The end of the week is here! As you wind down and head into the weekend, take some time to enjoy our favorite photography blog posts from around the web.
SEO 101: You've probably heard that you need to do some type of Search Engine Optimization (SEO) on your site in order for clients to find your business in web searches. If you're not sure where to start, read this post from PPA! It covers the basics of SEO so you can get started in the right direction.
COPYRIGHT: News flash: Taking watermarked photos and putting them on Facebook, scanning a print and making it digital, or just yanking an image from a Google search and sharing it...these are all instances of copyright infringement and are against the law! Improve Photography has a nice article summarizing the fight for copyright protection (with a nice shout out to the work PPA has been doing!).
TUTORIAL: When photographing on location, stabilizing your camera can be an issue! Check out this post from PetaPixel for some quick hacks you can use for better camera stabilization.
SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING: Do you use Instagram to help market your photography? It's become a powerful tool for photographers, so if you're looking to have a presence on Instagram (or already do) check out these tips from PhotoFocus to learn how you can better connect with potential clients.
COMMERCIAL PHOTOGRAPHY: Here's a great post for the commercial photographers out there. Read how photographer Dustin Dolby creates great photos of wine bottles using only one speedlight on DIY Photography.
PORTRAITS: Whether you've been taking portraits for a long time, or are new to the game, this post from Light Stalking is good to review! It covers 3 fundamental elements of a portrait that lead to great results when done right.
CAPITOL HILL ADVOCACY: Last week was a pretty crazy one on Capitol Hill (as they mostly are lately) and, lost in the shuffle, was the fact that the companion bill to H.R. 1695, the bill PPA's Grassroots Team lobbied to get through the House, has now been introduced in the Senate! Read up on the next step in our fight here.
BUSINESS...ETIQUETTE: Have you ever engaged in a flame war (posting negative comments) on a Facebook discussion with another photographer? Stop doing that! This post from Fstoppers talks about how potential clients can see these comments, and how it may make them choose to not do business with you.
TUTORIAL: Low-key photography is a style where the main elements are darkness and negative space. You can create some very unique portraits using this style. If you're intrigued by it, Digital Photography School provides a tutorial on the basics of creating a low-key image.
WALL ART: Suzanne Deaton joined PPA, took advantage of educational opportunities, and decided to pride her business on producing tangible products that clients can appreciate as art. Today, she operates a successful studio focused on wall print and in-person selling. Read all about it on Professional Photographer magazine.
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.