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By Autumn Rice


Imaging USA is less than a month away, and although everything about the convention is fantastic, there are some events outside of the class curriculum you just have to attend while in San Antonio. From the Grand Imaging Awards and the Award & Degree Ceremony, to the parties and PPA Charities' Fun Run, these special events are sure to create special memories from your time in San Antonio. 

To help you navigate some of the special programs at Imaging USA we gathered the top 7 events that you can't miss! Check them out:

7. Grand Imaging Awards: Celebrate with friends as we honor the 2016 Medalists, Diamond Photographers of the Year, and all the elite Loan Collection artists from the most recent International Photographic Competition (IPC).

6. Award and Degree Ceremony: This ceremony is all about your peers and their accomplishments in the professional photography industry. If you need some inspiration, going to cheer on your fellow photographers is the way to do it!

5. The Expo: The Expo is where all the action takes place. Marvel over everything from the PRINT Movement Theatre, Drone Zone, and the IPC exhibit to vendors offering the best discounts on the industry's latest products just for you! Going to the expo is a must!

4. Charities Reception: Mingle with your fellow photographers before the charities auction. This is a ticketed event!

3. Charities Auction: Kick off Imaging USA as you enjoy fun, auctions and all the good deeds that have been done. This is a ticketed event so pick those up at

2. Fun Run: Get up, get out, and get running at the annual 5k run for PPA Charities. Don't stay out too late the night before because the race starts at 7am and you don't want to be left behind!

1. AND THE PARTIES!!!: The parties at Imaging USA are a great way to kick off the New Year. Dance the night away with all of your photographer friends while having the time of your life. Don't miss the opening party or the closing party!

These are only a few of the special events that Imaging USA has to offer. Don't forget, you can take your Certification exam, watch the incredibly kick-in-the-rear-end motivational and inspiring presentation by CNN Star Mel Robbins, and so much more!

Find a complete list of the special events and their descriptions at And don't forget to visit to sign up for Imaging USA. The early bird rate is being extended until midnight ET Dec. 15, 2016. Don't be left behind!

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By Chris Homer

Have you been considering drone photography as an addition to your business? Imaging USA is tackling this hot topic with a host of brand new classes. For the first time ever, Imaging USA will have a "Drone Zone"! This is where you can learn anything and everything drone related. There will be speakers who are pioneers in the area, a representative from the FAA to answer all your questions, and rumor has it that you might even get to FLY A DRONE! 

Even better, you can have access to the entire Drone track (classes, presentations, and demos) through an Expo-Only pass for only $35! Take a look at everything being offered in the Drone Zone below and register here for Imaging USA 2017 today! 

Drones and Aerial Photography 101
Randy Braun and Stacy Garlington will start from scratch speaking plain English to explain where, when, how and why. This class is for complete beginners who are a little bit nervous and confused about aerial drone photography. Randy and Stacy will encourage participants to relax and ask questions throughout the class.

Flights - Camera - Action
Designing your commercial imaging flight today requires planning, visualization and safety considerations. Eddie Tapp, M.Photog., MEI,Cr.,API,CPP, will discuss tips, techniques and information that will help your flight strategies from composition flights, camera settings, safety practices and more. Even if your considering drone aerials in your business, come and prepare to take flight for your creative imaging experience.

Elevate Yourself and Your Business Using Small Drones
Camera-drones are the hottest thing in photography industry. Randy Bruan & Stacy Garlington from the DJI Photography Development Team will discuss drone hardware, flying basics, image capture, simple processing, do's and don'ts, and how to earn additional income with your drone.

Getting Started in Aerial Drone Imaging
The composition rules have changed, you can now move your camera in 3D space. Learn how to cast of traditional photography constraints and elevate your photography. In this session Colin Smith will provide tips on the best way to fly to capture the best photographs and video. We will also explore some basic image editing of aerial images in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop.

By Tristin Vaccaro

Whether you want to dust off your cowboy boots or just get out of the studio for a while, there truly are a bajillion reasons to go to Imaging USA

While fun and networking are definitely on the menu, we know the majority of you come to Imaging USA with the hopes of learning new things! That's why the classes, demonstrations, and workshops overflow with methods to improve both your business and photography talents.

Imaging USA instructors want you to leave San Antonio a more equipped photographer, and often provide class takeaways so you know just what you'll learn after attending their class.  So today, we're highlighting a handful of awesome Imaging USA classes, and their equally as awesome takeaways, that are sure to stick with you long after you return home!

Lindsay Adler, Cr.Photog.
January 6 | 9am - 5pm
Learn the techniques that highly acclaimed photographer Lindsay Adler uses in the world of fashion - and apply these skills to your own clients. Be it seniors, boudoir, weddings or more, create extraordinary images so you can blow by your competition and WOW your clients!

  1. How to pre-visualize, create a mood board, and plan for stylized fashion and portrait shoots
  2. Fashion lighting tools and techniques that give your portraits that wow factor
  3. Techniques of fashion photography useful to differentiate your work from the competition.

Melanie Anderson, Cr.Photog., CPP
January 7 | 1pm - 5pm
Take volume photography to a whole new level! Go EXTREME as photographer Melanie Anderson shares all her creative techniques and tricks for school and youth sports! Walk away with the knowledge and the ability to achieve 100K+ as THE volume photographer in town! 

  1. Marketing to High School and Youth Sports
  2. Securing Sponsorships
  3. Creating Senior Sports Banners

Bradford Rowley
January 9 | 10-11:30am
This class will change your business and your life!  Discover the 10 steps that will explode your sales in 2017. Everything from closing strategies to handling objections, selling to the sophisticated clients, and more - it's all here!  

  1. Learn closing strategies for almost every objection
  2. Learn the alternative to hard selling, which is a turn-off to the sophisticated client
  3. Why selling portraits is the best kept secret out there, even among photographers

Barbara Breitsameter, M.Photog.Cr., CPP
January 10 | 10-11:30am
Dog photography is one of the fastest growing niches, and this is your ticket to mastering it all! Learn from Best of the Best as Barbara Breitsameter shares her tips and techniques, her secrets and her skills, her experience and her expertise. Canine family members can be your ticket to a booming business! 

  1. Learn the steps for a successful stress-free session for the dog and everyone else
  2. Create artistic dog portraits with technical excellence
  3. Learn how PPA print competitions can take your dog photography to a whole new level 

Gary Box , M.Photog.Cr., CPP
January 10 | 5:15 - 6:30pm
Capture and sell fantastic family portraits! From lighting to marketing techniques, you'll discuss ways to enhance and increase your sales. Capture the image, wow the customer, and improve your profits! 

  1. Get more families in your door
  2. Learn better family lighting
  3. Sell family portraits for the wall
And there you have it, just a few of the nearly 100 diverse classes  and thousands of lessons available to you when you attend Imaging USA this January in San Antonio, Texas. If you haven't already, go register for Imaging USA so you too can leave the convention with awesome swag, valuable knowledge, and amazing memories! 

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By Chris Homer

With your 3-day All-Access Pass for Imaging USA 2017, you can attend a whole host of
 great photography classes during the regular days of the convention, January 8 -10, 2017 in San Antonio. These programs are included at no extra cost with your All-Access Pass. But if you're looking for even more photography education opportunities, Imaging USA has you covered with the Pre-Convention classes!

Pre-Con, as most nickname these programs, take place right before Imaging USA, from Thursday through Saturday, January 5-7, 2017. While these classes do require an additional fee to attend, many photographers find the much smaller class size and the ability to get one-on-one attention from the instructors well worth the small add-on cost! 

You'll find a multitude of day-long and half-day classes. Here are two examples: 

Perhaps you're new to the photography business and looking for the education that will make your business successful. In that case, consider signing up for the multi-day Pre-Convention workshops, such as: 

And if you're considering becoming a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP), you should take the 3-Day CPP Preparation Class, also a part of Imaging USA's Pre-Convention programming! 

If you're looking for education that's more hands-on, Imaging USA's Pre-Convention classes can help you there, too! The Hands-On class track features 2 hour sessions where you'll actively be using your camera - the perfect opportunity to learn a new technique and practice it! From Lighting and Posing for Children to Cutting Edge Wireless Flash - there's a Hands-On class sure to grab your interest. And since these are short sessions, you can attend multiple Hands-On classes in one day! 

There is A LOT to choose from, but Pre-Convention class sizes are very limited, so sign up today! Head over to and click on the Pre-Convention tab to view the complete Pre-Convention schedule. If you've already registered for Imaging USA 2017, it's easy to add-on some pre-con classes. And if you haven't registered for Imaging USA, what are you waiting for? register now for your Imaging USA All-Access Pass! 

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 Autumn Rice

There will be loads of fun, partying, and photo opps at Imaging USA 2017, but there are also remarkable learning opportunities. You will find dozens of class tracks at Imaging USA taught by fantastic professional photographers who want to share business-changing advice with you. These programs cover almost any photography or business topic you can think of. From Adobe Solutions to Wedding and Special Events, there's a session that's sure to pique your interest. Although classes are organized by tracks, we encourage photographers to attend any session, regardless of your respective specialties.

Some of the sessions during Pre-Convention are offered at additional costs, but they will provide you with even more insight and even hands-on instruction to help you improve the quality of your business. Pre-Con, as they are often called, range from half-day to 3-day workshops, and cover a wide range of highly specialized topics in business,  technique, and even Certification. Plus, there are shorter hands-on classes where you'll be asked to bring your camera and will get to practice the techniques you learn while in class! These additional classes take place from January 5-7.

You're in it for three or more days of photography mind-blown, and it's up to you to jam-pack your schedule with the best instructors and soak it all in! You're guaranteed to learn something new and you can be sure you'll even make new friends! 

Here are the 10 tracks offered at Imaging USA, and what they're about:

Adobe Solutions: As a photographer, you are probably familiar with Adobe's family of editing software, including Lightroom and Photoshop. But are you leveraging them for an efficient workflow? Or, if you only use the same few functions, how about delving in to take your editing to the next level? There are five Adobe-sponsored classes, designed for beginners and masters in mind.

Business: If you're looking to better your business with invaluable insights from your peers, look no further because the business track courses are sure to give you great perspective to help your business be more efficient, more knowledgeable, and more profitable.

Commercial Photography: This track is all about lighting and storytelling, fit for commercial photography. If you've ever thought about pursuing this field of photography, check out the classes in the commercial track.

Demo Classes: During these sessions you'll have the opportunity to learn through instruction and demonstration! After explaining the ins and outs of each topic, instructors will give you a first-hand example of their lesson in action. You'll learn exactly what to do, straight from the source. 

Drones, Drones, Drones!: Drones are the hottest new photography tool, and photographers need to know how to incorporate them into their business. The classes in this track are all about teaching photographers about drone safety, how to incorporate them in your business, and how to use them for professional photography.

Inspiration All Around: This track is all about inspiring photographers to recapture the essence of why they became a photographer. If you need a push in the right direction, the inspiration class track is perfect for you!

Photography Technique: These classes hone in on improving and refreshing the way that professional photographers pose, shoot, and light their sessions. This is a great way to brush up on the basic skills needed to make your business boom.

Portrait Photography: The portrait track covers the necessary technique and business strategy needed to be successful in portrait photography. 

School, Sport & Events Photography: Are you hesitant about taking photos of large groups? Looking to fine-tune your high-volume photography business? Or maybe you don't know a thing about photographing events, but you've always wanted to?  Whether you want to learn something new, or simply sharpen your skills, there's a class here for you.

Wedding Photographers: This track covers everything you need to know to create wedding photos that will last a lifetime for your clients. No matter if you're a pro or new to the business, this track will give you key tools for being successful in wedding photography.

And as these 10 tracks were not enough, there are a number of must-attend special events at Imaging USA: From parties to networking to fun run, to photography auction and drone demos, all the Special Events at Imaging USA will keep you buzzing from sunrise to sundown and are the perfect opportunities to build relationships with your peers. Make sure you include these special events and the opening and closing parties to your schedule! You'd hate it if you missed those! 

So, as you prepare for Imaging USA 2017 in San Antonio, TX, be sure to take some time to plan which classes you want to attend. A full list of sessions is now available online and on the App. Go check them out at

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By Tristin Vaccaro

As a photographer, you are probably familiar with Adobe's family of editing software, including Lightroom and Photoshop. But are you leveraging them for an efficient workflow? Or if you only use the same few functions, how about delving in to take your editing to the next level? At Imaging USA 2017, there are five Adobe-sponsored classes, designed for beginners and masters in mind.

In this Adobe Photography Solutions track, renowned photographers and Adobe experts will teach you tips that make retouching your photos fast and fun!  And best of all, these courses are FREE with your Imaging USA All-Access pass. So make sure you add some of the Adobe-track classes to your program at Imaging USA this January!

Jared Platt
January 9, 8am-9:30am
Whether you are shooting portraits, editorial or weddings, you spend a lot of time behind the camera, only to be followed by even more time behind the computer. It's time to reverse that equation and spend your time doing what you love and where you make your money. Join wedding and portrait photographer Jared Platt as he shares tips that accelerate your speed and increase the quality of your work. A better workflow doesn't just affect your photography; it improves your life.

Bry Cox, M.Photog.Cr., CPP
January 9, 10am-11:30am
Most photographers waste long hours fixing images. Bry Cox will show you how to rise above the crowd, giving you the gift of time every day by learning some simple techniques (like his one-minute system for retouching), and how to use the latest features in Lightroom and Photoshop to solve common challenges quickly. He'll share how these features are perfect for fashion-type images, but also great for solving issues with real people, like flyaway hairs, wrinkles, blemishes, skin tone, and more - fast. Plus he'll show you how to create and apply your own creative styles and looks to make your images stand out and wow your clients.

Jared Platt
January 9, 5pm-6:15pm
Learn about the changing landscape of the stock photo industry and how you can showcase your work to millions of potential buyers through Adobe Stock. Join photographer and Adobe Stock contributor Jared Platt to discover how to kickstart your career in stock photography with existing images from your portfolio and generate meaningful revenue with stock. Jared will teach you how to streamline your workflow and share practical tips for succeeding in the industry.

Dave Cross
January 10, 8am-9:30am
Join Photoshop and Lightroom expert Dave Cross as he demonstrates his proven techniques for solving common photography problems like sensor dust, warped buildings, distracting objects, harsh light or shadows, haze, backlit images, and more. You'll see how to fix most of these issues in Lightroom, and when a quick trip to Photoshop can help. You'll also learn some key strategies when working with crooked images, dealing with lens distortion, and how creating presets can save you time for commonly used fixes such as white balance, color adjustments, and more.

Julieanne Kost
January 10, 10am-11:30am
If you're tired of weeding through hours of tutorials trying to find practical Photoshop techniques, little-known features, and hidden gems that are relevant in your work, then this class is for you. Geared towards intermediate to advanced Photoshop users, Adobe Digital Imaging Evangelist Julieanne Kost will demonstrate a combination of new features as well as time-tested techniques to help you gain efficiency and reach your creative vision. If you're looking to deepen your Photoshop skills and unlock the power of image editing to take your Photography to the next level, then this master class is for you.

Read more about the Adobe Photography Solutions classes and their knowledgeable instructors on the Imaging USA website, where you can sort Imaging USA classes by track or by speaker. And if you haven't already done so, hurry and register for the full Imaging USA experience. Early bird savings will end on December 8, so don't let the holiday seasons make you miss this great opportunity to save $50! We're expecting over 10,000 people this year... don't be left out and signup today:

By Autumn Rice

Although there will be loads of partying and fun at Imaging USA 2017, there is a way you can give back with your work during the convention. There will be specific charity events and initiatives for attendees to participate in. In this blog, the focus is on Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep.

Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization centered around training and educating professional photographers to produce high quality remembrance portraits for families facing the untimely death of an infant. In order to help families heal, the association provides parents with heirloom photographs and DVDs of their infants free of charge. More than 1,700 photographers have already touched the lives of families in 40 countries through this initiative. Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep welcomes any Imaging USA attendee to join the organization and make a lasting impact and contribution to such a personal and sensible cause.

As a photographer you have a skill to capture intimate moments and create life-long memories that only our profession can deliver to these families. You would be bringing so much more than 'just' photographs to these moms and dads in despair. You'd be giving tangible memories that provide a sense of closure to the families of these precious infants. 
You will have two opportunities to learn more about Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep and how to get involved while at Imaging USA:

Photographers Giving Back: Remembrance Photography On Becoming a "Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep" Affiliated Photographer
Saturday, Jan. 7, 6pm-7:30pm  |  Marriott Rivercenter, Salon G, 3rd Floor
Imagine a photo session where each moment truly is a last moment, where there will be no second takes, no do-overs, and where your photography becomes a family's most prized possession. Are you looking for a way to share your craft with your community? We invite you to learn more about becoming an affiliated photographer with Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep. In this session, staff and volunteers will share more about the organization and the details of how you can get involved, and hopefully, inspire you to volunteer and help heal some families around you.

Maximize Your Photography and Strengthen Your Local "Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep" Volunteer Team
Monday, Jan. 9, 8 -9:30am  |  Convention Center, 007D, River Level  
Interested photographers and current Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep volunteers are invited to attend this session dedicated to growing and strengthening our outreach network across the country.

Remember, the best gift you can give is one that can't be repaid. Be sure to take some time out of your fun-filled Imaging USA experience to hear about how you can help others by using your gift. 

Stay up-to-date with this charity event and more at!

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By James Yates

PPA's Business Challenge was born nearly one year ago, at Imaging USA 2016 in Atlanta. It was during the Studio Makeover class, dedicated to unveiling the results two studio owners had by implementing PPA's business advice, when Education Director Angela Kurkian began to realize the program could be scaled up. By adding the Challenge as a group on theLoop, all PPA members would have the chance to join and begin their 12-month, step-by-step program to profitability and sustainability for their photography businesses. 

It's been a huge success. There are now nine different Challenge Groups on theLoop, with over 900 members taking advice, implementing changes, sharing wisdom and holding each other accountable as they make the steps toward their studios becoming more financially sound! 

Two new announcements have been made in preparation for the program's anniversary: 1) a class at Imaging USA 2017, and 2) a new join-schedule for upcoming Challenge Groups.

First, instead of offering the challenge each and every month, the groups will be starting during the months of February, March, April, May, August, September, October and November. This means there won't be any new groups forming in December, January, June or July. This will allow more time to dig even deeper in the groups that are currently running and no one has to worry about signing up during the holidays or summer vacation!

Second, Business Challenge mentors Gregory Daniel, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, F-ASP, Mary Fisk-Taylor, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, ABI, API and Angela Kurkian, M.Photog.Cr., CPP will be presenting the platform program "4 Things You Need to Know to be Successful"  at Imaging USA 2017 in San Antonio, TX. 

The class will be held on January 8 and  asks the question,  "iI you could make four changes to your business and your way of thinking that would help you be more profitable, add time to your day and move your life in the direction you dream of, would you do it?"  Full of great takeaways and business strategies you can start implementing right away, this class is the perfect introduction to the Business Challenge program, which can help you build your business on a strong foundation in 2017.

If you're not already using the Business Challenge to own your place in the photography industry and be more profitable, what are you waiting for?! Sign up now at

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James Yates is an Atlanta-based writer/actor and the Communications Specialist at Professional Photographers of America (PPA). A graduate of Georgia State University, James has worked in the non-profit sector his whole life and is proud to be able to help artists achieve their goals. In his spare time he can be found walking his dogs on the Beltline or partaking in the nightly theater and comedy scene in the ATL.

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By Tristin Vaccaro

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After attending Imaging USA 2017, you're sure to go back home a stronger photographer than  when you arrived. How can you not, when over 100 specialized courses are offered to you throughout the week, all aimed at teaching you the skills you're interested in? So below, you'll find a brief overview of all the school, sport, and event track classes provided at Imaging USA 2017.

Are you hesitant about taking photos of large groups? Looking to fine-tune your high volume photography business? Or maybe you don't know a thing about photographing events, but you've always wanted to?  Whether you want to learn something new, or simply sharpen your skills, there's a class here for you. While the Pre-Con sessions are available at an extra fee, you won't want to miss these valuable information sessions jam-packed with need-to-know information about group and event photography.

Without further ado, here are the upcoming event track courses:

(Pre-Con) Post Capture Production for High Volume Photographers

Bill Champion

January 7, 9am-12pm

(Pre-Con) Group Photography Can Be Easy and Profitable! (Hands-on Class)

Andy Gould

January 7, 9am-11am  |  1pm-3pm  |  4pm-6pm

(Pre-Con) Want LOTS More Family Portrait Business? Go to CHURCH!

Chris Wunder, Cr.Photog.

January 7, 9am-12pm

(Pre-Con) EXTREME Volume

Melanie Anderson, Cr.Photog., CPP

January 7, 1pm-5pm

(Pre-Con) Photographing High Volume High School Seniors

Dann Kasallis, M.Photog., CPP

January 7, 1pm-5pm

Incorporating Volume Work Into Your Portrait Studio

Colleen Gonsar

January 8, 8am-9:30am

Get, Grow and Dare to be Different in the Volume Business

Brandi Morgan, CPP

January 8, 5pm-6:15pm

I Want it Now: Onsite Printing and Event Photography

Bill Vahrenkamp, Cr.Photog. & David Stana, Cr.Photog., CPP

January 8, 6:45pm-8pm

Youth Sports: How to Stand out and be Competitive

Leigh LaForest & Jeff Gump, Cr.Photog.

January 9, 8am-9:30am

Get Motivated To Grow Your Business

Wayne Barksdale

January 9, 10am-11:30am

The Art of Posing Dancers & Dance Studios: An Insider's Viewpoint

Daniel Fermaint, CPP & Jennifer Fermaint, CPP

January 9, 5pm-6:15pm

Weddings and School Portraits- A Match Made in Heaven

Linda Russell

January 10, 8am-9:30am

School Photography That's Wow! Photography

Neal Freed

January 10, 8am-9:30am

How to Double Your Income with Publishing

Roch Eshleman, Cr.Photog., CPP

January 10, 10am-11:30am

Big Groups Don't Have to be a Big Challenge

Dave Stock , Cr.Photog., CPP & Jamie House, CPP

January 10, 3:30pm-4:45pm

Event Photography: The Whole Package

Marion Hughes & Jenny Rhea

January 10, 5:15pm-6:30pm

Your Imaging USA experience should be as fun and educational as possible, so keep these classes in mind as you begin to craft your schedule of classes. To see all the courses programs offered, as well as other important information about Imaging USA 2017, visit  

We can't wait to see you there!

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By James Yates

Imaging USA 2017 in San Antonio is all set to provide three days of workshops, classes and opportunities on the trade show floor to kick off a new year of profitability for you. But, did you know that you can take advantage of more intimate, hands-on classes the day before? 

The Hands-On track at Imaging USA is part of the Pre-Convention schedule and takes place Saturday, January 7th. These classes require an additional registration and fee, but offer you a chance to dig deeper and make even more out of your time at the world's oldest and strongest photography convention. During the class, students have the opportunity to get advice and lessons from instructors thanks to more one-on-one time. You will go out on an actual photo shoot and practice with your own camera (which means that bringing your equipment is a must)! Since the classes are hands-on, you will be expected to do more and be an active participant in the workshop. These classes are for those with the strongest desire to get up and learn!

Hands-on classes are shorter, so you can attend multiple sessions during the day and get all the practice you want. There are three different sessions for each Hands-on program held on Saturday, January 7, 2017, so you can sign up for up to three classes for the day! There are also special pricing offers available for participation in Hands-on sessions. Attend one Hands-on Class for $79, two for $129 or three for $159. Space is limited (max. of 35 participants in each class) for the benefit of students, so classes sell out fast.

Check out this list of Hands-on classes to see which fits you best, and then head over to to sign up now! 

Bree Adams, M.Photog.Cr., CPP

Tomayia Colvin

Daniel K. Davis, M.Photog.

Kay Eskridge, M.Photog.Cr., CPP

Mike Fulton, Cr.Photog.

Joseph Glyda, M.Photog.M.Artist.Cr., CPP

Andy Gould

Ted Linczak, M.Photog.Cr.

Michael G. Taylor, M.Photog.Hon.M.Photog.Cr., API, F-ASP

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James Yates is an Atlanta-based writer/actor and the Communications Specialist at Professional Photographers of America (PPA). A graduate of Georgia State University, James has worked in the non-profit sector his whole life and is proud to be able to help artists achieve their goals. In his spare time he can be found walking his dogs on the Beltline or partaking in the nightly theater and comedy scene in the ATL.

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