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April 02, 2021

March Blog Roundup: New Technology, Lighting Tips, and Next Level Selfies

March has come and gone, and it brought some exciting developments in the world of photography! Here at PPA, we have our finger on the pulse of the industry to keep you up-to-date and in the know. Keep scrolling for a handpicked selection of articles to give you creative ideas and technical tips. 


22 Pioneering Women in Photography You Need to Know About

To celebrate women’s history month, Digital Camera World’s Lauren Scott wrote about 22 of photography’s most “innovative and prolific female photographers and how they’ve shaped the artform.” From Anna Atkins to Deana Lawson, this article provides a brief biography of each photographer accompanied by either an example of her work or a portrait of her. Learn a little photography history and be inspired by the full story.

New A.I. Tool Makes Historic Photos Move, Blink, and Smile

MyHertiage’s new Deep Nostalgia tool “animates the faces in your family photos with amazing technology.” Of course, internet users everywhere are finding other uses for this fascinating—and eerie—new technology. Read the full story over at Smithsonian Magazine and then try Deep Nostalgia for yourself (if you dare... it's a little creepy).

20 Hottest Photography Trends to be Aware of in 2021

Looking to try something new? With ideas for both the visual aesthetic and the content of your work, there’s no shortage of inspiration in this article from Expert Photography. Learn what’s trending right now.

Building YouTube Shorts, A New Way to Watch & Create on Youtube

Move over TikTok, there’s a new app in town. “Shorts is a new short-form video experience for creators and artists who want to shoot short, catchy videos using nothing but their mobile phones,” says this release by Youtube’s VP of Product Management Chris Jaffe. Get all the details here.


Love Is In The Air (Fryer): Woman Stages Romantic Photo Shoot With Favorite Appliance

Tulsa-based wedding photographer Adrian Birdsong went viral with her romantic photo session with an unlikely partner: her air fryer. The Facebook post, which quotes Taylor Swift, has been shared over 17,000 times. Whether you’re the proud owner of an air fryer or not, you can’t help but laugh at these hilarious photos


Rob Grimm: How to Mimic Natural Light in the Studio

“Being able to witness natural light and recreate its patterns within a studio is one of the more challenging tasks a photographer can encounter. However, it is also one of the most significant assets a photographer can have, and fortunately, it doesn't have to be complicated to learn.” Learn how to mimic natural light in your studio with words from wisdom from commercial photographer Rob Grimm.

6 Secret Photography Lighting Techniques for Capturing a Good Photo

Whether you’re familiar with these “secrets” or not, it never hurts to brush up on lighting techniques! See examples of split, butterfly, and Rembrandt lighting (plus three others), all with examples and details on how to achieve the same patterns.  

Contrast: Look for The Differences

Tone, color, motion, texture: all these elements add to an image’s contrast, and when done right, they help make a truly interesting photograph. “Look for the contrast,” photographer David Duchemin writes. “See the differences. And then amplify them.” Read the full story.

Use Lightroom to Quickly Change Colors in Just Two Minutes

Lightroom is great when you’re looking for a quick fix. This Fstoppers article has step-by-step instructions on how to use Lightroom’s many tools alongside images to further explain the program. Learn how to change colors selectively using Lightroom.


You’ll Never Look at FaceTime the Same Way…

UK Photographer Tim Dunk explains how he’s done over 850 photo sessions via Apple’s FaceTime app over the last year. He’s remotely captured subjects from Ghana, Siberia, Uruguay, Argentina, Florida, and “on a Greenpeace ship on the Indian Ocean.” Get inspired by this photographer’s story.


Take Your Selfies to The Next Level | 7 Tips for Creative Self-Portraits

This high-energy video from photography apparel and accessories creator COOPH (Cooperative of Photography) shows you how to create unique, eye-catching self-portraits that are anything but your standard “selfie.”

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