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December 23, 2016

Holiday Photography Tips, 2017 Trends, and Second Shooters: Our Top Blog Posts from December 19-23!

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Happy holidays from all of us here at PPA! Between last minute shopping and gift-wrapping, we know you probably haven't spent a lot of time surfing the web for blogs, and that's OK! We've done the hard work for you and rounded up the best of the best photography blogs from this week. 

Fstoppers Teams Up with Getty to Discuss Image Trends for 2017 

TRENDING: Don't look now, but 2017 is right around the corner, and with a new year comes new photography trends. It looks like 2017 will be the year of authenticity, as Getty Images predicts that unfiltered and color packed images will dominate the market within the next year. Check out all of Getty's projected new year developments so you can stay "on trend" in 2017. 

The Passing of a Giant in the Modeling and Editorial World 

REMEMBERING: China Machado was one of the first women of color to be featured in a major fashion magazine when she appeared in the February 1959 issue of Harper's Bazaar.  She went on to become a fashion editor for the famous magazine, continuing to model and design clothes on the side. Machado has sadly passed away at the age of 86, but you can read up on her incredible personal and professional life here. 

Is Your Canon 50mm f/1.8 II Lens Fake? 

BEWARE: Earlier this week Canon sent out an advisory, warning consumers about fake 50mm f/1.8 II lenses floating around. These counterfeit lenses look similar to the real deal, but upon further inspection, many of the parts and circuits are inauthentic. Read this article to find out how to tell if the Canon 50mm f/1.8 II in your possession is fake. 

Two Small Tips for Solid Bookings in 2017 

BOOKINGS: With 2017 looming not so far ahead, those all important client bookings are probably on your mind. How can you get return and new customers on your calendar in 2017? Check out these tips from photographer Jennifer Tallerico to find out. 

Last-Minute Tips for Holiday Family Portraits

TIPS: As a photographer, you'll probably take tons of photos over the holiday weekend. It's a time when families come together, so you'll probably want to get at least one snapshot of the whole group.  Before you grab your camera, though, you'll want to watch photographer Adam Lerner tips for capturing the best family portrait possible. 

Is the LCD Screen Killing Your Artistic Vision? 

TECHNOLOGY: Today's modern society values instant gratification, and advancing technology enables this trend. The LCD screen on your camera, for example, allows you to instantly view an image you just captured. But what happens when you show your subject an idea for the perfect image, and they dismiss it because they don't like the way they look? Read this blog to find out how to stay true to yourself and avoid this potential problem.

Tips For Shooting a Wedding Ceremony With a Second Shooter 

SECOND SHOOTER: Having a second shooter at a wedding can really lighten your workload and free up your hands so you can capture that picture perfect moment. But sometimes, your second set of hands can be hard to manage or motivate. Watch this video to find out how to best utilize your second shooter during all aspects of a wedding. 

10 Wedding Photography Lighting Tips From Ryan Brenizer 

LIGHTING: When photographing a wedding, you generally have to work with the lighting (or lack thereof) that is available. In this video, veteran wedding photographer Ryan Brenizer shows you some helpful tips for creating your own wedding lighting style.

Use a Balloon for Better Pop-Up Flash Portraits 

DIY: Many wouldn't think to use a balloon as a pop-up flash diffuser, but this technique is simple while being effective. When placed in front of your camera's flash, an inflated, white balloon softens light and while giving your subjects a more flattering appearance. This means less editing for you and more natural photos for your client. Learn how this simple technique can instantly transform your images.


The Art of the Personal Project: Joe Pugliese

SERIES: Photographer's personal projects are like a window into their soul, highlighting the artist's personal interests and style.  This week photographer Joe Pugliese shows us some portraits from his time spent photographing fashionable churchgoers in his series "Sunday Best".  You can read about Joe's inspiration for the series and see some of the best photos from the day as well.  

That's all for this week's blog post roundup! We sincerely hope you enjoy your time with friends and family this holiday weekend. If there are any photography blogs or podcasts that you think are worth checking out, post them on theLoop or email them to us at