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Hurricane Harvey Relief, Shooting in RAW, and the 2018 Finalists for the Grand Imaging Awards: Top Blog Posts for the Week of September 4-8, 2018 - PPA Today

Hurricane Harvey Relief, Shooting in RAW, and the 2018 Finalists for the Grand Imaging Awards: Top Blog Posts for the Week of September 4-8, 2018

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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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