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IPC Changes, How to Pitch, and Rembrandt Lighting: Our Top 10 Photography Blogs August 15-19 - PPA Today

IPC Changes, How to Pitch, and Rembrandt Lighting: Our Top 10 Photography Blogs August 15-19

By Chris Homer

Have the Summer Olympic Games inspired you to achieve new heights of success in your
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 photography business? Here are the top posts of the week that may help you get there! 

HOW TO PITCH: For many photography jobs, especially for a publication, you're required to pitch your ideas and skills to get the job. It can be an intimidating process! If you don't know where to start, this post from Light Stalking gives some good tips on how to pitch yourself. 

IPC News: PPA announced some changes to the 2017 District and International Photographic Competitions. Read about the changes in this post so you are up-to-date when your District Photographic Competition comes around! And, in case you missed it, results from the 2016 IPC are available now! Congratulations to all the photographers who earned a merit or had an image be selected for the PPA Loan Collection. 

INSPIRATION: Have you ever wondered how Salvador Dali and photographer Philippe Halsman put together their famous 1948 "Dali Atomicus" photo without Photoshop? Time has put together a fascinating video on the creation of the photograph - it took 28 tries to get the composition right! This is a must watch for any photographer.

HEADSHOT KNOWHOW: For portrait photographers that shoot headshots, one question that always comes up is, "what's the best focal length to use?" This post from PhotographyTalk gives some examples of different focal lengths and when you might want to use them. 

PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT INSURANCE: Here's a cautionary tale from DIY Photography on why you should always double-check what your photography equipment insurance policy actually covers. This photographer found out the hard way that theft was not covered by his policy! Fear not PPA Members, your free PhotoCare Equipment Insurance includes theft coverage! 
TECH: Do you use downloadable camera profiles? They can really speed up your workflow by doing some of the work for you! Check out the benefits of camera profiles in this post from Fstoppers.

LIGHTING: Rembrandt lighting is prized for its ability to bring out facial characteristics and can really take your portraits to the next level. Find out how you can combine Rembrandt and window lighting to create great portraits in this post from Popular Photography.

CLIENT ADVICE: One of the keys for a successful photoshoot is to manage your client's expectations. This post from Fstoppers provides some advice for how to do so, while still delivering photographs your client will love.

PHOTOJOURNALISM: Feature Shoot interviewed six photojournalists about their experiences photographing crises around the world. It's fascinating to read what the photographers think of these experiences, and how they view their role as journalists documenting history. 

WORKFLOW: Do you feel like you're spending so much time editing your wedding photographs that you no longer have a life outside of work? Consider outsourcing your editing! Fstoppers shares why it's a good idea, as well as some advice for picking the right company to outsource to.

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.


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