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The Energy of Motion, Copyright Updates and Fighting PSD with Photography: Our Top Ten Blog Posts for March 27-31, 2017. - PPA Today

The Energy of Motion, Copyright Updates and Fighting PSD with Photography: Our Top Ten Blog Posts for March 27-31, 2017.

By James Yates
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As we say goodbye to March and head into April, guard yourself against any "April Fools" pranks by staying indoors and diving into the best photography articles of the week. Here are our top blog posts from around the kidding. 

CAPITOL HILL ADVOCACY: Major updates occurred this week for PPA's efforts in D.C, including an important bill leaving committee and heading to the House. Check out our updates and refresh yourself and your friends on the need to sign up to support the Grassroots Action Team. 

DEBUNKING THE IN-PERSON SALES: Speaking of amazing tutorials, the latest edition to the PhotoVision library is "In-Person Selling" with Sue Bryce. As a photographer and business owner, Sue Bryce discusses how in-person sales can be directly correlated to an increase in your profits. She also explains how the PRINT movement has restored the value of printed images and empowered photographers to present their art in the way it was intended.

DRONE LITIGATION: A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit against a "drone hunter" who shot down a drone above his property. Find out why (it has more to do with legal standing than property rights and airspace) and get ready because this is surely just the tip of the "drone-lawsuit" iceberg. 

PERSEVERANCE: PetaPixel has an inspiring story about the therapeutic benefits of art for one veteran . Documentary photography has helped Baltimore native Michael McVoy deal with his struggle. Read the interview and see his work here. 

HISTORY IN THE MAKING: This in-depth interview gets the nitty-gritty details of what work-life is like in the White House Photo Office. Chuck Kennedy worked as a White House Photographer under the Obama administration and gives PetaPixel an on-the-ground look behind the scenes. 

FRESH PERSPECTIVE:  Two PPA photographers share a fresh perspective on PPA's International Photographic Competition. Specifically, they look at the "12 Elements of a Merit Image" in a new light. Rather than looking at the elements as a checklist, they created a mind map (a diagram used to visually organize information) for a unique take on these elements and how to succeed in the IPC.

ZOOM/BLUR: Tony Corbell takes a look at the zoom/blur effect in photography that is usually used for personal photos but rarely for professional work...until or unless you need to convey energy and motion in the shot. 

MUSIC LICENSING: is emerging from its beta format to provide unlimited commercial-licensed downloads to photographers for a small, annual fee. Fstoppers has a look at the impressive new site, which you can search using genre, duration and more. 

TECHNIQUE: Lens flares can be an unwanted blight on your photography...or an added bit of vibrancy and unique detail. If you want to pursue the second approach, this step-by-step article will show you how to create the lens-flare effect using templates and settings from your camera and editing software.

TUTORIAL: RGG Photo has a series of videos on "Shooting Tethered", available for free on YouTube. This video is focused on "small budget setups" for the shoots that are working with less than $700. Check out their series and also make sure you've headed to PPAEdu to view PPA's own collection of valuable tutorials. 

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 @

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