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PPA Today: June 2017 Archives

June 2017 Archives

By Mayo Lawal
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You probably had a long week and eventful month. So grab some ice cream, get on your most comfortable couch, and just before you start the movie marathon; check out our top photography blogs from around the web this week!

LAW: If you have reached the point in your career where you are considering hiring a CPA or Attorney for your photography business, you are probably doing something right. So don't stop now. Check out Rachel Brenke's great suggestions on what to consider before entering into this new phase.

SAFETY: As a photographer who is passionate about what you do, you naturally would do almost anything to get that perfect shot. However, while exploring your options, it is important to consider your safety. With an astounding video, PetaPixel illustrates why safety is important. 

PHOTOVISION: In case you haven't visited the PhotoVision website recently, we announced the addition of a new video by Sue Bryce. If you have never checked out the PhotoVision website, here is your chance. 

SKILLS: While some photographers may consider the pen tool one of the greatest inventions of all time, some others consider it a pain. Either way, it would be cool to see how you can achieve a pure white background without using the pen tool. Find out how in this Fstoppers article. 

TIPS: Are you considering landscape photography? The author of this article on Photographytalk shares some tips on how to take breathtaking landscape photos. 

AWARDS: It's amazing what photographers can do with iPhones these days. Take a look at these photos and see why they were awarded Best Phone Photos of 2017.

COPYRIGHT: PPA came up with a great way for you to join the campaign for the reform of the U.S. copyright law. These brand-new cartoon illustrations are the perfect way to share info about copyright on your social and with your friends. More are on the way! Check them it out today.

AVIAN PHOTOGRAPHY: Avian photography can be very tasking. If you think chasing toddlers is as bad as it gets, you probably haven't tried photographing birds. In this article, Joe Campanellie shares some tips on how to get the best images of these beautiful creatures.  

EDITING: Ever wondered if you could make a double exposure on Photoshop? Dan Bracaglia shares a video on DPReview that explains step-by-step how do to so.  

PRINTING: Are you considering getting a professional printer any time soon? Before you make up your mind, you might want to check out this article on Phoblographer.

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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by Sidra Safri
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During the past several weeks you've learned about various waivers you can apply for under the Section 107 drone regulations. Of these various waivers, the one PPA gets the most questions about is the ability to fly over people. As drones become more popular, many of you want to incorporate drones into your wedding, real-estate, and event packages. This makes many clients excited and also helps them add a WOW factor to their photos. However, before a drone photographer can LEGALLY fly a drone over people, they MUST obtain a Section 107.39 Waiver. 

Before we get into how to successfully obtain a wavier to fly over people, you should know that obtaining this waiver is extremely difficult. In the past year that the FAA has been granting waivers, only three entities have been allowed to fly drones over people, one of them being CNN. However, if you are willing to show the FAA you are prepared for anything, the chances for your success will drastically increase. With that in mind, here is what the FAA is looking for when determining to grant a 107.39 waiver:

  1. Start early. Most waivers are being granted in about 120 days. However, this waiver is averaging about a six-month response time. Make sure you start early enough to get your waiver approved in time.
  2. Contact the FAA regional Director directly. This helps in giving you specific tips on what exactly they are looking for in order to grant the waiver. This also shows that you are being proactive and will do what it takes to get this waiver granted. 
  3. When you apply for your waiver, provide a small time window. The FAA is more likely to approve smaller time windows to ensure the possibility of accidents occurring is limited. The so called "magic number" is six hours or less. 
  4. When you start talking to members of the FAA offer to do a demo. This puts their minds at ease and helps them make sure that the drone operator is flying carefully and masterfully, therefore further avoiding any possible injury to people on the ground. 
  5. Have a medical crew on the ground. Just in case something does go wrong, having a medical crew on sight shows the FAA that you are prepared in case of an emergency. Always better to be over-prepared then under-prepared. 
  6. Last but not least, show the FAA that you will be getting a release to fly over the people, helping you limit your liability. 
Don't forget to fill out your waiver at FAA.gov and always check the B4U fly app before taking off! Happy flying!


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by Mayo Lawal

Okay, so you may have missed the early-entry deadline, but it is not too late to submit your images for IPC. Entries will be accepted till 5 pm ET, June 6, 2017. Visit PPA.com/IPC and enter your images today!

The IPC is PPA's annual photographic competition that allows photographers to test their skills, and get advice on how to improve quality, impact, and technique through constructive competition and critiques from qualified jurors. You can get the opportunity to:
  • Improve upon your finest work 
  • Earn recognition and admiration from your peers
  • Engage with the passionate and supportive photographic competition community
  • And improve your business!
If you choose to have your images critiqued, a judge will explain how each image stacks up against the 12 elements of a winning image, and how you can improve if you don't quite match up. So, be bold! Enter your images to be critiqued by official jurors at this year's competition. Recorded critiques are a fantastic way to learn, specifically, how you can take your images to the next level. 

Check out this critique from this year's District Competition, to get a feel of what to expect. This is Katherine McClure's "Forgotten Treasure", critiqued by Cary Garrison, M.Photog.Cr., CPP.



The judging for the International Photographic Competition will be held July 30-August 2, 2017 and you will be able to watch it all for free via PPA's live online streaming of the IPC at Stream.theIPC.org! 

Note that no entries will be accepted after July 6, 2017 by 5 pm ET. Enter today! PPA.com/IPC.


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By Chris Homer

Working with clients to create senior albums, wall art, and other heirlooms is one of the easiest and fastest ways to ignite sales. If you're a senior photographer, there's no reason to limit yourself to selling just the photo shoot and a collection. The key to increased revenue is establishing rapport with clients, educating them, and selling with intent.

Check out senior photographer Melanie Anderson's, Cr.Photog.,CPP., 5 step process to getting higher sales in "5 Ways to Ignite Sales" on PPMag.com.


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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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One of PPA's mission is to campaign for the reform of the current (and inadequate!) U.S. Copyright Law. Our current system does little to protect professional photographers from damages when their work is used without their permission. And this makes no sense as the copyright system is supposed to protect copyright owners like you!

Often times, 'a picture is worth a thousand words' so we created some cartoons to illustrate this cockamamie system. The idea behind these illustrations is two-fold: (1) to share something you'll relate to and (2) give you something you can share with your clients and fellow photographers to convey the inequity in copyright law. You can download both Copyright infringement illustrations here (2 sizes). Consider sharing them on social media today!

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To learn more about what PPA is doing to change copyright law by pushing for a Copyright Small Claims system, visit PPA's advocacy page

And if you'd like to see progress made with copyright protection, please join the group of photographers who are joining in solidarity for copyright change, the Copyright Action Team, to show your support and know how and when to make your voice heard in Congress! Help make a difference and add your name today: PPA.com/Grassroots!


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by James Yates
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Have you visited theLoop recently? As an exclusive, PPA member-only forum, theLoop is a great place for members to connect with each other, share information/advice, get image feedback, and overall - a place to go if you need help. Become a member so you can "stay in the loop" with theLoop, and if you already are, then head over to theLoop to see what everyone's buzzing about. 

Lots of great discussions have been happening, so here are a few of the top posts from this back half of June. Check them out, provide some feedback, and perhaps even learn something new!

A Looper rented a 6D while her 7D was in service. Now, she's wondering what the difference is between full frame and crop frame. Chime in or find out for yourself!

After shooting a homecoming, change-of-command and retirement, and a wedding in the last three days in 110 degree weather, this Looper's camera strap has seen better days. Got any recommendations for a new, sturdy strap that's great for shooting in hot weather? 

One Looper wants to know: has anyone found a way to use Lightroom on a Network Attached Storage device?

Anyone have advice regarding what sources to use while building your own website? This Looper is totally new to web design, and thought it best to ask people who probably already have some experience with this. He's right. That's what theLoop is for! 

Great question here for anyone who has built their photography studio. "If you were building a new studio from scratch, what type of flooring would you put in?"

This one pops up every now and again on theLoop and is always a popular topic: "What photo printers do you use?"

And there you have 'em, the top posts from theLoop! Remember to check out theLoop frequently as new discussions are posted daily. It's a great way to catch up with fellow PPA members! Not a PPA member? Join today!



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By Bethany Clark

As you relax over the July 4th holiday weekend, don't forget to submit your images to the International Photographic Competition (IPC)! Entries will be accepted till 5 pm ET, June 6, 2017. Visit PPA.com/IPC and enter your images today!

The IPC is PPA's annual photographic competition that allows photographers to test their skills, and get advice on how to improve quality, impact, and technique through constructive competition and critiques from qualified jurors. 

You can get the opportunity to:

  • Improve upon your finest work 
  • Earn recognition and admiration from your peers
  • Engage with the passionate and supportive photographic competition community
  • And improve your business!

If you choose to have your images critiqued, a judge will explain how each image stacks up against the 12 elements of a winning image, and how you can improve if you don't quite match up. So, be bold! Enter your images to be critiqued by official jurors at this year's competition. Recorded critiques are a fantastic way to learn, specifically, how you can take your images to the next level. 

Check out this critique from this year's District Competition, to get a feel of what to expect. This is Mysti Killough's "Cupcake Kisses", critiqued by Linda Weaver.


The judging for the International Photographic Competition will be held July 30-August 2, 2017 and you will be able to watch it all for free via PPA's live online streaming of the IPC at Stream.theIPC.org

Note that no entries will be accepted after July 6, 2017 by 5 pm ET. Enter today! PPA.com/IPC.

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By Mayo Lawal

One of the best ways to enhance your skills as a photographer is by viewing the more than 500 video tutorials available on PhotoVisionVideo.com from top photographers in the business. Don't believe it? Check out the newest video titled "Printing in House" by Sue Bryce.

In this video, Sue Bryce shares the benefits of printing your work in-house. She explains how to achieve a lab quality image by selecting the correct printer, paper options, and printing profiles. Additionally, she mentions how printing your own work significantly changes the way you value and sell your work, and the reward of watching an image you created come to life.

PhotoVision is included for FREE with your PPA membership. So, what are you waiting for? Head over to PhotoVisionVideo.com to begin streaming classes today! Not a member? Join PPA today and get FREE access to all the videos!


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By Trent Schick
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Well, it's officially summer, so you know what that means: lots of cold drinks and A/C turned up all the way. While you're trying to stay cool, take the time to view some of our favorite blog posts from this week!

EDITING: There's a good chance you may be spending too much time editing your photo sessions, and we all know time is money. Find out how Seniors Ignite can help you cut down your editing time so you can get back to the real work and not lose money.

CHALLENGE YOURSELF: We have all experienced the dreaded creativity block. It's frustrating and, at times, can seem impossible to overcome. Check out this challenge Brandon Li has come up with to exercise your creativity and breakthrough that block. See if you're up for the challenge on Peta Pixel. 

PHOTOGRAPHY: See some of National Geographic's favorite photos submitted through May. These photos take you all over the world and are truly stunning. Take the time to check them out and admire the beauty of our world. 

SALES: Melanie Anderson writes for Professional Photographer about pricing and selling wall art, albums and other physical heirlooms to boost your sales. Find out how to use everything from psychology to instant gratification to establish and maintain great relationships with your clients. 

DRONES: When it comes to drones, the world is your playground to explore and try new things. The drone world is getting more creative with different ways to exercise the drone's capabilities. Fstoppers has a spectacular video of a person practicing First Person View on a drone; the footage is remarkable. 

TECHNIQUE REFRESHER: The great thing about photography is that there's practically no limit to style when it comes to taking pictures. The more versatility you have to your style, the more your pictures stand out and the better they are. Take a look at these 30 image composition styles and see if you can add any to your picture repertoire.

UP YOUR GAME: If portrait photography is something you're exploring or feel that you've hit a plateau in, this article is for you. Photography Pla.net gives three rookie mistakes that could be the reasons why you are not where you want to be in portrait photography.

EVENTS: With the summer concert season in full swing, Tony Corbell wants to give you tips and advice on how to be the best live event photographer you can be. Preparation, credentials, courtesy, speed, and other tools in your kit combine to make for a successful shoot. 

SKILLS: Do you think you have what it takes to be a successful video editor? Check out these 5 skills that Fstoppers says every successful video editor should have and see how you match up. 

BENEFITS: PPA's goal is always to help build better photographers and their businesses, which is why we're always providing benefits for our members. See what some of these money saving benefits are on PPA Today.

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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By Chris Homer

One of PPA's mission is to campaign for the reform of the current (and inadequate!) U.S. Copyright Law. Our current system does little to protect professional photographers from damages when their work is used without their permission. And this makes no sense as the copyright system is supposed to protect copyright owners like you!

Often times, 'a picture is worth a thousand words' so we created some cartoons to illustrate this cockamamie system. The idea behind these illustrations is two-fold: (1) to share something you'll relate to and (2) give you something you can share with your clients and fellow photographers to convey the inequity in copyright law. You can download both Copyright Infringement illustrations here (in 2 sizes). Consider sharing them on social media today!

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To learn more about what PPA is doing to change copyright law by pushing for a Copyright Small Claims system, visit PPA's advocacy page

And if you'd like to see progress made with copyright protection, please join the group of photographers who are joining in solidarity for copyright change, the Copyright Action Team, to show your support and know how and when to make your voice heard in Congress! Help make a difference and add your name today: PPA.com/Grassroots

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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 Chris Homer

PPA is dedicated to helping photographers build stronger, healthier businesses. With that in mind, PPA has a whole host of member benefits designed to save on things photographers need to run their business, as well as tools you can use to improve your business skills, produce better photographs, and  ultimately  become more profitable! Check some of these benefits out below:

Discounts for Photographers: PPA members save thousands each year thanks to PPA-only discounts. From very-low credit card processing fees, to hundreds in savings with Apple, Dell, Office Depot and more, you'll keep more money in your pockets!

Business Help: You can get into tip-top business shape in one year's time thanks to members-only programs. The PPA community of peers will hold you accountable and on track to help you meet your goals!

Planning & Pricing Tools: You'll keep more money and Be More Profitable with PPA's exclusive business tools. Get help from goal-setting to pricing your work, profitably.

Sales & Marketing Help: Do you really know how to market yourself to clients so that they see the value you'll bring them? With quizzes, videos, templates, and guides to sell print products, PPA gives you what you need to grow your business.

If you're a PPA member, start using these benefits today and become more profitable! Or, join today and get access to all these benefits and more!


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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 Mayo Lawal

Still procrastinating? The last day to submit your entry for IPC without a late fee is tomorrow, June 22, 2017 at 5pm ET. Time is running out! Enter your images today and save some money.

The IPC is PPA's annual photographic competition that allows photographers to test their skills, and get advice on how to improve quality, impact, and technique through constructive competition and critiques from qualified jurors. You can get the opportunity to:
  • Improve upon your finest work 
  • Earn recognition and admiration from your peers
  • Engage with the passionate and supportive photographic competition community
  • And improve your business!
If you choose to have your images critiqued, a judge will explain how each image stacks up against the 12 elements of a winning image, and how you can improve if you don't quite match up. So, be bold! Enter your images to be critiqued by official jurors at this year's competition. Recorded critiques are a fantastic way to learn, specifically, how you can take your images to the next level. 

Check out this critique from last year:


The judging for the International Photographic Competition will be held July 30-August 2, 2017 and you will be able to watch it all for free via PPA's live online streaming of the IPC at Stream.theIPC.org! 

Entries submitted on or after June 22 at 5 pm ET will be accepted with a late fee until July 6, 2017. Note that no entries will be accepted after July 6, 2017 by 5 pm ET. Enter today! PPA.com/IPC.


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by James Yates
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Are you flying by the seat of your pants when it comes to your business? Do you set goals and keep track of them? Do you forecast yearly? 

Most photographers don't. If you're in the volume business, specifically youth sports, let Jeff Gump, Cr.Photog., help you get on the track. Without goals and accountability you will never succeed. Take an hour out of your week and sit in on this must-see program.
 
This webinar is FREE and open to both PPA members and non-members alike, so register now and tune in tomorrow, June 22, 2017, at 2:00 pm ET!


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by Mayo Lawal


One must appreciate the work that goes into theatre photography. Despite the dim lighting conditions and constantly moving subjects, photographers must ensure they capture the right moments impeccably. 


"It happens so fast in front of you, you can't be too thoughtful because the moment is gone," says Joan Marcus, a freelance theatre photographer. Joan has made a name for herself in the profession, capturing more than 500 shows on and off-Broadway over the past 25 years. She also received a Tony Honor of Excellence in Theatre in 2014.


Read "The Drama Of Theatre Photography" on PPmag.com and get inspired by Joan's amazing story.



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by Trent Schick

As you may have already heard, PPA is extending the IPC early entry deadline until June 22, 2017 at 5pm EST, due to updates with some of our software and browsers. Nonetheless, the show will still go on! You can take advantage of this extension and now have more time to better prepare your photos for submission. 

The IPC is PPA's annual photographic competition that allows photographers to test their skills, and get advice on how to improve quality, impact, and technique through constructive competition and critiques from qualified jurors. You can get the opportunity to:
  • Improve upon your finest work 
  • Earn recognition and admiration from your peers
  • Engage with the passionate and supportive photographic competition community
  • And improve your business!
If you choose to have your images critiqued, a judge will explain how each image stacks up against the 12 elements of a winning image, and how you can improve if you don't quite match up. So, be bold and enter your images to be critiqued by official jurors at this year's competition. Recorded critiques are a fantastic way to learn, specifically, how you can take your images to the next level. 

To give you an idea of the types of things you can learn from a critique at IPC, check out this one from last year's competition. This is "Skater Dog" by Angel Sallade, critiqued by Janel Pahl, M.Photog.Cr., API. 


The judging for the International Photographic Competition will be held July 30-August 2, 2017 and you will be able to watch it all at no cost via PPA's live online streaming of the IPC! Early registration opens May 22, 2017-June 22, 2017 by 5 pm ET. Entries submitted on or after June 22 at 5 pm ET will be accepted with a late fee through July 6, 2017. Note that no entries will be accepted after July 6, 2017 by 5 pm ET

This year's IPC has some new rules. Be sure to check them out and enter your images early to beat the crowds and save some money!

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Due to recent updates from Adobe Flash and conflicts with several web browsers including Chrome and Firefox, PPA is extending the IPC early entry deadline until June 22, 2017 at 5pm EST.  

We are currently working on updating the registration system to accommodate the Adobe Flash and browser updates that caused the system blockage. 

If you are having issues uploading images, please contact our Customer Care Team at 800.786.6277.

Kindest regards and... good luck in this year's IPC!


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By James Yates
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It's finally almost summertime! And it's also very, very hot. So crank up your a/c and curl up on the couch this weekend with our top photography blog posts from around the web. Enjoy!

ADVOCACY: Laguna Beach recently enacted a policy requiring a permit to shoot photos...in public spaces. DIY Photography has this information on the legalities involved and the fight against permits for photographing public spaces.  

BUSINESS: PPA member Melanie Anderson uses a five-step process to help drum up sales with her clients. Professional Photographer has the scoop on these techniques and how to master "the sale".  

STORYTELLING: Mango Street has a video up on how they used music as the inspiration for a recent conceptual shoot. Storytelling makes photos even better. After watching, you may want to try it out yourself to ignite your creativity. 

PhotoVision: If it's been a minute since you've checked in with PhotoVision, be sure to come watch these new videos! The new releases include Sue Bryce and Anne Geddes, who are contributing to PhotoVision's new 'Year of Inspiration' series.

PSYCHOLOGY: Photo artist Erik Johansson created a series of pieces that blend various backgrounds and style to get at a psychological meaning. Check out the pieces as well as a behind the scenes video on how the result was achieved. 

MARKETING: How do you describe yourself and what you do in 20 to 40 seconds? Can you? Every photographer needs what's called an 'elevator pitch' for their studio. You usually only have 30 seconds to make a connection with someone. Learn how to do so efficiently on FStoppers. 

DIGITAL: Sarah Malotti was thrilled with Instagram...at first. But what used to be about creative content is now more proof of why numbers matter and having to "play the game". DIY Photography has this article on the effects of Instagram on photography.    

HEADSHOTS: PPA members Gary and Julie Hughes have made a name for their Orlando studio with fantastic headshots. Now, they're giving advice on why you should offer headshots at your next event.

ACTION: Garrett Ellwood has photographed 19 NBA Finals so he knows what he's talking about when it comes to making your sports photography stand out. Digital Photography Review has a piece on how he does it using strobe. 

PRINT: PPA has tools to help photographers learn how to sell more prints, as well as educate their clients so they are asking for these products. And these days, video is king. That's why PRINT. The Movement has created an entire section on their website dedicated to video resources that will educate your clients, and there's even a quick message from world-renowned photographer Anne Geddes!

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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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 Chris Homer

Entries for the International Photographic Competition (IPC) are being accepted now. We're rapidly approaching the deadline to enter without a late fee, so save money and get your images entered by June 20 at 5pm ET!

The IPC is PPA's annual photographic competition that allows photographers to test their skills, and get advice on how to improve quality, impact and technique through constructive competition and critiques from qualified jurors. Participating in PPA's photographic competitions gives you the opportunity to:

  • Improve upon your finest work 
  • Earn recognition and admiration from your peers
  • Engage with the passionate and supportive photographic competition community
  • And improve your business!
If you choose to have your images critiqued, a judge will go through each image you've entered in the photo competition, explaining how it stacks up against the 12 elements of a winning image, and what you could have done to take your image to the next level if you fell short! So, be bold and enter your images to be critiqued by official jurors at this year's competition. Recorded critiques are a fantastic way to learn, specifically, how you can take your images to the next level. Check out a critique from last year!

Entering the IPC really is one of the best ways to improve your photography, so don't be shy, enter now! Be sure to get your images in by June 20 at 5pm ET and save money on your entry. Entries submitted on or after June 20 at 5 pm ET will be accepted with a late fee through July 6, 2017. Note that no entries will be accepted after July 6, 2017 by 5 pm ET.

And don't forget that the judging for the International Photographic Competition will be held July 30-August 2, 2017 and you will be able to watch it all for free via PPA's live online streaming of the IPC at Stream.theIPC.org! Bookmark this page and be ready to binge on photography competition judging!


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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 Sidra Safri
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As you know, this series on Drone Waivers is meant to provide you with the best information to make sure your waivers get approved.  At the same time, PPA likes to be honest. With that in mind: It is very unlikely you will get a section 107.37a waiver approved.

A section 107.37a waiver is the ability not to yield to other aircraft. Since the regulations went into effect close to one year ago, no Section 107.37a waivers have been approved. The lack of approval makes sense.  A drone under section 107 cannot weigh more than 55 pounds, and must yield to things that are significantly bigger and more powerful than it is, such as private places, commercials, etc. 

If and when a Section 107.37a waiver is approved, PPA will let you know and provide information on how you can get approval.
 
As always, before you fly, make sure your drone is registered and you are checking the B4U fly app!

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by Bethany Clark
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Los Angeles-based Brian and Allison Callaway are a rare team in the photography industry: they're as comfortable in front of the camera as they are behind it. A former actor and model respectively, they've channeled their knowledge of how awkward it can be to be photographed into a thriving wedding photography business. 

Understanding that it's not a natural thing to have a camera in your face all day long, the Callaways prioritize their couples' comfort while working with them to craft scenes that will lead to great images.

"The idea is to actually insert photojournalism into the portraits," explains Brian. "We set the scene, put the people into it, give a little bit of direction, and then let them interact naturally. We are always trying to figure out a way to make a photo that shows off their connection and makes you feel something."

Read more about their style of wedding photography in "It's Not Wedding Photojournalism, But It Looks Like It" on PPmag.com! 

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by Bethany Clark
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Have you checked the Perks & Savings page on PPA.com lately? It's bursting with deals from popular brands like Apple, Dell, and more - with discounts, deadline extensions, exclusive offers, add-ons, and more! 

Be sure to check the page frequently for new deals (or keep an eye out on Facebook or in your inbox). Here are 5 that immediately stand out:

  1. Dell: There are several deals from Dell, including year-round savings of 5%-10% every day on selected products, as well as special monthly savings of 20% on specially-selected products, like servers, workstations, laptops, accessories, and more!
  2. Apple: PPA members get preferred pricing products, special promotions, free shipping, free engraving on iPads and iPods, customizations, and more!
  3. ProMediaGear: enjoy 10% instant savings on all gear!
  4. DriveSavers: get hundreds in savings for professional data recovery services!
  5. Richmond Pro Lab: save 25% on print products!
These discounts are for PPA members only, so log in today to see what other perks and savings you have available. If you aren't with PPA yet, join today! 


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By Lisa Sharer

You can't just get out of bed in the morning, decide you're going to sell prints, and then become a millionaire. (If you have done that, send us a message; we have some questions!) For the rest of us, we could use some tools to help us learn how to sell more prints, as well as educate our clients; so they are the ones asking for these products. And these days, video is king.

That's why PRINT. The Movement has created an entire section on their website dedicated to video resources. Currently, you will find an assortment of content that helps photographers with some essential skills for in-person sales. You'll also find some videos that will educate your clients, and there's even a quick message from world-renowned photographer Anne Geddes!


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Check out these videos to help you increase and maintain your business as a print artist. Not only will you be helping yourself, you'll be helping the world...one beautiful image at a time. Join us, and become a part of the movement today at PrintMovement.org.


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About the author:
Lisa 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 Trent Schick

Early registration for International Photographic Competition is coming to an end soon, so be sure to finish and enter your photos in for competition!

The IPC is PPA's annual photographic competition that allows photographers to test their skills, and get advice on how to improve quality, impact and technique through constructive competition and critiques from qualified jurors. Participating in PPA's photographic competitions gives you the opportunity to:

  • Improve upon your finest work 
  • Earn recognition and admiration from your peers
  • Engage with the passionate and supportive photographic competition community
  • And improve your business!

If you choose to have your images critiqued, a judge will go through each image you've entered in the photo competition, explaining how it stacks up against the 12 elements of a winning image, and what you could have done to take your image to the next level if you fell short! So, be bold and enter your images to be critiqued by official jurors at this year's competition. Recorded critiques are a fantastic way to learn, specifically, how you can take your images to the next level. 

To give you an idea of the types of things you can learn from a critique at IPC, check out this one from last year's competition. This is "Old Redwood" by Jody Simmons, critiqued by Tim Mathiesen, M.Photog.Cr., A-ASP,F-ASP.


The judging for the International Photographic Competition will be held July 30-August 2, 2017 and you will be able to watch it all at no cost via PPA's live online streaming of the IPC! Early registration opens May 22, 2017-June 20, 2017 by 5 pm ET. Entries submitted on or after June 20 at 5 pm ET will be accepted with a late fee through July 6, 2017. Note that no entries will be accepted after July 6, 2017 by 5 pm ET.

This year's IPC has some new rules. Be sure to check them out and enter your images early to beat the crowds and save some money!

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By Chris Homer

Have you visited theLoop recently? As an exclusive PPA member-only forum, theLoop is a
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 great place for members to connect with each other, share information/advice, get image feedback, and overall - a place to go if you need help. Become a member so you can "stay in the loop" with theLoop, and if you already are, then head over to theLoop to see what everyone's buzzing about. 

Lots of great discussions have been happening, so here are a few of the top posts from June so far. Check them out, provide some feedback, and perhaps even learn something new!

A photographer is having issues with the sensor on her Nikon D4 camera and is looking for advice. If you have this camera, chime in with your thoughts - or  learn what potential issues to be aware of!

In this discussion, a photographer seeks help with tethering his Nikon cameras. Jump in and see if you can help!

This member is looking for advice on what camera equipment she will be allowed to take on a flight as carry-on items. Take a look so you are prepared the next time you have to fly with your equipment.

New to theLoop? Introduce yourself to the community on this thread!

In this thread, a photographer asks for the best place to send your camera and lenses for cleaning. If you've got a great suggestion, share it here!

If you're looking for a new laptop you can use for photo editing, this thread is for you! Members share their opinions on the best choices out there.

And there you have 'em, the top posts from theLoop! Remember to check out theLoop frequently as new discussions are posted daily. It's a great way to catch up with fellow PPA members! Not a PPA member? Join 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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If you're interested in In-Person Sales (IPS), but feel overwhelmed or confused by the process, this webinar is for you! Instructors Rachael Boer and Dorie Howell break down this topic into simple, easy-to-understand steps, and help you learn how to find success with this business model. They will cover topics like:

  • What is IPS?
  • Common fears and hesitations
  • How do I start?
  • Overcoming objections
  • The transition
  • Purchasing samples, software, and other tools
  • How to prepare your clients
  • Avoiding sticker shock
  • Setting and enforcing policies
  • Helping indecisive clients
  • Running the sale
  • and more!
This webinar is FREE and open to both PPA members and non-members alike, so register now and tune in tomorrow, June 15, 2017, at 2:00 pm ET!


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by James Yates
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By now you know PPA is always fighting for your rights on Capitol Hill, lobbying and advocating for improvements to copyright registration and the modernization of the copyright office (including a small claims option). 

We're pretty proud of the "big-picture" ways that we're working to improve your business's sustainability and profits, but there's a smaller way that PPA has helped, behind the scenes, for years: assessing whether or not members' works have been infringed.

If you feel your work has been infringed upon, but you don't know what to do about it, PPA can help with our Copyright Infringement Assistance tool. It's designed to point you in the right direction, with steps you can take to stop the infringement! It's quick and painless...because having your art stolen is painful enough!

With PPA's Copyright Infringement Assistance tool!, if you think you've been infringed upon, you only have to answer 2-3 questions and the tool will generate specific help for you, including DCMA takedown notices, certified letters to the infringing parties or letting you know when it's time to contact an attorney.

Stop by PPA.com/Copyright and check out all the copyright assistance available to you as a member!



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By Chris Homer

If you are a photographer, PhotoVision is a great way to elevate your skills by using the more than 500 video tutorials available from some of the top photographers in the business. Better yet, PhotoVision is included for FREE with your PPA membership! Head over to PhotoVisionVideo.com to begin streaming classes.

And if it's been a minute since you've checked in with PhotoVision, be sure to come back and watch these new videos! The new releases include Sue Bryce and Anne Geddes, who are contributing to PhotoVision's new 'Year of Inspiration' series.

Sue Bryce inspires a return to simplicity. She recalls starting out in the photography business, working in an established studio with lots of props, lights and equipment, and how she transitioned to a simpler style that has now become her signature look. A true artist, Sue shares the how and why for this simplified lighting choice.

One of the most fascinating elements of an artist is learning how their mind creates and works before they ever pick up the camera. In this video, world-renowned photographer and story-teller Anne Geddes shares her creative process and gives a glimpse into her own inspiration. In addition to her aesthetic, Anne speaks about the journeys she's faced throughout her career and the lifetime of stories she has amassed along the way. She discusses how much research and hard work went into each of the six books she has created, while also giving an inside look of her newest work, Small World.

In this episode, Amy Doerring photographs three young sisters having a tea party. She demonstrates how to look for and capture the small moments that define a subject's personality. Amy shows how forgoing stiff posing and letting little kids just play, can lead to more expressive emotions. The kids also bring out a pet frog to play with while Amy photographs "slice of life" images.

To be a successful photographer, you must have a firm understanding of sales, pricing, and the products of your business. In this video, Sue Bryce shares her own philosophies and the tried-and-true sales techniques she has learned over the years, including her two favorite products to sell to her clients. Additionally, Sue explains the psychology behind the placement of your middle package to achieve your desired average sale while still keeping your price list simple and clean to improve your overall sales.

Visit PhotoVisionVideo.com today to access all of these classes! 

If you're not a PPA member, join today and watch all the PhotoVision and PPAedu photography tutorials, whenever you want, wherever you want! You could tap into more than 1,000 videos to take your photography to the next level! You have nothing to lose; try it 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 Trent Schick

Photographers, keep on grinding to pull your best images and work on your competition entries for the International Photographic Competition! 

The IPC is PPA's annual photographic competition that allows photographers to test their skills, and get advice on how to improve quality, impact and technique through constructive competition and critiques from qualified jurors. Participating in PPA's photographic competitions gives you the opportunity to:

  • Improve upon your finest work 
  • Earn recognition and admiration from your peers
  • Engage with the passionate and supportive photographic competition community
  • And improve your business!

If you choose to have your images critiqued, a judge will go through each image you've entered in the photo competition, explaining how it stacks up against the 12 elements of a winning image, and what you could have done to take your image to the next level if you fell short! So, be bold and enter your images to be critiqued by official jurors at this year's competition. Recorded critiques are a fantastic way to learn, specifically, how you can take your images to the next level.

To give you an idea of the types of things you can learn from a critique at IPC, check out this one from last year's competition. This is "Sunflower Family" by Marciana Vequist, critiqued by Janel Pahl, M.Photog.Cr., API.


The judging for the International Photographic Competition will be held July 30-August 2, 2017 and you will be able to watch it all at no cost via PPA's live online streaming of the IPC! Early registration opens May 22, 2017-June 20, 2017 by 5 pm ET. Entries submitted on or after June 20 at 5 pm ET will be accepted with a late fee through July 6, 2017. Note that no entries will be accepted after July 6, 2017 by 5 pm ET.

This year's IPC has some new rules. Be sure to check them out and enter your images early to beat the crowds and save some money!

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by Sidra Safri
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As we make our way through the nine drone waivers available from the FAA, you will see that this fifth one is probably one of the most detailed-oriented waivers we will talk about. The Section 107.35 waiver allows the operation of multiple small unmanned drones. Most of the time this will be used for entertainment companies such as Intel or Disney. However, the most recent usage can be seen during the opening scene of Lady Gaga's Super Bowl performance in 2017.

With so many drones operating in such close proximity, it can be easy to see that one drone malfunctioning can cause a chaotic domino effect. For this reason, obtaining a Section 107.35 waiver can be hard. When applying for this waiver, the FAA wants you to have prepared the following:

  1. You must show that you have detailed knowledge of the layout of the area. This helps in preventing run-ins with taller items such as mountains, trees, buildings etc. 
  2. Ability to communicate with Pilot and Visual Observer in an instantaneous manner. This insures that the moment something goes wrong, or something unforeseen comes in the way, the pilot has enough time to change course or react. 
  3. Show that if one drone malfunctions or crashes, it won't damage the others. 
  4. Your Geo-fencing system works. Geo-fences are virtual geographic boundaries that are put into place to notify the pilot when a drone exits or enters the set area. 
  5. File a Notice to Airmen. In this notice you want to include the altitude at which you will be flying, the locations, and the duration of the flight. You want to make sure this is submitted 72 hours before your flight, but not less than 24 hours before. This lets other pilots know that they are sharing the airspace with a drone. 
  6. Also, in your plans, state and show that the ground speeds of the drones will be no more than 7 mph. 
In order to get a better idea of the required provisions take a look at the Waiver Granted to Disney.

As always, no matter if it's one drone or multiple drones, don't forget to check the FAA's B4U fly app to make sure you are able to fly. 

By James Yates
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PPA members are always making and saving more money with their membership. Now, you can continue taking advantage of preferred pricing on the world's most popular and advanced operating systems: Apple products and accessories. 

Discounts on business equipment are part of the list of benefits offered to the 30,000 photographers who rely on PPA for perks and savings. Apple Association Member Purchase Program perks include:

  • Preferred pricing on Apple products
  • Special promotions
  • Complimentary shipping on all orders
  • Free engraving on all new iPod and iPad models
  • Mac customization
  • Ratings and reviews on accessories and software
Members can purchase or sponsor up to three computer systems, three iPads, three iPhones, three Apple watches and ten iPod devices per calendar year, as well as software and peripherals. Members can begin using the offer by visiting the website or by calling 1-800-854-3680 and requesting the Association Member Program pricing.

The program is a benefit provided by Apple Inc. to members of PPA and other participating organizations. The program is intended for personal use. Under this program, Apple sells and ships products to end-user customers only. Apple reserves the right to refuse or cancel any order if they suspect it is being purchased for resale.

"PPA is always looking for ways to help improve our members' businesses," says Kristen Hartman, Director of Member Value & Experience. "This Apple program is a valued benefit to the photographers who rely on PPA to help run their studios. We're so pleased to announce we're renewing the program and keeping our members happy."

Head over to BeMore.PPA.com/MakeMore to learn about all the ways you can save and make more money with your PPA membership!

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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 Chris Homer

As you wind down for the weekend, take a minute to browse our favorite photography posts
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 from around the web. We cover everything from a new PPA member benefit with Dell to inspiring portraits, so chances are good there's something you can learn from!

LIGHTING TUTORIAL: In this video, photographer Bob Davis demonstrates how you can mimic natural light using just a few pieces of equipment. Check it out on PetaPixel.

TIPS: In this post from Fstoppers, learn how one photographer took a simple graduation photography session and made it something unique. These are good lessons to apply to any type of assignment you might get!

PHOTOGRAPHY HISTORY:  Here's a cool post that any photographer will find interesting. Check out the world's first underwater portrait - and see how it was made on Vintage Everyday. 

PPA MEMBER BENEFITS: Big news for PPA Members this week! Your membership now gets you access to up to 20% savings on computer equipment from Dell. Read all about this new benefit on the PPA Today blog. 

GEAR: If you're looking for a new camera bag, check out this post from Photography Talk before you buy anything. It shares some good advice on what to look for in a high-quality camera bag. 
By James Yates

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The next Business Challenge starts August 1st and you don't want to miss it! Be sure to sign up for your year of fun, interactive inspiration for you to integrate as much business acumen as you can in one year's time. 

The first assignment is all about defining YOUR idea of success.  It's vital that photographers begin creating a road map that will take them where they want to go so they don't end up somewhere else completely. 

This was one challenger's answer - one of many great ones--from Lindsay Syme, owner of Lindsay Syme Photography in Spring Creek NV. She also just so happens to be the winner of the 2017 Dream Studio Giveaway at Imaging USA (see photo)! 

"Success is that fabulous thing you achieve when you set a goal and do the work it takes to reach that goal.

My Business Goals:  

  • I want to contribute financially for my family: This starts with pricing for profit and having solid business foundations. I need to get over myself and see my worth. I see it in others but fail to see it in myself. I am making progress but still have much to do!
  • I want to be 100% present in everything I do: I need to focus all of my attention on whatever it is that I am working on because I tend to be distracted, lack focus, or procrastinate.
  • I want to give back to the community and others: Being able to give to others feels so dang good. There are so many areas in our community that I could make a difference. Having the financial means would be awesome as well as the time to volunteer. Again, goes back to pricing for profit so I can have the money and time.
  • I want to educate and share with others: I know how grateful I am when others share their time and talent. I want to give back to my photography community. Teaching runs through my veins so I look forward to the day that I can contribute.
  • I want to strive to be better and improve my craft: My last step to earning my CPP is the image submission. My eyes have been opened to a whole new perspective! I always want to be better and push for the next step, whatever that might be.
  • I want to show others how valuable they are: It amazes me how many times I get put off as a customer by various businesses and business owners. I find it shocking! I want people to feel important. I want people to feel special. I want them to feel communicated to and valuable. I want to go above and beyond so others know how important they are. I feel like achieving these goals will result in success!"

It's going to be an exciting year for Lindsay and her fellow Challengers..including, hopefully, you! We'll check back in with Lindsay and see how things have progressed. YOU should sign up now for August's Business Challenge group. Consider it the next big step toward success for your business!


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By now you know PPA is always fighting for your rights on Capitol Hill, lobbying and advocating for improvements to copyright law (including a small claims option). 

You can be proud of the "big-picture" ways that your association is working to improve your business's sustainability and profits via copyright reform, but there's a new way that you can personally pitch in!

A few months ago, PPA started working on new ways to get PPA members and non-members alike to share their copyright infringement stories. After a few tweaks, it's time to roll out this new "Share Your Story" tool

Submissions can be made by both members and non-members. Share the page on your social networks. We want YOUR story and the stories of all you know who have been affected by copyright infringement. 70% of professional photographers have dealt with copyright infringement, so we know you have stories. Now, we have an opportunity to share those stories with congress and help pass the Fairness for American Small Creators Act (FASCA). 

We need to get FASCA passed because it will allow you to protect your work and provide adequate and affordable recourse if your work is stolen, without the immense time and monetary demand normally required.

We only have one shot to change things and this is why we need to hear your stories. Please make a short video of an experience you've had with copyright infringement and upload it to the link. With your stories, we will be able to advocate for a better Small Claims process on Capitol Hill that will protect the work of photographers and creative artists.


by Trent Schick

The IPC is PPA's annual photographic competition that allows photographers to test their skills, and get advice on how to improve quality, impact and technique through constructive competition and critiques from qualified jurors. Participating in PPA's photographic competitions gives you the opportunity to:

  • Improve upon your finest work 
  • Earn recognition and admiration from your peers
  • Engage with the passionate and supportive photographic competition community
  • And improve your business!

If you think you're up for the challenge, you'll also choose to have your images critiqued, and will receive a recording from a judge with feedback on each image you've entered in the competition, explaining to you how each photo stacks up against the 12 elements of a winning image, and what you could have done better if it fell a little short. So come on and enter your images to be critiqued by official jurors at this year's competition. Recorded critiques are a fantastic way to learn, specifically, how you can take your images to the next level.

To give you an idea of the types of things you can learn from a critique at IPC, check out this one from last year's competition. This is "Hope" by Edith Itzcovici-Levy, critiqued by Gabriel Alonso M.Photog.Cr., CPP.


The judging for the International Photographic Competition will be held July 30-August 2, 2017 and you will be able to watch it all at no cost via PPA's live online streaming of the IPC! Early registration opens May 22, 2017-June 20, 2017 by 5 pm ET. Entries submitted on or after June 20 at 5 pm ET will be accepted with a late fee through July 6, 2017. Note that no entries will be accepted after July 6, 2017 by 5 pm ET.

This year's IPC has some new rules. Be sure to check them out and enter your images early to beat the crowds and save some money!

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by Trent Schick

As kids, many of us were convinced our toys came to life when we weren't looking. Yet, we just couldn't catch them at it. Well, this photographer has the evidence. 

Mitchell Wu is a former wedding photographer who was tired of spending weekends away from his family and took up toys instead. He brings his past Disney work experience to bear making images filled with creative play.

Check out "Photo Gallery: Mitchel Wu Keeps It Playful" to see Wu's images on PPMag.com!

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By James Yates
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Good news, PPA members...you can now take advantage of savings on Dell products and accessories. 

Discounts on business equipment are already part of your PPA list-of-benefits offered and now, Dell is offering year-round savings every day of 5%-10% on selected products, plus special monthly savings of 20% on select products. 

Dell discount perks include savings on:
  • PowerEdge Servers
  • Dell Precision Workstations
  • OptiPlex Desktops
  • Latitude Laptops
  • XPS and Inspirion PCs
  • Dell monitors
  • Dell Electronics and Accessories
  • ...and more!

"The Dell discount program is just one more way that PPA works to support working photographers," says Kristen Hartman, PPA's Director of Member Value and Experience. "We're always looking for ways to help improve our members' businesses. This Dell program is a valued benefit to the photographers who rely on PPA to help run their studios. We're so pleased to announce this partnership."

You can redeem the offers by logging into the Member Discounts section of PPA.com! If ordering by phone, you should mention PPA to get your association discounts.

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By James Yates

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Photographers entering the 2017 IPC have something extra special to be excited about!

Aside from the obvious and already-great reasons photographers enter the IPC (to push themselves, earn merits and degrees, get their work published in the Loan Collection and displayed at Imaging USA, etc.), PPA and FUJIFILM are teaming up to sweeten the pot.

Fujifilm "is proud to honor professional photographers who strive to create images of excellence and distinction" with its prestigious Fujifilm Masterpiece Award! 

There are three photographic categories in play for Masterpiece Awards at the IPC: Portrait, Wedding, and Illustrative. 

The Fujifilm Masterpiece Award will be awarded to the best image, indicated by the highest score (80 or greater) in its category at the IPC. The judges must agree that the image best represents the category with the highest level of professional photography.

This year's entries will be judged July 30 to August 2, 2017 at Gwinnett Technical College in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Judging is open to the public, and requires no reservation or admission fee. Interested artists and observers unable to make it to Georgia for the competition can watch it unfold live at Stream.theIPC.org.

To be eligible, images must meet all the following criteria: 

  • The image must score at least an 80 out of a potential 100 points.
  • The image must be created at a professional color lab.
  • Fujifilm Fujicolor Crystal Archive or Quality Dry Photo Paper product must be used in the creation of the image. No digital submissions for this award!
  • Photographer must be creator and copyright-owner of image submitted.
  • Photographer must also have, in their possession, model release forms, and must acknowledge and grant Fujifilm use of the image.
  • Employees of Fujifilm North America are not eligible to win the award.
All the winning images created with Fujicolor Crystal Archive or Quality Dry Photo Paper products will be eligible for posting on the FujifilmUSA web page and for exhibition in Fujifilm trade show booths at PPA's Imaging USA 2018 in Nashville, TN, January 14-16 and other national conventions. The Fujifilm Masterpiece Award will be shipped to the winners after the completion and submission of the application form.

So, take your shot at winning this special award and be sure to enter the IPC! There's still time!

Competitors must submit their images by 5pm EST, June 20. Physical print entry cases must be received within seven days of the entry deadline. Late registration (for an additional fee) runs until July 6. For more information on submission criteria and rules and how to enter visit PPA.com/IPC.

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By Bethany Clark

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Want to share your talents, skills, and knowledge with other photographers? Volunteer to become a Super 1 Day instructor! The deadline to submit your application is June 26, 2017, so apply to hold a Super 1 Day class today!

Super 1 Day is PPA's semi-annual, peer-to-peer educational initiative with photography and photography business workshops held concurrently around the country. The Fall workshops will take place between October 2-16, 2017. Prepare to teach, learn from, and network with your fellow photographers, as well as have great experiences and get closer to earning your degree!

That's right; at Super 1 Day, instructors gain TWO speaking merits towards their PPA degree. In addition, if you are a Photographic Craftsman, a Master Photographer, or a Certified Professional Photographer, you will also receive $50 per student after the 7th paid attendee that comes to your class.

Hurry and apply now as an instructor for the Super 1 Day Fall 2017 workshops; registration closes on June 26, 2017 at 9 pm ET. If you'd like additional information, read our Super 1 Day instructor FAQs.


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by Trent Schick

PPAedu, another one of PPA's great education platforms, is filled with many resources that can help strengthen and further your knowledge as a photographer and/or small business owner. It's available to all members, with over 300 HD videos that are designed to improve both your photography and business skills. 

PPA members can access any of these instructional videos 24/7, but each month one video is unlocked so that non-members can learn from it as well! Be sure to check out PPAedu this month to see the video before it's gone, or better yet become a member and view it anytime you want! 

This month's free-access video is "Creative Vision: Telling the Story", with instructor Jen Hillenga, M.Photog.Cr. Learn from Jen how you can better know and understand your clients. She will teach you how to utilize that information and create pictures that can beautifully tell a story about your clients. After all, photography is all about trying to capture emotion into a picture that tells a perfect story!

Non-members will have access to this video the entire month of June, 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 Chris Homer

The International Photographic Competition (IPC) is PPA's annual photographic competition that allows photographers to test their skills, and get advice on how to improve quality, impact and technique through constructive competition and critiques from qualified jurors. Participating in PPA's photographic competitions gives you the opportunity to:

  • Improve upon your finest work - really, it will make you step up your game!
  • Earn recognition and admiration from your peers - and there's nothing more rewarding!
  • Engage with the passionate and supportive photographic competition community - photo nerds, we're with you!
  • And improve your business! - who wouldn't leverage the competition-winning title and accolades? You should!
If you're wanting to get an edge, you'll also choose to have your images critiqued, and will receive a recording from a judge with feedback on each image you've entered in the competition, explaining to you how each photo stacks up against the 12 elements of a winning image, and what you could have done better if it fell a little short! So, don't be shy! Enter your images to be critiqued by official jurors at this year's competition. Recorded critiques are a fantastic way to learn, specifically, how you can take your images to the next level.

To give you an idea of the types of things you can learn from a critique at IPC, check out this one from last year's competition. This is "Sunkissed" by Stacey Williams Dunse, critiqued by Jessica Vogel.


The judging for the International Photographic Competition will be held July 30-August 2, 2017 and you will be able to watch it all at no cost via PPA's live online streaming of the IPC! Early registration opens May 22, 2017 - June 20, 2017 by 5 pm ET. Entries submitted on or after June 20 at 5 pm ET will be accepted with a late fee through July 6, 2017. Note that entries will not be accepted after July 6, 2017 by 5 pm ET.

This year's IPC has some new rules. Be sure to check them out and enter your images early to beat the crowds and save some money!


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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 Bethany Clark

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The first weekend in June has arrived, and not only does that mean that summer is on its way, it also means that the year is half over! Take a look at these articles to make sure you're making the best choices for your business going forward.

COMPETITION: The IPC is PPA's annual photographic competition that allows photographers to test their skills, and get advice on how to improve quality, impact and technique through constructive competition and critiques from qualified jurors. Enter your finest images through June 21, 2017 for a chance to earn a merit, be part of the Loan collection, and be honored at Imaging USA! 

TECHNIQUE: Many clients are gaga over bokeh in their portraits at the moment, and this article on Fstoppers takes a deep dive into whether you should push your lenses to the limit and shoot wide open to achieve the ideal shot, or take a sharper image and stop down a little.

INSTAGRAM: Interested in promoting your photography business on Instagram? Looking for some effective methods to use? Look no further and use these 3 best marketing tips!

BUSINESS TIPS: "Do what you love and money will follow."Who hasn't heard that heartfelt but incomplete advice? Pro photographer Suzanne Deaton, M.Photog., notes that, without a strategy behind the passion, you're just hoping to earn a living instead of planning on it. On Professional Photographer, Deaton offers advice to fellow photographers looking to follow their joy and pay the bills.

CHARITABLE MARKETING: Though there is myriad advice warning against doing any free photography work, this article from Improve Photography makes a case for it when its done strategically, on your own terms, and for the people you want to have as clients. Take a look.

LOCATION: Planning to take some photos in a family home? Think carefully about the location. You want to choose a spot that is free from distracting clutter, but also puts the family at ease. Here are a few tips from PetaPixel.

PHOTOSHOP: Creating convincing composites is all about matching a number of characteristics, one of them being the saturation between the different elements of the final image. This helpful tutorial gives a quick and very effective method for precisely matching saturation. 

TECH TALK: Have you heard of the free service, Binded? When you upload an image to Binded, it creates a digital 'fingerprint' and monitors use of the image on the Internet, notifying you if it detects unauthorized use. Learn more on DPreview, and read the comments to weigh in on the possibilities and drawbacks. 

FUNNY: Have you ever been asked to work for free, or even better "for exposure"?  Well, it seems that you're not alone, as this artist started making cartoons of outrageous client requests and they are hilarious. 

PROCESS: Though you own the copyright of your images as soon as you press the shutter on your camera, you may still want to take the extra step of registering your images with the U.S. Copyright Office. Learn the process in this article. 


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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by Sidra Safri

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Many photographers are concerned about the talks of the electronic travel ban that the Department of Homeland Security is dealing with.  This ban is already in place for 10 airports in the Middle East and Africa:

Amman, Jordan (Royal Jordanian Airlines)

Cairo, Egypt (Egyptair Airlines)

Istanbul, Turkey (Turkish Airlines)

Jidda, Saudi Arabia (Saudia Airlines)

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (Saudia Airlines)

Kuwait (Kuwait Airways)

Casablanca, Morocco (Royal Air Maroc Airlines)

Doha, Qatar (Qatar Airways)

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) (Emirates Airline)

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE) (Emirates Airline)

Etihad Airways Flights

Passengers arriving on flights from these countries or carriers must check-in their laptops, tablets, cameras, travel printers, and any games bigger than a cell phone. 

Recently, the Department of Homeland Security also began considering implementing this ban for flights arriving from Europe. The possibility of this ban raised many concerns for professional photographers. While traveling, most photographers tend to carry their equipment in their carry-on bag to ensure that nothing gets damaged or stolen. If the European ban is implemented, there is a strong possibility that photographers would be forced to check-in their camera equipment, subjecting them to potential damage. 

As of right now, the European electronics ban HAS NOT been implemented.  However, to be proactive, some photographers are checking in their equipment. Before doing so:

  1. Check with your equipment insurance carrier to see if they cover damage/loss during travel. If you have PhotoCare Plus through PPA you may have a viable insurance claim covering both damage and loss. (Depends on review by the insurance company) If you only have PhotoCare (automatically comes with your PPA membership) you may have a viable claim for damage but not theft. (Depends on review by the insurance company). 
  2. Look into the details of the protection many airlines provide with the purchase of your tickets. You will be surprised the amount is not as high as you think and/or may not cover your photographic equipment at all. Some coverage for electronics max out at $500!
  3. Consider purchasing additional insurance through your airline carrier or a third party. 
  4. Look into your home or business insurance policy. There may already be a clause protecting you. 
  5. Look at the details of the credit card you purchased your ticket with. Certain companies will add coverage.

PPA will, of course, keep you updated as soon as we hear anything on the electronics travel ban so keep it glued to PPA Today. 



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by Trent Schick

PPA members have access to over 500 photography tutorial videos through PhotoVision, included with your membership. You can learn from well-known experts in the photography world how to improve your skills and elevate your business. So, whether you're the Michael Jordan of photography or just starting, there's always something new to learn at PhotoVision!

Every month, we unlock a free PhotoVision video for non-subscribers to take advantage of amazing learning opportunities, because we want everyone to have a chance at education. This month's free video comes from Melanie Anderson titled, "Anderson Seniors".  Anderson takes us on a trip through both her studio and her process creating great, quality senior pictures. Also, she goes into detail of how she makes her sessions effective and efficient. 


Want to see more? Check out PhotoVisionVideo.com to see all it has to offer. Remember, all PPA members have full access included with their membership! So, become a member today if you are not already and reap the rewards!

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By Autumn Rice

PPA photographers are a diverse group of people who begin as friends, but ultimately become family. Through connecting with one another and sharing experiences, they provide a support that contradicts the thought of being in business alone. PPA's YouTube video series, Behind The Camera, features professional photographers who share their trials and tribulations, and their relationship within the PPA community. Today, Trish Logan pitches in. 

None of these interviews are scripted or paid for. These are real photographers, members of PPA, who value and share the power of their PPA community. 

In this video Trish Logan shares the value of See The Difference resources, and how they increase the credibility of her business with her clients.


Help your photography friends and share this video. The power of being involved and deeply connected goes beyond professional development. It's a support system no one should be left without. You can also view a full playlist of the Behind The Camera Video series on PPA's YouTube channel and learn more about See The Difference here.

Editor's Note: This post was originally published in August 2016. It has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.
By Bethany Clark

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PPA always has the latest in photography news and education, and this month there are a few webinars that you just won't want to miss!

These live webinars are filled with useful information from credible industry experts about the most popular topics in the business. From creative techniques that make your images stand out, to how to run a top-notch photography business, there's a webinar to help you be more. 

(And if life calls and you have to miss a scheduled live session, never fear. All live webinars are recorded and included in the PPAedu online library for your replay pleasure!)

Here's a look at what's on tap for this month:

  • Reaching Your Goals with In-Person Sales: If you're interested in In-Person Sales (IPS), but feel overwhelmed or confused by the process, this webinar is for you! Instructors Rachael Boer and Dorie Howell break down this topic into simple, easy-to-understand steps, and help you learn how to find success with this business model. June 15, 2017, 2 pm ET.
  • Business Plan for Volume Photographers: Are you flying by the seat of your pants when it comes to your business? Do you set goals and keep track of them? Do you forecast yearly? Most photographers don't! If you're in the volume business, specifically youth sports, let instructor Jeff Gump, Cr.Photog., help you get on  track. Without goals and accountability, it will be difficult to succeed. Take an hour out of your week and sit in on this must-see program. June 22, 2017, 2 pm ET.

These webinars are free to all photographers, so be sure to share this info! Take advantage of this free opportunity and share the love with your friends. There's nothing like adding more knowledge power to your photography business dreams. To register, simply go to PPA.com/Webinars today!


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