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By Chris Homer

As we head into the weekend, take a minute to enjoy our favorite photography blog posts
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PHOTOGRAPHY BUSINESS TIPS: Whether you've been in the professional photography business for a while or are brand new, this post from PetaPixel provides useful business advice. In it, several photographers are interviewed about changes in the photography industry that have impacted their business and how they have adapted!

COMPOSITE PHOTOGRAPHY: With Halloween right around the corner, you may be looking for some inspiration for photos. This video from PhotoForge demonstrates how you can create some unique Halloween composites in Photoshop. 

LARGE FORMAT CAMERAS/TUTORIAL: In this video, photographer Irene Rudnyk demonstrates how she set up a portrait shoot using large format cameras. If you're interested in using this type of camera, check it out! You'll pick up some good tips to get you ready. 

PHOTOGRAPHY TECHNOLOGY: This Fstoppers post poses the question, with all the advances in camera technology, is it still you taking the picture or are you just carrying around a computer that takes the picture for you? Take a look and see what you think of the points made in the post. 

DRONE PHOTOGRAPHY: A drone recently struck a passenger plane in Canada, while the owner was flying illegally in a no-fly zone. Read the news on PetaPixel. This is just another reminder of the importance of understanding and following all regulations when using a drone for photography! Check out PPA's Drone Knowledge Center to learn more about flying your drone safely and legally. 
by James Yates
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It might be Friday the 13th, but it's actually your LUCKY day. The PPA Weekly Roundup is here! Kick back and enjoy your weekend with the best photography articles from around the internet. 

COPYRIGHT: In case you missed it last week! The legislation we've been fighting for has finally hit the floor of Congress. Read about the Copyright Alternative in Small Claims Act (CASE) and contact your congressperson now!

MARKETING: There are many different ways you can use Facebook ads, including building out a mailing list for your photography services. After reading this CurrentPhotographer article, you'll know the difference between Customer Lifetime Value and Cost Per Action and what they could do for your business. 

INSPIRATION: Everyone's journey to full-time freelance is different. FStoppers writer Mike Briggs takes us along on the journey of his first year, from the honeymoon period to the lessons learned. You'll find a lot of inspiration in his ten tips on how to navigate freelance. 

HISTORY: Eddie Adams, the famous photographer who captured the iconic shot of a Vietcong prisoner being executed in the street in 1969, has been teaching a workshop for three decades. This video from CBS Sunday Morning takes a look at  whether people can be taught to create a great photograph.

NETWORKING: Harvard Business Review talks to venture capitalist and entrepreneur Rich Stromback, a master networker, about his "counterintuitive" advice. Including "Don't Care About Your First Impression" and "Sleep From 4-8pm Every Day"...You really need to check these out. Guaranteed to make you rethink how you network as a photographer! This is very timely so you can make even stronger and more meaningful connections at Imaging USA!

PREPARATION: Choosing the best time to transition to full-time professional can be a daunting proposition. Writer Scott Choucino presents five things you must consider before making the decision to be full time. Read these and your own answer will become clearer. 

IMAGING USA: Excited yet for 2018's Imaging USA trade show and convention in Nashville? This video will get you there as you take in all that the world's strongest photography show has to offer!

TECHNOLOGY: DPReview has details on the new AI that can tell how 'good' your photo is, insofar as such things can be analyzed objectively. The software breaks photos down into the categories of Aesthetics, Sharpness, Exposure, Colors and Properties and scores each. What will they come up with next?

ART: Is selling your work "proof" of artistic validation? Or is the selling of your work your business, and how do you receive artistic validation? The Luminous Landscape has this though-provoking article that lists several ways you can gain artistic validation without sacrificing your sales. 

BUSINESS: As you set out to be a professional photographer, you need to know what pitfalls to avoid and how to keep yourself sane and financially healthy. Contrastly has this article up on how to ensure you're creating lasting relationships with clients and not overlooking the little things. 

There you have 'em, our weekly blog post roundup! What photography blogs or podcasts do YOU follow? Post your favorites on theLoop or email them to us at OnlineContentCommittee@PPA.com.


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by Mayo Lawal

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Temperatures are finally cooling and the leaves are changing! It's about time, right? So grab your tablet, sit outside and enjoy the weather with our top blog posts from around the web this week.

The New Small Claims Bill is Finally Here! It's Time to Support It

COPYRIGHT: The moment we have all been waiting for is finally here! Two representatives have introduced the bill that will make it so much easier to protect your work and recover damages if your work is infringed upon! Learn more on PPA Today, and find out why you need to urge your representatives to co-sponsor it today!

 

An In-Person Sales Road Map For Photographers

SALES: Photographer Julia Kelleher decided to ditch a digital-only model for in-person sales. Find out how this helped her more than triple her average sales and build the upscale, boutique-style studio she always wanted, on ppmag.com.

 

[VIDEO] Pricing, Marketing & Social Best Practices for Photographers!

PHOTOVISION: PhotoVision offers a unique, unprecedented photography education experience. This article gives you an overview of new PhotoVision videos you can't afford to miss!

 

Tips for Lighting Bald Subjects:

PORTRAITURE: Trying to get rid of the head glare on your bald subject in Photoshop is not exactly an easy task. But according to the author of this article, you won't have to stress if you use these lighting tips.

 

5 Simple Hacks for More Creative Images:

CREATIVITY: Those creative ideas that seem nearly impossible might just be a lot easier to accomplish than you think. The author of this article on FStoppers shares some creative hacks that could help you push your limits even further.

 

Why You Should Consider Adding A Drone To Your Gear:

DRONE: You've thought of adding a drone to your gear but you're not sure if it's worth it, or if it's the right time. Well, the more you read, the more you know! Check out this article on DPreview which discusses the benefits of having a drone.  

The Trick to Making Your Photos Fine Art

FINE ART: Fine art photography can be pretty amazing but requires a lot of patience. This article on Photographytalk gives some invaluable tips on how to achieve perfection when making your photos into fine art.

 

The Iconic Saturday Night Live Bumper Photos:

ICONIC PHOTOS: If you watch Saturday Night Live, you've probably more than noticed the iconic celebrity portraits that welcome you back after a commercial break. Did you know that the photos have been an integral part of the show for over 40 years? Find out the story behind them in this article on CNN.

 

The Benefits of Shooting Backplates:

BACKPLATES: In recent times, more and more photographers have added backplate shoots as part of their routine during photo shoot sessions. This article on FStoppers explains why this is a great habit to cultivate as a photographer.

 

How Technology Has Changed Photojournalism Over The Last 40 Years:

THEN VS. NOW: This interesting interview with Jim Wilson, who has been a New York Times staff photographer since 1980, takes us down memory lane as he explains how technology has changed photojournalism over the years.  

There you have 'em, our weekly blog post roundup! What photography blogs or podcasts do YOU follow? Post your favorites on theLoop or email them to us at OnlineContentCommittee@PPA.com.

 

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By Chris Homer

As you wind down another busy week, take a break and enjoy our top photography posts from
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SOCIAL MEDIA AND PHOTOGRAPHY: Many photographers feel that social media has had a negative impact on professional photography. Before you get too worked up, take a look at this post from Photography Talk. It shares how several social media sites can be a benefit to your photography business. 

COMPOSITION: A recent study has revealed that people's eyes are more drawn to areas of a photograph that have meaning - rather than those that just stick out. What does that mean for how you compose a photograph? Read all about the study on PetaPixel.

MARKETING: If you're struggling to convert your website visitors into paying clients, read this post from FStoppers. It shares some common pitfalls that you'll want to avoid to make sure your site actually brings you business!

WHITE BALANCE: If you're relying on the auto white balance setting of your camera, you may be missing out on an opportunity to create better photos. This post from PhotoFocus explains several methods for how to create a custom white balance to get the most from your photography.

TUTORIAL: You're shooting on location, and you want a dark background, but none are available for you! If this has happened to you, check out this video on FStoppers. It shows how you can turn a white wall into a dark background through proper lighting and set up.
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Today is the official first day of fall in the northern hemisphere, so why don't you fall back in love with photography (see what we did, there?) while reading some of the top blog posts in the photography industry this week!

WORKFLOW: Auto-stacking in Lightroom can quickly organize a huge set of images in to more manageable 'stacks', which are images tightly grouped according to their capture time. This 6-minute video on PetaPixel shows how you can use the feature to speed up your workflow. 

LIGHTING: Check out this article on Fstoppers for some tips on transforming a boring, badly-lit room with a simple, portable lighting setup. You'd never know it was a conference room!

STYLE: To underexpose or not to underexpose: that is the question. This Fstoppers article seeks to answer it, with tons of sliding-scale before-and-after shots! 

EDUCATION: Online registration is now open through September 28 for Super 1 Day, October 2-16, when 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. Book your classes today!

HOW-TO: DPreview has a great video that explores four common composition mistakes many photographers make and how to fix them. Each tip is accompanied by a very useful "do this, not that" before and after, and will help you banish those mistakes once and for all!

COPYRIGHT: You may be interested in the new image-copyright registration system recently launched by photo protection company ImageRights International. Anyone can use it, not just subscribers, and the company offers both a Lightroom plugin and a website-based registration tool that streamlines registrations, including automatically checking for errors and filling in forms. DPreview has more details.

FREEBIES: This article from Fstoppers delves into pricing strategy, imposter syndrome, and setting proper expectations in order to sustain your business and the photography industry.

CONFERENCE: Imaging USA in Nashville is right around the corner, January 14-16, 2018, but there are a few ways to save money if you get started NOW! PPA Today offers this list of tips that will ensure you show up in Tennessee with even more spending money!

SOFTWARE: If you've been asking your clients to do selects from Lightroom on the Web, you know that historically they needed to have an Adobe ID first. But now they can authenticate using either Facebook or Google, making the process much simpler for everyone. PetaPixel has more details on the good news.

TECH: Adobe is so ubiquitous in many photographers' studios, it's practically an employee... which would explain the record-breaking revenue Adobe has announced for the fiscal quarter that ended on September 1, 2017. DPreview has the story.

There you have 'em, our weekly blog post roundup! What photography blogs or podcasts do YOU follow? Post your favorites on theLoop or email them to us at OnlineContentCommittee@PPA.com. 

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by David Eun
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We are exactly one week away from the first official day of Fall! You can feel it in the air - literally. But, if you're not one to easily acclimate to the cooler weather, we've got you covered. Feel free to check out our top posts from September 11-15 while you enjoy the indoors with a cup of hot chocolate. 

My Photographs Were Used Without My Permission: Now What?

COPYRIGHT LAW: Copyright infringement can be a serious dilemma, but hiring an attorney isn't the simplest process either. PPA Today walks you through not only essential steps you can take to resolve your copyright issue as thoroughly as possible, but also how PPA can help! 


What Photographers Need to Know About SEO!

ONLINE MARKETING: The digital world can be a confusing one; nevertheless, it is a world businesses need to familiarize themselves with. Rob Greer, shares insight with PPmag.com on how Search Engine Optimization can help photographers expand their businesses. 


Use Psychology to Take Better Portraits

PSYCHOLOGY: When people tell you, "It's all in your head," they may not be kidding. Paul Adshead delves into how a keen understanding of psychology can make a world of a difference in conveying your portraits' message.


5 Ways to Improve Your Food Photography

FOODIE: Natural lighting. Keeping things simple. Scott Choucino provides 5 useful tips for photographers - professional or amateur - looking to take their food photography skills to the next level. 


5 Dos and Don'ts When Shooting With Models

ETIQUETTE: Working with models can be a fun and enjoyable experience for a photographer, but the process can also be awkward if handled unprofessionally. Jayphen Simpson for PetaPixel suggests these 10 tips when your photo shoots involve models. 


SKY HIGH PHOTOGRAPHY: Drones can literally take your photography to places it's never gone before, so be sure to check the latest article from PPA's Sidra Safri regarding the legal steps you'll need to take to safeguard your drone photography.

PODCAST: There are your run-of-the-mill photos you see at a gift shop, and then there is exquisite work that separates itself from the pack. But, what defines exquisite? Martin Bailey discusses his standards of how a photograph or print should be considered, "fine art." 
 
DIFFERENT ANGLE: Look in any photographer's portfolio. Chances are you'll find images of a building, infrastructure or monument. Peter McKinnon invites you to try a few methods to up your architectural photography game.

DOING GOOD: We've all heard stories of people putting themselves in harms way to salvage a priceless memory. This one's for real. Michael C. Duke recollects him and his family's struggle to rescue family photos amidst the damage dished out by Hurricane Harvey.

BUSINESS: Digital platforms are the future of business. David Wallace shares an infographic from Ignite Images Photography, illustrating how using images and online photo marketing can result in a drastic boost to your brand awareness.

There you have 'em, our weekly blog post roundup! What photography blogs or podcasts do YOU follow? Post your favorites on theLoop or email them to us at OnlineContentCommittee@PPA.com.

David Eun is the newest Marketing Intern at Professional Photographers of America (PPA). A Boston University alumnus, David earned a B.S. in Advertising and has found himself at PPA, hoping to take his communication skills to the next level! Outside of work, you'll find him training Mixed Martial Arts, hiking, touring museums and saving up to purchase his favorite dog - Doberman Pinscher!



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by James Yates
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The pumpkin takeover has begun, but we're still technically in the final days of summer. Take some time this weekend to look over our top blog posts from the week of September 4-8, especially all the ways you can help those affected by this season's storms. 

RELIEF FUND: If you're looking for a way to give back to your peers and do something positive for those affected by Hurricane Harvey, PPA and PPA Charities have established the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund grant program. Learn more here. 

PREPARE: Keeping your business going after an extreme weather event isn't easy, but these tips from OpenForum can help your company's chances of longevity after a disaster. 

HILARIOUS: PetaPixel has posted Lok Cheung's video on surefire ways to upset a photographer. Featuring classics like "Question their choice of equipment" and "Offer them exposure"... you will definitely relate!

TECHNOLOGY: CorePhotonics has a whitepaper up that covers the entire evolution of zoom cameras in smartphones, from early days of the Samsung Galaxy K-zoom to the future of folded zoom cameras. It also explains some of the mobile photography fundamentals and how vendors strike a fine balance between them.

QUALITY: This tutVid video explains the difference between 8 bit v. 16 bit and how having a greater bit depth comes in handy during the editing process. If you've been questioning the difference in image-quality upon the final result, watch and learn why shooting RAW is still an advantage. 

LANDSCAPE: SmokyMountains.com is back again this year with their updated prediction map for timing the peak fall foliage colors in the United States. Get an inside look at peak fall foliage locations and prepare for your perfect photos. 

PROTECTION: PetaPixel shares this 5-minute video from Colin Smith of photoshopCAFE, showing the steps to create a digital-signature watermark using just a paper, pencil, and a smartphone.

SOCIAL UPDATES: Instagram has finally made their 'stories' viewable on your desktop and the creation of stories will be soon be supported by mobile web browsers. PetaPixel reports on the latest news on the world's largest photo-sharing app. 

VIDEO: As someone that started as a photographer and has gradually migrated to a focus on video, Mark Bowers is the perfect person to write this piece for FStoppers. He uses his experiences to illustrate why you should be adding video as part of your portfolio and how easy it can be.

COMPETITION: PPA has announced the finalists in all ten GIA categories! Check them out, share the love and congratulations, and get ready for Imaging USA 2018!

There you have 'em, our weekly blog post roundup! What photography blogs or podcasts do YOU follow? Post your favorites on theLoop or email them to us at OnlineContentCommittee@PPA.com.


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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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By Chris Homer

As we head into the long Labor Day weekend, take a minute to enjoy the top photography
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HURRICANE HARVEY: National Geographic photographer Erin Trieb documented her experience helping evacuate her mother from the flooding in Houston caused by Hurricane Harvey. It's a first-hand look at the devastation. PPA's thoughts are with all those affected by the flooding! You can donate now to the Hurricane Harvey Relief fund to help your fellow PPA Members that were disrupted by the storm. PPA will match all donations up to $100,000!

COLOR EDITING: Do you often wonder how to create your own style using a consistent color palette? Find out how you can do it via color editing in this video from photographer Sean Tucker. 

GEAR: If you're considering buying a new lens to achieve the type of photos you want, read this post from Digital Photography Review first! It points out that sometimes instead of a new lens, all you need is a cheap external flash. 

FUTURE OF PHOTOGRAPHY: In this video, the future of photography is examined based on current trends. It's a fascinating watch for any photographer! Check it out on FStoppers. 

LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY: If you enjoy shooting landscape photography, check out this post on PetaPixel. Photographer Albert Dros shares his planning tips to get the best landscape photos possible. Take a look and see if he's doing anything you haven't thought of!
by Mayo Lawal
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Can you believe August is almost over? Where did summer go? As you prepare for the next season, take some time to relax and check out our top ten blog posts of the week!

 Get More Photography Clients with Marketing SEO

MARKETING/SEO: Creating an online presence for your business goes way beyond just making a website. An integral aspect of it is optimizing your websites for search engines (SEO). Learn how you can get your studio's name to appear far up in a search results page with this article on PPA Today.

7 Ways Photographers Can Utilize Online Forms

ONLINE FORMS: Online forms are becoming quite popular in the business world today, as they have been found to be both convenient and effective. Learn 7 ways you can use online forms to enhance your photography business in this article.

A Look at the Most Iconic Film Cameras of all Time

CAMERAS: Despite the advancements in technology as regards to photography, there are some film cameras we just can't forget. This article takes you down memory lane, highlighting cameras that stood out throughout history.

Great Piece on Robert Davidson's 'Lost Negatives' Exhibition:

After 50 years, photographer Robert Davidson finally gets back the negatives of the famous pictures of Frank Zappa. Read the full story in this article.

Great Shots of the Eclipse

ECLIPSE: The anticipated solar eclipse has come and gone, but we can't get enough of the images captured during the magical moment. Check out these great shots of the eclipse on PetaPixel.

How to Try Infrared Photography without Modifying Your Camera

INFRARED PHOTOGRAPHY: If you have ever wondered if you can shoot infrared photos without converting your camera, according to this article, you can. Find out how in this post from PetaPixel.

Worry About the Story Because Your Camera Is Fine

STORY: Find out why you shouldn't put your photography on hold till you get that one piece of gear that everyone's been talking about in this post from Fstoppers.  

Register for Super 1 Day Photography Workshops!

SUPER 1 DAY: This year's Fall Super 1 Day registration is now open! So if you are a photographer looking to enhance your skills and grow your business, this article on PPA Today has information on how you can register today!

Can Photography Distract You from Actually Enjoying the Moment?

The question of whether it is possible to capture and savor a moment at the same time is still an ongoing debate. Backed with research, this author's views on the subject may get you thinking. 

10 Quick Ways to Stay Sane and Productive as a Freelance Photographer

TIPS: While the flexibility that comes with being a freelancer is quite attractive, regulating one's workload such that they don't work too much or too little can be challenging. The author of this article gives ten tips on how freelance photographers can make the most of their time without overworking themselves.

There you have 'em, our weekly blog post roundup! What photography blogs or podcasts do YOU follow? Post your favorites on theLoop or email them to us at OnlineContentCommittee@PPA.com.


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By Bethany Clark

  

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It's been quite a week, so take some time to relax and recharge with our favorite photography blog posts from around the web this week!

 

How to Photograph a Solar Eclipse: 

TIPS: A total solar eclipse will be seen in North America on August 21, and DPreview has compiled tips on how to properly photograph this rare phenomenon from trusted sources such as Canon, National Geographic, Nikon, and more.

 

Embedding Your Copyright Information in Your Meta data:

COPYRIGHT: Photographers and creative artists are always looking for ways to make sure their images are protected by their copyright. One popular way to ensure your image has your copyright is to embed your copyright information into your metadata. Learn more about it on PPA Today.

 

The Benefits of Offering Mini-Sessions:

BUSINESS: Check out this post from Fstoppers to uncover some lucrative reasons why you should consider offering mini-sessions to your clients!

 

Imaging USA 2018: Award and Degree Ceremony's NEW Night!

CONFERENCE: PPA's got big news for this year's Imaging USA 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. For the first time, the Award and Degree Ceremony will be held on MONDAY night, January 15th, instead of on the final night of Imaging USA. Learn more in this article.

 

Tips for Improving Your Composition Skills:

We all know that composition can make or break a photograph. PetaPixel offers this 7-minute video in which photographer Peter McKinnon offers three tips to help you improve the composition of your photographs.

 

Documenting the Mood of a Nation with Protest Photography:

Photographs taken by intrepid photojournalists and documentary photographers have been informing the public and galvanizing people to take action on social issues for over one hundred years. Check out this post from Fstoppers to remember why a picture is worth a thousand words.

 

PPA Discount: InterDrone Convention and Expo!

You never know what you'll find out about on theLoop, PPA's members-only social network. Recently, member David Bailey, M.Photog., CPP, shared info about InterDrone, the biggest Drone Conference and Expo in the country... and we've got a special discount for PPA members!

 

Tips for Posing Female Models:

The right pose in the right circumstances can make all the difference, particularly when photographing for fashion or advertising. Get a few tips from this PetaPixel article.

 

Recording a State's History Through Photography:

You'll want to take a moment to enjoy this historical digital archive of images documenting the history of South Carolina. They're among the oldest photos ever taken in this state!

 

World Photo Day - August 19, 2017:

World Photo Day takes place Saturday, August 19, celebrating the fact that a photograph can change the world. Register to participate and share your favorite photo!

 

 

There you have 'em, our weekly blog post roundup! What photography blogs or podcasts do YOU follow? Post your favorites on theLoop or email them to us at OnlineContentCommittee@PPA.com.


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