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Call for Super 1 Day Instructors

We'd love for you to teach a SuperDay workshop this fall. Monday, June 27 is the instructor deadline for the October SuperDay photo workshops. We hope you will consider spending a day sharing your knowledge and experience by teaching a SuperDay class. Programs will take place across the country October 3-17.

Are you just a few merits short of earning a PPA Degree? Well, you will earn two speaking merits for participating.

In addition, Master of Photography, Master Artist, and Photographic Craftsman instructors will receive $50 per student after the 7th paid attendee.

If you're ready, sign up to be a SuperDay instructor now here.

If you would like additional information, read our SuperDay Instructor FAQs.

  • Today-PPA Webinar: The $3000 Headshot

    With Megan DiPiero, CPP
    February 14th, 2017 - 2pm ET
    Skill Level(s): ALL
    FREE for ALL Photographers
    REGISTER NOW!

    In this memorable and inspiring talk, Megan will share the life lessons that have shaped her into the business success she is today. From her modest home studio, Megan comfortably charges 10x the market rate for her sought after headshot style, bringing in sales ranging from $1700-$6500. She'll convince you that pricing thresholds are limited only by your imagination. Whether you're a portrait or wedding photographer, new to the industry or seasoned veteran, this talk will be just the kick in the butt you need to vault your brand (and your prices) to new heights. Passion and profit ahead!

  • Ask Me Anything with Commercial Photographer and Imaging USA 2017 Speaker Russ Harrington

    You asked for it, well here it is! Get your questions answered by Imaging USA Speaker Russ Harrington! Login now to join the conversation.

  • Only a few hours left in this AMA. Get your questions answered now!

    Kira is available for a few more hours to answer your burning Website and Social Media question on theLoop.

  • DAY 2 AMA with Kira Derryberry

    Today is Day 2 of Kira Derryberry's Ask Me Anything Segment here on theLoop. Be sure to get your Website and Social Media questions answered!

  • Happening now! AMA with Kira Derryberry

    Join us on theLoop today and tomorrow for Kira's Ask Me Anything segment. She will be answering all of your questions related to websites and social media!

  • Only a few hours left! Get your questions answered by Ben Hartley!

    Ben is taking a few more questions on theLoop to finish up his Ask Me Anything segment. Don't miss out! He'll be available until 5:00PM EST.

  • Day 2 of the Wedding Album and Sales AMA with Ben Hartley happening now!

  • Lunch Time Activity with Ben Hartley

    Ben's Wedding album and Sales Ask Me Anything is going on right now! What questions can you think of for the Imaging USA speaker?

  • Wedding Album and Sales AMA

    Ben Hartley is up and ready for your questions today Loopers! So, ask him anything related to Wedding Albums and Sales!

  • Day 2! All Things Drone AMA

    Day 2 of the "All Things Drone" AMA with Eddie Tapp starts right now! Don't be shy. Ask Eddie!

  • Less than 30 minutes! Eddie Tapp's Ask Me Anything!

    Don't forget Eddie Tapp's AMA on all things drone officially starts today at 9 am EST! Get your questions ready!

  • TOMORROW! Ask Me Anything "All Things Drones" With Eddie Tapp

    Starting tomorrow, Eddie Tapp takes over with his Ask Me Anything segment. Come ready with your Drone questions!

  • Kickstart Scholarship Applications Due Today!

    Hey there! This is reminder that the deadline to submit all Kickstart Scholarship applications for Imaging USA 2017 are due today by 11:59pm EST.

  • PPA Webinar: Drone Insurance 101: Are You Covered?.

    November 15, 2016

    November 15, 2016 - 2PM ET
    Free for PPA Members
    Click here to register

    Please join PPA's insurance partner, Lockton Affinity, to learn more about the various insurance products available to members of PPA. The webinar will explain what General Liability Insurance is, what a General Liability claim might be as well as outlining why members need to purchase General Liability Insurance to protect their personal assets. Lockton will review the newly created liability coverage for members who are using drones as a part of their business and will touch on how to insure the drone if it should be damaged. Attendees will also learn about PPA's PhotoCare Plus Insurance, which provides comprehensive coverage for member's cameras and related photographic equipment at very competitive rates. The webinar will explain when members who are expanding their business should consider purchasing a business owners policy to ensure they are adequately covered for all of their photographic work.

  • Webinar--Time in Your Day / Money in Your Wallet.

    October 13, 2016

    October 13th - 2pm ET
    With Lori Unruh and Jeff Poole
    Skill Level(s): ALL
    FREE for ALL Photographers
    Click here to register

  • Email Best Practices: Power, Peril, and Productivity.

    September 8, 2016

    September 8, 2016 - 2pm ET
    With Dr. Julie Miller
    Skill Level(s): ALL
    FREE for ALL Photographers
    Click here to register

    Email has become the single most important communication vehicle in business today. In fact, last year American businesses sent 2.7 trillion emails. We are addicted to its speed and convenience, but has your business mastered the correct use of the tool? Setting standards on how to communicate via email will set your company apart from your competition. How? All messages and interactions from your employees will be top-notch and consistent with your company's brand.

    In this webinar, you will also learn:
    •Email Do's and Don'ts
    •How to create attention-getting subject lines
    •The three Ps to email protocol
    •What your greetings, closings, and signature blocks say about your company
    •Best practices of email etiquette
    •Productivity strategies to control the Inbox chaos

    Photography Courses, Photography Tutorial, Learn Photography, Photography Tips, Photography Techniques, PPAeduAbout Julie:
    Dr. Julie Miller, founder of Business Writing That Counts!, is a business writing expert, author, speaker, and trainer. Over the past thirty years, Dr. Miller and her team of certified business-writing trainers have helped more than 750,000 professionals achieve their personal and professional goals by reducing writing time while increasing productivity. Her goal remains to increase her clients’ bottom line by eliminating bad writing. The company specializes in working with corporations, organizations, and educational institutions to improve the quality of written communication. Passionate about improving the quality of writing so that reputations, contracts, and relationships are saved and enhanced, Dr. Miller delivers her powerful messages through webinars, seminars, and online writing courses.

  • PPA Webinar: Maximizing Your Membership.

    July 19, 2016 - 2pm ET
    Skill Level(s): ALL
    Free for PPA Members
    Click here to register

    Open to all PPA members. If you haven't already, it's time to jump in and take advantage of everything PPA has to offer! Please join us for a Maximizing Your Membership Webinar and we'll give you the low-down on all that PPA has to offer.

    We know membership offers a lot and it can be hard to navigate all of the PPA membership benefits. That's why we created this webinar to help you take advantage of your membership. Topics include a step-by-step guide to activating your equipment insurance, how to navigate the PPA website and an introduction to theLoop.

  • FAA Drone Regulations Released!

    IT IS OFFICIALLY GO TIME DRONE WORLD!


    The FAA has released its long-awaited new rules for small drone operations! These regulations apply to the use of any unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) weighing less than 55 pounds for any reasons other than for hobby or recreational purposes. The rules, of course, apply to operating small drones as a part of your photography business.

    As expected, the finalized rules are very similar to those which were proposed by the FAA in February 2015. According to these new rules, you will no longer be required to obtain an exemption from the FAA and hold a manned aircraft pilot’s license to offer drone photography services. Instead, you will be able to become a certified UAS operator (or “Remote Pilot in Command”) by passing a computerized knowledge test at an FAA-approved testing center.

    FAA certified small UAS operators will be required to meet specified criteria (age requirement, English language proficiency requirement, health requirements, etc.), follow instructions for maintaining and inspecting the aircraft, and stay within FAA-specified operational limitations (some of which are summarized below).

    Operational limitations include (but are not limited to):
    •Daylight-only operations
    •Operations in Class G airspace only without permission from air traffic control (in Class B, C, D, or E with permission)
    •Maximum altitude of 400 feet above ground level
    •Maximum airspeed of 100 mph
    •UAS may not operate directly over any person not directly involved in the operationRead the complete regulations from the FAA here (link) and a summary of the rules here (link). Stay tuned for more information from PPA!

    Read the complete regulations from the FAA here and a summary of the rules here. We will be sending out more information as we get it. There are 600+ pages (gasp!) so it will take awhile to comb through them and send out detailed information.

  • What exciting news in the Drone world!

    Loopers,

    Drone lawyer, Peter Sachs, reported on his website this morning that he has obtained a summary of the forthcoming small drone regulations from the FAA (for non-hobby and non-recreational use of UAS) which will reportedly be officially released from the FAA tomorrow. Sachs shared the “leaked” summary of the regulations here. As expected and assuming this is accurate, it looks like they will be very similar to the previously proposed rules. Read more from Forbes here. Stay tuned for updates from PPA regarding the new drone regulations beginning tomorrow.

    I'll be sure to post updates as they become available!

  • MARK YOUR CALENDAR PPA Webinar: Every Voice Counts - PPA's Grassroots Plan for Small Claims

    Hello again Loopers!!!

    Mark your calendar and be sure to register for a super informative web event! This amazing event will help you better understand your role in PPA's Grassroots Action Plan. We will introduce the system PPA has set up which will make it quick and simple for you to contact your congressmen at the right times. This presentation will explain in further detail the first call to action for the Grassroots Action Team – soliciting co-sponsors for the copyright small claims legislation. Don't miss out on this opportunity to learn how you can be a part of this historic change!

    Excited and ready to register? Of course you are! Click the link to register.

  • PPA Heads to Washington

    PPA's government affairs team is back on Capitol Hill this week working on copyright small claims legislation. We will be meeting with drafters of the legislation to discuss specific details and ensure that forthcoming copyright small claims legislation is as favorable as possible for professional photographers. We will be seeking original co-sponsors for copyright small claims legislation. We will also be meeting with key staffers of the House Judiciary Committee to discuss the legislative process and how we can best set up a copyright small claims bill for success.

    PPA's advocacy team in currently in Washington, D.C. doing our part to make copyright small claims a reality, but we have reached a critical point in the process where we need you to get involved. If you have not already, please sign up now for the Small Claims Grassroots Action Team at PPA.com/Grassroots. And stay tuned to PPA today for updates from the Hill!

  • See The Difference #PhotoFail Wedding Video Airs on PBS Stations Nationwide

  • theLoop has a new look!

    Not only does theLoop now support PPA's volunteer opportunities, we've also created two new communities and gave theLoop a new design. Explore theLoop today!

  • New Community!

    Stay up to date with all current regulations and news of Drone Photography. Subscribe to the Drone Community, today!