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By Chris Homer

Each month, one PPAedu video is unlocked for anyone to watch (not just PPA photographers!), because PPA believes in the power of education for all. PPAedu is a library of 300+ video tutorials on photography techniques and business best practices available for PPA members 24/7 as part of their membership. And with the recent addition of PhotoVision, there are even more courses (a total of 1,100!) for PPA photographers to watch on demand at no extra cost. 

July's unlocked video is great for photographers looking to improve their marketing. One aspect of strong marketing is having a consistent brand for your photography business. If you're not sure where to start building your brand, July's video is a perfect place to start. 

In "Bring Out Your Brand," PPA's CEO and marketing pro David Trust takes you through the intricacies of what makes a brand and how you can build yours!

If you're with PPA, log in to watch the video. Non-members can access this video throughout July at PPA.com/TryEdu. If you want full access to all the PPAedu + PhotoVision on-demand videos, join PPA now!


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About 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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PPA instructor and sales guru Jeff Dachowski, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, is dropping some free advice this Thursday, June 25, 2pm ET, and if you want to Be More Profitable, don't miss it! The webinar is all about Selling to Out-of-Town Clients.

Jeff will discuss all aspects of long-distance sales, from how to set the stage with the first phone call to the final delivery of portraits! You'll learn how to set and manage client expectations, maintain control of the session and use technology to your advantage.

Check out the full class description and Jeff's bio then register! It's FREE and open to both PPA photographers and nonmembers alike. If you're looking to become a master of the sale--this is the class for you!

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By John Owens

You might have heard, PhotoVision now comes as part of the PPA membership. The benefit gives photographers full access to PhotoVision's entire library of 800+ videos, 24/7 via web streaming. PPA members even get 50% off the DVDs and DVD sets!

And in fact, anyone can currently sample what the amazing educational program has to offer through PhotoVision Exposed, running now through June 30. 

To learn a little bit more about PhotoVision's origins, its mission and goals for the future, we chatted with founder, producer and longtime PPA photographer, Ed Pierce, M.Photog.Cr., CPP.

How did you come up with the idea for PhotoVision?

I had been a photographer for about 20 years prior to PhotoVision, and was pretty actively involved in education for at least 15 of those years. I was one of the earlier people to hit the road speaking and doing photographic education seminars. All education was platform at the time. A photographer would get on stage and present a slideshow. That was considered hands on teaching.

I came up with a concept of going on the road and filming photographers in their studios or on locations they would actually work in. Really it was just to give a truer, more realistic view of how people were conducting their businesses. It was a fly-on-the-wall experience that they couldn't otherwise get. I wanted it to be somewhat unvarnished. In a platform setting, you can pick your very best images and tell the story a little glossed over.

In the beginning, PhotoVision was a one day satellite uplink event called Portrait 2000. It was essentially a real-time Q&A, broadcast by teleconference to 80 venues across the country. We would deliver 1-hour VHS tapes of the recording every month. But it was very expensive to produce and we barely broke even; the last time we actually lost money.  

As a result, I hung up my hat on that and got back into my photography, but continued to receive great reviews from people on the events and tapes. People loved seeing actual working photographers in their real environments. And that's basically from where PhotoVision originated.

How has the video production changed?

By Chris Homer

Have you ever thought about becoming a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) or earning a PPA degree? These official marks of recognition will help you be more in-demand as they mean more than just being able to add a string of letters to the end of your name. Becoming a CPP or earning a degree is a great way to show your potential clients that you are a true professional photographer committed to constantly improving your craft - which means they can trust you to consistently create great imagery for them! 

The next webinar on this topic is FREE! On June 9 at 2 pm EST Christine Walsh-Newton, M.Photog.Cr., CPP,  goes over each step of the process in an online session called: "Certification, Competition, and Credentials: The Course for Continued Success". Christine will walk you through certification, photographic competition and degree programs and how they make a big difference in attaining various career and personal goals. Christine also de-mystifies each process and presents them in understandable terms so that you may incorporate one or more of them into your own goals.

It's a good way to get the low-down on PPA's Certification as well as the Master of Photography, Photographic Craftsman and Artist degrees, what it takes to add each of them to your resume and how they will help you become a better photographer. Prepare to be inspired and... amused!

Speaking of photographic competition, PPA's International Photographic Competition (IPC) is currently accepting entries, so if you're thinking of entering IPC this summer, this webinar couldn't come at a better time! 

The webinar is free to both PPA members and non-members to stream live, so sign up today. If you want to access the recorded version of this webinar (and more than 1,100 other PPAedu classes and PhotoVision videos), you've got to be with PPA. So join today! And don't forget to enter your images in the IPC!


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About 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 ever wanted to host a photography workshop? Well, if you have, your chance is here: Consider applying to be an instructor for PPA's Super 1 Day photography workshops this fall. It's a great chance to give back to the photography community by sharing your knowledge. 

What does your class need to be about? Anything photography or photography business related! In the past, instructors have taught classes featuring portrait and wedding photography techniques, posing and lighting, digital retouching and workflow, and sales and marketing strategies - so if you've got some special insight into a particular photography technique or business practice Super 1 Day is a great chance to bring fellow photographers into your studio, broaden your network or your reach and help raise the bar in the industry by sharing your knowledge. 

Better yet, if you're working towards earning a PPA degree, you'll get 2 speaking merits for hosting a Super 1 Day class. You can even earn some extra cash - Photographic Craftsman and Master Photographer instructors receive $50 per student after the 7th paid attendee.

The dates for the upcoming Super 1 Day are October 5-19, and you can host your class anytime during this range. Check out the FAQs for more information.

Super 1 Day instructor applications are due by June 29, so go ahead, Be More Adventurous and apply today!

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About 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

Each month, one PPAedu video is unlocked for anyone to watch (not just PPA photographers!), because we believe in the power of education for all at PPA. PPAedu is a library of 300+ videos full of advice on photography techniques and business practices available for PPA members 24/7 as part of their membership! And with the recent addition of PhotoVision, there are even more courses (a total of 1,100!) for PPA photographers to stream on demand at no cost. 

This month's unlocked video is perfect for photographers thinking about entering the International Photographic Competition (IPC) - especially if you've never entered a professional photographic competition before! 

The idea of having your images judged can seem intimidating. Don't fret! June's unlocked (yes, it's free!) video will help remove some of that fear: "Photographic Competition: How Images Are Judged".

In the video, Michael Timmons, M.Photog.M.Artist.Cr., CPP, F-ASP., covers the technical aspects of entering the competition (file size, calibration, etc.). He also explains how images are actually scored by the judges at IPC. From start to finish, you'll get a complete view of how the IPC works.

If you're a PPA member, log in to watch the video. Non-members can access the video during June at PPA.com/TryEdu. If you want full access to all the PPAedu courses and PhotoVision streaming videos, join PPA now! 

And don't forget that the IPC is currently accepting entries (through June 25 to avoid a late fee). We hope Michael Timmons' course will inspire you to Be More Creative and enter now!


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About 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

PPA's Super 1 Day Photography Workshops are returning May 4 - 18, 2015. During this time, dozens of studios across the country will invite attendees to join daily workshops featuring portrait and wedding photography, posing and lighting, digital retouching and workflow, and sales and marketing strategies. It's a chance you won't want to miss--a full day of photography education brought to you by fellow professional photographers.

This year, there's more than 100 workshops being offered on various techniques for photographers and business practices, so there's bound to be something that interests you... and hopefully not far from you! Online registration is open until April 28, 2015 for $99 per class. Make sure to register by that date, because after the 28th registration will be on-site only (at the class and space permitting) for $120 per class. So register early, allow the instructors to organize their groups properly with an advance headcount and save some good money! 

If you need more incentives besides the great photography education, keep in mind that PPA members that attend Super 1 Day classes will receive one service merit towards their degree for each class they attend. Plus, you also get the Bonus Pack, with offers and discounts from top photographic companies that will help you save more! 

Be More Inspired. Find a class near you today, and remember to register by April 28, 2015 for the lowest price! 


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About 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

PPA photographers have photography and business learning opportunities, educational programs and best practices through PPAedu and PhotoVision at their fingertips. But there are also a bunch of live webinars coming up in April and May, and these are OPEN TO ALL photographers, no PPA membership required! Check them out below:

April 16, 2015 - 2 pm EST
With Ashley Brooke
Skill Level(s): ALL

The first webinar in the Studio Makeover series is here! This year PPA is working with two lucky studios in all areas of their business, to give them a total "makeover". Follow their progress, challenges and changes. Updates will be posted right here on the blog and you will be able to watch monthly webinar updates to track this year-long process. It's a series worth paying attention to, as there will be strategies and business tactics you can apply to your business too.

With the nature of business changing as rapidly as it is, it's no wonder we consider Social Media our Business BFF. Having grown up in the photography industry, Ashley Brooke knows first-hand what works best and what doesn't! During this webinar, Ashley Brooke will share her tips and tricks for social media and branding, discovered in large part thanks to building a business from the ground up.

April 23, 2015 - 3 pm EST
With Lindsey Forson, PPA's Copyright & Government Affairs Coordinator
Skill Level(s): ALL

Copyright infringement is an important and often complicated issue for professional photographers. This webinar will help you understand what your intellectual property rights are as a photographer, how to protect your images from copyright infringements, and what to do when infringements occur. Join us on World Copyright Day for this webinar, free and open to ALL photographers to help you be more in control of your copyright and be more protected!

April 28, 2015 - 2 pm EST
With Clay Eads
Skill Level(s): ALL

This is a two-part series on outsourcing. In part I, Clay Eads will provide an in-depth look at the process and benefits of outsourcing your post-production workflow. You'll learn when it makes sense to outsource so that you're maximizing your time and finances! Clay will also cover what to expect when working with an editor during the outsourcing process. If you feel overwhelmed with all the tasks you need to accomplish, outsourcing may be a solution for you, so learn the basics during this webinar.
By Chris Homer

At PPA, one of our goals is to constantly provide benefits that help photographers Be More
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 as business owners and as artists. With that in mind, we're excited to introduce the newest benefit of being with the largest and strongest photography association - PhotoVision! 

PhotoVision is a premier online library of cinematic HD videos where photographers can learn, be inspired and find solutions from some of the biggest names in the industry. Now that PhotoVision is a part of PPA, members can stream more than 800 videos for FREE! Or if you're more of the DVD type (some of us really like to hold onto DVDs), if you're with PPA you'll also receive 50% off the PhotoVision DVDs. When adding PhotoVision to the existing PPAedu videos, you now have more than 1,100 educational videos at your fingertips to help you work on photography technique and develop your business and business skills... all INCLUDED with your PPA membership! 

Below you'll find previews for the 2015 PhotoVision releases. There's certain to be something for every photographer! Learn all about this new benefit at PPA.com/PhotoVision. Remember, you've got to be with PPA to get the free streaming, but you can also get a PhotoVision-only subscription. It's your choice... Join today




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About 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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What's This About?

This year PPA is working with two lucky studios in all areas of their business, to give them a total "makeover". Every facet of their businesses will be scrutinized to help them be more profitable. The makeover will touch on and improve their business model, branding, pricing, marketing, sales strategy, workflow efficiency and overall profitability--all based on the tools, information and resources set by PPA's Benchmark!

Follow these two studios' progress, challenges and changes. Updates will be posted right here on the blog and you will be able to watch monthly webinar updates to track this year-long process. It's a series worth paying attention to, as there will be strategies and business tactics you can apply to your business too.

"PPA is providing these makeovers to provide photographers with real-life accounts of how to be more profitable and to give studio owners actual takeaways they can use in their own businesses," said Angela Kurkian, PPA director of education. "It's an all-encompassing approach looking at sales, marketing, workflow and finances to see if the participants are set up to realistically reach their financial goals. PPA's team of mentors will work with them individually on a monthly basis to help them reach their goals."



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