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If there's one thing we can guarantee about Imaging USA 2015, it's that this year's speaker lineup is probably the best ever. Last time we highlighted Steve Kozak and found out, amongst other things, that he's a Johnny Cash man at heart. This week we're back with Carl Caylor, M.Photog.Cr., CPP and his class, Hands On Photography: Natural Light Portraiture. In this week's interview with Carl, you'll get why he dove into natural light, where he draws his artistic inspiration from, and who he believes let the dogs out. 

Why do you love natural light so much? 
I like natural light because it is my comfort zone. I have always used natural light for my photo journalistic work and it seemed to transition well into the portrait world. I guess it has always been something that I could see and then record in my pictures. The strobe lights involved me constantly recording and rechecking to see if it worked--natural light is just so much easier for me.

What can people expect to take away from your class?
Photographers will get hands-on experience and feedback with live models. They will learn how to see light and determine where to position their subjects in relation to that light. They will also learn what is possible with the light they find. Light dictates what patterns are possible within the given background that corresponds to a scene--the relationship between the subject, the available light, and the background is something I'll expand upon more at Imaging USA.

What is the one thing about using natural light that most photographers initially struggle with?
The fact that just because you're outside doesn't mean you should throw away portrait lighting. We can still achieve wonderful light patterns that are flattering to the human figure. Natural light doesn't mean getting a correct exposure. Be a professional, be an artist. Give more than just a picture. Create...yes, create a portrait.

Where do you draw your inspiration from as a photographer?
Life in general is a good place to begin. But I draw inspiration from many places. Movies, ads, music, art, and other photographers are great sources of inspiration. For the last 19 years photographic competition has been my biggest source of inspiration. Although I took a few years off of being really serious about it, last year was a good comeback for me. It made me excited again and I played hard. It's important to give print competition a try, because you might find that it pushes you to be a better photographer.

What brought you to the world of photography?
My aunt and uncle are very talented photography hobbyists. From cameras to darkroom work, I was lured in by their love of the craft at an early age. My high school wrestling coach was also the photography teacher and yearbook advisor, which turned out to be a great combination for me, and I instantly was hooked. I went to college for Technical Communications Management with an emphasis in Photography and a minor in Business. While I value what I was taught in school, I learned much of what I know about photography today simply by spending time with talented photographers in classes and seminars. 

What's your favorite image you've ever captured?
I'll let you know when it happens.

What's one image you want to create?
I would love to work on a movie set doing portraits for the marketing end of the movie. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty would have been a great assignment!

Who let the dogs out?
I did. It was her time to do her thing. Seriously--her name is "Canon's Image Stabilizer," we call her Izzie for short. Before that we had "Caylor's Kodak Moment," Kodak for short. She was our photo "lab".

What do you enjoy about photographic competitions?
Competition itself. Regardless of if it is a sport or an art contest, competition gets the blood flowing. You create great friends in competition. You learn new things. You push yourself to new levels. It's not that I'm too competitive; I just think that it is important to always do your best. If you make sure to do that you will always be a winner.

Elvis, Johnny Cash, or Jack White?
Who is Jack White?

Be sure to come see Carl at Imaging USA 2015! His preconvention class--Hands On Photography: Natural Light Portraiture is available at $79. You can sign up for additional Hands On Photography pre-convention courses for $129 for two classes, and $159 for three classes.

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By Chris Homer

It's time to get to know another Imaging USA instructor taking the stage at Nashville in 2015.kozak_headshot.jpg In this interview, Steve Kozak, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, talks about why you should sign up for his "The Secrets to Success When Turning Pro" pre-convention class (which he'll be co-hosting with Britney Fullgraf). He also shares why he become a photographer, what he believes his style is, why he enjoys serving on PPA's Board of Directors... and why he prefers Johnny Cash to Elvis.

When did you know you wanted to be a photographer?


I was a professional musician in a band when I got my first camera. I loved music, but there are demands that go with being in a band that make things hard to keep up with that lifestyle. The more I learned about photography, the more I realized the similarities between taking photos and making music. When I figured out I could use my camera to tell stories, make people feel and use it as an outlet for my creativity, I left the band, sold my guitar and bought my first 2.8 lens. There was no looking back!

What are the top 5 things people will learn from your class?


The first thing we discover is that quality photography begins with the fundamentals--the techniques all photographers should know. Participants will learn how to elevate the quality of their images to a professional level through proper exposure, lighting and posing.

Next, we'll look at gaining control over the portable flash by using it in manual mode and the value of using supplemental lighting with off-camera flash. This is a huge game-changer for photographers trying to improve the quality of their images!

Then, we examine the value that studio lighting brings to the financial success of photographers--and I'll show you how you can use this type of lighting even if you don't have a studio space. I plan to really demystify studio lighting and make it an approachable technique for photographers.

We then look at how to market professional photography and the importance of the message that you place in front of the target market.

Finally, we examine sales strategies and techniques to maximize the sale without feeling like you are pushing too hard. After all, the easier sales become for you, the more money you'll make and the more time you can actually spend behind the camera!

Who should take your class?


All photographers who are considering stepping out into professional photography as their full time job, as much as those who "leapt before they looked". It's not too late to learn how to run a photography business properly! It's never too late! I've built this class to answer so many of the questions photographers starting in the business have, and I truly believe it can help you be successful.

Which do you enjoy more: teaching or photographing?

OK, this question is not fair! It's sort of like choosing your favorite child or your favorite Beatles song. The truth is, I love teaching to those who will dare to take information and run with it. Helping others grow and seeing them succeed brings me greater pleasure than just about anything I do.

What makes you and your co-speaker Britney Fullgraf such a great team?

Britney is simply brilliant. She has a sharp mind for business and knows how to make money. We really take two different approaches to what we do, but when it comes to teaching photographers how to find success, our styles complement each other so well that students can take the best of what each of us has to offer.

Describe your photographic style.

I think of my work as "crafted". I do not leave the details of my work to chance and I am very selective about my lighting, posing and technique. I almost always go into a session knowing what I seek to create for the client. I strive to create images that are unique for every client.

Where do you draw your inspiration from?

Life. Music. The heart of the person in front of my camera. Landscapes. Fashion. Movies. Art. The human emotion. The mountains. The beach. Contrasts. The dark side. Beauty. Love. Lost love. Hope. Just to name a few!

Why was it important for you to serve on PPA's Board of Directors?

It is important that all of us answer the call to serve whenever or wherever we are called. Serving on the PPA Board of Directors means that I really am serving the 27,000+ photographers of this association who have dreams, passions, struggles, needs, successes and desires. By giving my time and service to this group, I become a small yet active part of a larger community that provides photographers a light along a path that helps them be more and get where they want to go. The tools and the opportunities that PPA provides for photographers are limited only by the willingness of each photographer to reach out and take hold of them. Who wouldn't want to be a part of something as special as that?

Elvis, Johnny Cash, or Jack White?

What about the Beatles?! OK, focus...Jack has had a hand in the success of a number of projects, but is not as recognized as Elvis or Johnny Cash. Johnny was, and still is, "The Man in Black". How cool is that? But Elvis... he is so cool he only needs one name.  
This question has me "all shook up", so I think I will "walk the line". I think Elvis had so many people he had to please and so many people trying to own him, so I chose Johnny Cash because I think he did what he wanted to do the way he wanted to do it. Sounds like a true artist to me!

Come learn from Steve live at Imaging USA 2015. His "The Secrets To Success When Turning Pro" pre-convention class will run January 29 - 30 for an additional $199 fee to your registration. Get all the details on Imaging USA and register here! 

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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. 

By Sarah Ackerman

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To help you become familiar with the photographers who will be on the Imaging USA stage, we asked them some questions to really dig deep. In this interview, Kareem Black, portrait photographer and philanthropist extraordinaire, talks about inspiration, our changing industry and how to break into the upper echelon of commercial photography. You can check out his program details here but in the meantime, enjoy!

What was the biggest challenge you faced in defining yourself as a photographer?

The biggest challenge I face, just like most artists, is figuring out what exactly I want to say, and how to say it, in a way that is unique to me. This is probably a lifelong exploration. Early on, I was a lot more technical and used a ton of lights, lenses etc., much more so than I use now. I was hiding behind production and lighting rather than letting the image tell the story. I'm not saying that using a ton of lights is bad, but for me, once I simplified my shooting set I started on what to say with/through the image. With that said, I'm happy I did go through that more technical phase because now I'm very confident in my ability to light just about anything.

What do you think the biggest challenge people just starting out in the industry face?

The biggest challenge might be when people are trying to break into the industry and get noticed. There are so many photographers! To be clear, there always have been a lot of photographers, but today there are seemingly less clients because there are more photographers than ever. In commercial photography, the great recession really killed a lot of print media which was the initial stepping stone that lead into bigger advertising and music work. I started out shooting for magazines and then moved onto CD covers. When's the last time anyone bought a CD? What I'm going to say is sort of common knowledge, but I think that it makes a big difference how photographers face there being more competition and less clients. I love competition and I love looking at photography. One of the first things I do every morning is surf Tumblr and Instagram. It inspires me to see what others are doing. I say the more photographers the better, generally speaking. If you love what you do, and thrive off the battle and the battle makes you better at what you do, you'll be fine. Also, show your work to as many people as possible and never ever ever stop making new work!

Define your photography style in four words.

#feelsgoodletsgo

How do you stay ahead of the game in this industry?

I think that constantly creating new work is very important. By new work I mean new bodies of work. Photographers are like sharks--we have to keep moving forward or we die. Evolution is paramount. I start new personal projects, take trips, conduct an experiment, take risks with my photography. That's how I stay ahead. Otherwise, dwelling in my comfort zone for too long will be death.

What are you most excited about at Imaging USA?

I'm excited to meet and talk shop with photographers of all ages and from all over the world. New York and L.A. can become very incestuous. Everyone knows everyone, there are accepted ways of doing things and how things should look. But I want to experience other points of view and share my own insights. 

What inspires you?

I want to be inspired by as much as possible. I'm a photographer, so obviously I am inspired by photography past and present, but also art in general. I want to know what people were thinking when they did certain things, these questions go beyond art. I'm also genuinely interested in the human condition and like to ask myself what I would have done in certain situations, which provides me with great insights. All of that inspires me! As a photographer I am an explorer and I  find inspiration in all of my explorations.

What is one marketing mistake most new photographers make?

Offering a special or a promotion is often a tight-rope walk. You don't want to be bothersome and call/email/mail people too often, but on the other hand, I don't want to do it so rarely that I am forgotten. There must be a happy medium. Sending a promo, maybe twice a year, is appropriate for me, as well as emails with relevant new work samples. Too often photographers bombard editors with work that isn't necessarily their best stuff. I generally prefer quality over quantity.

How did you break into the high-end commercial photography market?

The industry is small and in New York it is very small. I am a pretty social guy and I love a good party. Believe it or not most of the first people I met, were through social settings - parties, bars, shows, that sort of thing. You'd be surprised how many deals and how much business is transacted in venues like this. At the end of the day, people make deals with people and there are a lot of great photographers out there. The people really want to have some sort of connection, or at least get along with the photographers they will hire.

Elvis, Johnny Cash, or Jack White?

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See Kareem live and in action at Imaging USA 2015 in Nashville! He will be giving his program "A Portrait Photographer's Survival Guide to a Changing Industry" on Tuesday, February 3rd at Imaging USA. Get all of the details and register today here!

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Sarah Ackerman is known around PPA as #Sarah in part because she handles all things social media and in order to differentiate herself from the other Sarah's in the office. Sarah loves improv comedy (think "Whose Line") and routinely performs with WitPro around the Atlanta area and at Dad's Garage Theatre Company. When she's not tweeting/instagramming/facebooking all of the action at PPA, she can be found gallivanting around the world or wandering around the woods with her pup, but more than likely she's on stage making people giggle.

Meet Peter Lik, M.Photog. He's the most acclaimed landscape photographer in the world right now, and that's hardly an exaggeration. This high-octane Aussie and star of The Weather Channel's "From the Edge" will go far and wide and brave any elements to get the perfect shot. Peter will deliver a special keynote presentation at Imaging USA 2015 to discuss how and why he does it. He's bringing along some of his most celebrated images like "Ghost" and "One" and will share the stories behind them and more.

Peter will also be presented with PPA's Lifetime Achievement Award. He has been a PPA

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 photographer for nearly 10 years and is a fervent advocate for the association and its membership. Peter's accomplishments in the industry speak for themselves, and you'd think he has nothing to prove, yet he continues to enter the International Photographic Competition (IPC). One of his images made it into this year's Loan Collection.

Peter earned his master of photography (M.Photog.) degree from PPA in 2010. The degree is awarded for superior photographic skills--demonstrated through obtaining merits through the IPC, and by advanced education, speaking engagements and service to the industry.

A native of Melbourne, Australia, Peter has photographed the American landscape since he first arrived in the U.S. in 1984. Fifty thousand miles and 1,000 rolls of film later, he has now photographed landscapes in all 50 states. Highlights of this American odyssey can be found in his book, "Spirit of America."

Throughout his career, Peter has sold hundreds of millions of dollars of his artwork (again, not an exaggeration).  Two of his iconic images, "Ghost" and "Inner Peace," were exhibited in the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C. Peter also has 13 galleries of his own and counts presidents of countries and big celebrities among his many collectors. His aforementioned Weather Channel show has made Peter Lik a household name.

Want a preview? Go behind the scenes with Peter in New York City and the Pacific Northwest. In fact, you might just want to watch everything on his YouTube channel. And be sure to follow Peter Lik on Facebook and Twitter and check out his website.

Lik's keynote presentation at Imaging USA 2015 will be Monday, Feb. 2, 8-9 p.m. The program is open to anyone with an Imaging USA badge, including all-access and expo-only passes. Trust us, a program from a guy with this much talent, passion and energy is one you don't want to miss. It's first-come, first-served so you will probably want to get there early! And don't forget, you have to register for Imaging USA and come out to Nashville to see him.

Want to be more? Be there.

After all, how far are you willing to go for the perfect shot?

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Acclaimed wedding photographer and Imaging USA speaker Booray Perry stopped by PPA's member-only online community, theLoop, last week for an AMA and it was awesome. He waxes poetic about any and everything--from his "desire" to be a doctor to mastering bounce flash in order to shoot weddings more effectively. It's an awesome and illuminating conversation which you members should absolutely check out. (Sorry, members only!)

We've selected 5 of our favorite quotes from the conversation if you missed out: 

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"I did not fake the moon landing. Not officially."

"I remember feeling pretty good when a fellow photographer asked me to shoot his wedding. I had a successful business already and happy clients but when a fellow pro trusts you with their wedding, that's a pretty good validation that you might know what you're doing."

"The first time I booked a Bar Mitzvah I told the client, "I've never shot a Bar Mitzvah." She said, "That's okay, I've seen your wedding work." I felt pretty good that she felt my expertise was such that I could be trusted with a job that was totally new to me."

"You have to sell yourself. It's hard to be a wedding photographer if you are the shy type. People want someone who they think will be good, but also fun to have around for 7 hours. I've talked to photographers who complain that they just aren't getting booked and I think, "Dude, I can't talk to you on the phone for 10 minutes without starting to pray for the sweet release of death to spare me from your uncanny Deputy Dog-like demeanor."

"This may sound hokey, but I like that I get paid to work at weddings and Bar Mitzvahs where there is fun and celebration and love. It's not a bad place to spend your time. " :)

If you want to learn from someone who is passionate about what he does and is willing to speak freely about his tips on being a successful photographer, check out the full conversation here. (theLoop is an exclusive, online community for photographers to discuss privately their problems and solutions. Join PPA to get in theLoop!)

And make sure you stop by Booray's program at Imaging USA!

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Imaging USA 2015 speaker, Booray Perry, CPP has signed up for a dangerous assignment--he's going to be our very first subject in theLoop's Ask Me Anything on August 20 & 21! There
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 are two really obvious questions you might have right off the bat: 

First, what's a Booray? (It's ok - he gets this all the time.) Booray is a Cajun name. This particular Booray is an accomplished wedding and portrait photographer based in Tampa, Florida. He started his journey in photography in 8th grade and started with football games and pep rallies for the yearbook. Now he's a Certified Professional Photographer that recently went Bronze at the International Photographic Competition. We'd like to think that's a bit of an improvement from Chess Club Vice-President. He's a fun-loving, ukulele-playing photography machine. Read up on his bio here.

On Monday at Imaging USA 2015, he'll deliver his "Wedding Photography: Prepare to Succeed" program (here's the link to the full course description)! 

Second, what's an Ask Me Anything (AMA)? An AMA is a simple conversation where you can ask the "me" anything. In this case, try to keep it  photography related, but really anything goes! We're excited to make a place for you to get to know your Imaging USA speakers before February. There will be a discussion in the ImagingUSA community on theLoop, and Booray will take all of your questions Wednesday, August 20 and Thursday, August 21st! 

Start asking your questions - we can't wait to see what sort of great things you'll have to ask one of the most fun-loving photographers at Imaging USA!

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As we continue counting down the days to Imaging USA 2014, we wanted to share more of the great educational opportunities available to photographers at the convention. 

We've already talked about the Wedding and School, Sport and Event educational tracks, so be sure to go and check those out if this is your photographic specialty, or if you want to enter these markets! Also, the Imaging USA schedule page is sortable by track, so go there to find all the classes you want to attend. 

Now, the next types of IUSA classes we wanted to share are the #Hash It Out sessions. These
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 sessions are different, in the sense that they are interactive and will need your active participation. 

These daily sessions are interactive smart talks that will explore new ideas, from pro photographer to pro photographer. It's a photography business Q & A with a group twist. Our moderators will propose discussion ideas that you'll talk over with a small group of photographers and then share with the session as a whole. 

The really cool part about the #Hash It Out sessions are that you'll be able to tweet or text questions and ideas to the moderators and your peers and get advice on the spot. 

#Hash It Out sessions will be held twice a day January 12-13 with an additional session on January 14. Check the schedule page for times, and be sure to bring your ideas and questions! 

So, now that we've talked about the #Hash It Out sessions, let's dive into another type of track you'll find at IUSA, the Adobe class track. 

Every year, PPA strives to bring education on the latest photography and business techniques to Imaging USA. We believe that there's great education for any type of photographer at Imaging USA--from wedding to commercial photography, the class tracks cover it all!

 

If you've got a certain photographic specialty you know you want to learn more in, you can easily sort the Imaging USA schedule by class track to be sure not to miss anything during the convention. It's a great way to plan your education schedule for Imaging USA 2014 in Phoenix. 

 

One such track is the aforementioned Wedding track. True to its name, this track is built specially for wedding photographers and will continue to advance your knowledge in these areas. 

 

The first available wedding class is the pre-convention Business Basics Workshop for Wedding Photographers. In this intimate, two-day setting, you'll assess the competitive wedding landscape and acquire those necessary, but too often avoided, business skills. Instructors , CPP, and , CPA, will walk you through the financial, tax and legal requirements of running your business, so that you are confident and legally compliant. It's a great way to kick-start the convention as well as your business in 2014.

 

Then, once the convention officially starts on Sunday, you can start your day by learning the art of capturing a moment from acclaimed wedding photographer, Ross Oscar Knight. In Moments Not Poses, Ross will teach you the three key components to document candid moments.

 

The rest of Sunday is open for you to explore other areas or the EXPO floor, but three wedding classes are on tap for Monday. Start your morning with a live demo class with . In Helping Others See, you'll learn the tried and true techniques from one of the world's top wedding photographers.

 

Next, you can learn tactics to establish a consistent workflow in Discovering Your Personal Vision with . Then finish-off your day with award-winning wedding photographer Roberto Valenzuela's Expand Your Vision by Gaining Control of Any Situation or Challenge.

 

On Tuesday, you'll be faced with the difficult decision of starting your day between two 8 a.m. wedding sessions.  will teach you how to Transform Your Studio and Unleash Your Greatest Potential while Carrie Wildes, CPP, offers the wide-spanning Build Relationships, Book Weddings, Get Published. Cap everything off with Photo Video Fusion from Vanessa Joy and Rob Adams.

 

Remember, these are just a few of the great classes you'll find at Imaging USA--there are so many more if you want to broaden your scope! Be sure to check the entire Imaging USA schedule and download the mobile app to customize your schedule. If you haven't registered yet, view all the Imaging USA registration options and pick the one that's right for you.

 

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Every year, PPA strives to bring education on the latest photography and business techniques to
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Imaging USA. We believe that there's great education for any type of photographer at Imaging USA--from wedding to commercial photography, the class tracks cover it all!

If you've got a certain photographic specialty you know you want to learn more in, you can easily sort the Imaging USA schedule by class track to be sure not to miss anything during the convention. It's a great way to plan your education schedule for Imaging USA 2014 in Phoenix. 

One such track is School, Sport & Events. True to its name, this track is built specially for photographers who work in the school, sport and event market and will continue to advance your knowledge in these areas. 

For instance, if you do youth sports photography you won't want to miss the "From the Ballfield to the Bank - Big Money in Youth Sports" session with John Pittman on Sunday. He'll share tips that can make this market very profitable. Plus, if you're thinking about entering the youth sports market, Pittman says that you'll walk away from the session with great ideas that can help you as you venture out into this market.

For those sports photographers looking to add a new product offering for their clients, Richard Sturdevant's "Take The Gloves Off! Delivering a Knock-Out Blow with Creativity is Sports Volume Photography" session will teach you how this Grand Imaging Award-winning photographer creates unique composite sports posters that his clients love!

If you specialize in school portraits, check out "The Artona Group Inc. - School Pictures and Seniors" session with Michael Rak. His presentation combines the collective knowledge of a family who has been shooting special moments for almost forty years! Sit back and soak it all in as Michael and company share their family history, as well as their transition from a mom-and-pop shop to a high-volume school picture, senior portrait, and wedding photography studio.

These are just a few of the great classes you'll find in Imaging USA's School, Sport & Event track. Be sure to check the Imaging USA schedule as we're still adding classes for all tracks! If you haven't registered yet, view all the Imaging USA registration options and pick the one that's right for you.

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If you've had a chance to check out the Imaging USA 2014 class schedule (or attended Imaging USA in the past), you know that three days of intense education in ten different tracks are included with your registration fee. But you also probably noticed that classes have been scheduled before the conference kick starts, from January 9 - 11. So, what's the deal with these classes before the official dates of the conference? 

Up to three days of pre-convention classes are available for an additional fee for those who want to maximize the Imaging USA experience. Get to Phoenix a few days earlier and get hands-on and small group learning sessions. There's something to interest any type of photographer... and offsite / outdoors / on-location hands-on opportunities!

Workshops 

If you're a PPA member who's considering attending one of the Studio Management Services (SMS) workshops (Business Basics or Business Breakthroughs), both will be taking place during pre-convention in Phoenix. The Business Basics workshop has even been split into two separate focuses for wedding and portrait photographers. If you're just starting out in the photography business, this workshop will provide some vital information on setting up and managing your business so that you can stay profitable! 

Check back next month for information on scholarship options for the SMS Business Basics workshop.

For those of you further along in business, the Business Breakthroughs workshop provides a more in-depth look at business and financial management, the how-to's of effective branding and marketing for maximizing sales. Better yet, if you sign-up for the Business Breakthroughs workshop you'll get a full-access pass for Imaging USA... for free! Just call us at 888-851-0405 or send us an email, so that we can set you up.

There will be other workshops (other than SMS) geared toward photographers who have just recently turned pro. Including "The Secrets To Success When Turning Pro" with Steve Kozak, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, which you can read all about in this recent blog post

There are great opportunities for photographers that specialize in high school senior portraits as well, so be sure to check out the "Taking Your Senior Business to the Next Level" with Gary Box, Cr.Photog., and Pam Box, Cr.Photog., as well as the 'Building and Maintaining a Successful Senior Business" class with Larry Peters, M.Photog.MEI., CPP. 

Finally, if you've been thinking about earning your Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) designation, consider attending the Certification Preparation Class to prepare for the exam and image submission. After taking the workshop, there are three opportunities to take the exam during Imaging USA.  Read more about the Certification Preparation Class on PPA.com/cpp and read the thoughts of some past class attendees on the PPA Today blog

Single Day Pre-Convention Classes

All the workshops mentioned in the previous section of this post last for multiple days, but there are excellent one-day pre-convention classes as well! 

These programs are for photographers of various skill levels and cover many different specialties. For instance, if you're into landscape photography you can spend a day in the Arizona outdoors in an "Off to the Desert Photo Shoot" with Bob Coates, M.Photog.Cr., CPP. A real treat!

Other pre-con classes focus on topics such as school and senior photography, babies and children, Photoshop techniques and many others!

If you're having trouble picking just one pre-convention class, the "Hands On Photography" sessions may be a great option for you. You can choose to attend up to three sessions, and you can combine them to create your own unique plate of photographic education! And yes, as the name suggests you won't just be listening to a lecture, you'll actually get hands-on experience with live models, shooting with the techniques your instructors demonstrate. 

Focus on children's photography? Maybe you'll want to attend "The ABC's of Children's Photography" Hands On Photography class. You can follow that up by learning more about lighting in the "The Power Of Light" Hands On session with Tony Corbell, Cr.Photog.API, and conclude your day with Julia Kelleher, M.Photog.Cr, CPP, and the "Bijou Baby: The First Year Forever" session. 

There are many hands-on photography options, so you can create whatever combination will suit your fancy! But don't think too long: pre-con classes always sell out. Attendance is limited to ensure a higher learning experience. So don't delay, or simply sign up today!

You can view the up-to-date pre-convention (and regular convention) class schedule on imagingusa.org. (Classes are continually being added, so be sure to check back frequently!)

When you're registering for Imaging USA, you'll see the options to add pre-convention classes to your registration. Make sure to act soon as the class sizes are limited for pre-con. 

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