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PPA Today: Imaging USA: September 2016 Archives

Imaging USA: September 2016 Archives

Students! Are you really serious about photography? Be a Student Volunteer at Imaging USA 2017 in San Antonio, January 8-10!

Want to become immersed in professional photography, and meet and network with 10,000+ professional photographers and industry specialists? You can do that, for FREE, as an Imaging USA Student Volunteer!

Share your time and enjoy:

  • Free lodging for four days and nights in San Antonio, Texas
  • Networking with 10,000+ top photographers
  • Photographic seminars with some of the most successful and renowned photographers
  • 600+ booth trade show and thousands of award-winning images at the International Photographic Exhibit
  • An exclusive student program and portfolio review
  • Lots of memories and fun! 

New this year: 

  • Saturday pizza dinner and food card for meals
  • Compete to win a one-year professional active PPA membership
  • Earn cash, prizes, and a ticket to the closing night party for outstanding performance

Fill out an application at If you have any questions call 800-786-6277 or email

By Tristin Vaccaro 

Imaging USA 2017 is right around the corner and we want to help you get San Antonio ready! Here are four handy videos with ideas and tips to get you as prepared as possible!

  • Get an overview of all the exciting things Imaging USA 2017 has to offer.
  • See all of the best San Antonio attractions and sights that await you.
  • Our staff will also give you some tips on how to make the best of Imaging USA.
  • And there's even a video with tips for first-time Imaging USA attendees to help you enjoy the experience from the moment you arrive. 
There is a bajillion reasons to go to Imaging USA. Share yours with us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, all at @ImagingUSA.

For more information on Imaging USA or to see these videos and more, visit

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Are you looking to take in some live demonstrations at Imaging USA? The Demo Class Track is guaranteed to give you a jolt of inspiration as you witness live demonstrations by top instructors. 

As you prepare for the world's largest pro-photography convention, keep these Demo Track classes in mind to catapult your business!

Take a behind-the-scenes look at the creation process from legend Tim Kelly. Experience a live demo as you discuss compositional dynamics and explore the challenges of posing techniques. Tim teaches you how to flatter a face, light your subject and create the right composition for amazing images. Composition, posing, lighting - it's all in here! Learn from the best!

Lighting With Conviction
Scott Detweiler
January 8
5:00 PM - 6:15 PM

Known as the only lighting course you will ever need, this class teaches how to create the look you envision and see in your mind. Stop worrying about what modifier you need and how many lights are required. Don't stress about how far away the subject is from the light and what you need to adjust. The answers to these and many more questions are at your fingertips. Learn how to think with light and capture the results you want. Scott Detweiler delivers an info-packed yet easily understood workshop that makes this one of his most popular subjects. This is a crowd you'll definitely want to join!

The Fine Art Composite Portrait
Mark Bryant, M.Photog., M.Artist.Cr.
January 8
6:45 PM - 8:00 PM

This class is about more than just taking good pictures. It's about the art, science and skill behind composite portraiture. You'll study the elements of lighting and discover how to use, manipulate and apply principles to achieve expert lighting. Discuss perspective and learn how to use your talent and your equipment for great shots. Then, delve into details like posing and props so that you bring detail and emotion into your portraits. Lastly, Instructor Mark Bryant walks you through the all-important postproduction processes. Explore color harmony, masking, sharpening and more as you learn how to bring all your hard work together for a fine art masterpiece!

Seniors... Think Differently...
Dan Rowe
January 8
6:45 PM - 8:00 PM

It seems every studio in town does senior portraits. This is your opportunity to learn how to do them better! Learn these simple, but effective ways to change it up as you explore lighting and posing techniques that are NOT what everyone else is doing. You'll even delve into some marketing techniques that will attract and keep new customers. Dan and Adrienne Rowe know senior photography and have built a career on not only doing it differently but doing it better. Learn how they do it and how you can too!

Boudoir photography isn't just about pictures. It's about finding your own confidence and courage and instilling the same in your clients. In this class, you'll delve into the power of this genre and how you can help change the lives of your clients as they discover their own power and beauty. Jen Rozenbaum finds inspiration from other powerful women, and uses this to help you grow your skills and your courage. As a photographer, you have the power to not only create an image of your client but to help define how they see themselves!

John Hartman, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, A-ASP,EA-ASP
January 9
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Discover what these cutting edge lighting techniques can do for your creativity, your talent and your business! John Hartman teaches you how to not only enhance your style but also how to separate yourself from your competitors. Cover topics like multiple-flash burst imagery for fast moving subjects, overpowering ambient light to create subject separation, and how to use light painting to create stunning images - and that's not all! Not only will you learn the concepts but explore how to add and incorporate them into your own distinctive style. Techniques, toolsets and implementation - it's all here, delivered in Hartman's unique, expert and engaging style.

Maternity Inspiration and Beyond
Dani Miller
January 9
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

This class isn't just about taking maternity photos; it's about creating timeless classics that mothers will treasure for years to come. Dani Miller shares her innovative, creative ideas for setups that will make memories, not just photos. You'll explore both natural light and studio lighting in action and learn posing techniques that inspire awesome images. Delve into how to build that bond between you and your client and how to cultivate that relationship for future sessions. It's not just about one client session, it's not just about a photograph - it's a complete artistic experience that Dani creates and delivers for her clients! Listen, learn and then do it yourself!

Beyond The Speed Light...New Sources, New Look, New Light
Russ Harrington
January 9
5:00 PM - 6:15 PM

For over 25 years, Russ Harrington has been THE Photographer for Country Music's biggest stars. In an everyday session, he has a very narrow timeframe to photograph a world-famous personality, including sets, makeup, wardrobe and location. Yet every shot is unique, dramatic and powerful. Spend some time with Russ and discover how he does what he does - and how you can too! Learn how your choice and use of lighting sources can define your distinct style. Delve into and really understand the nuances of strobes, ambient light, softboxes and more. During this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, Russ shares his secrets, lighting techniques and tips. You'll witness the impact that various sources can have and best of all, how to do it yourself. Enjoy Russ' expertise, his lighthearted style and his experience as he teaches you to do what he does - in your own way.

Simple Techniques for Posing People in Groups of 2 to 100...
Michele Celentano , Cr.Photog., CPP
January 9
5:00 PM - 6:15 PM

Whether you're working with a group of 2 or 100, posing is a key to any portrait's success. And while posing a group of people puts fear in most photographers, Michele is here to show you how it's done! If you work with weddings, families, corporate events, teams or schools, this class will give you the insight and the ability to pose all groups of all sizes, easily and efficiently for amazing images! Stop stressing as Michele demonstrates her techniques, live on stage. Learn how to make people look younger, thinner and other characteristics that will wow your clients. You'll discover how to identify various body shapes and sizes and put them together for poses that work. Your best images start with you and what you create in the camera - walk away with new ideas you can use immediately!

Note: If you want to be included in the live demonstration, wear a black shirt.

Stylized Family and Children Photography
Kia Bondurant, M.Photog.Cr.
January 10
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Come and experience the style and skills that Kia Bondurant brings to her family and children portraiture. From providing creative sets and concepts, wardrobe ideas and innovative products, Kia does it like no other, and her clients love her for it! Take a glimpse into what you can really do for your business as Kia shares her style, her concepts, her innovation and yes, her competitive advantage.

Photographing Architecture - Taking Your Images to the Next Level!
Randy Van Duinen, M.Photog., M.Artist.Cr., CPP
January 10
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Architectural photography isn't like everything else. It takes a different perspective and vision to capture stunning images and breath-taking buildings. In this class, Randy Duinen shows you how to bring your architectural skills to a completely new level. Explore the differences in lighting residential and commercial buildings, and discuss the equipment you need to do both. Discuss how to shoot both interiors and exteriors, and the aspects that make the shot. Take advantage of Randy's insight and expertise as you discuss working with and marketing to this client base and discover how to earn more and more assignments. From the basics of lighting to Lightroom and Photoshop post-processing, it's all in here. Learn from one of the world's best!

Simple and Creative Ways to Work with Children
Alicia Adamopoulos
January 10
3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

Little humans, aka children, can often present more challenges than any other subject! They say big things come in small packages and children's portraiture is no different! In this course, learn from photographer Alicia Adamopoulos, who not only knows photography but she knows kids! Throughout her career, she's learned many easy methods for engaging her younger clients - as well as their parents - to present award-winning, creative images. She'll share how she prepares for a session, the tools she uses and the little tweaks and tips that can be the difference between a delight and a disaster!

Headshots 360
Jim Ferrara, M.Photog., CPP
January 10
3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

For this class at Imaging USA, Jim developed a whole new platform for shooting headshots from the ground up! Shooting within a rather small space, Jim will demonstrate how you can get multiple looks with a three-light set up moving just one light- keeping the model within his or her footprint. The 360 is derived from the camera revolving 360 degrees around the person, while your main lights remain static. With adjusting the output power on each light, and other slight variations, the differences between each look can be as dramatic as you like. This class will be all demonstrated via live demo, and it will be Jim's debut with Headshots 360!

On-The-Go Lighting
Daniel Doke, M.Photog.Cr., CPP
January 10
5:15 PM - 6:30 PM

Learn the lighting technique that Wedding Photographer Extraordinaire, Dan Doke, uses in his portraits and events. Dan's expertise lies not just in his photography but in his desire to take his work to the next level. He's always thinking five steps ahead and in this class, he shares that process and his techniques with you! He'll demonstrate his lighting techniques for on-the-go weddings and portraits; he'll share his tool kit of lighting sources as you discover how he creates the dramatic, one-of-a-kind images his clients crave. In a live demonstration, see how he quickly poses and lights a couple under any time constraint. Discover how to be three dimensional and incorporate texture, drama and contrast. Learn how to make your images come alive - and all this can happen through easy light setups, both in the studio and on location. Create images that make you stand out from your competition!

Getting, Creating and Selling Families
Gary Box, M.Photog.Cr., CPP
Pam Box, M.Photog.Cr.
January 10
5:15 PM - 6:30 PM

Family photography can be one of your most sustainable and profitable segments - easier and more profitable than even senior portraits! Discover what Gary and Pamela Box do to create amazing shoots - everything from their lighting and shooting techniques to how to convert it all into incredible sales. Learn how to capitalize on senior shoots and turn them into family orders. Discuss marketing techniques that get more families through your door. You'll even explore techniques for selling wall portraits that your clients will love. Capture the image, wow the customer, increase your sales - this is the way!

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By Autumn Rice

If you're looking to get the inside scoop about the International Photographic Competition, then be sure to visit the IPC Merit Café while you're in San Antonio for Imaging USA 2017!

The Merit Café is home to a host of events that are all geared toward preparing photographers for IPC 2017. Visitors will have access to merit and Loan Collection IPC images in the International Photographic Exhibit, various seminars lead by experienced speakers, and a first look at the new IPC rules that are in effect for the 2017 competition. You'll also have the opportunity to get one-on-one advice from official International Photographic Competition jurors about how to improve your photos for the competition. These 15-minute sessions are limited, so be sure to sign-up for yours today!

Various events are held from Sunday to Tuesday, so there's surely one perfect for you. Get there early and soak up all of the knowledge you can from these amazing International Photographic Competition (IPC) experts! Questions will be more than welcome, so ask away! Whether you need a first look at the competition, or just want to brush up on your skills be sure to stop by the Merit Café to get your dose of IPC at Imaging USA!

Here's what you can expect:

12pm "Why Enter Print Competition? The Benefits behind Competition" 
Donna GoodHale, M.Photog.Cr., CPP

1pm "Breaking Down the New IPC Rules" 
Doran Wilson, M.Photog.MEI.Cr., CPP, F-ASP and Rich Newell, M.Photog.Cr.

2pm "Pitfalls and Triumphs of Compositing Images for Competition" 
Kim Smith, M.Photog.M.Artist.Cr., CPP

3pm "The Importance of Emotional Impact in Your Images" 
Sandra Pearce, M.Photog.MEI.Cr.

4pm "The Importance of Guide Prints in the Master Artist Category" 
Bob Coates, M.Photog.M.Artist.Cr., CPP

12pm "Client Images VS. Competition Images, Is There a Difference?" 
Cris Duncan, M.Photog.Cr., CPP and Deanna Duncan, Cr.Photog.

1pm "The Do's and Don'ts of Retouching for Print Competition" 
Carl Caylor, M.Photog.Cr., CPP

2pm "How Do I Get My Master's Degree and Why Should I Work Towards it?" 
Madonna Lovett Repeta, M.Photog.Cr.

3pm "The Quest for Creating the Creative Competition Image" 
Michelle Parsley, M.Photog.M.Artist.Cr., CPP, API

4pm "Creating Emotional Impact in Your Competition Images" 
Allison English Watkins, M.Photog.Cr., CPP

12pm "Understanding Print Presentation and Technical Excellence" 
Dennis Hammon, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, F-ASP

1pm "What is the Benefit of Entering Physical Prints VS Digital Images" 
Shelly Kraemer, M.Photog.Cr., CPP 

2pm "The Value of Titles and Storytelling" 
Dennis Craft, M.Photog.Hon.M.Photog.Cr., CPP, API, F-ASP

Register for Imaging USA 2017, held January 5-10, 2017, to take advantage of all the Merit Café has to offer, and we'll see you deep in the heart of Texas!

Please note: schedule is subject to change. Follow @ImagingUSA on Facebook and Twitter for last minute show changes or download the Imaging USA mobile App!

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Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Why-IUSA-IG_079 smaller.jpgAre you looking forward to attending the Business Track classes at Imaging USA? You should be! We've got several classes that are bound to improve your business acumen for 2017 - and your profitability

As you prepare for the world's largest pro-photography convention, keep these Business Track classes in mind to catapult your business!
Cultivating and Caring For a High-End Clientele
Allison Tyler Jones, CPP
Sunday, January 8
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Do you really need more clients, or do you just need to take exceptional care of your best clients? Perhaps your business is focused on the wrong type of client. You hear about photographers with "high-end clients" but does it seem like there is no such thing for your business or in your town? A High-End Client is nothing more or less than a client who values what you do and is willing to pay you what you're worth to do it. Which is awesome, but how do you cultivate those types of clients and once you get them, how do you take care of them so they keep coming back? Allison will inspire you to build a sustainable business around your unique strengths, with fewer clients than you ever thought possible.

The Great Sales Adventure
Ben Shirk, M.Photog.M.Artist.Cr.
Sunday, January 8
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Why do some studios thrive while others struggle? What makes your business sustainable, despite ever-changing trends and styles? How can you be a great artist and a great business person? Instructor Ben Shirk is here to answer these questions and more. You'll learn an entire sales process that will make your numbers go through the roof. Discover the key elements that ensure client satisfaction, and explore the tricks and tips that have given Ben's studio one of the highest sales averages in the country. This is one adventure you literally can't afford to miss!

10 Strategies to Double Your Portrait Sales in 2017
Bradford Rowley 
Monday, January 9
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

This is a high-paced, energetic program that will give you 10 specific, actionable strategies to help you double your sales in 2017. Learn how to maximize your sales skills and sell portraits at the highest level.  Instructor Bradford Rowley has made a career - and a fortune - doing just this, and he is here to share his expertise and experience with you. 

Survival of the Fittest
Blair Phillips, Cr.Photog.
Monday, January 9
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

We have all been told to not put all of our eggs in one basket at some point in our lives. This could not be a more meaningful statement for a photographer. Clients' wants and needs have been rapidly changing the scope of success in the photography industry. In years past, being really good at only one genre of photography was perfect. With today's ever changing society, you can still find great success with photography, but it may require a little more diversity than in years past. Blair Phillips has two very successful sides of his business that continue to grow each year. Blair has an upscale studio business, and operates a large volume business from there as well. In this program, Blair will turn his business inside out and get right to the point of helping you make money. Blair will share a ton of marketing ideas and programs that are proven to work. Blair will also share some of the things that have helped him grow his volume business to photographing over 30,000 children per year. This program will for sure be one that you will be so glad you sat in for. No fluff, no fillers, just straight to the point as soon as the program begins!

Beyond Expectation: Leave Limitations Behind and Live Your Full Potential
Jeffrey Shaw, Cr.Photog.
Tuesday, January 10
3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

Building a successful photography business takes hard work and all too often, you feel like the proverbial hamster on a wheel. Maybe your business isn't doing as well as you expected, or maybe you've met your expectations but feel you could do more. In this class, you'll burst out of the Zone of Expectations and move into the Zone of Possibilities! No, this isn't an inspirational, motivational presentation but a way to get you where you need - and WANT - to go! Jeffrey Shaw, with over 33 years' experience in the industry, gives you the practical, specific action steps you can apply to your business and your life. You'll discover what to do in your own studio so you can realize the freedom and financial results that you've been wanting. So step beyond your limits, beyond your expectations, and discover what you can really do!

The $3000 Headshot
Megan DiPiero
Tuesday, January 10
5:15 PM - 6:30 PM

In this memorable and inspiring talk, Megan shares the life lessons that have shaped her business and created the success she has today. From her modest home studio, Megan comfortably charges 10 times the market rate for her sought-after headshots, resulting in sales that range from $1700-$6500. Learn how she does it and why pricing limitations are truly just in your imagination. Discover what it takes to build and deliver the kind of value your clients desire. Whether you do portraits or weddings, whether you're a novice or seasoned veteran, this is the jumpstart you need to catapult your brand - and your prices - to new heights. Passion, profit, pricing - it's all here!

There you have it! Just some of the Business Track classes that will be at Imaging USA 2017. If any of these classes interest you, register now

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By Autumn Rice

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There are great things happening at Imaging USA 2017 in San Antonio, including IPC mentor sessions! PPA International Photographic Competition jurors are offering FREE one-on-one sessions to help improve your images and make them IPC, and merit, ready!

Many photographers have reservations about entering the International Photographic Competition because they don't know what to expect, they're unsure of their work, and they don't know what the judges are looking for.  In these one-on-one mentor sessions, PPA-approved jurors will answer your most pressing questions, and give suggestions on how to improve your images to earn merits toward a PPA Master Degree. Your images must be printed or on a laptop or tablet. We are unable to review any images on phones.  

Don't miss out on this opportunity to get a leg-up on the competition and get advice straight from the jurors. All you have to do is sign up for your 15-minute time slot! Sessions will be held from Sunday, January 8, - Tuesday, January 10, 2017, at the IPC area on the Expo floor.

Visit to sign up for your time slot with a juror! Space is extremely limited so sign up for your session today!

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PPA photographers are a philanthropic bunch and PPA Charities is always looking to partner with charities around the world to help improve the lives of impoverished people. In the tradition of their other popular Imaging USA events like the 5K Run and the Shoe Drive, PPA Charities is announcing a new charity partnership for Imaging USA 2017 in San Antonio: Cameras for Kibera.

Cameras for Kibera is an off-shoot of the non-profit charity Carolina for Kibera. Established in 2001, Carolina for Kibera (CFK) is an international, nongovernmental organization based in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya. CFK is a program of the Center for Global Initiatives and a major affiliated entity of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The goal for Cameras for Kibera is to try and get ahold of as many working cameras as possible (with charger, battery and memory card) and ensure they are safely delivered to Kenya.   
Cameras will initially be sent to Carolina for Kibera's USA office in North Carolina. They will arrange safe transportation to Kenya. From there, a partnership has been set up between Carolina for Kibera and the Art Kids Foundation program "A Girl's First Camera"

Be sure to bring your old camera to Imaging USA and it may wind up in the hands of a girl in Kibera, Kenya, giving her the tool to begin her love for photography. Who knows, you may just see her at Imaging USA one day in the near future!

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