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PPA Today: Imaging USA Classes: November 2015 Archives

Imaging USA Classes: November 2015 Archives

By Chris Homer

Imaging USA 2016 in Atlanta is right around the corner, January 10 - 12. Some of the major highlights of Imaging USA are the great classes that cover nearly every photographic specialty. Take a look at some of the classes in Imaging USA's Business track below. From growing a school photography business to booking more sessions, you'll find a ton of great tips for your photography business in this track!

Michael Christman
January 10
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Yes, school photography is a saturated market and every studio seems to have a piece of it. Yes, the photos are often more about the vendor and less about the customer experience. So, why would you do it? Michael Christman is here to share his expertise and experience on why this is a market you want to want!

Kristin Privette
January 10
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

All too often, great photographers are not great business people, leaving hundreds and even thousands of dollars on the table. In this course, former sales representative and business-savvy photographer Kristin Privette pairs up with her husband to teach you simple sales techniques that can generate significant results!

Jessica Vogel, M. Photog.Cr., CPP
January 10
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Styles may change and eventechnology will change but the one thing that doesn't change? The demand for families to suspend their memories in time with beautiful portraiture! In this class, instructor Jessica Vogel walks you through how to build a successful, sustainable business capturing the images of children.

John David Pittman
January 10
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Take a moment and step away from workshops about lighting, posing, business plans and sales strategies. John David Pittman (JDP) spends this class discussing the concept of truly being "tuned in." In an upfront, honest conversation, JDP explores what it really means to tune-in to your own creativity, what it can mean for your work and what it can do for your career.

Shawn Lee
January 10
5:00 PM - 6:15 PM

Shawn Lee will talk about some tested techniques, from initial phone consultation to final products, that will absolutely WOW senior portrait clientele. You'll see some of his award winning photographs and experience how he "thinks outside the box" to capture High School Senior portraiture that cuts the edge and serves the individual exceptionally well.
By Sarah Ackerman

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Imaging USA is the best place to stand on the shoulders of giants (metaphorically speaking). As a professional photographer, it's easy to feel like you're going it alone most of the year. Imaging USA provides a collaborative, supportive environment for you to ask fellow photographers your tough questions about your business or your craft. 

There are two special opportunities to work with seasoned veterans while in Atlanta at Imaging USA: 

Coach's Corner: If you're into school, sports or event photography, this is an excellent chance to have a 10 minute one-on-one session with top pros in the market. They'll review your work, talk pricing and business, and answer all of your questions! Space is limited, so sign up for your spot today! 

IPC Mentor Session: This is your chance to sit down with a Juror from the International Photographic Competition and see what it really takes to create high-scoring images and discuss what you should know to make images for photographic competition. With PPA's District Competitions around the corner (link), this is a great chance to get practical advice to see how to improve your work!

Be More Creative in 2016 and learn from those who have already been there! These are two amazing opportunities that your creativity and business will thank you for as you move forward through the year!


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Sarah Ackerman manages all things social media for PPA and Imaging USA. When she's not living on the internet, she loves improv comedy, going on wilderness adventures, gallivanting around the globe, knitting, wood working and yoga. 


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By Nicole McIntosh

With Imaging USA 2016 getting closer and closer, the excitement just continues to build. Imaging USA offers an array of classes that cover the necessary things that photographers like you need to know. One of the tracks offered is Adobe Photography Solutions classes. This track is your go to for all things Adobe; you will learn everything from retouching tips to timesaving techniques. 

Here are the classes offered under the Adobe Photography Solution Track during Imaging USA 2016: 

Monday, January 11, 8-9:30am 
Save time and make your photos look amazing by discovering new timesaving techniques during this course. Expert retoucher Chris Orwig will teach you how to make your photographs of people and other subjects look their best using Lightroom and Photoshop.

Monday, January 11, 10-11:30am
Combining multiple images captured at different times to create a whole is something that can expand your portfolio to new levels. Julianne Kost, a pro at composites, will share her tips for creating successful composites including organizing layers and creating the perfect mask.

Monday, January 11, 5-6:15 pm
Sometimes photographers are afraid to use mobile devices to help aid them in their productivity and creativity. Terry White shows you how you can use Lightroom to organize, share, and edit your photographs from anywhere including on your mobile devices. 

Tuesday, January 12, 8-9:30am
When life gets too hectic, you sometimes can lose that creative spark that is the master of all your artistic abilities. Julieanne Kost will teach you techniques that will help you channel your creativity in any situation and inspire you to create better images. 

Tuesday, January 12, 10-11:30am
There are lists of things that can go wrong during your shoots including weather, challenging subjects, and poor lighting. Jared Platt will make sure you leave this class knowing the tricks using Lightroom and Photoshop of post processing that will change the game for the way your photographs turn out.

There you have it! The Adobe Photography Solutions Track offers classes that can help you develop your post processing and creative skills. Imaging USA 2016 has something for everyone! There's even more learning on the tradeshow floor with lots of demos. Join us in Atlanta, January 10-12, 2016! Register today at ImagingUSA.org/Register.


Nicole McIntosh is one of PPA's Marketing and Communications Interns, yay! Nicole is known for her vibrant smile and the one to laugh even if the sky is falling. A sophomore at Spelman College, she hopes that working with PPA will give her the tools she needs to start her own non-profit organization one day.

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