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New Drone Regulations, Using Luminosity Masks and What Lawyers See When They Look at Contracts: Our Top 10 Blog Posts from June 20 - 24 - PPA Today

New Drone Regulations, Using Luminosity Masks and What Lawyers See When They Look at Contracts: Our Top 10 Blog Posts from June 20 - 24

By Chris Homer

As we count down the days to fireworks and hotdogs, take a minute to check out the top
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 photography blog posts for the week of June 20! 

DRONES/UAS NEWS: The FAA has just announced new regulations regarding the operation of drones that will allow photographers to offer this type of photography to their clients, provided you meet some requirements. Check out the news on the PPA blog!

PHOTOGRAPHY CONTRACTS: Contracts can be a tricky thing, especially when dealing with a 'work-for-hire' situation. In this post on Photo District News, lawyers review several editorial photography contracts and break down what some of that confusing language means. You may be surprised! This is a must read for all photographers.

BUSINESS TIPS: If you've ever experienced hard drive failure, you know how stressful it can be to lose all of your images. Help avoid this problem by creating a USB Recovery Drive. Photofocus breaks down the steps in this post. And if hard drive failure still happens to you, don't forget about your PPA member benefit with DriveSavers

TUTORIAL: Whether or not you shoot cityscapes at night, this post from Digital Photography School provides a good tutorial of how to use Luminosity Masks in Photoshop and the results you can get by using them!

BACK TO THE BASICS: Do you understand how the histogram display on the back of your DSLR works and what it can tell you about a photograph you just took? Take a look at these exercises from Picture Correct that will help you understand the histogram! 

ADVICE: Pursuing your photography passion projects can be daunting. If you're not sure where to begin, check out this advice from South African photographer Gareth Pon on Fstoppers and learn how you can pursue these projects, while keeping your business going! 

TUTORIAL: It can be frustrating when you think you've captured a great image, only to discover that the lighting was off later. However, there's hope the photo can be saved! Check out this Popular Photography post on how you can use Adobe Camera Raw to fix most lighting issues. 

NATURAL LIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY: If you've struggled with shooting in natural light, you may need to approach the way you prepare for a shoot differently! This Fstoppers post shares some good ideas for how to get the best results out of natural light. 

INSPIRATION: If you enjoy reading about photographers pursuing impressive projects, check out this post from the Feature Shoot. It's an interview with Brooklyn-based photographer Sasha Bezzubov about photographing in the rainforests of the Republic of Gabon in central Africa. Take a look and be inspired!

ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY: If you're a wedding photographer, do you also offer engagement photo packages for your clients? You should be! Read this post on Digital Photography School to find out why it can be valuable to your business. And don't forget about PPA's See The Difference Campaign and Resources. It's all designed to help you show potential clients the value of hiring a professional photographer to capture important memories!

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

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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