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PPA Today: April 2017 Archives

April 2017 Archives

by James Yates

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It's the last weekend of April and things are really heating up! Enjoy the sunshine, grab your phone or tablet, and take in a little "porch-reading" with this week's top ten photography blog posts from around the web. 

H.R. 1695 Passes House with Overwhelming Support
GRASSROOTS: PPA's Grassroots Action Team scored a MAJOR victory this week with the House's passage of H.R. 1695. Now it needs to be approved by the Senate! Read up on what all happened in D.C. this week with our recaps and be sure to sign up at PPA.com/Grassroots for the NEXT big fight! 

When is the right time to upgrade your gear?
DRONES: When Ty Polland started getting into gear, his love of photography increased exponentially. Now, he's written a piece for FStoppers about why you should upgrade your gear regularly and how it can benefit your photography. He uses examples from his own work to show why investing in a newer camera and/or drone can make your content the best it can possibly be. 

Are You Shadowbanned on Instagram? This Website Can Tell You
CENSORED: A lot of buzz has been made lately about Instagram's process of "shadowbanning", which is when the platform makes certain users' (mostly businesses) images no longer visible on a hashtag thread to viewers who do not follow their account. Now, there's an app that can help you find out if YOU'VE been shadowbanned. 

Communication Is Key For Higher Sales 
SALES: Yes, as much as a photographer like you may hate it, this business depends on sales. There are tons of ways to do it, but knowing your best and most effective communication style is key to creating a lasting relationship with clients...and key to making the sale! 

Drones for Real Estate Marketing: Are They Worth It?
DRONES: RISmedia with an in-depth look at drones and if they're "worth it" for your real estate business. Get the stats and learn more about drone pilots, FAA-regulations and insurance options (our guess: you'll check out what PPA has to offer!) 

Subject tracking: Why it matters to us and why it should matter to you
TECHNIQUE & FOCUS: As technology has improved, so has subject tracking: choosing your subject and letting the camera track as you hold your composition. This technique is often overlooked, but now that manufacturers have made it such a successful feature on their cameras, subject tracking can change the way you take photos forever. 

Photographic skill without marketing is just a hobby 
MARKETING: If you are going to make a business out of your passion for photography, you need to know who your customer base is. What is your market? Have a clear vision...make it all about the client...and more great marketing pro-tips are included in this article from Northlight Images. 

Large prints - The Photography Show 2017
PRINT: The PRINT movement is worldwide! This blog links to several articles on the need to print, coming from the NEC Photography Show in Birmingham, England. Get tons of info on photo workflows, large prints, software, test images, pixels and papers and more. 

9 Things Photographers Need To Know About Using Hashtags on Instagram
SOCIAL MEDIA: Targeting, vetting, appropriate use...there's actually a LOT of thought you need to be putting into your hashtags. Once you get it down, you'll be able to reach your target audience on social media with more efficiency. Read these nine tips to improve you SEO!

Why Printing Your Photos Will Make You a Better Photographer
PRINT: Why, we couldn't agree more! PetaPixel and photographer Pete McKinnon have a video that ties right into PPA's PRINT Movement. A former "darkroom" photographer, McKinnon still remembers when photography was a two-step process (1. Shoot 2. Develop and print), and he has one big piece of advice for how to be a professional: print your photos.


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 OnlineContentCommittee @ PPA.com.


By Bethany Clark

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May 3rd is the last day to register online for Super 1 Day, so if there's a photography class that you've got your eye on, register for it in the next few days! 

The spring edition of Super 1 Day takes place May 8-22, 2017, at which time dozens of photography studios across the country invite attendees to join day-long workshops featuring portrait and wedding photography, posing and lighting, digital retouching and workflow, sales and marketing strategies, and more.

Super 1 Day is a chance you won't want to miss - a full day of photography education brought to you by fellow professional photographers. 

Register online through May 3, 2017 for $99 per class. If you miss the online deadline, you can still register in person, but registration will be $120 and you'll only get in  if there's still room. Browse the classes in your state now! PPA.com/Super1Day

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Professional Photographers of America celebrated the passage of H.R. 1695 (the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act), marking the first important step in the association's goal to modernize the U.S. copyright system. 

H.R. 1695 makes the Register of Copyrights, who leads the United States Copyright Office (USCO), a presidentially-appointed, Senate-confirmed position. HR 1695 gives the Register the autonomy to modernize the Copyright Office to suit the specialized needs of the copyright system. PPA has been activating its 30,000-member base to call or email their representatives in support of the bill. 

"So much effort went into this," says PPA CEO David Trust, "and everyone who took 30 seconds to submit their letters should feel proud about what we accomplished together. So, today is a day for smiles and congratulations. Tomorrow we start preparing for a much tougher fight in the Senate."

Cindi Marifield, President R2P Strategies, representing PPA in D.C. says, "It is fitting that on World Intellectual Property Day, the House overwhelmingly passed H.R. 1695, the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act.   There are not many bills that pass with overwhelming bi-partisan support these days (378 to 48) and it is a tribute to Chairman Goodlatte, Ranking Member Conyers, Congressman Doug Collins and Congresswoman Judy Chu and their staff who worked deliberately and effectively to pass this legislation.  This bill is a great first step toward bolstering the Copyright Office and we look forward to both Chambers taking up and passing legislation to create a small claims process for individual creators as efforts to modernize the Copyright Office heat up." 



Wednesday, April 26th

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HR 1695 has passed through the House with overwhelming support! The vote was 378-48 and Rep. Chu was able to put in an ammendment favoring the Small Claims process. 

A big thanks to everyone who took the time to call or write your representative. This was a major victory in our fight for better copyright protection. 

Stay tuned for updates...


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pictured: Karyn Temple Claggett, acting Register of Copyright

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Happy World IP Day!  We kicked things off this morning with a Facebook Live video explaining World IP Day and how it aims to thank creative artists, photographers, graphic designers and all other creators for everything they do and how colorful they make the world! 

PPA also wants to take a moment and thank all of our wonderful members for making the world so much more beautiful! Besides the excitement of World IP Day in D.C, we are even more excited about H.R 1695. We have been told that it is still scheduled to be debated and voted on later this afternoon. In the meantime, it is important to continue to send letters and make phone calls reminding our representatives how important this bill is to creative artists and photographers! This is the first step in modernizing the copyright office, and will set the stage for small claims in the future.

PPA will be alternating celebrating World IP Day at the Library of Congress and meeting with Senator Dick Durbin (R-IL), Frank Cullen of the US Chamber of Commerce, Senator Deb Fisher (R-NE) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). It is imperative that we begin meeting with the Senate side to continue to prep members for H.R 1695 and lay the foundation for Small Claims. 

We will keep you updated throughout the day and hopefully have some great news for you before we leave D.C!

By Chris Homer

Entries for the International Photographic Competition (IPC) will open on May 22! If you've never entered images in the IPC before, we know it can seem a little intimidating to have your work judged by other photographers, but the experience is well worth it. The IPC helps photographers, new and experienced alike, be more creative, artistic and inventive in their photographic pursuits. When you enter your work in the IPC, you will be able to build on your best pieces and elevate the quality of your output. It's by participating in photographic competitions that photographers push themselves to be better year over year!

Rules for the Photographic Open and Artist categories are available now! Be sure to give them a thorough read so you're meeting all the requirements for entry and so that you know which category to enter your images in. 

You might be wondering, "What will judges be looking for in the images?" Easy! It's a thorough process where they compare your work against PPA's official 12 Elements of a Merit Image. For even more information on preparing your images for entry, check out these video tutorials

The judging itself takes place July 30 - August 2 at Gwinnett Technical College in Lawrenceville, GA. Judging is open to the public so you can attend and hear the judges' comments in-person. If you can't attend, the competition will also be streamed live online!

We hope you'll challenge yourself by entering this year's IPC! Start getting those images ready for registration opening on May 22.


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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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Another perspective on the fight to pass HR 1695, this one coming from Digital Music News reporting on the Content Creators Coalition (C3) and their support of the bill. 

C3's President, Melvin Gibbs, writes about the notion that supporters of HR 1695 are pro-Trump and anti-black...

"As artists of color, we find it deeply offensive that opponents of this bill have attempted to recast their anti-creators' rights goals into a smear campaign against its sponsors and supporters.  They are insinuating that the legislation is about the race and gender of the current Librarian of Congress.  The Act is co-authored by the Dean of the House and the Congressional Black Caucus, Judiciary Ranking Member John Conyers.  It's also supported by Congressman John Lewis.  Their lifelong and unshakeable commitment to civil rights is a historical fact and should be honored and respected.  Not opportunistically and baselessly questioned just to score a few empty political points.

"We would be the first to speak out against prejudice or bias anywhere - in business, culture, the arts, or politics.  But here, we know these charges are false. The bill has nothing to do with the current Librarian at all - in fact, these reform proposals pre-date her appointment."

Read the article on DMN and be sure to send an email or call your representative in support of HR 1695!

Intellectual property fuels the innovation that improves lives around the world. That's worth celebrating. #WorldIPDay

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World IP Day is celebrated by: 

• ACT | The App Association
• Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers
• American Apparel & Footwear Association
• American Association of Independent Music
• American Beverage Association
• American Bridal and Prom Industry Association
• American Business Conference
• American Foundry Society
• American Intellectual Property Law Association
• American Society of Media Photographers
• Association of American Publishers
• Association of Public and Land-grant Universities
• Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM)
• Biotechnology Innovation Organization
• BSA | The Software Alliance
• C ropLife America
• Entertainment Software Association
• Fashion Accessories Shippers Association
• Game Manufacturers Association
• Gemini Shippers Association
• Global Automakers
• Global Brand Council
• INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry
• Interactive Advertising Bureau
• International Chamber of Commerce Business Action
to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy (BASCAP)
• International Franchise Association
• International Intellectual Property Alliance
• International Trademark Association
• Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association
• National Association of Broadcasters
• National Association of Manufacturers
• National Black Chamber of Commerce
• National Music Publishers' Association
• National Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce
• News Media Alliance
• Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America
• Professional Photographers of America
• Recording Industry Association of America
• SAFE Bio-Pharma Association
• Semiconductor Industry Association
• Software & Information Industry Association
• Telecommunications Industry Association
• The International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition
• The Latino Coalition
• Toy Industry Association
• United States Council for International Business
• United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

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by Sidra Safri

  • Tuesday, April 25, 5:00pm 

After attending the Senate Judiciary Committee, we visited Representative Schneider from Illinois. Representative Schneider has recently joined the House Judiciary Committee and has already co-sponsored H.R 1695. Representative Schneider and his staff have family and friends who are photographers and they understand the importance of photographers on society and their community. They also agree that H.R 1695 is a good start to the modernization of the Copyright Office and hope that we can continue in this direction. 

After talking about H.R 1695 we also took a moment to talk about Small Claims and how we hope that this is the next thing the House Judiciary brings up. They seemed thoroughly interested, and have asked us to keep them updated as time goes on. 

After Representative Schneider, we met with Representative Jayapal of Washington. This was one of our first meetings with this office. We took the opportunity to introduce PPA and everything our members do. As we got into the details of Small Claims it seemed like Representative Jayapal's office understood the need for this protection for photographers. After talking about Small Claims, we were able to talk about H.R 1695. We are so thankful that Representative Jayapal is supporting H.R 1695. We hope to come back to visit Representative Jayapal and continue to talk about Small Claims. 
 
We are on our way to meet with Senate Rules Committee. Stay tuned for more updates!

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Good morning!

PPA is on its way to Washington D.C. again for another exciting trip! We think this will be one of our more exciting ones for two big reasons:

  • As you have been hearing through our Facebook Live videos, H.R. 1695 is projected to go for a vote tomorrow! Remember, H.R. 1695 moves to make the Register of Copyright a presidential appointee and therefore takes the first steps in modernizing the copyright office. With this being such a bipartisan bill, and with over 2800 letters sent, we hope this will get passed. However, continue to send letters and share with your friends and family. We need to make sure your voice is heard!
  • Tomorrow is also World IP Day! This is a day to honor creators, artists, photographers, etc. to thank them and highlight all their contributions to society. Both the house and senate are having special hearings and events to honor creators. 
As soon as we land, we are going to rush over to the senate and attend the IP hearing. This hearing is to discuss what can be done to continue encouraging creators to add to our world.

After the hearing we will be attending meetings with Representatives Brad Schneider (D-IL), Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) and David Adkins (R-NM) of the Senate Rules Committee.

Stay tuned for more updates and watch out for our live updates on Facebook live!

by Sidra Safri
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As you already know, PPA is making big push this week to get H.R. 1695 passed. The passage of H.R. 1695 would make the Register of Copyright a Presidential Appointment that would be vetted by the Senate both before and after being chosen. However, as with anything in D.C and on Capitol Hill, is it is always important to consider what would happen if H.R. 1695 does not pass.

If H.R. 1695 is unable to get the votes it needs tomorrow, the Register of Copyright would continue to answer to the Librarian of Congress. The Librarian of Congress and the Register of Copyrights have inherently opposing jobs. The Librarian is responsible for capturing a screen shot of society and being able to share it with everyone. On the other hand, the Register is responsible for making sure creators are being given their credit and compensation, which limits free-and-wide usage.  

The biggest setback if H.R. 1695 does not pass would be the difficulty modernization and Small Claims legislation would face. These goals would be significantly harder to achieve. Even if the Copyright Office is given a face-lift and is brought into the 21st century, able to hear disputes regarding copyright infringements, it would still answer to the Register of Copyright. Basically, all the "modernization" would be made for nothing. The librarian would still control what and how the register operates. This would be a huge setback considering that the Librarian does not have the same in-depth knowledge of copyright issues as the Register.

Not passing H.R. 1695 would make any and all work being put into the copyright office a waste. The good news is that PPA does believe that H.R. 1695 will pass. There is bi-partisan support for this bill and constant agreement that something needs to be done about the Copyright Office. Between the ancient workings of the Copyright Office and the abrupt removal of the Register in October of 2016, this is the momentum creative artists and photographers needs to get the House to pass H.R. 1695. 

Be sure to email and call your representative now! 

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In 2013, when business was sluggish, Las Vegas-based commercial photographer Greg Anderson traveled to New Orleans to photograph contestants at the National Beard and Mustache Championships - without an assignment to do so. 

His initiative paid off. "I don't think my career got off the ground until I started intently preparing for things," Anderson says, pointing to the Beard and Mustache Championships as the genesis of that practice. "The only thing you can control is before the shoot. It was really preparing and being confident about what I was going to do in a shoot that made my career--or at least took it up a notch."

Read his fascinating story, Greg Anderson: At The Intersection Of Preparation And Inspiration, on PPmag.com today!

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Professional Photographers of America and the Copyright Alliance Throw Support Behind HR 1695 on World IP Day. 

Bipartisan bill, currently in House, seeks to make Register of Copyrights a presidential appointee.  

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for copyright_Support-HR-1695.png(Atlanta, GA) April 24, 2017--Professional Photographers of America (PPA) and The Copyright Alliance will be in Washington D.C. on April 26, 2017 to attend the Copyright Matters program in the capitol, celebrating the 17th annual World IP Day. World Intellectual Property Day will feature panel discussions with several lawmakers and the artists directly affected by copyright issues. This year's celebration comes during a critical time, as PPA and the Copyright Alliance have announced their impassioned support of HR 1695, a bill meant to help strengthen copyright protections for visual artists across the United States. Visual artists include illustrators, graphic designers, artists, photographers, visual journalists, videographers, and others who create and license their works for the news media, magazines, advertising, books and other publications, consumer products, digital platforms, multimedia presentations, and broadcast. Typically, they are one-or-two-person businesses and small, family enterprises that not only create, but also are responsible for running all facets of a small business. PPA has been mobilizing its members and anyone who supports small businesses and the arts to contact their representative to support HR 1695 via letters and phone calls.


To help facilitate the marketplace for creative works, visual artists have long called for modernizing the U.S. Copyright Office (USCO). That goal is one step closer to reality with the introduction of HR 1695, the Register of Copyrights and Selection and Accountability Act, which would make the Register of Copyrights, who leads the USCO, a presidentially-appointed, Senate-confirmed position. The bill recently passed out of the House Judiciary Committee by the overwhelmingly bipartisan vote of 27-1 and is supported by the Copyright Alliance, a coalition of 46 companies that includes the RIAA, Disney, and Professional Photographers of America. 

The U.S. Copyright Office, which resides in the Library of Congress, maintains copyright registration and recordation databases upon which creators, licensees, users and consumers depend, but which have become outdated. Indeed, despite repeated calls by former Registers for reform, including releasing the most forward-looking IT plan in the Office's history, the USCO has been unable to modernize because it lacks the autonomy to do so. The Office's efforts have been frustrated as it is housed within the Library of Congress where it competes with many other Library priorities for resources, technology and staff. This arrangement may have worked in the past, but the creative economy now contributes $1.2 trillion to the U.S. GDP and supports 5.5 million jobs. PPA and the Copyright Alliance believe that HR 1695 would give the Register the autonomy to modernize the Copyright Office to suit the specialized needs of the copyright system. HR 1695 would also elevate the office of the Register to a stature commensurate with the economic sector to which the duties of the Office are so critical. 

The U.S. Copyright Office also has a policy mission, statutorily acting as Congress' impartial advisor on copyright law and policy. Historically, that Office has been a resource to Congress, providing counsel on issues large and small. This is particularly important for individual creators and small businesses, for without this dedicated "think tank," Congress might not hear the plight of creators, like photographers,  on critical issues such as how to handle copyright infringement claims too small to justify the expense of undertaking a federal law suit. PPA and the Copyright Alliance believe that the U.S. Copyright Office must have the autonomy necessary to continue its vital advisory role to Congress and a presidential appointee position would make this a reality.

Some critics of the legislation have suggested that elevating the Register is an attempt to "give more power to Hollywood". Without a doubt, the USCO's technological shortcomings affect visual artists far more than movie studios and record labels. For instance, Variety reported that 563 movies were released in 2014 by the entire movie industry, which is a relatively small number of copyrights to register for an entire year. By contrast, a single photographer can take well over 500 photos in one session, and may create as many as 50,000 individual photographs per year. Further, unlike large entertainment companies, these artists, like photographers do not have the luxury of in-house professionals who can dedicate their time to navigating the complexities of the registration process. As a result, many visual artists forgo registration, which then makes defending one's rights in court a virtual impossibility. Put another way, the U.S. Copyright Office's problems represent a de facto regressive tax--the smaller the creator, the more adversely they are impacted.

PPA and the Copyright Alliance will use the timing of the World IP Day festivities to place a spotlight on HR 1695. It is their belief that, especially with public attention turned toward copyright matters, Congress should take an important first step towards fixing these problems and pass HR 1695. By ensuring the Register has the autonomy necessary to begin implementing operational reforms and continuing to provide impartial advice, visual artists and all creators will be able to continue creating works that contribute to the American economy and help shape our society in the digital age. 

About PPA:
Professional Photographers of America (PPA) is the largest international nonprofit 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 success. See how PPA helps photographers be more at PPA.com/BeMore.

About the Copyright Alliance:
The Copyright Alliance is the unified voice of the copyright community, representing the interests of thousands of individuals and organizations across the spectrum of copyright disciplines. The Copyright Alliance is dedicated to advocating policies that promote and preserve the value of copyright, and to protecting the rights of creators and innovators.

By Chris Homer

The results are in for the 2017 Northeast District Photographic Competition! Congratulations to all who merited!


With these results, the District Competitions are complete for 2017. If you didn't get a chance to enter your District Competition, fear not, you can still enter your images in the International Photographic Competition! Registration opens May 22.


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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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Sometimes in order to get to your final destination, there are a few things that need to be done along the way. This is one of those things. PPA has been concentrating on Copyright Small Claims lately, but there's a bill in the House of Representatives that needs our attention now!

H.R 1695 allows the position of Register of Copyrights to become a presidential appointee. This ensures that someone with ample knowledge of the copyright world leads the office in an unbiased manner, as it begins to undergo the modernization process. This change will also guarantee the office is able to serve all creative artists the way it was designed to. Making sure the office takes a step in the right direction will not be possible without YOU! 

Please take 30 seconds and click here to send a letter to your representative or click here to give them a call! PPA has done the scripting and writing for you, so no worries. It's time to pass this legislation!

UPDATE: 
Since we have put out this call to action, certain districts across the country have called saying they are unable to send a letter or make a call to their representatives. This is because their district currently does not have a representative and we are waiting for the results of their special elections. The following is a list of states/districts that are going to be affected by this, and the dates of the elections:

Special Elections (House)

  • Kansas 4th District- just had elections on April 11th and will take some time to set up office and contact information. 
  • Entire State of Montana- Only has one representative and their election is on May 25th
  • California 34th District- Just had election April 4th and will take some time to set up office and contact information
  • Georgia 6th- Election is April 18th 
  • South Carolina 5th- Election is May 2nd
  • Pennsylvania 10th- Election is TBD


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by Sidra Safri
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On April 27th, the FAA will begin to release their first set of UAS facility maps. These maps, which will be released over the next twelve months, show drone operators which areas, and what altitudes a drone can be safely operated.  Further, these maps will be downloadable on mobile devices with customizable views. 

Besides guiding drone operators, the newly released maps will also help the FAA in increasing the speed at which they process drone waiver applications. With the introduction of these maps, it is still important to keep in mind that they do no automatically grant authorization, but may possibly increase the likelihood of approval. 

These maps can be found at the FAA website beginning April 27th. Even with the introduction of the new maps, drone operators must still apply for any and all waivers at the Waiver/Airspace Authorization Page. Keep in mind the average turn-around time for waivers is approximately 96 days. Drone operators seeking any waivers are advised to apply 120 days in advance. For a reminder of what regulations can be waived check here

By Autumn Rice
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Spring has sprung, and so has the pollen. Don't struggle through allergy season in the great outdoors. Head inside and grab your computer to surf the best stuff on the web. While you're at it, take a minute to check out some of the great blog posts from the photography industry this week!

SMALL CLAIMS: Copyright protection is always an important issue for PPA and we finally have a chance to take a small step towards making a big difference. House Resolution 1695 allows the position of Register of Copyrights to become a presidential appointee. Check out what the resolution is all about and how to contact your representative to make a difference.

OPTICAL ILLUSION PORTRAITS: Photographer Amol Jadhav and art director/retoucher Pranav Bhide have created optical illusion portraits with a purpose. While working with World for All Animal Care and Adoptions in Mumbai, the two arranged families to create two portraits in one in an effort to encourage families to adopt pets. Check out the portraits to see if you can find the illusion!

ENGAGEMENT SESSIONS: Many photographers would rather do anything besides photograph in a wide-open field on a sunny day, but on-location lighting specialist Zach Gray has a remedy for the problem. Watch this video with some tips about shooting couples outdoors on sunny days.

ADVERTISING: Many wedding venues use brochures to attract potential clients for their big day. Now, many of those brochures are featuring ad space for photographers. F-Stoppers is here with a look into IF advertising in wedding brochures is a bang worth your buck. 

POSING TECHNIQUES: The goal of a photographer is to make clients comfortable enough to create a natural and relaxed photograph, but that's not always easy. Check out the tips and tricks in this article to help your client relax and help you get a better photograph.

INSPIRATION: Do you ever get tired of creating the same types of photographs? Do you want to spice up your photography styles? Check out this post about new ways to add a new flare to your work! You'll get examples and videos to demonstrate what to do and just how to do it!

HISTORY: Terminal, a notorious New York City dive bar, is given new life in this amazing series of photo portraits taken by a bartender there in the 70s and 80s. The photos capture a "type" of NYC resident and the era in a unique way...from behind the bar. 

PRICING: We all love to save money when we can, but when it comes to wedding photographers the expense is well worth it. One couple skimmed on the price, and the results were horrible. Read the story and see the pictures from this couple's wedding photography catastrophe. 

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS: Choosing the right professional photographer is not the easiest decision to make for a bride and groom-to-be. They often don't know what to look for, or how to choose the right professional for their event. Don't fret! This post is a comprehensive guide for choosing a wedding photographer perfect for you. Check it out!

STYLE: Your style is your own. Sometimes, it may even be in the eye of the beholder. F-Stoppers has a piece up on keeping your integrity and artistic vision...and what that may mean to a client who doesn't "get it". 

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 OnlineContentCommittee @ PPA.com.

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Guest post by Tom Kennedy, Lara Kisielewska, Akili-Casundria Ramsess, Juliette Wolf-Robin, and David Trust.

Most everyone knows the phrase "a picture is worth a thousand words." It captures the notion that one image can instantly convey complex ideas and world events, changing how we think individually and as societies. For instance, who could forget the picture of an American sailor kissing a woman in Times Square, which expressed the elation, joy and excitement of the nation as World War II came to an end. And the 1989 image of a lone protestor standing before oncoming tanks in Tiananmen Square still resonates deeply today. In both cases, visual artists--who depend on strong copyright protections to make a living--captured those iconic images. 

Visual artists include illustrators, graphic designers, artists, photographers, visual journalists, videographers, and others who create and license their works for the news media, magazines, advertising, books and other publications, consumer products, digital platforms, multimedia presentations, and broadcast. Typically, they are one-or-two-person businesses and small family enterprises that not only create, but are responsible for running all facets of a small business.

To help facilitate the marketplace for creative works, visual artists have long called for modernizing the US Copyright Office. That's why we strongly support HR 1695, the Register of Copyrights and Selection and Accountability Act, which would make the Register of Copyrights, who leads the USCO, a presidentially appointed, Senate confirmed position. The bill recently passed out of the House Judiciary Committee by the overwhelming bipartisan vote of 27-1.

The Copyright Office, which resides in the Library of Congress, maintains copyright registration and recordation databases upon which creators, licensees, users and consumers depend, but which are sadly outdated. Indeed, despite repeated calls by former Registers for reform, including releasing the most forward looking IT plan in the Office's history, it has been unable to modernize because it lacks the autonomy to do so. The Office's efforts have been frustrated because it resides in the Library of Congress where it competes with many other Library priorities for resources, technology and staff. This arrangement may have worked in the past, but the creative economy now contributes $1.2 trillion to GDP and supports 5.5 million jobs. The Register must be given the autonomy to modernize the Office to suit the specialized needs of the copyright system. And it is appropriate that the office of the Register be elevated to a stature commensurate with the economic sector to which the duties of the Office are so critical.

The Office also has an important policy mission, statutorily acting as Congress' impartial advisor on copyright law and policy. Historically, the Copyright Office has been an invaluable resource to the Congress, providing expert counsel on issues large and small. This is particularly important for individual creators and small businesses, for without this dedicated "think tank," Congress might not hear the plight of our creative members on critical issues such as how to handle copyright infringement claims too small to justify the expense of a federal law suit. The Copyright Office must have the autonomy necessary to continue its vital advisory role to Congress.

Some critics of the legislation have suggested that elevating the Register is an attempt to "give more power to Hollywood"--something we in the visual arts community find puzzling. Without a doubt, the Copyright Office's technological shortcomings affect visual artists far more than movie studios and record labels. For instance, Variety reported that 563 movies were released in 2014 by the entire movie industry, which is a relatively small number of copyrights to register for an entire year. By contrast, a single photographer can take over 500 photos in one shoot, and may create as many as 50,000 individual photographs per year. Further, unlike large entertainment companies, we don't have the luxury of in-house professionals who can dedicate their time to navigating the complexities of the registration process. As a result, many visual artists forego registration, which then makes defending one's rights in court a virtual impossibility. Put another way, the Copyright Office's problems are a de facto regressive tax--the smaller the creator, the more adversely they are impacted.

Congress should swiftly pass HR 1695, thereby taking an important first step towards fixing these problems. By ensuring the Register has the autonomy necessary to begin implementing operational reforms and continuing to provide impartial advice, Congress will help ensure that visual artists and all creators can continue creating works that contribute to our economy and help shape our society in the digital age.

Tom Kennedy is the Executive Director of the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP). Lara Kisielewska is the President of the Graphic Artists Guild (GAG). Akili-Casundria Ramsess is the Executive Director of the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA). Juliette Wolf-Robin is the National Executive Director of the American Photographic Artists (APA). And David Trust is the CEO of the Professional Photographers of America (PPA).

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Judging for the Northeast District Photographic Competition begins tomorrow! You can tune in to watch April 21-22, 2017 starting at 9:00 am ET at Stream.theIPC.org.

If you've entered the Northeast District Competition, this is your chance to see how you did! Even if you didn't enter the competition, watching the judging is a great way to take a peek at what judges are looking for during the Photographic Open or Artistic competition. 

You can also learn more about PPA's 12 Elements of a Merit Image, and we invite you to tune in and get inspired. It's a great way to prepare for the International Photographic Competition! 

The judging for the IPC will be held July 30-August 2, 2017. Early registration to enter your images opens May 22-June 21, 2017 by 5pm ET. Entries after June 21 will be accepted with a late fee through July 6. But please note that no entries will be accepted after July 6, 2017 by 5pm ET. 

This year's IPC has some new rules, so be sure to check them out. And don't forget to enter your images early to beat the crowds and save some money! Find out more at PPA.com/IPC

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by Sidra Safri
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Many members have asked, "What good will come from making the Register of Copyright a presidential appointee and how would this make the process less political?" These are great questions with a slightly complex answer. 

Currently, the Copyright Office is housed in the Library of Congress with the Librarian of Congress as the head decision maker. The Librarian is appointed by the President for a 10-year term. The Library and the Librarian's role is to capture a screen shot of society and have it readily available to everyone with no regard to credit or compensation. 

On the other hand, the Copyright Office and the Register's role is to protect copyright, provide and review registration, and advise Congress on copyright law and policy. With this in mind, one can see that the Library of Congress and the Copyright Office are at odds with what they do. Making the Register of Copyright a presidential appointee is the first step in giving the Copyright Office some autonomy to effectively do what they were created for. 

Further, an added protection to ensure this does not become a highly politicized appointment, is that whoever is appointed is done so with the advice and consent of Congress. Since Congress would be relying on the Register so heavily it would ensure someone with ample knowledge and experience would be appointed. 

For these reasons, PPA asks you to support H.R 1695 and take the first step in modernizing the Copyright Office. Send a letter to your representative or call them NOW

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By Lisa Sharer

People came from far and wide to San Antonio for the annual professional photographers' conference, Imaging USA 2017, to hear amazing speakers, and absorb their wisdom. Of all the educational series featured at the event, the PRINT program talks emphasize print product sales as a core component of your photography business. Now, you can get an exclusive look at the live recording of this inspiring program. Watch Photographers and Print Artists Tim Walden, Allison Tyler Jones, and the world renowned photographer, Sue Bryce, as they walk you through their processes. Each speaker has unique experiences that you can apply in your everyday business to help you sell more prints.



When you're done hanging on their every word, join the PRINT movement! Once you sign up, you'll get monthly tips, info, tools, videos, etc. to help you grow as a Print Artist and help you grow your photography business. (By the way, these resources will be completely FREE to you!)
By Autumn Rice

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2013 was a tough year for photographer Greg Anderson. His business was slow, and he wasn't finding many jobs to pursue. Instead of waiting for clients to find him, Anderson used this time to prepare himself for better days. He began photographing personal projects to build his portfolio, and through that, he became famous in a very specialized niche. It changed the trajectory of his career.

Read "Greg Anderson: At the Intersection of Preparation and Inspiration" to find out how Greg Anderson prepped himself for success on PPmag.com.

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PPA's partners at the Copyright Alliance have put together a great blog post, giving a counterpoint to misconceptions about HR 1695. Read and share now! 

The myths are:  

  • MYTH #1: It's "mystifying" why congress would prefer a Presidentially appointed Register of Copyrights to one appointed by the Librarian of Congress.
  • MYTH #2: A Presidentially appointed Register will become "more concerned with policy than modernization".
  • MYTH #3: This bill is an attempt to take power away from Dr. Hayden and give it to President Trump. 
  • MYTH #4: Making the Register a Presidential appointee will politicize the position.
  • MYTH #5: There isn't time to wait for a presidential appointee. A "new and qualified" Register must be appointed right away.
  • MYTH #6: A 10-year term would make the Register "less accountable to Congress and the public."
After you dig deeper into these myths and the reasons they're just that, be sure to have everyone you know lend their voice in support of HR 1695! Use PPA's pre-written messages and call or write your representative.  

By Chris Homer

It's Friday, so you know what that means! We're back with our favorite photography blogs
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 from around the web. As you head into the weekend, take a minute to relax and browse these posts - you never know what you might learn! 

CAMERA METERING MODES: Do you have a firm grasp of how to use the metering modes on your camera? If you need to brush up, this post from New Atlas shares how and when to use these modes.

CHILDREN'S PHOTOGRAPHY: Do you feel like you're stuck in a rut, creating very similar portraits of children for your clients? If so, this post from Digital Photography School can help. It covers some non-portrait ideas for photographing children that clients love!

TIME-LAPSE PHOTOGRAPHY: Do you have the desire to create time-lapse videos using your photography, but aren't sure how to start? This tutorial from Aperture Tours will show you how to get going on that time-lapse project you've been thinking about doing!

FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY: Are you interested in photographing food? If you're looking for advice on how to get into the food photography market, read this interview from Sony's blog. In the interview, food photographer Ariel Ip explains how she got started.

GEAR: If you've recently turned pro, or are thinking about turning pro, give this post from Photography Talk a read. It covers what they feel are the best DSLR cameras for those starting out in the professional photography market.
By Sidra Safri

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The FAA recently introduced new restrictions over approximately 133 military facilities that go into effect today, April 14th, 2017.  These new restrictions limit drones from flying over the designated facilities to help ensure the military is able to protect sensitive information for national security purposes. 

A major component of the new provisions is to prevent drones from flying up to 400 feet within the lateral borders of the facility. Drones already were not able to fly over military facilities, but they are also now limited to how close they can come to the perimeter of these facilities. There are a few exceptions to these new restrictions, but those exceptions must be discussed directly with the facility in question. 

Violation of the new Drone Airspace restrictions can lead to civil penalties, and criminal charges. To determine which facilities fall under the new restriction visit the Notice to Airman Website here

As always stay tuned for more updates!

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The idea that photographers need a retail studio in order to be truly successful is a myth. It is entirely possible to grow your business right in your own home! 

Join Marnie Clagett for a free webinar tomorrow, April 13 at 2:00 pm ET, as she shares with you the secrets on how to run a successful photography business in a small studio! Her tips will make your small space (or no space at all) a studio that will give your clients the confidence to invest in you and your work. 

You will learn: 
  • How to get clients to treat you like the professional you are 
  • Practical ways to make a small space (or no space) work for your business
  • When to know that you're financially ready to move to a storefront/larger studio
This webinar is FREE and open to both PPA members and non-members alike, so register now and tune in tomorrow, April 13, 2017, at 2:00 pm ET!

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By Tristin Vaccaro 

When you enter photo competitions, such as PPA's International Photographic Competition (IPC) or PPA's District Competition, you can really push yourself to BE MORE! You'll be able to see how your photography matches up with your peers, learn the 12 Elements of a Merit Image to improve your photography, and get personalized critiques on your images from qualified, official IPC jurors. In addition, when you enter images in the IPC you'll compete for the opportunity to be featured in PPA's Loan Collection book, earn merits that go towards earning a master's degree in photography, and be honored at Imaging USA! 

District photographic competitions are almost over, but you can still stream the LIVE judging of the Northeast District Photographic Competition from April 21-22 at Stream.theIPC.org and learn a lot from it. By watching the live streams, you'll get an insider's look at what judges are looking for in an image during the Photographic Open or the Artistic competitions. Watching or studying the critiques will give you the opportunity to:

• Understand what the judges expect from competitors
• Get an idea about the current state of your photography
• Improve your work with advice straight from jurors to help you score high in next year's competition 

To give you an idea of what an IPC judge's critique looks like, here's one submitted to last year's Northcentral District Competition. The image "Sailor's Delight" by Lois Talley, is being critiqued by IPC judge Adrian Henson.


The judging for the IPC will be held July 30-August 2, 2017. Early registration to enter your images will be open May 22-June 21, 2017 by 5pm ET. Entries after June 21 will be accepted through July 6 with a surcharge late fee. And note that no entries will be accepted after July 6, 2017 by 5pm ET.

This year, be sure to check out the IPC new rules and don't forget to enter your images early to beat the crowds and save some money. Good luck!

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By Tristin Vaccaro

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Your brand is essential to growing your business because it's what determines the kind of clients you attract and the rates you can charge.


Photographer Trish Logan, Cr.Photog., knows what building a brand is all about. Far from just a logo, a brand is defined by your studio décor, community involvement, product packaging, and so much more. Gain insight from Logan into the importance of branding. Read Branding: Define and Deliver , only at PPmag.com

 

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By Tristin Vaccaro

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Whether you need a little inspiration or a dash of encouragement, PhotoVision is the place for you. PhotoVision is a collection of informative and inspiring videos from some of the greatest photography professionals in the world. You get an all-access, behind-the-scenes look into the minds of photography's biggest names, and the best part is, it's FREE for PPA members.

The newest addition to the PhotoVision library is, "Creating with Purpose and Meaning" with world-renowned photographer Anne Geddes. In this new video, Anne candidly discusses her humble beginnings and her personal storytelling process. For Anne, this process involves living a creative life and she acknowledges that, "these [photography] concepts, or little ideas, can come from anywhere at all." A true artist and master of her craft, Anne shares with us what it really means to put in the work.

This video is currently available on PhotoVisionVideo.com for all PPA members. If you're not a member, join PPA today and get access to over 500 videos included with your membership. So what are you waiting for? Be More Inspired today! 

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By Bethany Clark

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They say April showers bring May flowers, so let's keep our fingers crossed that this recent stormy springtime weather brings good tidings. While you stay dry, enjoy some of the most informative and interesting blog posts in the photography industry this week!

COPYRIGHT: There's a great new copyright blog out there, and guess what... it's from the U.S. Copyright Office! The U.S. Copyright Office is really stepping up their game in an effort to share their activities with the public. Check it out, and be sure to join PPA's Grassroots Action Team to support Small Claims for photographers! 

ADVOCACY: PPA's Government Affairs Team travels regularly to Washington D.C. to advocate for the Freedom for American Small Creators Act (the small claims bill) and highlight why this is so important to creative artists, especially photographers. Since the bill has not been reintroduced yet (but will be soon!), PPA hopes many of the representatives we talk to will be willing to co-sponsor the bill when the time comes. Read all the updates!

SAFETY: According to the TODAY show, over 340 people are killed while trespassing on train tracks each year. Ever wondered how the train could "sneak" up on people without them being able to get away in time? Take a look at this demonstration. Bottom line: don't trespass on live tracks because (1) it's illegal and (2) it's truly dangerous.

ONLINE: With more and more online-only retailers, quality photography is essential to consumers who are considering buying a garment or product. Go behind-the-scenes of an e-commerce shoot to see what it takes to create an appealing visual story for online shoppers.

DRONES: Thinking about adding drones to your photography business? Learn how with PPAedu! If you aren't a PPA member, you're in luck because this month's free video thoroughly explains the added valued drones can bring to your business. If you are a PPA member, log in and watch this video (plus hundreds more) at any time!

MARKETING: Do you need to make sales calls to sports leagues? Check out H&H Color Lab's marketing program, full of tools to help you grow your sports photography business!

IMPROVE: Want to get feedback on your images from an official IPC juror? Request a critique while entering the IPC! Take a look at real critique from last year's competition and see how invaluable the insight can be! 

STARTUP: Congrats! You've decided to start your photography business. Before you dive headfirst into the fray, take a look at these tips from The Guardian so that you start off on the right foot.

SALES: Keep in mind that every email, call, or text with a client is an opportunity to communicate effectively. Check out this blog to learn the advantages of selling clients on the experience of hiring you and preparing them for what they can buy when it's all said and done. 

SOCIAL MEDIA: Check this free video from PhotoVision. Photographer John Pyle discusses his effective use of social media to drive his business, providing marketing tips and his successes and failures from his past seven years using various social media sites.

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 OnlineContentCommittee @ PPA.com.

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There's a great new copyright blog out there, Copyright Creativity at Work, and guess what...it's from the U.S. Copyright Office! The U.S. Copyright Office is really stepping up their game in an effort to share their activities with the public. This is fantastic news for PPA and supporters of copyright law reform, as it makes the Copyright Office more open and transparent while we embark on the modernization process. 

The blog is great and very well maintained so far, with article updates when court cases pertaining to copyright take place. The blog intends to explore "a wide variety of copyright-related topics, including special project updates, interesting copyright court cases and case law, current copyright issues, current events, historical facts, copyright myths, trivia, communications about current and developing Office services, fun facts, and responses to copyright interest suggested by our customers."

Along with the blog, the Copyright Office launched its updated website. The site's redesign is also a great step in the right direction, making for a more organized, more responsive, and easier-to-navigate user experience.

Read all about the changes and how to use the new site here. 

Don't forget, while you're diving deep into the world of copyright law, you still need to sign up to support PPA's legislative efforts at PPA.com/Grassroots. 

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For professional photographers and hobbyists alike, Unmanned Aircraft Systems (drones) have proven to be the latest and greatest innovation for getting that perfect shot. Today, stunning aerial photos that once required a ride on a helicopter can now be captured by a small drone weighing just a few pounds. But just as the FAA has adapted its rules to compensate for growing drone usage across the industry, copyright law still applies for the owners of these images.

And soon, infringed photographers may be able to pursue a small claims process rather than having to take a case to Federal Court.  Professional Photographers of America (PPA) and thousands of other creative professionals have banded together in support of the "Fairness for American Small Creators Act," a "small claims bill" that would make it possible for small business image creators (including professional photographers) to take advantage of the U.S. copyright system for the first time since its inception!

The Act would allow for photographers, including drone photographers, whose work has been infringed upon to file for a hearing with a small claims process online without having to hire an attorney.  Additionally, copyright claims could be filed without prior registration with the Copyright Office. The maximum recovery amount would be set at a manageable $30,000, ensuring that small creators have a place to remedy their copyright infringements, while also preventing the pipeline of infringement claims from becoming clogged (like it is now). Last but not least, those who still wish to pursue their claim in Federal Court may still do so. 

Now is the time for all photographers to make their voices heard on Capitol Hill - and getting involved is easy. PPA has partnered with other leading visual arts organizations and created a Grassroots Action Team dedicated to fixing this broken copyright law. Visit PPA.com/Grassroots and add your name to a growing roster of individuals and businesses seeking more effective copyright legislation. Once signed-up and when the bill is reintroduced, you will receive alerts and information on how or when to contact your representative. 

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By Tristin Vaccaro

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!

Every month, we unlock a free PhotoVision video for non-subscribers to take advantage of amazing learning opportunities. Why? Because we believe in the power of education for all! In this month's free video, "Social Media", we sit down with photographer John Pyle to discuss his effective use of social media to drive his business. John provides tons of marketing tips and his personal social media successes and failures from his past 7 years using various social sites.  
Non-members will have access to this video throughout the entire month of April. Want to see more? Head on over to PhotoVision 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 PPA today!

The results are in for the Western District Photographic Competition! Congratulations to all who merited!


Want to improve as a photographer and gain feedback on your work? Start preparing your images for the International Photographic Competition! Registration opens May 22.


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By Bethany Clark

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Learn the intriguing story behind the photograph in "The 'Solitude' Fence Has A Quirky Backstory" on PPmag.com!

By Autumn Rice

PPAedu has an extensive library filled with hundreds of educational videos on topics that may interest you. Aside from being interesting, these videos are packed with loads of information to help you brush up on, or learn more about photography.

The only way to access these helpful videos is through your PPA membership. As a PPA member you can access these videos anywhere, anytime. If you're not a member, stay tuned every month when PPAedu releases a video that's open for everyone to access! Be sure to hurry because you'll only be able to access the video for that month!

This month's release is "Using Drones in your photography Business" with Randy Braun and Stacy Garlington. You can join Randy and Stacy from DJI as they explain the added value drones can generate to your photography business. Learn how to broaden your client base and expand your line of services.

Non-members will have access to this video the entire month of April, and PPA members can access this video anytime. Between PPAedu and PhotoVision, photographers who have a PPA membership can tap into hundreds of programs to help them Be More! For full access to all the PPAedu and PhotoVision videos, join PPA today!

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By Autumn Rice

Looking for a way to create images that are a cut above the rest? Entering PPA's International Photographic Competition can help!

Every year photographers from around the country enter their images into the IPC and compete for the chance to be featured in PPA's Loan Collection book, earn merits, and be honored at Imaging USA. They can also choose to have their images critiqued by official IPC jurors, in an effort to improve their work for the next year's competition. 

These jurors critique your images based in the 12 Elements of Merit Image standard, and give you feedback and insight into what judges are looking for during the big competition. Critiques from judges will give you the opportunity to:

Understand what the judges expect from competitors 
Get an idea about the current state of your photography 
Improve your work with advice straight from jurors to help you score high in next year's competition

To give you an idea of how the critiques work, here's an actual critique from last year's competition. This image is "BUBBLE TROUBLE!" by Rebecca Doehring.  


The judging for the International Photographic Competition will be held July 30-August 2, 2017. Registration opens May 22, 2017 - June 21, 2017 by 5pm ET. Entries received after June 21, 2017 at 5 pm ET will be accepted with a late fee through July 6, 2017 by 5pm ET. But please note that no entries will be accepted after that point. 

This year's IPC has some new rules, so be sure to check them at PPA.com/IPC. And don't forget to enter your images into the International Photographic Competition early to beat the crowds and save some money. Much luck!


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