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PPA Today: December 2009 Archives

December 2009 Archives

Dear PPA Member,

Pop quiz: What did you do the second week of February this year?

Are you having trouble remembering? Don't worry...I had the same problem, too. With our lives as busy as they are, it's no wonder we forget things. Trying to remember work appointments, the grocery list, and your neighbor's birthday can wreak havoc on your memory.

To help ease the burden, we decided to do a recap of all the new benefits that PPA has added over the past year. We're constantly trying to add value to your membership, and in 2009 we added everything from new business discounts to expanded educational resources. If you've used some of these new benefits, great! If not, take a moment to look them over. It's never too late to start using a benefit!

Happy Holidays!
Christel Aprigliano
Director of Member Value & Experience

P.S. Don't forget about the Imaging USA Rockstar Giveaway. We're counting down the days to Imaging USA in Nashville by giving away cool stuff-- $10,000 worth of items that photographic rockstars (like you) want! Find out the daily giveaway and how to enter by following Imaging USA on Twitter or joining as a fan on the Imaging USA Facebook page.

Imaging USA, the coolest conference and trade show for professional photographers, will be in Nashville, Tennessee January 10 - 12, 2010 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. To help them countdown to the first photographic rockstar gathering of the year, they've launched the Imaging USA Rockstar Giveaway
Imaging USA is giving away things that photographers want. (And it's all thanks to some companies who love PPA and Imaging USA.)

What's Imaging USA's prize for Day 29 of the Imaging USA Rockstar Giveaway? A night at the Wild Horse Saloon in Nashville, TN for 4 + $100 Food & Beverage Credit! (Transportation from the Gaylord included!) Get wild with your photographic rockstar friends!

Here's today's link to enter: http://imagingusa.org/rsg65234 (Become a fan of Imaging USA on Facebook and Twitter to get the link of the day.)

How can you enter? Become a fan of Imaging USA on Facebook (Imaging USA) or follow Imaging USA on Twitter (ImagingUSA). (You can also get the scoop on the day's giveaway on the PPA Today Blog.) When you click on the link of the day, you can enter to win. One lucky photographic rockstar gets the giveaway each day! Keep checking every day for the new link to enter!

To learn more (and to come rock with us), go to www.imagingusa.org
Imaging USA, the coolest conference and trade show for professional photographers, will be in Nashville, Tennessee January 10 - 12, 2010 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. To help them countdown to the first photographic rockstar gathering of the year, they've launched the Imaging USA Rockstar Giveaway

Imaging USA is giving away things that photographers want. (And it's all thanks to some companies who love PPA and Imaging USA.)

What's Imaging USA's prize for Day 28 of the Imaging USA Rockstar Giveaway? PPA Metal Rockstar Package from Nations Lab! Metal is all the rage these days, and photographic Rockstars know that Nations Labs makes your images rock hard with their amazing album, gallery wrap, and enlargement package for one lucky rockstar!

Here's today's link to enter: http://imagingusa.org/rsg20187 (Become a fan of Imaging USA on Facebook and Twitter to get the link of the day.)

How can you enter? Become a fan of Imaging USA on Facebook (Imaging USA) or follow Imaging USA on Twitter (ImagingUSA). (You can also get the scoop on the day's giveaway on the PPA Today Blog.) When you click on the link of the day, you can enter to win. One lucky photographic rockstar gets the giveaway each day! Keep checking every day for the new link to enter!

To learn more (and to come rock with us), go to www.imagingusa.org
Are you ready for a photographic adventure? Roger Nelson of Global Travel Photography is offering 3 photo tours in 2010 geared to active photographers who want an opportunity to photograph an area of the world they may never have been to before.  

The first tour is to Namibia in Africa, and it begins on April 25. The second tour to Peru begins on May 30. The last 2010 tour is to Turkey, and it is scheduled for September 22. Your photo ops will include landscapes, people, wildlife, and architecture--something for everyone!

Now, photographers with any level of photography experience are accepted, and the tour guides will provide as much or as little help as the participants want. You'll learn how to maximize your photo opportunities when traveling in unfamiliar areas. And perhaps most importantly, you'll expand your creative horizons simply by traveling!  

Better hurry...the application for the Namibia tour is due February 25!

More information on these tours can be found here: www.globaltravelphoto.com.
Imaging USA, the coolest conference and trade show for professional photographers, will be in Nashville, Tennessee January 10 - 12, 2010 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. To help them countdown to the first photographic rockstar gathering of the year, they've launched the Imaging USA Rockstar Giveaway

Imaging USA is giving away things that photographers want. (And it's all thanks to some companies who love PPA and Imaging USA.)

What's Imaging USA's prize for Day 27 of the Imaging USA Rockstar Giveaway? A 10x10 Brilliant Album from Collages.net!

Photographic Rockstars know that presentation is everything and Collages.net makes it easy! Today's lucky rockstar gets a 15 spread, 75 image, 10x10 Brilliant Album...designed, printed, and bound from Collages.net!

Here's today's link to enter: http://imagingusa.org/rsg15964 (Become a fan of Imaging USA on Facebook and Twitter to get the link of the day.)

How can you enter? Become a fan of Imaging USA on Facebook (Imaging USA) or follow Imaging USA on Twitter (ImagingUSA). (You can also get the scoop on the day's giveaway on the PPA Today Blog.) When you click on the link of the day, you can enter to win. One lucky photographic rockstar gets the giveaway each day! Keep checking every day for the new link to enter!

To learn more (and to come rock with us), go to www.imagingusa.org.

Hurry, Time Is Running Out. Reserve Your Appointment Now.

If you will be in Nashville this January for Imaging USA, be sure to take advantage of free print competition consultations with PPA Jurors/Mentors from PPA's Photographic Exhibition Committee (PEC). These personal evaluations by some of the world's best photographers and Jurors can help you significantly improve your craft. Ask questions, receive information and tips on creating exhibition-quality images, and get the inside track on how to earn merits towards the prestigious PPA Master of Photography degree.
 
Due to the extreme popularity of these mentor sessions, a limited number of appointments will be available and must be scheduled in advance. Contact PEC Administrator Jim Dingwell (jdingwell@ppa.com) to reserve a time for your review.

Imaging USA, the coolest conference and trade show for professional photographers, will be in Nashville, Tennessee January 10 - 12, 2010 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. To help them countdown to the first photographic rockstar gathering of the year, they've launched the Imaging USA Rockstar Giveaway

Imaging USA is giving away things that photographers want. (And it's all thanks to some companies who love PPA and Imaging USA.)

What's Imaging USA's prize for Day 25 of the Imaging USA Rockstar Giveaway? Kanematsu SP-310 Printer from KG Digital Solutions.

Photographic Rockstars know that sometimes it pays to print on the go - and the Kanematsu SP-310 Printer does exactly that! One lucky Rockstar gets to run around with the Kanematsu SP-310 Printer  - think rockin' shots printed right at the party!

Here's today's link to enter: http://imagingusa.org/rsg14896 (Become a fan of Imaging USA on Facebook and Twitter to get the link of the day.)

How can you enter? Become a fan of Imaging USA on Facebook (Imaging USA) or follow Imaging USA on Twitter (ImagingUSA). (You can also get the scoop on the day's giveaway on the PPA Today Blog.) When you click on the link of the day, you can enter to win. One lucky photographic rockstar gets the giveaway each day! Keep checking every day for the new link to enter!

To learn more (and to come rock with us), go to www.imagingusa.org
Imaging USA, the coolest conference and trade show for professional photographers, will be in Nashville, Tennessee January 10 - 12, 2010 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. To help them countdown to the first photographic rockstar gathering of the year, they've launched the Imaging USA Rockstar Giveaway

Imaging USA is giving away things that photographers want. (And it's all thanks to some companies who love PPA and Imaging USA.)

What's Imaging USA's prize for Day 24 of the Imaging USA Rockstar Giveaway? $250 in cold, hard cash.  One of the sweetest sounds around is "Cha-ching." What photographic rockstar doesn't want a little extra money?

Here's today's link to enter: http://imagingusa.org/rsg40732 (Become a fan of Imaging USA on Facebook and Twitter to get the link of the day.)

How can you enter? Become a fan of Imaging USA on Facebook (Imaging USA) or follow Imaging USA on Twitter (ImagingUSA). (You can also get the scoop on the day's giveaway on the PPA Today Blog.) When you click on the link of the day, you can enter to win. One lucky photographic rockstar gets the giveaway each day! Keep checking every day for the new link to enter!

To learn more (and to come rock with us), go to www.imagingusa.org.   
Imaging USA, the coolest conference and trade show for professional photographers, will be in Nashville, Tennessee January 10 - 12, 2010 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. To help them countdown to the first photographic rockstar gathering of the year, they've launched the Imaging USA Rockstar Giveaway

Imaging USA is giving away things that photographers want. (And it's all thanks to some companies who love PPA and Imaging USA.)

What's Imaging USA's prize for Day 23 of the Imaging USA Rockstar Giveaway? $150 Food & Beverage Credit at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel & Conference Center during Imaging USA.

OK, so it may not be foie gras and Grey Goose, but Photographic Rockstars need good food and beverages while they're rocking out with other Rockstars at Imaging USA in Nashville, Tennessee. Today's lucky Rockstar gets a $150 Food & Beverage Credit for any of the restaurants or nightclubs at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel during Imaging USA.

Here's today's link to enter: http://imagingusa.org/rsg67508 (Become a fan of Imaging USA on Facebook and Twitter to get the link of the day.)

How can you enter? Become a fan of Imaging USA on Facebook (Imaging USA) or follow Imaging USA on Twitter (ImagingUSA). (You can also get the scoop on the day's giveaway on the PPA Today Blog.) When you click on the link of the day, you can enter to win. One lucky photographic rockstar gets the giveaway each day! Keep checking every day for the new link to enter!

To learn more (and to come rock with us), go to www.imagingusa.org.   

Imaging USA, the coolest conference and trade show for professional photographers, will be in Nashville, Tennessee January 10 - 12, 2010 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. To help them countdown to the first photographic rockstar gathering of the year, they've launched the Imaging USA Rockstar Giveaway

Imaging USA is giving away things that photographers want. (And it's all thanks to some companies who love PPA and Imaging USA.)

What's Imaging USA's prize for Day 22 of the Imaging USA Rockstar Giveaway? Adobe Photoshop CS4 Extended. Seriously.You know this software is off the hook. Sure, you can rock without it, but it sure makes a Rockstar's digital workflow...rock harder and faster.  Enter to get an edition of Adobe® Photoshop® CS4 Extended ($999 value). 

Here's today's link to enter: http://imagingusa.org/rsg94376 (Become a fan of Imaging USA on Facebook and Twitter to get the link of the day.)

How can you enter? Become a fan of Imaging USA on Facebook (Imaging USA) or follow Imaging USA on Twitter (ImagingUSA). (You can also get the scoop on the day's giveaway on the PPA Today Blog.) When you click on the link of the day, you can enter to win. One lucky photographic rockstar gets the giveaway each day! Keep checking every day for the new link to enter!

To learn more (and to come rock with us), go to www.imagingusa.org
Congratulations to John Stein of Maryland, the winner of Day 20 of the Imaging USA Rockstar Giveaway. John wins a copy of Silver Efex Pro from Nik Software.

To enter today's drawing, click here
Congratulations to Rebecca Knowles of Florida, the winner of day 19 of the Imaging USA Rockstar Giveaway. Rebecca wins a $500 gift certificate from Larson Enterprises.

To enter today's drawing, click here
Congratulations to Kevin Wright of Georgia, the winner of day 18 of the Imaging USA Rockstar Giveaway. Kevin wins 10 PPA educational webinars.

To enter today's drawing, click here
Congratulations to Melissa Foscardo of Kentucky, the winner of Day 17 of the Imaging USA Rockstar Giveaway. Melissa wins Imaging USA Registration for 2 + VIP Introduction to a Rockstar instructor.

To enter today's drawing, click here
Congratulations to Stephanie Stigman of Kentucky, the winner of day 16 of the Imaging USA Rockstar Giveaway. Stephanie wins a Kanematsu SP-310 Printer from KG Digital Solutions.

To enter today's drawing, click here.
Congratulations to Stephanie Cunningham of New York, the winner of Day 15 of the Imaging USA Rockstar Giveaway. Stephanie wins the Ron Nichols Studio Retouching Palette.

To enter today's drawing, click here.

Dear PPA Member,

It's already the end of December, and the holidays are here (if you haven't noticed). If you're anything like us, you are wondering where the year went! It feels like we were just in Phoenix for Imaging USA 2009...but in a few short weeks, we will be in Nashville for Imaging USA 2010.

Even though we associate this time of year with Imaging USA preparation, we like to remember that it is also the holiday season. It's a time for friends and families to gather together. To continue that holiday spirit, we have gathered together a list of Vital Signs articles that we feel represents the best of the year. Take a look at the topics and see what articles spark your interest. It never hurts to refresh business advice and ideas, and they can be a great read on your trip to Nashville!

Happy Holidays!
Christel Aprigliano
Director of Member Value & Experience

P.S. Have you heard about the Imaging USA Rockstar Giveaway? We're counting down the days to Imaging USA in Nashville by giving away cool stuff! Find out the daily giveaway and how to enter by following Imaging USA on Twitter or joining as a fan on the Imaging USA Facebook page. We're giving away over $10,000 worth of items that Photographic Rockstars (like you) want. Come rock with us!

Imaging USA, the coolest conference and trade show for professional photographers, will be in Nashville, Tennessee January 10 - 12, 2010 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. To help them countdown to the first photographic rockstar gathering of the year, they've launched the Imaging USA Rockstar Giveaway

Imaging USA is giving away things that photographers want. (And it's all thanks to some companies who love PPA and Imaging USA.)

What's Imaging USA's prize for Day 21 of the Imaging USA Rockstar Giveaway? M-Rock 525 Zion Backpack With Laptop Pocket. Photographic Rockstars know that you CAN take it with you if you use M-Rock camera bags! One lucky Rockstar gets a Zion Backpack with Laptop Pocket to carry cameras and lenses and laptops...(and an extra pen for autographs!)

Here's today's link to enter: http://imagingusa.org/rsg18765 (Become a fan of Imaging USA on Facebook and Twitter to get the link of the day.)

How can you enter? Become a fan of Imaging USA on Facebook (Imaging USA) or follow Imaging USA on Twitter (ImagingUSA). (You can also get the scoop on the day's giveaway on the PPA Today Blog.) When you click on the link of the day, you can enter to win. One lucky photographic rockstar gets the giveaway each day! Keep checking every day for the new link to enter!

To learn more (and to come rock with us), go to www.imagingusa.org.   

As the health care debate unfolds in the Senate, Professional Photographers of America (PPA) and its allied organizations are watching. In a letter sent to the Senate, PPA joined the Small Business Coalition for Affordable Health Care to ask for H.R. 3590 -The Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act to be made friendlier to the small business community.

The message being sent is that the combination of provisions included in the bill are not likely to provide small businesses with the long-term relief needed to ensure continuous access to quality and affordable health care.

Your Copyright & Government Affairs staff wanted to keep you updated on some of the provisions in this legislation, so that you can make informed decisions and ensure your voice is heard.

Nik Software announces today that it is shipping its award-winning Viveza 2, the latest upgrade to its award-winning and revolutionary photo editing software for selective color and light control. Viveza 2 now offers users robust global adjustments and precise selective controls that utilize Nik Software's award-winning U Point® technology. Viveza 2 eliminates the need to create complicated selections or layer masks and provides a powerful solution for users looking to save time and effort when editing images.    

"The first release of Viveza was truly revolutionary and introduced the most effective way to selectively edit photos," said Michael J. Slater, president and CEO of Nik Software. "With Viveza 2, we listened to a wide range of photographers and added even more control and a new level of precision to make Viveza 2 not only more powerful, but also an essential tool for anyone who regularly edits photos."
If you photograph students or for schools, you don't want to miss the new printer under the KG ProPhoto brand: the Smart ID Card Printer.  This Smart ID Card printer will be demonstrated at the Kanematsu USA Inc. / KG ProPhoto booth (1025) at the Imaging USA convention at the Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville from January 10 through the 12.

The Smart ID Card Printer is fast, convenient, portable and easy-to-use.  Many school photographers report that offering ID cards as part of a package deal is an effective way for them to get photo services contracts for schools.
    
Tragic events of the past changed the landscape of school safety forever.  However, a recent research report from the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) indicates that almost 50 percent of school respondents said they still were not using staff or student badges.   AASA recommends for maximum security all staff and students should be included in an integrated PC-based access control system that includes badging.*     
   
Nearly 80 percent of administrators responding to the survey describe their funding level as "stretched" or "inadequate".* Therefore, requiring many schools to choose between safety and textbooks.  The Smart ID Card Printer has a minimal equipment investment.  Cards can be printed for as little as $0.34 per card.
   
"Offering the Smart ID Card Printer is one way KG ProPhoto plans to further expand its product line to cover an even greater range of printers that provide cost-effective, high-quality performance that ultimately enhances the profit potential for photographers, retailers and other end users," notes Andrew Peterson, KG ProPhoto National Sales Manager.
     *American Association of Administrators, 2008 National School Safety Study, February 2009.

About KG ProPhoto
KG ProPhoto is a diverse product line of state-of-the-art products and accessories in the photographic digital imaging industry. KG ProPhoto products are offered under the umbrella brand, KG Digital Solutions, a business unit of Kanematsu USA Inc. Kanematsu USA Inc. is backed by the strength and stability of a 120 year global company, Kanematsu Corporation of Japan. 
Imaging USA, the coolest conference and trade show for professional photographers, will be in Nashville, Tennessee January 10 - 12, 2010 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. To help them countdown to the first photographic rockstar gathering of the year, they've launched the Imaging USA Rockstar Giveaway

Imaging USA is giving away things that photographers want. (And it's all thanks to some companies who love PPA and Imaging USA.)

What's Imaging USA's prize for Day 20 of the Imaging USA Rockstar Giveaway? Silver Efex Pro from Nik Software. Photographic Rockstars know that Silver Efex Pro from Nik Software creates instant hits in black and white with one convenient tool. One lucky Rockstar gets to rock out with a copy of Silver Efex Pro from Nik Software!

Here's today's link to enter: http://imagingusa.org/rsg29873 (Become a fan of Imaging USA on Facebook and Twitter to get the link of the day.)

How can you enter? Become a fan of Imaging USA on Facebook (Imaging USA) or follow Imaging USA on Twitter (ImagingUSA). (You can also get the scoop on the day's giveaway on the PPA Today Blog.) When you click on the link of the day, you can enter to win. One lucky photographic rockstar gets the giveaway each day! Keep checking every day for the new link to enter!

To learn more (and to come rock with us), go to www.imagingusa.org.   

Join Sarah Petty and 27 other industry leading photographers for The Joy to the World FREE Marketing Websummit on December 28, 2009. We'll each share our best money-making ideas for your business in the new year. From promotional ideas, to earning a larger investment from each wedding client, workflow improvements and more, you'll learn so much in these 14 FREE hours to substantially grow your business in 2010. At the same time, we'll be helping fund smiles for children in need of cleft lip and cleft palate surgeries through PPA Charities.

Over 10,000 professional photographers registered for our Master Photographers Free Marketing Telesummit in September. Now they're doing it again to help you get off to a strong start in the New Year ... and it's BIGGER and BETTER! This time, you can learn from David Jay, Sam Puc, Julia Woods, Jerry Ghionis, Scott Crosby, Will Crockett and more! The Joy to the World Websummit promises to provide you with serious money making ideas for your business. All you need is a computer with an Internet connection to join us December 28 (and the latest version of Adobe Flash --It's free, too). The Websummit will be available for 24 hours beginning at 12:01 CST on December 28. Listen to only those speakers you like best or watch all 28. You can start, stop and pause each speakers' presentation to learn at your leisure within the 24 hour window. Simply REGISTER NOW for FREE!

If you're not available on December 28, 2009 or want to get a head start on 2010 planning for your business, you can purchase the Adobe Flash files of all 14 hours for $89 and receive access to the speaker presentations IMMEDIATELY. A pre-websummit special price of $59 is available until December 27. Just register before December 28, 2009, and you'll receive this special offer!
Imaging USA, the coolest conference and trade show for professional photographers, will be in Nashville, Tennessee January 10 - 12, 2010 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. To help them countdown to the first photographic rockstar gathering of the year, they've launched the Imaging USA Rockstar Giveaway

Imaging USA is giving away things that photographers want. (And it's all thanks to some companies who love PPA and Imaging USA.)

What's Imaging USA's prize for Day 19 of the Imaging USA Rockstar Giveaway? $500 Gift Certificate from Larson Enterprises. Photographic Rockstars know that the right lighting can put their images in the spotlight. Softboxes? Check. Reflectors? Check. Larson Enterprises has got 'em. One lucky Photographic Rockstar gets a $500 Gift Certificate from Larson Enterprises, because the future looks bright...

Here's today's link to enter: http://imagingusa.org/rsg50864 (Become a fan of Imaging USA on Facebook and Twitter to get the link of the day.)

How can you enter? Become a fan of Imaging USA on Facebook (Imaging USA) or follow Imaging USA on Twitter (ImagingUSA). (You can also get the scoop on the day's giveaway on the PPA Today Blog.) When you click on the link of the day, you can enter to win. One lucky photographic rockstar gets the giveaway each day! Keep checking every day for the new link to enter!

To learn more (and to come rock with us), go to www.imagingusa.org.
Imaging USA, the coolest conference and trade show for professional photographers, will be in Nashville, Tennessee January 10 - 12, 2010 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. To help them countdown to the first photographic rockstar gathering of the year, they've launched the Imaging USA Rockstar Giveaway

Imaging USA is giving away things that photographers want. (And it's all thanks to some companies who love PPA and Imaging USA.)

What's Imaging USA's prize for Day 18 of the Imaging USA Rockstar Giveaway? 10 PPA Educational Webinars in 2010! Photographic Rockstars know that learning never ends - but sometimes it's hard to schedule! We love to rock it "Old School" with workshops, but we love to rock it "New School", too... and PPA Educational Webinars are the bomb.
 
Rockstars can watch them live - or view the archived version -  whenever they have time! We love webinars so much that one lucky Rockstar can get access to 10 of them in 2010 ($490 value)- learning never rocked so hard!

Here's today's link to enter: http://imagingusa.org/rsg87431 (Become a fan of Imaging USA on Facebook and Twitter to get the link of the day.)

How can you enter? Become a fan of Imaging USA on Facebook (Imaging USA) or follow Imaging USA on Twitter (ImagingUSA). (You can also get the scoop on the day's giveaway on the PPA Today Blog.) When you click on the link of the day, you can enter to win. One lucky photographic rockstar gets the giveaway each day! Keep checking every day for the new link to enter!

To learn more (and to come rock with us), go to www.imagingusa.org.   
Imaging USA, the coolest conference and trade show for professional photographers, will be in Nashville, Tennessee January 10 - 12, 2010 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. To help them countdown to the first photographic rockstar gathering of the year, they've launched the Imaging USA Rockstar Giveaway

Imaging USA is giving away things that photographers want. (And it's all thanks to some companies who love PPA and Imaging USA.)

What's Imaging USA's prize for Day 17 of the Imaging USA Rockstar Giveaway? Imaging USA Registration for 2 + the VIP Hook-up! Photographic Rockstars know that it's not only what you know, but who you know! Three days of rockin' education, fun, and shopping at Imaging USA and a personal introduction to one of the Imaging USA speakers of your choice after their presentation!

Here's today's link to enter: http://imagingusa.org/rsg37651 (Become a fan of Imaging USA on Facebook and Twitter to get the link of the day.)

How can you enter? Become a fan of Imaging USA on Facebook (Imaging USA) or follow Imaging USA on Twitter (ImagingUSA). (You can also get the scoop on the day's giveaway on the PPA Today Blog.) When you click on the link of the day, you can enter to win. One lucky photographic rockstar gets the giveaway each day! Keep checking every day for the new link to enter!

To learn more (and to come rock with us), go to www.imagingusa.org.   
Adobe today announced the immediate availability of Lightroom 2.6, Photoshop Camera Raw 5.6 and DNG Converter 5.6 on Adobe.com. Originally posted as release candidates for community testing on Adobe Labs, these final versions include raw file support for 20 new popular camera models, including the Canon EOS 7D and Nikon D3s. Additional DNG support has been added for the Leica M9 and Ricoh GXR camera models. A full list of the newly supported cameras is below.

The updates 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.

Adobe would like to thank everyone who downloaded and provided feedback on the Lightroom 2.6 and Camera Raw 5.6 Release Candidates. Lightroom 2 software is today's digital photography workflow solution, allowing photographers to quickly import, process, manage and showcase images, and the Photoshop Camera Raw plug-in provides fast and easy access within Photoshop to the raw image formats produced by many leading digital cameras. Adobe's Digital Negative (DNG) format is a publicly available archival format for the raw files generated by digital cameras.

Lightroom 2.6 is available as a free download for existing Lightroom 2 customers, and Photoshop Camera Raw 5.6 is available as a free download for existing customers of Photoshop CS4, Photoshop Elements 8 (Win/Mac) and Premiere Elements 8. DNG Converter 5.6 is also available as a free download for all customers. Click here for more information and to download the updates: www.adobe.com/downloads/updates.
Imaging USA, the coolest conference and trade show for professional photographers, will be in Nashville, Tennessee January 10 - 12, 2010 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. To help them countdown to the first photographic rockstar gathering of the year, they've launched the Imaging USA Rockstar Giveaway

Imaging USA is giving away things that photographers want. (And it's all thanks to some companies who love PPA and Imaging USA.)

What's Imaging USA's prize for Day 16 of the Imaging USA Rockstar Giveaway? Kanematsu SP-310 Printer from KG Digital Solutions

Photographic Rockstars know that sometimes it pays to print on the go - and the Kanematsu SP-310 Printer does exactly that! One lucky Rockstar gets to run around with the Kanematsu SP-310 Printer  - think rockin' shots printed right at the party!

Here's today's link to enter: http://imagingusa.org/rsg96805 (Become a fan of Imaging USA on Facebook and Twitter to get the link of the day.)

How can you enter? Become a fan of Imaging USA on Facebook (Imaging USA) or follow Imaging USA on Twitter (ImagingUSA). (You can also get the scoop on the day's giveaway on the PPA Today Blog.) When you click on the link of the day, you can enter to win. One lucky photographic rockstar gets the giveaway each day! Keep checking every day for the new link to enter!

To learn more (and to come rock with us), go to www.imagingusa.org.   
Congratulations to Amanda Kishel of Indiana, the winner of day 14 of the Imaging USA Rockstar Giveaway. Amanda wins a $500 gift card from Digital Silver Imaging.

To enter today's drawing, click here.
Congratulations to Micah Bell of Indiana, the winner of day 13 of the Imaging USA Rockstar Giveaway. Micah wins a 2-year National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) U.S. membership.

To enter today's drawing, click here.
Congratulations to Pam McRae of Mississippi, the winner of day 12 of the Imaging USA Rockstar Giveaway. Pam wins a free registration to a 2 Day SMS Business Basics Workshop in 2010.

To enter today's drawing, click here.

Dear {name},

In case you haven't noticed--or have been trying to avoid it--we live in a world that is growing more digital by the day. Tweets, texts, and posts have found their way into our everyday routines. And it is not only our personal lives that are affected, but our businesses as well. It's not unusual for me to follow up a text to my dad (yes, my 76-year-old father is an avid texter) with a post on the Imaging USA Facebook page.

The important thing to remember--and the subject of this Vital Signs--is to keep your business communications professional. Your studio's blog or social networking site represents your business, regardless of how casual the medium may seem. Don't let your blog turn into a diary or your Tweets develop into only a summary of your day-to-day activities. Saying the right thing is essential in keeping your readers coming back for more!

Cheers,
Christel Aprigliano
Director of Member Value & Experience

P.S. Have you heard about the Imaging USA Rockstar Giveaway? We're counting down the days to Imaging USA in Nashville by giving away cool stuff! Find out the daily giveaway and how to enter by following Imaging USA on Twitter or joining as a fan on the Imaging USA Facebook page. We're giving away over $10,000 worth of items that Photographic Rockstars (like you) want. Come rock with us!

Imaging USA, the coolest conference and trade show for professional photographers, will be in Nashville, Tennessee January 10 - 12, 2010 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. To help them countdown to the first photographic rockstar gathering of the year, they've launched the Imaging USA Rockstar Giveaway

Imaging USA is giving away things that photographers want. (And it's all thanks to some companies who love PPA and Imaging USA.)

What's Imaging USA's prize for Day 15 of the Imaging USA Rockstar Giveaway? Ron Nichols Studio Retouching Palette! OK, so when you're a Rockstar, you may want to be worshipped from afar, so no touching... but Photographic Rockstars know retouching helps to make images rock. The new Ron Nichols Studio Retouching Palette software ($259 Value) makes retouching easy - so you can spend your time doing what you love... rocking out at Imaging USA! One lucky Rockstar gets the Ron Nichols Studio Retouching Palette!

Here's today's link to enter: http://imagingusa.org/rsg37475 (Become a fan of Imaging USA on Facebook and Twitter to get the link of the day.)

How can you enter? Become a fan of Imaging USA on Facebook (Imaging USA) or follow Imaging USA on Twitter (ImagingUSA). (You can also get the scoop on the day's giveaway on the PPA Today Blog.) When you click on the link of the day, you can enter to win. One lucky photographic rockstar gets the giveaway each day! Keep checking every day for the new link to enter!

To learn more (and to come rock with us), go to www.imagingusa.org

Today, LaCie introduced the most compact 2.5" hard drive on the market, LaCie Rikiki, in metal. Measuring just a mere 110cm, its sophisticated form factor holds up to 640GB of media that you won't mind storing in a pocket or purse.

Encased in brushed, sturdy aluminum, the LaCie Rikiki, which means "tiny" in French, represents a resilient aesthetic that protects your media from everyday blunders and unwelcome fingerprints. Its lightweight design makes it a perfect companion for keeping your digital world close at hand.

"We are part of a generation that wants more from our electronics, but in the smallest form factor possible, and with a competitive price," said Anne-Sophie Marchand, Consumer Product Manager. "With the LaCie Rikiki, we have done just that by fitting high-performance and high-capacity in the palm of your hand, for under $100."

Leveraging the versatile USB 2.0 interface, the LaCie Rikiki is instantly compatible with your PC or Mac. Simply plug it in and you're ready to store and share your favorite media with high-speed performance. LaCie Rikiki also offers USB Boost software for enhancing speeds up to 33% (Windows® only).

LaCie Rikiki also comes with a simplified software suite for quick setup and easy-to-use backup management, enabling complete configuration in just a few clicks. The LaCie Rikiki is an all-in-one solution for storage mobility.

The LaCie Rikiki will be available in 250GB, 500GB, and 640GB capacities through the LaCie Online Store, LaCie Reseller+, and LaCie Corner, starting at the suggested retail price of $74.99 (excluding VAT). For more information, visit www.lacie.com.

Imaging USA, the coolest conference and trade show for professional photographers, will be in Nashville, Tennessee January 10 - 12, 2010 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. To help them countdown to the first photographic rockstar gathering of the year, they've launched the Imaging USA Rockstar Giveaway

Imaging USA is giving away things that photographers want. Like what? Oh, let's see...software, printers, gift certificates, food & beverage or spa credits at the Gaylord, memberships, and...cash. (And it's all thanks to some companies who love PPA and Imaging USA.)

What's Imaging USA's prize for Day 14 of the Imaging USA Rockstar Giveaway? A $500 Gift Card from Digital Silver Imaging! Photographic Rockstars know that nothing is as simple as black and white - especially when it comes to creating B&W stunning images! Digital Silver Imaging can help! Every image they produce for Rockstars is hand-crafted, which helps to rock the clients' world! Today's lucky Rockstar gets a $500 Gift Card from Digital Silver Imaging, offering museum quality black and white images from digital files.

Here's today's link to enter: http://imagingusa.org/rsg83821 (Become a fan of Imaging USA on Facebook and Twitter to get the link of the day.)

How can you enter? Become a fan of Imaging USA on Facebook (Imaging USA) or follow Imaging USA on Twitter (ImagingUSA). (You can also get the scoop on the day's giveaway on the PPA Today Blog.) When you click on the link of the day, you can enter to win. One lucky photographic rockstar gets the giveaway each day! Keep checking every day for the new link to enter!

To learn more (and to come rock with us), go to www.imagingusa.org
Each year, global optics manufacturer Carl Zeiss holds an annual worldwide photo contest. This year's competition, which opens on December 15 and accepts entries until January 15, 2010, has the theme "digital culture". Photographers and photo enthusiasts are invited to explore and capture this broad theme from their own unique perspective. Anyone can participate, provided the pictures are shot with a Carl Zeiss lens. Pictures can be taken with any type of camera, from an SLR reflex camera to the camera of a mobile phone.

Technology is shaping ever more areas of our lives and has become an indelible part of our culture. Computers, internet and mobile devices are part and parcel of daily life and have made many things easier. They have also changed the way people interact with each other, exchange information, work, play, meet friends, enjoy music, and much more. Carl Zeiss invites photographers from around the globe to capture this contemporary yet challenging theme in exciting images.

An international jury consisting of photographers Edith Held and Jürgen Müller among others will assess the images on their creativity and technical execution. Highest points will be given to photographers whose images have been created before and during the shutter release, with as little revising and adapting of the image as possible.

The jury will select 10 winners after January 15. They will receive various types of merchandise.

First prize is a ZEISS SLR-lens, which the winner can select. The second prize is a set of Cinemizer Plus video glasses, including an iPod touch 8 GB. Third prize is a Nokia N 86 mobile telephone.

The Carl Zeiss photo contest takes place each year in December. Last year's theme was "pulse of the city". The jury was led by Uwe Ommer.

For more information or to sign up for the contest, visit www.zeiss.com/photo
Congratulations to Al Knataitis of New York, the winner of day 11 of the Imaging USA Rockstar Giveaway. Al wins a $150 food and beverage credit at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel & Conference Center during Imaging USA.

To enter today's drawing, click here.
Congratulations to Dawn Wallace of Georgia, the winner of day 10 of the Imaging USA Rockstar Giveaway. Dawn wins free Imaging USA registration for two plus the V.I.P. hookup with one of the photographic rockstar speakers.

To enter today's drawing, click here.
Congratulations to Devin Faulkner of Florida, the winner of day 9 of the Imaging USA Rockstar Giveaway. Devin wins the Rockstar Collection for Graphic Authority.

To enter today's drawing, click here.
Imaging USA, the coolest conference and trade show for professional photographers, will be in Nashville, Tennessee January 10 - 12, 2010 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. To help them countdown to the first photographic rockstar gathering of the year, they've launched the Imaging USA Rockstar Giveaway

Imaging USA is giving away things that photographers want. Like what? Oh, let's see...software, printers, gift certificates, food & beverage or spa credits at the Gaylord, memberships, and...cash. (And it's all thanks to some companies who love PPA and Imaging USA.)

What's Imaging USA's prize for Day 13 of the Imaging USA Rockstar Giveaway? A 2-year National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) U.S. Membership. Photographic Rockstars know that NAPP is THE place to go to for Adobe® Photoshop® training and tutorials, tips and tricks, and discounts for Kelby Training Live! PPA loves NAPP, because they know how to rock Adobe® Photoshop®! One lucky Rockstar gets a 2-year U.S. membership for NAPP ($179 value)!

Here's today's link to enter: http://imagingusa.org/rsg28310 (Become a fan of Imaging USA on Facebook and Twitter to get the link of the day.)

How can you enter? Become a fan of Imaging USA on Facebook (Imaging USA) or follow Imaging USA on Twitter (ImagingUSA). (You can also get the scoop on the day's giveaway on the PPA Today Blog.) When you click on the link of the day, you can enter to win. One lucky photographic rockstar gets the giveaway each day! Keep checking every day for the new link to enter!

To learn more (and to come rock with us), go to www.imagingusa.org.  
Buy a powerful new Mac or other gear by December 31st and enjoy the tax benefits on this year's return.

This holiday, give your business the gift of an Apple technology upgrade. Not only will you and your employees start being more productive right away - you can also apply your purchases to your 2009 tax return and take advantage of new tax laws aimed at businesses like yours.

PPA members, take advantage of this opportunity and consult with your tax advisor to find out more information. And don't forget to use your special member pricing on the Apple products that you purchase!
Epson has announced its free, easy-to-use iPrint photo printing app for iPhone and iPod touch is now available on the App Store. The app lets users print wirelessly on Epson network capable printers including the Artisan® 810,  Artisan 710 and WorkForce® 610, to name a few. The Epson iPrint App is a great enhancement for printing any photo from an iPhone or iPod touch.

"With the holidays quickly approaching, many special moments will be captured on an iPhone and Epson is providing users with an easy way to print high-quality photos of these special memories onto Epson printers using the Epson iPrint App," said Steve Semos, planning and development for Consumer Ink Jets, Epson America Inc. "In addition, the Epson iPrint App gives iPhone and iPod touch users great flexibility by printing on a variety of photo paper sizes and on letter-size plain paper."

The Epson iPrint App is available for free from the App Store on iPhone and iPod touch or at www.itunes.com/appstore/.  For more information about Epson iPrint and compatible Epson printers, visit Apple App Store and search for Epson iPrint.
Photodex Corporation has released ProShow 4.1, the latest version of its award-winning photo and video slide show software for Windows. ProShow 4.1 makes it easy for users to get their slide shows online and in front of friends, family or clients with new integrated uploading to Facebook, Vimeo and Twitter. Version 4.1 also features an all-new Slide Style Manager and dozens of new, user requested features that help make ProShow better than ever.

"We know what a huge part social networking sites play in our customer's lives. It's a place for them to communicate with friends, family and even reach out to potential clients. That's why we integrated uploading to these sites directly into ProShow 4.1 and made it a very simple and quick process", said Paul Schmidt, President and Founder of Photodex Corporation.

Users with Facebook and Vimeo accounts can now directly upload their slide shows from ProShow Gold or Producer 4.1 to their profile. Slide shows are sent in video format in either normal quality or high definition. Once a new slide show has been uploaded, it can be automatically announced on Twitter using ProShow 4.1's new Twitter feature. ProShow automatically creates a new tweet announcing a show upload and provides a link for followers to view it. URLs are automatically shortened and a personalized message can be sent with each tweet.

Other notable updates in ProShow 4.1 include a newly designed Slide Style Manager which allows users to quickly sort, filter and manage styles in their personal libraries. Users accessing large libraries of Slide Styles will experience greatly improved speed when loading the Slide Styles dialog and previewing complex styles. ProShow 4.1 also includes dozens of new, user requested features including time-saving additions in the Slide Options dialog, new Theora video output, improvements to the Layers and Captions lists and more. A full list of new features can be seen on the Photodex website at: www.photodex.com/products/proshowgold/new.html

Imaging USA, the coolest conference and trade show for professional photographers, will be in Nashville, Tennessee January 10 - 12, 2010 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. To help them countdown to the first photographic rockstar gathering of the year, they've launched the Imaging USA Rockstar Giveaway

Imaging USA is giving away things that photographers want. Like what? Oh, let's see...software, printers, gift certificates, food & beverage or spa credits at the Gaylord, memberships, and...cash. (And it's all thanks to some companies who love PPA and Imaging USA.)

What's Imaging USA's prize for Day 12 of the Imaging USA Rockstar Giveaway? 2-Day Business Basics SMS Workshop in 2010. Photographic Rockstars know that knowledge is power, and with an intensive 2-Day Business Basics SMS Workshop ($349 value), rockstars get the fundamentals of photography business basics from legends in the photographic industry. (It's sort of like having Jimmy Hendrix teaching you how to play guitar.) A lucky Rockstar will get a one person 2-day Business Basics SMS Workshop registration for any of the available workshops in 2010.

Here's today's link to enter: http://imagingusa.org/rsg23389 (Become a fan of Imaging USA on Facebook and Twitter to get the link of the day.)

How can you enter? Become a fan of Imaging USA on Facebook (Imaging USA) or follow Imaging USA on Twitter (ImagingUSA). (You can also get the scoop on the day's giveaway on the PPA Today Blog.) When you click on the link of the day, you can enter to win. One lucky photographic rockstar gets the giveaway each day! Keep checking every day for the new link to enter!

To learn more (and to come rock with us), go to www.imagingusa.org.  
Imaging USA, the coolest conference and trade show for professional photographers, will be in Nashville, Tennessee January 10 - 12, 2010 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. To help them countdown to the first photographic rockstar gathering of the year, they've launched the Imaging USA Rockstar Giveaway

Imaging USA is giving away things that photographers want. Like what? Oh, let's see...software, printers, gift certificates, food & beverage or spa credits at the Gaylord, memberships, and...cash. (And it's all thanks to some companies who love PPA and Imaging USA.)

What's Imaging USA's prize for Day 11 of the Imaging USA Rockstar Giveaway? $150 Food & Beverage Credit at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel & Conference Center during Imaging USA. OK, so it may not be caviar and Cristal, but Photographic Rockstars need good food and beverages while they're rocking out with other Rockstars at Imaging USA in Nashville, Tennessee. Today's lucky Rockstar gets a $150 Food & Beverage Credit for any of the restaurants or nightclubs at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel during Imaging USA.

Here's today's link to enter: http://imagingusa.org/rsg72725 (Become a fan of Imaging USA on Facebook and Twitter to get the link of the day.)

How can you enter? Become a fan of Imaging USA on Facebook (Imaging USA) or follow Imaging USA on Twitter (ImagingUSA). (You can also get the scoop on the day's giveaway on the PPA Today Blog.) When you click on the link of the day, you can enter to win. One lucky photographic rockstar gets the giveaway each day! Keep checking every day for the new link to enter!

To learn more (and to come rock with us), go to www.imagingusa.org
Imaging USA, the coolest conference and trade show for professional photographers, will be in Nashville, Tennessee January 10 - 12, 2010 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. To help them countdown to the first photographic rockstar gathering of the year, they've launched the Imaging USA Rockstar Giveaway

Imaging USA is giving away things that photographers want. Like what? Oh, let's see...software, printers, gift certificates, food & beverage or spa credits at the Gaylord, memberships, and...cash. (And it's all thanks to some companies who love PPA and Imaging USA.)

What's Imaging USA's prize for Day 10 of the Imaging USA Rockstar Giveaway? Imaging USA Registration for 2 and the VIP Hook-up with one of the Photographic Rockstar Speakers at Imaging USA! Who's YOUR favorite Imaging USA Rockstar Speaker? Photographic Rockstars know that it's not only what you know, but who you know!

Not only does today's giveaway get you an all-access pass for two (you and a fellow Rockstar) to three days of rockin' education, fun, and shopping at Imaging USA (a $219 value).... but you'll get a personal introduction to one of the Imaging USA speakers of your choice after their presentation!

Here's today's link to enter: http://imagingusa.org/rsg45643  (Become a fan of Imaging USA on Facebook and Twitter to get the link of the day.)

How can you enter? Become a fan of Imaging USA on Facebook (Imaging USA) or follow Imaging USA on Twitter (ImagingUSA). (You can also get the scoop on the day's giveaway on the PPA Today Blog.) When you click on the link of the day, you can enter to win. One lucky photographic rockstar gets the giveaway each day! Keep checking every day for the new link to enter!

To learn more (and to come rock with us), go to www.imagingusa.org
Congratulations to Jennifer Laws of Texas, the winner of Day 8 of the Imaging USA Rockstar Giveaway. Jennifer wins a $500 gift certificate from Larson Enterprises.

To enter the Day 9 drawing for the rockstar collection from Graphic Authority, click here.
Imaging USA, the coolest conference and trade show for professional photographers, will be in Nashville, Tennessee January 10 - 12, 2010 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. To help them countdown to the first photographic rockstar gathering of the year, they've launched the Imaging USA Rockstar Giveaway

Imaging USA is giving away things that photographers want. Like what? Oh, let's see...software, printers, gift certificates, food & beverage or spa credits at the Gaylord, memberships, and...cash. (And it's all thanks to some companies who love PPA and Imaging USA.)

What's Imaging USA's prize for Day 9 of the Imaging USA Rockstar Giveaway? The Rockstar Collection ($199 value) from Graphic Authority. Photographic Rockstars know that Graphic Authority helps to rock the photographic world with Photoshop templates and design elements. The Rockstar Collection ($199 value) includes 24 book templates, 12  card templates, and bonus tracks to ensure that the Seniors you shoot will be your raving fans! One lucky Rockstar gets the entire Rockstar Collection from Graphic Authority!

Here's today's link to enter: http://imagingusa.org/rsg14623 (Become a fan of Imaging USA on Facebook and Twitter to get the link of the day.)

How can you enter? Become a fan of Imaging USA on Facebook (Imaging USA) or follow Imaging USA on Twitter (ImagingUSA). (You can also get the scoop on the day's giveaway on the PPA Today Blog.) When you click on the link of the day, you can enter to win. One lucky photographic rockstar gets the giveaway each day! Keep checking every day for the new link to enter!

To learn more (and to come rock with us), go to www.imagingusa.org.

In 2010, PPA will be developing several new marketing tools that focus on selling the unique value of professional photography and we're looking for a few PPA members who would be willing to be interviewed on camera while they are at Imaging USA.  Can you spend a ½ hour participating in this project?  If so, please contact Therese Aleman for more information.

Dear PPA Member,

I'm going to take a wild guess and say that your clients fill up your email inbox a lot quicker than your mailbox. Am I right? It seems as though written letters and stamps have been replaced with electronic signatures and a send button - not to mention the occasional LOL and :). Who can you blame though? We live in a world (and work in an industry) where technology plays a major role.

Take this Vital Signs for example. How was it sent to you? E-mail. And what about the PPA Today newsletter? Yep, e-mail again. In fact, much of what PPA sends you goes directly to your inbox. It's quick, it's easy, and it's how we have learned to communicate.

The point of this Vital Signs is to stress the importance of keeping your emails professional. Whether you are emailing a client about an appointment or a vendor about an order, remember that it is still a business transaction. To steal a line from Spiderman, with great power comes great responsibility. Take advantage of the power of e-mail, but make sure you read it over before you press send!

Cheers,
Christel Aprigliano
Director of Member Value & Experience

onOne Software is offering a Plug-In Suite 5 gift package. The package includes the just released Plug-In Suite 5, which features six award-winning Photoshop plug-ins.

With the purchase of the software, onOne is offering an 8GB iPod nano and two Photoshop training videos from Kelby Training. The package is valued at $768, but can be purchased for $499.95 up to December 17th.

Learn more here.
Nikon Inc. today announced two new NIKKOR optics that deliver the pinnacle of image quality for professional photographers who demand super telephoto capabilities. The new, fast aperture AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II super telephoto lens and AF-S Teleconverter TC-20E III deliver images with stunning edge-to-edge sharpness and clarity throughout the frame. Continued refinements and new technologies such as Vibration Reduction (VR) II and optimized autofocus (AF) modes in the lens enhance functionality and improve performance for discerning FX and DX-format digital SLR photographers.

"The latest edition of the NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8 lens advances one of the most popular fast-aperture focal lengths for sports, nature and wildlife photography, demonstrating Nikon's commitment to professional photographers through the continued development of the optical fidelity and sharpness for which NIKKOR lenses are famous," said Edward Fasano, general manager for marketing, SLR Systems Products at Nikon Inc. "Offering compatibility with a wide range of NIKKOR optics, including the new 300mm f/2.8, the TC-20E III teleconverter enables photographers to greatly extend the versatility of a variety of zoom and telephoto lenses they carry."

Whether photographing nature in the wild or the battles at a line of scrimmage, the 300mm f/2.8 is an essential tool for photographers who require the highest level of image quality for publication and printing. This 300mm lens effectively leverages a host of Nikon core technologies, including Nikon VR II image stabilization, specifically engineered for each lens design for maximum performance. VR II instills confidence by counteracting image blur introduced by camera shake and telephoto magnification, allowing users to shoot up to four shutter speed stops* slower than otherwise possible, overcoming many of the challenges of handheld shooting. If tripod shooting is preferred, the Tripod Detection Mode will detect and compensate for tripod-specific vibrations.

This professional lens is constructed of die-cast magnesium for maximum durability and is strategically sealed to resist dust and moisture, with protective Meniscus glass to safeguard the lens' front element. The optical formula features three Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass elements for superior sharpness, color and image quality, while minimizing chromatic aberration. Additionally, an aspherical element is used to promote image integrity throughout the frame, suppress coma and minimize distortion. The lens also features Nikon's exclusive Silent Wave Motor (SWM) technology which enables high-speed autofocus performance with exceptional accuracy and powerful, super-quiet operation. Nikon's exclusive Nano Crystal Coat prevents instances of ghosting and flare for even greater image clarity.

The AF-S 300mm f/2.8 lens features a host of professional focusing features that further enhance functionality. Photographers can now select from three focus modes to match shooting conditions, including manual mode (M) and autofocus with manual priority (M/A) mode, and the new A/M mode. The A/M mode enhances AF control with fast, secure switching from automatic and manual focus to adapt to personal shooting preference and techniques. Additionally, users can also activate the AF Recall Mode at the press of a button that allows for instant return to a predetermined point of focus to capture anticipated shots confidently.

Nikon's professional grade teleconverters, including the new AF-S TC-20E III are ideal companions to the new NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8 and other select lenses to create an affordable and portable gateway to extended telephoto photography. The new TC-20E III effectively doubles the focal length of select lenses, and is the world's first teleconverter to feature an aspherical element to virtually eliminate coma and other aberrations even at wide apertures.

The AF-S DX NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II lens is scheduled to be available at Nikon authorized dealers with an estimated selling price of $5,899.95.  The Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-20E III will be available for estimated selling price of $499.95.  Availability of both products is scheduled to begin in January, 2010. For more information, please visit www.nikonusa.com
Congratulations to David Clark of Illinois, the winner of Day 7 of the Imaging USA Rockstar Giveaway. David wins a $300 credit for Relâche Spa at Gaylord Opryland.

To enter the Day 8 drawing for a $500 gift certificate from Larson Enterprises, click here.
Imaging USA, the coolest conference and trade show for professional photographers, will be in Nashville, Tennessee January 10 - 12, 2010 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. To help them countdown to the first photographic rockstar gathering of the year, they've launched the Imaging USA Rockstar Giveaway

Imaging USA is giving away things that photographers want. Like what? Oh, let's see...software, printers, gift certificates, food & beverage or spa credits at the Gaylord, memberships, and...cash. (And it's all thanks to some companies who love PPA and Imaging USA.)

What's Imaging USA's prize for Day 8 of the Imaging USA Rockstar Giveaway? A $500 Gift Certificate from Larson Enterprises. Photographic Rockstars know that the right lighting can put their images in the spotlight, and Larson Enterprises has got the right equipment. Softboxes? Check. Reflectors? Check. Larson Enterprises has got 'em. One lucky Photographic Rockstar gets a $500 Gift Certificate from Larson Enterprises, because the future looks bright...

Here's today's link to enter: http://imagingusa.org/rsg85347  (Become a fan of Imaging USA on Facebook and Twitter to get the link of the day.)

How can you enter? Become a fan of Imaging USA on Facebook (Imaging USA) or follow Imaging USA on Twitter (ImagingUSA). (You can also get the scoop on the day's giveaway on the PPA Today Blog.) When you click on the link of the day, you can enter to win. One lucky photographic rockstar gets the giveaway each day! Keep checking every day for the new link to enter!

To learn more (and to come rock with us), go to www.imagingusa.org

Set your studio on the path to financial success! Join us for two free webinars to share the latest PPA Benchmark Survey results. They're free and for PPA members only, but you'll need to sign up early because space is limited.

You'll get answers to questions like the following:

  • Why are some studios so much more profitable than others?
  • How much of every dollar your studio brings in should you be spending to grow your business?
  • How much should you expect to keep as bottom line profit?
  • Should you stay in a home studio, or venture out into a retail space?
  • What are the key financial strategies photographers should consider in a long-term plan?
  • How can you effectively utilize credit and manage debt?

It's free--click here to register now!

Congratulations to Cassandra Sullivan of Massachusetts, the winner of Day 6 of the Imaging USA Rockstar Giveaway. Cassandra wins a free copy of Adobe Photoshop CS4 Extended.

To enter the Day 7 drawing for a $300 credit for Relâche Spa at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel, click here.
In advance of an exhibition of wedding dresses in 2013, the Victoria & Albert Museum in the UK is creating a database of photographs of clothes worn for weddings from all cultures between 1840 and the present. This database will provide a rich record and help people date their own photographs.

To ensure that an useful historical record is built, all entries will provide the year of the event and the names of the bride and groom or partners. The place and the religion of the wedding should be included if possible. The museum would like photographers to upload up to three photographs showing the fashions at any one wedding and the principal image should focus on the detail of the wedding dress (or partners' clothes).

To learn more, click here.
Imaging USA, the coolest conference and trade show for professional photographers, will be in Nashville, Tennessee January 10 - 12, 2010 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. To help them countdown to the first photographic rockstar gathering of the year, they've launched the Imaging USA Rockstar Giveaway

Imaging USA is giving away things that photographers want. (And it's all thanks to some companies who love PPA and Imaging USA.)

What's Imaging USA's prize for Day 7 of the Imaging USA Rockstar Giveaway? A $300 Credit for Relâche Spa at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel! Photographic Rockstars know that a massage or a facial can help you feel just as good as you look. (After all, being pampered is part of a Rockstar's lifestyle, and with all those parties and fun at Imaging USA...)  Today's Imaging USA Rockstar Giveaway is all about being pampered while the lucky Rockstar is at Imaging USA in Nashville, Tennessee with a $300 credit for the Relâche Spa at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel!

Here's today's link to enter: http://imagingusa.org/rsg25424  (Become a fan of Imaging USA on Facebook and Twitter to get the link of the day.)

How can you enter? Become a fan of Imaging USA on Facebook (Imaging USA) or follow Imaging USA on Twitter (ImagingUSA). (You can also get the scoop on the day's giveaway on the PPA Today Blog.) When you click on the link of the day, you can enter to win. One lucky photographic rockstar gets the giveaway each day! Keep checking every day for the new link to enter!

To learn more (and to come rock with us), go to www.imagingusa.org.
Today Eye-Fi Inc. announced a collaboration with Google's Picasa that makes sharing and storing memories effortless, just in time for the holidays.  Anyone who purchases 200GB or more of extra Google storage will receive a free Eye-Fi wireless memory card, which lets users send photos and videos directly from their camera to the Web.

Users can enjoy automatic backup of their memories with Google and Eye-Fi, and store up to 100,000 5MB photos under the 200GB plan.  The combined power of Google's Picasa Web Albums and Eye-Fi's automatic geotagging service also lets users easily view their photos plotted on a map where the image was taken, and search or organize photos by location.

"Google and Eye-Fi have the common vision of leveraging the power of the cloud to provide effortless ways for consumers to store and share their memories," said Jef Holove, CEO for Eye-Fi. "Together we're giving consumers the most convenient way to get their memories off the camera, and onto the Web.  We're enabling users to focus on the memories, and not the chore of offloading images from a camera and storing them."

Google's storage solutions featuring the Eye-Fi card start at 200GB per year for $50 and are available for customers in the United States and Canada from www.picasa.google.com/eyefi.html. With this promotion, the free Eye-Fi Home video card (a $69.99 value) also comes with one free year of Web Share and Geotagging services (an additional $24.98 value), which can be extended with continued use of Google's Web properties.

This marks the latest development in Google and Eye-Fi's ongoing collaboration.  Picasa Web Albums was one of the first photo sharing sites to integrate with Eye-Fi, and YouTube became the first online sharing site where Eye-Fi users could automatically upload videos.  To date, Eye-Fi users have uploaded more than 2.7 million photos to Picasa.

"By giving people a better way to upload and share their photos, Picasa Web Albums and Eye-Fi help people share life's memories easily ­ with the added peace of mind that their information is backed up in the cloud," said Google Product Management Director Brian Axe.
Leaf Imaging announced today the immediate availability of Leaf Capture Remote - an application that extends Leaf Capture 11 workflow software, enabling remote image viewing on an Apple iPhone(TM), or iPod(R) Touch. The Leaf Capture Remote application allows photographers and digital operators using Leaf digital backs and camera systems to view, zoom and pan high resolution Leaf RAW images on an Apple iPhone and iPod Touch. It is the first application to permit real-time, on-set remote viewing of medium format images, enabling instant feedback on any shot.

Now, while a photographer is shooting tethered using Leaf Capture software, a client or creative director can view the images over a standard Wi-Fi network on an Apple mobile device.

"Leaf Capture Remote lets me quickly check my files when I can't see my laptop on location," says Dutch-based professional photographer Frank Doorhof of Studio FD, "or I can just give my visitors an iPhone to browse and check it themselves without interrupting our workflow. Simply put -- it rocks."

Leaf Capture Remote application version 1.0 is free and available now for download from Apple's iPhone App Store. It supports all Leaf products that connect to Leaf Capture. (To find it, search for "Leaf Capture" in the Apple iTunes App Store.)

Additional information on installation and setup is available at : http://www.leaf-photography.com/products_lcremote.asp 
Congratulations to Adam Scherer of New York, the winner of day 5 of the Imaging USA Rockstar Giveaway. Adam wins a year membership to PPA plus free registration to Imaging USA.

To enter the day 6 drawing for a free copy of Adobe Photoshop CS4 Extended, click here.
StudioPlus studio business and digital workflow software is offering a year end promotion on products through December 15, 2009.

2009 Year End Offers:

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MyStudioPlus.com is an integrated online gallery and ordering component of StudioPlus.  We are currently waiving our $295 setup fee for a limited time.

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MyStudioPlus.com is an integrated online gallery and ordering component of StudioPlus.  We are currently waiving our $295 setup fee for a limited time.

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Imaging USA, the coolest conference and trade show for professional photographers, will be in Nashville, Tennessee January 10 - 12, 2010 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. To help them countdown to the first photographic rockstar gathering of the year, they've launched the Imaging USA Rockstar Giveaway

Imaging USA is giving away things that photographers want. Like what? Oh, let's see...software, printers, gift certificates, food & beverage or spa credits at the Gaylord, memberships, and...cash. (And it's all thanks to some companies who love PPA and Imaging USA.)

What's Imaging USA's prize for Day 6 of the Imaging USA Rockstar Giveaway? Adobe Photoshop CS4 Extended. Seriously.You know this software is off the hook. Sure, you can rock without it, but it sure makes a Rockstar's digital workflow...rock harder and faster.  Enter to get an edition of Adobe® Photoshop® CS4 Extended ($999 value) Here's today's link to enter: http://imagingusa.org/rsg37745 (Become a fan of Imaging USA on Facebook and Twitter to get the link of the day.)

How can you enter? Become a fan of Imaging USA on Facebook (Imaging USA) or follow Imaging USA on Twitter (ImagingUSA). (You can also get the scoop on the day's giveaway on the PPA Today Blog.) When you click on the link of the day, you can enter to win. One lucky photographic rockstar gets the giveaway each day! Keep checking every day for the new link to enter!

To learn more (and to come rock with us), go to www.imagingusa.org
Hurry, Time Is Running Out. Reserve Your Appointment Now
 
If you will be in Nashville this January for Imaging USA, be sure to take advantage of free print competition consultations with PPA Jurors/Mentors from PPA's Photographic Exhibition Committee (PEC). These personal evaluations by some of the world's best photographers and Jurors can help you significantly improve your craft. Ask questions, receive information and tips on creating exhibition-quality images, and get the inside track on how to earn merits towards the prestigious PPA Master of Photography degree.
 
Due to the extreme popularity of these mentor sessions, a limited number of appointments will be available and must be scheduled in advance. Contact PEC Administrator Jim Dingwell (jdingwell@ppa.com) to reserve a time for your review.
Imaging USA, the coolest conference and trade show for professional photographers, will be in Nashville, Tennessee January 10 - 12, 2010 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. To help them countdown to the first photographic rockstar gathering of the year, they've launched the Imaging USA Rockstar Giveaway

Imaging USA is giving away things that photographers want. Like what? Oh, let's see...software, printers, gift certificates, food & beverage or spa credits at the Gaylord, memberships, and...cash. (And it's all thanks to some companies who love PPA and Imaging USA.)

What's Imaging USA's prize for Day 5 of the Imaging USA Rockstar Giveaway? A one-year Professional Active Membership in PPA (new or renewal), and FREE registration to Imaging USA. Over 22,000 Photographic Rockstar members know that PPA is behind them all the way, supporting them behind the scenes with benefits, resources, tools... and Imaging USA. (Roadies love to have fun, and we plan on rocking hard at Imaging USA in Nashville!) Here's today's link to enter: http://imagingusa.org/rsg87376 (Become a fan of Imaging USA on Facebook and Twitter to get the link of the day.)

How can you enter? Become a fan of Imaging USA on Facebook (Imaging USA) or follow Imaging USA on Twitter (ImagingUSA). (You can also get the scoop on the day's giveaway on the PPA Today Blog.) When you click on the link of the day, you can enter to win. One lucky photographic rockstar gets the giveaway each day! Keep checking every day for the new link to enter!

To learn more (and to come rock with us), go to www.imagingusa.org
Imaging USA, the coolest conference and trade show for professional photographers, will be in Nashville, Tennessee January 10 - 12, 2010 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. To help them countdown to the first photographic rockstar gathering of the year, they've launched the Imaging USA Rockstar Giveaway

Imaging USA is giving away things that photographers want. Like what? Oh, let's see...software, printers, gift certificates, food & beverage or spa credits at the Gaylord, memberships, and...cash. (And it's all thanks to some companies who love PPA and Imaging USA.)

What's Imaging USA's prize for Day 4 of the Imaging USA Rockstar Giveaway? One Time SMS Consultation ($600 Value). Photographic Rockstars have their mind on their money...and know the score when it comes to their studio goals and financial plans! You can't rock hard when you don't know where the money's going, right?  These experts know the photographic rockstar world by the numbers... so they can help keep you rolling.Here's today's link to enter: http://imagingusa.org/rsg26246 (Become a fan of Imaging USA on Facebook and Twitter to get the link of the day.)

How can you enter? Become a fan of Imaging USA on Facebook (Imaging USA) or follow Imaging USA on Twitter (ImagingUSA). (You can also get the scoop on the day's giveaway on the PPA Today Blog.) When you click on the link of the day, you can enter to win. One lucky photographic rockstar gets the giveaway each day! Keep checking every day for the new link to enter!

To learn more (and to come rock with us), go to www.imagingusa.org.

Congratulations to Heather Culley from Washington, winner of Day Four of the Imaging USA Rockstar Giveaway!
Imaging USA, the coolest conference and trade show for professional photographers, will be in Nashville, Tennessee January 10 - 12, 2010 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. To help them countdown to the first photographic rockstar gathering of the year, they've launched the Imaging USA Rockstar Giveaway

Imaging USA is giving away things that photographers want. Like what? Oh, let's see...software, printers, gift certificates, food & beverage or spa credits at the Gaylord, memberships, and...cash. (And it's all thanks to some companies who love PPA and Imaging USA.)

What's Imaging USA's prize for Day 3 of the Imaging USA Rockstar Giveaway? Viveza2 from Nik Software! Photographic Rockstars know that Nik Software has got some of the coolest software out on the market to help create some of the hottest images in the photographic world. Viveza2 is the most powerful and precise tool available to control light and color in photographic images. Here's today's link to enter: http://imagingusa.org/rsg29348 (Become a fan of Imaging USA on Facebook and Twitter to get the link of the day.)

How can you enter? Become a fan of Imaging USA on Facebook (Imaging USA) or follow Imaging USA on Twitter (ImagingUSA). (You can also get the scoop on the day's giveaway on the PPA Today Blog.) When you click on the link of the day, you can enter to win. One lucky photographic rockstar gets the giveaway each day! Keep checking every day for the new link to enter!

To learn more (and to come rock with us), go to www.imagingusa.org.

Congratulations to Katrina Beckham from Georgia, winner of Day 3 of the Imaging USA Rockstar Giveaway! 
Sigma Corporation is pleased to announce its newly upgraded 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM lens.

This large aperture, standard zoom lens contains state-of-the-art enhancements, including the company's own Optical Stabilization (OS), anti-shake technology that offers the use of shutter speeds approximately four stops slower than would otherwise be possible. Once again, only Sigma has made it possible for Pentax and Sony shooters to utilize an anti-shake system in either the lens or the camera body.

This lens' predecessor, the 17-70mm F2.8-4.5 DC Macro HSM, was deemed a "Best Buy" recommendation for photographers wishing to purchase a standard zoom lens as part of the Canadian Association for Photographic Art's (CAPA) "Best Lens of the Year" awards.

"Aside from the OS technology, which is key when shooting with mid-range and high-end class DSLRs, this lens stands apart from the crowd because of its impressive zoom range," said Mark Amir-Hamzeh, general manager of Sigma Corporation of America. "It has a 4x zoom range that is equivalent to 24-105mm lenses in full-frame formats. That, coupled with the OS technology and a macro function, makes it the ultimate standard lens for serious photographers who want top-notch image quality and functionality at an affordable price."

With a large aperture of F2.8 on the wide end and F4 at the tele end, as well as a macro function with a minimum focusing distance of 8.7 inches and a maximum magnification ratio of 1:2.7, this lens is ideal for a wide range of photography. The lens' Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) also ensures a quiet and high speed auto focus, while its rounded, seven-blade diaphragm creates an attractive blur to the out-of-focus areas to provide the optimal Bokeh effect. The inner focusing system eliminates front lens rotation, making the lens particularly suitable for using the supplied petal-type lens hood and circular polarizing filters.

Three aspherical lenses and one Extraordinary Low Dispersion (ELD) glass element provide excellent correction for all types of aberrations when shooting with this lens. Additionally, the Super Multi-Layer Coating reduces flare and ghosting to produce high-contrast images.  

The 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM lens is currently available in Sigma, Canon, Nikon (D), Sony (D) and Pentax mounts for $680 MSRP in stores nationwide.

To locate an authorized Sigma dealer near you, visit www.sigmaphoto.com/where/where.asp. For information about Sigma Corporation of America, visit www.sigmaphoto.com.
Imaging USA, the coolest conference and trade show for professional photographers, will be in Nashville, Tennessee January 10 - 12, 2010 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. To help them countdown to the first photographic rockstar gathering of the year, they've launched the Imaging USA Rockstar Giveaway

Imaging USA is giving away things that photographers want. Like what? Oh, let's see...software, printers, gift certificates, food & beverage or spa credits at the Gaylord, memberships, and...cash. (And it's all thanks to some companies who love PPA and Imaging USA.)

What's Imaging USA's prize for Day 2 of the Imaging USA Rockstar Giveaway? Get the VIP Hookup! Photographic Rockstars know that it's not only what you know, but who you know! Enter to win an all-access pass for two (you and a fellow Rockstar) to three days of rockin' education, fun, and shopping at Imaging USA (a $219 value).... AND you'll get a personal introduction to one of the Imaging USA speakers of your choice after their presentation! Here's today's link to enter: http://imagingusa.org/rsg98135 (Become a fan of Imaging USA on Facebook and Twitter to get the link of the day.)

How can you enter? Become a fan of Imaging USA on Facebook (Imaging USA) or follow Imaging USA on Twitter (ImagingUSA). (You can also get the scoop on the day's giveaway on the PPA Today Blog.) When you click on the link of the day, you can enter to win. One lucky photographic rockstar gets the giveaway each day! Keep checking every day for the new link to enter!

To learn more (and to come rock with us), go to www.imagingusa.org.

Congratulations to Kelly Hafley of Missouri, winner of Day 2 of the Imaging USA Rockstar Giveaway!


 
Epson has announced a breakthrough in the compact photo printer market with the introduction of PictureMate® Show, the ultimate two-in-one digital photo frame and 4" x 6" photo printer. Designed for the photo enthusiast, PictureMate Show is a versatile hybrid that offers consumers one convenient solution for displaying, sharing and printing better-than-lab-quality photos in the convenience of their homes all year round.

Boasting a seven-inch, 16:9 tilt digital photo display with 800 x 480 dpi WVGA resolution, PictureMate Show makes an incredible display of your favorite photos. It also offers 12 unique and entertaining slideshow formats for digital images, as well as a remote control to conveniently view and display photos in your home or office. Combined with the best quality 4" x 6" photo printer, it offers the highest maximum print resolution in its class (5760 x 1440 dpi) to produce beautiful photos with incredible detail and true-to-life skin tones in as fast as 37 seconds1.

"Perfect for everyone in the family, Epson's PictureMate Show combines the best in design and performance while offering a unique way to instantly print and share cherished memories," said Stacey Tieu, associate product manager, Consumer Ink Jets, Epson America Inc. "PictureMate Show is not only an exceptional gift to give this holiday season, but also a great product to have year round because nothing on the market compares in terms of quality, speed, reliability, and value. This convenient, portable printer makes it easy to instantly print and share photos at parties, special events or family gatherings."
 

Additional Features and Benefits of PictureMate Show:

  • Offers a large 270 MB internal memory to automatically store hundreds of photos, run slideshows and reprint images any time
  • Prints from all popular memory cards via built-in card slots2, USB thumb drives, PictBridge® devices, and PDAs or digital cameras with optional Bluetooth® adapter3
  • Delivers durable, smudge, scratch, and water resistant photos that resist fading up to 96 years under glass and over 200 years in dark album storage - up to four times longer than traditional, film processed photos4
  • Prints custom sizes from 0.3" x 0.3" to 4" x 6", great for passport photos, filling unusual frame sizes, photo key chains, photo bracelets and more
  • Offers versatility with various layouts and color effects, such as classic borders or borderless options, mini-wallet, wallet, and 4"x 6", as well as black and white, sepia, or color
  • Get perfect prints every time with easy and convenient photo editing features, including Auto Photo Correction that automatically adjusts photos for optimum color and balance, cropping capabilities, red-eye removal, and more
  • Delivers affordable prints on glossy and matte paper with Epson's PictureMate Print Packs, which include ink and either 150 sheets of 4" x 6" glossy paper or 100 sheets of 4" x 6" matte paper  

PictureMate Show ($299.99*) is currently available through a variety of online retail stores and Epson's retail site. For more information visit www.mypicturemate.com.
 

Dear PPA Member,

The last thing you probably want to be thinking about right now is credit cards and debt. It's the holiday season, and you're busy with other things (like, oh...orders from clients, party invitations, and that perfect gift for Aunt Mabel). Still, before the end of the year, you should really take the time to order your credit report.

You can do this by going to www.annualcreditreport.com. (Use this site, and not others that claim to be "free," because they're not.) AnnualCreditReport.com is the official site to help consumers to obtain a free credit file disclosure, commonly called a credit report, once every 12 months from each of the nationwide consumer credit reporting companies: Equifax, Experian and TransUnion.

This week's Vital Signs will help to decipher what's on your credit report and how it can affect your credit score. Understanding that can help you with your peace of mind for your business...but I regret to say, it won't help you with Aunt Mabel's gift.

Cheers,
Christel Aprigliano
Director of Member Value & Experience

P.S. Have you heard about the Imaging USA Rockstar Giveaway? We're counting down the days to Imaging USA in Nashville by giving away cool stuff! Find out the daily giveaway and how to enter by following Imaging USA on Twitter or joining as a fan on the Imaging USA Facebook page. We're giving away over $10,000 worth of things that Photographic Rockstars (like you) want. Come rock with us!

Imaging USA, the coolest conference and trade show for professional photographers, will be in Nashville, Tennessee January 10 - 12, 2010 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. To help them countdown to the first photographic rockstar gathering of the year, we're launching the Imaging USA Rockstar Giveaway

Imaging USA is giving away things that photographers want. Like what? Oh, let's see...software, printers, gift certificates, food & beverage or spa credits at the Gaylord, memberships, and...cash. (And it's all thanks to some companies who love PPA and Imaging USA.)

How can you enter to win? Become a fan of Imaging USA on Facebook (Imaging USA) or follow Imaging USA on Twitter (ImagingUSA). (You can also get the scoop on the day's giveaway on the PPA Today Blog.) When you click on the link of the day, you can enter to win. One lucky photographic rockstar gets the giveaway each day! Keep checking every day for the new link to enter!

What's Imaging USA's prize for Day 1 of the Imaging USA Rockstar Giveaway? Cash. What photographic rockstar doesn't want a little extra money? Enter to win with this link: http://imagingusa.org/rsg92383.

Congratulations to Bill Russo of Maryland, the winner of Day 1 of the Imaging USA Rockstar Giveaway!


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