We're all getting ready for Imaging USA which starts NEXT WEEK! Until then, tide yourself over with our top blog posts from the first week of 2018.
COMPETITION: Earning a Diamond in the International Photographic Competition means that all four of a photographer's images submitted into competition earned a spot in the coveted PPA Loan Collection. This year's crop of images and artists really takes things to another level.
EDITING: Caleb Kerr from PetaPixel on why not everything needs to be shot and shared. A certain amount of selectivity shows off another big part of your skillset.
HISTORY: One New York photographer has been on a mission to capture images of the old diners sprinkled all across the five boroughs. In the year since he started, dozens of them have already closed. Read this fascinating piece from the New York Times.
TECHNIQUE: Want to make your images pop without becoming oversaturated or gaudy? This helpful video by Nathanial Dodson will show you several methods for making colors burst in Photoshop.
IMAGING USA: If one of your goals was to improve your photography business, you can start by attending Imaging USA January 14 - 16, in Nashville. Here are 4 resolutions photographers commonly make - and how attending Imaging USA can help you achieve them.
COMMERCIAL: Photographer Dustin Dolby explains how you can capture crisp product labels and water splashes using speedlights and blend modes with just Photoshop, a few scrims, and speedlights.
LANDSCAPES: Chances are it is SO COLD OUTSIDE wherever you are reading this. Grab your camera and take advantage as this video shows you some great ways to make the most out of beautiful winter landscapes.
DRONES: Since hitting the market in 2010, drones have captured the imagination of photographers everywhere. Photography Talk has a look at the best and worst of what this aerial technology hath wrought. The "Fails" video is definitely worth a look.
BUSINESS: No matter what your social media strategy is, it's always a good idea to go back and make sure you have the basics covered. Your photography business may discover that it needs a strategic do-over. Harvard Business Review has this list of mistakes you might be making.
INSPIRATION: Throughout the year, we've collected blog posts written by PPA members like you who attended Imaging USA and wanted to share their experience. You'll hear from photographers at various levels and stages in their businesses and you'll definitely want to join us next week at the Gaylord Opryland Resort!
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