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by Mayo Lawal

It finally Friday and you've got the recipe for a super relaxing weekend: the perfect weather, your favorite beverage, and our top photography blog posts from around the web. Enjoy.

Congrats to WPC Team USA Member...Francie Baltazar Stonestreet!

WORLD PHOTOGRAPHIC CUP: This article shines the spotlight on Francie Baltazar Stonestreet, one of the incredible photographers representing the United States in the World Photographic Cup, a world-wide event co-founded by PPA! Get inspired by reading Francie's amazing story on PPA Today.
How to Rock Your First In-Person Sales Portrait Session

SALES: You've got the skill and you're really looking into selling print products but you're still trying to figure out the best way to go about it. The author of this article has some tips and tricks on how to make remarkable In-person sales.


Google Removes 'View Image' Button from Image Search to Protect Photos

COPYRIGHT PROGRESS: In order to help protect photographer's copyrights, Google has eliminated the "View Image" button, which formally enabled users to download images without visiting the host webpage. Read the full story on PetaPixel.

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Drone Causes Aircraft Crash for First Time in the US

DRONES: National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is currently investigating an aircraft crash which may have been caused by an illegally flown drone and this article has the details. You can also visit to learn more about drone use and safety.  


How to Develop the Right Mindset For Creative Photography

CREATIVITY: You know that creativity is a key component of photography, but do you know how much your mindset impacts your creativity and ultimately, your works? Find out in this article!


Patty Carroll Talks About Her "Anonymous Women" Photo Series

INSPIRATION: The unique and beautifully crafted "Anonymous Women" photo series has made headlines in recent times. Read about the inspiring story of Patty Carroll, the photographer behind the breathtaking images.


How Marketing and Advertising Are Bound to Change In 2018

MARKETING: Digital marketing has been evolving rapidly over the years and in order to take maximal advantage of the opportunities these platforms provide, it is imperative to keep up with the trends. Find out how online marketing might be different this year in this article.


Science Photography Award Goes to Image of a Single Trapped Atom

MIND BLOW: The image of a single trapped atom (that's right: one single atom) won the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council's (EPSRC) science-photography contest. Check it out and find out more in this article on DPreview.

Business As (UN)Usual: How Kelly Tunney Found Her Ideal Clientele

PROFILE: Kelly Tunney is not only one of Australia's premier wedding photographers but also a recognized speaker and photographic instructor. Read about her 20-year journey and the unique values she upheld as she made her way up on Professional Photographer.

These Portrait Studio Fixtures Will Make Your Life Better

STUDIO: If you're considering designing a portrait studio in the near future, this photographer, who just designed a studio of her own, has some tips on how you can make a studio that you'd enjoy working in. 


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


By Chris Homer

As we head into the weekend, take some time to enjoy our favorite photography blog posts
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 from around the web. 

BLOGGING/MARKETING: Do you have a blog? How often do you update it? Learn the value of blogging about your photography and how it can help bring in business in this article from Professional Photographer Magazine.

POST-CAPTURE: Do you need some help turning a mediocre image into something great? Check out this post from the Corbell Workshops blog. Photographer Tony Corbell demonstrates how you can improve a mediocre image using one of his own photographs as an example. If you want even more advice from Tony, check out his PPAedu classes!

COPYRIGHT: Google has announced plans to change its image search to make it harder for people to steal copyrighted photographs for their own use. Read the news over at Fstoppers. And while we're on the subject of copyright, be sure to visit and help us let Congress know about the need for reform in copyright law! 

FILM PHOTOGRAPHY: If you think shooting with film is dead, think again! "The Analogue Photography Series: Film is Still Alive" is a short documentary demonstrating the power of photographing with film. Check it out on The Phoblographer. 

BUSINESS: Your photography business may be doing great at the moment, but do you have plans for the future if things change? This post from Fstoppers shares some good advice on planning for the future so you can maintain your success! 

PHOTOGRAPHING THE OLYMPICS/JUST FOR FUN: Here's a cool behind-the-scenes look at photographing the Olympics. PetaPixel has posted a collection of photos of Canon and Nikon's gear storage rooms at the Olympics. The amount of equipment may shock you!

TUTORIAL/SPLIT-TONING: Split toning is an overlooked feature in Lightroom and other image editing programs, but it can do a lot to help you save an image you aren't happy with! Learn how to use it in this tutorial from Digital Photography School. 

PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY: This video from photographer Manny Ortiz shares portrait photography mistakes to avoid. Whether you're new to the photography business or a seasoned pro, these are good reminders to keep in mind when creating a portrait! 

TRAVELING WITH GEAR: Traveling with your gear is a pain for any photographer, but this post from Improve Photography is here to help! Check out their 10 tips for making traveling with gear as painless as possible. 

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY: There can be many pitfalls for a wedding photographer, and this video from This Week in Photo shares 3 of the worst you'll want to avoid. There's valuable advice here for any wedding photographer!

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

ch_headshot_100x100.jpgAbout the author:
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.

By Bethany Clark

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Valentine's Day is right around the corner, so before you spend time with the one you love, spend time diving into the industry you love with this week's awesome photography blogs from across the web.

COMPETITION: PPA's district photographic competitions are well underway, and if you're considering entering (you should!), be sure you understand the 12 elements of a merit image so that your entries score high! 

SOCIAL MEDIA: Instagram has announced that you can now schedule posts on the social network, provided you are: (1) signed up as a business account, and (2) using an approved, third-party scheduling service (like Hootsuite). As long as you adhere to those two parameters, this new automation option can definitely streamline the Instagram workflow for those who are using the image-sharing app! Read more about it on PetaPixel. 

CREATIVE: Who let the dogs out? Photographer Shaina Fishman and illustrator Walter Glassof, that's who! You definitely want to learn more about their hit collaboration, which pairs quirky pet photography with whimsical cartoon drawings! Professional Photographer magazine has all the details. 

LOW-BUDGET: Got big, creative ideas, but feel restricted by a small, unyielding budget? Check out this quick video on Fstoppers for some creative ideas on how to get more, well, creative! 

EDUCATION: Accumulating 15 continuing education units (CEUs) can be a bit daunting in the three-year recertification cycle, especially when you are short on time and/or funds. To ease a little bit of that burden, PPA is offering you the option for online continuing education if you need a few more CEUs to reach the 15 required to recertify. Read about it on PPA Today.

TUTORIAL: Want to switch up your backdrop options? Consider making a digital one! If you think your Photoshop skills won't allow you to make one, check out this tutorial on Fstoppers for a step-by-step guide on how to do it. 

SALES: "Sales is really all about psychology," says Bry Cox, M.Photog.Cr., CPP. "A lot of people want to make it all about tactics, but it's not. It's about understanding people and social dynamics." Dive deep into what that means in this article by Professional Photographer magazine.

ACQUISITIONS: Shutterfly, an Internet-based image publishing service best known for its flagship photo book line, has announced that it has agreed to acquire Lifetouch, the national leader in school pictures. The purchase price is $825 million in cash. Whew! Get the details in this article from PetaPixel.

INSIDE LOOK: This thoughtful piece from Fstoppers explores the how and why behind the evolution of one photographer who fell in love with landscapes. Rather than a how-to, this article goes a little more into what makes him tick and how he finds the perfect moments.

HOW TO: Split toning allows you to create a custom look in your image without manipulating any color channels in the first place. Check out this five-minute tutorial on PetaPixel to learn the benefits of doing it, and how to pull it off.

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

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Whether he sees his shadow or not, the groundhog still spends most of his time inside. While you make like Punxsutawney Phil and recharge over the weekend, take a look at the best photography blogs from across the web. 

ADVOCACY: Lots of great news to share as we kick off a new year of lobbying for the creation of a small-claims copyright law! See what happened at Imaging USA and learn how you can get involved! 

COPYRIGHT: Changes are coming to group registration with the U.S. Copyright Office. Currently, photographers can register an unlimited number of images in a single registration application. Starting February 20, 2018, there will be a limit of 750 images per registration, whether it is a group of published images or unpublished images. Read the Copyright Alliance's take on the matter.

INSPIRATION: This photographer believes that the best results are achieved by spending a lot of time behind the camera, looking at other photos as a form of inspiration, and eventually adding your own touch/style to your photography. Here he walks you through his entire creative process for one particular photo. 

LIGHTROOM: Adventure and lifestyle photographer Lucy Martin put together this useful little video that goes over her favorite Lightroom shortcuts.

FREELANCE: When you're a freelance photographer, little things that might seem inconsequential at first can have a big impact on your career. Here's Stephen Ironside from FStoppers with a list of life-hacks you should know how to use! 

SOCIAL MEDIA: Melissa Spitz has recorded her mother's mental illness over the past eight years for a series she publishes on Instagram called "You Have Nothing to Worry About." The nearly 6,000 photographs form "an intimate visual diary of a disease that is often invisible, cloaked in shame, fear and stigma".

HISTORY: It's been fifty years since Associated Press photographer Eddie Adams's camera captured one of the most powerful pictures of the Vietnam War, or ever. On the anniversary, The Washington Post has this fascinating history behind the photo and the man who took it. 

SEO: If you're getting stumped for content on your blog (which you should have btw), try asking your clients to write guest pieces! Here's an article on how to use great client relationships to improve your presence online. 

CONTENT: A very important part of any marketing plan or strategy is content creation... the basis of getting information about your photography brand out into the world. It's also about creating educational, informational, or just plain fun pieces for your potential client base to read or view. Learn more in this article from PPA. 

PROFIT: Don't talk yourself out of success! Believe it or not, your online portfolio may be hurting your business. Read more about this very interesting theory of in-person reveals on  

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

The year just began and January is almost over; how time flies! As you take a moment to catch a breath from the eventful month this weekend, take a look at our top 10 blogs from around the web this week.


The Fight for Copyright: Renee's Story

COPYRIGHT: Everyday, we hear heartbreaking stories of how the current copyright system in the United States fails to protect small business creators like Renee. Read about Renee's experience, a perfect illustration of the downside of the current system - and probably a familiar story.


Bad Habits That Can Hurt Your Photography Career

TIPS: This amazing video by Bobby Chiu outlines six common habits photographers should avoid and tips on how to turn them around to increase your chances of success.

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New Makeover for Group Registration of Photographs

LAW: U.S. Copyright office will implement a new rule affecting how groups of photographs are registered come February 20, 2018. The author of the article explains how this new rule will impact Copyright registration.


Choosing the Best Social Media Platforms for Your Business

ONLINE MARKETING: As social media continues to redefine marketing with evolving functionalities and ever-changing trends, how can you ensure that you are reaching your target audience on the best platforms for your business? Here's how.


Deconstructed Dishes

CREATIVITY: Commercial Photographer Mikkel Jul Hvilshoj's creative images capture dishes in a new light. Go behind the scenes with Mikkel, as he explains how he achieved these unique images on Professional Photographer.


In-Person Sales: Change One Thing to Earn Three Times the Revenue

SALES: While an online portfolio might be absolutely necessary, it shouldn't take the place of in-person sales. Christine Yodsukar shares how in-person sales transformed her business on Professional Photographer.


Photographers Discussion on the Value of Print Art

PRINT: Photographers from different backgrounds discuss the significance of print art in the lives of both the photographer and the client in this video on PPA Today!


The Ever-changing Facebook Newsfeed

FACEBOOK: If you use Facebook to promote your business often, you may have heard about Facebook's recent announcement to make changes to its newsfeed. This article explains what this might mean for you.


Advancing Your Craft by Photographing the Same Subject Over and Over:

MODEL: While it might be easier to work with whichever model is available, the author of this article explains how working with one model several times could help enhance your photography.


5 Lessons Learned During the First Year of Business as a Photographer

BUSINESS: Photographer and videographer David Wahlman shares his experience and some lessons he learned during his first year in Business. 


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

Imaging USA 2018 is finally here and we are so excited that our top 10 blogs are all about the best photography convention!

Last Chance to Register For Imaging USA

More than 100 sessions and speakers, an enormous Expo (80,000+ square feet!), parties that will rock your socks off, and lots more - are you sure you want to miss it? This is the last call!

Imaging USA 2018: For the First-Timers...

Well over a thousand new members come to Imaging USA every year. If this is your first time attending Imaging USA, read this post to find out how to have a perfect time at the world's largest (and best) photography convention!

Packing Essentials for Imaging USA

Packing for Imaging USA? Check out this life-saving checklist of things you don't want to forget.


Travel Mistakes to Avoid on Your Way to Imaging USA!

Beware of these commonly made mistakes so that you can have the best possible time at Nashville this year!

Learn Everything about Drones at Imaging USA

This post gives you a hint of what to expect at the Drone Zone at Imaging USA 2018. If you have been considering drone photography, prepare to be exhilarated!

Enhance Your Skills with the School, Sport, and Event Track at Imaging USA 2018

The classes in the School, Sport, and Event track at Imaging USA includes everything from exclusive photography, to mind-opening business tips and tricks! Find out more about the track in this article.

Your Imaging USA Keynote Speaker... Ryan Estis

You probably already know that the Keynote speaker for Imaging USA 2018 is Ryan Estis but this article will get you even more excited to meet him.

Survival tips for Imaging USA 2018

As you know, Imaging USA is the one of the largest photography conferences in the world with tens of thousands of attendees and an expo floor of over 600 booths! So you may want to read this article with tips on how to make the most of your experience at Imaging USA 2018.

#Say Cheese! Help Us See Imaging USA Through Your Snaps, Posts, and Tweets!

From your arrival at the official Imaging USA hotels to the closing events, we want you to do what you do best; capture the moment, and then snap, tweet, or post! Just use the hashtag #ImagingUSA, to share on our social media sites, and see what others are sharing.

 Watch These Videos to Help You Make Final Preparation

As if you're not excited enough we have an entire video gallery dedicated to giving you overview of what you can expect as well as recaps of last year's conference. As you make your final preparations, you might want to take a look. Don't miss anything!

See you in Nashville! 

We're all getting ready for Imaging USA which starts NEXT WEEK! Until then, tide yourself over with our top blog posts from the first week of 2018. 

COMPETITION: Earning a Diamond in the International Photographic Competition means that all four of a photographer's images submitted into competition earned a spot in the coveted PPA Loan Collection. This year's crop of images and artists really takes things to another level.

EDITING: Caleb Kerr from PetaPixel on why not everything needs to be shot and shared. A certain amount of selectivity shows off another big part of your skillset. 

HISTORY: One New York photographer has been on a mission to capture images of the old diners sprinkled all across the five boroughs. In the year since he started, dozens of them have already closed. Read this fascinating piece from the New York Times. 

TECHNIQUE:  Want to make your images pop without becoming oversaturated or gaudy? This helpful video by Nathanial Dodson will show you several methods for making colors burst in Photoshop. 

IMAGING USA: If one of your goals was to improve your photography business, you can start by attending Imaging USA January 14 - 16, in Nashville. Here are 4 resolutions photographers commonly make - and how attending Imaging USA can help you achieve them.

COMMERCIAL:  Photographer Dustin Dolby explains how you can capture crisp product labels and water splashes using speedlights and blend modes with just Photoshop, a few scrims, and speedlights.

LANDSCAPES: Chances are it is SO COLD OUTSIDE wherever you are reading this. Grab your camera and take advantage as this video shows you some great ways to make the most out of beautiful winter landscapes. 

DRONES: Since hitting the market in 2010, drones have captured the imagination of photographers everywhere. Photography Talk has a look at the best and worst of what this aerial technology hath wrought. The "Fails" video is definitely worth a look. 

BUSINESS: No matter what your social media strategy is, it's always a good idea to go back and make sure you have the basics covered. Your photography business may discover that it needs a strategic do-over. Harvard Business Review has this list of mistakes you might be making. 

INSPIRATION: Throughout the year, we've collected blog posts written by PPA members like you who attended Imaging USA and wanted to share their experience. You'll hear from photographers at various levels and stages in their businesses and you'll definitely want to join us next week at the Gaylord Opryland Resort!

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

It's both the end of the week and the end of the year! As we wrap up another fantastic 365 days of professional photography, take a look back at the top blog posts from the week between Christmas and New Years. 

Find Your Fire at Imaging USA
Joshua Payne swoops in as Guest Blogger to take us through his first Imaging USA experience. As a struggling professional photographer, Joshua headed into Imaging USA skeptical but open to learn. And learn he did. You're going to relate and want to register for Imaging if you haven't already! 

Shooting Pro Portraits With Window Light in a Tiny Home Studio
In a hurry or don't have the right lighting equipment with you? Photographer Irene Rudnyk shows you how to use natural window lighting to achieve beautiful, minimalist results. 

Top 10 Packing Essentials for Imaging USA
Are you as ready as you can be for Imaging USA 2018? Here's our annual, handy checklist for what to bring this year (and what to leave behind) to make the most of your Imaging experience. 

How to Control Your Portrait Backgrounds With a 70-200mm Telephoto Lens:
Patrick Hall with FStoppers has experimented with lots of lenses, but he believes his backgrounds are best controlled with the telephoto lens. Check this out to find out why and learn some tips on how to get the best portrait shots. 

2017 Copyright Small Claims in Review
It was a very big year for the Fight for Artists' Rights. Take a look at this timeline of everything you need to know about the efforts in D.C. to get HR 3945 passed and see what YOU can do to help! 

4 Photography New Years Resolutions You Should Adopt in 2018:
FStoppers' Ryan Cooper has these interesting ways to think about the year ahead. Where should you be spending your focus and committing your time? What role should social media play? Read these and see if they line up with your own resolutions. 

MORE IMAGING!: You're going to want to make the most out of your time in Nashville at Imaging USA 2018. Here's a handy guide for how to take care of your feet, wallet and brain while you soak up all the photography goodness Imaging USA has to offer. 

SOCIAL MEDIA: Uh-oh, Instagram has done it again. The social media giant is now showing users "recommended" photos in their feed...from people they don't follow. Read about the reaction this new tweak is receiving online. 

Learn Everything You Want to Know About Using Drones at Imaging USA FOR FREE! 
 The Drone Zone at Imaging USA 2018 will cover everything you need to know about being a drone photographer. Did we mention that an EXPO PASS is FREE? Register for yours today! 

Happy New Year! Our Top Blogs From 2017
Best Of:
We've compiled a list of some of the best blogs of the year from PPA Today. Maybe you missed some? Dive in and get a last blast of inspiration to get you ready for 2018.

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

by Mayo lawal

It's the holiday season, and we've got a tip on how to make the most of it. Here's what you'll need: your most comfy couch, your favorite beverage, and the highlights of our top 10 blogs from around the web this week.

The Importance of Leaving Your House to Establish Your Photography Business:

BUSINESS: One great thing about being a freelance photographer is the flexibility that comes with the job. You might be able to do a significant part of work right in your living room... but according to the author of this article, it may not be the best idea.    

Adobe Classes at Imaging USA 2018

ADOBE: As a photographer, you're probably familiar with Adobe's family of editing software, especially Photoshop and Lightroom, but when it comes to pushing the limits, how confident are you? Check out these five Adobe-sponsored classes at Imaging USA 2018 designed for both beginners and masters.

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10 Mistakes to Avoid When Purchasing a Camera:

CAMERA: Your business is expanding and while you love your camera, you know it's time for an upgrade.  Before you make a decision, check out this article highlighting 10 mistakes you should probably avoid making.

The Fight for Copyright: Lisa's Story

COPYRIGHT: The copyright system in the United States may work well for many creators in the higher-income industries, but not so much for small-business creators. Lisa's story is a perfect illustration of the downside of the current system - a story you can probably relate to.

Tips for Wedding Group Photos

WEDDING: Taking group photos at a wedding can be a bit challenging, as you may not have as much creative freedom as when you're simply capturing the moments. Veteran photographer Denis Reggie has some advice on how to take really impressive wedding group pictures.

Using Photography to Tell the Story of Race Relations In America:

PHOTOJOURNALISM: The beautiful thing about pictures is that they tell a story in a way words can't. Check out these images capturing important moments during the Civil Rights Movement in America.

Don't Despair. You Can Sell Prints

PRINT: Granted, selling print products to customers may not be the easiest thing- but it can be quite profitable. This article on Professional Photographer Magazine explains why you should consider selling prints and how to be a successful print artist.


Top 8 Film Photography Tips

FILM PHOTOGRAPHY:  Film photography may be old-fashioned, but the uniqueness of art is still fascinating. So if you still own a film camera, you may be glad to know that you can take stunning pictures using these tips. 

Online Marketing Tools for Photographers

MARKETING:  You probably know that the introduction of social media has taken marketing to a whole new level - But are you taking full advantage of these online marketing tools? Learn how you can expand your marketing strategies even further in this article.

Congratulations Team USA!

COMPETITION: Team USA has selected the photographers representing them in the 2018 World Photographic Cup! PPA proudly announces the 2018 team members in this article.


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By Chris Homer

Here's an early Christmas present for you - our top photography stories from around the web!
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Take a minute to look these over; you never know what you might learn!

COPYRIGHT SMALL CLAIMS: PPA has long campaigned for a change in photography copyright law. Check out this photographer's copyright infringement story on the PPA Today Blog to see why a change in copyright law is needed! And if you're ready to join in the copyright fight, visit to learn how you can contact your congressperson about new legislation that would improve copyright protection for photographers. 

BUSINESS: Have you noticed the trend of advertisements using well known photographers to sell a product, both photography related and not? This post on PetaPixel examines some of these ads and products. Take a look! It's an interesting read about a trend you might want to pay attention to!

CREATIVITY: Do you feel stuck in a rut with your photography? If so, check out this video! Australian wedding photographer Joshua Mikhaeil shares his tips for creativity and building your own style. It's an inspiring video for any photographer!

DRONE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY: Do you want to start incorporating drone photography into your wedding shoots? If so, take a look at this post from Fstoppers. It shares good tips to get you started using a drone as part of your wedding photography. And don't forget to check out for more info on using a drone!

PHOTOGRAPHY PODCASTS: If you're looking for an easy way to continue your photography education and gain new insights, consider checking out some photography podcasts! This post from Fstoppers shares some of their favorite photography podcasts and why you should be listening to them.

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