PPM/NorthEast District Print Competition Feb. 26-27

professional photographers michigan logoJoin JDLab at the PPM/Northeast District Print Competition and State Convention on Friday, February 26 and Saturday, February 27, 2016 at the Doubletree Hilton in Detroit/Dearborn.

This will be a unique opportunity for professional photographers in Michigan to view work from and compete with their peers from Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Quebec and New England States (map).

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

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

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PPA Offers the Lowest Rates for General Liability Insurance

ppa-logoOne of the benefits of PPA membership is that members can purchase up to $1,000,000 in business liability insurance. Liability insurance covers you from any faults in relation to third-party bodily injury or property damage. This policy costs just $236/year, which is 10-30% lower than similar small business liability policies. For more information, click here.

PPM Fall Focus Seminar

PPMLogo2Professional Photographers of Michigan will hold its annual PPM Fall Focus September 21-24 at the Crossroads Conference Center in Grand Rapids Michigan. Again this year, JD is proud to co-sponsor this outstanding event.

The PPM Fall Focus is one of the premiere photographer events in the state. It is a great mixture of education, a trade show, competition, and just plain fun.

In addition to Guest speakers on Photoshop and photography and marketing by experts like  Bob Coates, Amy Parrish, Bobby Carlsen, Carrie Perez and Charlie Mosher, classes will be taught by Michigan’s own Ed Westwood, Melonie Walker and Sue Brown. There will even be a cell phone image competition!

An optional PPA Merit Class on Tuesday with Helen Yancy (extra fee required) is available.

Click here for more information about the PPM Fall Focus.

Click here for registration.

Make your Hotel Reservations at the Holiday Inn Express on Clay Ave in Grand Rapids and use the discount code PPM to receive a $79 per night room rate.

PPM Fall Focus Seminar

Professional Photographers of Michigan is excited to announce our line up and schedule of events for the 2012 Fall Focus seminar. Come join us for 2 days of action packed, fun filled, educational opportunities! Great speakers and lots of fun for all who attend!

Special Offer for JD Clients who attend: Find Tom Hicks at the Seminar, mention Gift Certificate, and he’ll give you a $25 certificate you can apply to your next order.

This year’s event will begin on Sunday, October 7th at 4:00pm on the beach at Grand Haven State Park. If you need overnight accommodations, please contact the Holiday Inn in Spring Lake. The second day of the event, with guest speakers, will all be held in the Holiday Inn’s Grand Ballroom.


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PPM Presents: Educational Programs for Michigan Photographers

Professional Photographers of Michigan is expanding its educational opportunities with additional programs to help you expand your skills and improve your business. “PPM Presents” is a series of one day seminars held throughout Michigan that are designed to expand your knowledge of photography and business.

The next workshop will be Sunday, April 22nd featuring Steve Ragland “Creating Images from Start to Finish”. The focus of this workshop is creating beautiful images using inexpensive materials or materials that you may already have. We will talk about each step it takes to create the set, finding inspiration and being innovative. Register here.

Each day-long workshop is available to PPM members for just $49! Registration for Michigan Affiliate members (DPPA, MMPPA, MTPPA and PPWM) is $69, non-member registration is $89.

JD to Sponsor Kirk Russell Live at PPM Photo Expo Feb. 10-14

Kirk Russell will speak on “Effective Marketing” at the Professional Photographers of Michigan Photo Expo February 11 at the Motor City Casino Hotel in Detroit, Michigan. The session is sponsored by JD Photo Imaging.

According to Kirk, “Studios who aren’t finding ways to attract, motivate, and engage clients quickly find themselves hung out to dry. How are you hanging?” During the session, Kirk will show step-by-step examples of how to reinvent a photography studio. He will share great ideas for new products, marketing, and new processes that move people to action.

Complete information on the PPM Expo and training seminars are here.

PPM Fall Training Camp on Mackinac Island

Get ready for an island adventure at PPM’s Fall Training Camp, October 9-11, 2011 at Mission Point Resort on Mackinac Island! More information or registration here.

The ever popular hands-on, up-north weekend retreat is back for another year. Join your friends for a fun filled, relaxing getaway on beautiful Mackinac Island.

The theme of the weekend is “shooting on-location weddings, families, couples etc”. The emphasis will be on

  • How to analyze a new location and determine the best way to photograph there.
  • How to choose the best settings, lighting, time of day, etc.
  • How to make portraits that encompass the environment and venue where the portraits are being taken.
  • How to approach a “destination wedding” location.
  • How to photograph a family that may be vacationing at a special location that they would like to have highlighted within their family portrait.
  • How to photograph a couple or senior portrait session that magnifies the setting where they are.

Even the party/banquet/reception on Monday night is to be a learning experience for attendees as to how to photograph a wedding reception at this beautiful destination resort.

“Enhance Your Images” Full Day Training Sept. 26th at JD

(c) Michael TimmonsMichael Timmons will teach you how to enhance your images on Monday, Sept. 26 from 10am until 4pm in the JD training center. The program is sponsored by the Professional Photographers of Michigan and JD Photo Imaging.

Ever wondered how to use Nik Software to enhance your images? How about taking your after capture skills to the next level? What about a work alternative to HDR that will give you a more photo realistic look using jpegs?

During this day long program, Michael will share with you all of his tips and tricks to create stunning, award winning images. This day will be devoted to exploring the Nik software interface and unleashing the power that lies within. Both color and black and white workflow will be discussed as well as image enhancement using Topaz Adjust and Lucis Art software.

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JD at PPM Photo Expo Mar. 20-21

The Professional Photographer’s of Michigan Photo Expo will be held on March 18-22 at the Westin Hotel, Detroit Airport.

PPM’s annual convention and trade show features seminars from industry leaders, print competitions and hospitality every night.

As a service to our customers, you can download and print free passes for the trade show held on Sunday, March 20 from 11am-4pm and on Monday, March 21 from 10am-3pm.

While you are at the trade show, be sure to visit our booth. JD will be showing all the latest products, as well as announcing our new Eureka! program for professional photographers.

More information about the show.