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By Bethany Clark

Super 1 Day was a big success this past October, and PPA is already prepping to do it again in spring 2017. After all, this unique opportunity to learn photography tips, tricks, techniques, and best practices from fellow professionals and in-person, is something that photographers from across the country seem  to take advantage of more and more. Over 250 instructors taught in almost every state -- 40 classes were held in Texas alone, making it the most popular Super 1 Day state! 
As we prepare for the May 8-22, 2017 session of Super 1 Day, PPA is looking for more instructors! There are many benefits to teaching a class (or two!), including digging deeper into your subject area, elevating the industry by improving our profession overall, and even earning two merits towards your PPA Photographic Degree!

Instructor applications close January 20, 2017, so make sure you filled out yours completely by then. Be sure to invite your pro photographer friends to apply as well! 


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By Tristin Vaccaro

Despite its name, Super 1 Day is a unique, two-week event for photographers held across the country aimed at increasing their skill sets. Over the two weeks, one-day-long classes (get it?) are provided on various photography topics such as posing, lighting, marketing and overall business best practices for photography studio owners. The most recent Super 1 Day, held October 3-17, is all wrapped up and the results are in! We here at PPA are so thankful for both attendees and instructors alike for making this Super 1 Day one of the best yet! 

Over 250 instructors taught a total of 208 classes in almost every state! (40 classes were held in Texas alone, making it the most popular Super 1 Day state.) Both instructors and attendees walked away with stronger skills and even PPA merits for their participation. To get your firsthand look at a Super 1 Day class, check out this recap video provided by PPA member Eddie Tapp, M.Photog.MEI.Cr., CPP, API.


And if you missed this year's Super 1 Day classes, or can't wait to participate again, the next one will be held May 8-22, 2017. Online class registration opens March 2, 2017, but the application to be a Super 1 Day instructor is available now!  

Remember, PPA members receive one merit for attending a Super 1 Day class, and instructors receive two merits for their efforts. Instructor applications close January 20, 2017, so make sure your application is filled out completely by then. 

If you want to gain a new skill, sharpen your photography acumen, or try your hand at teaching, the spring Super 1 Day event is the place for it all! 

Again, we cannot say thank you enough to those who participated in Super 1 Day this year! We are so grateful to have such a wonderful network of photography professionals that genuinely enjoy teaching what they love and are always willing to learn something new. Visit PPA.com/Edu to learn more about what Super 1 Day is all about, and we hope to see you in 2017! 

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The International Photographic Competition has seen substantial growth over the last few years due to the consistent efforts of its members, staff and competition volunteers. PPA is thrilled with the renewed interest in competition among its members. With this growth in mind, we're excited to share some changes in both the District and International Photographic Competitions.

Here are some of the changes coming to the 2017 Competitions:

  1. All panels convened to determine merit will operate with a five-member panel. This will increase efficiency in the judging. In 2016, a six-juror panel was seated and the lowest score was dropped, therefore five scores were used in determining score. This change is an alignment of the amount of scores required to determine a final score to be congruent with the number of jurors on the panel. The lowest score will no longer be dropped. When a judge associates an entry with an entrant, the judge is required to disqualify themselves from scoring an entry. When this scenario happens, the Jury Chair will enter a score for that entry. In the case of two jurors needing to disqualify themselves, the entry will be skipped until a panel with five jurors can be convened to score the entry.

  2. To further bring consistency between the District Competitions and the IPC, scores will be used to determine merit at both events. A majority of members surveyed stated that they would like the two scoring systems to be the same.

  3. The PPA Loan Collection will be determined in a different manner as well. Images scoring in the "deserving of a merit" category (80-84) will not be reviewed for the Loan Collection. Entries that receive a score of 80-84 at a District judging have the choice to send those Seal of Approval entries on to IPC for a merit towards their degree, or to break the seal to chance a higher score at IPC. 

    • Entries scoring 85-94 at the District or IPC will be reevaluated for the Loan collection at the IPC event. 
    • Entries scoring 95-100 will be automatically accepted into the Loan Collection. Entries in this scoring range from the District events will still need to be submitted to the IPC to be included in the Loan collection and to receive the merits associated with those entries.
  4. Critiques ordered in conjunction with the IPC will be produced off site from the IPC judging. Critiques ordered for both events will be available within four weeks of the competition.

  5. The review mechanism of "outs" will no longer be utilized. Currently, entries scoring 78-79 were reviewed again for merit. The introduction of the majority challenge effectively activates this review on each entry.

  6. Entries into the Artist Competition will now be required to have guide images within the entry.

  7. In the Photographic Open category, an entrant will now be required to have made all elements in the entry. Entries involving elements from other artists may be entered into the Artist Competition.

Beginning in 2018, all district competitions will utilize a minimum of two panels during their judging events. This will allow each district to continue to grow and accommodate those members who are looking to earn their Seals of Approval prior to the IPC.

Once again, PPA is looking forward to further encourage its members to take advantage of these incredible educational opportunities. Look for 2017 District Rules and Schedules this fall on PPA.com/Competitions

Be sure to check out the results from this year's exciting IPC

By Autumn Rice

PPA photographers are a very diverse group of people, but one common thread is their passion for the backup that their peers provide. PPA's YouTube video series, Behind The Camera, features professional photographers who share their trials and tribulations, and their relationship with their PPA community. Today Certified Professional Photographer Aubrey Hord pitches in!
 
None of these interviews are scripted or paid for. These are real photographers, members of PPA, who value and share the power of their PPA community.

The world of professional photography spreads far and wide, which makes it easy to feel that you have to "go at it alone". PPA's goal is to link professional photographers together, provide a support system and business backbone to help photographers grow, sustainably. 

Watch the video below; you'll learn how becoming a Certified Professional Photographer, and working in Hawaii helped Aubrey Hord distinguish her photography business.

 
Help your photography friends and share this video. The power of being involved and deeply connected goes beyond professional development. It's a support system no one should be left without. You can also view a full playlist of the Behind The Camera Video series on PPA's YouTube channel.

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By Chris Homer 

PPA photographers are a very diverse group of people, but one common thread is their passion for the backup that their peers provide. PPA's YouTube video series, Behind The Camera, features real life professional photographers who share their trials and tribulations, and their relationship with their PPA community. Today it's photographer Walter Eagleton who pitches in.

None of these interviews are scripted or paid for. These are real photographers and members of PPA who value and share the power of their PPA community.

The world of professional photography spreads far and wide, which makes it easy to feel that you have to "go at it alone". PPA's goal is to link professional photographers together, and provide a support system and business backbone to help photographers grow, sustainably.

Watch the video below; there you'll learn how earning a PPA degree has helped Walter to distinguish himself and his business above all his competitors. 


 

Help your photography friends and share this video. The power of being involved and deeply connected goes beyond professional development. It's a support system no one should be left without. You can also view a full playlist of the Behind The Camera Video series on PPA's YouTube channel. Learn more about earning a PPA degree here.


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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.


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by James Yates
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Your PPA membership comes loaded with several educational opportunities to keep you competitive and on the forefront of modern professional photography. One of the greatest ways to set yourself apart from the competition, if you haven't already, is to GET CERTIFIED! 

Becoming a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) through PPA gives you more than just the CPP behind your name, it makes an impact on your career.

One of PPA's favorite podcasts, The PhotoTellers, recently sat and talked with PPA's Director of Certification, Julia Boyd, for a conversation all about the program. In this episode, Julia and co-hosts Bill Ramsey and Cris Duncan discuss:

  • What does it mean to be "Certified Professional Photographer?" Why does it matter?
  • What are the steps to become certified?
  • What are the objective metrics that distinguish a certified and non-certified photographer? How is this used in marketing? How will PPA help you leverage this distinction?
  • To the photographer who says, "I don't need certification! I'm doing great work without it." What will you gain through the process?

Give it a listen here. And, while you're at it, check out the other fantastic podcasts from the PhotoTellers team and the Fireside Network. If you'd like to learn more about the Certification process, head on over to PPA.com/CPP.

Certification is one very important way that PPA helps you Be More Successful!

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for James.JPGJames 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.

by James Yates

You didn't miss Imaging USA 2016, did you? Well, just in case, here on the PPA Today blog you will find exclusive videos from Imaging USA 2016 for your daily dose of motivation. Check out the video recording of this Imaging USA program in its entirety here!

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Imaging USA 2016 in Atlanta



Take a look at the Grand Imaging Awards at Imaging USA 2016! The 2015 Medalists, Diamond Photographers of the Year, and all the Loan Collection artists from the most recent International Photographic Competition (IPC) were honored. You can also see who was crowned champion, earning the Grand Imaging Award!

And don't even think about missing next year's Imaging USA. It will be in San Antonio, TX, January 8-10, 2017, so save the date!

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by James Yates

You didn't miss Imaging USA 2016, did you? Well, just in case, here on the PPA Today blog you will find exclusive videos from Imaging USA 2016 for your daily dose of motivation. Check out the video recording of this Imaging USA program in its entirety here!

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Imaging USA 2016 in Atlanta


In this video, check out the 2016 Award & Degree Ceremony at Imaging! Congratulations to all the photographers that earned their PPA Degree or got an award, including the Lifetime Achievement Winner, Kenneth L. Whitmire, M.Photog.Cr., F-ASP.

Ken is such an inspiration and his joy is infectious. Watch and learn how a true legend accepts acclaim with grace and gratitude.

And don't even think about missing next year's Imaging USA. It will be in San Antonio, TX, January 8-10, 2017, so save the date!


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This just in! You can stream the judging of the Southeast District Photographic Competition this week, February 18 & 19, from 9am-6pm EST on Stream.theIPC.org

If you've ever wanted to take a peek at what the judges are looking for during the Photographic Open or Artistic competition, or learn more about PPA's 12 Elements of a Merit Image, we invite you to tune in and get inspired. Who knows? Maybe you'll be entering next year!


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Lasting structures are built on great foundations.

PPA was created way back in the 1800's, and you, our members, have been pushing yourselves to be more ever since. One of the big ways to do so and to create an ever-lasting impact on your business is to pursue professional merits and degrees in photography!

Created in 1937, PPA's Merit & Degree program (this is PPA's longest-standing educational program) works hand-in-hand with other educational events and competitions, helping you earn a photographic degree that recognizes your achievements in the profession. It means you have met PPA's standards of excellence and service. More importantly, it provides you with another tool for telling the world--and all those potential clients--why they should call you, rather than the competitor down the street.

Chasing a photography degree is one of the best ways to boost your confidence (and your clients' too!) and rub elbows with the best in the business. If you're a PPA member, you're in the right place to seek these marks of competence and excellence. You can earn many credentials through PPA, including becoming a Photographic Craftsman and even a Master Photographer. 

But how do you earn them? The International Photographic Competition (IPC) is a good start!
Entering photographic competitions like the IPC is one of the best ways to earn merits toward your degrees. I wrote in length about the experience itself  from a spectator's perspective, but the growth potential for a photographer is huge. And on top of just the potential merits, we're talking skill AND dollars here. Have I already mentioned that the growth potential for a photographer is huge?

It's easy enough to enter; you just need to push yourself just that little bit more. You must want to achieve a certain standard of artistry that will set you apart from the rest. You'll grow your skillset, you'll meet fellow photographers and even mentors, and the best part? You and your clients will notice your work improve.  

And odd as it may seem very few photographers currently hold degrees. By urging yourself to be more and entering those competitions, once you earn enough merits for a degree, you will simply and truly be joining the elite.

As I mentioned, this year's IPC just took place, but it is never too early to start preparing your images for next year! Be on the lookout for district competitions opening in the Spring! And come to Imaging USA in Phoenix this January to see for yourself all those images that merited and went Loan.

And if you need any more inspiration, make sure you read longtime member Dave Huntsman's essay on why he earned his degrees.

Be more accomplished! Go after a PPA degree.




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