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PPA Today: October 2016 Archives

October 2016 Archives

By Tristin Vaccaro

As a photographer, you are probably familiar with Adobe's family of editing software, including Lightroom and Photoshop. But are you leveraging them for an efficient workflow? Or if you only use the same few functions, how about delving in to take your editing to the next level? At Imaging USA 2017, there are five Adobe-sponsored classes, designed for beginners and masters in mind.

In this Adobe Photography Solutions track, renowned photographers and Adobe experts will teach you tips that make retouching your photos fast and fun!  And best of all, these courses are FREE with your Imaging USA All-Access pass. So make sure you add some of the Adobe-track classes to your program at Imaging USA this January!

Jared Platt
January 9, 8am-9:30am
Whether you are shooting portraits, editorial or weddings, you spend a lot of time behind the camera, only to be followed by even more time behind the computer. It's time to reverse that equation and spend your time doing what you love and where you make your money. Join wedding and portrait photographer Jared Platt as he shares tips that accelerate your speed and increase the quality of your work. A better workflow doesn't just affect your photography; it improves your life.

Bry Cox, M.Photog.Cr., CPP
January 9, 10am-11:30am
Most photographers waste long hours fixing images. Bry Cox will show you how to rise above the crowd, giving you the gift of time every day by learning some simple techniques (like his one-minute system for retouching), and how to use the latest features in Lightroom and Photoshop to solve common challenges quickly. He'll share how these features are perfect for fashion-type images, but also great for solving issues with real people, like flyaway hairs, wrinkles, blemishes, skin tone, and more - fast. Plus he'll show you how to create and apply your own creative styles and looks to make your images stand out and wow your clients.

Jared Platt
January 9, 5pm-6:15pm
Learn about the changing landscape of the stock photo industry and how you can showcase your work to millions of potential buyers through Adobe Stock. Join photographer and Adobe Stock contributor Jared Platt to discover how to kickstart your career in stock photography with existing images from your portfolio and generate meaningful revenue with stock. Jared will teach you how to streamline your workflow and share practical tips for succeeding in the industry.

Dave Cross
January 10, 8am-9:30am
Join Photoshop and Lightroom expert Dave Cross as he demonstrates his proven techniques for solving common photography problems like sensor dust, warped buildings, distracting objects, harsh light or shadows, haze, backlit images, and more. You'll see how to fix most of these issues in Lightroom, and when a quick trip to Photoshop can help. You'll also learn some key strategies when working with crooked images, dealing with lens distortion, and how creating presets can save you time for commonly used fixes such as white balance, color adjustments, and more.

Julieanne Kost
January 10, 10am-11:30am
If you're tired of weeding through hours of tutorials trying to find practical Photoshop techniques, little-known features, and hidden gems that are relevant in your work, then this class is for you. Geared towards intermediate to advanced Photoshop users, Adobe Digital Imaging Evangelist Julieanne Kost will demonstrate a combination of new features as well as time-tested techniques to help you gain efficiency and reach your creative vision. If you're looking to deepen your Photoshop skills and unlock the power of image editing to take your Photography to the next level, then this master class is for you.

Read more about the Adobe Photography Solutions classes and their knowledgeable instructors on the Imaging USA website, where you can sort Imaging USA classes by track or by speaker. And if you haven't already done so, hurry and register for the full Imaging USA experience. Early bird savings will end on December 8, so don't let the holiday seasons make you miss this great opportunity to save $50! We're expecting over 10,000 people this year... don't be left out and signup today:

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by James Yates

The following is a press release PPA has sent out addressing the dismissal of Maria Pallante as Register of Copyrights and what it means for PPA's goals of a small claims copyright option.

Major Changes to the U.S. Copyright Office May Delay Updating Copyright Law

Professional Photographers of America Vows to Continue Moving Forward with Legislation Changes

Atlanta, GA (October 28, 2016)

The U.S. Copyright Office, positioned within the Library of Congress, suffered a potential setback to its goals for modernization and reform this week as its Register of Copyrights and long-time advocate, Maria Pallante, was removed from her job on October 21st, 2016. The newly appointed Librarian of Congress, Dr. Carla Hayden, has appointed Karyn Temple Claggett, currently Associate Register of Copyrights, as the acting Register while the search for a new Register of Copyrights is underway. Before her removal, Pallante had been an ally in PPA's effort to secure a small claims process for copyright infringements.
The news comes as a shock to content creators (photographers, authors, songwriters, graphic designers, etc.) who make up the U.S. copyright-protected community, and to members of the House and Senate Judiciary committees who are tasked with conducting the comprehensive review of current copyright law. Pallante was an advocate for the introduction of a small claims copyright option, which would allow better copyright enforcement for all content creators. She was also pushing for the modernization of the U.S. Copyright Office, moving it out from under the jurisdiction of the Library of Congress.  A stand-alone U.S. Copyright Office would closely pattern the model used for the Patent and Trademark Office. 

"We were all certainly surprised by what appeared to be a very aggressive move on the part of the Librarian of Congress," said PPA CEO David Trust. "We already have a meeting set with Dr. Hayden where we will discuss our concerns, and try to get a better understanding about how this change might affect the movement to create a small claims process. We look forward to developing a productive relationship with Dr. Hayden and the next Register of Copyrights."

For more than ten years, Professional Photographers of America (PPA) has been working on Capitol Hill, explaining the critical need for a small claims enforcement option for mom-and-pop creators. "That won't change," says Trust. "Photographers and other visual artists have always been treated inequitably under the current copyright system. Passing a small claims bill will continue to be our number one priority on The Hill. And we are going to need the help of every member - every visual artist."
Last summer, PPA started a Copyright Grassroots Action Team to provide a structure to mobilize its 30,000 photographer members and the creative community at large. Currently 7,500 members strong, this group of professional photographers and visual artists is growing, as all understand the need for broader copyright defense options in the U.S.

Why is a copyright small claims option so crucial for content creators such as photographers and visual artists? The cost and burden of seeking damages in the only existing venue for copyright infringement claims--federal district court--is prohibitive and leaves most artists no way to enforce their rights. A small claims process within the U.S. Copyright Office would finally provide a fair, cost-effective and streamlined venue where artists could seek remedies for unauthorized uses of their work.

The inability for photographers, and other low-value, high-volume content creators, to pursue a case against an infringer of their work is an injustice that demands to be fixed. For example, unless a case will yield a potential judgment of $100,000 or more ($30,000 at the bare minimum) it is usually a non-starter for intellectual property lawyers. Under the current framework, there is very little recourse for an artist who has their stolen work valued at a few thousand dollars or less. A small claims option within the Copyright Office would remedy that and it is a non-controversial and bi-partisan issue everyone can agree on.

For updates on the latest news as it unfolds, and to add your support to the growing number of small claims-supporters, head to

About PPA:
Professional Photographers of America (PPA) is the largest international non-profit association created by professional photographers, for professional photographers. Almost as long-lived as photography itself, PPA's roots date back to 1869. It assists nearly 30,000 members through protection, education and resources for their continued and sustainable success. See how PPA helps photographers be more at

By Chris Homer

As you gear up for Halloween fun, take a minute to check out this week's top blog posts!
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WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY/INSPIRATION: The 2016 Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards were recently presented by the British Natural History Museum and the award-winning photographs are impressive to say the least! Take a look at them all over at Business Insider, especially if you're a wildlife photographer looking for inspiration for your next shoot!

TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY: If you're a travel photographer, one of your goals is to capture the culture of a place through your photographs. If you're in a rut, check out photographer Mihaela Noroc's collection of portraits from around India and Nepal on Vogue. These striking photographs are a great way to get your creativity flowing again!

FOR LAUGHS: Here's one to lead you into the weekend on a laugh! Check out the results when a Dad used Photoshop to turn his 6 year-old son's drawings of animals into reality. You'll want to share this one with your photographer friends!

PHOTOGRAPHY BUSINESS: If your photography business is struggling, have you ever considered that you may have too diverse of a clientele? Read about how photographer Dani Miller narrowed the focus of her business to just babies, children and maternity portraits and was able to thrive on Professional Photographer.

PRIVACY/TECHNOLOGY: Business Insider breaks the news about the development of a badge that, when worn in a photo, would signal to social media software to blur the face of the person that has the badge on. The 'Do Not Snap Badge' may come into play for photographers in the future. Check it out and see what you think!
By James Yates

Do you want your voice to be heard on the current state of the photographic industry? Want new products that matter to YOU and your photographic needs? Then take the InfoTrends 2016 Professional Photography and Video Survey!

Some of you may remember participating in this survey last year. For those that didn't, InfoTrends conducts this annual industry review with imaging professionals (photographers and videographers alike) to better understand their use of technology, equipment requirements, and new business services. Manufacturers then use the results to design new or better products, and help fulfill the needs of photographers and videographers. 

This survey also provides a panoramic view of the behaviors and demographics of professional photographers! 

And did we mention you could also win up to $500 just for participating? Your time is valuable, and because the survey takes a good 15 minutes to go through, everyone will be entered to win $500. There will also be 100 randomly awarded $25 gift certificates to thank the participants!  

Help the industry and... maybe even get some cash in the process!

Respond quickly, as this invitation will be available only until a predetermined number of responses have been received. What are you waiting for? Take the survey now

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By Autumn Rice
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ACHOO! That's the first sneeze of cold and flu season, but you don't have time to go to the doctor. With all the traveling and waiting around for prescriptions, you'd never get anything done. But, wait!, here's some help!

Call A Doctor Plus (CADR+) is PPA's telemedicine health and wellness program, designed to save you time and money when you're not feeling well. The program is intended to provide medical assistance to you via the phone, including diagnosis, answers to questions, and prescriptions. Although Call a Doctor Plus is not a replacement for healthcare insurance plans, it can be used as a means to address basic health concerns. With zero co-pays and 24/7 service at your fingertips, this program is perfect for photographers whose business hours don't always match doctor's office hours!

PPA members get $10 OFF PER MONTH for this handy service at only $14.95/month, with the ability to add up to five dependents for no extra fee. Non-PPA members are also offered the service at $24.95. See what Call A Doctor Plus users (and PPA members) have to say about the program: 

"A doctor called within 10 minutes. After providing a brief description of my symptoms, the doctor sent a prescription to my pharmacy, and I had the medicine in less than an hour." 

"I had a crazy allergy attack at work. I broke out in hives and my hands swelled up. Call A Doctor Plus had a steroid ready for me at the CVS down the street from my office in under an hour. I can't believe how fast and easy it was!"

"Getting sick used to mean using up time from work, paying a co-pay and waiting around a doctor's office. Now, I get to bypass all of that and still get the exact same quality of care!" 

Joining this program is a great option for on-the-go photographers that need basic medical assistance and above all, want to save time and money. No more appointment scheduling hassle or never-ending wait in the waiting room! Escape the down-days of cold and flu season with CADR+! For more about the program or to sign up, visit

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By Autumn Rice

Although there will be loads of partying and fun at Imaging USA 2017, there is a way you can give back with your work during the convention. There will be specific charity events and initiatives for attendees to participate in. In this blog, the focus is on Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep.

Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization centered around training and educating professional photographers to produce high quality remembrance portraits for families facing the untimely death of an infant. In order to help families heal, the association provides parents with heirloom photographs and DVDs of their infants free of charge. More than 1,700 photographers have already touched the lives of families in 40 countries through this initiative. Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep welcomes any Imaging USA attendee to join the organization and make a lasting impact and contribution to such a personal and sensible cause.

As a photographer you have a skill to capture intimate moments and create life-long memories that only our profession can deliver to these families. You would be bringing so much more than 'just' photographs to these moms and dads in despair. You'd be giving tangible memories that provide a sense of closure to the families of these precious infants. 
You will have two opportunities to learn more about Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep and how to get involved while at Imaging USA:

Photographers Giving Back: Remembrance Photography On Becoming a "Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep" Affiliated Photographer
Saturday, Jan. 7, 6pm-7:30pm  |  Marriott Rivercenter, Salon G, 3rd Floor
Imagine a photo session where each moment truly is a last moment, where there will be no second takes, no do-overs, and where your photography becomes a family's most prized possession. Are you looking for a way to share your craft with your community? We invite you to learn more about becoming an affiliated photographer with Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep. In this session, staff and volunteers will share more about the organization and the details of how you can get involved, and hopefully, inspire you to volunteer and help heal some families around you.

Maximize Your Photography and Strengthen Your Local "Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep" Volunteer Team
Monday, Jan. 9, 8 -9:30am  |  Convention Center, 007D, River Level  
Interested photographers and current Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep volunteers are invited to attend this session dedicated to growing and strengthening our outreach network across the country.

Remember, the best gift you can give is one that can't be repaid. Be sure to take some time out of your fun-filled Imaging USA experience to hear about how you can help others by using your gift. 

Stay up-to-date with this charity event and more at!

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If you're a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP), there is some big news for you! 

PPA relentlessly seeks to educate consumers on the value of hiring professional photographers through the See The Difference® advertising awareness campaign. It specifically drives consumers to the site, the PPA search engine that connects people with photographers in their area!

A recently-added feature on this platform is the option to search solely for a Certified Professional Photographer; see the new button on the right:

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Once you click the Certified button, the page connects consumers with CPPs nationwide, as well as educates consumers on questions to ask a Certified Professional during the hiring process. Consumers will also find a short video that empathizes with the overwhelm that they sometimes feel when trying to make the best choice!

Currently, there are nearly 75,000 unique monthly visits to the website and search engine. Now those 75,000 potential clients can hone in on you! To make the most of your presence and visibility on this search tool, make sure your Find-A-Photographer profile is enabled and up-to-date. 

Log on to and scroll down to the Find-A-Photographer section, then click "Enable your Find-a-Photographer profile."

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Then simply click on "Click here to enable your profile."

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And you're all set!

Now sing it from the rooftops, and make sure all your potential clients are also down with CPP. To learn more about becoming a Certified Professional Photographer, visit

Thumbnail image for LS_Profile.jpgLisa Sharer is the Marketing Campaign Manager at Professional Photographers of America. As a Creative Writing graduate, she loves any chance at getting pen to paper. When she's not being creative in the workplace, she can be found skating with the Atlanta Rollergirls or volunteering with the Weloveatl Project. Or really - snuggling with the dogs.

By Autumn Rice

The list of high-profile celebrities that photographer Jeremy Cowart has photographed is long, but it's the launch of a humanitarian hotel brand that's got us talking. Cowart hopes that The Purpose Hotel will acquire its necessities from non-profits whose mission is to help others.

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Read about Jeremy's plans for The Purpose Hotel in "Jeremy Cowart's Humanitarian Hotel" on

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By Autumn Rice

Have you registered for the drone knowledge test?

The updated drone regulations have ignited a fire in many photographers to incorporate the latest, and hottest, photography tool into their businesses. The new regulations are now in effect, but before you fly there are a few things to check off your to-do list. Photographers hoping to incorporate drones into their business must pass the Remote Pilot Certification exam, also known as the drone exam, at an FAA approved knowledge testing center.

Now, I know what you're thinking, "No one said anything about a test!", but don't fret. PPA has great tools to help you cram for the exam, and prepare you in no time. The best part is that you can study at your own pace! If you're still a little apprehensive, check out these stats about photographers who have already taken the exam, and get an idea of what to expect!
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Don't stress over the exam. Head over to to get study materials, then take the plunge and register for the exam!

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By Autumn Rice

Photographer Dani Miller was struggling with her business that catered to a very diverse clientele, so she set out to change it. By narrowing her focus to baby, child, and maternity portraits, she was able to make her studio thrive.

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Read about Dani's journey to niche photography in "Should You Niche? Dani Miller Did And Her Studio Thrived" on!

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By Autumn Rice

The Print Movement is all about encouraging photographers to add value to their business by showcasing their print art. In a time when everyone can take a picture on their phones and technological growth is rapid, it's important to share the value of professionally-printed photography with clients. Digital files can easily be misplaced or destroyed, leaving memories lost forever. Let's change that!

In an effort to help photographers promote printed products to clients, the PRINT Movement has created customizable resources for use in your studio. Today's resource is brochures!

The tri-fold brochure folder contains a .psd as well as a .pdf, and is a customizable tool for your studio. You can add your own photos, studio information, and pricing to clearly inform your clients. This resource will help you explain the power of print and the necessity of print pieces in every home. This gives you the opportunity to increase your sales by using a beautiful pamphlet that says everything, so you don't have to.

The Print Movement resources are easy to use, and they trigger emotions that help clients understand the importance of printed images. Visit to download and customize your brochure today!

By Autumn Rice

It's been a long week of work, or school, and now it's time to kick your feet up and relax. But, before you sit down, grab your computer and check out our top blog posts of the week!

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EDUCATION: How would you earn six figures from your photography studio? Here's a hint: You have to offer more than just digital files! Watch this month's free PPAedu video to get advice from Allison Tyler Jones, CPP about how to grow your business to increase your earnings.

CREATIVITY: Vadim Stein, a St. Petersburg, Russia based photographer, creates amazing photographs but with an interesting and intriguing twist. Originally trained in sculpture, the subjects in his images often mirror statues. Check out the results of his latest session in this post.

FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHY: Family photo sessions can go two ways: The children love the camera and the session is easy, or the children hate the camera and it's a complete disaster. In either situation the kid is no match for a prepared photographer. This blog gives great tips for being prepared for family photo sessions. Check it out to see what you can use in your sessions!

CLIENTS: Collaboration and communication are the basis for building a successful and fulfilling relationship with clients. However, that won't always be easy. Truth is, some people are difficult.  So what do you do?  Read this post about how to have a successful client-photographer relationship.

BUSINESS: Being up-to-date on the latest technology, or knowing editing tricks for a program is common for photographers. But understanding ways to make your business more efficient is less typical. Make your modern business stand out with these tips and tricks for running your studio. 

CRITIQUE: Art is an expression of one's own interpretations. However, we all need advice about what to change for the sake of our work, but we're all sensitive about our creations. This post gives advice about how to effectively critique a photographer's work without offending or discouraging. If you're critiquing, or being critiqued, this article is perfect for you. 

ANGLES: Many photographers reach a point when they want to create better photos, but they don't necessarily know how. This blogger suggests changing your perspective by attaching your camera to railings. Check out this post to see the safest way to try this new trick! 

HOW TO: Although levitation photos can be easily achieved, creating a believable shot takes knowledge of a few tips and tricks. Photographer Christopher James recently gave a behind the scenes look at his process for creating these amazing photos. Read about his work process and see the results here!

BUSINESS PRACTICES: Aside from the art of photography, there's an element of business that many photographers struggle with. There's marketing, pricing, sales, professionalism and so much more to worry about. Read this article about the best business advice from a few creative entrepreneurs.

SAVINGS:  As photographers, we all want to save money when we can without compromising the quality of our work. When it comes to the difference between filter holder sets and more standard circular filters, the biggest difference is cost. Read this article about why filter holder sets are the more cost efficient option for filters, and how they can save you hundreds!

That's all for this week! Don't forget to check back next week for a new round of amazing posts. What photography blogs or podcasts do YOU follow? Post your favorites on theLoop or email them to us at

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By Tristin Vaccaro


Live product demos, access to revolutionary photography products, and countless networking opportunities can all be found in one place at Imaging USA 2017: The Imaging Expo! This three-day tradeshow is one of the largest gatherings of pro-photographers and exhibitors alike in the world! With over 600 booths to explore, your newest photographic discovery will be right at your fingertips!

See industry leaders, such as Canon, Miller's Professional Imaging, and Kodak Alaris, show off their newest products. Mingle with your fellow photographers while you learn about 2017 photography trends. You'll even see and be able to test some drones! Continue your walk through the International Photographic Competition (IPC) exhibit, where you can find the best of the best photographs from 2016 on display, handpicked by judges and entered into our prestigious Loan Collection. If you're interested in entering the Competition in 2017, definitely check out the IPC merit café. Here, you'll find various seminars lead by experienced speakers, get a first look at the new 2017 IPC rules, and you'll even have the opportunity to get one-on-one advice from official IPC jurors about how to improve your photos for the Competition. These sessions are free to all and available on a first-come, first served basis, so sign up today!

And whether or not you already are a PPA member, we would also love to meet you in person! At the PPA booth you'll be able to speak with our customer service agents who are happy to answer any membership-related questions you might have or even help you understand how to get the most out of PPA membership. And if you aren't with PPA yet, Imaging USA is the perfect time to join! Make sure you stop by PPA's Booth #625 and ask about this year's show special!

These are just a few reasons you won't want to miss the Expo! Imaging USA will be held at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, TX. The Expo is open to all Imaging USA All-Access pass holders beginning on January 8, but if you can't attend the entire convention, Expo-Only passes are available for only $35 and are valid all three days:

  • Sunday, Jan. 8........11:30am - 5:00pm
  • Monday, Jan. 9.......11:30am - 5:00pm
  • Tuesday, Jan. 10.....11:30am - 3:30pm

To get the full list of registered exhibitors and the tradeshow floor plan, visit And before you go, download the Imaging USA mobile app that offers this information and tons more! With just a few clicks, you can even create your own custom Expo plan of attack. You'll know just where your favorite exhibitors will be and how to get there, saving you valuable time and effort.

If you haven't registered to attend Imaging USA 2017, do so at We hope to see you in January!

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By James Yates

PPA's Business Challenge was born nearly one year ago, at Imaging USA 2016 in Atlanta. It was during the Studio Makeover class, dedicated to unveiling the results two studio owners had by implementing PPA's business advice, when Education Director Angela Kurkian began to realize the program could be scaled up. By adding the Challenge as a group on theLoop, all PPA members would have the chance to join and begin their 12-month, step-by-step program to profitability and sustainability for their photography businesses. 

It's been a huge success. There are now nine different Challenge Groups on theLoop, with over 900 members taking advice, implementing changes, sharing wisdom and holding each other accountable as they make the steps toward their studios becoming more financially sound! 

Two new announcements have been made in preparation for the program's anniversary: 1) a class at Imaging USA 2017, and 2) a new join-schedule for upcoming Challenge Groups.

First, instead of offering the challenge each and every month, the groups will be starting during the months of February, March, April, May, August, September, October and November. This means there won't be any new groups forming in December, January, June or July. This will allow more time to dig even deeper in the groups that are currently running and no one has to worry about signing up during the holidays or summer vacation!

Second, Business Challenge mentors Gregory Daniel, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, F-ASP, Mary Fisk-Taylor, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, ABI, API and Angela Kurkian, M.Photog.Cr., CPP will be presenting the platform program "4 Things You Need to Know to be Successful"  at Imaging USA 2017 in San Antonio, TX. 

The class will be held on January 8 and  asks the question,  "iI you could make four changes to your business and your way of thinking that would help you be more profitable, add time to your day and move your life in the direction you dream of, would you do it?"  Full of great takeaways and business strategies you can start implementing right away, this class is the perfect introduction to the Business Challenge program, which can help you build your business on a strong foundation in 2017.

If you're not already using the Business Challenge to own your place in the photography industry and be more profitable, what are you waiting for?! Sign up now at

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James Yates is an Atlanta-based writer/actor and the Communications Specialist at Professional Photographers of America (PPA). A graduate of Georgia State University, James has worked in the non-profit sector his whole life and is proud to be able to help artists achieve their goals. In his spare time he can be found walking his dogs on the Beltline or partaking in the nightly theater and comedy scene in the ATL.

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By Tristin Vaccaro

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After attending Imaging USA 2017, you're sure to go back home a stronger photographer than  when you arrived. How can you not, when over 100 specialized courses are offered to you throughout the week, all aimed at teaching you the skills you're interested in? So below, you'll find a brief overview of all the school, sport, and event track classes provided at Imaging USA 2017.

Are you hesitant about taking photos of large groups? Looking to fine-tune your high volume photography business? Or maybe you don't know a thing about photographing events, but you've always wanted to?  Whether you want to learn something new, or simply sharpen your skills, there's a class here for you. While the Pre-Con sessions are available at an extra fee, you won't want to miss these valuable information sessions jam-packed with need-to-know information about group and event photography.

Without further ado, here are the upcoming event track courses:

(Pre-Con) Post Capture Production for High Volume Photographers

Bill Champion

January 7, 9am-12pm

(Pre-Con) Group Photography Can Be Easy and Profitable! (Hands-on Class)

Andy Gould

January 7, 9am-11am  |  1pm-3pm  |  4pm-6pm

(Pre-Con) Want LOTS More Family Portrait Business? Go to CHURCH!

Chris Wunder, Cr.Photog.

January 7, 9am-12pm

(Pre-Con) EXTREME Volume

Melanie Anderson, Cr.Photog., CPP

January 7, 1pm-5pm

(Pre-Con) Photographing High Volume High School Seniors

Dann Kasallis, M.Photog., CPP

January 7, 1pm-5pm

Incorporating Volume Work Into Your Portrait Studio

Colleen Gonsar

January 8, 8am-9:30am

Get, Grow and Dare to be Different in the Volume Business

Brandi Morgan, CPP

January 8, 5pm-6:15pm

I Want it Now: Onsite Printing and Event Photography

Bill Vahrenkamp, Cr.Photog. & David Stana, Cr.Photog., CPP

January 8, 6:45pm-8pm

Youth Sports: How to Stand out and be Competitive

Leigh LaForest & Jeff Gump, Cr.Photog.

January 9, 8am-9:30am

Get Motivated To Grow Your Business

Wayne Barksdale

January 9, 10am-11:30am

The Art of Posing Dancers & Dance Studios: An Insider's Viewpoint

Daniel Fermaint, CPP & Jennifer Fermaint, CPP

January 9, 5pm-6:15pm

Weddings and School Portraits- A Match Made in Heaven

Linda Russell

January 10, 8am-9:30am

School Photography That's Wow! Photography

Neal Freed

January 10, 8am-9:30am

How to Double Your Income with Publishing

Roch Eshleman, Cr.Photog., CPP

January 10, 10am-11:30am

Big Groups Don't Have to be a Big Challenge

Dave Stock , Cr.Photog., CPP & Jamie House, CPP

January 10, 3:30pm-4:45pm

Event Photography: The Whole Package

Marion Hughes & Jenny Rhea

January 10, 5:15pm-6:30pm

Your Imaging USA experience should be as fun and educational as possible, so keep these classes in mind as you begin to craft your schedule of classes. To see all the courses programs offered, as well as other important information about Imaging USA 2017, visit  

We can't wait to see you there!

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By Chris Homer

Each month, one PPAedu video is unlocked for everyone to enjoy, because PPA believes in
 the power of education for all photographers (it's normally reserved only for members)! The PPAedu online library has a lot to help you sharpen your photography techniques, marketing strategies, sales techniques and business operations. These tutorials and educational videos are available 24/7 to PPA members. 

Between PPAedu and PhotoVision, as a PPA member, you can tap into hundreds of programs to help you Be More! If you haven't checked out PhotoVision, take a look; there's a new website with a slew of new episodes!

During October, the video "Success Secrets of a Six Figure Studio" with Allison Tyler Jones, CPP has been unlocked! Who wouldn't want to earn six figures from their photography? Here's a hint - you can't do it by only selling digital files! Watch the video and learn which products that use actual printed photos have been successful for Allison's business and what helped her grow into a six figure studio. You'll also learn her in-person sales strategies to help you sell more to your clients! 

After you've checked out the video, why not check out PRINT. The Movement as well? This is PPA's campaign to encourage sales of printed images and products! Visit and find out how you can get involved, as well as some resources to help you educate your clients on the importance of getting professional prints of their photos! 

If you're a member of PPA, just log in to watch the video anytime. And bookmark the page to get some more learning on, as you have open access to all of PPA's online education. Non-members will have access to this video this month only at For full access to all the PPAedu and PhotoVision videos, join PPA today!

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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 James Yates

Imaging USA 2017 in San Antonio is all set to provide three days of workshops, classes and opportunities on the trade show floor to kick off a new year of profitability for you. But, did you know that you can take advantage of more intimate, hands-on classes the day before? 

The Hands-On track at Imaging USA is part of the Pre-Convention schedule and takes place Saturday, January 7th. These classes require an additional registration and fee, but offer you a chance to dig deeper and make even more out of your time at the world's oldest and strongest photography convention. During the class, students have the opportunity to get advice and lessons from instructors thanks to more one-on-one time. You will go out on an actual photo shoot and practice with your own camera (which means that bringing your equipment is a must)! Since the classes are hands-on, you will be expected to do more and be an active participant in the workshop. These classes are for those with the strongest desire to get up and learn!

Hands-on classes are shorter, so you can attend multiple sessions during the day and get all the practice you want. There are three different sessions for each Hands-on program held on Saturday, January 7, 2017, so you can sign up for up to three classes for the day! There are also special pricing offers available for participation in Hands-on sessions. Attend one Hands-on Class for $79, two for $129 or three for $159. Space is limited (max. of 35 participants in each class) for the benefit of students, so classes sell out fast.

Check out this list of Hands-on classes to see which fits you best, and then head over to to sign up now! 

Bree Adams, M.Photog.Cr., CPP

Tomayia Colvin

Daniel K. Davis, M.Photog.

Kay Eskridge, M.Photog.Cr., CPP

Mike Fulton, Cr.Photog.

Joseph Glyda, M.Photog.M.Artist.Cr., CPP

Andy Gould

Ted Linczak, M.Photog.Cr.

Michael G. Taylor, M.Photog.Hon.M.Photog.Cr., API, F-ASP

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James Yates is an Atlanta-based writer/actor and the Communications Specialist at Professional Photographers of America (PPA). A graduate of Georgia State University, James has worked in the non-profit sector his whole life and is proud to be able to help artists achieve their goals. In his spare time he can be found walking his dogs on the Beltline or partaking in the nightly theater and comedy scene in the ATL.

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By Autumn Rice

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The streets of San Antonio will be filled with flashes in January as photographers from all over the country flood the city for the largest pro-photography convention, Imaging USA 2017! At Imaging USA you'll meet new people, learn new tricks and take great photos, and we want you to share them all with us! That's right; we want to experience Imaging USA through your eyes.

Many photographers ask, "Can I bring my camera?" Well... duh! Heck, we encourage you to.
We want to see it all! From pre-con classes, to opening parties, to the Expo, and even your arrival at the official Imaging USA hotels, the photo opportunities are endless. So, don't be shy! Add your camera to your "must-pack list" and share your time at Imaging USA with the world. No matter how you snap, tweet, or post just use the hashtag #ImagingUSA, to share on our social media sites, and see what others are sharing.

Imaging USA 2017 will be held at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas from January 8-10, with Pre-Con classes and activities January 5-7. Be sure to register by December 8, 2016 to save $50 with the Early Bird Rate. And don't forget to always check-in with to get up-to-date information, register for classes, and check out speakers.
Gather your camera equipment, and show the world the best of Imaging USA 2017 through your eyes!

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By Tristin Vaccaro

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Autumn leaves, pumpkin spice lattes, bonfires, cozy sweaters, and college football. These are just a few of our favorite things about fall. Oh, and taking time to relax and read and keep up on trends or what's happening in photography, so here are some  blog posts from the week of October 10 we found worth sharing with you!

Photographs Are Made With Light, Not Sensors and Tech

LIGHTING: Many photographers agree that using quality photography equipment generally equates to a quality photograph. However, there is one element that reigns supreme over technology when it comes to superior photos: light. This article helps understand why lighting means so much more in a photo than the gear used to capture it.

The Photographer's Tools

PHOTOGRAPHER: As a photographer, you know there are so many elements that come into play when taking a photograph. Whether it be light, the settings on your camera, and even what kind of camera you use, you think about these components before you press the shutter button. But are you forgetting simple elements such as lines, contrast, and scale? Find out how to get back to the basics with this article.

Charming Photo Series Showcases The Smiling Personas of the Elderly

PORTRAITS: Mark Twain once said, "Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been." Photographer Ilya Nodia illustrated this phenomenon by capturing elderly folks and their ear-to-ear grins. The images are proof that a smile is truly timeless. You'll have to read about Nodia's emotional experience and see the touching photos for yourself.

How Viable Is Lightroom's New Raw Editing Capability

LIGHTROOM: Lightroom Mobile is just one of many apps out there that allows you to touch-up photos on your smartphone.  With Lightroom Mobile's new RAW file support, you can now have the same editing capabilities of the desktop version, right at your fingertips. But how does this on-the-go version compare to the Lightroom program on your desktop? Read this article to find out!

Increase Your Productivity With Six Tips From Photoshop Guru Aaron Nace

PRODUCTIVITY: Photographers and editors alike have hailed Photoshop as one of the best programs for retouching photos. While Photoshop receives rave reviews for its numerous features and capabilities, its software settings often leave a little to be desired. In this article, Aaron Nace provides tips on how to overcome these minor imperfections and make the most of your time using Photoshop. 

Lighting From the Outside In: Experiment With Lighting to Get Your Photographic Creativity Flowing

LIGHTING: As a photographer, you know just how important light is when capturing a subject. Using different lighting settings, locations, and colors can completely change the story you want your image to tell. See examples and get inspired by professional photographer Hans Rosemond's own lighting experiment in this fun read. 

Two Ways to Dodge and Burn More Effectively in Photoshop

PHOTOSHOP: Photoshop's dodge and burn tools essentially allow you to lighten or darken areas of your image, as you would in a darkroom. But using just these tools on your Photoshop images can cause a loss of color and saturation. Watch this video by Photoshop master Jimmy McIntyre to see how to dodge and burn the right way.

How Geometry Can Literally Shape the Story in Your Images

GEOMETRY: Circles, squares, triangles, and lines. We see shapes such as these everyday and in all forms of artistic media. These shapes and lines are often combined and manipulated to intentionally frame a story. To see just what we're talking about, check out this video.

Imaging USA 2017

NETWORKING WORKS: Imaging USA 2017 is a unique experience that brings together photography amateurs, professionals, experts, and masters. With all these photographers around, we're sure that you will meet new friends and mentors alike. So bring your business cards and read up on Imaging USA's networking events here.

Facts About Image Copyrights You Need to Know

COPYRIGHT:  As the Copyright Small Claims Process gains ground on Capitol Hill, there are some basic copyright facts you need to know. From watermarks to personal responsibility, read this article to get some basic photographic copyright knowledge.

That's all folks, well, for this week's roundup at least! Are there any photography blogs or websites out there that you love, and you think others would love too? Post them on theLoop or email them to us at

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By Tristin Vaccaro

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Would an all-access pass for Imaging USA 2017 at no cost to you be appealing to you? What if you could also have your choice of a pre-convention class provided for free? Four lucky PPA members will be awarded the Imaging USA's Kickstart Scholarship with these amazing benefits. It's quick and easy to enter, but don't delay as the deadline is drawing closer!

The application due date is November 11, 2016. Recipients of the scholarship will receive a free all-access pass to Imaging USA 2017, which includes access to every convention session, all of the parties, and the massive tradeshow, as well as their choice of one free Pre-Con class. This is a $500 value!!! (Please note that travel, meals, and lodging are not included.)

To apply for the Imaging USA Kickstart scholarship, you must be an active PPA member and those who have previously received an Imaging USA Kickstart Scholarship are no longer eligible (leaving room for new people to win!). Recipients will be announced on November 23 and notified via phone.

PPA wants to help photographers like you attend Imaging USA 2017 in San Antonio, but you have to apply! So don't wait! It's very quick and easy to apply. What do you have to lose?

 Learn more about this amazing opportunity or apply at And to get a glimpse of all the experiences available to you at Imaging USA, check out

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By Autumn Rice

With Imaging USA 2017 right around the corner we want to give you an inside look at what the world's largest pro-photography convention has to offer. Aside from the 600+ tradeshow booths and parties, convention goers can also enjoy a variety of classes covering many topics.  These courses are taught by experienced PPA photographers that have been exactly where you are, and they want to help!

Today's track is all about portrait and wedding photography. Attending these classes is a great way to improve your portrait/wedding business, practice new techniques, and refine your wedding and portrait sessions. Although the Pre-Con sessions are offered at an extra fee, they will provide you with invaluable insights to help your business be more efficient, more knowledgeable, and more profitable.

 Here's a preview of what you can expect:

Steve Kozak, M.Photog.Cr., CPP and Doug Box, M. Photog., Cr., CPP
January 5

Lindsay Adler, Cr.Photog.
January 6

Lori Unruh and Jeff Poole
January 7

(Pre-Con) Be Boudoir-licious (Hands On Class)
Kay Eskridge, M.Photog.Cr., CPP
January 7

Michael Taylor, M.Photog.Hon.M.Photog.Cr., API, F-ASP
January 7

Mike Fulton, Cr.Photog.
January 7

Andy Gould
January 7

Tim Kelly, M.Photog.Cr., F-ASP
January 8

Allison Tyler Jones, CPP
January 8
8am - 9:30am

Ben Shirk, M.Photog.M.Artist.Cr.
January 8
8am - 9:30am 

Dan Rowe
January 8
6:45pm - 8pm

Audrey Woulard
January 8
6:45pm- 8pm

Jennifer Rozenbaum
January 9
8am - 9:30am

Dani Miller
January 9
10am- 11:30am

Bradford Rowley
January 9
10am- 11:30am

Michele Celentano , Cr.Photog., CPP
January 9
5am- 6:15am

Barbara Breitsameter, M.Photog.Cr., CPP
January 10
10am - 11:30am

Jeffrey Shaw , Cr.Photog.
January 10
3:30am- 4:45am

Gary Box, M.Photog.Cr., CPP and Pam Box, M.Photog.Cr.
January 10
5:15pm - 6:30pm

Alex McClanahan and Dan McClanahan , M.Photog.
January 10
5:15pm - 6:30pm

Susan Stripling
January 9
8am- 9:30am

Ken Sklute, M.Photog.Cr.
January 9
5pm - 6:15pm

Linda Russell
January 10
8am - 9:30am

As you prepare for Imaging USA 2017 in San Antonio, Texas be sure to choose from this track, or any of the others. Visit to get a full list of classes, and information about preparing for your trip to Imaging USA!

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Imaging USA is the world's largest pro-photography convention designed to assist photographers in their business endeavors. It's an extremely special event in the photographic arts community! For the 10,000+ professional photographers that attend every year, the event presents the opportunity to develop relationships with peers, gain insight into the latest industry techniques and equipment, and most importantly, have fun while improving your craft. With hundreds of classes, experienced speakers, ceremonies and parties, the IPC Exhibit, and the PPA staff there to guide you, the possibilities are endless at Imaging USA. The best part is it's all about your passion!

For first-timers, all of the buzz surrounding this massive event could be intimidating, but don't be shy; we want to see you there! After attending Imaging USA you'll understand how supportive the photographic arts community is, and that you're not in the business alone.

Check out what these Imaging USA attendees had to say about their experience!

"Had such a great time at Imaging USA! My brain is so stuffed with new information, it's gonna take at least a day or two to decompress. Feeling incredibly inspired by all the great speakers and can't wait to bring fresh new technique and perspective to the studio." - @dnsachs

"We also met Sue Bryce. She is so inspiring. We learned so much from her and she had us laughing and crying. If ever there were a speaker to evoke emotion, she definitely hit the nail on the head. Imaging USA was such a spectacular learning experience and I can't wait to go again next year." - @playtimeportraits

"Leaving my first Imaging USA. I am leaving here a different photographer, different businessman, and different person. Thank you PPA!" - @cloverboy42

"All I can say is, you guys know how to throw an event. My second Imaging experience, but my first to be able to go to classes. I'm inspired, I'm flying high!! Thank you so much! GREAT speakers! My friends and I are already planning for San Antonio!! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!" - @DebiTaylorAllen 

"My first visit to Imaging USA at Georgia World Congress Center was spectacular!  It's scary to think how I almost missed this great opportunity to learn and network with other photographers.  Thank goodness passes were still available for the EXPO which is the only event I was able to attend... but will certainly plan next year for all 3 to 5 days. And of course I brought my camera to capture some of the highlights." - Robin Lori

Reading about all of the events, opportunities, and fun at Imaging USA doesn't compare to getting a first-hand experience for yourself. You have to see it to believe it! Imaging USA 2017 will be held at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, TX from January 8-10, 2017. Head over to to register for Imaging USA 2017, check out some of the classes you can attend, and plan your trip to San Antonio. Join us on this non-stop train of pro-photography fun! We can't wait to see you in January! 

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By Chris Homer

Imaging USA 2017 is right around the corner, January 8 - 10, or January 5-10 if you are
 coming early for Pre-Con classes, in San Antonio! There are a lot of great reasons to attend, such as tons of educational opportunities, special events, the tradeshow and more. But one of the biggest reasons to attend Imaging USA is the chance to develop and nurture a quality network with your fellow professional photographers, speakers, potential mentors and a lot of photography vendors! 

During Imaging USA, you'll be surrounded by more than 10,000 pros that are as passionate as you about photography, so get those business cards ready! You never know who you'll meet that can help you with your business and along in your photographic career. 

You'll have the opportunity to hang out with other photographers at events like the Welcome and Closing Parties, the PPA Charities Celebration, the 5K fun run, around the Imaging Expo tradeshow and at the International Photographic Exhibit, all while checking out gear and taking a look at thousands of amazing images. Plus, if you come to Imaging USA early and attend a pre-convention class you'll have more time to chat with the instructor and other attendees in small groups before the huge crowd arrives January 8! There are several other special networking opportunities you won't want to miss:

PPA New Member Meet & Greet
Sat. 1/7, 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
If you're a new PPA Member, this is your chance to meet all your fellow new members! Make some new friends and develop a support network of other photographers. 

IPC Mentor Sessions
Sun. 1/8, 11:30 AM - 5:00 PM  |  Mon. 1/9, 11:30 AM - 5:00 PM  |  Tue. 1/10, 11:30 AM - 3:30 PM
What makes a photograph award-winning material? What does a judge look for in a PPA photography competition? Here's your chance to learn all that. PPA-approved jurors will sit down with you in 15 minute sessions and look at your images, to give suggestions on creating images for competition. If you chose to go, you'll be asked to bring your images on a Laptop, tablet or physical prints (no phones). And while it's free, it will sell out fast, so sign up for your session right here:

Coach's Corner
Mon. 1/9, 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM  |  Tue. 1/10, 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM
Want help hitting a home run in the school, sports or event market? Meet with a professional coach at Imaging USA for some short one-on-one mini-sessions. Ask your questions and get advice on your portfolio, business and more. Don't wait too long to register, the Coach's Corner will be in high demand! Sign up here.
By Autumn Rice

We know you're super excited to explore everything Imaging USA 2017 has to offer. From the classes to the expo, you won't have a free moment in the day. But don't forget about one very important element of the Imaging USA experience.  If you guessed the parties, then you're right! The parties at Imaging USA are a non-stop train of pro-photography fun, and we want to see you there! 

In the midst of exploring and partying deep in the heart of Texas, make some time to attend some of the ceremonies honoring your peers for their accomplishments at IPC and other events over the last year.

Here's a list of the official Imaging USA parties and ceremonies that you can attend at Imaging USA 2017 in San Antonio, Texas:

Imaging USA Welcome Party
Sunday, January 8, 2017
Marriott Rivercenter Hotel, Grand Ballroom, Third Floor 

Imaging USA Closing Party
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
8pm - 11pm 
Convention Center, Park/Tower View, Meeting Room Level

¡Fiesta! PPA Charities Celebration 
Saturday, January 7, 2017
8 - 10pm
Marriott Riverwalk, Alamo Ballroom, Second Floor

Grand Imaging Awards 
Monday, January 9, 2017
6:30 - 7:30pm (Doors open at 6:15pm) 
Convention Center, Lila Cockrell Theatre, Street Level

PPA Award & Degree Ceremony
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
6:30 - 7:30pm (Doors open at 6 pm)
Convention Center, Lila Cockrell Theatre, Street Level 

As you get ready for Imaging USA 2017, don't forget to pack your party shoes! Visit to get all the latest details on parties, and everything Imaging USA!

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After photographing over 700 album covers, Nashville's Russ Harrington knows a thing or two about lighting. The self-proclaimed "lighting guy" shares his top techniques that will ensure your photos are crisp and bright.

Check out the "illuminating" tips in "3 Lighting Tips From Russ Harrington" on

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By Autumn Rice

With fall in full swing, the temperatures are cooling and the leaves are changing. Grab your tablet, sit outside and enjoy the weather with these top blog posts from the week of October 7.

PRICING: For many photographers, finding the balance between pricing products for what they're worth and being fair to clients is difficult. However, at some point you will have to increase your prices. Read this article about why and how to raise prices for your products.

PRINT: In this informative interview photographer and educator, Tim Walden gives his take on being a print artist. He discusses everything from what print artistry means to him, to advice for aspiring print artists. If you've ever had an interest in print photography, this article is a perfect read for you!

IMAGING USA: Imaging USA is right around the corner and PPA wants to give you great tips for saving money. Read this article to get the top four ways to save the most money on your trip to Imaging USA 2017 in San Antonio, Texas.

PHOTOGRAPHY CULTURE: Elliott Erwitt is one of the most iconic photographers alive today. In an interview with TIME, he shared some important insight into his perspective on photography. Watch the interview and learn some of his legendary tips and tricks.

PRODUCTIVITY: As a photographer, it's important for your work process to evolve. If there's a more efficient and productive way to work, then you should know about it. Get tips on how to be more productive as a photographer, and improve your workflow in this article.

CHARITY: Photographers have the power to evoke several different emotions with their work, but they also have the power to give back. Read this article about the several different charities that photographers can give back to, through their work.

BUSINESS: Marketing is a critical step in building a better business, but many photographers have difficulty knowing what to do, and how to do it. Watch this video that explains how to create slideshows for marketing your business.

TUTORIAL: Street fashion photography has recently become increasingly popular among photographers. Originally, the idea was introduced by Bill Cunningham and has evolved over time. Get the formula for creating great street fashion photography from this article.

CREATIVITY: Underwater photography is difficult, but this photographer made it even more challenging by photographing upside down and underwater. Find out what inspired this creativity, and the process behind the end product.

LIGHTING:  Watch this in-depth video about analyzing "catch lights" or "eye lights". Get examples of placement, intensity, shape, direction, and the role they play in an image.

There you have 'em, our weekly blog post roundup! What photography blogs or podcasts do YOU follow? Post your favorites on theLoop or email them to us at

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By Tristin Vaccaro

At Imaging USA 2017 in San Antonio, there will be a whole class track dedicated to commercial photography to help you improve your talents and learn something new. These sessions are taught by experienced photographers who want to share their knowledge with you. While the Pre-Con courses are offered at an extra fee, attending one (or a few) is a great way to sharpen your skills, practice different techniques, and make the most of your time in San Antonio!

Here's a list of the commercial track sessions that you can join: 

Joseph Glyda, M.Photog.M.Artist.Cr., CPP

January 5-6, 9am-11am | 1pm-3pm | 4pm-6pm

Joe will demonstrate lighting techniques for difficult surfaces such as metal and glass and you'll learn proper angles for product shots. Joe will discuss photographing multiple items and combining them in post-production. This class will be packed with tips and techniques that Joe has been using in the commercial field of photography for years. You will have the opportunity to get hands on in this learning process, working directly with the products. This class will inspire your creativity and provide you with a new set of tools to approach your everyday challenges and goals in this industry.

To reap even fuller benefits this class at Imaging USA, consider watching Joe Glyda's programs on PPAedu: 6 online programs are ready for you to enjoy and best of all, they are free to PPA members. Get you even more bang for your buck at Imaging USA and get a sharp learning edge!

(Pre-Con) San Antonio Architectural Photo Safari

Randy Van Duinen, M.Photog.M.Artist.Cr., CPP

January 7, 9am-5pm

Delve into the incredible world of architectural photography! Begin in the classroom where you'll discuss technique, lighting and the elements of a great image as well as the camera and computer gear you'll need to capture the right photos. Then, head out on location to put it all to work as you spend some time in beautiful San Antonio. Return to the classroom for post-production and workflow as Randy shows you how to polish and refine your images so they're client-ready. You'll discuss the business ins and outs of architectural photography, including how to gain more assignments. No one knows architectural photography quite like Randy Van Duinen so take advantage as you learn from the best!

If you belong to PPA, you can also get ready to get the most out of Randy Van Duinen's class by watching his PPAedu programs ahead of Imaging USA (you'll find six of them on PPAedu!) and take in even more learning from this master architecture photographer. 

Russ Harrington

January 9, 5pm-6:15pm

For over 25 years, Russ Harrington has been THE photographer for country music's biggest stars in the U.S. In an everyday session, he has a very narrow timeframe to photograph a world-famous personality, including sets, makeup, wardrobe and location. Yet, every shot is unique, dramatic and powerful. Spend some time with Russ at Imaging USA and discover how he does what he does - and how you can too! Learn how your choice and use of lighting sources can define your distinct style. Delve into and really understand the nuances of strobes, ambient light, softboxes and more. During this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, Russ shares his secrets, lighting techniques and tips. You'll witness the impact that various sources can have and, best of all, how to do it yourself. Enjoy Russ' expertise, his lighthearted style and his experience as he teaches you to do what he does - in your own way.


Ian Spanier

January 10, 8am-9:30am

Photography isn't just about taking pictures, it's about telling a story - and to tell a great story, you must understand the principles of light. As important as the backdrop, setting or the subjects themselves, great lighting makes for great stories. In this course, you'll explore images that exemplify this idea and learn how to capture photos that tell the story you want to share. The class is meant for Ian to walk you through some of photographs, explain why and how he chose to light his subjects and explore the effects of each decision. The group will discuss the important aspects of good lighting including equipment, budgets and even time constraints. Go beyond good photos - tell a great story! This class will help you do just that.

Randy Van Duinen, M.Photog.M.Artist.Cr., CPP

January 10, 10am-11:30am

Architectural photography isn't like everything else. It takes a different perspective and vision to capture stunning images and breath-taking buildings. In this class, Randy Duinen shows you how to bring your architectural skills to a completely new level. Explore the differences in lighting residential and commercial buildings, and discuss the equipment you need to do both. Discuss how to shoot both interiors and exteriors, and the aspects that make the shot. Take advantage of Randy's insight and expertise as you discuss working with and marketing to this client base and discover how to earn more and more assignments. From the basics of lighting to Lightroom and Photoshop post-processing, it's all in here. Learn from one of the world's best!'

If you've planned to take Randy's Pre-Con class, you know that you are in it for a treat. If you can't make it to his Pre-Con program, THIS is a must-attend session for any architecture-inclined photographer. To get a better idea of what you'll be in for OR to get more learning from this master photographers, watch Randy Van Duinen's class on PPAedu programs ahead of Imaging USA; you'll find six online classes, free to PPA members!

So as you begin to create your Imaging USA 2017 schedule, be sure to pencil in some of these great sessions. They're just one of the bajillion reasons to attend Imaging USA this January!

Check out to register for these commercial photography classes and explore more available tracks at Imaging USA 2017!

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By Chris Homer

Are you looking for ideas to improve your sports photography? There's a special opportunity for sports photographers to receive mentoring from top pros at Imaging USA 2017!

On Monday, January 9 and Tuesday, January 10 from 10:45 - 11:45 AM sports photography mentoring sessions will be available at the Imaging USA Coach's Corner. In these one-on-one ten minute sessions, you'll have an opportunity to ask your questions and get advice on images, business and more. Space is very limited and you must sign up for a session ahead of Imaging USA. Visit to sign up for your session. 

Make sure you've registered for Imaging USA by December 7 to save $50 on your all-access pass with the early bird discount! We hope to see you in San Antonio! 

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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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Need inspiration? PhotoVision has everything you're looking for and more! This great resource provides an all-access, behind-the-scenes look at the techniques used by some of the biggest-named professionals in the world of photography. These videos cover a wide range of best practices to inspire every element of your business. The best part about PhotoVision is that it's free to PPA members!

Check out this month's free video!

In "$20,000 Holiday Promotion", Beth Forester sits down with PhotoVision correspondent, Angela Kurkian, to discuss her holiday photography specials. Beth talks about how she offers discounts for pre-existing clients on holiday items, giving people incentive to book during the year and rewarding those who already have. She discusses how she books around 24 sessions a day for the holiday sales to capitalize on the increased interest, and how she optimizes her workflow. Finally, Beth shares how these holiday sales lead to her business being 50% pre-booked for the entire following year.

Want to see more? Head on over to and begin exploring all the website has to offer. Don't forget that PPA members get access to all the PhotoVision photography courses for free with their membership, so join today!

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October is the month of PRINT, and we're celebrating by bringing you some great content. If you weren't sure how to present print art to your clients, then we have a few items that will help you...and your sales.

Head to our new Resources page on the Print.The Movement website, and you'll find a few things: 

Elegant, customizable brochures to showcase your print art. Simply add your photos and studio information. They also include a section to add your price list, so the brochure can do the selling for you! They're super easy to use, and a great way to help you be more profitable.

Outreach content with information that you can repurpose and use as needed. Adjust the message for your clients and use it in your studio. You can also use it as sample copy to customize and send to your local publications along with your photography.

PRINT.The Movement logos. Use them on any of your branding materials to let clients know that you are a print artist. These logos will help set you apart from the shoot-and-stash competition. 

All of these items are meant to spark a dialogue with your clients about why print is so important. Let's build a movement, and let's get people printing again!

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by James Yates

Imaging USA in San Antonio is right around the corner, January 8-10, 2017, but there are a few ways to save money if you get started NOW! Here is a list of tips to put in place and ensure that you show up in Texas with even more spending money...

1. REGISTER EARLY! Aren't registered yet? Imaging USA is the world's strongest and longest-standing professional-photography convention, with hundreds of classes, tons of networking opportunities, a huge photo exhibit, and a giant expo floor. Over 10,000 photographers attend to be taught by the industry's best. Register by December 8, 2016 to save $50 with the Early Bird Rate! 

2. BOOK YOUR HOTEL EARLY! If you're not staying at the host hotels, chances are good you'll have to spend some money on a taxi or parking to come over for some of the events. Why bother? Stay at the host hotels and be at the center of it all. They're filling up fast, though (especially for Pre-Con) so BOOK NOW at our easy, one-stop-shop booking platform.

Imaging USA Host Hotels
•  San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter (HEADQUARTERS HOTEL)
•  San Antonio Marriott Riverwalk
•  Hilton Palacio Del Rio
•  Grand Hyatt San Antonio

3. FIND A ROOMMATE! Get on theLoop, PPA's exclusive social network, to post about and find a roommate. Everything's cheaper when you split the cost. 

4. MAKE AN EXPO GAME PLAN! Create a shopping list of the things you need for your studio in 2017 and grab those items first. The trade show floor is the best place to find exclusive deals from vendors, so save your holiday cash for January 8-10. 

Get ready to enjoy an amazing trip to San Antonio and rest easy until then knowing you're saving money! 

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James Yates is an Atlanta-based writer/actor and the Communications Specialist at Professional Photographers of America (PPA). A graduate of Georgia State University, James has worked in the non-profit sector his whole life and is proud to be able to help artists achieve their goals. In his spare time he can be found walking his dogs on the Beltline or partaking in the nightly theater and comedy scene in the ATL.


By Autumn Rice

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Newborns are precious cargo, so when it comes to photo sessions, safety is the top priority. 

Photographer Dani Miller shares "6 Tips For Safe Newborn Portrait Sessions" on

In just a few short months San Antonio will come alive with photographers just like you attending Imaging USA 2017! As you prepare for this exciting adventure, know that there are plenty of activities to participate in, some of which involve doing some good. We hope you will take time out of your busy Imaging USA schedule to check out all the special events put on by PPA Charities.

PPA Charities seeks to be a force of positive change in our society by partnering with others in the philanthropic community to help them reach their giving goals. At Imaging USA 2017, PPA Charities will host many programs, all in the name of assisting others and enjoying yourself. Having fun and helping others, what could be better?

Here are just a few ways to get involved with PPA Charities at Imaging USA 2017:

¡Fiesta! PPA Charities Celebration

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Marriott Riverwalk, Alamo Ballroom, Second Floor

7pm - 8pm: VIP Reception

8pm - 9pm:  Auction

9pm - 11pm: After Party 

Kick off Imaging USA as you enjoy food, drinks, auctions, and dancing while learning about all the good deeds done by PPA Charities. Each ¡Fiesta! event listed above is ticketed separately. Tickets can be purchased at

PPA Charities Super Hero 5K Fun Run

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Registration starts at 6:15am, Race begins at 7am

Location to be determined

After a night of partying with PPA Charities, make sure to jump start your Sunday the right way. Get things running, quite literally, with a nice early morning 5k around downtown San Antonio. Don't forget to pack your running shoes and a light jacket!

PPA Charities General Meeting

Monday, January 9, 2017

2pm - 4pm

Marriott Rivercenter, Room 17, Third Floor

Join PPA Charities to learn more about its goals, achievements, and how you can get involved!

With all of these great opportunities to give back, it's hard to choose which events to participate in. Good thing you don't have to choose just one! We hope to see you at all of our PPA Charities events this January at Imaging USA 2017!

For more details, visit And if you haven't done so already, register for Imaging USA today at!


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