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By Autumn Rice

Drones are the newest and greatest way to diversify your photography business, and offer your clients innovative angles and photographs. But first, you have to know what you're doing. Understanding how to legally, efficiently, and correctly incorporate drones into your business will make a difference in its success or failure.

There are numerous resources available that are credible, and guarantee you get the best education about drones. From in-person Super 1 Day photography workshops to webinar sessions online, there are hundreds of ways to get in the know about drones. To help you get started, here are a few suggestions about upcoming courses and events holding drone-info sessions. 

• Airborne Over Texas is a class organized by the Texas Professional Photographers Association and is all about teaching drone users how to use drones for good and how to pass the FAA's Part 107 portion of the exam. You can also expect a drone demonstration from instructor Justin Moore!

• What's Up With Drones?: This session is part of the Super 1 Day series, this upcoming May, and is all about keeping you legal while using your drone and getting you prepared for the FAA UAG test. Staying legal is the first step to using drones for your business, so this class is a must! If you're in the Oklahoma area, check out this class!

• Thinking About Adding a Drone to Your Photography Business?: If you are considering using drones in our photography business, this class is for you. This course will discuss FAA regulations and testing and available resources, equipment cost and investment cost, insurance and opportunities for drone photography. It is part of the Super 1 Day photography workshops to be held this May and will be held twice that month in order to accommodate everyone who wants to learn.

• Drones-FAA Part 107 Prep Course: There are two dates for this Super 1 Day course. It will teach you the rules and regulations required by the FAA to successfully pass the Part 107 FAA exam and make you a licensed drone pilot. This workshop will help you review the five main areas you will be tested on, and then take a practice exam to see how you'll fair on the real thing!

These are just a few of the sessions available for your drone education. Check out to get the latest and greatest information in drone education from PPA and if you're curious about the Super 1 Day Photography Workshops coming up this May, there are more than 200 classes across the USA!

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By Autumn Rice

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It's that time of year again! It's time you use the educational tips & tricks learned during Super 1 Day to Improve Your Business. 

Spring Super 1 Day sessions will be held May 8-22, 2017, and your fellow photographers are ready to teach you the best of what they know! Though our Super 1 Day participants vary in their specialties and locations, they all seem to agree on one thing: Super 1 Day is one of the best and easiest ways to join your peers for an excellent learning experience!

From each class you can expect to at least four things learn: 
  1. Top tier photography education from your peers
  2. Diverse ways to improve your marketing, profits, and the overall success of your business
  3. Tips & tricks to help improve your workflow and time spent on editing
  4. Strategies to improve the end product delivered to your clients

With nearly 250 classes across the country, you're sure to find one that fits your interests. (There are 30 in Texas alone!) So join a class near you!

Super 1 Day classes are very interactive and often give participants the chance to practice what they've learned on site. Before you head off to your class, be sure to check your bag for a few items. You'll need to bring:
  • Camera
  • Note-taking material 
  • Small tablet or laptop 
  • Snacks 
  • Money for lunch 

Online registration for Spring Super 1 Day will open March 2, 2017. Each class will be available for the $99 rate through May 3, 2017. Classes fill up fast, so visit to join a class near you!


By Tristin Vaccaro

They say that the influence of a good teacher can never be erased. If teaching others has always been a passion of yours, or you've always wanted to give it a try, Super 1Day 2017 is your chance to leave that lasting impact! 

Super1Day is a two-week-long event that builds the photographic and business skills of professional photographers. Classes covering a wide range of topics are held across the country and are led by knowledgeable professional photographers. In 2017, Super1Day will take place May 8-22, but not without those aforementioned knowledgeable instructors. That's where you come in! 

Super1Day instructors volunteer to share their photography and business knowledge with class attendees. Instructors can teach alone or with another PPA member by their side. PPA handles all aspects of Super1Day attendee registration including confirmation emails, class packets, and even event promotion. The rest is up to you! Course instructors determine the class topic, location, format, and size.

Signing up as a Super1Day instructor comes with some pretty awesome benefits too. Instructors receive two merits toward their PPA degree, simply for having at least one person attend their class. In addition, instructors with their Photographic Craftsman or Master of Photography degrees will receive $50 per student after the 7th registered class attendee. Aside from these more tangible perks, you'll get teaching experience, an expanded network, and the satisfaction of helping others achieve their goals.

Instructor registration for Super1Day Spring 2017 is already open, but don't wait, as applications are due by January 20! We've even provided you with instructor FAQs and resources to help complete your transition to teacher. By signing up to be a Super1Day instructor, you're helping others while also helping yourself. We call that a win-win! 

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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 Autumn Rice

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It's time to connect and grow with your fellow photographers during this year's fall Super 1 Day! For two weeks in October, dozens of studios across the country will host all day, peer-to-peer education workshops that enhance skills and help photographers build a better business. Participants will have the opportunity to experience classes like:

Building your business: pricing and marketing strategies
Learning lighting patterns, studio & outdoor lighting and equipment
Discovering techniques for Photoshop® & Lightroom®
Finding your niche: seniors, children, weddings & more

These don't even include the workshops on different post production methods and posing techniques, getting the best shots for boudoir, becoming a certified professional photographer (CPP), or branding and sales knowledge. The point is, if you want to learn it, there's probably a Super 1 Day class for it!

In addition to the tips and tricks you'll learn, these classes also help you get closer to earning your degree! PPA members earn one service merit for paid attendance.

All photographic classes will be held October 3-17, 2016, and each class will be available for $99 through September 27, 2016. 

Online registration is now open!

With more than 250 classes offered across the country, you are sure to find one in your area! So, browse the class schedule at, and register for a class near you!

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by James Yates

Registration has opened TODAY for PPA's Super 1 Day Photography Workshops! The workshops are scheduled to take place between May 9 and May 23, 2016. For those two weeks, hundreds of studios across the country will hold day-long workshops covering every topic from portrait and wedding photography, posing and lighting, to digital retouching and workflow and sales and marketing strategies. The workshops comprise a full day of photography education for professional photographers.Super1Day_1200x1200.jpg

In Scottsdale, Arizona, they can learn lighting and posing from Andrew Faulds, M.Photog., CPP and Ryan Higgins, CPP. In Alexandria, Virginia, attendees can experience a complete location senior portrait session with Kelly Schneider, CPP. Do you live closer to Owensboro, Kentucky? Master Photographers Kate and Jason Higdon will be there to go over their "Social Capital" theory on how to network with clients.

Super 1 Day aims to strengthen the photographic and business skills of professional photographers. Classes are taught by photographers who host seminars in their studios (or other locations), with the proceeds going to support PPA educational projects.

Classes are expected to be a full day, so that CEU merits can be awarded to both attendees and instructors. You have three easy ways to register:
•    ONLINE: Register online for only $99 between March 2, 2016 and May 3, 2016.
•    BY PHONE: Call your PPA Customer Service team at 1-800-786-6277 to register by phone until May 3, 2016.
•    ONSITE: All registrations after May 3, 2016 must be completed onsite and in-person for $120. Please contact the instructor prior to attending to ensure there is space available.

PPA will send confirmation letters with class information to all pre-registered attendees. Not a PPA photographer? Don't fret! All photographers are encouraged to attend.
To get all the latest info on Super 1 Day, head on over to

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Need some photography education to tide you over until Imaging USA 2016? Good news - PPA's Super 1 Day workshops are back this October 5-19!

What's Super 1 Day?
It's two weeks of live, hands-on peer-to-peer education held at various studios across North America. The day-long workshops cover a variety of topics, from business strategies to lighting to workflow to posing techniques. Studios nationwide (and beyond!) are opening their doors to photographers of all skill levels. It's a great opportunity to learn and network in intimate, local settings. 

What sorts of classes are offered?
All different kinds! The workshops are made for photographers, by photographers, and 174 classes will be offered in all, so you'll be sure to find a class that fits your needs. The majority of these classes take place across the continental United States, but there are international classes in Canada and Mexico this fall. 

What might I take away from these classes?
Strengthen your business with new pricing and marketing strategies
Master new lighting setups and equipment
Pick up a new niche or improve the one you have - whether you work with seniors, children, boudoir, pets & more
Improve your workflow by discovering new Photoshop and Lightroom techniques
Get prepared for your CPP Exam and Image Submission 

Register online before September 29 to get the early bird price of $99. Beginning September 30 registration will only be available onsite, at a cost of $120 per class.

This is photography education for all - you don't have to be a member, but PPA photographers receive one service merit for each class they attend.
Register today and Be More Business-Savvy!

Ready for some live and local photography education near you? Super Day is on the way! Make some room during the busy season for a little extra learning on the side. PPA's Super Day workshops will be held May 4-18.

What's Super 1 Day?

Peer-to-peer education at its very best! For two weeks in May, dozens of studios across the country will invite photographers to join daily workshops featuring portrait and wedding photography, posing and lighting, digital retouching and workflow, and sales and marketing strategies. PPA membership is not required to attend a Super 1 Day class! These all-day learning sessions have been created by photographers, for ALL photographers.

Is there a class near me that fits my needs?

Most likely! With 115 classes across the country, you're bound to find a class near you. Just browse through the list to find a workshop you'll enjoy and benefit from. Don't be afraid to get out of your comfort zone! Expand your skills and broaden your professional network with classes like that will help you:

  • Build your business; pricing and marketing strategies
  • Learn lighting patterns, studio & outdoor lighting and equipment
  • Discover and apply techniques for Photoshop® & Lightroom®
  • Find your business niche: seniors, children, boudoir, pets & more


Register online by April 28 and take advantage of the $99 Super Day online registration discount! Starting April 29, registration will only be accepted on-site, space permitting, and will cost $120 per class. 

Oh and remember: These programs help you get closer to your degrees! PPA photographers receive one service merit for each class you attend. 



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From October 6 to 20, fall Super 1 Day classes will take place all over the globe on every photography


 skill and strategy you can imagine.

PPA will offer members and non-members alike the opportunity to attend a litany of daily workshops ranging from a class on working with strobe & speed lighting units in California to newborn photography in Daegu-city Korea.

All of the classes are taught by professional photographers and are tailored just for you. There are dozens of different courses offered at a variety of different times and dates, so finding one that fits your busy schedule is a piece of cake.

These events offer both up-and-coming photographers and seasoned veterans the chance to learn from one another and also the chance to network and grow their local market. At just $99 if you book online ($120 in person), the day-long classes are an awesome value. And if you're thinking of joining PPA, this is a perfect opportunity to see what we're all about. If you're already a member you'll receive one service merit for attending each class-- a crucial step towards attaining certifications/degrees.

And also another step forward to BE MORE!

Head to to find a class near you.


By now you've heard--Super Monday is just around the corner, and with that comes nearly 100 classes in cities across the United States (and three in Korea) focused on live, local education. It's your opportunity to earn service merits, network and meet some new friendly faces!

farren_peggy_maternity.jpgThis fall, we are thrilled to offer quite a few seasoned instructors teaching across a wide range of topics including Peggy Farren and her "Maternity Portraiture--Preparation, Selling, Lighting & Posting" and Kevin Floyd, CPP with his two courses "Portrait Retouching with Photoshop" and "Studio Lighting 101: Indoors & Out". These veteran Super Monday pros make learning feel like a day at the beach--which they both could be since they are based along the beautiful shores of Florida.

As volunteer instructors, what keeps them coming back to teach time and time again?

"I had such a great experience the last time," said Peggy. "Many photographers drove from two to three hours away to our workshop. One thing I've learned through running the Understand Photography Training Center is that educated competition is better for the business of photography. We have very few of the bargain basement photographers in this area since most of the new photographers train with us. We teach them how to price correctly and learn the business side of photography as well as the technical and creative side."

floyd_kevin_supermonday2013.jpgKevin, a former board chair at the Douglas Anderson School of the Arts in Jacksonville, knows that it takes special skills to lead in the classroom. "I love to teach, it is a part of me and I feel like it's my duty to give back. Since I was a high school teacher that was graded on how much my students retained, I like to cover how to remember and apply what was shown in class too!"

So, what will be covered in their classes?

In Peggy's maternity class, you'll walk away knowing the right questions to ask in the beginning, poses that flatter and sell, pricing, lighting and with beautiful portfolio images since it is a hands-on workshop!

"Attendees will leave with a new confidence. They'll learn enough lighting and posing to make any pregnant woman beautiful--okay, maybe using a little Photoshop, too. Attendees will have sample pricing plans that they can tailor to their own businesses and earn more money per session," said Peggy. "A maternity session should be the beginning of a lifelong relationship with your client. Learn how to make your client beautiful by proper lighting and posing."

In Kevin's first class on studio lighting, attendees will walk away with the foundational knowledge of five lighting patterns, achieving studio lighting outside with or without lights, capturing a 3D image through highlights and shadows and how everything revolves around 18% gray.

Kevin's second class will focus on Photoshop. Attendees will learn how to wield the mighty power of Photoshop with a restraint.

"We will over how to use Photoshop for retouching, but not over doing it. It still needs to look like your client when you're done. We'll also cover how to analyze what needs to be done and how to use quick fixes for common problems. The class will use problem images students bring in and as a class work on as many as we can!"

With any Super Monday class, you're bound to walk away with endless amounts of new ideas for your art and your business.

"I'm always more inspired when I'm confident in my technical skills. The technical part of photography has never come easy for me, so hands-on practice works as the best learning system for me. I want to inspire the attendees," said Peggy.

Head over to the Super Monday page to find a course chock full of inspiration and networking near you, or check out Peggy's "Maternity Portraiture - Preparation, Selling, Lighting, Posing and Editing" in Naples, or Kevin's "Portrait Retouching with Photoshop or "Studio Lighting 101: Indoors and Out.

And check out Farren's website at, and Floyd's at

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