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PPA Today: May 2007 Archives

May 2007 Archives

Adobe announces a full summer of free eSeminars to help you discover new dimensions in digital imaging as Adobe software experts demonstrate and explore the many new features of Adobe Photoshop CS3. This free eSeminar series is specifically designed to help professionals who use photography and digital imaging in their work as well as photography enthusiasts. Here are the titles, dates and times. For more information, including detailed session descriptions, or to register please go to www.adobe.com/go/prophotoeseminars.

  • Photoshop CS3 – 2 Editions, Learn What’s New
    Tuesday, June 5th, 2007 9:00 A.M. PDT
  • Which Photoshop is right for you? Photoshop-- See What’s Possibleâ„¢ 
    Tuesday, June 12th, 2007 9:00 A.M. PDT
  • Printing from Photoshop and Lightroom as part of your workflow
    Tuesday, July 17th, 2007 9:00 A.M. PDT
  • Adobe Photoshop CS3 and Lightroom - the complete Photography workflow solution
    Tuesday, July 31st, 2007 9:00 A.M. PDT

Professional Photographers of America (PPA) joined with 28 other organizations to launch the Copyright Alliance on May 17 in Washington, D.C.  The Alliance is committed to protecting copyright, the men and women whose livelihood depends on copyright, and the 11.3 million American jobs based on copyright-related businesses and industries.


The 29 member organizations from the worlds of entertainment, arts, technology and sports, represent an estimated 11 million Americans working in copyright-related industries.  The Alliance believes that copyright law promotes creativity and job creation, which combine to strengthen the U.S. economy. Those who create copyrighted works rely on the copyright law and its enforcement. Without it, these creators would likely cease to exist, or at the very least, cease to produce these important works that are enjoyed around the world

Other members of the Copyright Alliance include: American Federation of Television & Radio Artists, American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers; American Society of Media Photographers; Association of American Publishers; Broadcast Music, Inc.; Business Software Alliance; CBS Corporation; Directors Guild of America; Entertainment Software Association; Magazine Publishers of America; Major League Baseball; Microsoft; Motion Picture Association of America; National Association of Broadcasters; National Collegiate Athletic Association; National Music Publishers' Association; NBA Properties, Inc.; NBC Universal; News Corporation; Newspaper Association of America; Recording Artists' Coalition; Recording Industry Association of America; Software & Information Industry Association; Sony Pictures Entertainment; Time Warner; Viacom; Vin Di Bona Productions; and The Walt Disney Company

The Copyright Alliance is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and is a non-profit, non-partisan educational organization dedicated to the value of copyright as an agent for creativity, jobs and growth.

More information on the Copyright Alliance can be found by visiting www.copyrightalliance.org.

Professional Photographers of America (PPA) joined with 28 other organizations to launch the Copyright Alliance May 17 in Washington, D.C.  The Alliance is committed to protecting copyright, the men and women whose livelihood depends on copyright, and the 11.3 million American jobs based on copyright-related businesses and industries.

“Being part of the Copyright Alliance is a natural fit for PPA. We have a long tradition of standing up to protect photographers’ copyrights—it is one of our top priorities,” states PPA President Jack Reznicki.

The Alliance comprises 29 organizations from the worlds of entertainment, arts, technology and sports, and represents an estimated 11 million Americans working in copyright-related industries. The Alliance believes that copyright law promotes creativity and job creation, which combine to strengthen the U.S. economy. Those who create copyrighted works rely on the copyright law and its enforcement. Without it, these creators would likely cease to exist, or at the very least, cease to produce these important works that are enjoyed around the world.

George J. Rosa III, Founder and President of Hallmark Museum of
Contemporary Photography
has announced that the museum will expand its
exhibition, archive and exhibit preparation spaces in January 2008.

The new facilities, in the historic Crocker Bank Building at the
entrance to the renaissance district of downtown Turners Falls,
Massachusetts, will provide three new galleries, an exhibit mounting
and framing area, staff quarters, a photographic book shop and an
archive room for study of the museums permanent collection.

Idaho-based photo retailer now provides the same print speed as larger stores, with the superior service of a boutique shop.

Akre’s Photo Stop in Priest River, Idaho is a popular destination for residents looking to have high-quality photography printing completed quickly. That is why proprietor Sandy Akre recently decided to change her entire line of one-hour, chemical treatment solutions for the DPS Click 5000 digital photo processing system from Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America’s Photo Imaging Division

“We purchased the Click system with two CP-9550DW-U printers and have one set to 4 x 6 and another at 5 x 7,” said Akre. “This means that if we have large orders that come in, we can have both running at once and cut the print time in half. We bought the system from SouthPoint Imaging and have been happy with its performance since it was installed.”

World-famous wax museum now employs Your Picture Postcard Kiosk powered by Mitsubishi CP-9550DW.

The magic of Madame Tussauds world-famous wax museums is in the eye of the beholder.  Thanks to Memory Card Machine (www.memorycardmachine.com) and its Your Picture Postcard kiosk, Madame Tussauds visitors can take home brilliant photos with these iconic wax figures, or mail them via postcard to friends and family. 

    Recently, Memory Card Machine decided to switch the printer portion of its Your Picture Postcard kiosks to the CP-9550DW digital photo printer from Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America’s Photo Imaging Division.  According to Mike Maida, founder and principal, Memory Card Machine, the switch couldn’t have been easier, and the print capabilities of the Mitsubishi CP-9550DW have significantly reduced print times for customers.

Closeup photography is one of the most fascinating photographic genres. "Closeup Shooting: A Guide to Closeup, Tabletop, and Macro Photography" takes the reader on a journey into this fascinating world of small, smaller, and smallest objects, and shows how to capture their beauty with photographic images. Each step of the way is carefully explained; choosing the right equipment, using ambient or artificial lighting, and conceptualizing and framing the perfect shot.

The "table top photographer" is trying to shoot a small object, a product, or a tiny treasure for display on the web (e.g., eBay) or in print. This book teaches the importance of choosing the appropriate lighting and backdrop, as well as the creative use of the camera's features, which are key to getting a perfect image.

Cyrill Harnischmacher explains all aspects of closeup shooting for inside the studio, as well as outdoors. This book is filled with beautifully illustrated examples and detailed instructions on how to set up a system and workflow for successful close-up photography.

Thank you to everyone who participated in PPA’s March RECON investigation of FedEx Kinko’s.  Our efforts found that a majority of stores did not comply with federal copyright law.  PPA has reported these results to FedEx Kinko's and has opened a dialogue with their organization to increase their compliance. 

PPA’s RECON program now needs your help to investigate Target Photo Centers.  As a copyright enforcement effort driven by volunteer participation, PPA is asking its 18,000 members to get involved by placing an investigative order with the retailer.

The process is simple:
Take a clearly marked photographic print (or CD of images that is clearly marked as containing copyrighted material) and ask to have some copies made. Then, report the results of your test to PPA.

If the store associate refuses to make the copy, thank them. If the store associate makes the copy, or allows you to make the copy please keep a copy of your receipt and your filled order. Regardless of the outcome, contact PPA by e-mail at mmatthews@ppa.com and let us know how it went.

The investigation period will end Saturday, June 30, 2007. PPA will compile the results and present them to Target, and depending on the overall outcome we will present them with a note of thanks or demands that things improve.   

If you want to find the Target nearest you, click here. Be sure to check the "Photo Center” box to assure the store you visit has an operational photo center.

If you have any questions about the RECON program, contact Maria Matthews in PPA’s Copyright and Government Affairs Department at mmatthews@ppa.com

On Wednesday, May 23, School of Visual Arts (SVA) is hosting a free seminar for educators, photographers, media managers and other communications professionals about Aperture 1.5, the latest release of Apple’s all-in-one post-production software. Aperture's unique approach to post-production has been hailed by reviewers and professional photographers as a breakthrough, streamlining tasks that previously required multiple applications and steps. The program is an opportunity to learn about this new software and provide feedback to product managers. Part of the Aperture in Education series, this special presentation will be led by members of Apple's ProApps team.

EVENT DETAILS
Wednesday, May 23, 9am – 12:15pm
School of Visual Arts
133/144 West 21st Street, New York City
Register online at: http://edseminars.apple.com/seminars/event.php?eventID=525

Check out the tips from one of the top photography business speakers coming to the Make More Money in Photography™ conferences in Memphis, July 29 – August 1, 2007:

To see this speaker and 24 others, come to the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, TN at the end of July. This event draws some of the best business speakers in the industry…all under one roof…all for only $129! That’s about $5 per speaker—talk about money well-spent! PPA members can register with a friend and save even more. With 16 programs designed to improve your photography business’s profitability in school photography, workflow, and marketing and finance, there is something here for everyone. Learn more details and register today at http://events.ppa.com, or call 800-786-6277.

In collaboration with Broken Joey Music Collections, Photodex adds two new royalty-free music discs to its growing collection of ProShow MediaSourceâ„¢ titles.

Photodex Corporation, a leading publisher of digital imaging software, has announced the availability of two new music titles in its growing, royalty-free audio collection for photographers.  The ProShow MediaSource line provides photographers with a worry-free solution to adding high-quality, royalty-free music to slide shows.  In collaboration with Broken Joey Records, the newly released music titles offer a blend of contemporary and wedding music to meet the varying needs of photographers.

Are you ready to:

1)    add new product lines to increase your profitability?
2)    save time and money with an improved digital workflow?
3)    effectively market your business with displays, direct mail, and events?
4)    measure your financial success and effectively plan for greater profits?
5)    add value to your work by creating a boutique studio?
6)    use projection to increase every sale?
7)    understand your local market and use it to your advantage?
8)    properly and profitably price your products?
9)    break into a new and lucrative industry?
10)    learn from some of the most dynamic and successful photographers in the business?

If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, then you owe it to your business and yourself to attend PPA’s Make More Money in Photography™ conferences at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee, July 29 – August 1, 2007.

We’re talking 4 conferences for the price of 1, with 25 of the best business speakers in the industry. All for only $129. That’s about $5 per speaker—now that’s money well-spent!

Join us July 29 – August 1, 2007 at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee, where experts will teach you how to break into new school photography markets, improve your workflow, and boost your sales and marketing results. PPA’s Make More Money in Photography conferences are custom-built for you with 16 programs focused on School Photography, Workflow, and Marketing & Finance, plus the Evening Bonus Programs that cover all the business basics.

If you’re ready to take your business to unprecedented new levels, then make it a top priority to register today and attend PPA’s Make More Money in Photography conferences.  Register today online at http://events.ppa.com, or by phone at 800-786-6277.

Take a Peak at Sarah Petty, CPP, one of the 2007 Make More Moneyâ„¢ speakers:
After earning her MBA from The University of Illinois, Sarah taught marketing and business courses at a local college. She started in the marketing department of Coca-Cola, and eventually became the marketing director for a top Central Illinois advertising agency. After spending years teaching others how to market and grow their businesses, the time was right for her to launch her own. Sarah Petty Photography was born. After experiencing tremendous growth in her business and receiving 4 PPA AN-NE awards, Sarah now enjoys teaching marketing to other photographers to help them make more money. She prides herself on having extremely “meaty” marketing strategies and being able to clearly interpret them to photographers.

Sarah’s Tip to You:
Learn as much as you can about graphic design and combining type. To me, the graphic design is as important as the photography. My favorite book is The Non-Designers Design Book by Robin Williams.

Wall to Wall

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Uncover new printing profit centers and create more cash flow with printable wallpaper, low-tack vinyl, and backlit materials.

“The best thing about my printer is that it prints money. When I say that I don't mean I'm counterfeiting money,” laughs photographer and fine-art printer Bill Barley, owner of Bill Barley & Associates in Columbia, S.C.

Barley’s shot of the Columbia skyline is the perfect illustration of this concept. A Dallas condominium developer recently commissioned Barley to reproduce his skyline photo at nine feet high and 42 feet long along the back wall of one of their demonstration units.

The purpose was to give potential residents a preview of the view they could expect from the balcony of their condos in Columbia. Barley printed the panorama on LexJet WallPro with his Epson 9600.  Click here to read the entire article.

We are pleased to announce the 2007 Future Pro Photographer Photo Competition sponsored by Microsoft.  University students have the opportunity to enter this 2nd annual competition by submitting three of their best images in any of the following categories:

  • Nature & Landscape
  • People & Portraits
  • Fine Art

There is no entry fee and submissions will be accepted through May 31st, 2007 at the Microsoft Pro Photo website.  For complete rules and FAQs, please visit: www.microsoft.com/ProPhoto.

The 2007 Future Pro Photographer Photo Competition offers a Grand Prize package valued at over $25,000 with three First Place prizes for each category worth over $7000.

Students must be 18+ years old and currently enrolled at a 2 or 4 year degree granting college or university and will have a shot to “kick start their careers” by winning the Grand Prize or one of three First Place prizes.

Professional Photographers of America’s (PPA) Chicks Who Click™, a retreat for women in photography, flies to the Bahamas for educational programs and fun June 25-27, 2007. But this event is not all seminars and sipping tropical drinks…there is competition. The Peer Choice Contest, judged by the photographers themselves, adds another level to the 2007 Chicks Who Click.

In this PPA contest, images will be judged on creativity and unique appeal…an informal contest for an informal conference! With free entry for all attendees and three different categories (Wedding, Family, and Children), the Peer Choice Contest ups the fun and learning experience at the event. Entrants can use the critiques to prepare entries for future contests and to improve their photography overall, proving again that Chicks Who Click is more than a vacation…it’s a learning destination.

To register or learn more about the Chicks Who Click event and the Peer Choice Contest, please 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 17,000 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.

You hear about 2-for-1 deals all the time…what about 4-for1? Photographers who come to Memphis will be familiar with the term. Professional Photographers of America’s Make More Money in Photography Conferences™ combines four conferences into one at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee on July 29 – August 1, 2007.

Four conferences for the price of one. And all for only $129. 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, creating yet another conference.

If photographers are interested in more profit, they can listen to the School Photography conference on July 29. From underclass photography to dance, nursery school photography to varsity sports…the possibilities for expansion are endless. Anyone need help with their photography workflow? On July 30, professionals will share what’s helped them streamline their business to become more efficient, including Photoshop techniques. The final two days touch on marketing, sales and presentation techniques, and financial issues…just about anything that can help a photographer make (and keep) more money.

Photography is an art and a business. And these 4-for-1 conferences help photographers meet the business side head-on. 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.

An event focused on the critical copyright matters facing Congress, the Courts and the U.S. Copyright Office was co-sponsored by the Future of Music Coalition and the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy. “Technology and IP Policy Day” boasted approximately 160 attendees from various sectors including musicians, technologists, policymakers, attorneys and journalists among others.


The discussions’ highlights included keynotes by Congressman Mike Doyle (D-15th-PA), a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and Vice Chair of the Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet, and David Carson, Associate Register for Policy and International Affairs for the U.S. Copyright Office. Although photography and other copyright-generating industries were not represented, it is an excellent way to shine a spotlight on the copyright and intellectual property needs of all artists.


The Future of Music Coalition is currently organizing a policy summit for fall 2007.  For more information on the May 2 event, visit http://www.futureofmusic.org/events/dcpolicyday07/index.cfm.

Professional Photographers of America’s (PPA) Chicks Who Click™, a retreat for women in photography, flies to the Bahamas June 25-27, 2007. Although this annual event is in an exotic vacation destination, its educational value is even more spectacular with nine inspirational speakers who are both talented photographers and renowned for their business success.

“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 speakers will make sure that attendees’ brains are chock full of tips, techniques, and confidence. Mary Fisk-Taylor, Monica Sigmon, Ann Monteith, Kay Eskridge, Stacey Canfield, Helen Yancy, Jane Conner-Ziser, Liana Lehman, and Lizbeth Guerrina are ready to share their hard-earned expertise as businesswomen and professional photographers.

With the wealth of wisdom available, there is no doubt that attendees will leave the conference energized, refreshed, 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 17,000 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.



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