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PPA Today: November 2009 Archives

November 2009 Archives

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We asked and you responded! Professional Photographers of America (PPA) members turned out on behalf of professional photographers to sign The Copyright Alliance's letter asking President Obama and Vice President Biden to pursue policies supportive of artists' rights.
On Monday, November 16, the letter--signed by over 11,000 artists nationwide--was delivered by a select group of artists who met with Kalpen Modi and Greg Nelson, key personnel on technology and the arts in the White House Office of Public Engagement.
"Copyright, the basic tenet that allows these artists and millions of others like them to earn a living from their work, is increasingly under attack," said the Director of Outreach Initiatives, Lucinda Dugger. "The goal of this effort is to remind our nation's most powerful leaders that creativity and art and entertainment don't just happen. They require investment, hard work and talent."
The delegation included Chad Cameron, an illustrator from San Francisco; Jonathan Ifergan, a musician with the band Color Radio from Chicago; Margot MacDonald, a singer/songwriter from Washington, DC; and Natalie Neckyfarow, an actress from Charlotte currently living and working in New York City.

"Photography is so often overshadowed in the ongoing copyright discussion by the movie and music industry. This letter allowed professional photographers to come out in a huge way, telling the president and vice president that strong copyright laws are important to our industry as well," said PPA's Chief Executive Officer David Trust. "We hope this letter makes a difference. We know that making a statement as individual creators resonates loudly on Capitol Hill and in the White House."

Professional photographers feel strongly about their proven by the thousands of photographer signatures on the letter delivered to the White House. Other signers included authors, songwriters, graphic designers, filmmakers, musicians, publishers, jewelry designers, web designers, illustrators, video game developers, architects, cartoonists, composers, playwrights, voice actors, animators, sculptors, painters and videographers.

"The Obama Administration repeatedly has opened its doors to artists showcasing their talents. We are gratified the Obama Administration has opened the White House doors to creators concerned with copyright infringement and its toll on artists nationwide," Patrick Ross, the Copyright Alliance's executive director, added.

Complete text of the letter and signatures can be viewed at If you're interested in signing on, please do. The Copyright Alliance has kept the signature portal open to allow even more creators to speak up for their copyrights.

PPA members already receive discounts on Precision Camera services, and now they can get an even larger discount on infrared conversion prices. From now until December 20th, PPA members can get extreme deals on the Digital Point & Shoot Conversion, DSLR Conversion, and Full Frame DSLR Conversion. Visit the Extreme Deals page in the Benefits section of for complete details on this offer.
Dear PPA Member,

Plants wilt and die if you forget to water them (I know this from experience). Relationships, even the best and heartiest of them, are like plants. They need maintenance and tending to stay alive. You've worked to get clients and build your business, but if you ignore them after you've closed the sale, that relationship will not bear fruit.

This week's Vital Signs is about maintaining relationships, and it offers up some ideas about how to keep your business relationships that you can keep your business alive.

Christel Aprigliano
Director of Member Value & Experience

P.S. and PPA Charities have teamed up to provide PPA members with a special offer: Through December 31, 2009, Stock20 is offering their Complete Production Library at an unprecedented price of $169 and they will donate $24 of every purchase to PPA Charities for their work with Operation Smile.
Sigma Corporation of America, a leading researcher, developer, manufacturer and service provider of some of the world's most impressive lines of lenses, cameras and flashes,is pleased to announce that it is now accepting applications for the company's first-ever scholarship contest.
The Sigma Corporation of America Scholarship will award a cash gift of $5,000 and $1,000 in Sigma products to one talented high school senior to advance his or her education and goals toward obtaining a career in a photo-related field. Students pursuing higher education in industries such as photography, photojournalism, graphic arts and design, visual arts and art history are eligible to apply.
Applicants are invited to visit the Sigma Corporation of America web site for more details and to complete an application form, which includes a brief essay and the submission of up to five thematically-tied photographs. The entire package will be judged based on creativity of subject selection, overall technique and, most importantly, image quality. Students are not required to use Sigma equipment to shoot the photographs they submit.
"This scholarship illustrates Sigma's five decades of technological advancement and innovation in the industry, and our family-owned company's desire to empower and support up-and-coming photographers," said Mark Amir-Hamzeh, general manager of Sigma Corporation of America. "The scholarship winner will be selected based on his or her ability to deliver outstanding photographs with the superior caliber of image quality for which the Sigma brand has become known."
Applications will be accepted from Nov. 19, 2009 to Feb. 15, 2010 and can be submitted via the Sigma Corporation of America web site. Once the submission process closes, the public will be invited to vote online for the top three students of their choice from Feb. 16, 2010 to April 23, 2010. Sigma Corporation of America executives will select a winner from the top three public vote-getters and announce the scholarship recipient on May 3, 2010.
For information about the Sigma Corporation of America Scholarship, eligibility, the application process, material submissions and a formal list of contest rules, visit
For information on Sigma Corporation of America and its lenses,cameras and flashes,visit
PPA Member and Professional Photographer contributor Betsy Finn, CPP, will be featured on DIY Network's "Renovation Realities" December 5 at 9:00 p.m. (e/p time). The episode documents Finn's renovation of her home studio. Read more about the upcoming show here.

Read Finn's pre-airing anticipation write-up on her blog.

The best of the best Lensbaby images submitted to be published in new book.

Lensbaby ( announces today an open call for photographers to submit their best images created using a Lensbaby lens for a chance to be published in the new book "Lensbaby: Bending Your Perspective" by Lensbaby Guru and author/photographer Corey Hilz. Due out from Focal Press in the summer of 2010, "Lensbaby: Bending Your Perspective" will feature lots of "how to" and inspirational content, along with galleries of Lensbaby photos by some of the foremost Lensbaby photographers in the world. More information on the book can be found at

Photographers can submit two images for consideration via and can change their photo selection at any time during the submission period. Submissions will be accepted until 6pm, PST, December 31, 2009. Read more here.

Celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2010, the New York Institute of Photography ( is pleased to offer the free NYIP Monthly Newsletter to photographers looking to improve their photographic skills. In addition, when aspiring photographers sign up for the NYIP online newsletter they will receive as a PDF download "NYIP's Three Guidelines and Six Tips for Great Photographs" - a colorful collection of ideas and eye-catching photographs that will quickly and easily help photographers take better pictures.

"By signing up for our new monthly newsletter, amateur and advanced amateur photographers will immediately receive the information they need to take better photographs," said Chuck DeLaney, Director of the New York Institute of Photography.
"And as we post new articles, tips and guidelines on our website, newsletter subscribers will be among the first to receive the latest news from the New York Institute of Photography."

To subscribe to the monthly NYIP newsletter and receive the free download of "NYIP's Three Guidelines and Six Tips for Great Photographs," please visit: 

This e-mail has been circulating to many PPA members and it looks to be a typical e-mail scam. It is recommended that you delete the e-mail and not reply to it.

My name is Joe and my wife's name is Pamela, we live and work as wine producers in Malaysia and will be relocating to the State of Texas,USA on the 23rd of December,2009.
Could you please spare a few seconds to view our website :

I came across your contact information on and I hereby write to request if you will be available to offer 4hours of photographic services for the celebration of our 5th Wedding Anniversary on our arrival to the States. Myself,my wife,my lovely daughter-Debbie and about 12 family members and friends will be present.

Could you please provide answers to these questions if you are interested in this offer
1)Will you be available to provide this service on any date between December 26th and December 31st if so which exact date will you have time so as to include this in our plan?
2)What is your address location so as to estimate how close you are to us ?

Should you require further information, please do not hesitate to contact me on my phone no :01160173305450

Joe J Akins
Winery Headquarters
92 Jalan Keranji,
Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

Free "Photoshop® and Lightroom: The Dynamic Duo" seminar goes live December 3rd at 3pm (EST)

Kubota Image Tools is pleased to announce that Kevin Kubota, noted digital photographer, workflow expert and workshop instructor, is scheduled to present a free virtual live program during PDN's 2nd annual Photographers' Virtual Trade Show on Wednesday, December 3, 2009 at 3pm (EST).

Sponsored by exhibitors Kubota Image Tools and AsukaBook, "Photoshop and Lightroom: The Dynamic Duo" virtual seminar is perfect for photographers that have both Photoshop and Lightroom on their desktop or notebook. This seminar will help photographers gain valuable insight, get quick tips and helpful links to learn how to streamline their digital imaging workflow, using both Photoshop and Lightroom as the center for all image management and organization. Read more here. and PPA Charities have teamed up to provide PPA members with a special offer that is sure to make you smile. Through December 31, 2009, Stock20 is offering their Complete Production Library at an unprecedented price of $169. On top of that 58% discount, Stock20 will donate $24 of every purchase to PPA Charities for their work with "Operation Smile". That means Operation Smile will be able to repair a child's smile for every 10 products sold!

Stock20's Complete Production Library is comprised of 158 song themes - 1,629 individual tracks - that adds up to over 36 hours of broadcast quality music. Once you purchase the library, the music is yours to use forever. You will also receive an 85% discount on Stock20's new releases for at least one year. As always, Stock20 offers their unconditional satisfaction guarantee on all purchases.

Don't miss this unique opportunity to make a difference for both your studio and a child.

Dear PPA Member,

I was looking for a dentist. Choosing a new dentist is not a "close your eyes and point to a name in the Yellow Pages" sort of thing. It's a "trust someone else's opinion that you trust" thing. 

My coworker told me about his dentist and how happy he was with this person's services and patient treatment. I trusted my coworker, and he didn't steer me wrong. This dentist has a caring staff and terrific follow-up...and I am now a very happy client. Whenever someone mentions that they're looking for a dentist, I tell them about his practice. I'm thrilled with him, and want him to stay in business. (And believe it or not, my dentist does have a referral reward program.)

That's how referrals work, no matter what type of business. This week's Vital Signs is a little reminder that when you offer a great service, the easiest way to get more clients is to make it easy for your existing clients to talk about you. Carolle and Jeff (featured in this article) also share a valuable lesson about how you treat each and every client, regardless of how much they purchase...

Christel Aprigliano
Director of Member Value & Experience

Adobe today announced the Photoshop Camera Raw 5.6, Lightroom 2.6 and DNG Converter 5.6 Release Candidates, available for immediate download on Adobe Labs. The term 'release candidate' means this update is well tested but would benefit from additional community testing to provide the highest quality experience for customers working on a variety of hardware and software configurations.

The updates add raw file support for 19 new popular camera models, including the Canon EOS 7D and Nikon D3s, with additional DNG support added for the Leica M9 camera model. A full list of the newly supported cameras is below. The Release Candidates also provide a fix for an issue affecting PowerPC customers using the final Lightroom 2.5 and Camera Raw 5.5 updates on the Mac. The issue, introduced in the demosaic change to address sensors with unequal green response, has the potential to create artifacts in the highlight area while using the Highlight Recovery tool in raw files from Sony, Olympus, Panasonic and various medium format digital camera backs.

Photoshop Lightroom 2 software is today's digital photography workflow solution, allowing photographers to quickly import, process, manage and showcase images. The Photoshop Camera Raw plug-in provides fast and easy access within Photoshop to the raw image formats produced by many leading digital cameras, and Adobe's Digital Negative (DNG) format is a publicly available archival format for the raw files generated by digital cameras.

Pricing and Availability

The Lightroom 2.6 Release Candidate is available as a free download for existing Lightroom 2 customers, and the Photoshop Camera Raw 5.6 Release Candidate is available as a free download for existing customers of Photoshop CS4. The DNG Converter 5.6 Release Candidate is also available as a free download for all customers. Click here for more information and to test out the updates: Feedback can be provided on the Adobe User to User forum (

Newly Supported Camera Models

Canon EOS 7D
Canon PowerShot G11
Canon PowerShot S90
Leaf Aptus II 5
Mamiya DM22, DM28, DM33, DM56, M18, M22, M31
Nikon D3s
Olympus E-P2
Pentax K-x
Panasonic FZ38
Sigma DP1s
Sony A500
Sony A550
Sony A850

Become an Operation Smile Studio Today. Change the Life of a Child Tomorrow!
Donate by December 15 to be listed on
PPA Charities' Roll of Honor

PPA Charities has dramatically expanded its commitment to its charitable partner, Operation Smile, by asking all PPA-member studios to stand together with fellow members to save the smiles of children around the world by becoming an Operation Smile Studio.

For a donation of $240, you can become a 2010 Operation Smile Studio, which proclaims to your clients that you are part of an international commitment by PPA Charities to support the life-changing work of Operation Smile, the highly regarded Norfolk, Virginia-based charity that provides the gift of surgery to precious children suffering from facial deformities.

Your donation of $240 will make it possible for Operation Smile's volunteer medical professionals and support personnel to perform a single surgery that will transform the life of a deserving child born with a facial deformity, such as cleft lip or cleft palate.

Make your $240 donation (or more if you can) by December 15, 2009, and you'll be listed on PPA Charities' Roll of Honor as an Operation Smile Leadership Studio. (If you have already donated $240 or more through Family Portrait Month, you will be listed on the Leadership Roll.)

onOne Software today announced the immediate availability of Photo Essentials 3 for Adobe®Photoshop® Elements 8.  Photo Essentials 3 provides users of the popular Photoshop Elements image editing and organizing software with a collection of five tools that painlessly correct color, remove unwanted backgrounds, add photographic effects and enlarge photos. This new version brings improved color correction, additional image framing content and the new Make It Cool! module that give photos a professional look.  These easy-to-use tools help photography enthusiasts get the job done quickly and easily in Adobe Photoshop Elements.

Supporting the new Adobe Photoshop Elements 8.0, onOne's Photo Essentials 3.0 offers these capabilities:

  • New Photo Essentials Palette - The Palette provides quick access to all five modules from a single location right inside Photoshop Elements.
  • Make It Cool - New in Essentials 3, this offers a library with dozens of professional effects that can be added to images in one click.
  • Make It Better - Turn your snapshots into professional images. Automatically fix brightness, contrast, color and sharpness with no need to understand cryptic sliders.
  • Cut It Out - Easily remove an unwanted background while maintaining fine detail such as hair, clouds and glass.
  • Frame It - Choose from hundreds of easy to add edge and border effects, even combine them, to give pictures the perfect finishing touch.
  • Enlarge It - Get sharp, poster sized prints out of your photos, even from camera phones.

"We are pleased to announce the immediate availability of Photo Essentials 3 for Adobe Photoshop Elements.  Our mission is to provide tools that help make digital photography easier, faster and better.  onOne Photo Essentials 3 delivers on this by helping amateur photographers spend less time in front of their computer correcting their digital images and more time behind the camera taking pictures," said Craig Keudell, president of onOne Software. "And with this new version of Photo Essentials 3 comes a completely new module, Make It Cool, based on our award-winning PhotoTools 2 plug-in, a new Dynamic Range optimization algorithm in Make It Better and a new version of the Photo Essentials Palette."

onOne Software's Photo Essentials 3 supports Adobe Photoshop Elements versions 6, 7 and 8 for Windows and Adobe Elements 6 or 8 for Macintosh and is available now for $69.99 for new customers and $49.99 for owners of previous versions.  For more information on Photo Essentials, please visit

Dear PPA Member,

I believe that we're all born salespeople. If you've ever convinced a child to go to bed, or your parents that you could stay out past curfew--or even convinced friends to choose one restaurant over another--you're selling something. Some individuals have an innate talent for sales and make it look "easy." But if you talk with them, they'll reveal that they've heard "no" just as often as "yes."

Selling is a skill, as is photography. To get better at a skill, you practice, seek out tips and tricks, and never stop learning. And as a photographer who runs a business, you have to be skilled as both a photographer and a salesperson. Otherwise, those beautiful images you capture will look great...hanging on a wall in your basement.

This week's Vital Signs is an important read for anyone who has gotten a "no" when they should get a "yes." That means this is an important read...for everyone.

Christel Aprigliano
Director of Member Value & Experience

On November 11th, LexJet is offering a one day only sale. Discounts of 30% are available of any one LexJet product.

The offer is not available online, call 800-453-9538 to order and receive the discount.

Nikon Inc. today announced the launch of a new integrated marketing campaign that includes the first ever "Nikon Festival" to celebrate, inspire and harness the current popularity of content creation shared through social media.

As a progressive social media innovator and D-SLR market leader, Nikon is challenging budding filmmakers to upload 140 second short-form video with the theme "A Day through Your Lens" to and follow @nikonfestival on Twitter for a chance to win up to $100,000 and Nikon equipment to pursue and chronicle their dreams.

Nikon advertising star, Ashton Kutcher, will contribute to the Nikon Festival by sharing his personally shot video taken with the D5000, which captures his recent visit to Africa. The Festival will be supported by a national TV broadcast and online advertising campaign and will run through the end of the year. The Festival video submission period begins November 10 and will be open for entries for a six-week period.  

Photodex Corporation has released the ProShow StylePack Volume 3, the highly anticipated third installment in its ProShow StylePack product line. Volume 3 features 25 new and captivating effects designed to enhance a wide variety of slide shows including wedding, portrait, travel and outdoor photography. Created specifically for ProShow Producer users , Volume 3 takes advantage of Producer's advanced creative capabilities like masking, modifiers and adjustment effects to create effects that can't be done with other software.

ProShow StylePacks instantly transform photos and videos into exciting layouts, animations and image effects, simplifying a user's workflow and making the process of creating professional output less time consuming. With just a few clicks users can preview a style and apply it to any slide in their show. New Styles in the Volume 3 StylePack include: Cast Away, Old Rotary Viewer, Mirror Mask and Photo Mobile. Each style comes in both 16:9 (for high-definition widescreen) and 4:3 (standard definition) aspect ratios and can be customized to a user's liking.

A sample video featuring each Style in Volume 3 can be seen on the Photodex website at

ProShow StylePack Volume 3 is available now for $19.95 from or by calling 1-800-37-PHOTO. (1-800-377-4686) The ProShow StylePack Volume 3 requires ProShow Producer 4.0 or higher . 
Canon has announced limited time rebates on select DSLR Cameras and lenses.

From November 1 to November 21, instant rebates are available on a collection of cameras and lenses. Click here to view the rebates.

Instant rebates are also being offered on certain lenses and accessories between October 22, 2009 and January 16, 2010. Click here to view the rebates.
Adobe today introduced the Mobile for Android software, extending Adobe industry-leading digital imaging technology to users of the Google Mobile operating system. The release comes less than a month after the launch of Mobile for iPhone, which quickly established itself as one of the "Top Free" applications on the Apple mobile platform. The Android application equips consumers with quick and easy image-editing tools, color adjustments and instant photo-sharing capabilities. Mobile optimizes the camera-phone experience by allowing users to browse for their photos online and on their phone, directly from the application. The application is free and available today at the Android Market.

"Adobe is excited to extend its digital imaging capabilities to Android phone users so they can take control of their growing collections of mobile photos," said Doug Mack, vice president and general manager of Consumer and Hosted Solutions at Adobe. " Mobile is a great resource to edit, upload and share photos in a few short moments. It's the perfect complement to the mobile phone cameras found on Android devices." Mobile for Android offers essential, user-friendly photo-editing tools like crop, rotate and flip. The Soft Focus filter can be used to create a subtle blur effect, and for performing color adjustments such as exposure, saturation, tint changes and classic black-and-white. Since all edits and changes can be undone, users can be confident that their original photo will be safe. After making edits on their Android device, users can upload photos from their phone to their account to view and retrieve their images at a later time from any Internet-connected computer.

In addition, Mobile for Android offers features only available on Android phones. Users can automatically upload pictures to albums in the background, even when the Mobile application is not running. accounts provide 2GB of free online photo storage, which equates to over 1,500 photos. Made possible by the Android API, the new tab-based user interface enables users to view local and online content. Also, the Android Photo Browser makes maneuvering through photos fast and convenient, bringing users' complete photo collections right to their pockets.

The Adobe Mobile for Android application is available as a free download from the Android Market. More information on Mobile for Android can be found at The application is currently available in the U.S. and Canada only.

Dear PPA Member,

In my head, it's already February. The holidays were filled with laughter and love. Imaging USA blew my mind with unforgettable experiences. But actually...I'm knee-deep in projects. Looking ahead just helps me reach the goals I've set.

Where's your head right now? I hope you've had a busy few months, but you need to think ahead. For some photographers, the first quarter of the year is a slow time. Don't wait until then to think about ways to get more clients through your door. In fact, this week's Vital Signs will give you some great ideas about that very issue. If you start now, you may not have a slow time in February...or the rest of the year, for that matter!

(And while my mind believes it's already February, don't think that I've accomplished all my goals. I still haven't done my holiday gift shopping. At all. Some things are much more fun to do last minute--just not business planning!)

Christel Aprigliano
Director of Member Value & Experience

P.S. Am I going to see you at Imaging USA this year in Nashville? Rooms and pre-conference classes are filling up quickly, and we've got lots planned to rock your photographic world. Get the latest news (and register) at!

Apple unveiled an all new iMac line featuring brilliant 21.5-inch and 27-inch LED-backlit widescreen displays with a 16:9 aspect ratio-- perfect for HD video starting at $1,127 and introduced the new wireless Magic Mouse which responds to the touch of fingers instead of using buttons or scroll wheels starting at $63. Apple also made its least expensive laptop, the $939 MacBook, sleeker, faster and more like the higher-end MacBook Pro machines with a "multitouch" track pad.
Other updates include a new Mac mini which is faster than ever but is still the world's most energy efficient desktop computer. The new Mac mini includes Intel Core 2 Duo processors up to 25 percent faster and double the amount of DDR3 memory and starts at $563. Also, a new updated version of AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule now feature up to 25 percent better Wi-Fi range and up to 50 percent better Wi-Fi performance. Starting at $275, Time Capsule now features up to 60 percent improved Time Machine backup performance.

To take advantage of your PPA member discount through the Association Member Purchase Program, visit the members-only area of the website.

We want to thank everyone who has already signed the letter asking President Obama and Vice President Biden to pursue the enforcement and strengthening of policies that protect your copyrights.

On November 16, the Copyright Alliance will deliver the letter with each artist's signature to the White House. To date, more than 11,000 artists have spoken up for their rights by signing the letter...and the majority are photographers like you. Have you made sure your name one of the many?

If you haven't signed the letter, visit today. All you need to do is scroll to the bottom to enter your name, artist type, city, state, and e-mail and hit "sign."

If you've already made your voice heard, make sure your colleagues and friends have as well--just pass along that link above. Remember to tell them to sign the letter before November 16th!

liveBooks, Inc.,the leading provider of award-winning websites that allow creative professionals to promote and manage their businesses online, today announced that it has secured $5 million in funding from strategic and private investors. This allows the company to expand into new markets and create more flexible and affordable payment and design options for its customers.

With this funding, liveBooks has:

  1.  Lowered the cost of entry into the liveBooks suite and service so that any professional can now afford a liveBooks site;
  2.  Introduced a subscription-based service to eliminate the need for front-loaded monetary commitments;
  3. Launched pre-designed site offerings with unrivaled choices in terms of number, design and utility;
  4.  Broadened its market reach with new, creative professional industries such as graphic design and interior design
Anthropographia is proud to announce the opening of submissions for the 2010 edition. (Submission deadline is Dec 1, 2009.)

This competition, opened to all, offers an opportunity for photographers to show their work and manifest their commitment to the human rights issues.

This year, 24 photoreportages and 10 multimedia productions will be selected by Anthropograhia's advisory board which includes members who are recognized for their exceptional photojournalistic work, their commitment to contemporary photojournalism and their dedication to human rights advocacy. For the 2010 edition of Anthropographia Award, the Advisory Board will act as jury.

Complete details at
Colorado Photographer Sandy Puc' of Portrait Designs by Sandy Puc' is continuing her seminar tour series this January with the Sandy Puc' 2010 Family Tour. The previous tours (Bellies & Babies and Tots 2 Teens) highlighted pregnancy, infant, and children's photography.

The upcoming seminar will preview January 2, 2010 in Denver, and the tour hits the road on January 24th in Tulsa, OK. Overall, Puc′ will visit 52 cities in the US and Canada with the goal of reigniting a passion for the craft for photography professionals.

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