GPPA exposed’17 Annual Retreat

The Georgia Professional Photographer’s Association Annual Retreat is coming up September 30 to October 2, 2017 in Jekyll Island, GA.

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Volunteer Photographers Needed for Imaging USA!

Are you going to ImagingUSA? They are looking for a few STELLAR volunteer photographers to help document the festivities

Duties would include being available to capture some amazing images of Imaging USA speakers, the expo, the Awards and Degree ceremony, and other events and activities.

In exchange for volunteering, you will be granted an All-Access Pass to Imaging USA 2017. Even with your duties, you’ll still have plenty of time to check out the full show.

If interested, please fill out the short form linked below and click submit: And learn all about #ImagingUSA here:


10 Pros Share How They Got the Shot

photographerIf you want to learn a new style or technique, check out the “How I got the Shot” guide from Photoshelter and Tethertools. They partnered to create this 27 page PDF from ten different professional photographers including Clay Cook, Gabriel Biderman, Linday Adler and more. The photographer’s work includes fashion, commercial, product, portrait, fine art and conceptual photography.

Each photographer in the guide shows a different image, a behind-the-scenes video, and a breakdown of how the shot was made. What all the photographers have in common is that they used a laptop tethered to a notebook (hence, the sponsor!) running Adobe Lightroom to set up the shot in stages before the final image was made. If you use this kind of setup, you’ll like the guide. Some of the work was more conceptual than you might use on a day-to-day basis, but there were some cool ideas – like setting a backdrop on fire behind the subject – you might never have thought of. Even if you only get a single idea to try in the future, it would still be worth your time.

The guide is free in exchange for your email, which will sign you up for both companies’ newsletters.

Click here to register and download.

The Senior Experience Workshop Oct 11

dppa-senior-experienceMelanie Anderson will present an all-day workshop titled “The Senior Experience” Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at Procam in Livonia, Michigan.

A combination of lecture, posing, lighting, and photography, Melanie will explain everything from beginning to end:

• Senior Model Program
• Sales & Marketing
• Client Communication
• Studio Workflow, and more!

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Facebook’s New Panorama Photo App

grand-canyon-full-screen-panoramaYou can now easily share 360 photos on Facebook. 360 photos are Facebook’s name for panoramas – from wide angle shots all the way up to full circles.

360 photos and are easy to identify in News Feed: just look for the compass icon on the right-hand side of the photo. Explore a 360 photo on mobile by tapping and dragging the photo or by moving your phone, and on the web by clicking and dragging. Your clients can experience the moments you share in 360 as if they were actually there with you. You could use this for:

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PPA Offers Free Business Mentors to Members

ppa-logoAre you ready to Be More Profitable?

Sign up for PPA’s Business Challenge. PPA mentors will help guide you, step-by-step, on how to take your business to greater profitability. The goal is for you to:

• Understand and develop solid foundations for your business to be more profitable
• Identify and find answers to your most vital business questions
• Develop your own personalized success plan
• Prioritize your tasks so you don’t get overwhelmed
• Gain more confidence and stay focused

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Free Online Photography Course from MoMA

Lange-MigrantMother02If you’ve got some free time, why not take a college-level class on photography? The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) has launched an online photography course titled, “Seeing through Photographs” available on Coursera starting February 10, 2016.

Using works from MoMA’s expansive collection, the course encourages participants to look critically at photographs. According to the syllabus, here is what the course will cover:

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DPPA Senior Portrait Workshop March 15

dppa-kirk-voclainDPPA is sponsoring a Folio Competition and workshop by Kirk Voclain titled, “Coolest Studio in Town with Senior Portraits” at the Troy Community Center on March 15, 2016 at 7:00pm.

About the Workshop

This program centers on COOLNESS, or popularity, in the eyes of your seniors. Yes, seniors have an opinion, and if they don’t think your studio is the COOLEST, then forget it, they won’t come to you. This ain’t your Momma’s senior portraits. Get ready to learn, laugh, and love taking senior portraits. Kirk will show you all of his secrets to getting that $2,000 average. The senior will love you, and the parents will not stop throwing money at you.

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PPA Membership Adds PhotoVision for Free

PhotoVision_PPA_Logo-01PhotoVision is now a part of the PPA, and is included for free with your membership. In addition to the amazing content provided by PPAedu, you now have access to over 800 videos in the PhotoVision library.

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Imaging USA Early Bird Pricing Extended to Dec. 17

imaging usaJoin JDLab in booth 1552 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 17th. 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 and your fees will be comped before checkout.

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