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Here are the 10 photography blogs from April 6 - 11, 2014, that we hope will inspire you and professional photographers around the internet to be more!

Do you use your DSLR's preset shooting modes? You'll want to read this post. Photography Talk examines DSLR preset shooting modes and the danger of relying on them too heavily.

You've probably heard about it this week: the Heartbleed bug is an error in internet security that was recently discovered. The bad news? Hackers could exploit this flaw to gain access to your personal information through many websites you may use daily. The good news? Mashable has developed a guide that will show you how to protect yourself from this abuse. (Oh, and don't worry about your PPA.com account being hacked, our security is up to date, so your data on theLoop, My PPA and your PPA profile is all safe and sound!)

Have you been wanting to get into the pet photography market? This podcast from Improve Photography can be a great starting point for you as you enter the market. It provides not only technical tips, but some business tips as well!

This is a great post for those of you in need of inspiration. The Phoblographer goes behind-the-scenes of Australian photographer Alexia Sinclair's "A Frozen Tale" photo shoot that took place in an old European castle. There are a lot of cool ideas here, including a shooting diagram! 

Is there anything more annoying than capturing a blurry image when you've got everything else right? This post from Digital Photography School will show you how to choose the correct Autofocus mode and help you avoid this problem. 

Occasionally, you'll get a bride and groom that just don't want to follow your instructions. They just don't get that you've done this before and that there's a process for a reason. This short post from Virtual Photography Studio provides a great tip for how to overcome this challenge. 

Did you know that Lightroom launched their mobile version of the software for tablets and other mobile devices? If you're curious about what Lightroom Mobile is capable of, be sure to check out this post from Lightroom Killer Tips. You might be surprised how much of your workflow can be taken care of from an iPad!

Shoot video and trying to capture movement? These videos on PhotoFocus will show how to do just that. Learn how to use a camera slider to capture fluid movement and create some really interesting shots! 

Do you struggle with color management, or maybe just need a refresher? Check out this step-by-step color management tutorial (complete with examples) from FStoppers. These techniques can help add impact to your photography. 

There's a lunar eclipse coming up on April 14/15 (date might vary depending on where you live) that nature photographers out there will love to photograph. The PhotoNaturalist provides some tips for photographing the eclipse so you can get the best photographs possible. 

There you have it, the favorite blog posts of the week from your PPA team! Don't forget that you can share your own posts, or other stories you have enjoyed, on theLoop.
Here are the 10 photography blogs from March 16 - 21, 2014, that we hope will inspire our photography friends to be more!

Many wedding photographers are forced to photograph around friends and family with camera phones (or worse, tablets?!), often getting in the way of the images for which they were commissioned. Photographer Corey Ann shares with the Huffington Post why she requests that her clients ask friends and family to not take photos during the big event. If you've ever faced this problem, this is a great post to share with potential clients to back-up your request for no camera phones at a wedding.

Here at PPA, we know that photographers are always looking for ways to improve their photography technique. That's why we were excited by this PetaPixel news that Nikon has launched a 15 part instructional video series on topics ranging from lighting to family portraiture. One of the photographers in the series in PPA's own Tamara Lackey, who will discuss family and portrait photography. There's something for every photographer in this series! 

If you're interested in getting involved in commercial photography, or are already in the industry and want some advice from a seasoned pro, don't miss this opportunity from FStoppers! Experienced commercial photographer Douglas Sonders has been answering questions from photographers all week that are worth a read. If you've got a question of your own, don't be shy. Sonders says he'll try to answer all questions submitted by Midnight on March 24. 

Looking to speed up your workflow in Lightroom? This list of keyboard shortcuts from Photofocus may be a great help! To the point, this blog is sure to be bookmarked by many!

Looking for a little inspiration? This post from DIY Photography has some amazing photos! Check out the photos of the world's largest beehive in Nepal being harvested for honey from travel photographer Andrew Newey. That's a lot of bees!

Do you shoot RAW? If you don't know what that is and how it can impact your workflow, you'll want to check out this instructional video from Photography Concentrate. 

If you're still new to the photography industry (or just want to avoid some duh-moments!), check out this post from Digital Photography School. They cover 10 simple things you can quickly do to help improve your output. 

Here's a unique technique for photographers that you may not have considered before! Canon Blogger shows you how you can create a black background using flash, and why you'd want to. It may sound counter-intuitive, but check it out... it really works! 

Have you tried out timelapse photography yet? If you've ever been curious how to do it, this tutorial on Planet 5d will get you started. Photographer Dustin Farrell gives you a behind the scenes look of how he creates night sky timelapses. 

Last but not least, we end the roundup with some inspiration and beautiful landscape imagery. The Photo Argus has collected an awesome array of city skyline photos sure to get your creativity going. Enjoy!

There you have it, our favorite blog posts of the week! Don't forget that you can share your own posts, or others that you have enjoyed, on theLoop
Here at PPA, we're devoted to always helping you be more as a professional photographer. With that in mind, here are 10 photography blogs from the week of Feb. 23-28, 2014, that we hope will inspire you.

In this article, Shutterbug gathers insights from several pro photographers on the state of the family portrait business. If you create family portraits, you'll find some interesting points in the piece. >>

We all could use a laugh now and then, and this blog certainly made us giggle. It's exactly what it sounds like - flowers from the bouquet toss photos have been edited out and replaced with cats. Get ready to laugh! >>

Crusade for Art is an organization that aims to educate, inspire, and support artists to create unique, approachable programs that bring new audiences to art and allow them to engage with art in a meaningful way (along the same lines as PPA's See The Difference Campaign). As part of their mission, Crusade for Art is offering a $10,000 grant for the photographer who can come up with the most innovative idea to connect people to your photography. Applications are due April 1, so if you've got a great idea enter today! >>

PetaPixel pointed out a fascinating research project based on Instagram photos. Phototrails uses Instagram photos to map out current cultural trends and presents them in cool infographics. It's a neat way that photography is being used in a way you may never have considered. Oh, and did you know that even the Dalai Lama is now on Instagram? >>

Here's an inspiring post from Demilked for wedding photographers. These photos have tons of emotional impact as we rarely picture the groom trying to control his emotions! >>

Wondering how to correct Chromatic Aberration (that colored halo in your images, usually surrounding a dark object placed against a bright background, like a mountain against the sky)? Photofocus has a great tutorial to help you overcome this issue. >>

If you shoot for iStock, you'll want to read up on this issue! Fstoppers explains how iStock ended up overpaying photographers, and how they are trying to collect the extra payments back from you. Needless to say, it's caused quite a debate. >>

Whether you're trying to get into the pet photography market or already do this type of work, these tips from Digital Photography School are worth a look. >>

Is anyone NOT using a tablet quite yet? This video from Photography Concentrate might be for you. It shows how using one can help speed up your workflow! Once you try, you probably won't go back, at least not for photo-editing! >>

Do you shoot basketball, gymnastics or other indoor sports in your photography business? You'll find some useful tips in this guide from Strobist. >>

There you have it, our favorite blog posts of the week! Don't forget that you can share your own blog posts, or others that you have enjoyed, on theLoop.

Here at PPA, we're devoted to always helping you be more as a professional photographer. With that in mind, here are 10 photography blogs from the week of January 26, 2014 that we think will help inspire and educate you. 

Skip Cohen University examines the relationship between gear and your work. Just because you have great gear it doesn't necessarily translate to great images, and in this post Skip provides tips for when and why you should consider buying new gear. >>

A great post for anyone who recently turned pro. New pro Rob Hackett shares with Digital Photography School the lessons he learned his first year as a full-time photographer. >>

It looks like the iPhone camera may be soon be getting an upgrade. PetaPixel breaks the news on Apple's patent for removable iPhone camera lenses, complete with proposed designs. It's an interesting bit of news for any photographer! >>

Here's a post sure to generate some discussion! Brandsmash compiles a list of the 30 most influential wedding and portrait photographers, including a few PPA members! What do you think of their choices? >>

Photographer Trevor Daley shares an insightful piece on looking after your health when you are on the road photographing weddings in this post for Fstoppers. >>

DIY Photography discusses the importance of being able to capture an image with the correct exposure in-camera and not always relying on Photoshop fixes in post-processing. They also share some tips for capturing the correct exposure. >>

If you've ever wondered about when to use Black & White for an image, you'll want to check out this quick, easy tip from PhotoFocus. >>

Looking for easy posing ideas for newborn photography? This post from Photography Concentrate provides some quick and easy poses you can set up using a newborn and their parents! >>

If you've ever been curious about the inner-workings of your camera, this is a fun post. LensRentals deconstructs a Sony A7R for PetaPixel and points out the various features. It's certainly a new way to look at a camera! >>

This video from SmugMugFilms covers Jessica Ambats, an air-to-air photographer (meaning she takes photos of planes from planes) and instrument-rated pilot based in Santa Monica. It's a unique, exciting brand of photography as you'll see in the video. >>

There you have it, our favorite blog posts of the week! Don't forget that you can share your own blog posts, or others that you have enjoyed, on theLoop. 
Happy New Year! As you begin another year in your photography business, here are some of the top discussions on theLoop from December. Hopefully, some of these discussions will bring some inspiration for 2014!

PPA members share their photography, business and personal goals for 2014. Chime in and see what your peers are striving for this year. 

Long-time pros talk about how things used to be done before digital photography, and what techniques they miss from this age. 

PPA members discuss different hard drives they use and why they prefer them. If you're in the market for a hard drive, this is a discussion you won't want to miss. 

Imaging USA is right around the corner, and this discussion is all about first-timers attending Imaging USA and what they are looking forward to! Dive in and network with some fellow photographers before the conference. 

Sports photographers share their techniques for swim team group and individual photos. There's a lot covered here, from posing to lighting. 

Don't forget, theLoop is PPA's community where members can discuss various photography topics! Not a PPA member? Join today.
It's Friday, which means it's time for an update on some of the great photography content we've found around the web! We hope these blog posts will help inspire you and help you sharpen your photography techniques and business practices. 

Here are ten posts from the week of December 15, 2013:

Photographer Has Blower Confiscated by TSA Because it 'Could Fly Like a Missile'
Here's a post from PetaPixel that will make you laugh, but it's also worth paying attention to for flying with your gear. Check it out.

How Photography Gels Are Made
This video from DIY Photography gives a behind the scenes look at how photographic gels are created. It's an interesting new perspective on a piece of photography equipment you may use regularly. Watch the video.

Secrets to Crafting Top-Quality Beauty Portraits: Studio Lighting 
A great post for the portrait photographers out there! Fstoppers provides lighting advice for creating great portraits. Read the advice.

Tips to Protect your Gear in Harsh Weather Conditions 
If you shoot outdoors during the winter, this post is for you. Digital Photography School provides tips for keeping your equipment in good working condition in harsh elements. Check out the tips.

How to Email Photographs in Lightroom
Here's some good advice for Lightroom users to help improve your workflow. Photography Life shows you how you can email images from within Lightroom, instead of exporting them first. Read the post.

Without Reservation: A Recommended Gear List 
If you're new to the photography business, you may want to check out this list from Strobist. From Cameras to Lighting Systems, Strobist shares their recommendations for professional photography gear. Read the list.

Shooting From a Moving Car -- A First Look 
This post from PhotoFocus looks at a type of photography you may never have considered: hyperlapse, the shooting of a timelapse from a moving vehicle. Photographer Richard Harrington shares how he built a unique hands-free system for capturing this type of photography. Check it out.

7 Things Yousuf Karsh Can Teach You About Photography 
Photography Concentrate spoke to famed portrait artist Yousuf Karsh about his 67 year long career and what he's learned. The lessons he shares can inspire those stuck in a rut. Read the interview.

2013 Year In Pictures 
This post from the Boston Globe's photography blog will be fascinating to photojournalists and those looking for inspiration alike. They share some of the top news images of the year. Check out Part 1 and Part 2.

Infographic: A Timeline Of The 100 Most Important Cameras Ever Made
Fast Company's Timeline of the 100 Most Important Cameras Ever Made is an awesome look at photography history that all photographers should find interesting. Do you agree with their choices? Check out the timeline. 

There you have it! Happy reading and we hope that you find some inspiration. Don't forget that members can access PPA's social network theLoop to share photography ideas as well.

It's Friday, which means it's time for an update on some of the great photography content we've found around the web! We hope these blog posts will help inspire you and help you sharpen your photography techniques and business practices. 

Here are ten posts from the week of December 2, 2013:

An Intro to Adventure Sports Photography: 10 Photographers You Need to Check Out
Peta Pixel features several sports photographers making a name for themselves in this post. There's some great imagery from these photographers that may help inspire you sports photographers out there! Read the post.

How to Wirelessly Tether Your Camera to Lightroom 
Looking to improve your workflow for large scale photo shoots? Check out this post from Imaging USA instructor Benjamin Von Wong on a good method for wirelessly tethering your camera to Lightroom for quick processing.

Determining If A Photo Should Be Left In Color Or Converted To Black And White
How do you know if an image has the most impact in black and white or in color? FStoppers shares advice for making this decision, culled from many photographers. Read these tips.

Tips for Overcoming Shyness as a Photographer 
Good communication is vital to creating the images your clients want and keeping them happy. But what do you do if you're shy and don't like directing people during a photo shoot? DIY Photography shares advice for overcoming shyness in this post.

Creative Uses for a Wide Angle Lens 
PhotoFocus turns to photographer Thomas Shue to share how he uses wide angle lenses. Find out ways to use wide angle lenses that you may never have considered for portraiture, landscape photography and more. Read the post.

Are You a Light Snob? 
Do you give up on an image when the lighting just can't be perfect? This post from Photography Concentrate by Lauren Lim is for you! Find out how to create great images in even so-called "bad lighting" situations. Read the advice. 

5 Tips for Successful HDR Photos
HDR has become popular among photographers and can be a valuable product for you. Read these tips from Digital Photography School on how to create great HDR photography. 

18 Minimalist Winter Pictures
Looking to do winter landscape photography? This post from Photography Blogger shows what you can do with even the bleakest of winter landscapes. Get inspired.

A Magic Tip from Peter Hurley to Improve Your Headshot Photography
This post is great for any photographer that does portraiture. Photographer Peter Hurley shares tips to create more creative headshots in this post on the Photo Argus. Check it out.

Jiha Moon and Kombo Chapfika Debate Fair Use
Creative Loafing examines an issue that affects photographer's copyrights - when appropriating and drastically changing another's copyrighted work is it considered fair use? This article tells the story of two artists in Atlanta and their stance on the issue. Read the article.

There you have it! Happy reading and we hope that you find some inspiration. Don't forget that members can access PPA's social network theLoop to share photography ideas as well. 
Happy Thanksgiving! While you recover from your turkey-induced coma, here are November's top conversations on theLoop:

Join the conversation as photographers discuss who they'd love to photograph (famous or not) and the settings they'd photograph that person in. 

Share your opinion about why photographers should attend Imaging USA, regardless of what point you are at in your career. 

What item is a must-have for you when you're out on a photography assignment? You might be surprised by some of the useful ideas!

theLoop community shares their ideas on studio lighting setups that can supplement ambient light and off camera flash. 

Photographers share why they prefer the Nikon D4 DSLR or the Nikon D800 DSLR. Do you use one of these cameras? Chime in! 

Don't forget, theLoop is PPA's community where members can discuss various photography topics! Not a PPA member? Join today. 
Here at PPA, we always encourage photographers to constantly seek ways to improve their photography techniques, inspiration and business practices. To help you continue to be more, we'll be providing weekly round-ups of interesting and useful photography blog posts from around the web. 

So, without further ado, here are ten recent articles and posts we thought might be interesting for our photography friends. All from last week (week of November 4th, 2013). 

Is Camera Design Important?
The Photography Life blog dives into why camera design matters and how it can impact your work. Some of you will agree, while others may think that camera design boils down to marketing. We think there's no single correct answer, how about you? Read the post. 

10 Photography Lighting Tutorials From Beginners to Pros
Great photography can't happen without great lighting. All photographers could use some lighting advice from time to time. That's why we like DIY Photography's round-up of ten lighting tutorials that cover basic to advanced techniques. 

The Power of "No"
Visual artists always strive to give clients what they want, but occasionally you need to say no to a client idea or demand! It's not an easy thing to do. Stillmotion Blog provides tips for how videographers can say no and how to turn your no into an opportunity for creating an even stronger product for your client. Even if you only shoot still, these lessons still apply. Read the post. 

Ask A Retoucher: Questions From The Industry, Answered By A Retoucher 
Fstoppers answers questions from photographers about retouching in this Q&A. Post production is part of 99.9% of photographers' work these days and there's always a way to improve workflow, results and speed.

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.

 

PPA Members: Would you be interested in a camera with WiFi and GPS?

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?



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