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PPA Today: January 2008 Archives

January 2008 Archives

Convention Orvieo Fotografia


The 10th annual Convention Orvieo Fotografia will take place in March 15-17, 2008 in Orvieto, Italy. In addition to portrait and wedding seminars, there will be several image exhibitions and competitions. Competitions include the Orvieto Fotographia Professional Photography Awards, a fine art competition and a best photographic book competition. For complete details and entry forms visit:

Photography & Photoshop  techniques for everyone.

Reznickipromo08visual If you have ever wanted to  work with studio lighting but didn’t know where to start, or you are a pro  looking for new ideas, this seminar will be perfect for you. Join Canon  Explorer of Light and Author Jack Reznicki for a full day of valuable “need-to-know” information.


  • Creating “Natural” Light  with strobes
  • Basic One light Portrait  lighting with live model
  • Histograms, Camera White  Balance, and other camera essentials
  • Importing, Processing,  and Printing files
  • Masking and Professional  Photoshop Techniques
  • Copyrights &  Copywrongs

Artreed_3 Art Reed, retired from Eastman Kodak, passed away on January 16, 2008. Art, who was 82, died from complications while hospitalized for a fall. He is survived by his wife, Marj, two children and two grandchildren. Art was a honorary life member of SEPPA, Georgia and Florida Professional Photography Associations and a long-time PPA and PMA member.

He graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology and began his professional photographic career in Auburn, NY. He was invited to join the Eastman Kodak Co. for a 35-year career—in both the domestic and international markets—and retired in Atlanta as Regional Manager. He is remembered for his patriotism as a WWII veteran and a citizen, one who had great pride in being a member of the Kodak corporate family. Art understood the value of relationships and was committed to helping others.

Art recognized that the needs of the professional photography market, as well as his staff’s, were constantly changing. He is credited with coining the phrase “we have to remain rigidly flexible!” “Find out what keeps your customer awake at night and then go fix it” was another favorite that led to improved customer satisfaction.

The world and the photographic industry have lost a true gentleman and a devoted friend with the passing of Art Reed.

Webinar: QuickBooks: The next step


QuickBooks: The next step
I bought QuickBooks, but it’s still in the box!

Join Bridget Jackson, CPA
Manager, Studio Management Services
Monday, February 11, 2008
12:00pm – 2:00pm EST

Ready to take the next step in learning QuickBooks? From opening the box to inputting invoices and expenses, reconciling bank and credit card accounts, paying sales tax and producing financial statements based on Managerial Accounting…you will get it all!

Register online now or call 800-786-6277.

  $69*   PPA Members
$269     Nonmembers

*SEP, CPI, SPS, and EPIC members can register at the $69 rate, but must register via phone by calling 800-786-6277.

Managerial Accounting:
Where did my money go?

Categorize your income and expenses and get a firm grip on your finances.

Join Scott Kurkian
Director of Studio Management Services
Monday, February 4, 2008
12:00pm – 1:00pm EST

Learn about categorizing your income and expenses with Managerial Accounting; see how you stack up against other studios in the industry; and understand its importance. Watch this webinar and start managing the income and expenses of your photography business.

Register online now or call 800-786-6277.

  $49*     PPA Members
$249     Nonmembers

*SEP, CPI, SPS, and EPIC members can register at the $49 rate, but must register via phone by calling 800-786-6277.

Hot OneProfessional Photographer magazine  announces the annual 2008 Hot  One Award winners.

Fifty-eight photographic products were recently crowned the 2008 Professional Photographer Hot One Award winners. Rising above a crowd of more than 220 entries from nearly 150 companies—the largest competition yet—these Hot One Award winners represent photography’s best new products for professional application.

PPA's AN-NE Marketing Awards Competition is entering its 13th year, and we'd like to find out what you think of it and what we can do to improve it. Please take a few minutes to share your thoughts and suggestions.Click this link:

Effective January 1, 2008, air travelers will be required to keep all spare lithium batteries in carry-on baggage, with the terminals covered. For more details, please visit the Department of Transportation's Safe Travel Web site at

It is time to get ready for the annual PPA International Print Competition. Download the latest rules and begin preparing your entries today. The Print Exhibition Committee has also created a new tutorial on preparing your albums for entry on CD. The tutorial has been updated this year, so if you are entering an album into the competition, it is recommended that you watch the tutorial before preparing your image files.

The entry deadline this year is June 6, 2008, and the competition will be held July 22-25, 2008 in Daytona Beach, Florida. Online entry and entry labels will be available shortly.

  • 2008 International Competition Rules
    Download the International Competition rules here. This file contains the photographic and electronic imaging rules for 2008. The entry forms and labels are being updated and will be added soon.
  • 2008 Regional Competition Rules
    Download the Regional Competition rules here. This file contains the rules and the CD Entry Label. You will need to get the entry form from your regional affiliate.
  • CD Album Entry Preparation Tutorial
    Right-click the link to download the CD Album Entry Preparation Tutorial movie. The movie will help you properly prepare your Album for competition. This file is a 68MB Quicktime (.mov) file. You will need the free quicktime player to view it.

Excel Picture Frames Fire


SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif. (CBS) ― Firefighters put out a stubborn non-injury fire Wednesday at a Santa Fe Springs picture framing business without sprinklers, authorities said. Full story and video here.

PPA Charities Newsletter online


The newest edition of the PPA Charities Newsletter is now available online.

In this issue:

  • Discover  whose haircut helped raise $3,500 for PPA Charities.
  • Sneak a peak at the Celebration Event Auction in Tampa
  • See everyone who helped raise a whopping $50,000 for Operation  Smile
  • Become an honorary trustee—get involved with PPA Charities
  • and much more...       

Download the  PPA Charities newsletter now.

What we know about 2008


Dear PPA Member,

We know that in 2008:

  • Business will be tougher.
  • Markets will change.
  • Technology will evolve at a rapid pace.
  • Copyrights will be endangered.
  • Over zealous clients will sue photographers.
  • Expenses will go up.

Just remember, we can counteract these happenings if we work together. Consider adding your business resolutions to PPA’s New Year’s Resolutions:

  • PPA will make greater use of the Benchmark Financial Survey data, supplying you with information to help expand your business.
  • You can make use of that information (in the Members-Only area of to help plan and operate your business. Don’t just download it—read and use it. (And watch early in 2008 for PPA’s special online seminars focused on increasing your profitability.)
  • PPA will continue to enhance the Sweepstakes Marketing Co-op. Members who used it reported great success in 2007.
  • You can join in and get the information you need to add more sizzle to your own marketing in ’08 (
  • Professional Photographer magazine will keep you informed about the latest changes in technology and how you can use it in your business.
  • You can help your business by keeping yourself informed, making sure your spam blocker doesn’t stop important PPA e-mails, and updating your contact data.
  • PPA lobbying teams will stay on Capital Hill, making sure that your voice and concerns are known when it comes to copyright and health care reforms. We will keep a sharp eye open for potential changes in the law that can hurt your bottom line.
  • You can stand ready to take part in contacting Senators, Congressmen, etc.
  • In 2007, PPA’s unique Malpractice Protection Program, the Indemnification Trust, defended over 600 photographers—a 20% increase—who had a problem covering an assignment. In 2008, we will ensure that the Trust is financially strong and will be there to help you when something unexpected goes wrong. In 2008, we will ensure that the Trust is financially strong and will be there to help you when something unexpected goes wrong.
  • You can ensure that you back up data, have model releases on hand, and always have a written agreement with your client.

On top of everything else we resolve to do, remember that the cost of membership in PPA is still less today than it was in 1999. Our vow to you: the Value of Membership will increase, but dues will not go up in 2008.

Wishing you a prosperous New Year,

Al Hopper
Director of Membership, Copyright & Government Affairs

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