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PPA Today: April 2007 Archives

April 2007 Archives

Professional Photographer magazine, the official magazine of Professional Photographers of America (PPA), received 10 “GAMMA” awards (including one for its website) from the Magazine Association of the Southeast (MAGS) on April 26, 2007.

Of special note was the Service Journalism Gold award won for the Studio Management Services (SMS) Benchmark Study, made possible through months of research, writing, and editing by Scott Kurkian, CFO of PPA, Ann Monteith, Past Chairwoman of the Board of PPA, Leslie Hunt, Professional Photographer’s Features Editor, and the entire SMS team. The judge described the special report as “compelling, focused, specific, impeccably researched and relevant to its audience.”

For 100 years, Professional Photographer has striven to help readers advance careers in the photographic industry through innovative reporting on the artistic, business, and technological sides of photography. And it has paid off! With four gold awards, three silvers, three bronze, and one honorable mention in a competition that recognizes editorial and design excellence in magazine publishing, this magazine defines the publishing elite.

2007 GAMMA RESULTS

GOLD:
Best Feature: "Senior Style, 3 Ways" by Jeff Kent (Sept. 2006)
Best Service Journalism: "How You Can Make More Money” (Nov. 2006 )
Best Single Cover: Photography by Greg Gorman/Imaging USA issue  (Jan. 2006)
Best Photography: "Action Packed” Paul Aresu (Dec. 2006)

SILVER:
Best Design: November 2006 issue
Best Photography: "Pupil Becomes Master" John Russo (April 2006)
Best Service Journalism: "Hot One Awards" (Jan. 2006)

BRONZE:
Best Single Issue: January 2006
Best Feature: "Tough Customer" by Jeff Kent (March 2006)
Best Single Cover: Photography by Matthew Jordan Smith (Nov. 2006)

HONORABLE MENTION:
Best Magazine Website

For 100 years, Professional Photographer, the official magazine of Professional Photographers of America, has helped readers advance careers in the photographic industry. Each issue contains practical yet cutting-edge lessons in the artistic, business, and technological aspects of professional photography. No other magazine offers a more influential presentation of the people, trends, products, and photographs changing and defining the portrait, wedding and commercial photography landscape. For more information, visit www.ppmag.com.

Logo_woodennickel A leader in professional photographic packaging, Wn Albums & Frames, formerly Wooden Nickel Albums Kentucky, Crown Photo Products Texas and Western Photographic Supply Co, is pleased to announce the first in a new line of exclusive products developed for the true professional. The Studio Series is a unique line of peel and stick albums, packaged in an elegant presentation box and available in four contemporary colors, Pewter, Copper, Blue, and Rose, adding even more distinction. The albums not only fit neatly into the presentation boxes, but they are secured with a magnetic closure, protecting and preserving cherished memories for years to come.

Brian Hrdlicka, Brand Manager for Wn Albums & Frames, is excited about the initial response this product line has received. “Our Studio Series line is exclusive to Wn Albums & Frames and the first of many new products being developed that keeps the busy schedules of photographers in mind. By offering a complete package, the studio spends less time preparing the presentation and more time capturing the image.” The Studio Series line also features wallet boxes with the same protective magnetic closure, a great product for high school seniors, ambassador programs, and proud parents.

These products are now available at any of our four locations nationwide, and our professional staff is eager to assist you with all of your product selections, simply call 866-wnalbum (962-5286), or shop online 24 hours a day at www.wnalbums.com.

Get recognized for your best color photography and receive endorsement from the world's most influential decision makers in photography, advertising and entertainment at the 2007 Photography Masters Cup Contest presented by International Color Awards. Visit www.thecolorawards.com

A bill that was introduced first in the Senate and later by the House has received ample support from both chambers. The legislation would allow creators to donate a completed work and/or its copyright to an eligible not-for-profit organization or U.S. Government agency to receive a tax deduction in the amount of the “fair market” value as determined by an independent appraiser. One high point of this legislation is that it addresses the tangible work and its copyright as separate items that can be deducted for tax purposes.

The “Artist – Museum Partnership Act” as titled in both the House and Senate aims to encourage writers, musicians, artists, scholars, and (of course) photographers, to contribute works to museums, archives and similar organizations for the purpose of public display. The language used in the bill values the tangible work and copyright separately, on the understanding that the creator may donate the manuscript, score, painting or photograph while retaining the rights afforded under U.S. Copyright Law.

Adobe Announces Photoshop CS3

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Create powerful images with the professional standard

Box_photoshop_cs3_150x150 Take advantage of a wide range of improvements designed to boost your productivity. Experience native performance on Intel based and PowerPC Macs and on Microsoft Windows XP and Windows Vista systems. Maximize your workspace with a streamlined interface, process raw images with increased speed and quality, and manage assets more efficiently in the revamped Adobe Bridge CS3. And enjoy complete compatibility with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom software (sold separately), so the changes you make to an image in one product will automatically appear in the other.

With Adobe Photoshop CS3 software, you can perfect all of your images with nondestructive filters and more powerful color-correction, cloning, and healing tools, and you can create sophisticated composites more easily than ever with breakthrough tools for automatically aligning and blending layers, making quick selections, and more. The top reasons to upgrade include:

  • Better raw image processing—Process raw images with increased speed and superior conversion quality using the Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw plug-in, which now adds support for JPEG and TIFF formats; new tools including Fill Light and Dust Busting; compatibility with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom software; and support for over 150 camera models.
  • Smart Filters—Add, adjust, and remove filters from an image without having to resave the image or start over to preserve quality. Nondestructive Smart Filters allow you to visualize changes without altering original pixel data.
  • Peak performance—Experience native performance on Intel and PowerPC based Macintosh computers, and on Microsoft Windows XP and Windows Vista systems.
  • Black-and-white conversion—Easily convert color images to rich black-and-white and adjust tonal values and tints with a new tool. Experiment with the included black-and-white presets, or create and save your own custom presets to achieve the best results.

Learn more at http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop/family/. You can download the current beta version at http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/photoshopcs3/.

April 23, 2007 marks the 12th annual celebration of "World Book and Copyright Day."  In 1995, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) declared April 23 a day to promote reading, creativity and the protection of intellectual property.  The date was derived from a Catalonian tradition commemorating the death of author Miguel de Cervantes. On this day books were exchanged for roses throughout the region.

Events held on this day intend to inspire young people to consider the importance of social and cultural contributions to humanity.  UNESCO Director-General, Koïchiro Matsuura said “the Day has always been closely associated, from its inception and throughout all these years, with an awareness of the importance of the moral and heritage protection afforded to works of the human spirit and their creators.”


For more on information on World Book and Copyright Day, click here.

To read the full text of Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura’s statement, click here.

If you are a photographer and want to learn how to make more money, the conferences designed for you are coming soon. Professional Photographers of America’s Make More Money in Photography Conferences™ will be at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee on July 29 – August 1, 2007.

Four conferences in four days. Evening bonus programs. A three-day tradeshow. All focused on making photographers even more successful at what they do, and all for only $129. Add in the discounted airfare from AirTran Airlines and the hotel discounts, and we’re talking about a great business value!

And yes, you really can make it to every single program this year. We’ve scheduled these conferences so you get the most bang for your buck. Each day is focused on one specific topic: School Photography, Workflow, and two days on Marketing and Finance. And each evening features a bonus program to help with photography business basics.

So come and spend some time in the “Blues City,” easy to reach in the heart of the country. But you won’t leave with the blues…you’ll leave full of ideas and ready to make more money!

For complete details and to register, visit http://events.ppa.com or call 800-786-6277.

Professional Photographers of America (PPA), a worldwide association, exists to assist its more than 18,000 members in achieving their professional, artistic, and fraternal goals; to promote public awareness of the profession; and to advance the making of images in all of its disciplines as an art, a science and a visual recorder of history. For more information, visit www.ppa.com.

Beale StreetIf you’re like me, you like to save money. Making money isn’t too shabby either! If you share these tastes, we’ve got the event for you: the Make More Money in Photography Conferences™ at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee, July 29 – August 1, 2007.

Four conferences in four days. Evening bonus programs. A three-day tradeshow. All focused on making yourself even more successful at what you do, and all for only $129. Add in the discounted airfare from AirTran Airlines and the hotel discounts, and we’re talking about a great business value!

And yes, you really can make it to every single program this year. We’ve scheduled these conferences so you get the most bang for your buck. Each day is focused on one specific topic: School Photography, Workflow, and two days on Marketing and Finance. And each evening features a bonus program to help with photography business basics.

So come and spend some time in the “Blues City,” easy to reach in the heart of the country. But you won’t leave with the blues…you’ll leave full of ideas and ready to make more money!

For more information and to register, please visit http://events.ppa.com.

38_thomas_jefferson_brown The International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum is proud to announce two new Oklahoma-inspired photography exhibitions opening this spring. In the Main Gallery, CENTENARIANS  Salt of the Red Earth: Ageless Portraits of Oklahoma’s Elders, portraiture by M.J. Alexander, will exhibit April 7 thru July 9. Also exhibiting is Oklahoma Dreams: Photography by Wilson Roberts, exhibiting March 30 thru June 25 in Gallery B. An opening reception for both shows will take place Saturday, April 14 from 5 to 7 p.m. At the International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum inside the Omniplex.

“We are thrilled to exhibit the work of two talented Oklahoma photographers,” said Katie Sutton, IPHF Director. “Although the IPHF is an international organization, we’re proud of our Oklahoma home. The work of M.J. and Wilson show two of the best parts of our state: the people and the landscape.”

CENTENARIANS Salt of the Red Earth: Ageless Portraits of Oklahoma’s Elders serves as a visual testimony to the grit and integrity of Oklahoma’s eldest citizens. Over 50 portraits of people who have reached their 100th birthday will be on display, along with quotes from each Centenarian, giving the viewer a taste of century-old wisdom and sass.

Monte Zucker Cameracraftsmen of America have graciously shared this link for a video interview with Monte Zucker. It is a fairly large file, so it may take a moment to load.  Click here,  file will open in  a new window.

CITY Launches International Photo Competition;
Grand Prize Winner’s Photo Will Be October 2007 Issue Cover Shot

CITY Magazine announces the launch of ONE CITY, MANY DESTINATIONSâ„¢, a travel photography competition with the ultimate grand prize: CITY Magazine’s cover shot. 

CITY: The Destination for Style (www.city-magazine.com) is a lifestyle publication hailed internationally for its cutting-edge photography and editorial coverage.   

Amateur and professional photographers from around the world are invited to submit digital images for juried competition and a chance at landing on the cover of CITY’s Fall ’07 Travel issue, on sale September 25, 2007. Photographers are asked to pick one image that best captures the essence of a city. Entrants may submit as many images as they wish, as long as each represents a different city or travel destination.  The deadline for entries is June 30, 2007.

20070314_fg7 Photographer Sara Frances, of Photo Mirage Imaging, in Denver, Colorado gives an easy to follow Photoshop tutorial that will turn your photos into realistic pen-and-ink drawings. Read "Photoshop How-To: Brushstroke Bonanza"  on Creative Pro.com

Seminars in the Sand

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Professional Photographers of America’s (PPA) Chicks Who Click™, a retreat for women in photography, flies to the Bahamas June 25-27, 2007. And this annual event’s educational value is even more spectacular than its exotic vacation destination, with programs ranging from niche marketing and boutique studios to digital art.

“Chicks Who Click™ is a plethora of passion; this event will surely ignite your creative fire,” notes Sandy Puc’, photographer, PPA Board member, and attendee of Chicks Who Click™ every year since its inception. And the 2007 program lineup will make sure that attendees’ brains are chock full of tips, techniques, and confidence. These seminars in the sand will include instruction on the following:

  • Steps to refresh your studio, photography, and overall attitude
  • Solutions for issues that often paralyze both new business owners and established photographers (niche marketing, how to put yourself in the mind of your client, and how to achieve and maintain the best business image)
  • Characteristics that make “boutique studios” successful
  • Expanded portrait lines, innovative new products, and creative services
  • High-end products that can enhance your business image and fulfill your creative passion
  • Workflow techniques, including interacting with different clients, choosing equipment, and unique posing and lighting techniques
  • How understanding your own strengths and weaknesses will allow you to live your own dreams and take your photography business to the next level
  • How to balance the personal with the professional in the field of professional photography.
  • And live portrait demonstrations on the beach!

With the wealth of wisdom available, there is no doubt that attendees will leave the conference energized, tanned, and full of new ideas. Ann Monteith, former PPA Chairwoman and Chicks Who Click™ speaker, notes, “I know that women's lives have changed because of their involvement in this remarkable conference.”

For complete details and to register, visit http://events.ppa.com or call 800-786-6277. Register by June 11 for a $50 discount!

Professional Photographers of America (PPA), a worldwide association, exists to assist its more than 18,000 members in achieving their professional, artistic, and fraternal goals; to promote public awareness of the profession; and to advance the making of images in all of its disciplines as an art, a science and a visual recorder of history. For more information, visit www.ppa.com.

Professional Photographers of America (PPA) has announced support of The Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Act, S. 522, which was introduced into the Senate recently by Senator Evan Bayh (D-IN) and Senator George Voinovich (R-OH) and co-sponsored by Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS), Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Robert P. Casey (D-PA), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), and Tim Johnson (D-SD) in a letter to Senator Bayh. PPA is joined by its partner organizations, the Society for Sports & Event Photographers (SEP), Commercial Photographers International (CPI) and the Student Photographic Society (SPS), representing over 30,000 professional photographers across the U.S.


To read the letter to Senator Bayh, click on Download ppaava_letter_of_support_for_s.522.pdf.


The legislation would establish an Intellectual Property Enforcement Network (IPEN) to replace the looser, interagency approach currently responsible for coordinating IP enforcement efforts. Under the proposed legislation, federal agencies would coordinate and share information to aid each other in identifying, tracking, arresting and prosecuting IP criminals.


For the full text of this bill, click here.

For the press release issued by Senator Bayh and Senator Voinovich, see Download bayhvoinovich_press_onepager.pdf



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