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By David Eun

Drones are here and ready to take your photography to new heights - literally! But, we have to be honest with ourselves and realize they are complex, expensive pieces of equipment; it's not a toy (per se). We mention this because PPA wants to ensure all of our drone photographers fully understand the ins-and-outs of drone capabilities and limitations to ensure safety and fun!

So, how do you fly a drone?

PPAedu presents Flying Your Drone, hosted by returning faces Randy Braun and Stacy Garlington! From preflight safety checklists to how to land, the duo overviews every detail in regards to effectively taking phenomenal photos from the skies. Check it out now!

The only way to access these helpful videos is through your PPA membership. As a PPA member you can access these videos anywhere, anytime. Between PPAedu and PhotoVision, photographers who have a PPA membership can tap into hundreds of programs to help them Be More! Get full access to all the PPAedu and PhotoVision videos.


By David Eun

PPA believes photographers should consistently improve their skills. A superb resource to help you refine your craft is our 500+ video tutorials database: PhotoVision. Check out our Free Video of the Month, "Simplified Location Lighting"!

In this video, Ed Pierce and Lori Nordstrom take a high school senior on a photo shoot that spans three gorgeous outdoor locations. They instruct on both natural and high-speed sync flash lighting, and how to combine them in order to get beautifully lit images. They also discuss how to compose inventive and unique images in common locations.

PhotoVision is a ginormous photography-learning library that offers photographers education and solutions through cinematic HD videos from some of the biggest names in the industry. PPA photographers get PhotoVision streaming...absolutely free! And because we want all photographers to Be More, PPA unlocks one PhotoVision video each month so you can share it with your non-member friends. Go ahead, share and show them why they should join PPA today!

By Chris Homer

Whether you are a pro or new to the industry, you have an easy way to enhance your skills
 thanks to PhotoVision videos! These HD videos give you a behind-the-scenes look at the techniques used by well-known photographers. Don't believe it? Check out the latest videos from Sue Bryce and Beth Forester!

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Understanding how to build a price list is just as important as learning the technical side of photography. In this video, Sue Bryce goes over the evolution of pricing and the lessons she has learned over the years as a professional photographer. You'll learn how she develop her price lists and how you too can reflect your confidence and value as an artist while  reaching your desired average sales. You will get an insider's take on Sue Bryce's thoughts on sustainability and how to to make your upscale packages more appealing to your clients.

Sue Bryce

Keeping it real: Sue Bryce shares in this PhotoVision episode how she once struggled with public speaking and her personal appearance and how she overcame these challenges to become a leader in her community and community of photographers around the world. You'll get her insights as she explains the importance of recognizing your power and your strengths, and how, once you've harvested that awareness, this will boost your confidence and help you find your voice.

Beth Forester

Beth shares with you how she has created an upscale boutique studio in a town with a population of just 3,000. You'll learn why marketing to high school seniors should be thought as marketing to two distinct demographics at once, and how your business can benefit from it. She'll take you on a deep dive about how effective promotional calls to existing clients can be and show you how she books new sessions nearly 4 out of every 5 times!

PhotoVision is included with your PPA membership. That alone represents savings of $199/year! So, what are you waiting for? Head over to and begin streaming classes today... for FREE! If you're not a member of PPA, consider joining 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.

Did you know that PPA offers a personalized, online education platform? With PPAedu, you are able to create a program that best fits you and your business needs from an extensive library with hundreds of educational videos.

And it's free! That's right, as a PPA member, you can access these videos any time, any day! If you have photographer friends who aren't PPA members but would enjoy this video, share it! PPAedu unlocks a video for everyone to view each month. But be sure to hurry and share because non-members will only be able to access this video during October!

In "Photographing Reflective Surfaces", commercial food photographer Joe Glyda demonstrates how to manipulate light on reflective surfaces by lighting your subject's background and using cards to get rid of black lines. In this session, Joe photographs three different reflective surfaces: a watch, a trophy, and a reflective background. Watch this episode to gain insight how to photograph difficult reflective images!

Non-members will have access to this video the entire month of October, but can get FREE access to all the videos by joining PPA today!

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Drones are everywhere you look, including PPA's educational library! PPAedu has an extensive library filled with hundreds of educational videos on topics that interest professional photographers. Aside from being interesting, these videos are packed with loads of information to help you brush up on, or learn more about photography. In this case, drone photography!

Buying Your Drone: What You Need to Know with Randy Braun & Stacy Garlington from DJI! First time buying a drone? Watch this video and learn which features you should be looking for when buying your first drone Learn important key features to look for: price, camera and lens quality, etc. and how to choose a drone that fits your needs. 

The only way to access these helpful videos is through your PPA membership. As a PPA member you can access these videos anywhere, anytime. Between PPAedu and PhotoVision, photographers who have a PPA membership can tap into hundreds of programs to help them Be More! Get full access to all the PPAedu and PhotoVision videos.

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By David Eun 

Professional photography can be a stressful profession. Studios come and go all the time, and no photographer desires to live from paycheck to paycheck. That's why we ensure you have the knowledge you need to run a fulfilling business! 

PPA's free webinar tomorrow - hosted by Bruce Hudson, M.Photog.Cr, and Charles Hudson - delves into photography business strategy. Particularly, the Hudson team will use their 45 years of combined experience to educate viewers on how to effectively identify and market towards key clients as well transform those clients into long-term patrons for your company. 

This webinar is open to ALL photographers, both beginner photographers seeking to become full-timers and also experienced ones desiring to rejuvenate their struggling businesses. The webinar begins tomorrow (9/28) at 2:00 pm ET. Register today and hopefully we'll see you then!

By James Yates

01-17-PPA-Imaging-Tue-6016.jpgPPA's 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 doesn't start until the new year, but 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 2018's Business Challenge group. Consider it the next big step toward success for your business!

by James Yates
PPAedu gives you 24/7 access to over 350 HD tutorial videos designed to educate you on all things photography and business. With new videos added every month, you are sure to find a video that fits you.

PPAedu is FREE to all members, and is just one of the many great resources that come with being a member. It's a learning opportunity that's too great to turn down, especially since the newest lineup of PPAedu videos, sponsored by Profoto, features none other than Tony Corbell as the instructor! The theme is how to "take control" of your photography and career. 

Tony has been involved in professional photography since 1979 when his first studio position was with his sister and her husband in West Texas.  Since then, he has moved through an almost inspired life that has included traveling and lecturing in more than twenty countries, has photographed three U.S. presidents, 185 world leaders at the United Nations, sports celebrities, almost 800 brides and grooms, and a handful of NASA astronauts. In 2012, Tony passed a major milestone having taught more than 600 seminars and workshops nationally and internationally. In 2008/09 alone, Tony spoke to over 9,000 photographers in 36 cities throughout the world including London, Glasgow, Dublin, Toronto, Vancouver, Mexico City, Sydney and many more U.S. cities. 2010 - 2012 was again busy with Tony traveling to Germany, Las Vegas, Nashville, New York, Dubai, London, Halifax, Nova Scotia, and many more than 30 U.S. cities teaching photographic lighting and image workflow processes and practices. His Basic Studio Lighting book from publisher Random House (AmPhoto) has been popular worldwide and is the basis for numerous photographic college lighting courses. Tony has written articles in nearly every major photographic magazine in the U.S., Japan, the U.K., and China.

Check out these PPAedu videos now! 

In this segment of Taking Control with Tony Corbell, PPAedu lighting expert, Tony Corbell Cr. Photog., API showcases different ways that color can impact your portraits. Matching clothing colors, opposing colors, and how to maintain creative control while on location will be discussed throughout this episode as Tony helps you navigate through unfamiliar terrain and illustrates the predictability of exposure with gels. Sponsored by Profoto!

Not everyone has the luxury of either owning or being able to afford multiple lights, but don't let that deter you!  Join PPA edu lighting expert, Tony Corbell Cr. Photog., API, as he walks you through the diverse range you can have with a single light in your studio to get the most bang for your buck. This episode will be the first in a series devoted to lighting and this tutorial has been designed to showcase several very clever ways of working with only one light source. Discover how to utilize your full lighting, learn to create depth and dimension by means of light and shadow, and plan ahead so you can focus on keeping your full attention on your client rather than fixing your equipment along the way. Sponsored by Profoto!

Visit our website to learn more about PPAedu, and see how you can start your education plan to make you and your business more successful!

By Chris Homer

Get ready to connect and grow with fellow photographers in this year's Fall Super 1 Day!
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The online registration deadlines is rapidly approaching for Super 1 Day, October 2-16, when dozens of studios across the country will host all day, peer-to-peer education workshops that enhance skills and help photographers build a better business. Be sure to register by September 28 for the lowest price!  

This is peer-to-peer education at its very best: more than 150 all-day learning sessions created by photographers, for photographers. 

Participants will have the opportunity to experience classes like:

  • Building your business: pricing and marketing strategies
  • Finding your niche: seniors, children, newborns, weddings, landscape, boudoir, etc.
  • Learning lighting patterns, equipment, and setups for studio and on-location, 
  • Discovering techniques for Photoshop® & Lightroom®
  • And much, much more!

These don't even include the workshops on different post-production methods and posing techniques, becoming a certified professional photographer (CPP), or branding and sales knowledge. The point is, if you want to learn it, there's probably a Super 1 Day class for it!

In addition to what you'll learn, these classes also help you get closer to earning an official photographic degree! PPA members earn one service merit for each paid attendance, which go toward earning a degree.

All Super 1 Day Photo Workshops will be held October 2-16, 2017. Hurry and sign up today and you'll save $21 off the full, on-site registration price! 

You have three easy ways to register:

  • ONLINE: Register online for only $99 through September 28, 2017.
  • BY PHONE: Call your PPA Customer Service team at 1-800-786-6277 to register by phone until September 28, 2017, for only $99.
  • or ONSITE: All registrations after September 28, 2017 must be completed onsite and in-person for $120. Please contact the instructor prior to going on location to ensure there is space available.

With more than 150 classes offered across the country this fall, you are sure to find one in your area! So browse the schedule at, and register for a workshop near you!

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.


by David Eun 

Does your photography business seem to feel stuck in its tracks lately? You have the drive and the willingness to take your company to new heights, but you're unsure of the tangible steps to take to make it happen? Then do we have an announcement for you

PPA is hosting a free webinar tomorrow regarding strategies to drastically expand your business. And with a combined 80-plus years of modern photography business experience, guest speakers Todd Lewis and Charles Lewis, M.Photog.Cr., A-ASP, will be covering a range of topics, including - but not limited to - garnering long-term clients and securing personal free time for rest and relaxation. 

All photographers of any skill level and/or style are welcomed to join. Furthermore, PPA members will be able to replay the talk two weeks after the initial broadcast as many times as humanly possible! The webinar will begin tomorrow (9/26) at 1:00 pm ET, so register today to tune in for all the keen insight our speakers have to offer. Hope to see you there!


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