Copyright Updates, the Dangers of Train Track Photography, and Sales Calls to Sports Leagues: Our Top Ten Blog Posts for April 3-7, 2017!

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Weekly_Top_Ten_Drumroll.jpgThey say April showers bring May flowers, so let's keep our fingers crossed that this recent stormy springtime weather brings good tidings. While you stay dry, enjoy some of the most informative and interesting blog posts in the photography industry this week!

Copyright Office Launches New Website, Blog

COPYRIGHT: There's a great new copyright blog out there, and guess what... it's from the U.S. Copyright Office! The U.S. Copyright Office is really stepping up their game in an effort to share their activities with the public. Check it out, and be sure to join PPA's Grassroots Action Team to support Small Claims for photographers! 

PPA Advocating for Photographers' Rights on Capitol Hill: Updates!

ADVOCACY: PPA's Government Affairs Team travels regularly to Washington D.C. to advocate for the Freedom for American Small Creators Act (the small claims bill) and highlight why this is so important to creative artists, especially photographers. Since the bill has not been reintroduced yet (but will be soon!), PPA hopes many of the representatives we talk to will be willing to co-sponsor the bill when the time comes. Read all the updates!

The Dangers of Train Track Photography

SAFETY: According to the TODAY show, over 340 people are killed while trespassing on train tracks each year. Ever wondered how the train could "sneak" up on people without them being able to get away in time? Take a look at this demonstration. Bottom line: don't trespass on live tracks because (1) it's illegal and (2) it's truly dangerous.

Photographing Fashion for E-Commerce

ONLINE: With more and more online-only retailers, quality photography is essential to consumers who are considering buying a garment or product. Go behind-the-scenes of an e-commerce shoot to see what it takes to create an appealing visual story for online shoppers.

Learn How to Incorporate Drones into Your Business

DRONES: Thinking about adding drones to your photography business? Learn how with PPAedu! If you aren't a PPA member, you're in luck because this month's free video thoroughly explains the added valued drones can bring to your business. If you are a PPA member, log in and watch this video (plus hundreds more) at any time!

Making Sales Calls to Leagues and How H&H Sales Kits Can Help

MARKETING: Do you need to make sales calls to sports leagues? Check out H&H Color Lab's marketing program, full of tools to help you grow your sports photography business!

Are Your Images Ready to Compete in the IPC?

IMPROVE: Want to get feedback on your images from an official IPC juror? Request a critique while entering the IPC! Take a look at real critique from last year's competition and see how invaluable the insight can be! 

How to Start a Successful Studio Business

STARTUP: Congrats! You've decided to start your photography business. Before you dive headfirst into the fray, take a look at these tips from The Guardian so that you start off on the right foot.

Communication Is Key For Higher Sales

SALES: Keep in mind that every email, call, or text with a client is an opportunity to communicate effectively. Check out this blog to learn the advantages of selling clients on the experience of hiring you and preparing them for what they can buy when it's all said and done. 

This Month's Free PhotoVision Video: Social Media Tips From a Master

SOCIAL MEDIA: Check this free video from PhotoVision. Photographer John Pyle discusses his effective use of social media to drive his business, providing marketing tips and his successes and failures from his past seven years using various social media sites.

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.