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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!

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 Autumn Rice

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If you're interested in learning how to use lighting and lighting tools to improve your photographs, then this webinar is for you!
Join Tony L. Corbell, Cr.Photog., API as he discusses how you can best use photographic lighting to truly bring out the optimum quality in a portrait session. Light-shaping tools will be discussed as a major contributor to the creative process. With the use of numerous examples and diagrams, Tony will help attendees understand the importance of truly knowing our equipment. Softboxes, beauty dishes, umbrellas are all terms we have become familiar with; what we need to know is WHEN to use each of these tools and, perhaps as important, their exact placement.

This webinar is FREE and open to both PPA members and non-members alike, so register now and tune in tomorrow, May 4, 2017, at 2:00 pm ET!

By Autumn Rice
PPA always has the latest in photography news and education, and this month there are a few webinars that you just can't miss! PPAedu webinars are filled with useful information from credible industry experts about the most popular topics in the business.  From creative techniques that make your photos stand out, to how to run a top-notch photography business, we've got the webinars for you. And if life calls and you have to miss a scheduled live session, never fear. All live webinars are included in the PPAedu course library.
Here's a first look at what's on tap for this month's webinars!

Between Light and Shadow: In this webinar, Tony Corbell will discuss how you can best use photographic lighting to truly bring out the optimum quality in a portrait session. Light-shaping tools will be discussed as a major contributor to the creative process. With the use of numerous examples and diagrams, Tony will help attendees understand the importance of truly knowing our equipment. Softboxes, beauty dish, umbrellas are all terms we have become familiar with. What we need to know is WHEN to use each of these tools and perhaps as important, their exact placement.

Turn New Clients Into Lifelong Clients Before Their First Session!:  Struggling to create a lifelong relationship with your clients? Join instructor Kim Hartz as she discusses how to leverage the goodwill of past clients for powerful referrals. She will also reveal ways to uncover and easily overcome your client's objections and hesitations so they won't even consider working with another photographer. Find out the simple-but-powerful additions you can make to your client on-boarding process, creating a lasting impression and an out-of-this-world customer experience, and tips for creating genuine connection with your clients to help build a solid relationship based on mutual respect and trust. You'll take away all of this information on the secret of how to keep your clients coming back!

Making a Life and Living as a Fine Art Photographer: In this one-hour presentation, acclaimed photographer/artist Thomas Dodd will talk about the importance of influences and intentions, how to market yourself online and off, how to find, approach and work with galleries and other facets of the business of fine-art photography.

These webinars are a sure fit for your photography education, so don't forget to register. Visit to sign up today!  


By Autumn Rice

Need inspiration? PhotoVision has everything you're looking for and more! This great resource provides an all-access, behind the scenes look at the techniques used by some of the biggest named professionals in the world of photography. These videos cover a wide range of best practices to inspire every element of your business. The best part about PhotoVision is that it's free to PPA members.

Check out the latest release!

In this video, Beth Forester photographs a high school senior while she breaks down her in-studio lighting setups. As she progressively builds it up, the difference each light makes in an image is shown on camera. Beth shows how to use a softbox as a background to achieve an editorial look, and shares some tips on how to avoid having your model squint when using a fan and directly hitting them with light.

Want to see more? Hop on over to and begin exploring all the website has to offer. Not a PPA member but want access to PhotoVision? Right now, use the promo code PPA49 to receive a full year of PhotoVision for only $49. And when you become a PPA member you get all of PhotoVision online unlocked with your membership AND you get a 50% discount on all DVDs! 

Why wait? Join today!

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By Chris Homer

The portrait photographers out there would agree that there's a huge difference between posing
 and lighting women and men. Try to find a woman who genuinely never cringes before seeing herself in photos, and you understand your challenge as the photographer.

To help you out, in January PPAedu is offering for free to all photographers "Lighting and Posing Women"! In this class by Jen Hillenga, M.Photog.Cr, you'll see posing and lighting techniques that will ensure your female clients fall in love with their photos! Grab the video now, it's free on PPAedu through the end of January!

PPAedu is the online education platform for PPA photographers. There you'll find more than 300 videos on both photography technique and business practices to help you grow your studio, be more profitable and be more inspired!

You will also find a quick and easy self-assessment tool that allows you to build your own custom-fit learning program. And the best part of all is that as you take more and more PPAedu classes, you'll be able adjust that program so that it evolves with you as you continue to grow in photography!
Give it a try! This is a way for photographers to find videos on areas of photography where you could use a refresher course or learn something new. PPAedu comes as part of the PPA membership, so join today to access the 300+ video library. Try it now for free! Go ahead and dive in! It's your time to be more inspired.

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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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