Announcements

  • 6 Networking Apps That Could Change Your Photography Business Today

    We all know that networking can be a hard thing to do and finding the time to do it can be even harder. Just like everything else in the world, networking is going digital as well. Mark Pickavance authored an article on this exact topic called “Best Business Networking Apps of 2019.” The article talks about six networking apps that can help you start networking on another level.  In the photography business, PPA knows how important it is to spread your business through word-of-mouth.

    There are new partners and clients out there waiting on you! Build relationships and partnerships that last for a lifetime.

    Discover more articles on PPA.com today! If you are interested in photography and want to create or expand your photography business, join Professional Photographers of America to get tons of support for your photography business and to read more photography articles!

  • Philip Blume Helps Us Solve the Digital Negatives Dilemma

    This week’s webinar is all about mastering issues with digital negatives and Philip Blume will walk us through that dilemma. Mr. Blume is an award-winning photographer who also owns three studio brands with his wife Eileen. Philip is a strong believer in the power of art to change the world and works every day to do so. He specializes in wedding and portrait photography.

    He and his wife Eileen have both appeared on CreativeLive, TEDx, and are founders of ComeUnity Photographer Education. Mr. Blume will be educating photographers via a FREE live webinar on July 11, 2019 at 2:00pm EST.  Don’t forget to sign up!

    Sign Up Now for FREE

  • Save Money Before It’s Too Late: Enter Your Images Into IPC Today!

    Entries for the International Photographic Competition (IPC) are being accepted now. We're rapidly approaching the deadline to enter without a late fee, so save money and get your images entered by July 18 at 5 pm ET!

    Why Join IPC?

    The IPC is PPA's annual photographic competition that allows photographers to test their skills, and get advice on how to improve the quality, impact, and technique of their photography through constructive competition.  As well as critiques from qualified jurors from around the country. Participating in PPA's photographic competitions gives you the opportunity to:

    Improve upon your finest work,, earn recognition, and admiration from your peers and jurors alike. Engaging with this passionate and supportive photographic competition community will ultimately improve your business!

    If you choose to have your images critiqued, you'll get a recording of a judge going through each image you've entered in the photo competition, explaining how it stacks up against the elements of the winning image and additional feedback.

    Some Things to Remember

    Entering the IPC really is one of the best ways to improve your photography, so don't be shy, enter today! Be sure to get your images in by July 18 at 5 pm ET and save money on your entry. Entries submitted after July 18 at 5 pm ET will be accepted with a late fee through August 1 by 5 pm ET. Note that no entries will be accepted after August 1, 2019 by 5 pm ET. Check out this year's new IPC rules.

    This year's entries will be judged August 18-23, 2019 at PPA headquarters in Atlanta, GA. Judging is open to the public and requires no reservation or admission fee. Interested artists and observers unable to make it to Georgia for the competition can watch it unfold live at Stream.theIPC.org!

  • Learn How to Photograph Beautiful Food: Free Video

    PPA wants to offer you as many opportunities as possible for you to learn more and become a better photographer. That's why PPA created its massive Online Learning Center, an extensive library with hundreds of educational videos that best fit you and your business.

    Along with that, it's free! As a PPA member, you can access these videos any time, any place, any day! If you're not a member, you can still sample these learning opportunities, because every month PPA releases a video that's open for everyone to watch, but be sure to hurry because you'll only be able to access this video until the end of the month!

    July's free photography video is "Commercial: Photographing Food" by Joe Glyda, M.Photog.Cr., CPP. In this video, commercial food photographer Joe Glyda explains the process of photographing fresh fruit for commercial use through the steps of preplanning, conversing with your intended production and art director, and working with a food stylist. Throughout this process, Joe discusses the numerous roles played to get the perfect shot and demonstrates three different lighting styles used to photograph fruit.

    Non-members will have access to this video the entire month of July!

    Joe is a nationally recognized commercial photographer specializing in food photography and an avid instructor in the photography industry.  Forty years ago, in 1977 Joe started his photographic career with Kraft Foods. He worked his way up the ladder quickly to the Creative Services department to become one of their Senior Photographers and a few years later, the Digital Imaging Manager. His work began in the darkroom in 1975 and by 1995 he successfully led the company to a full digital-format studio.  Joe took an early retirement package from the company in 2010 after 35 years in the industry and continues his photographic career through Joe Glyda Photography, Inc. which he started in 1988.

    Joe is a PPA Master Photographer, Photographic Craftsman and received the Master Artist degree from Professional Photographers of America in 2014 and was Re-Certified in 2015. Joe resides near Tulsa, OK, and has expanded his business from food and product photography to architectural, aviation and pre-press retouching for corporate clients.

  • Updates on the CASE Act’s Progress…

    For the past few weeks, PPA’s Government Affairs Team has been hard at work spreading the word about the CASE Act. We have had multiple meetings on Capitol Hill, sent bi-weekly emails to staffers on the Hill, and engaged our members in grassroots efforts. So far, there are now 37 Representatives and 6 Senators who are co-sponsoring the bill!

    On June 26th, the House Judiciary Committee held the first Copyright Oversight Hearing since 2015. During the hearing, members of the HJC asked questions and listened to testimony from Karyn Temple, the current Register of Copyrights for the U.S. Copyright Office (she’s the boss!). Almost all of the Representatives participating in the meeting have already signed on as co-sponsors for the CASE Act and most of them referenced the bill in their statements. Some also gave a shoutout to the creators who were in the audience at the hearing (thanks to those of you who attended)! The general consensus is that the CASE Act would be a great asset to small creators and would help fix the disparities present in the current copyright system. You can watch a recording of the hearing here!

    So what’s next? The House Judiciary Committee will need to vote to see if they will introduce the bill to the entire House. The good news is, about half of the Committee is co-sponsoring the bill already so this should go smoothly. There usually is a “markup” or revision period for the bill as well but we hope that we will have such overwhelming support, that it will not be necessary. If the CASE Act is passed by the House, it will then go over to the Senate to do the whole process again.

    While we are excited about the progress that has been made, we still have more work to do. Please continue to submit your letters to Congress via ppa.com/smallclaims and help us get the CASE Act passed!

  • Entries Being Accepted for 2019 International Photographic Competition

    Professional Photographers of America (PPA) is now accepting entries for this year's International Photographic Competition (IPC). The IPC challenges photographers to push their artistic and technical photography skills to the next level by creating and presenting their best work to a panel of judges. The competition is open to all photographers, but it also gives those who are members of PPA the opportunity to earn merits toward photography degrees.

    The competition attracts image submissions from the best of the best in the photography industry from all over the world and urges others to push themselves to join the ranks of the elite. This year's entries will be judged August 18-23, 2019 at PPA headquarters in Atlanta, Ga. Judging is open to the public and requires no reservation or admission fee. Interested artists and observers unable to make it to Georgia for the competition can watch it unfold live at Stream.theIPC.org.

    This year marks the first for a new competition category: wedding photography. Meant for real wedding photographers and featuring work that was taken at an actual wedding, the Wedding Competition category leads to the new Master of Wedding Photography degree from PPA.

    To enter the IPC, photographers submit prints, electronic files and physical and/or digital albums to be judged by a panel of qualified experts. Competitors must designate the category under which each image is being submitted. The three categories include photographic open, artist competition, and wedding competition. Submissions will either merit or not merit and are judged against a standard of excellence using PPA's “12 elements of a merit image”. Images that earn merits will move on to the second round of judging, which could possibly earn an additional merit and a place in the prestigious Loan Collection. These images are compiled into a book, published by Marathon Press, and will be showcased in a special exhibit at Imaging USA 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee, January 19-21, 2020.

    Those who don't earn merits don't have to leave empty-handed; critiques from IPC judges will be available upon request as a way to help participants find areas of improvement and prepare for future photo competitions. "[Photographic] Competition has meant more than I can even say. It's been such a tremendous opportunity to learn,” says Ella Carlson EA-ASP, M.Photog.M.Artist.Cr., CPP, and the 2019 Grand Imaging Award winner.

    Competitors must submit their images by 5 pm EST, July 18. Physical print entry cases must be received within seven days of the entry deadline. Late registration (for an additional fee) runs until August 1. For more information on submission criteria and rules and how to enter visit PPA.com/IPC.

  • Emotional Intelligence for Entrepreneurs, June 26th, on PPAedu Live

    You’re a photographer but by running your business you’re also an entrepreneur. Do you have the ability to hold difficult conversations with clients the way a businessperson can and would? Do you find yourself stuck dealing timidly with Bridezillas, models, or clients who are walking all over you?

    Providing a Great Experience for the Customer and for You!

    Corina Walsh is our very special guest on the next PPAedu Live stream on Facebook, June 26 at 2 PM ET. She is an expert in emotional intelligence and employee engagement and she’s going to help you manage those clients with unreasonable expectations. In “Emotional Intelligence for Entrepreneurs”, Corina will speak to PPA live and take your questions. Corina uses her company, Shift People Development, to coach and consult with business owners and their teams to improve leadership and team effectiveness and build engaging workplace cultures. Corina has delivered her training programs and keynote addresses across Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom.

    Corina is a blogger for Huffington Post and a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers.  She was a Top 50 Leader Under 40 in Atlantic Canada for 2015 and a YWCA Women of Distinction in Business for 2018. Corina published her first book, The Engaged Employee Blueprint, in 2017.

    New PPAedu Live on Facebook Every Week

    PPAedu Live is dedicated to helping you bridge the gap between your art and your consumer. Learn how to give your client the very best experience while also standing up for yourself with Corina Walsh’s advice. Tune in June 26 at 2 PM ET on Facebook.com/OurPPA
  • PPA & PPAM Celebrate 150 Years with Group Photo in Boston this Sunday

    Sunday, June 23 at 5 PM, the board of the Professional Photographers Association of Massachusetts (PPAM) plans to recreate a historic photograph at the Boston Public Garden footbridge. The original photo - taken in 1869 - marks the first convention of photographers in the region as the National Photographic Association held a five-day conference for photographers from all over the world.

    The 1869 conference, held at the Horticultural Society of Boston on Tremont Street, culminated in all the participants gathering on the footbridge at the Boston Public Garden for a photo.

    As PPA (Professional Photographers of America) has just marked 150 years since its inception and recreating the first photo is a way for local and national photographers to connect and recognize this momentous event.

    PPAM president Melvin Guante is championing this event and said, “The 1869 photograph is a historic image and this new one could well sit next to the original for another 150 years. We cordially invite photographers and imaging professionals to participate in this special event!”

    The schedule is for attendees to start gathering around 5 PM on Sunday, June 23, 2019, near the footbridge of the Boston Public Garden. RSVPs are requested - folks can sign up at http://bit.ly/PPA150BridgePhoto so PPAM has an accurate number to enable proper posing and coordination among photographers.

    Once captured, the image will be shared via PPA and PPAM social channels and will appear in both organizations’ printed and historic publications.
  • Super①Day Photography Workshops

    Twice a year, 100+ locations each time!
    Professional development is key to your success as a small business owner and as a photographer. That's why twice a year, over 230 photo workshops are held across the country as photographers open their studio doors to help you become a better photographer or business owner. That’s the premise of the Super①Day photography workshops!

    Super①Day classes run for two weeks, once in the Spring and once in the Fall. They allow PPA members and non-members alike to hone their skills and to better the photography industry. Sign up for one and you'll get the opportunity to take daily workshops covering subjects like:

    • Portrait, wedding, landscape, and commercial photography
    • Posing and lighting
    • Digital retouching and workflow
    • Sales and marketing for photographers and more!
    All photographic classes will be held on May 6-20, 2019 so you'll be able to find one that fits your educational needs and your schedule!
  • Understanding PPA’s Protection Options

    Come understand and explore the various ways PPA can protect your business and your equipment through multiple types of insurance already included in your membership and additional add-on options!
  • Kickstart Scholarship Applications Deadline Nov. 6

    Hi Everyone,

    The Kickstart Scholarship deadline is only 7 days away, so get those applications submitted! We know that as small business owners, sometimes an extra trip is not in the budget, and that's why the Kickstart Scholarship was created. We want to help! The Kickstart scholarship is the perfect way to cut some of the costs associated with attending Imaging USA by covering your All-access pass and a pre-conference class.

    Kick off the year with all the inspiration that Imaging USA has to offer with the Kickstart Scholarship. Visit ImagingUSA.or/Kickstart to submit your application before November 6 at 1:59 PM EST.

    See you in Atlanta!
  • Imaging USA 2019 Registration is Open!

    Registration for Imaging USA 2019 is open and this year's conference is something you will not want to miss. 

    It's a celebration of PPA's 150th birthday. That's right it's our sesquicentennial!

    In honor of this momentous occasion, we're making Imaging USA bigger and better than ever. The parties are bigger, the classes are bigger, and there's more fun than ever! 
    This year's conference will be held January 17-22, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. 

    Click here to register for your all-access pass, and bring a friend or two along. While you're there don't forget to register for your preconvention classes as well!

    See you in Atlanta!