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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!



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by Trent Schick

Wow! Summer is almost over, but hey that doesn't mean you can't still enjoy your weekends. Take the time to read and enjoy some of our favorite photography blog posts from around the web!


'Computational Zoom' Lets You Remix Focal Lengths for Impossible Photos

PHOTOGRAPHY TRICKS: Photograph the impossible with this really cool new technology called "computational zoom".  It allows you to bring the background in your images forward by remixing focal lengths. Learn how you can do this at Peta Pixel and create more compelling images.


Photographer Takes Portraits of Every Single One of Her Facebook Friends

IDEA: Yes, you're reading that right! A photographer with a brilliant idea for a project went and visited her Facebook friends to try and better understand 'what' friends really are. See what she learned and experienced and check out some of the portraits she captured on


Expert Photography Business Hacks | Rise to the Top! The Busy Photographer's Guide to Success!

BUSINESS: They say if you do what you love, you never work a day in your life... but sometimes you have to do the work to be able to do what you love for a living. For all you photographers aspiring to make what you love into a business, this article from Media Novak will help you lay the groundwork to get started on that path.


Creating IMPACT With Your Work is Key

TECHNIQUE: Sometimes all it takes to turn an average photo into an impactful one is a simple change. Learn from inspiring images on how a little adjustment here and there can make a huge difference.


Why Congress Needs to Focus on Photographers

COPYRIGHT: Copyright infringement is still a serious issue, and one too many photographers are suffering from it. Why is it still that Congress has not helped out with this issue yet? We don't know, but at PPA we are fighting every day as an advocate for photographer's rights. Read this article from PPA's CEO David Trust on Medium and spread the awareness.


The Story Behind The Perfect Photo Of Olympic Pain

SPORTS: You may have heard of the famous Olympic runner from the 80s, Mary Decker. She was one of the best and most everyone from that time remembers her famous fall in the '84 Olympics. Read as Deadspin shares more of the story behind the horrible incident and Decker's backstory.


10 Things to See + Do at Imaging USA 2018

IMAGING USA: Are you going to Imaging USA? If you are, this is definitely an article you want to read to let you know all the incredible things you can look forward to! Everything about who some great speakers are, what type of classes, awards, events, and more. Check it out on PPA Today!


Just Say No: A Photographer's Tale

LIFE: Take the time to read this photographer's great and inspirational testimony on his career. You may find yourself in the same situations as he was, and learning from his experience is great help. See on Fstoppers how sometimes you have to say no to get to where you want to be in life.


Instagram and Snapchat expected to hit $10B and $3B in revenue by 2019

SOCIAL MEDIA: Ah, Instagram and Snapchat, the playground of photography. They are among the most successful companies out there, and they are expected to see huge revenue growth in the next couple of years. See on DPReview just why they are so successfully growing and bringing in massive revenue.


What to Do When You Get a Negative Business Review

BUSINESS: Just because you got a bad review of your business on the internet doesn't mean it's the end of the world. If you have a career long enough in photography, chances are you will most likely get a bad review at least once in your time, but Fstoppers is here help you know what to do and how to handle it in a professional manner.


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By Chris Homer

As we wind down the first week in August, take a minute to enjoy this week's top photography
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 stories from around the web! 

PHOTOGRAPHY NEWS: Here's some great news for wedding photographers! Texas photographer Andrea Polito was defamed on social media by a wedding client, causing her to lose her studio and fold her business. Well, score one for the little guy - the court recently awarded Polito $1 million for the defamation! Read all about it on the Washington Post. And remember that PPA's Indemnification Trust can help you with dissatisfied clients if this situation ever arises for you. 

TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY/INSPIRATION: The Atlantic has a collection of photos from the winner and honorable mentions of National Geographic's Travel Photographer of the Year contest. There's some stunning imagery in the collection; take a look and be inspired! 

TETHERING: If you're thinking about tethering your camera during photo shoots, check out this guide from PetaPixel. It shares some good tips for success when shooting tethered. 

PHOTOGRAPHY TECH: Have you ever wondered how the shutter on your DSLR works? PetaPixel has a look at the inner workings of a DSLR shutter that any photographer will find interesting. 

USING GREYSCALE: If you struggle with deciding when to put a photograph in greyscale, this post from Digital Photography School may offer some insight to help you. It discusses the situations when a photograph may benefit from greyscale. 
By Chris Homer

It's Friday, which means it's time for our favorite photography blogs from around the web! Take
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 a minute to relax and look over these articles. 

COPYRIGHT: Facebook appears to be beefing up their efforts to keep copyrighted videos from being uploaded to the site without permission. This post from Musically covers Facebook's acquisition of Source3, a company that specializes in keeping copyrighted material from being used on the web without the creators' permission. Check it out and let's hope this means better copyright protection on Facebook!

FLYING WITH A CAMERA: The TSA has released a new rule that requires all carry-on electronics larger than a cell phone to be placed into a separate bin for security screening. Yes, that includes your camera! The plan has already been rolled out at 10 airports across the country, and will soon be at every airport. Read all the details on PetaPixel.

INSPIRATION: If you feel like your photography is stuck in a rut, take a look at these 10 tips from Digital Photography Review. You'll likely gain some new inspiration for your next project!

SOCIAL MEDIA: Instagram's Stories feature is a great way to share content with potential clients. This post from Fstoppers dives into why you should consider using the feature, and also provides a handy tutorial for posting Stories that fall outside of Instagram's 24 hour time limit restriction. If you're already using Instagram Stories, or are thinking about implementing it, this is great info to have. 

TUTORIAL: Learn how you can create dramatic portraits by using a beauty dish and a minimal amount of gear in this tutorial from PPAedu and Imaging USA instructor Joel Grimes. Check it out on PetaPixel.
by Mayo Lawal

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It's finally weekend and you deserve some "you time". So, take a break from all that hard work and check out our ten favorite blogs from around the web this week!

FREELANCE LAW:  In May 2017, the city of New York passed the Freelance Isn't Free Act. The Law Tog has this article on how the Act may immensely affect freelance photography in New York and why you should care.  

DRONES PHOTOGRAPHY: Do you know about the Drone Certification program recently launched by PPA? The author of this article outlines the benefits of this unique program, designed to ensure that you are not only legal to fly drones, but also well prepared to take the best pictures.

COPYRIGHT: Photographer Annette Navarro is suing Procter & Gamble, whom she accused of using her photos for several years without paying her. The author of this article tells the story about the lawsuit concerning images that were on Olay packaging all over the world.  

PRICING TECHNIQUE: Figuring out what to charge a client after a shoot can be difficult if you don't have a good pricing system in place. Find out what Wedding Photographer Susan Stripling did to ensure the most cost-effective pricing for her photography sessions. 

LAWSUIT: The battle that began when VHT filed a copyright infringement suit against Zillow Group in 2015 continues. Check out the updates on Digital Photography Review.

TIPS: Drones are becoming more popular, and many photographers are learning to do amazing things with them. The author of this article has some really good tips on how to take breathtaking photos using drones.  

BUSINESS CHALLENGE: The Business Challenge is a fun, interactive program designed to help PPA members reach their business goals and become more profitable. Also, it's FREE! Learn more about the program and how you can easily sign up today.  

TEST: How good are you at spotting fake photos? Find out with this challenging game and a good reality check on Peta Pixel!  

CONFIDENCE: It could take years and years of good work for some photographers to gain confidence in their abilities. Levi Keplar of Fstoppers explains how lack of confidence could hinder success.

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by James Yates
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Whether it's 100 degrees or pouring rain (maybe both?), chances are you don't want to go outside right now. So, take the weekend to stay in and check out our top photography blog posts from around the web!

GOODS: PPA and the Print Movement have insight on five types of products for your prints that will excite your clients and keep them coming back for more. If you've been wondering, "where do I start with prints?"'s your answer!

COPYRIGHT: Max Dubler has an amazing piece up that will, unfortunately, probably resonate for a lot of photographers. See his back-and-forth with a rep from a skateboarding company that posted one of his photos without his permission (and without paying him his requested $25 fee). 

HISTORY: These nine photographs contain shocking and important moments in time. Pacific Standard has them up with background info and interviews with the photographers who captured each shot. 

COMPETITION: The International Photographic Competition judging begins July 30 and EVERYONE is invited to watch! Plus, check out IPC Live on Facebook Live throughout the IPC and get your fill of interviews and critiques hosted by Booray Perry!

INSPIRATION:  Photography is equal parts art and craft. Once you have the craft side taken care of, where do you find your "voice" artistically? No matter who you are inspired by, you are Christopher Malcolm of FStoppers has this piece up about finding your own voice instead of attempting to copy the greats. 

PASSION: Time Magazine asked 13 working photographers and editors the following questions: Why do they do it? Why do they wake up every morning ready to take photographs, to edit them, to publish them? Why is photography important to them and, by extension, to all of us? Their answers are revealing and might line up with yours!

TECHNIQUE: Hyperfocal distance renders an entire scene in focus. It allows you to capture the foreground through to the background, keeping the whole image sharp. But how does it work? PetaPixel has this video up to walk you through exactly how to achieve this desired effect. 

CUSTOMER SERVICE: Running your photography studio can be daunting when it comes to remembering the golden rules about customer service. Open Forum from AmEx has a great piece up explaining three things your potential clients want out of your relationship/interaction...and how you can get it to them. 

PRINT: The Phoblographer's Nathan Hostetter is a champion for the Print Movement! See how his piece on Print dovetails with your own goals as a PPA Print Artist! Taking pride in your work, building relationships with your clients, finding the importance in tangible objects...sure, we know this stuff, but it's great to see the message being spread!  

TRICKS: Using metal prints is a really cool way to be sure your photography stands up to the elements...and then some! Fire, dirt, stomping, squishing...PhotoJoJo has a whole series of stress tests to observe just how strong these metal photo prints are!

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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.

By Bethany Clark

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As you wind down from the high energy of entering the International Photographic Competition, start your weekend with ten of the best photography blogs from around the web this week!

EDUCATION: There are several PPA webinars taking place this month that you will definitely want to put on your calendar. From sales sessions to social media marketing essentials, these webinars are a sure fit for your photography education, so don't forget to register!

TECHNIQUE: Achieving proper color balance while underwater is not always an easy task, which means that color correction in post is often necessary. Resist the urge to freak out when you open your images up on your computer and see just blue hues! Simple tips like the ones in this Fstoppers post will bring back what you envisioned the moment you submerged your camera.

EFFECTS: If you've always had a hard time conceptualizing how the rolling shutter effect worked, and why it produced the shapes it does, you won't find a better side-by-side comparison than the one in this DPReview article.

TRAVEL: Australia-based photographer Alexander Khimushin has visited 84 countries in the last 9 years, and his travels have inspired a series titled "The World in Faces," which endeavors to show the diversity of the world through the portraits of people of different ethnicities, primarily ethnic minorities that are disappearing. 

HOW TO: The Fourth of July may be behind us, but if your photographs of fireworks didn't turn out the way you wanted, check out these tips from Seattle-based photographer John Cornicello, who has photographed fireworks for years. The class he presented on CreativeLive offers some great takeaways.

LIGHTING: Here's something not everyone thinks about: the intensity of light that you shoot your portraits in doesn't just affect the exposure - it also affects the pupil size of your model. This might seem like a really small detail, but pupils that are too small or large look really, really weird! Explore this topic with PetaPixel.

TECHNOLOGY: There's no denying it: the iPhone changed the world, shifting entire industries, from alarm clocks to navigation to calendars, and of course, photography. As the line between 'professional photography' and 'smartphone photography' gets a bit blurrier, share what the iPhone has meant to you.

PROFILE: Sarah Oliphant has been creating scenic backdrops for photographers, film producers, fashion designers, architects, and interior designers since 1978. Her work can be seen behind some of the most famous celebrities and models on magazine covers for Vogue, Rolling Stone, Harper's Bazaar, GQ, The New York Times, and more. Take a look at Fstoppers profile on her iconic work.

IMAGING USA: Get to know the industry professionals who will speak at Imaging USA 2018 in this Speaker Spotlight series! Ryan Armbrust's class focuses on pinup photography in a digital age, and in this article you'll find more info about it... as well as his life motto, his first concert, and what phrases he uses the most!

WORKFLOW: The editing process has a huge impact on the outcome of a portrait, and if you'd like a visual demonstration rather than detailed instructions on how to use editing tools, check out this post from PetaPixel.

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By Mayo Lawal
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You probably had a long week and eventful month. So grab some ice cream, get on your most comfortable couch, and just before you start the movie marathon; check out our top photography blogs from around the web this week!

LAW: If you have reached the point in your career where you are considering hiring a CPA or Attorney for your photography business, you are probably doing something right. So don't stop now. Check out Rachel Brenke's great suggestions on what to consider before entering into this new phase.

SAFETY: As a photographer who is passionate about what you do, you naturally would do almost anything to get that perfect shot. However, while exploring your options, it is important to consider your safety. With an astounding video, PetaPixel illustrates why safety is important. 

PHOTOVISION: In case you haven't visited the PhotoVision website recently, we announced the addition of a new video by Sue Bryce. If you have never checked out the PhotoVision website, here is your chance. 

SKILLS: While some photographers may consider the pen tool one of the greatest inventions of all time, some others consider it a pain. Either way, it would be cool to see how you can achieve a pure white background without using the pen tool. Find out how in this Fstoppers article. 

TIPS: Are you considering landscape photography? The author of this article on Photographytalk shares some tips on how to take breathtaking landscape photos. 

AWARDS: It's amazing what photographers can do with iPhones these days. Take a look at these photos and see why they were awarded Best Phone Photos of 2017.

COPYRIGHT: PPA came up with a great way for you to join the campaign for the reform of the U.S. copyright law. These brand-new cartoon illustrations are the perfect way to share info about copyright on your social and with your friends. More are on the way! Check them it out today.

AVIAN PHOTOGRAPHY: Avian photography can be very tasking. If you think chasing toddlers is as bad as it gets, you probably haven't tried photographing birds. In this article, Joe Campanellie shares some tips on how to get the best images of these beautiful creatures.  

EDITING: Ever wondered if you could make a double exposure on Photoshop? Dan Bracaglia shares a video on DPReview that explains step-by-step how do to so.  

PRINTING: Are you considering getting a professional printer any time soon? Before you make up your mind, you might want to check out this article on Phoblographer.

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By Trent Schick
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Well, it's officially summer, so you know what that means: lots of cold drinks and A/C turned up all the way. While you're trying to stay cool, take the time to view some of our favorite blog posts from this week!

EDITING: There's a good chance you may be spending too much time editing your photo sessions, and we all know time is money. Find out how Seniors Ignite can help you cut down your editing time so you can get back to the real work and not lose money.

CHALLENGE YOURSELF: We have all experienced the dreaded creativity block. It's frustrating and, at times, can seem impossible to overcome. Check out this challenge Brandon Li has come up with to exercise your creativity and breakthrough that block. See if you're up for the challenge on Peta Pixel. 

PHOTOGRAPHY: See some of National Geographic's favorite photos submitted through May. These photos take you all over the world and are truly stunning. Take the time to check them out and admire the beauty of our world. 

SALES: Melanie Anderson writes for Professional Photographer about pricing and selling wall art, albums and other physical heirlooms to boost your sales. Find out how to use everything from psychology to instant gratification to establish and maintain great relationships with your clients. 

DRONES: When it comes to drones, the world is your playground to explore and try new things. The drone world is getting more creative with different ways to exercise the drone's capabilities. Fstoppers has a spectacular video of a person practicing First Person View on a drone; the footage is remarkable. 

TECHNIQUE REFRESHER: The great thing about photography is that there's practically no limit to style when it comes to taking pictures. The more versatility you have to your style, the more your pictures stand out and the better they are. Take a look at these 30 image composition styles and see if you can add any to your picture repertoire.

UP YOUR GAME: If portrait photography is something you're exploring or feel that you've hit a plateau in, this article is for you. Photography gives three rookie mistakes that could be the reasons why you are not where you want to be in portrait photography.

EVENTS: With the summer concert season in full swing, Tony Corbell wants to give you tips and advice on how to be the best live event photographer you can be. Preparation, credentials, courtesy, speed, and other tools in your kit combine to make for a successful shoot. 

SKILLS: Do you think you have what it takes to be a successful video editor? Check out these 5 skills that Fstoppers says every successful video editor should have and see how you match up. 

BENEFITS: PPA's goal is always to help build better photographers and their businesses, which is why we're always providing benefits for our members. See what some of these money saving benefits are on PPA Today.

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By James Yates
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It's finally almost summertime! And it's also very, very hot. So crank up your a/c and curl up on the couch this weekend with our top photography blog posts from around the web. Enjoy!

ADVOCACY: Laguna Beach recently enacted a policy requiring a permit to shoot public spaces. DIY Photography has this information on the legalities involved and the fight against permits for photographing public spaces.  

BUSINESS: PPA member Melanie Anderson uses a five-step process to help drum up sales with her clients. Professional Photographer has the scoop on these techniques and how to master "the sale".  

STORYTELLING: Mango Street has a video up on how they used music as the inspiration for a recent conceptual shoot. Storytelling makes photos even better. After watching, you may want to try it out yourself to ignite your creativity. 

PhotoVision: If it's been a minute since you've checked in with PhotoVision, be sure to come watch these new videos! The new releases include Sue Bryce and Anne Geddes, who are contributing to PhotoVision's new 'Year of Inspiration' series.

PSYCHOLOGY: Photo artist Erik Johansson created a series of pieces that blend various backgrounds and style to get at a psychological meaning. Check out the pieces as well as a behind the scenes video on how the result was achieved. 

MARKETING: How do you describe yourself and what you do in 20 to 40 seconds? Can you? Every photographer needs what's called an 'elevator pitch' for their studio. You usually only have 30 seconds to make a connection with someone. Learn how to do so efficiently on FStoppers. 

DIGITAL: Sarah Malotti was thrilled with first. But what used to be about creative content is now more proof of why numbers matter and having to "play the game". DIY Photography has this article on the effects of Instagram on photography.    

HEADSHOTS: PPA members Gary and Julie Hughes have made a name for their Orlando studio with fantastic headshots. Now, they're giving advice on why you should offer headshots at your next event.

ACTION: Garrett Ellwood has photographed 19 NBA Finals so he knows what he's talking about when it comes to making your sports photography stand out. Digital Photography Review has a piece on how he does it using strobe. 

PRINT: PPA has tools to help photographers learn how to sell more prints, as well as educate their clients so they are asking for these products. And these days, video is king. That's why PRINT. The Movement has created an entire section on their website dedicated to video resources that will educate your clients, and there's even a quick message from world-renowned photographer Anne Geddes!

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

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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