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Imaging USA Early Bird Pricing Ends Dec. 8

Monday, November 30th, 2015

imaging usaJoin JDLab at Imaging USA, in Atlanta, January 10-12, 2016.

Professional photographers come to improve their business skills, photographic education and use of new tech and software.

Early bird pricing ends December 8th. Save on an All Access Pass and enjoy the classes, expo, parties and so much more!

Remember, if you joined PPA this year, you can attend for FREE! Register today at http://www.ImagingUSA.org/Register and your fees will be comped before checkout.

And visit http://www.imagingusa.org/travel/hotel for daily updates on hotels and accommodations.

Adobe Max Sessions Free Online

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

adobe-maxOne of the reasons Adobe products cost more than their competition is the incredible amount of training and support they offer for all their products. This includes the Adobe Max Creativity Conference, held each fall in the US.


Competition Prints Class at JDLab Oct. 12

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

ppa-merit-badgeJDLab will hold a live class on Competition Prints on Monday October 12, 2015 from 10am till 2pm at JDLab in Flint, MI.

During the class, we will cover competition prints from selecting an image all the way through judging. This includes:

• The 12 Elements
• Image Selection
• Crop & Enhance
• Presentation
• Work Prints
• Final Prints
• Competition Rules


2015 DPPA Print Competition – Get Involved!

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

DPPAThe 2015 DPPA Print Competition will be held Tuesday, November 17th at the Laurel Park Holiday Inn in Livonia, MI. Click here for the DPPA print competition rules and forms. Note the size and mounting rules have changed, so don’t make any assumptions if you submitted images for competition in the past.

I strongly urge you to enter print competitions like the DPPA’s. Here’s why:

There is no better way to improve your skill and confidence as a photographer than to enter a print competition. Preparing to submit entries to the DPPA competition (selecting and tweaking images, discussing choices with peers) forces you to look deeper at your own photography.

We take the time to bring in a juried panel of print judges – the same caliber of judges you would encounter at a regional or national competition. If your prints do well at DPPA, you can be assured that they will be competitive at the regional shows next year.

• If you win a competition, you know your work is as good as or better than any other photography your customer sees. That knowledge alone should give you the confidence to build your sales and justify your prices.

• Award-winning prints give you the confidence to pursue PPA’s Merits and Degrees program. With a PPA degree, you are not only recognized by your peers, but a degree can help you to justify higher prices for your work.

Of course, the real winners are the photographers who enter the competition and don’t win. The judges will help you understand your strengths and weaknesses. Their suggestions and comments can be the focus you need to take your designs to the next level.

Interested in submitting a competition print? Join our class October 12 or call 810-239-8671.

A Photography Group You’ve Never Heard Of

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

reddit-logoThere are countless photography groups online you can frequent to learn more about your craft. For example, some of the best ones are dpreview.com and the PPA member forum.

However, one of the best groups you’ve probably never heard of is the Reddit Photography group (https://www.reddit.com/r/photography/) Over 250,000 photographers get together in this discussion group and talk about virtually everything from pro tips to the best online retailers to “how do I shoot my first wedding?”


New “Call a Doctor” Service from PPA

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

ppa-logoThe Professional Photographer’s Association (PPA) is offering a new “Call a Doctor Plus” service for $8.95 per month that allows members to call or video-conference with a doctor for routine emergencies or to get a prescription online.

JDLab has always been a strong supporter of the PPA because of the many member benefits it provides to professional photographers. We especially like their degree and certification programs, their live online training programs, and their member benefits like equipment insurance. (more…)

Print Competition 101: PPA Merit Class at JDLab Aug. 24

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

PPMLogo2Christine Walsh-Newton will hold a PPA Merit Class titled Print Competition 101 on Monday, August 24, 2015 from 10am till 5pm at JDLab in Flint, Michigan.

During the class, Christine will walk attendees through the rules and guidelines for entering both prints and digital images into competition at the PPM and PPA’s Northeast Districts, as well as PPA’s esteemed International Photographic Competitions. She will cover the entry process including:

• Forms, Deadlines & Entry fees
• Proper Mounting & Shipping
• Kinds of Awards


Print Competitions Are Here: Get Involved

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

3-winnersWhile it’s easy to get caught up in summer fun, the fall Print Competitions are just around the corner. Here at JDLab, we believe print competitions are critical for both beginning and seasoned photographers who are ready to take the next step in developing their skills.

We encourage you to enter one or more of these competitions. Here’s why:


My New Favorite Vlog

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

Ted Forbes makes videos about photography. His career spans time as a professional photographer, a university instructor in photography, a photo exhibit curator for a museum, and most recently as a vlogger (video blogger) which he has turned into a full time job.

But what I like about Ted is the passion he has for photography combined with a rapid-fire, no-nonsense approach to providing information. Sometimes watching his YouTube videos is like drinking out of a fire hose.

If you like to spend your free time learning about both the art and business of photography, I urge you to watch one or two of Ted’s vlogs. My favorite one is below, titled “So You Want To Be A Photographer.” I think this video should be mandatory for anyone in the photography business.

Click here to see more of Ted’s videos or to subscribe to his YouTube channel.

2015 School Photography Boot Camp

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

school photography traingBack by popular demand, the 2015 School Photography Boot Camp will be held June 23-25 in Ashton, PA (Philadelphia area). The Boot Camp will provide you with almost 25+ hours of highly-targeted, intensive instruction designed to teach you the best practices in School Photography. This is the 10th anniversary of the Boot Camp and many Studio Owners come back year after year to stay on top of the latest developments, workflow and technology needed to be successful in this lucrative business model.


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