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Whoa, it's already November? How did that happen?
While you nurse the candy hangovers, here are some of October's top conversations going on in theLoop.
Nikon announced the D5300 this month, its first DSLR with built-in WiFi and GPS. Do you want one?
PPA Members: Print sales for large event
When you're shooting a large scale event, do you offer prints a la carte or do you make packages available?
PPA Members: Is it the camera or the artist that makes art?
Does a better camera make a better photographer? Discuss!
Post-Capture: Photoshop vs. Lightroom (and actions)
Which do you prefer and why?
Lighting: Studio lighting recommendations
Lighting can be everything for an image, what brands of lights do you trust the most?
We know theLoop isn't designed as a matchmaking service; it is the unique, exclusive online community for members of PPA. You can use theLoop to connect and network with other professional photographers, ask questions and seek advice, and share your knowledge and work with others. theLoop is a safe place for photographers to chat, share ideas and worries, and discuss sensitive topics like customer service, demanding clients, and more. All while being able to rest easy knowing any potential customers will not see what you post.
It's more than a website, it's a place to connect with fellow photographers and friends! The community is welcoming of all PPA members--regardless of years in the business or types of photography.
"I came into PPA as a complete stranger [to people on theLoop], a
newcomer with very little professional experience when measured against so many of you, and you have mentored me, made amazingly accurate and insightful suggestions, offered help or advice, listened to me vent - you have made me feel like a part of the PPA family. And I didn't expect that," said Carolyn Witherspoon, a new Looper.
So what makes theLoop so special and different than networking sites like LinkedIn? The connections you get with other professional photographers (and only professional photographers) that are in your exact same position! Compare work, business best practices and so much more!
"Where to start? My absolute favorite thing is having the privilege of seeing some of your work. I'm always astounded by it. It gives me so much to strive toward, "said Carolyn. "And reading through as many posts on varying topics as I can possibly fit into every one of my already over-jammed days! And especially the childlike thrill that floods through me when I see that I have a message! Right now I cannot imagine a time when I'd no longer want to be a part of this community."
During this 24-hour period, the association will capture the spirit of New York's resilience and unity through the eyes and lenses of its over 400 professional photographers. Participants will be photographing people and events from Montauk to Buffalo, Jamestown to Plattsburgh.
The ultimate goal of Project 9/11 is to produce a piece of living history, demonstrating the power of visual media to capture and document the emotions, people and events in this brief moment in time. And PPSNYS is harnessing the talents, minds and hearts of some of the finest people in the photographic profession to make it possible.
Participants will submit their photos to the Project 9/11 Committee, who will evaluate them. The photographer with the winning photo will be honored at the 2012 Photo North East Convention and Trade Show, taking place March 24 - 27 in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.
For more information about Project 9/11, please contact PPSNYS Headquarters at 518-434-9500 or email@example.com.
About PPSNYS: The Professional Photographers' Society of New York State Inc. was formed solely to instruct its members and the public in photography and to create, foster, promote and encourage the exchange of knowledge among its members and the public. PPSNYS is a society dedicated to the advancement of photography both as a science and an art. Members are encouraged to develop the highest standards of professionalism, ethics, business practices and customer relations.
Dear PPA Member,
Who inspires you? How can you inspire others? I think it starts by sharing what you know. In fact, I bet that many of the speakers you consider most compelling didn't start their careers by saying, "I want to be a great speaker!" But I believe that they all said, "I want to share what I know with others."
So how do you start sharing your knowledge with others?
Well, the Beatles didn't begin by playing at Shea Stadium. They began with small gigs in Liverpool and Hamburg. They started small, but dreamed big. They practiced. Got better. Practiced some more. Got even better.
You may not want to play Shea Stadium, but if you want to be a great speaker, you need to start somewhere. This week's Vital Signs will give you some helpful tips on where to begin. Where will you end up? Well, Lennon and McCartney mentioned something about the long and winding road...
Director of Member Value & Experience
P.S. Have you ever wanted to accept a credit card payment while you're out of the studio? Midwest Transaction Group (MTG) is now offering mobile payment solutions, which allow you to accept swiped credit card transactions through your smart phone or mobile device! Learn more about the new service and the discounts you get as a PPA member!
The OurPPA forum committee has been working to improve the user experience on the forums at ppa.com. The forum conversation topics will soon be grouped into one of four sections: Welcome, Member, PPA and Community. The total number of forum topics will be reduced as well. For example, forums with similar topics or with low activity will be combined. Work on these changes should be completed in the next few days, so you will soon be enjoying the "leaner, meaner" version of OurPPA Forums.
In the meantime, here is the layout of the new, simplified forum structure:
This year's Affiliate Leaders meeting will be held June 7 - 8, 2010 in Atlanta, GA at PPA Headquarters.
What's an PPA Affiliate Leaders Meeting?
This is an opportunity for those who manage affiliate organizations to meet and share best practices, discuss issues, and discover new ways to lead your association. PPA is committed to providing our affiliates and its leaders with knowledge and assistance to keep your affiliate strong and vibrant in today's industry. Any affiliate who is looking for ways to increase the value of membership, how to collaborate with vendors, and how to create a strong board/volunteer relationship should have a leader attend.
What will happen at the PPA Affiliate Leaders Meeting?
This is your meeting! While PPA staff will be on hand to answer questions and give some training, some of the best moments from last year's meeting came from the peer-to-peer interactions. Who better to get answers to your questions from than those who may have already experienced what you're going through? The agenda will be sent to all attendees as we get closer to the meeting date.
Loretta Byrd, Executive Director of Professional Photographers of North Carolina, is your Chairperson for this important meeting, but PPA staff handles the logistics. We'd like to find out if you'll be attending, so we ask that you RSVP by filling out this quick form:
(We ask that you do this as soon as possible, as we need to make conference room arrangements and reservations!)