California Photographer of the Year, Kristi Elias has been an artist all of her life. In 1998, she earned her degree from Brooks Institute of Photography, and has worked as a professional photographer and gallery represented artist ever since. 

Kristi owns a portrait studio and art gallery in Long Beach, CA, and specializes in studio, location, and underwater photography. Her portraits are known for their distinctive, dramatic style and her strong use of a chiaroscuro color palette. This unique style and vision has brought her to the forefront of the photography world, and she's been featured on NBC News, in museums, art galleries, billboards, storefront window displays, magazine covers, and ads, as well as in numerous industry publications like Professional Photographer and Rangefinder Magazine. 

Kristi has earned numerous awards and international recognition, including multiple Photographer of the Year Medallions, the Canon Par Excellence award, multiple PPA Loan Collection images, and over 70 WPPI Merit Awards.

She's extremely involved in her industry as a member of the American Society of Photographers, Professional Photographers of California, and PPA, where she serves as a Council Member. Kristi believes in giving back and helping to grow the photography industry, achieving this through her roles as photographic mentor, teacher, author, and image competition judge. 

Kristi is now speaking and sharing her success with other photographers across the United States, giving back to the profession that has given her so much. 

Speaker Session
Thursday, January 11 9:00am-5:00pm: The Fine Art of Portraiture 

What do you most value in your life? Humor. 
What did you want to be as a kid when you grew up? Artist and Olympic Athlete.
What was your first concert? Backstreet Boys.
Coke or Pepsi? Diet Coke. 

Kristi Elias is just one of the many amazing speakers you'll get to meet and learn from at Imaging USA 2018! Registration is online now so take advantage of the Early Bird rates for passes and your hotel!

By Sidra Safri

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Ever found an image and had no idea if it was still protected by copyright? Wondered if it was already considered to be a part of the public domain? What exactly is the public domain? 

Thankfully, here is a simple chart that can help you get started on your search. This chart breaks down what images or creations may still be protected under copyright, or what is already considered public domain. 

This chart is in no way all-inclusive, but it does give you a good idea of where to start. However, there are two key things to remember:

  1. If the original author or creator has passed away, you can contact next of kin. Copyright does transfer similar to property rights. 
  2. Public Domain is when the original author's copyright has expired, and they failed to renew their copyright, and so the copyrighted work was then made available to the public. Any creation categorized as public domain is free for the public to use without having to worry about copyright laws. 

When was the image published:

How long will the copyright last:

If the work was published before 1923

This image is considered to be a part of the public domain. Nothing new will be considered public domain until 2019.

1923 to 1977

1923-1963: Work is considered to be public domain if the copyright was not renewed during this interim. If the work was renewed, the copyright will last for 95 years from date of initial publication.


1964-1977: Unlike images produced between 1923 and 1963, the copyright does not have to be renewed and will automatically last for 95 years from the date of first publication.


In both cases, if the image was created but not published before 1978, the copyright will last for the author's lifetime plus another 70 years. If the creator died more than 70 years ago, then the copyright may last until December 31, 2047, if it was published before December 31, 2002.

1978 or later

The copyright will last for the life of the creator plus an additional 70 years.


If the work was for-hire, was created using a pseudonym, or was anonymous, the copyright will last for 95 years from the date it was first published or 120 years from when it was first created, whichever one is shorter.


*Note: this information not meant to be taken as legal advice. When in doubt or for legal advice, contact a local attorney.* 

It is also worth noting that, for works published before March 1, 1989, the use of © copyright notice is mandatory. For any work published after this date, it is recommended to include the copyright notice, but is not a requirement. 

To stay informed on copyright matters, boomark!


By Lisa Sharer

People came from far and wide to San Antonio for the annual professional photographers' conference, Imaging USA 2017, to hear amazing speakers, and absorb their wisdom. Of all the educational series featured at the event, the PRINT program talks emphasize print product sales as a core component of your photography business. Now, you can get an exclusive look at the live recording of this inspiring program. Watch Photographers and Print Artists Tim Walden, Allison Tyler Jones, and the world-renowned photographer, Sue Bryce, as they walk you through their processes. Each speaker has unique experiences that you can apply in your everyday business to help you sell more prints.

When you're done hanging on their every word, join the PRINT movement! Once you sign up, you'll get monthly tips, info, tools, videos, etc. to help you grow as a Print Artist and help you grow your photography business. (By the way, these resources will be completely FREE to you!)

Editor's Note: This post was originally published in April 2017. It has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

by James Yates

Imaging USA in Nashville is right around the corner, January 14-16, 2018, but there are a few ways to save money if you get started NOW! Here is a list of tips that will ensure you show up in Tennessee with even more spending money...

  1. REGISTER EARLY! Imaging USA is the show for real professional photographers, with hundreds of classes, tons of networking opportunities, a huge photo exhibit, and a giant expo floor. Over 10,000 photographers attend to learn from the industry's best. Aren't registered yet? Register by December 6, 2017 to save $50 with the Early Bird Rate
  2. BOOK YOUR HOTEL EARLY! If you're not staying at the host hotels, chances are you'll have to spend some money on a taxi or parking to partake in some of the events. Why bother? Stay at the host hotels and be at the center of it all. They're filling up fast, though, (especially for Pre-Con) so BOOK NOW at our easy, one-stop-shop booking platform. Imaging USA Host Hotels: Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center (HEADQUARTERS HOTEL), Hampton Inns & Suites at Opryland, Hyatt Place Nashville Opryland
  3. FIND A ROOMMATE! Get on theLoop, PPA's exclusive social network, to post about and find a roommate. Everything's cheaper when you split the cost. 
  4. MAKE AN EXPO GAME PLAN! Create a shopping list of the things you need for your studio in 2018 and grab those items first. The trade show floor is the best place to find exclusive deals from vendors, so save your holiday cash for January 14-16. 
Get ready to enjoy an amazing trip to Music City and rest easy until then, knowing you're saving money!

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.

If you're looking for a way to give back to your peers and do something positive for those affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, PPA and PPA Charities have established the Disaster Relief Fund grant program. 

It's unimaginable to lose everything to flooding. Over 800 PPA members have been directly affected by these storms, some not even knowing yet what shape their studios are in or how much of their equipment was destroyed.

Please give to help photographers in Texas, Florida and elsewhere rebuild their studios, businesses and lives. Every bit helps, and PPA is matching your donations (up to $100,000) to ensure the funds stretch even further.

If you are a PPA member who has been disrupted by the storms, you can apply now!

Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by the storm. Together we will do everything we can to make recovery easier.

By Chris Homer

Get ready to connect and grow with fellow photographers in this year's Fall Super 1 Day!
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Online registration is now open through September 28 for Super 1 Day, October 2-16, when dozens of studios across the country will host all day, peer-to-peer education workshops that enhance skills and help photographers build a better business. 

This is peer-to-peer education at its very best: more than 150 all-day learning sessions created by photographers, for photographers. 

Participants will have the opportunity to experience classes like:

  • Building your business: pricing and marketing strategies
  • Finding your niche: seniors, children, newborns, weddings, landscape, boudoir, etc.
  • Learning lighting patterns, equipment, and setups for studio and on-location, 
  • Discovering techniques for Photoshop® & Lightroom®
  • And much, much more!

These don't even include the workshops on different post-production methods and posing techniques, becoming a certified professional photographer (CPP), or branding and sales knowledge. The point is, if you want to learn it, there's probably a Super 1 Day class for it!

In addition to what you'll learn, these classes also help you get closer to earning an official photographic degree! PPA members earn one service merit for each paid attendance, which go toward earning a degree.

All Super 1 Day Photo Workshops will be held October 2-16, 2017. Hurry and sign up today and you'll save $21 off the full, on-site registration price! 

You have three easy ways to register:

  • ONLINE: Register online for only $99 through September 28, 2017.
  • BY PHONE: Call your PPA Customer Service team at 1-800-786-6277 to register by phone until September 28, 2017, for only $99.
  • or ONSITE: All registrations after September 28, 2017 must be completed onsite and in-person for $120. Please contact the instructor prior to going on location to ensure there is space available.

With more than 150 classes offered across the country this fall, you are sure to find one in your area! So browse the schedule at, and register for a workshop near you!

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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.


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!


By David Eun


When it comes to success, Yale University historian - George Burton Adams - once remarked, "There is no such thing as a 'self-made' man [or woman]. We are made up of thousands of others." 

Professional Photographers of America (PPA) is the world's largest non-profit photography association with over 30,000 members under its banner. Whether you're already a member or on the fence, PPA connects you with like-minded photographers around the globe, providing you with virtually unlimited resources to resolve any problem that comes your way. 

You're using theLoop and have registered for Super 1 Day, but where else are you turning to get your updates on what's happening in PPA's daily orbit? Here are some of the many outlets you have at your fingertips to keep you consistently informed: 

  • PPA Today Blog If you're looking for stories regarding anything photography, the PPA Today blog is your go-to. From coverage of speakers at 2018's Imaging USA conference to PPA's Weekly Roundup (our post highlighting the biggest photography stories of each week) PPA Today provides all the information you could ask for and then some.

  • PPA Advocacy Copyright laws can be tricky. That's why PPA regularly travels to Capitol Hill, pushing for more rights and increased protection for photographers. Have an inquiry regarding the copyright side of the photo business? Here is a great place to find answers.

  • PPA Drones PPA knows drones are one thing above anything else: Awesome. Check out PPA's Drone Knowledge Center to become a Certified Drone Photographer, learn your legal drone rights, or simply figure out how to get started incorporating drones into your photography business. PPA lives for drones, so get started today! 

As a nonprofit, PPA's mission is to help you constantly improve and watch your career not only grow, but thrive. That's why PPA enjoys sharing rich information to its members for them to utilize or share with others. And as a PPA member, you can guarantee we will always aspire to help you make it happen!

David Eun is the newest Marketing Intern at Professional Photographers of America (PPA). A Boston University alumnus, David earned a B.S. in Advertising and has found himself at PPA, hoping to take his communication skills to the next level! Outside of work, you'll find him training Mixed Martial Arts, hiking, touring museums and saving up to purchase his favorite dog - Doberman Pinscher!


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