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by Sidra Safri
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On April 27th, the FAA will begin to release their first set of UAS facility maps. These maps, which will be released over the next twelve months, show drone operators which areas, and what altitudes a drone can be safely operated.  Further, these maps will be downloadable on mobile devices with customizable views. 

Besides guiding drone operators, the newly released maps will also help the FAA in increasing the speed at which they process drone waiver applications. With the introduction of these maps, it is still important to keep in mind that they do no automatically grant authorization, but may possibly increase the likelihood of approval. 

These maps can be found at the FAA website beginning April 27th. Even with the introduction of the new maps, drone operators must still apply for any and all waivers at the Waiver/Airspace Authorization Page. Keep in mind the average turn-around time for waivers is approximately 96 days. Drone operators seeking any waivers are advised to apply 120 days in advance. For a reminder of what regulations can be waived check here

By Autumn Rice
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Spring has sprung, and so has the pollen. Don't struggle through allergy season in the great outdoors. Head inside and grab your computer to surf the best stuff on the web. While you're at it, take a minute to check out some of the great blog posts from the photography industry this week!

SMALL CLAIMS: Copyright protection is always an important issue for PPA and we finally have a chance to take a small step towards making a big difference. House Resolution 1695 allows the position of Register of Copyrights to become a presidential appointee. Check out what the resolution is all about and how to contact your representative to make a difference.

OPTICAL ILLUSION PORTRAITS: Photographer Amol Jadhav and art director/retoucher Pranav Bhide have created optical illusion portraits with a purpose. While working with World for All Animal Care and Adoptions in Mumbai, the two arranged families to create two portraits in one in an effort to encourage families to adopt pets. Check out the portraits to see if you can find the illusion!

ENGAGEMENT SESSIONS: Many photographers would rather do anything besides photograph in a wide-open field on a sunny day, but on-location lighting specialist Zach Gray has a remedy for the problem. Watch this video with some tips about shooting couples outdoors on sunny days.

ADVERTISING: Many wedding venues use brochures to attract potential clients for their big day. Now, many of those brochures are featuring ad space for photographers. F-Stoppers is here with a look into IF advertising in wedding brochures is a bang worth your buck. 

POSING TECHNIQUES: The goal of a photographer is to make clients comfortable enough to create a natural and relaxed photograph, but that's not always easy. Check out the tips and tricks in this article to help your client relax and help you get a better photograph.

INSPIRATION: Do you ever get tired of creating the same types of photographs? Do you want to spice up your photography styles? Check out this post about new ways to add a new flare to your work! You'll get examples and videos to demonstrate what to do and just how to do it!

HISTORY: Terminal, a notorious New York City dive bar, is given new life in this amazing series of photo portraits taken by a bartender there in the 70s and 80s. The photos capture a "type" of NYC resident and the era in a unique way...from behind the bar. 

PRICING: We all love to save money when we can, but when it comes to wedding photographers the expense is well worth it. One couple skimmed on the price, and the results were horrible. Read the story and see the pictures from this couple's wedding photography catastrophe. 

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS: Choosing the right professional photographer is not the easiest decision to make for a bride and groom-to-be. They often don't know what to look for, or how to choose the right professional for their event. Don't fret! This post is a comprehensive guide for choosing a wedding photographer perfect for you. Check it out!

STYLE: Your style is your own. Sometimes, it may even be in the eye of the beholder. F-Stoppers has a piece up on keeping your integrity and artistic vision...and what that may mean to a client who doesn't "get it". 

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 @

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Guest post by Tom Kennedy, Lara Kisielewska, Akili-Casundria Ramsess, Juliette Wolf-Robin, and David Trust.

Most everyone knows the phrase "a picture is worth a thousand words." It captures the notion that one image can instantly convey complex ideas and world events, changing how we think individually and as societies. For instance, who could forget the picture of an American sailor kissing a woman in Times Square, which expressed the elation, joy and excitement of the nation as World War II came to an end. And the 1989 image of a lone protestor standing before oncoming tanks in Tiananmen Square still resonates deeply today. In both cases, visual artists--who depend on strong copyright protections to make a living--captured those iconic images. 

Visual artists include illustrators, graphic designers, artists, photographers, visual journalists, videographers, and others who create and license their works for the news media, magazines, advertising, books and other publications, consumer products, digital platforms, multimedia presentations, and broadcast. Typically, they are one-or-two-person businesses and small family enterprises that not only create, but are responsible for running all facets of a small business.

To help facilitate the marketplace for creative works, visual artists have long called for modernizing the US Copyright Office. That's why we strongly support HR 1695, the Register of Copyrights and Selection and Accountability Act, which would make the Register of Copyrights, who leads the USCO, a presidentially appointed, Senate confirmed position. The bill recently passed out of the House Judiciary Committee by the overwhelming bipartisan vote of 27-1.

The Copyright Office, which resides in the Library of Congress, maintains copyright registration and recordation databases upon which creators, licensees, users and consumers depend, but which are sadly outdated. Indeed, despite repeated calls by former Registers for reform, including releasing the most forward looking IT plan in the Office's history, it has been unable to modernize because it lacks the autonomy to do so. The Office's efforts have been frustrated because it resides in the Library of Congress where it competes with many other Library priorities for resources, technology and staff. This arrangement may have worked in the past, but the creative economy now contributes $1.2 trillion to GDP and supports 5.5 million jobs. The Register must be given the autonomy to modernize the Office to suit the specialized needs of the copyright system. And it is appropriate that the office of the Register be elevated to a stature commensurate with the economic sector to which the duties of the Office are so critical.

The Office also has an important policy mission, statutorily acting as Congress' impartial advisor on copyright law and policy. Historically, the Copyright Office has been an invaluable resource to the Congress, providing expert counsel on issues large and small. This is particularly important for individual creators and small businesses, for without this dedicated "think tank," Congress might not hear the plight of our creative members on critical issues such as how to handle copyright infringement claims too small to justify the expense of a federal law suit. The Copyright Office must have the autonomy necessary to continue its vital advisory role to Congress.

Some critics of the legislation have suggested that elevating the Register is an attempt to "give more power to Hollywood"--something we in the visual arts community find puzzling. Without a doubt, the Copyright Office's technological shortcomings affect visual artists far more than movie studios and record labels. For instance, Variety reported that 563 movies were released in 2014 by the entire movie industry, which is a relatively small number of copyrights to register for an entire year. By contrast, a single photographer can take over 500 photos in one shoot, and may create as many as 50,000 individual photographs per year. Further, unlike large entertainment companies, we don't have the luxury of in-house professionals who can dedicate their time to navigating the complexities of the registration process. As a result, many visual artists forego registration, which then makes defending one's rights in court a virtual impossibility. Put another way, the Copyright Office's problems are a de facto regressive tax--the smaller the creator, the more adversely they are impacted.

Congress should swiftly pass HR 1695, thereby taking an important first step towards fixing these problems. By ensuring the Register has the autonomy necessary to begin implementing operational reforms and continuing to provide impartial advice, Congress will help ensure that visual artists and all creators can continue creating works that contribute to our economy and help shape our society in the digital age.

Tom Kennedy is the Executive Director of the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP). Lara Kisielewska is the President of the Graphic Artists Guild (GAG). Akili-Casundria Ramsess is the Executive Director of the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA). Juliette Wolf-Robin is the National Executive Director of the American Photographic Artists (APA). And David Trust is the CEO of the Professional Photographers of America (PPA).

Judging for the Northeast District Photographic Competition begins tomorrow! You can tune in to watch April 21-22, 2017 starting at 9:00 am ET at

If you've entered the Northeast District Competition, this is your chance to see how you did! Even if you didn't enter the competition, watching the judging is a great way to take a peek at what judges are looking for during the Photographic Open or Artistic competition. 

You can also learn more about PPA's 12 Elements of a Merit Image, and we invite you to tune in and get inspired. It's a great way to prepare for the International Photographic Competition! 

The judging for the IPC will be held July 30-August 2, 2017. Early registration to enter your images opens May 22-June 21, 2017 by 5pm ET. Entries after June 21 will be accepted with a late fee through July 6. But please note that no entries will be accepted after July 6, 2017 by 5pm ET. 

This year's IPC has some new rules, so be sure to check them out. And don't forget to enter your images early to beat the crowds and save some money! Find out more at

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by Sidra Safri
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Many members have asked, "What good will come from making the Register of Copyright a presidential appointee and how would this make the process less political?" These are great questions with a slightly complex answer. 

Currently, the Copyright Office is housed in the Library of Congress with the Librarian of Congress as the head decision maker. The Librarian is appointed by the President for a 10-year term. The Library and the Librarian's role is to capture a screen shot of society and have it readily available to everyone with no regard to credit or compensation. 

On the other hand, the Copyright Office and the Register's role is to protect copyright, provide and review registration, and advise Congress on copyright law and policy. With this in mind, one can see that the Library of Congress and the Copyright Office are at odds with what they do. Making the Register of Copyright a presidential appointee is the first step in giving the Copyright Office some autonomy to effectively do what they were created for. 

Further, an added protection to ensure this does not become a highly politicized appointment, is that whoever is appointed is done so with the advice and consent of Congress. Since Congress would be relying on the Register so heavily it would ensure someone with ample knowledge and experience would be appointed. 

For these reasons, PPA asks you to support H.R 1695 and take the first step in modernizing the Copyright Office. Send a letter to your representative or call them NOW

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By Lisa Sharer

People came from far and wide to San Antonio for the annual professional photographers' conference, Imaging USA 2017, to hear amazing speakers, and absorb their wisdom. Of all the educational series featured at the event, the PRINT program talks emphasize print product sales as a core component of your photography business. Now, you can get an exclusive look at the live recording of this inspiring program. Watch Photographers and Print Artists Tim Walden, Allison Tyler Jones, and the world renowned Aussie photographer, Sue Bryce, as they walk you through their processes. Each speaker has unique experiences that you can apply in your everyday business to help you sell more prints.

When you're done hanging on their every word, join the PRINT movement! Once you sign up, you'll get monthly tips, info, tools, videos, etc. to help you grow as a Print Artist and help you grow your photography business. (By the way, these resources will be completely FREE to you!)
By Autumn Rice

2013 was a tough year for photographer Greg Anderson. His business was slow, and he wasn't finding many jobs to pursue. Instead of waiting for clients to find him, Anderson used this time to prepare himself for better days. He began photographing personal projects to build his portfolio, and through that, he became famous in a very specialized niche. It changed the trajectory of his career.

Read "Greg Anderson: At the Intersection of Preparation and Inspiration" to find out how Greg Anderson prepped himself for success on

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PPA's partners at the Copyright Alliance have put together a great blog post, giving a counterpoint to misconceptions about HR 1695. Read and share now! 

The myths are:  

  • MYTH #1: It's "mystifying" why congress would prefer a Presidentially appointed Register of Copyrights to one appointed by the Librarian of Congress.
  • MYTH #2: A Presidentially appointed Register will become "more concerned with policy than modernization".
  • MYTH #3: This bill is an attempt to take power away from Dr. Hayden and give it to President Trump. 
  • MYTH #4: Making the Register a Presidential appointee will politicize the position.
  • MYTH #5: There isn't time to wait for a presidential appointee. A "new and qualified" Register must be appointed right away.
  • MYTH #6: A 10-year term would make the Register "less accountable to Congress and the public."
After you dig deeper into these myths and the reasons they're just that, be sure to have everyone you know lend their voice in support of HR 1695! Use PPA's pre-written messages and call or write your representative.  

By Chris Homer

It's Friday, so you know what that means! We're back with our favorite photography blogs
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 from around the web. As you head into the weekend, take a minute to relax and browse these posts - you never know what you might learn! 

CAMERA METERING MODES: Do you have a firm grasp of how to use the metering modes on your camera? If you need to brush up, this post from New Atlas shares how and when to use these modes.

CHILDREN'S PHOTOGRAPHY: Do you feel like you're stuck in a rut, creating very similar portraits of children for your clients? If so, this post from Digital Photography School can help. It covers some non-portrait ideas for photographing children that clients love!

TIME-LAPSE PHOTOGRAPHY: Do you have the desire to create time-lapse videos using your photography, but aren't sure how to start? This tutorial from Aperture Tours will show you how to get going on that time-lapse project you've been thinking about doing!

FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY: Are you interested in photographing food? If you're looking for advice on how to get into the food photography market, read this interview from Sony's blog. In the interview, food photographer Ariel Ip explains how she got started.

GEAR: If you've recently turned pro, or are thinking about turning pro, give this post from Photography Talk a read. It covers what they feel are the best DSLR cameras for those starting out in the professional photography market.
By Sidra Safri

The FAA recently introduced new restrictions over approximately 133 military facilities that go into effect today, April 14th, 2017.  These new restrictions limit drones from flying over the designated facilities to help ensure the military is able to protect sensitive information for national security purposes. 

A major component of the new provisions is to prevent drones from flying up to 400 feet within the lateral borders of the facility. Drones already were not able to fly over military facilities, but they are also now limited to how close they can come to the perimeter of these facilities. There are a few exceptions to these new restrictions, but those exceptions must be discussed directly with the facility in question. 

Violation of the new Drone Airspace restrictions can lead to civil penalties, and criminal charges. To determine which facilities fall under the new restriction visit the Notice to Airman Website here

As always stay tuned for more updates!

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