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PPA Today: Inspiration: June 2015 Archives

Inspiration: June 2015 Archives

By Rachel Noto

The latest round of PhotoVision videos are here! Check out the list of new videos below, and if you're a PPA member, you can go ahead and dig in!

And don't forget, through the end of June, anyone can sample PhotoVision for free during PhotoVision EXPOsed. Sign up or spread the word to your photography friends to get access to the PhotoVision library and be entered into a raffle to win $20,000 worth of prizes!

The lineup of new PhotoVision videos that have just been added includes:

  • "Senior Photography: Including the Family" shows how Melanie Anderson Cr.Photog., CPP, includes an entire family in her senior family photo shoots and includes helpful tips on everything from aperture settings for group shots to how to get everyone in the group to behave and look their best.
  • "Lighting for the Urban Environment" is an excellent tutorial for anyone interested in learning more about lighting tips. Ed Pierce, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, shares his expertise on the matter as he takes you through one shoot in the beautiful Wilmington area.
  • "Start Up to Success" features Jill Austin, the woman who has it all, sharing tips on how she manages to keep her business running smoothly while also maintaining a healthy family life. 
  • "Window Lighting for Newborns" takes you through Jill Austin's process of capturing the tender, warm imagery that sets her newborn shoots apart from the rest. 
  • "Iconik Studio Techniques" demonstrates how Iconik studio photographers Jeremy Witter and Brent Legg combine youthful but stylish and current elements to their senior photographs to create an end result that pleases both the senior and their parents. 
  • "Increasing Value with Senior Video Fusion" features Jen Basford, Cr.Photog., describing how she offers videos as an option for senior photography and how it both enhances the client experience and raises the caliber of her studio.
  • "Secrets to Make You Blush" focuses on Blush Boudoir's Tracy Malott, who lets you in on how she makes her clients feel special and then sits down with her husband to discuss cross-market potential between photography and local businesses!
  • "Extreme Sports" joins Melanie Anderson, Cr.Photog., CPP, as she continues a senior photography session with her "Extreme Senior" add-on. She shares tips on capturing lively images of sports-themed shoots, recommending everything from using a spray bottle to simulate sweat, to having the senior take a swing to get those lively, action-filled shots. 

If you're not already with PPA , join and gain immediate access to PhotoVision's entire library plus tons of other advantages that help PPA photographers Be More Inspired, Profitable, and In-Demand!

Rachel Noto is one of the summer interns wandering around the labyrinthine offices of PPA, enthusiastically taking pictures of her cat, and occasionally getting a little writing and design done. An Atlanta native, she's learned to embrace the feeling of getting lost every now and then, though she now spends most of the year in the gridded city of Savannah, Georgia, where she attends the Savannah College of Art and Design. She has a passion for food, cute animals, and communication in all of its forms.


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By Megan Mitchell

You might have noticed us post about the International Photographic Competition (IPC) quite a bit recently. That's because registration is now open! 

We could talk about the value of competing until our faces turn blue, but why not let other photographers do the talking? We asked IPC competitors to share their thoughts on theLoop here. Here's what they had to say!

Why should I compete?

"To grow beyond from merely being a photographer to becoming an artist. That's why a total immersion in the crucible of competition is what I suggest."
-Jerry Venz, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, Idaho

"It has given me something to send out press releases about and that helps keep my name in front of potential clients. I share credit with clients whose images have done well in competition and they get excited about it also. As you earn enough merits and receive your degree that gives you more talking points when selling clients that your skills are top notch."
-Bob Coates, M.Photog.M.Artist.Cr., CPP, Arizona

"Working on your own work shows and tells clients you believe in your own work."
-Joanne Fabian, Pennsylvania

Great, so a critique will help me "improve." How?

"I often learn more from those critiques than any other education resource. While I may not always agree with the critique, there is still validity and things to be learned. As a result, I see my work constantly improving."
-D. Brent Walton Cr.Photog., CPP, New York
 
"It takes much longer to progress in a vacuum. By that, I mean the usual praise you may receive from family and friends. So, go for it! Even if you don't earn merits or Loan Prints right away your client images WILL improve because you will be getting UNBIASED, HONEST feedback on your work--and that is PRICELESS!"
-Jerry Venz, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, Idaho

"You start to look for possible competition images in every session that you shoot--consciously, and subconsciously. In every portrait session that you do, you start looking at things just a bit differently. You start looking to see if you can possibly create a competition image from just about each and every session that you do. You find yourself taking just a second or so before tripping the shutter to really look at your subject like it was a competition image and you end up finding yourself correcting those things that would keep that image you see in front of you from scoring well... and in the process, the quality of your day-to-day work just automatically gets better and your clients get a better product. 

Without even noticing it, you look back a year or two and are amazed about how much your work has improved with what seems like no effort at all. Just because you started to take just those few extra seconds to do the steps that you need to do to change an ordinary image into a competition image."
-Rick Massarini, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, Lousiana

"Almost all the critiques pointed at things I did not see at first and helped me get even better. After your first critiques you will view your images differently. You are not looking for a sellable image or a showcase of your work. You are objectively looking for the 12 Elements of a Merit Image they list as you pick your images. It is an enlightening journey, so welcome aboard."
-Joanne Fabian, Pennsylvania

I don't think I can do this. 

"It's obtainable to all those folks who are naysayers - find your inner artist, turn it loose, find mentors whose work you admire and ask for constructive feedback. Most of the best people out there are willing to help others raise their bar because in the end, it makes our industry better for everyone!"
-Gena Tussey, CPP, Tennessee

They said it best! Ready to step up your game and compete with your images? Register now!
And check out the full conversation on theLoop. Have something to add? Jump on in! 

Megan Mitchell is an intern at PPA. Though she attends college in New York, she is originally from Georgia - most everyone she meets up north is shocked and disappointed by her lack of a southern accent. She finds great joy and comfort in copy editing and reading. She loves nothing more than words, but her family and friends take a close second.

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By Rachel Noto

With the call for entries for PPA's International Photographic Competition (IPC) in full swing, it's now more important than ever to make sure your images are at the top of their game!

The work of artists can be fundamentally personal, and as such it can feel intimidating to submit work to be criticized and reviewed by masters in the field. However, absorbing a critique is one of the most important aspects of being an artist. Learning to think critically about others' work benefits you as well; in identifying the stronger and weaker parts of the work of your peers, you can turn that same discerning eye on your own work. 

All IPC jurors have earned Master of Photography degrees from PPA by submitting their images to competitions just like you, so their advice comes from a place of experience and empathy.  Hearing the thoughts of one of the jurors themselves is incredibly useful because they are not only a master in their field but have been in your shoes!

Watch Glen Mahan's merited image from the 2014 IPC, "Afrikaans Language Monument," be critiqued by Donna Goodhale, M.Photog., for some insight into what judges look for, and hone your own skills in observation and critique so you can identify the strengths and weaknesses of your own work in order to set your best foot forward in the 2015 competition!


Are your images ready for judging? Submit your work here!

Want to read more examples of critiques and other information about IPC before you submit? Read through the PPA blog's previous posts about the International Photographic Competition!

Rachel Noto is the second of two summer interns wandering around the labyrinthine offices of PPA, enthusiastically taking pictures of her cat, and occasionally getting a little writing and design done. An Atlanta native, she's learned to embrace the feeling of getting lost every now and then, though she now spends most of the year in the gridded city of Savannah, Georgia, where she attends the Savannah College of Art and Design. She has a passion for food, cute animals, and communication in all of its forms.

By Sarah Ackerman

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For a limited time, PPA is offering the best of PhotoVision to everyone with PhotoVision EXPOsed! Through June 30, anyone can stream select full-length videos. This is big because it's not often you find truly top-quality online resources at no cost! Do yourself a favor, mark your calendar and take advantage of this popular photography learning program. 

If you are a PPA photographer, you already have access to 800+ educational videos PhotoVision has to offer, but do a good deed and share this with your friends! Who doesn't love freebies and a healthy dose of inspiration? 

Send your friends to PhotoVisionVideo.com/EXPO! Get some learning on and help some fellow photographers Be More Inspired.


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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 around Atlanta. When she's not tweeting/facebooking/instagramming 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.

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By Megan Mitchell

Entries for PPA's International Photographic Competition (IPC) are now open, so this critique comes at a great time, because IPC is a great opportunity to improve your craft so you can offer your clients even better images.

How can watching someone else's critique help YOU? The IPC critiques provide feedback from one of the competition's jurors and such critiques are directly meant to help the image maker! All IPC jurors have Master of Photography (M.Photog.) degrees from PPA, meaning they have submitted their own images to IPC to gain merits - they've been in your exact position before and they take into serious consideration the image critiquing as a way of coaching you. So any feedback, good and bad, is meant to be constructive and to help the listener SEE what it takes to take an image to the next (competition) level. 

See for yourself! In the video below, you'll see an example of a critique from last year's IPC . Glen Mahan's image, "Solomon," is being critiqued by Jeff Dachowski, M.Photog., Cr., CPP. This image was accepted into PPA's general collection and Glen earned an exhibition merit! You can learn what put this  work over the top!



Ready to submit some of your work to this year's IPC? Do it here!
If you're still feeling a little unsure, check out some helpful PPAedu videos on photographic competition!
It's time to Be More Creative.

Megan Mitchell is one of two summer interns running around at PPA. Though she attends college in New York, she is originally from Georgia - most everyone she meets up north is shocked and disappointed by her lack of a southern accent. She finds great joy and comfort in copy editing and reading. She loves nothing more than words, but her family and friends take a close second. 



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This page is a archive of entries in the Inspiration category from June 2015.

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