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By Bethany Clark

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Do you have a goal to earn your CPP? Imaging USA is an excellent place to learn more about the program, its benefits, and dive deep into it! 

The Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) program assures others of a photographer's technical knowledge, experience, and continuance to develop new skills and techniques. It is a declaration of your professional competence. 

Being a CPP is like quality assurance because certification is a credential consumers and businesses understand. More importantly, it provides you with a tool for telling the world--and all those potential clients--why they should call you rather than a competitor down the street.

So if you plan to become a CPP, here are some options while you're at Imaging USA 2018:

Imaging USA offers a three-day intensive prep class during Pre-Con that covers all the technical topics on the exam. This class isn't for the faint of heart - it's an in-depth study of the technical side of photography, almost equivalent to a semester of college! You'll work hard and study hard, but you'll also walk away a more polished, knowledgeable, confident professional. And a prep class like this will give you a lot of confidence when it comes time to take the exam. 

Topics covered in the prep class include:

  • The Inverse Square Law, Filter Factors, Bellows Factor
  • Lenses and Filters
  • Color Theory and H&D Curves
  • Lighting Ratios, Corrective Lighting and Posing, Depth of Field, Angle of View
  • The Zone System (and how it helps you understand the digital histogram)
  • Difference between a Bit, a Byte and Bit Depth
  • And much more

After you've taken the prep class, you can choose to take the CPP exam at Imaging USA, too, while the information is fresh in your mind!

Nervous about the CPP Image Submission? Do you want to have more confidence and control of your images? Do you just want to understand light more? If you answered yes to any of those questions than this class is for you. This one-day pre-con class takes an in-depth look at the process of submitting your images for CPP, and provides you with techniques to create images that benefit your craft and your business.

The image submission prep class will:

  • Review the criteria and guidelines for submitting images
  • Provide tips on how to build your image submission portfolio
  • Explain how to analyze images and understand how they are created
  • Explore portrait lighting patterns and ratios (with live demonstrations!)
  • Provide useful insight on the judging process
  • Give you confident understanding of light
  • Demonstrate how posing, color, key, composition, and lighting all work together for successful images
  • And much more!

The CPP Exam:
When taking your CPP exam, you'll have the option to test in person or online. And you will have the opportunity to do so while at Imaging USA on Sun-Tues, January 14-16, 2018 from 1 pm - 3 pm! You must declare your candidacy in order to sit for the exam. And if you have already declared your candidacy, make sure to register for the exam by Monday, January 8, 2018.

If you're already a CPP:
All this talk about becoming a CPP; what if you already are one? Well, current CPPs are invited to refresh, relax, and recharge in the Certification lounge, exclusive for Certified Professional Photographers and Certified Drone Photographers! The Certification lounge will feature charging stations, light refreshments, and a place to chat with your fellow Certifieds. Stop by and relax awhile!

So now you know how to dive deep into the world of CPP at Imaging USA! Register for a pre-con prep class today, declare your candidacy, and take your exam, all while kicking your 2018 off with the energy, excitement, and information at Imaging USA

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By Chris Homer

PPA's Certified Professional Photographer program (CPP) is one of the best ways to separate yourself from the competition and improve your skills as a photographer. If you doubt that's true or still think 'CPP isn't for me' - here's something to challenge your mind!

The video below shows 5 common myths about the CPP program and why every professional photographer should become a CPP. Take a look and learn why you need to consider participating!


Ready to get started on the path to become certified? Visit PPA.com/CPP for all the details on how to begin!


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


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by James Yates

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PPA members have a way to stand out from the crowd built right in to their membership. The CPP (Certified Professional Photographer) designation is the official credential for photographers that want to set themselves apart within the photography industry.

The Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) program from PPA assures potential clients of a photographer's knowledge, experience and continuance to develop new skills and techniques. It is a declaration of professional competence and ability.

Photographers who earn their CPP credential do so for three primary reasons:

  • It gives them an edge in advertising their services, as certification promotes trust in the minds of clients and consumers.
  • It is a way to justify the price of services offered by the world's top photographers.
  • The peer validation step that is required to earn the certification signals to the photography world that you truly care about your craft.

The path to certification is a simple, 3-step process.

  • Declare your candidacy to PPA.
  • Study for and pass the CPP exam.
  • Submit a set of images for official review.

Once said images are approved, the photographer will have earned their CPP designation. For more information or to get started on your path to photography certification, head to PPA.com/CPP

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By Autumn Rice

At PPA we want to help you grow your business. And what better way to do that, than to add your studio information to the Find-A-Photographer database? The Find-A-Photographer database on PPA.com is a resource that allows professional photographers to display information about themselves and their business in front of a captive audience of prospective clients. 

Every PPA member is listed in the Find-A-Photographer database, but not all listings are created equal! Did you know that?  You can indeed make your profile pop and be much more convincing by updating it. It's completely free to upgrade your profile; you just have to do it! 

To upgrade your Find-A-Photographer profile (again, it's free!) follow these simple steps:

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1. Log in to PPA.com/My-PPA 
2. Once logged in, click on My PPA
3. Scroll down to Find-A-Photographer
4. Click Update Your Find-A-Photographer Profile and then you can:
    • Add additional information to your profile page
    • Create up to 4 photo albums
    • Upload up to 8 images to each album
    • Upload a headshot or logo
    • Preview your listing
5. Once you make your changes, be sure to enable your listing. It's a super-simple step, but if you don't do it, your updated profile won't be visible to the public (you'll only have a standard listing in the Find-a-Photographer search.)

There are other simple tools to make your business more visible and recognizable. Hop to the See The Difference resource section on PPA.com to find what works for your business. PPA is here to help you Be More Proactive.

Become a member to be a part of the Find-A-Photographer database and Be More Visible today!

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

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by James Yates

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Becoming a CPP is a big step in your development as a professional photographer, as it gives you an advertising edge, pricing justification and peer validation. PPA recently received an email from Chris Paulis, M.Photog.,Cr., MDPPA-F.Ph, CPP from Chris Paulis Photography in Ellicott City, Maryland. Chris is a CPP Liaison, getting people involved in certification through the Maryland PPA. 

Chris writes:

"From what I can tell, with the latest two [CPP candidates] passing their image submission, Maryland PPA now has 31 active members who are CPPs, of about 100 total; and we have 8-10 who are candidates (five of whom took and passed the exam I proctored two weeks ago). As you know, we've worked very hard on promoting CPP among our membership, and it's finally feeling like there is a feeling among us that if you are a professional, then you should become certified. It's not a pressure from above, but a ground-swell from within."

Chris (pictured above with MDPPA Board Chair Lidia Miller; photo by Steve Clark) has made a career out of being a resource and mentor to others. He was surprised at this year's annual MDPPA banquet when he was presented with the Ron Coss Memorial Award, given by the Board to members who have made significant contributions to the profession and to MDPPA. 

Congratulations, Chris! And a big congratulations also to all the Maryland CPPS and those on their way to becoming one. PPA thanks you for helping to elevate the craft of photography in your community.

YOU can get involved in your local affiliate and get prepared to earn your CPP. Learn more at PPA.com/CPP 

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By Autumn Rice

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PRINT. The Movement is an awareness campaign that helps consumers see the value in showcasing and preserving their lives or their families' lives with high-quality prints, albums, and all types of displays from professional photographers and photographic suppliers.

As a professional photographer, it is to your benefit to get involved and spread the world about the movement to your clients and peers!

The Resources page on PrintMovement.org offers easy-to-use content that taps into the emotion of clients to help them understand the value of printed photography

  • The brochure template is tri-fold and customizable for your studio. Simply download the brochure, and add your photos, your studio information, and prices. 
  • The outreach content expounds on the movement and provides clients with credible information about the importance of the movement, and why they should be willing to pay more for printed work. 
  • The Print videos are a great way to promote the movement in your studio. All you have to do is download or stream the videos in the lobby of your studio. 
  • There are also logos for you to put on your official print materials. There are a variety of styles and colors, so choose the one that best fits your business! 

All of these resources are downloadable and customizable on the Print Resources page. Head over to PrintMovement.org/Resources to get your resources and be a part of the print movement today!

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Your PPA family is getting bigger: the New York Institute of Photography is now offering their students certification through PPA's CPP program! This is a big deal and serves to expand and deepen both organization's missions to elevate the craft of photography and provide support to professionals. Check out the press release, reprinted below.

NYIP Adds Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) Designation to Online Photography Course Offerings    

The New York Institute of Photography (NYIP) has partnered with the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) to offer their students and graduates a widely recognized industry certification. The CPP (Certified Professional Photographer) designation is the official credential for photographers that want to set themselves apart within the highly competitive creative industry.

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The New York Institute of Photography (NYIP) has partnered with the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) to offer their students and graduates a widely recognized industry certification. The CPP (Certified Professional Photographer) designation is the official credential for photographers that want to set themselves apart within the highly competitive creative industry.

The Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) program from PPA assures potential clients of a photographer's knowledge, experience and continuance to develop new skills and techniques. It is a declaration of professional competence and ability. Through this exclusive partnership, photographers who study with NYIP can qualify to take the CPP exam and earn their certification.

Photographers who earn their CPP credential do so for three primary reasons. First, it gives them an edge in advertising their services, as certification promotes trust in the minds of clients and consumers. Second, it is a way to justify the price of services offered by the world's top photographers. Finally, the peer validation step that is required to earn the certification signals to the photography world that you truly care about your craft.

"PPA is excited to bring the Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) credential to NYIP students and alumni through this exclusive partnership," says Julia Boyd, CAE, Director of Certification at PPA. "As the world's largest non-profit photography association PPA's mission of creating a vibrant community of successful professional photographers by providing education, resources and industry standards of excellence is in sync with NYIP's values and goals. We are eager to spread the power of Certification as both organizations continue to raise the bar in the photographic industry."

The CPP program can be added to any of NYIP's online photography classes at the time of enrollment for $473. This cost is $50 less than the price typically offered by PPA and includes one year of PPA membership. Students and graduates already enrolled in NYIP courses may purchase CPP directly for the same price.

After purchasing, the path to certification is a simple, 3-step process. First, students will declare their candidacy to PPA. Second, they will study for and pass the CPP exam. Finally, they will submit a set of images for official review. Once said images are approved, the photographer will have earned their CPP designation.

For more information or to get started on your path to photography certification, you may visit http://www.nyip.edu/courses/cpp-photography-certification.

About the New York Institute of Photography
The New York Institute of Photography offers ten great online photography courses. Founded in 1910, NYIP is the largest and longest running photography school in the world, having successfully trained thousands of photographers for more than 100 years. Located in the heart of the art capital of the world, New York City, NYIP brings high quality photography education straight to its students' doors. NYIP currently offers ten online photography courses in areas such as portraits, weddings, travel, nature, photojournalism, video making and Photoshop. NYIP is owned and operated by Distance Education Co., LLC, which also operates the New York Institute of Art and Design, the premier home-study school for creative professionals.

About Professional Photographers of America (PPA)
Professional Photographers of America (PPA) is the world's largest non-profit photography association organized for professional photographers, by professional photographers and with more than 29,000 creative members in more than 50 countries. Our mission is to create a vibrant community of successful professional photographers by providing education, resources and industry standards of excellence.

By Autumn Rice

Have you registered for the drone knowledge test?

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

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

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By Autumn Rice

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

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

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

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

By Autumn Rice

See The Difference is a great way for PPA photographers to show their clients what sets them apart from the amateurs, and help them 'See The Difference'. This interactive campaign offers shareable videos, side by side comparisons, custom brochures, and other tools to bring to your business. The best part is, all See The Difference tools and resources are offered to PPA members for free!

Our See The Difference landing pages are a great way to educate clients on what goes into being a professional photographer, and why your services are worth their investment. With 5 different landing pages to choose from, ranging from general to specific, you can easily choose one that suits your business.  Landing pages include videos, tips, FAQs, testimonials, the Find a Photographer database, and consumer quizzes. These quizzes are a fun and interactive way for consumers to develop their styles, and help you capture their personality on camera. 


See The Difference tools are a great way to help distinguish your business, and build a trusting relationship with your current and prospective clients. So be proud of being a pro! Help spread the word to consumers and start using these See The Difference marketing tools on your website and in your studio today!

Visit PPA.com/SeeTheDifference to take advantage of everything the See The Difference campaign has to offer!
 
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