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PPA Today: March 2016 Archives

March 2016 Archives

By Chris Homer

PPA's Southwest District Photographic Competition judging is happening April 1-2 and while entries for this competition are now closed, you can watch the live stream and witness the judging online as it happens! 

If you missed your District's Photographic Competition, but want to still enter in a serious photographic competition, PPA's International Photographic Competition (IPC) begins accepting entries May 23. It's never too early to start preparing your images!

Entering a District competition or the IPC is one of the best ways to improve your craft, especially if you choose to have your images critiqued by one of PPA's Jurors! You can have your images evaluated and scored based on the 12 Elements of a Merit Image. You'll receive an actual recording of an IPC Judge giving you dedicated feedback and explaining to you the components of YOUR image. By competing and getting your images critiqued, you'll learn what you do well as a photographer, as well as identify the areas in which you may need improvement. It's an amazing learning experience!

We know the process can seem intimidating for first-timers, so here's an actual critique from last year's International Photographic Competition. This image called "Chef's Delight" was created by Melinda Austin, and is being critiqued by PPA juror Mary Fisk Taylor, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, ABI, API.

Take a look and see how entering a photographic competition can improve your own work as a photographer through constructive feedback like you'll hear in this critique.


We hope this critique can help you get a better understanding of what the IPC judges are looking for when scoring your images. Head to Stream.theIPC.org to watch the live stream of the Southwest District competition and also start preparing your images for the International Photographic Competition! Be sure to request a critique so you can receive some personalized feedback on your works of art and Be More Prepared.


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Chris Homer is PPA's SEO & Web Specialist, which basically makes Google Analytics his best friend. A graduate of the University of Georgia, Chris cheers passionately (and obnoxiously) for the Bulldogs in all things from football to checkers. When he's not hard at work on PPA's websites, you'll find Chris at auto racing events around the southeast, where he's known as a master architect of tent villages.


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Place Settings? Brides? Grooms? What is left? A photographer, that's what! You want a professional wedding photographer that uses their artistry and technique to make you look your best and bring your vision to life. Don't trust your memories to just anyone!  

In March, PPA ran consumer ads on theknot.com to show brides the benefits of hiring a professional wedding photographer. Brides had the opportunity to find out what their wedding photos say about their personality by taking a fun quiz and also got tips on planning their wedding photos like a pro. This video was also shown on theknot.com to show real-life horror stories from brides who did not hire a professional photographer.

See The Difference® is an online, print, and social media consumer awareness campaign that also provides PPA members with FREE marketing toolkits to help them with their sales and marketing efforts. PPA photographers get FREE access to shareable videos, custom brochures, dedicated landing pages, logos, side-by-side comparisons and consumer tips/FAQs. The purpose of See The Difference is to reshape the consumer's perception of professional photography and equip professional photographers like you with marketing resources to explain your pricing, the quality of your work, and your expertise.

Find out more about how the See The Difference toolkit can help you show your clients and prospects that you're worth investing in.

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by James Yates

PPA is continuing to keep you up-to-date on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (or "drone") rules and regulations. As we await word from the FAA on loosening the restrictions for commercial drone use, we thought you might like to take a look at a video that shows just how finicky (and potentially dangerous!) UAS can be.

Skip ahead to 1:35 to see the crash, then to 3:35 for the fire.

Yes. Fire.





Don't worry. No one was hurt and the house did NOT burn down.


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By Chris Homer

As we wind down the week, take some time to enjoy our top photography blog posts from
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TUTORIAL: If you've ever been inspired by high speed photography shots that make use of water, this post from Picture Correct is for you! You'll learn set ups you can use to capture these intriguing images. 

TECHNIQUE: The Rule of Thirds is one of the first composition techniques professional photographers learn. But is it as important to composition as you think? Check out this post on No Film School, it might make you look at the Rule of Thirds in a new way! 

BUSINESS ADVICE: Are you thinking about diving into the professional photography market full-time? Read this article from Improve Photography first to make sure you don't believe any of these myths about being a professional photographer. You'll also learn what you can do to prepare yourself if you've been under the influence of one of these myths! 

INSPIRATION: Not only are these photos of the Hunter-Gather tribes of the Himalayas on the Feature Shoot sure to inspire you, they also show the importance photography plays in preserving the history of a culture. 

MICRO PHOTOGRAPHY: Are you fascinated by micro photography? View this gallery of micro photographs on Lens Culture that are sure to inspire!
By James Yates

You already have the art of photography down, but is your business where you'd like it to be? If you find yourself wanting to learn how to boost your bottom line, the new PPA Business Challenge is for you! The Business Challenge provides photography business owners with the information and tools they need to develop the foundation for a more profitable business over the course of one year. Not only do they receive the tools required to make changes to their business, but also step-by-step instruction and support from PPA mentors as they implement these changes.

We all know that photographers are entrepreneurs, small business owners with a passion for their craft. We also know that many photographers open their studios as artists, more often than not, not having gone to business school, nor carrying a finance background. It is part of PPA's mission, as a nonprofit, to help our members understand and implement the basic business principles needed to maintain a sustainable studio. The Business Challenge is meant to be a fun, interactive way for PPA members to integrate as much business acumen as they can in one year's time. There is work involved, as this "challenge" is meant for photographers who are serious about wanting to take their business to the next level. Participants will have tasks to complete and the opportunity to be active members of accountability groups and peer-to-peer mentoring. "PPA's business advice is based on years of experience and successful business mentoring," says Angela Kurkian, Director of Education at PPA. "The new Business Challenge will help our members be more business-confident. It will help them think and strategize as a savvy business person."

Kurkian began brainstorming the concept of the Business Challenge over two years ago and 01-16-ppa-imagingusa-sun-9251__large.jpgan earlier form of the program debuted as the "Studio Makeover Challenge" at this year's Imaging USA in Atlanta. When she started noticing the average photographer needed business help, Kurkian knew it would be a difficult road for many members but she asks everyone keep one question in mind: 'How does change feel?'

"This is going to be a big change for these artists, and change is difficult. But when you decide to create change, change occurs all around you." Two small business owners/photographers (Krista Newbill, Wes Roberts) were chosen to go through a year-long business boot-camp with some of the best studio owners in the industry as their mentors.

Throughout 2015, the two participating studios' strengths and weaknesses were evaluated, their definitions of success were taken into account, and their top five goals for the year were contemplated. From this, five leading photographers including Mary Fisk-Taylor, M.Photog.Cr.,CPP, ABI, API, Dave Doeppel, CPP, Ashley Brooke, Greg Daniel, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, F-ASP and Kristin Privette, who all run successful studios, called and consulted with the participants all year, coaching them on implementing new steps for their businesses. These steps included setting new sales goals, creating appropriate pricing strategies and outlining a marketing plan, among others. "Your business doesn't have to look like any one way or one thing," Kurkian says. "That's why we wanted to show different examples of how these businesses can maintain their unique identity while still implementing changes that will increase their profits and make them sustainable. The program was a success and we decided the next phase for this project would be to expand it to all 29,000 of our members."

PPA's Business Challenge is free to PPA members (Not a member? Consider joining today!). The Challenge includes tools to understand and develop the foundations of a profitable business with:

•    A month-by-month, step-by-step support system
•    Answers to the most vital business questions
•    A personalized success and business plans
•    Lists and guidelines to help prioritize
•    Inspiration and help to stay focused
•    A framework to avoid getting overwhelmed
•    Accountability partners with other photographers with the same challenges

Want to join the Challenge? Sign up today at PPA.com/Challenge any time. When you join, you'll be put into a Challenge Group beginning on the first day of the following month. Then, for the next 12 months, you'll work on your personalized success path. Not only will you receive the tools required to make changes to your business, but also step-by-step instructions and support as you implement these changes. These smaller sized groups create a community of peers for you to share and mentor with as you go through the same program together.

Sign up today to begin your Challenge Group on April 1st and Be More Business Savvy!

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By Sarah Ackerman

With Easter just around the corner, the debate on using live animals in studio always makes an appearance. We asked on theLoop, "Have you ever used live animals for your shoots? What kind of precautions do you take to ensure the animal's and subject's safety?

Here's what your fellow photographers had to say:

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Tracey Luttgens of Braselton, GA: "I have used a bunny in the past for Easter sessions. It was at a pet store and the bunny was from a rescue group, and was up for adoption. For most of the sessions the bunny was in a basket and was allowed to be pet but not held so there was less chance of injury to the bunny or the children. If the child was older, then they were allowed to hold the bunny for one image. I now mainly photograph pets so won't be offering bunny sessions this year. I have also found many life like bunny and chick props to use instead. For me, safety of the animals and my clients are always more important than the "cute" factor of the shot! One bit of information I learned :if you do plan to use "live Animals that are not the clients" in many states you will need a permit from the USDA."

Joanne Fabian of Souderton, PA: "I have not [used live animals], but heard stories in Boston during college where the photographers would do the sessions then take the bunnies out and let them go in the woods after the season! Having been bought from a store, these poor creatures never would have been able to survive in the wild. I hope what you hear is with a responsible plan of what to do with the animals afterwards." 

She went on to say "I forgot to add the one guy did not feed them or give them water either so there was no chance of them making a mess. Can you imagine. He was fined when it was reported. No animal rights groups were active in the 70's I guess."

Dianna Griffin of Marysville, OH: "You can purchase life-like bunnies and chicks from any reputable photography prop store. I bought a set of 3 bunnies years ago and they were only $38.00 for the set. No one knew the difference, including the kids. I had toddlers petting and kissing those bunnies and no one got hurt. I did have a client that had baby chicks on their farm that she wanted to use with her son. We tried, and I was able to get a couple of really cute images but it was a battle for the mom to try to keep her toddler from squeezing the chicks when he held them."

Al Wilson of Rome, GA: "Here's an idea I've used in the past. I secured an agreement with a local pet store owner to allow me to conduct child & family portrait sessions in the petting area of the store. The rabbits and other animals were well cared for by the store staff. As most of you with children probably know, once you take your child to a pet store they'll want to go back. The pet store business increase and I was invited back for more. The weekend portrait sessions were a winner for both of us. The next year we increased sessions to Monday-Friday (after school to close) plus Saturday (open to close)."

What is your take on using live animals in the studio? Worth the hassle and insurance or skip it? Chime in on theLoop!

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Sarah Ackerman manages all things social media for PPA and Imaging USA. When she's not living on the internet, she loves improv comedy, going on wilderness adventures, gallivanting around the globe, knitting, wood working and yoga. 



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By Sarah Ackerman

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PhotoVision's latest release has a wide range of photography topics to help you become a better photographer! In addition to the hundreds of videos already available to PPA photographers, we're adding the following in the next few weeks:

Parker Pfister gives a tour of his beautiful studio in downtown Asheville, NC. Parker talks about his progression as a photographer and why he has been focusing on large format imagery. He shows off his antique lenses, including one that is technically radioactive, and tells why he enjoys the look he's able to achieve with the use of these older lenses. Parker talks about his inspirational sources and how taking on a collaborator has enhanced his work after years of going solo.

John Pyle shares his exposure tips for broad daylight when using off camera flash that will ensure balanced lighting between your subject and the sky.  At a sports track photographing a high school senior with a javelin for kinetic sports images or in a quaint downtown area capturing gorgeously lit fall portraits, John explains how to manage your camera settings to enable clear, blur-free imagery when photographing moving subjects.

Melanie Anderson shares her techniques on how to pose newborns in a way that's natural and comfortable for them. Melanie discusses the newborn portion of her business with PhotoVision correspondent, Janine Killian, then takes us inside her studio to photograph two of these sweet new arrivals She talks about why she sometimes prefers photographing two different newborns at once and where she finds some of her specialty items that help ease the process. Melanie demonstrates how to light babies using only natural light and reflectors to achieve a soft and sweet look.

Amy Doerring explains why she loves photographing hands and what inspires her to pick the objects she does.  She then photographs a young girl holding various sentimental items. Most importantly she explains how she markets her hand art photographs and how they can make for great seasonal gifts. Amy is always inspiring photographers to give a personal touch to every image.

As a PPA photographer, you have immediate access to 24/7 streaming of PhotoVision and PPAedu content! Not a member? Join today! Check out the latest from PhotoVision on the newly redesigned website at photovisionvideo.com. Be More Educated!

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Sarah Ackerman manages all things social media for PPA and Imaging USA. When she's not living on the internet, she loves improv comedy, going on wilderness adventures, gallivanting around the globe, knitting, wood working and yoga. 

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by Lindsey Forson

PPA's rounded out its time in Washington, D.C. with a full day of meetings yesterday:imageloc.JPG
 
•    First, we met with Tiffany Angulo in the office of Congressman Jim Jordan.
•    Then the team headed over to the Library of Congress for a meeting with Karyn Temple Claggett, the Director of Policy for the U.S. Copyright Office, and several of her colleagues.
•    Next we headed to the Copyright Alliance for a meeting with other stakeholders throughout the copyright-reliant industries.

The meeting with Congressman Jordan's Office was somewhat of an introduction. PPA had not recently met with this Office, therefore we gave an overview of PPA's role in the photographic community and our work on copyright defense, and presented to them copyright small claims as our top issue. Congressman Jordan, who serves on the Judiciary Committee, is also known as a very influential member among the current House majority. With this in mind, we requested his strong support of copyright small claims legislation once it's introduced.

PPA joined forces with seven other visual arts associations at the U.S. Copyright Office tocopyrightoffice.jpg present copyright small claims as a group and as the number one priority issue for the visual arts industries. As the Office is already very supportive of our Small Claims issue, we discussed specific details of how the U.S. Copyright Office can most effectively administer the process. This discussion also centered on issues affecting visual artists with the copyright registration process. The planning of the overhaul of their I.T. systems is already underway, and with that the timing may be right to address some registration issues. Both the representatives from the U.S. Copyright Office and the visual artist representatives agree that the requirement to sort works of the visual arts according to publication status is problematic. These changes will need to be addressed through legislation, but we may see more success if we advocate for these issues in tandem with the U.S. Copyright Office.

PPA's last meeting yesterday was with the Copyright Alliance, where copyright issues affecting all of the industries were broadly discussed. The conversation included copyright office modernization, small claims, current court cases affecting copyright law, and coordinated advocacy efforts on these three issues.

If you missed the rundown on the earlier part of our trip, check out the previous copyright visits recap posts from earlier this week. PPA will be back on the Hill in April to continue this important work and in the meantime, we'll continue to be in touch with key offices in D.C., as to keep our copyright small claims proposal top of mind. PPA's number one goal is to see small claims legislation, and as the support for our cause extends across the aisle, we are lobbying for its introduction in committee to happen this year with bipartisan sponsorship. Stay tuned to PPA.com/Advocacy for more information.

Lindsey Forson is PPA's Manager of Government Affairs. She works alongside our CEO to fight for the rights of professional photographers on Capitol Hill and to keep PPA members informed on the issues that affect your businesses. Lindsey helps PPA advocate for stronger copyright protection, improved drone regulations, and other small-business issues affecting the industry. When not on Capitol Hill or at PPA headquarters, you can typically find Lindsey on a soccer field, at an Atlanta restaurant or market, or cheering on the Auburn Tigers!

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By Aleighia Rouse

Big things are going on during the month of March and we want to make sure that you are informed on the innovative and technological happenings in the photography industry. Here are our top 10 blog posts of the week!

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ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY: New drone photography has become a new way in which photographers are capturing those high angle shots. In this article learn how to create the right drone photo image and avoid those grainy and blurry images by using the right aesthetic for composition

FINDING BALANCE:  If there are times when you feel unaccomplished within your business, or just holistically as a person, this is for you! PPA member Ben Hartley sits down with his fellow PPA peer Bryan Caporicci to discuss the three most important areas all photographers should put time into so they can achieve their maximum growth and how he uses the "vacation method" to determine what is important and what is not.   

PRESENTATION IS EVERYTHING: As good as you are at capturing images you should make sure that your self-portraits prove how good of a photographer you actually are. Check out this article by Entrepreneur to learn what your photo actually says about you and how to win over anyone on a first impression.

PRODUCTIVITY: How organized are you at home, do you know that your home can be reflective of your work and even your business? In this article by Westchester Magazine they have come up with some great tools to build a successful, productive, and organized home office. 

CREATIVE MIND: Although there is great importance in capturing an image with color, the ability to accurately see color is where many photographers have trouble. This article by Mark Fitzgerald, M.Photog.Cr., discusses the power in color perception and how common color blindness is within the photography industry. 

LENSPIRATION: As a professional photographer you know that you never stop learning. Since technology is an ever-changing field, you get the chance to learn and experience new things every day. Check out this article to find out what every photographer should always keep in the back of their mind so that they are always performing at their best.  

BUSINESS HELP: 'Uncle Bob' has become a big problem. With so many people having access to photography at the tips of their fingers, a lot of photography businesses are losing clients and potential clients. Read this article and learn from some fellow PPA members and fellow photographers about how they are trying to keep professional photography as the only contender in the portrait and wedding photography industry. 

STAY INFORMED: No one is perfect and there are something's you may not know you are doing, that aren't beneficial to your client or your business. In this article by PhotoShelter learn some great and informative techniques about facial distortion to foreground and background elements to take with you in your next session. 

LEGAL RIGHTS: Do you know the rights you have to your images? It is important that you are always aware of the legal parts of every foundation of your business from images to locations. Legal jargon can be confusing and often difficult to understand. In this article by New York Institute of Photography, learn a few things to be aware of so that you always know what is going on in your business. 

COPYRIGHTS & REGULATIONS: PPA is continuing to help their members Be More in their professional photographer careers, this week PPA's Government Affairs team was on Capitol Hill promoting legislative small claims for copyrights of your business. In this article learn how PPA is promoting the support of small claims outside of the House Judiciary Committee and even Senate. 

There you have it, our weekly blog post roundup! What photography blogs or podcasts do YOU follow? Post your favorite on theLoop or email them to us at OnlineContentCommittee @PPA.com.


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Aleighia Rouse is a graduating senior at Spelman College and PPA's Marketing and Communications intern. She aspires to hold a position just like the amazing people she works around. Aleighia is known by her happy personality and bubbly voice, and with over 6 years of film and photography experience, she can relate to and understand most of the issues faced by PPA photographers.


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by Lindsey Forson
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PPA's Government Affairs team is back in D.C. this week and this first day on the Hill was very exciting. We found out some great information and made significant progress on small claims.

First up was a meeting with Congresswoman Chu's Chief of Staff, Linda Shim. Congresswoman Chu (CA) has certainly emerged as one of our strongest advocates on the Hill. Her office is pushing for copyright small claims legislation harder than anyone else we have met with. They are beginning to seek out other offices on the Judiciary Committees on both sides of the aisle to partner with in the goal of advancing a small claims bill. PPA is helping with this process and we are very grateful to the Congresswoman and her staff for their support of small-business creators. We look forward to continuing our close work with this office on this shared goal.

Next we met with Amy Bos of the Office of Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (WI). Congressman Sensenbrenner, of the House Judiciary Committee, is a great copyright supporter and has expressed significant interest in copyright small claims in previous meetings. We met with Amy to discuss the small claims white paper that PPA recently released in conjunction with other associations. The Congressman's reaction to our small claims proposal was very positive and he is also interested in advocating for the advancement of the copyright legislation within the House Judiciary Committee. We are looking forward to meeting with the Congressman again during our next trip to discuss how we can work together more on this in the coming months.

Lastly, we had a very informative discussion with five members of the FAA's UAS integration team.  We are pleased to report that the new rule for business-related drone use will most likely be released by June. They confirmed that they are prepared for a late spring/early summer release and that the rule will take effect 30 days after it's released.  These regulations will apply to drones weighing under 55 lbs. PPA expects that these new regulations will be similar to the proposal released by the FAA last year. This would allow for the use of drones by professional photographers if three requirements are met:

1.    The user has obtained a small UAS airman certificate which will be earned by passing a computerized knowledge test.
2.    The user has registered all drones.  The FAA's online drone registration system should be expanded to include registration of drones that will be used for business-related purposes by the end of this month.
3.    The user follows all of the rules - There will be restrictions on maximum height, maximum speed, airspace etc. Based on the proposal, we expect the restrictions to be very reasonable.   

We are seeing exciting progress in D.C. and are happy to be a part of bettering professional photographers' copyrights and due process!

There you have it, PPA's further adventures in D.C.! And the cherry blossoms aren't too bad to look at either. Stay tuned to this blog and PPA.com/Advocacy for more Capitol Hill-related updates as PPA continues to lobby for your Creator's Rights!

Lindsey Forson is PPA's Manager of Government Affairs. She works alongside our CEO to fight for the rights of professional photographers on Capitol Hill and to keep PPA members informed on the issues that affect your businesses. Lindsey helps PPA advocate for stronger copyright protection, improved drone regulations, and other small-business issues affecting the industry. When not on Capitol Hill or at PPA headquarters, you can typically find Lindsey on a soccer field, at an Atlanta restaurant or market, or cheering on the Auburn Tigers!

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By Sarah Ackerman 

Dron2.jpgIf you've recently attended an electronics trade show, a photography expo, or wandered in to your local camera store, you've seen drones (a.k.a. unmanned aircraft systems or UAS) everywhere. They are an awesome, new, relatively affordable tool for capturing aerial photography! As a photographer, of course you want to create with the latest and greatest technology available to you for your clients. There are also a lot of posts on social media and talks on tradeshow floors of how it's legal to use drones for photographic purposes. And that's mostly true...

Here's the rub: It becomes unlawful the moment you use UAS for anything beyond hobby or recreational uses, to include using drones for business purposes (selling drone images or using them in promotional material), except for the very limited exception described below.

There is only one specific situation in which you are allowed to use drones for business use. You're a professional photographer AND your business has a Section 333 exemption from the FAA (a complicated process which usually involves an attorney) AND your drone is being operated by an FAA-licensed pilot.

PPA has been working with the FAA to change that, and just this week had a very informative discussion in D.C. with five members of the FAA's UAS integration team. We are pleased to report that the new rule for business-related drone use will most likely be released by June. They confirmed that they are prepared for a late spring/early summer release. The rule will take effect 30 days after it's released. These regulations will apply to drones weighing under 55 lbs. PPA expects the new regulations will be similar to the proposal released by the FAA last year which would allow for the use of drones by professional photographers if three requirements are met:

1.    The user has obtained a small UAS airman certificate which will be earned by passing a computerized knowledge test.
2.    The user has registered all drones. The FAA's online drone registration system should be expanded to include registration of drones that will be used for business-related purposes by the end of this month (March).  
3.    The user follows all of the rules - There will be restrictions on maximum height, maximum speed, airspace etc. Based on the proposal, we expect the restrictions to be very reasonable.   

This is a lot of exciting progress coming very soon that will allow professional photographers to use drones in their business...but for now, the moment you sell your drone images or use them to promote your business, you're operating outside of legal regulations. And if you're caught, you could face very significant fines.

If you're using drones as a hobbyist and taking images for image-capturing's sake, that's totally ok! Keep on honing your skillset, so when the FAA changes their rules, you'll be 110% ready! Just be sure your drone is registered - regardless of your pro-status, or the purpose of your images, you'll need to register your drone and yourself as the owner. Here's a quick and handy guide on how this easy registration process works!

As we expect more changes in the coming weeks and months, PPA will continue to keep you updated on the new rules and regulations regarding drone use. Be More In The Know.


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Sarah Ackerman manages all things social media for PPA and Imaging USA. When she's not living on the internet, she loves improv comedy, going on wilderness adventures, gallivanting around the globe, knitting, wood working and yoga. 



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by James Yates

PPA's Northcentral District Photographic Competition judging is happening this weekend and the Southwest District judging will take place the first of April. While entries for these competitions are now closed, you can watch the live stream of each and witness the judging online as it happens!

If you missed your District's Photographic Competition, but want to still enter in a serious photographic competition, PPA's International Photographic Competition (IPC) begins accepting entries May 23. It's never too early to start preparing your images!

Entering a District competition or the IPC is one of the best ways to improve your craft, especially if you choose to have your images critiqued by one of PPA's Jurors! You can have your images evaluated and scored based on the 12 Elements of a Merit Image. You'll receive an actual recording of an IPC Judge giving you dedicated feedback and explaining to you the components of YOUR image. By competing and getting your images critiqued, you'll learn what you do well as a photographer, as well as identify the areas in which you may need improvement. It's an amazing learning experience!

We know the process can seem intimidating for first-timers, so here's an actual critique from last year's International Photographic Competition. This image called "Cappuccino for Three" was created by Debra Klawetter, CPP, and is being critiqued by PPA juror Tina Timmons, M.Photog.Cr., CPP.

Take a look and see how entering a photographic competition can improve your own work as a photographer through constructive feedback like you'll hear in this critique.


We hope this critique can help you get a better understanding of what the IPC judges are looking for when scoring your images. Learn more about when and where the District competitions are held here and then head to Stream.theIPC.org to watch live streams of the District competitions and also start preparing your images for the International Photographic Competition! Be sure to request a critique so you can receive some personalized feedback on your works of art and Be More Prepared.

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by Lindsey Forson
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Your PPA Government Affairs team is back on Capitol Hill this week working to promote legislation that would create a small claims option to resolve copyright infringement cases. PPA's first meeting is with Linda Shim, the Chief of Staff to Congresswoman Judy Chu. Congresswoman Chu is already advocating for small claims legislation within the Judiciary Committee and we are looking forward to meeting with her Chief of Staff to further strategize how to advance together a small claims bill. We are also eager to meet with another Judiciary Committee office interested in supporting copyright small claims legislation, the Office of Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin.

Throughout the past year, our advocacy efforts have been focused mostly on the House Judiciary Committee due to the committee's current review of copyright law. As the possibility of a small claims bill becomes (much) more likely, we are widening our scope. PPA will work over the next few months to promote support of small claims outside of the House Judiciary Committee and even in the Senate. The goal is for a small claims bill to have the best chance possible to move forward quickly once it's introduced!

This week's meetings will also include face-to-faces with other copyright stakeholders and a meeting with the Copyright Alliance. The Copyright Alliance, which PPA belongs to, has been very supportive thus far of PPA's efforts on the small claims cause. So stay tuned to PPA's blog this week for more updates from Washington, D.C. as we make solid progress towards more and better copyright protection for all professional photographers!

Lindsey Forson is PPA's Manager of Government Affairs. She works alongside our CEO to fight for the rights of professional photographers on Capitol Hill and to keep PPA members informed on the issues that affect your businesses. Lindsey helps PPA advocate for stronger copyright protection, improved drone regulations, and other small-business issues affecting the industry. When not on Capitol Hill or at PPA headquarters, you can typically find Lindsey on a soccer field, at an Atlanta restaurant or market, or cheering on the Auburn Tigers!
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By Sarah Ackerman

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The World Photographic Cup Awards Ceremony took place last night in Oporto, Portugal. Here are the final results

After ranking third in 2014, and second in 2015, the winner of the 2016 World Photographic Cup was Team Portugal with a total of 55 points, four medals and 4 top-10 finishers. The second place went to team Russia, and the third to Slovakia. 

For its third year, the World Photographic Cup received entries from 27 countries spanning 4 continents (16 from Europe, 6 from Asia, 3 from North America and 2 from Oceania). 

Although Team USA didn't finish on all-categories podium, PPA photographer Ben Shirk from Iowa took the Bronze Medal in the Illustrative Category. We are thrilled with quality of the beautiful works that represented photography in the United States! The entries for Team USA were comprised of images from the 2015 International Photographic Competition Grand Imaging Awards winners and included the following talented artists:

In the Commercial Category:
John Hartman, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, A-ASP,EA-ASP
Carrie Stadelman, M.Photog., CPP
Randy Van Duinen, M.Photog.M.Artist.Cr., CPP

In the Illustrative/Digital Art:
Ben Shirk, M.Photog.M.Artist.Cr.
Bob Coates, M.Photog.M.Artist.Cr., CPP
Richard Sturdevant, M.Photog.M.Artist.Cr.

In the Nature Category:
Jim Chagares, M.Photog.MEI.Cr., F-ASP
Peter Lik, M.Photog.
Abby Ziemer Malone

In the Portrait Category:
Mario Muñoz,  M.Photog.Cr.
Christie Kline, M.Photog.Cr., CPP
Susan Hoermann, M.Photog., CPP

In the Reportage/Photojournalism Category:
Susan Asaro
Jim LaSala, M.Photog.MEI.Cr., CPP
Ronald Jacobson, M.Photog.Cr., CPP

In the Wedding Category:
JB Salle, M.Photog.Cr.
Joan Walker , M.Photog., CPP
Ben Shirk, M.Photog.M.Artist.Cr.

To see the amazing works of Team USA and the images from the nearly 30 countries that participated, visit the World Photographic Cup's website.

The World Photographic Cup is a unique, one of a kind Olympics-styled competition. Founded in 2013, it is the result of a cooperative effort between The Federation of European Photographers (FEP) and Professional Photographers of America (PPA). Its singular goal is to unite photographers worldwide in a spirit of friendship and cooperation. 

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Sarah Ackerman manages all things social media for PPA and Imaging USA. When she's not living on the internet, she loves improv comedy, going on wilderness adventures, gallivanting around the globe, knitting, wood working and yoga. 



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By James Yates
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We're all getting ready to "spring" our clocks forward this weekend (unless you're one of the lucky folks who lives in a Daylight Savings Time-less zone!) but don't let that make you miss a single hour of great photography reading. Here are our top blog posts we've found for you from the week of March 5-11.

Thumbtack Study Predicts 2016's Biggest Wedding Trends
BUSINESS TRENDS: Thumbtack, an online service that connects consumers with skilled professionals, released their first annual Thumbtack 2016 Wedding Trends Report. Wedding photographers should definitely check out the stats...turns out the average couple will spend 20% more on weddings this year!

Why Your Professional Business Headshot is Important
PEP TALK: "Your Headshot is Your Face to the World" is just one of the several key points Imaging USA speaker Booray Perry, Cr.Photog., CPP makes in this post. Learn why YOU need a business headshot and share the information with your clients.

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PRO TIP: Great piece by Tony Corbell, Cr.Photog., API on the importance of image and file backup and a how-to with Time Machine if you use a Mac.

Photography Tip: How To Restore Pictures Deleted From a Memory Card
DON'T PANIC: Ever accidentally deleted or erased files on your camera's memory card? Here's a refresher by Photography Talk on how to restore images deleted from SD cards using both free or purchased software.

5 Legal Mistakes Photographers Make and How To Avoid Them
STAY LEGAL: Digital Camera World wants to make sure you're operating above board and has published this article to help. We see photographers asking questions about these common issues every single day on social media!

5 Ways to Use Cinemagraphs in Digital Marketing Campaigns
TRENDS: Cinemagraphs are becoming a tool for marketing purposes at studios around the country. Here's a cool list of ways to use them effectively.

Six Photography Mistakes You May Not Realize You're Making
HELPFUL REMINDERS: Fstoppers helps out this week with a great article on common mistakes photographers make and how to fix them. Check it out because some of these might not be that obvious to you!

The Darkest Material on Earth is Now Even Darker
SCIENCE OF LIGHT: PetaPixel on the amazing darker dark being developed. It's really exciting stuff on light reflection and how it applies to modern photographic principles.

2016 Underwater Photographer of the Year Winners
UNDER THE SEA: We know you underwater photographers out there are gearing up for the warmer weather to arrive! Here's a recap of award-winning underwater photographs and how they were captured.

The Photography Industry Today
REAL TALK: PPA photographer Christie Kline, M.Photog.Cr., CPP has a Facebook Live video on the importance of live education and challenging yourself with photographic competitions.

BONUS ARTICLES: There was so much great content this week, we couldn't help but share not one, but two bonus articles for your reading pleasure!

Google Trains an AI to Geotag a Photo Just by Looking at the Pixels
ROBOT OVERLORDS: Overview of Google's use of Artificial Intelligence to Geo-Locate where photos are taken using pixel info. Really interesting since this is what will be integrated into more and more social media sites in the coming years.

Americana Photographer Captures the Laid-Back Cool of California and Its People
INSPIRATION: Sometimes it takes an outsider to really see the beauty in the mundane. Creative Boom has this piece up about a UK photographer, Garrod Kirkwood, who traveled to America recently and took the opportunity to document his experience and the people he met. "The resulting series, aptly named Americana, follows his quintessential style - all soft muted colors, simplicity and laid-back cool - capturing the heart of America's Golden State."


There you have it, our weekly blog post roundup! What photography blogs or podcasts do YOU follow? Post your favorite on theLoop or email them to us at OnlineContentCommittee @PPA.com.

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By James Yates
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See The Difference is PPA's online, print and social media awareness campaign that aims to help consumers "see the difference" when evaluating photographers ... and realize the importance of hiring a pro. The campaign is designed to give PPA photographers FREE marketing tools to help with their sales process and justify their costs, quality, and expertise.

As part of See The Difference, PPA periodically writes feature stories that are picked up by 1000s of national and regional online and print news organizations with the explicit goal of teaching consumers the value of choosing a professional for their photography needs.
 
Most recently, See The Difference provided 5 Tips to Ensure You Get Romantic Wedding Photos. The story was picked up by 1,059 online publications with a combined online audience of 57,978,514. Photos from PPA photographers were used to illustrate the story and further hone the importance of using professional photography. Check out the whole story from some of the many sites that are hosting the article: Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Orlando Sentinel, The Baltimore Sun, and the Houston Chronicle.
 
Inside you'll find great info on these five tips for consumers along with some awesome photographic examples, like the one above © Ace Photography, provided by PPA photographers:
 
1. Let yourself be vulnerable

2. Don't risk putting your memories in the hands of amateurs

3. Put together a detailed shot list

4. Be daring

5. Be there for the magic hour

This is only one of 12 stories that PPA will push out each month in a proactive effort to show consumers that professional photographers are worth the investment.
 
Want your photos considered for stories like these? Fill out this form today and we'll contact you if your images are selected!

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By James Yates

With so many helpful videos to choose from, why wouldn't anyone want to be a part of PhotoVision? PhotoVision is a photography learning website that provides 24/7 online tutorials, founded by PPA photographer Ed Pierce, M.Photog.Cr., CPP. The PhotoVision series provides a range of educational information from some of the biggest names in the professional photography industry. From helpful tips to processes that photographers can use when considering every element of their business, these videos have it all. They range from helpful information in green screen techniques to constructing a social media and digital marketing plan and so much more. The best news? PhotoVisionVideo is available at no cost to PPA members!
 
Need some convincing on why to join PPA, consider subscribing separately to PhotoVision! Every month, PhotoVision unlocks a FREE video available for everyone to stream. We're so sure you'll love it and gain insight from it that you'll want to come back for many, many more.
 
This month's free video:

Simplified Studio Lighting

Featuring Ed Pierce & Lori Nordstrom




In this video, Ed Pierce and Lori Nordstrom hold a senior photography session in Lori's spacious studio. They discuss the benefits of continuous lighting and clarify how to set a proper white balance in order to cut down on post-production correcting. Ed also shows how to use common studio equipment in unusual and beneficial ways. 


Check out PhotoVIsion today! Just one more way PPA is helping you Be More Informed!


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By Aleighia Rouse

Now that February has come to its end, March has opened up to us with wide arms and new opportunities to learn about the awesome things happening within photography. Here are our top 10 blog posts of the week!

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SAVINGS PERKS: Get the latest on PPA's super low credit card processing rates and test your current rate against our exclusive pricing for free. PPA is taking one more step to make sure that their members Be More Profitable! We have teamed up with Bank of America's Merchant Services to offer discounted rates on credit card processing. You have nothing to lose but potential savings!

PRICE BREAKDOWN: Having trouble trying to price your products and different services you offer? Jen Basford, Cr.Photog. from Seniors Ignite is here to the rescue with two approaches to use when calculating value versus cost of your actual products. She suggests that photographers should assess their prices on costs alone or choose to base their prices on the value alone. 

PRO LENS: Are you having trouble lighting a subject with glasses? Trying to avoid glare just got a lot easier. Check out this article by Rogue Photographic Design and learn some tips to enhance the subject's glasses and prevent the glare from distracting the real aesthetic of the photo.  

MORE PERSPECTIVE: A photography session can go by so fast that you may forget the most important things that need to be considering during the process. Learn some new and helpful photography tactics to take in your back pocket during your next photo session. 

BUSINESS HELP: Charging your clients can be an even more complicated situation than actually justifying you pricing. This New Year not only brings in New Year's resolutions but also new price solutions. Check out this article by PPA member Rosh Sillars and learn some effective and informative approaches to use when pricing you clients in 2016. 

CREATIVITY: This question has been the topic of discussion for many professional photographers for many years. This article provides a technical, creative and informative way to understanding and learning the artistry and fundamentals that go into being a photographer.  
MARKETING PERSPECTIVE: As a professional photographer you understand that marketing your business is the key to getting potential clients and maintaining the clients you already have. In this article PPA member Jeff Rojas interviews photographer Miguel Quiles on how to market your business in an easy way that keep your clients continually invested throughout the year.

AESTHETIC: Looking for a little inspiration or a challenge to bring your photography to life? Consider trying a surrealist approach. In this article by The Phoblographer learn about the  26-year multimedia photographer Ronny Garcia who uses a mesmerizing visual aesthetic in his photographs to capture his viewer every time. 

PORTRAITS: If you are just starting out in portrait photography there are a few things to keep in mind before you start booking those sessions and making those sales. In this article learn some easy and helpful pointers on beginning to expand your photographic skills in the area of portrait photography.

OWNER TIPS: Running a photography business is an intricate process that can sometimes be very stressful. Sprouting Photography is here to rescue with a great podcast highlighting the benefits of being an entrepreneur, how to set realistic goals for your business, how to break bad habits, and how to schedule "me" time in while running a successful business.  

THE PHOTOGRAPHER: There is a fine line between a photographer and a business owner, or so you may think. In this article learn to blend the two and arrive at a prosperous and successful business. 

There you have it, our weekly blog post roundup! What photography blogs or podcasts do YOU follow? Post your favorite on theLoop or email them to us at OnlineContentCommittee @PPA.com.

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Aleighia Rouse is a graduating senior at Spelman College and PPA's Marketing and Communications intern. She aspires to hold a position just like the amazing people she works around. Aleighia is known by her happy personality and bubbly voice, and with over 6 years of film and photography experience, she can relate to and understand most of the issues faced by PPA photographers.

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by Lindsey Forson
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You should register the copyright for all of your images! You've heard that time and time again, haven't you? All photographers have the same thoughts enter our minds when we hear this - "I don't have time for that!" "It's too confusing!" "The costs really add up!" "What's the point? I could never afford a federal lawsuit."

It is no secret that required federal lawsuits currently make copyright enforcement out of reach for most professional photographers. This is why PPA's first legislative priority before Congress is the creation of a small claims option for copyright cases. As it becomes more and more likely that we may actually achieve our small claims goal, another important legislative issue arises: With small claims, your motivation to register your work should infinitely increase, which means professional photographers will be in need of a simplified process, as the current system is just not scalable.

As photographers, we produce the highest volume of copyrighted works of all creators. This makes the copyright registration process more complicated for us than anyone else. PPA is advocating for two changes which would massively simplify the process:

(1)    the elimination of the requirement to sort images by 'publication' status and date
(2)    a self-deposit option

What happens is that the Copyright Act's definition of 'publication' was created with literary works in mind and does not always fit within the context of the photographic industry. This issue confuses the entire process for photographers and, since published and unpublished photos must be on separate applications (yep!), photographers are often required to pay two application fees to register one job. This is not practical, not fair, and very time consuming.

Professional photographers are constantly perplexed in trying to figure out (1) if a particular work is indeed 'published' and (2) what that actual 'publication' date was. Add to that the fact that you have to do this for every single image you create and you understand how non-realistic the process is! PPA proposes that this publication requirement be eliminated at least for registration of visual works. Of course, we believe creators should be able to specify the publication date of their work, if applicable, but it certainly should not be a requirement to register your work.

Here's the even bigger problem - the requirement to deposit each and every image you register. The truth is that the current copyright system only works because it excludes the vast majority of creators. Yes, this makes no sense and is exactly what we meant to say - the copyright registration system as it currently exists can only function because visual artists and other high-volume creators do not often participate.



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-    Currently, commercial use of UAS is almost completely prohibited.

o    The only way to use UAS commercially is to obtain a section 333 exemption from the FAA (a very complicated process which usually involves an attorney) and to have someone with a pilot's license operating the UAS.

-    This makes drone photography virtually impossible for professional photographers unless they also have a pilot's license.

o    For this reason, PPA (over the past few years) has been regularly meeting with the FAA and members of Congress to petition for better regulations.

-    In February 2015, the FAA proposed a set of new regulations which would create a new type of airman certification specifically for UAS operators which would be required in lieu of a pilot's license and would be obtained through a knowledge test.  This proposal improves other regulations for small drone use (55 lbs. or less) affecting photographers by allowing users to fly them much closer to buildings and people than currently authorized.

o    PPA submitted comments to the FAA based on the proposal.  We were generally very pleased with the proposal but did suggest some minor changes.

-    In May 2015, the FAA gave themselves a deadline of no more than 16 months to pass the final rule.  We have the impression the final regulations will be very similar to the proposal and will greatly improve the regulatory framework as it applies to professional photographers' use of UAS.

-    In December 2015, the online registration process was introduced for HOBBYIST use of drones.  

o     In our most recent meeting with the FAA's UAS integration office, PPA was told that their goal for passing the new regulations is early summer 2016, and that they will be completed before the end of 2016 at the latest. We have since heard that it may be even sooner.We expect the use of UAS among professional photographers to massively expand this spring/summer once the new rule is made official and in the years that follow.

Stay right here every week for all the latest Drone news and updates!

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There is a lot of information floating around right now regarding FAA regulations for drone or UAS use. We want to clear a few things up for you and give you some helpful tips! Because while drones are very exciting, we want to keep you legal!

The regulations released last December from the FAA require the registration of all Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). The FAA launched a very simple online drone registration process for hobbyist users of small UAS. There is a paper application currently available for commercial users, but it is important to note that commercial use is still only currently permitted for professional photographers who have been granted a Section 333 exemption and are licensed pilots or have exempt licensed pilots operating the UAS.

We expect the FAA to finalize new regulations for business-related use of small UAS literally any day now. We certainly expect the regulations to come by Summer 2016. The FAA has also said that the online UAS registration system will be expanded to include business-related use. If you are using UAS for hobbyist or recreational purposes while awaiting new regulations for business use, be sure to register your UAS with the FAA as soon as possible. Please see our recent coverage for more information on the most recent regulatory change.

At this point, you may be wondering why we keep using the word "hobbyist". Again, we have to stress that as it stands now, drone use is restricted to only "hobbyist" use and not "commercial" use without a pilot's license. Since you, our members, are professionals and are probably thinking about using drones in your photography work, we feel we have to keep you informed of the illegality of that situation. Think of these posts as "How to Use Your Drones ONLY FOR RECREATIONAL and HOBBYIST USE and NOT FOR PROFESSIONAL OR COMMERCIAL USE". The new regulations relaxing the rules for business use are expected any day now. But until then ... here are step-by-step instructions for how to register your UAS (FOR HOBBYIST USE ONLY) after the jump:

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By Sarah Ackerman

We got an extra day to get down to business in February (hooray for Leap Day)! Since you have an extra 24 hours this year, take some time and check in on some of our top discussions from theLoop!

Do you struggle with light ratios? You're not alone! Check out this great thread on how to understand them and where to get some extra help. 

Are you less than pleased with your accounting and book keeping systems? Read up on what works for your fellow photographers and what programs you might want to avoid. You didn't get into photography because you love accounting, so take a few moments and see if making a switch can streamline your business! 

Social media can be confusing. So many platforms to put your work out there, but are you sure any of it works? Join one photographer on a journey of Facebook pages vs. personal profiles vs. Instagram and everything in between. Whether you're a social media novice or pro, this is a great read!

Obtaining releases for street/public photography has come up a lot in recent years! When do you need a release? When do you not? What are your usage rights for an image you don't have releases for? Get in this discussion and know where you legally stand.

Do you often do corporate headshots? If so, what's the appropriate file size and do you keep your water mark on them? Jump in on this thread to see how your peers handle this situation. 

Headshots are a hot topic this month! How many can you complete in an hour? Help a fellow photographer out and estimate how many clients she can photograph in an hour. Even if headshots aren't in your product line, it's a great read on time management! 

Do different product lines constitute having different websites? How many websites is too many? If you have a diverse business, this is a great thread to get some ideas on how to streamline your website maintenance and web traffic. 

Finding the right light is key to creating any beautiful image! Get a quick lesson in lumens and see what light(s) are right for any project in this active thread!

Remember to check out theLoop, a safe and protected online community where PPA members can discuss a range of photography topics. Not a PPA member? Join here!

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Sarah Ackerman manages all things social media for PPA and Imaging USA. When she's not living on the internet, she loves improv comedy, going on wilderness adventures, gallivanting around the globe, knitting, wood working and yoga. 



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By Chris Homer

Several PPA District Photographic Competitions are right around the corner! While entries for these competitions are closed, you can watch the live stream of each and see the judging happen live. PPA's International Photographic Competition also begins accepting entries May 23 and it's never too early to start preparing your images!

Entering a District Competition or the International Photographic Competition is one of the best ways to improve your images! Especially if you choose to have your images critiqued by one of PPA's International Jurors. We know the process can seem intimidating for first-timers, so here's a look at an actual critique from the 2015 International Photographic Competition. This is "Buttercup" by Lois Stanfield being critiqued by PPA juror James Wyant, M.Photog.Cr. Take a look and see how entering a District Competition or the International Photographic Competition can improve your own work as a photographer through constructive feedback like you'll hear in this critique.


We hope this critique can help you get a better understanding of what the International Photographic Competition judges are looking for when scoring your images. Head to the District Competition section of PPA's website to see when upcoming live streams of District Competitions will be happening and also start preparing your images for the International Photographic Competition! Be sure to get a critique so you can receive some personalized feedback on your works of art.


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Chris Homer is PPA's SEO & Web Specialist, which basically makes Google Analytics his best friend. A graduate of the University of Georgia, Chris cheers passionately (and obnoxiously) for the Bulldogs in all things from football to checkers. When he's not hard at work on PPA's websites, you'll find Chris at auto racing events around the southeast, where he's known as a master architect of tent villages.


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By Sarah Ackerman

This is your year! Take the challenge and Be More Creative with PPA's International Photographic Competition (IPC)! Rules are online now so you can be prepared when entries open. 

The IPC is dedicated to helping photographers, new and old, be more creative, artistic and inventive in their photographic pursuits. When you enter, you will be able to build on your best works, both paid and personal, elevating the quality of your work and output to your paid clients. It's through competition that photographers are pushed to better themselves year over year. 
It's also an opportunity to pursue your Master of Photography degree through the earning of exhibition merits (or merits earned through competition). (What are those? Read up on Merits & Degrees here!)

If your work is deemed worthy, it could make its way into the prestigious Loan Collection. From there, the top ten images in each category are selected for the Grand Imaging Awards and presented at Imaging USA! 

We understand it can be intimidating entering a photography competition for the first time. You might be wondering "What will judges be looking for in the images?" Easy! It's a thorough process where they'll compare your work against PPA's official 12 Elements of a Merit Image

Over the past year, we've posted real critiques from past IPC entries. These images range from different styles of photography and different subject matter to varying levels of success in photographic competition. You can even see critiques from images that made it all of the way to PPA's prestigious Loan Collection! Watch these critiques and use them to help get over the fear of participating. This is truly a supportive community and the judges give you specific examples of what you've done well and areas you could improve in the critique process.

To recap: Why participate in the IPC? 
•  Take your finest work to the next level
•  Earn recognition, praise & support from your peers
•  Engage and learn from an incredibly passionate and supportive community
•  As a result, improve your craft and photography business!
And who knows? Maybe you'll win a Grand Imaging Award at Imaging USA! 

Sounds like a win, win, win, win! Check out why thousands of photographers participate each year, directly from them.

Read the IPC rules today and see how you can push yourself to Be More Creative in 2016! Submissions open May 23, 2016.

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Sarah Ackerman manages all things social media for PPA and Imaging USA. When she's not living on the internet, she loves improv comedy, going on wilderness adventures, gallivanting around the globe, knitting, wood working and yoga. 



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by James Yates

Registration has opened TODAY for PPA's Super 1 Day Photography Workshops! The workshops are scheduled to take place between May 9 and May 23, 2016. For those two weeks, hundreds of studios across the country will hold day-long workshops covering every topic from portrait and wedding photography, posing and lighting, to digital retouching and workflow and sales and marketing strategies. The workshops comprise a full day of photography education for professional photographers.Super1Day_1200x1200.jpg

In Scottsdale, Arizona, they can learn lighting and posing from Andrew Faulds, M.Photog., CPP and Ryan Higgins, CPP. In Alexandria, Virginia, attendees can experience a complete location senior portrait session with Kelly Schneider, CPP. Do you live closer to Owensboro, Kentucky? Master Photographers Kate and Jason Higdon will be there to go over their "Social Capital" theory on how to network with clients.

Super 1 Day aims to strengthen the photographic and business skills of professional photographers. Classes are taught by photographers who host seminars in their studios (or other locations), with the proceeds going to support PPA educational projects.

Classes are expected to be a full day, so that CEU merits can be awarded to both attendees and instructors. You have three easy ways to register:
•    ONLINE: Register online for only $99 between March 2, 2016 and May 3, 2016.
•    BY PHONE: Call your PPA Customer Service team at 1-800-786-6277 to register by phone until May 3, 2016.
•    ONSITE: All registrations after May 3, 2016 must be completed onsite and in-person for $120. Please contact the instructor prior to attending to ensure there is space available.

PPA will send confirmation letters with class information to all pre-registered attendees. Not a PPA photographer? Don't fret! All photographers are encouraged to attend.
 
To get all the latest info on Super 1 Day, head on over to PPA.com/Super1Day.

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Seven visual arts associations release proposal to Congress for copyright small claims legislation.

March 1, 2016 - While there has been a great deal of discussion recently about the possibility of Congress creating a small claims process for visual arts, several visual artist groups, representing hundreds of thousands of creators, have joined forces to propose key components of potentially forthcoming small claims legislation. Collectively, the groups represent photographers, photojournalists, videographers, illustrators, graphic designers, artists, and other visual artists as well as their licensing representatives.

The white paper, which can be viewed here, advocates for the creation of a small claims tribunal within the U.S. Copyright Office. The document is a collaboration between American Photographic Artists (APA), American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), Digital Media Licensing Association (DMLA), Graphic Artists Guild (GAG), National Press Photographers Association (NPPA), North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) and Professional Photographers of America (PPA).

"The current review of copyright law in the House Judiciary Committee creates an opportunity to repair a decades-long inequity of our nation's copyright system," said David Trust, CEO of Professional Photographer of America. "A small claims process would be the game-changer that we have been working towards for years on the Hill."

These organizations have identified the creation of a small claims option to be their most urgent legislative priority before Congress. They assert that the cost and burden of maintaining a lawsuit in the only existing venue for hearing copyright infringement claims--federal district courts--is prohibitive and all too often leaves visual artists no way to vindicate their rights. They see a small claims court within the Copyright Office as providing a fair, cost-effective and streamlined venue in which they can seek relief for relatively modest copyright infringement claims.

Trust continued, "The harsh reality is that the vast majority of creators in America are currently excluded from copyright protection. This would finally level the playing field for small creators.  Now we get to begin the difficult task of selling this idea to Congress."

This negotiated document, which lays out the basic framework for small claims legislation, is in large part consistent with the legislative recommendations set out in the "Copyright Small Claims" report released in late 2013 by the U.S. Copyright Office. In some instances, the white paper offers alternative suggestions to those put forth by the Copyright Office.

The visual artists' organizations listed above have now distributed this legislative proposal for a copyright small claims tribunal to members of Congress, the United States Copyright Office, the members of the undersigned organizations, and other important copyright stakeholders.

For more information, please contact Professional Photographers of America at 800-786-6277 or copyrightdefense@ppa.com.

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