The first weekend in May has arrived, and hopefully the weather is gorgeous where you are. Pour yourself a nice glass of lemonade, relax on the porch, and check out ten of the best photography blog posts this week!
ADVOCACY: Though H.R. 1695 passed the House of Representatives with overwhelming bipartisan support on April 26, there is still more left to this fight. The bill now heads to the Senate side, where more scrutiny (and changes) are likely to happen. Learn more in this article from PPA Today.
EXPLORE: Though it's tempting to look up a place on Google Images to see if it's photogenic before you visit it, the author of this Fstoppers article urges against taking cues on the creative potential of a location from casual tourists, or even other photographers. Go see it for yourself!
TECH TALK: You might be surprised at how many photographers' websites are very much behind the times. (In fact, yours might be one of them!) Here are a few do's and don'ts - from such as making sure your website is easily viewed on mobile devices, to having easy navigation, to SEO tips - that will quickly bring your site into the 21st century.
STORYTELLING: One of the differences between a great image and a snapshot is storytelling. If your picture doesn't narrate anything, it won't serve any purpose. Take a look at these 3 tips for stronger images that tell a story.
PROTECTION: PPA members, there have been two big changes to the indemnification trust agreement, and both affect claims regarding data loss. Learn more about them on PPA Today.
EDITING: If you're not sure how to properly sharpen your images in Photoshop, this tutorial from the Photoshop Training Channel is a deep dive into the most common sharpening techniques, complete with an explanation of which ones are better and why.
TECHNIQUE: Many of us overlook the basics! But be sure to keep these essential tips in mind, from having a shot list, to wardrobe prep (thoughtfully chosen and no wrinkles!), to the importance of communication with your subject. See more in this Fstoppers article.
DIGITAL: Social media can be done so much easier with just a few tweaks to your workflow. Consider pre-writing your captions (complete with hashtags!) and other handy hacks with this Fstoppers article.
SALES: When assembling the tools that represent your brand, like your website, be sure to think carefully about your printed portfolio. As tempting as it is to stay digital, clients like to see great books that strongly showcase a photographer's capabilities. Learn more about building the perfect printed portfolio on RMSP.
MARKETING: If you're trying to choose the right email service to manage communication with your clients, your options will vary depending on the size of your email list and the frequency of your email campaigns. Professional Photographer magazine has a few suggestions.
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.