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by Mayo Lawal

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When was the last time you were on theLoop? If you are trying to remember, you should probably head over to see what everyone's buzzing about.

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. This is one of the many great reasons to join PPA today!

Lots of great discussions have been happening, so here are a few of the top posts from the first half of October.

Watermark Complaint

This Looper wants to know if there's anything wrong with putting your logo or watermark on a purchased image. Apparently, a customer expressed his displeasure with the photographer's logo being on the images he paid for.  Even if you don't have an opinion on this, you have got to check out the interesting and insightful feedback from fellow photographers so far!

Finding Headshot Clients

Who would you contact to find out if a company needs headshots of their staff? This Looper is asking if the Human Resources or PR departments are appropriate contacts for this cause. What do you think?

The Trick No One Tells You to Get Through Airport Security with Your Gear - Fast!

If you are thinking of travelling with your gear anytime soon, this Looper has some tips for you based on personal experience - and coming from someone who flew over 50 hours through 8 airports in 6 countries on 3 different continents, you may not want to ignore this one!

Website Company

This Looper wants to change their website, but isn't sure what website company to go with. Do you know any? If not, you can certainly find some in the responses given so far.

Celebrity Protocol

Have you photographed a celebrity before? If so, this Looper is wondering if accepting a "trade" to use her images,with due credit, on their website and social media with thousands of followers, instead of payment is a great idea. Is it?

And there you have 'em, the top posts from theLoop! Check them out, provide some feedback, and perhaps even learn something new! Be sure to visit theLoop frequently as new discussions are posted daily.


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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 the back half of September. Check them out, provide some feedback, and perhaps even learn something new!

A Looper shoots the photos for her friend's dog-adventures book. Now that the book is going to print and the friend's lawyer thinks it will be a success, the lawyer wants the Looper to fill out a Work-for-Hire contract instead of a Licensing Agreement. Hmmm. Read to the end because this story does have a happy (and amicable) ending!

This photographer is entering the videographer game and wants all the advice he can get. Which video editing services do you use or are editing the work yourself? There's a lot of time and effort that goes into video production. Check out all the tips offered for those just getting started in video. 

Sometimes members come to theLoop to ask for a straightforward comparison. This Looper is looking for information on laminating prints vs luster coating.  Is this the same thing?  Do both replace the need for glass in framed products?

One Looper who uses Photoshop CS5 wants to know if it's time to start shooting in RAW over jpeg. He's wondering if images are easier to touch up in RAW. What do you think the community said?

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 David Eun

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When it comes to success, Yale University historian - George Burton Adams - once remarked, "There is no such thing as a 'self-made' man [or woman]. We are made up of thousands of others." 

Professional Photographers of America (PPA) is the world's largest non-profit photography association with over 30,000 members under its banner. Whether you're already a member or on the fence, PPA connects you with like-minded photographers around the globe, providing you with virtually unlimited resources to resolve any problem that comes your way. 

You're using theLoop and have registered for Super 1 Day, but where else are you turning to get your updates on what's happening in PPA's daily orbit? Here are some of the many outlets you have at your fingertips to keep you consistently informed: 


  • PPA Today Blog If you're looking for stories regarding anything photography, the PPA Today blog is your go-to. From coverage of speakers at 2018's Imaging USA conference to PPA's Weekly Roundup (our post highlighting the biggest photography stories of each week) PPA Today provides all the information you could ask for and then some.


  • PPA Advocacy Copyright laws can be tricky. That's why PPA regularly travels to Capitol Hill, pushing for more rights and increased protection for photographers. Have an inquiry regarding the copyright side of the photo business? Here is a great place to find answers.

  • PPA Drones PPA knows drones are one thing above anything else: Awesome. Check out PPA's Drone Knowledge Center to become a Certified Drone Photographer, learn your legal drone rights, or simply figure out how to get started incorporating drones into your photography business. PPA lives for drones, so get started today! 


As a nonprofit, PPA's mission is to help you constantly improve and watch your career not only grow, but thrive. That's why PPA enjoys sharing rich information to its members for them to utilize or share with others. And as a PPA member, you can guarantee we will always aspire to help you make it happen!

David Eun is the newest Marketing Intern at Professional Photographers of America (PPA). A Boston University alumnus, David earned a B.S. in Advertising and has found himself at PPA, hoping to take his communication skills to the next level! Outside of work, you'll find him training Mixed Martial Arts, hiking, touring museums and saving up to purchase his favorite dog - Doberman Pinscher!

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By David Eun

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theLoop is an online platform where PPA members can discuss and share all things related to photography as well as connect with fellow photographers of various styles and backgrounds.

We aren't exaggerating -- posting a question on any one of our countless message boards will most certainly result in a spirited discussion. Why?

Because you are interacting with thousands of professionals eager and able to help you make your career the best it can be. You could talk about the latest app to effectively automate your Instagram posts. You could ask about how you should price your photography services. You are part of a worldwide family, and family takes care of each other! Seriously: Ask anything.

Don't believe me? Check out some of these trending topics on theLoop!

 

  • WEDDING CONTRACT PPA Member Alexander M. faced a situation where a client and her fiancé signed a wedding contract with him but later changed their minds. He asked how he could refine his contracts to ensure more client commitment.

  • WEBSITE Michelle M. felt displeased with her current website's quality on WordPress and inquired as to others' opinions on PhotoBiz as a suitable replacement.

  • TO GO, OR NOT TO GO, MIRRORLESS A fresh trend in the photography world is the switch from DSLR cameras to mirrorless ones. Kenneth P. wished to see if others shared his bittersweet vibes on the new craze. (Kenneth seemed a bit more reluctant.)

  • COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT Anthony J. faced arguably the biggest headache of all photographers: Copyright Infringement. However, Anthony sought the aid of his PPA community by asking how he could turn this inconvenient situation into a business-advantageous one.

 

PPA takes pride in providing a top-notch community to its photographers. With that said, theLoop is at the disposal of every PPA member as an open forum for a range of resources. If you haven't checked theLoop out yet, we strongly encourage you to do so. Who knows! You could have a debate going on in your head right now that's only a few minutes away from being resolved. 

David Eun is the newest Marketing Intern at Professional Photographers of America (PPA). A Boston University alumnus, David earned a B.S. in Advertising and has found himself at PPA, hoping to take his communication skills to the next level! Outside of work, you'll find him training Mixed Martial Arts, hiking, touring museums and saving up to purchase his favorite dog - Doberman Pinscher!

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By Bethany Clark

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

This photographer is up to his wit's end with his highly-wrinkled muslin backdrops for portraits. Every time he does a photo shoot, he spends hours taking out wrinkles in Photoshop. Log in to make a suggestion, or find one for yourself!

This Looper seeks an inexpensive strobe recommendation to fit in with the setup she already has (without also requiring the purchase of a new soft box), and preferably be portable and inexpensive. This lively thread produced several responses!

This photographer is looking for ideas to make her vendor booth more interactive and interesting. What has worked well for you? Got any tips for her?

In this discussion, a member is making the move from printing with WHCC to printing in-house. It's a big jump, and she's got questions about set up and replacement parts!

Remember to check out theLoop, a safe and protected online community where PPA members can discuss a range of photography topics. Not a PPA member? Join here!

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By Autumn Rice

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theLoop is a fun and interactive way for PPA photographers to build their network, get industry advice, and learn some good business practices .
 
Need to know about lighting and posing? Post it on theLoop! Interested in new technology? Post it on theLoop! Questions about pricing? You guessed it, post it on theLoop! Your peers can give advice about all of your pressing industry questions, and the best part is they're professionals just like you. 

theLoop is also a great way to connect with PPA. There are always competitions, giveaways, prizes, and photography information posted by PPA to get members involved in the network. You can also post questions to PPA on theLoop, and get an official answer from a PPA team member.

Navigating your way around theLoop can be intimidating, but we've got a few tips to help you join theLoop's community. 

1. Introduce Yourself. Introducing yourself and your business is a great way to connect with photographers from around the world, or even a few in your own backyard! 

2. Be interactive. theLoop community is filled with photographers asking questions and giving advice. In order for you to be a part of the community, you must be involved. Post your questions and comments, and respond to others. Before you know it, you've added several photographers to your network!

3. Talk to PPA. There are several member-only competitions, prizes, and giveaways on theLoop. When you get involved, make posts, and respond to PPA messages, you make yourself eligible to win free goodies from PPA!

4. Check theLoop often. There are loads of new posts on theLoop every day, and the more you check the network, the more you'll find posts to respond to or even get ideas about posts that you want to make.

5. Don't be afraid to post. If you have a question, comment, or concern about your photography business or the industry as a whole, theLoop is the perfect place to post it. theLoop is a safe, photographer-only forum for you to express your concerns. The photography community is very welcoming and we want to hear what you have to say, so don't be afraid to post!

These tips are sure to have your notifications off the charts. Check in at theLoop.PPA.com to see more tips, discussions, recommendations, and to ask your peers questions you need answered! Remember, theLoop is a safe and protected online community where PPA members can discuss a range of photography topics. Not a PPA member? Join here!



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

In this discussion, members share photography props and gear they've created themselves. Check it out and be inspired to create your own!

A photographer is looking for advice on how to change her business name. If you've gone through this before, share the steps you took - and if you're thinking about changing your business name, start by reading this thread!

Photographers chime in on their favorite SD cards in this thread. If you're in the market for a new SD card, take a look before you buy. 

What is the best lens size to use for real estate photography? Share your opinion in this discussion!

If you've got a corporate event to photograph, be sure to read this discussion! In it, photographers share their pricing advice for corporate events.

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 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!


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 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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