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By Bethany Clark

Take a peek at some of merited images featured in PPMag's gallery! See the full gallery and learn more about each image and the photographer who captured it on PPMag.com/Gallery/Merited.

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By Bethany Clark

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Share your inspiration from the new PPMag.com on Pinterest for your chance to win fabulous prizes:
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  2. Pin images, articles, and content you love from the new PPmag.com
  3. Complete the entry form found at PPmag.com/PinToWin with a link to your board 
  4. Follow Professional Photographer Magazine on Pinterest to see who wins!
  5. Contest ends on 8/10/2016 and one randomly selected winner will be notified by email. 

So pin to your heart's content from July 21 to August 10, 2016! Get all the details at PPmag.com/PinToWin.

Bethany Clark manages all things social media for PPA. When she's not living on the internet, she loves writing, sewing, travel, yoga, and of course photography.

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By Autumn Rice

Brooklyn-based portrait photographer Joey L has a portfolio full of celebrities including Robert De Niro, Jennifer Lawrence, and John Legend. And that expertise is exactly what Joey L has brought to coverage of the Syrian war. The end result is a series of unique portraits that tell individual stories of the conflict. 

 
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By Autumn Rice

Consumers want your digital files. But they also find great value and meaning in printed portraits,
and that creates business opportunities for you. Learn how three different studios are cashing--and creating loyal clients--by selling photographic prints.


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By Chris Homer

Seeking a hearty niche to claim as her own, Alison Miniter, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, turned to the lovers of classic cars. With loads of personal experience attending car shows because of her car-loving husband, Miniter saw an opportunity to provide custom photography to a new audience. 

Learn how Miniter has made a name and a niche in "Driving Sales" on PPMag.com.


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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 Chris Homer

The beach is a popular vacation destination for families. And Kansas Pitts, who's based in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, has seen more than her share of them. Her studio thrives on these sun-soaked vacationers, many of whom return year after year for family portraits.

Pitts concentrates on keeping vacationing families stress-free with sunset photo sessions take just 30 minutes. She's also found ways to expedite the sales and ordering sessions to make purchasing easy. 

Learn about Pitts and her booming beach photography business in "Golden Hour" on the PPmag.com website.


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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 Amanda Arnold
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What? You thought copyright law protects you?

Not so much. Copyright law is great for the big creators--the motion pictures companies, rock stars--but it does precious little for high-volume creators like professional photographers, for whom each piece of work has a relatively low monetary value. Here's why: In order to battle an infringer, you have to take your case to federal court. Federal court is expensive--like $345,000 expensive for the average copyright case cost. In fact, you'd have a hard time getting an attorney to touch a copyright infringement case unless damages are likely to exceed $30,000 ... at a minimum.

The average copyright infringement against a photographer is valued at less than $3,000. That's a lot of money for a photographer, who on average makes $35,000 a year. And yet it's not near enough to take down an infringer.

Sound unfair? And illogical? It is. That's why the nation's largest nonprofit association of working photographers is bucking for change. And the time to act is now.

For more than 20 years, Professional Photographers of America has been active in getting copyright law reformed. One of PPA's priorities is seeing the creation of a small claims process for copyright so photographers can go after infringers. And finally--just this month--lawmakers are drafting legislation to put this copyright small claims process in place.

Exciting news? Yes! End of the journey? No! The bill won't make it from draft to legislation without co-sponsors--lots of them. And it won't get co-sponsors without the voices of tens of thousands--yes, tens of thousands--of photographers and other visual arts creators pleading for them to act ASAP. So here's what we need you to do:

Go to PPA.com/Grassroots right now and sign up to receive updates on the bill. At some point in the near future you will receive a notification to begin contacting your local and state representatives about the bill. Don't worry--the Grassroots Action Team website will make this process very easy. You'll simply plug in your ZIP code to find the appropriate lawmakers in your area to contact, and then you'll shoot off an email directly from the website. Or make a few phone calls. Simple and effective.

Share PPA's "Understanding Small Claims" video. Not just once, not twice--up to 10 times on your social media feeds. Remember, tens of thousands of photographers' voices are needed in this initiatve, so this video needs to go viral to make that impact.  

Tune in to PPA's upcoming webinars on copyright. These webinars will get you up to speed on copyright reform and explain what actions you need to take to mobilize in support of a small claims process. Visit ppa.com/advocacy for an updated list of webinar topics and times. 
This could be the most significant copyright change in your lifetime. Be a part of it!


Amanda Arnold is the associate editor of Professional Photographer.
By James Yates

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New York City-based fashion, portrait, and commercial photographer Jeff Rojas saw an opportunity and went for it. He noticed there were plenty of classes and workshops on how to photograph women, but, men? Not so much. Now, Rojas teaches other photographers how to get the best results from male subjects. His less-is-more philosophy, including attention to styling, dealing with men's insecurities (hello, receding hairlines) and the difference between directing and posing have made him internationally renowned at the age of 27. 

Read about Jeff and how he gets the best from his male subjects in, "Manly Pursuits," on the newly redesigned PPmag.com website.

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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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The story of the legendary Green Bay Packers is well documented in NFL history, but the story behind the team's breathtaking moments captured in photos is much less told. It began with a young Vernon Biever striking a deal with a local newspaper in 1940 to cover game day action in exchange for a press pass. Vernon eventually passed this responsibility down to son Jim Biever, who continues to chronicle the pro football team. 

Read about the journey the Biever family has taken with the Green Bay Packers in, "Family Dynasty: Seventy-five Years with the Green Bay Packers" on the newly redesigned PPmag.com website.

The website offers extraordinary profiles, behind- the- scenes exclusives, and digital editions archives.

Find all this and more on PPmag.com now!

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By Autumn Rice

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Arthur Levi Rainville, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, API, grew up in New England watching his father make portraits. He was inspired to become portrait photographer in his own right, and he's made a fine career of it.

Read "The Connected Portrait" to follow Rainville's 50-yearjourney,  and learn why he believes that the connection between portraitist and subject is everything. 

The newly designed PPmag.com offers complete Digital Editions, searchable back issues, and remarkable photos for subscribers to explore. 

Enjoy "The Connected Portrait" and don't forget to stay up-to-date with PPmag.com

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