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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 so far in August. Check them out, provide some feedback, and perhaps even learn something new!

A photographer is looking for advice on whether special software is required for the best results when shooting tethered. See if you can help out! If you're thinking about shooting tethered for the first time, this discussion is a great place to get you started.

In this discussion, a member is looking for opinions on NAS drives for photo storage. Considering buying one? Read the advice from your fellow photographers before you purchase!

In this discussion, originally part of a giveaway contest, photographers shared their favorite piece of photography equipment that helps make the job easier. The giveaway has already happened, but this is still worth checking out to see if there's some equipment out there you didn't know about that may make your life easier!

Did you know you can now tag fellow members on theLoop, similar to how you would on Twitter? Learn how it works in this thread.

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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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 July. Check them out, provide some feedback, and perhaps even learn something new!

What are your opinions on Sony's Mirrorless cameras? Chime in and see what other photographers think, especially if you're considering buying one!

In this thread, PPA members share their Instagram handles to connect and support each other! Don't be shy, add yours to the growing list!

One photographer is having challenges getting the lighting right using a Sekonic Sekonic/Pocket Wizard Light Meter L-478DR and a Nikon D750 Camera. See if you can help out - or if you're having the same problem, learn possible solutions!

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!


ch_headshot_100x100.jpgAbout the author:
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
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When was the last time you visited theLoop? If you are trying to remember, it's probably time to find out what's new! 

As an exclusive, PPA member-only forum, theLoop is a great place for photographers 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. 

Loopers have had many great discussions since the beginning of July. Check out our top posts from theLoop this month, provide some feedback, and perhaps even learn something new!

One Looper would like to know: "What computer do you use for editing on Photoshop/Lightroom editing and why?"

An avenue has been created for people to introduce themselves and people are getting into it. Don't miss out on the fun. 

Given the price disparity, a Looper is curious about the difference between Quickbooks Online and Quickbooks Pro.

GIFs have become one of the most popular media types on various social media platforms. This Looper discovered a great way to create GIFs quickly and easily.  

Has anyone had to check in their camera equipment when they travelled recently? A Looper is concerned about the implications of the possible travel ban on laptops and camera equipment.

A sudden computer crash or total drive damage is probably a photographer's worst nightmare, unless they have a good backup system. This Looper needs suggestions on the best way to backup files.

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 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 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 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!

ch_headshot_100x100.jpgAbout the author:
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

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 than head over to theLoop to see what everyone's buzzing about. 

Lots of things have been going on in May, so here are a few of the top posts this month. Check them out, provide some feedback, and perhaps even learn something new!

A school-sports photographer is having some trouble with her images not being sharp enough. She wants to know which lens would work best for her. Join the discussion and see if you can help or even learn something new yourself.

This Looper is sharing some insight he received from businessman and speaker Horst Schulze on the most important aspects of business. Check it out to learn something that could help your business, or share your own business input.

Do you ever have problems or issues with backing up your photos? This photographer wants advice on what storage provider works best. You can give your own preference or see what advice others are giving.

A photographer shares about a difficult client she is having who wants a refund, and she is looking for help. Sooner or later we all face difficult clients and maybe you can relate to this story, give some advice, or learn how to deal with tough clients yourself

If fine-art photography is an interest of yours than, check out this Loop. A photographer is asking for help from anyone with experience in selling fine-art prints on a couple of online outlets.

Photography copyright is a big discussion in PPA right now, but a copyright factor that tends to be overlooked is music. A lot of times photographers will use music for their slideshows and the possibility of music-copyright infringement is a topic to be discussed.
 

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 Chris Homer

Have you checked out theLoop recently? theLoop is an exclusive photographer-only forum
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 where PPA members can connect, ask questions, and share their stories with other members. It's a great way to get the advice you've been looking for, or even offer up some advice of your own. 

Here are some of the top discussions on theLoop from May! Check them out, provide some feedback, and perhaps even learn something new.

One photographer has a question about sales tax. Take a look and see if you can help out... or just check that you're doing things correctly!

Do you need a photo release when photographing old buildings? Find out in this discussion.

When you sell a large, framed print, should you put a watermark anywhere on it? See how other photographers feel about it, and chime in!

What is your idea of perfect lighting, and what techniques do you use to create it? Share and learn in this discussion.

A photographer new to blogging is looking for advice on how often to post and how to grow an audience. If you have a blog, share your thoughts!

In this discussion, photographers chime in on the conundrum of whether to buy a new camera body, or just new lenses. See what they have to say and add your own advice.

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!


ch_headshot_100x100.jpgAbout the author:
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 Tristin Vaccaro
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Have you checked out theLoop recently?

theLoop is an exclusive photographer-only forum where PPA members can connect, ask questions, and their share stories with other members.  It's a great way to get the advice you've been looking for or even offer up some advice of your own.  Loopers have been abuzz throughout March, so here are this month's top posts from theLoop. Check them out, provide some feedback, and perhaps even learn something new!

This Looper is looking to purchase a new 6-8 foot modifier to add a soft light source to his collection.  More specifically, he wants one that is durable, easy to set up, and budget friendly. If you know of or use a light source similar to the one requested, head on over to this Loop post to make your recommendation. 

After receiving her prints back from the photo lab, one Looper noticed that they came out much darker than she expected. She was instructed that she probably needed to calibrate her monitor in order to remedy the issue. Problem is, she's unsure how to do so. If you've ever had a similar problem, or know how to calibrate a monitor, you'll want to check out this post in particular. 

This photographer is having an issue using her Canon 5D Markiii in tandem with her newly upgraded pocketwizard. The lights fire but the photos come out black or with no flash at all.  If you have a solution for this issue in mind, head over to theLoop to provide some assistance.

theLoop isn't just all photography talk all the time. When asked what was the best decade for music was, photographers came out of the woodwork to put in their two cents. It seems like everyone has an opinion when it comes to music, but what's yours? Head over to theLoop to get in on this fun debate!

And there you have 'em, the top posts from theLoop this month! 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 James Yates
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The Business Challenge provides photography business owners with the information and tools they need to develop the foundation for a more profitable business over the course of one year. Not only do they receive the tools required to make changes to their business, but also step-by-step instruction and support from PPA mentors as they implement these changes.

The next Business Challenge starts April 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 April 1st's Business Challenge group. Consider it next, big step toward success for your business




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