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Some great things were happening on theLoop as temperatures soared. Check out the hottest discussions that happened in July.

[PPA Members Discussion] Offline data storage

What are you using to back up your files? PPA members discuss their methods for protecting their images and the pros and cons of offline and online storage. Even if you've got a system in place, it's worth checking out what others are doing!

[Finance Discussion] What bookkeeping software do you use?

Just as photo editing software updates, so does bookkeeping software too! Members share their favorite programs for balancing the books.

[Commercial Photography Discussion] Pricing executive portraits

Doing executive portraiture for the first time? Get some firsthand accounts from photographers who've done it before and are sharing their tips for doing the job right.

[PPA Members Discussion] Getting a credit line in the newspaper

A PPA member's image is printed on the front page of the newspaper - but they refuse to give him credit. Now what? Weigh in on the discussions for and against getting a credit line in publication.                                       

[PPA Members Discussion] Moving studio

If you're thinking about moving your business from home to a retail studio, or vice versa, read this discussion! Members talk about their experiences working in different locations and how it affected their business.


Don't forget, theLoop is PPA's safe and secure online community where members can discuss various photography topics! Not a PPA member? It's easy: join today!

 

Happy Independence Day! While you're enjoying the holiday, take a look at our 10 favorite
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 posts this week. There's even a few in here to help you with any photography adventures you might get into over the weekend! 

We've certainly got World Cup fever, how about you? Check out these great sports photographs on the Big Picture from some of the goals scored at the World Cup. It's great inspiration for the sports photographers out there. 

If you enjoy practicing street photography, you know that one of the biggest challenges is getting over your timidity of photographing strangers. If you struggle with shyness, this post from the Phoblographer provides some great advice for how you can overcome it! 

With the 4th of July holiday coming up, we're sure you'll be out photographing this weekend. Before you go, check out these tips on improving your photography this summer from Digital Photography School. You may discover some new ideas you hadn't considered before. 

The inverse square law of light is something that all professional photographers should understand. If you're having trouble understanding it, or need a reminder, check out these videos from photographer Karl Taylor, who explains the process in a way all photographers can understand. Knowing how to work with this law will improve your photography!

This week, Apple announced that they will stop all future development of Aperture. That means current Aperture users will want to make the shift to Lightroom, but fear not, Lightroom Killer Tips has made a list of things Aperture users should be aware of when switching to Lightroom. Hopefully, these tips will make your transition painless. 

We always love to share cool ideas and projects with you to help inspire you, and this week we have a great one. PetaPixel features Paris-based artist Sebastien Del Grosso who combines illustration and photography to make some amazing self-portraits. Check it out, it's worth the detour! 

If you create sports portrait composites, you'll want to check out this three-part post on PhotoFocus. Sports composite expert Vanelli walks you through his entire process from picking gear, setting up the studio, posing and lighting. 

Reporter Esther Honig sent 40 photo editors in 25 countries a photo of herself and asked them to "make her look beautiful". The results are a fascinating look at different cultural standards of beauty and how photo editing is influenced by them.

If you're planning on photographing 4th of July fireworks, don't miss USA Today's list of the 10 best fireworks displays in the country! If one of these cities is near you, consider making the trip to get some spectacular images.

If you enjoy nature photography, you've probably been tempted to capture foggy landscape scenes. The Photo Naturalist provides tips for capturing these images with the best results possible. 

There you have it! Our 10 favorite posts from around the net. What are your favorite photography blogs? Let us know on theLoop!
It's Friday, which means it's time for our favorite photography posts of the week! From advice
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 to inspiration, you'll find it all in this collection of posts. Enjoy!

Nobody likes it when it happens, but sooner or later you will have a conflict with one of your clients--be it a copyright violation or another type of contract dispute. This post from The Law Tog gives you 5 quick and easy things you can do to help avoid conflicts with your clients. 

At some point, all photographers are faced with major decisions in their business, like whether to invest in new equipment or tackle a new product line. It can be very stressful! That's why we like this post from Photography Concentrate. It points out that when researching a decision, it's what's right for you that matters, not what's right for everyone. It sounds simple, but check it out. This approach just may make your life easier. 

If you're thinking of revamping your website (if you haven't changed it much in 3+ years, it's time to freshen things up!), check out this guide from Tiffinbox first. It provides some great things to be aware of when hiring a company to build a website for you.

This week, Adobe announced updates to their Creative Cloud, which includes every photographer's friends: Lightroom and Photoshop! PetaPixel compiles the updates in this post and goes over the critical ones. If you use Creative Cloud, you'll want to read up! 

If you shoot infrared photography, check out this tutorial from PhotoFocus. You'll learn how to improve your workflow when processing these images using Lightroom and Photoshop. 

In this post for Fstoppers, Photographer John Schell points out how going outside some of the "standard" photography techniques can help improve your images. Take a read and let us know if you agree with him. 

If you're looking for some inspiration, check out these photos of the Great Wall of China from Trey Ratcliff's Stuck In Customs blog. Better yet, Trey explains how he captured each image! 

Looking for some composition tips to improve your photography? This post from Digital Photography School provides some great tips to think about when preparing to photograph anything! 

Do you add Metadata to your digital images? If you just said, 'Say what!?' you'll want to read up on why you really should and how to do it in this post from Photojojo. 

This post from Reviewed.com is just plain cool! Check out how 6 photographers broke the Guinness World Record for the largest photograph by using a camera obscura technique in an airplane hangar.  

Usually we give you ten posts, but this week we have a bonus for you! The winners of the iPhone Photography Awards have been announced and the images are quite remarkable. Given that they were all taken with iPhones, we could not pass up sharing these inspiring images. 

Boom! We did it again. Don't forget to share your own favorite posts over on theLoop. See you next Friday!
It's Friday the 13th! YIKES! Here are our 10 favorite photography blog posts from June 9-13. In
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 this week's round-up, you'll find some egregious errors to either laugh at or learn from (or both!), helpful tips and of course just some flat-out beautiful imagery. Enjoy!

You might have heard about a little soccer tournament starting this week? The World Cup debuted yesterday and Brazil is... ready? We'll see as the next couple weeks go on, but here are some images of the country in the days leading to the opening kickoff.

The hubble is back! We're suckers for basically anything space photography, but seriously just check out this time lapse. Too cool!

We certainly don't advocate for the use of flames with your wedding or portrait sessions (seriously, we really don't, just like we'd always advise people against any situation where you'd put yourself or your clients at risk!), but having said that, these images sure are pretty remarkable to look at! Check out this brave Oregon couple's wedding photos as wildfires raged on behind them.

In a project to celebrate National Geographic's 125th anniversary, the magazine put their photographers in front of the camera to talk about why they do what they do. The resulting video is a powerful piece on the passion that motivates these photographers. Perhaps you all can relate. P.S., we're not saying they got the idea from our Faces of PPA campaign, but hey, we're fans either way!

OK, seriously NatGeo?! THIS is totally the Faces of PPA campaign. We've started a movement! BRING BACK THE SELF PORTRAIT. Oh yeah, and check these out, they're pretty cool.

After a beach session, photographer Heather Swanner spotted a proposal down the shore and snapped a couple photos. After she got home, she regretted not getting the couple's contact information so she took to Facebook to try and get in touch, and the power of social media brought them their photos. Take a look! 

We're talking super old, like 1995 old. The first DSLR's! Boy have we ever come a long way.

Hey, the help you'll get from the Student Photographic Society is plenty but these are good equipment and business tips too. Take a look!

Up and at em! If we have any early birds out there, you'll appreciate this collection of photographers catching the worm. Maybe it will inspire you snooze button pounders to get up and get out there!

Greek photographer Vassilis Tangoulis created this series of breathtaking landscapes using lengthy exposures. Pretty remarkable stuff!

And that's that! We did it again. Don't forget to share your own favorite posts over on theLoop. See you next Friday!
Here are our 10 favorite photography blog posts from the first week of June. In this week's
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 round-up, you'll find some egregious errors to either laugh at or learn from (or both!), helpful tips and of course just some flat-out beautiful imagery. Enjoy!

Ellen Seidler of Vox Indie penned a blog for the Copyright Alliance this week on her opinion on Google's response time for DMCA notices on its Blogger-hosted sites. Google thinks it's been doing a great job of streamlining its responses, but according to Seidler, it isn't. Have a read in case you ever come across your content illegally posted to someone else's blog! It's a little long, but very informative!

One day, bridal parties will figure out that docks aren't meant to hold 20 people at a time. Lucky for us, today isn't that day! Watch this group take the plunge. A couple crafty bridesmaids actually manage to escape!

You've got rules and contracts and stuff, but how do you get your clients to actually abide by them? Psychology for Photographers tackles how to lay down the law. It might come down to presentation (and properly setting up expectations)!

Photographer Steve McCurry posted to his blog a collection of harrowing images from a visit to Afghanistan. The images show pain and suffering but also beauty and hope. Take a break from your daily routine and take a look.

The cool thing about exhibits predicting the future of the world is that eventually, you get to look back on them and see how they did! This collection of photographs from the World's Fair, hosted in New York City in 1964, shows just that, particularly those from the Futurama exhibit. Think they nailed it?

That's unconfirmed, of course, but we're going to give Lee Thompson credit for it anyway, and definitely credit for being one gnarly dude. The photographer, and co-founder of The Flash Pack, was in Brazil shooting preparations for this month's World Cup, and somehow found himself with permission to not only photograph, but climb to the top of Christ the Redeemer. Read about his experience and see the results!

25 years ago this Wednesday, the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) violently cleared Beijing's Tiananmen Square of protesters, ending a six-week demonstration that had called for democracy and widespread political reform. While Chinese censors have blocked Internet access to terms like "never forget" in an effort to silence talk of the anniversary, the photos remain. Take a look.

Have you seen these?! They look like GIFs, but they are actually portraits created by photographer Romain Laurent. And not created through an app! Photojojo tracked him down and asked for his secrets. Check them out!

We had you at that headline, didn't we? National Geographic photographer Peter Essick traveled through the Ansel Adams Wilderness to capture images in Adams' style. See the beautiful results!

Don't you wish you had a lens like the Hubbel? I mean it'd be hard to carry around and all, but I bet you've never imagined creating a composite image of thousands of galaxies! Well NASA did just that, so be jealous. Take a look.

And that's that! We did it again. Don't forget to share your own favorite posts over on theLoop. See you next Friday!
As we move toward summer, here are the top discussions that took place on theLoop during the month of May. Take a look - you never know what might help you keep growing your business this summer! 

It's a piece of advice that photographers starting out often hear - take lots of photos and delete most of them. The thought is that deleting these photos helps you to spot errors and continually improve. Photographers debate the merit of the approach in this discussion. Join in!

Whether you include print prices for your photography on your website or not, you'll want to check this post out. PPA photographers share advantages and disadvantages of putting your prices online. If you're thinking of doing it, read this post first!

Do you pay for advertising on Google and/or Bing? Read this post before you spend (or keep spending) your dollars! PPA photographers share Search Engine Optimization tactics that can have great results, and cost you nothing. If you are doing paid advertising, members that also do it share some things you'll want to be aware of. 

If you've ever wanted to learn how to light using hot shoe flashes off camera, this is the discussion for you! PPA photographers share different techniques they've used successfully to light using this method. Check out this discussion to participate or learn something.

Did you know that there's probably a local PPA affiliate organization in your state? If you didn't, check out this thread to see what you might be missing out on by not being part of your local chapter! 

Don't forget, theLoop is YOUR safe and secure online community where PPA members can discuss various photography topics! You don't belong to PPA? Don't be left out! It's so easy to join, do it today!

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Spring sure is a beautiful time of the year, and here are the beautiful discussions happening on theLoop during the month of April, 2014. 

What do you take with you to a portrait shoot? PPA Members share what they pack in their kits in this discussion. There may be some things you're not thinking of that you can add to your own toolbag! 

Photographers debate the merits of donating an image to a non-profit, and point out some important things to be aware of before you donate! 

Do you hire interns to help you out in your photography business? If so, jump in on this discussion on the benefits, disadvantages and points to be aware of when hiring an intern. If you're thinking about putting together an internship program, this is a great discussion to read first. 

Do you ever get requests to create albums using images you didn't make? If so, read this discussion before you get in over your head! 

It's a problem wedding photographers deal with all the time: guests getting in the way of your work! This discussion provides some good advice on how to deal with this problem. 

Don't forget, theLoop is PPA's safe and secure online community where members can discuss various photography topics! Not a PPA member? It's easy: join today!
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Here are the 10 photography blogs from April 20 - 25, 2014, that we hope will inspire you and
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 professional photographers around the internet to be more!

Nobody likes hearing about a photo copyright violation, but it's important to be aware of all the same! After photographing the band Red Jumpsuit Apparatus at a live show for a publication, photographer Rohan Anderson was surprised to find the band using one of his images on Facebook without his permission. Even more surprising, the band started bullying him online when he requested that the photo be removed! Check out Rohan's blog to read the full nightmarish saga, how he resolved the violation and how the photography community helped him through the process.

The Phoblographer heard about the Red Jumpsuit Apparatus copyright ruckus as well this week, and that inspired them to interview Rolling Stone photographer Nicole Fara Silver about how to deal with bands using your images without permission. If you do this type of photography, you'll want to check her advice out!

This video of a photography workshop from 1961 on Fstoppers made us laugh, and it's a great look at some photography history. Any long-time PPA members out there remember taking a workshop like this one? 

April 22 was Earth Day and in honor of the event The Big Picture put together a series of photos from Earth Day events around the world, as well as photos of distressed environments. There's definitely some powerful photography in this series! 

In Focus gives us another impactful photo series this week. Check out these amazing images of squatters living in an unfinished high-rise building in Venezuela. It's yet another example of how photography can makes us see the world in a new way. 

As a photographer, you probably have taken hundreds of photos that didn't make the cut in the final product you delivered to your client. Digital Photography School points out why you shouldn't just get rid of these images, and why it's worth to go through them every now and then. There are more opportunities with these images than you thought! 

Do you use lens filters in your photography? If you do, Photography Life points out some issues to be aware of when choosing filters in this post. 

All wedding photographers would probably like to speed up their post-production time and deliver images to their clients faster. Virtual Photography Studio points out 3 simple things you can keep in mind while shooting a wedding that can help speed the process up. 

In golf, the 'Yips' are an apparent loss of fine motor skills without explanation, making the game impossible to play. Believe it or not, this same phenomenon can happen to photographers as well and affect the quality of your photos. One photographer explains how he noticed the problem, and overcame it, in this post for The Online Photographer. 

SmugMugFilms interviewed acclaimed commercial advertising photographer (and Imaging USA speaker/PPAedu instructor) Joel Grimes about his creative process. If you're in need of inspiration, this short video is sure to stir up some ideas.

There you have it, the favorite blog posts of the week from your PPA team! Don't forget that you can share your own posts, or other stories you have enjoyed, on theLoop.
Here are the 10 photography blogs from April 13 - 18, 2014, that we hope will inspire you and
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professional photographers around the internet to be more! 

Did you see the cover of Sports Illustrated this month? It's a giant Boston Strong group shot (3,000 people!) to commemorate a year since the marathon bombing. And guess who was behind the camera?! Imaging USA speaker Gregory Heisler! If you thought wrangling a family of five was tough, you need to see this behind-the-scenes video.

Getting an image or project to go viral can be a real boon to your business. It can also get you... nothing. California photographer, Mike Kelley, unfortunately knows a thing or two about that. Read his cautionary tale on posting your images to social without any form of protection.

Have you posted one of those silly Buzzfeed lists to your social media pages with an "OMG this is SO true!" Admit it, you have. Well, if you're a wedding photographer, we've got one here for you. Check this one out on the many emotions of wedding photography.
 
Approximately one out of six people in the world live on a dollar a day. Photographer Renée C. Byer traveled through four continents capturing what life is like under extreme poverty. The stunning images are a heartfelt reality check for most of us living in "first world" countries. 

We're suckers for a good time lapse. And we can say for certain we haven''t seen one quite like this! Get your smiles ready and be prepared for a good heart-string tug. Kids... they grow up so darn fast! (Especially in fast forward.)

Good luck finding this one on Amazon Prime. This week, one lucky husband and wife team drove a pretty special package across the country--a friggin T. Rex! National Geographic takes us along as "The Nation's T. Rex" is transported from Montana to the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. It's as simple as wrapping it and putting it in a box, really... but it's a 38-foot, 66-million-year-old fossil. You won't see the full dinosaur on display until 2019 so check this video out while you can!

Did you see the lunar eclipse this week? It was all over social media! If you didn't, these photographers did. Discovery News compiled some of the best photos from the rare event. Check 'em out!

This one touches on a real hot-button issue. You'll be hard-pressed to find more passionate and protective animal lovers than pit bull owners. One photographer decided to put their passion on display and bring them together to raise awareness with his Not a Bully portrait campaign. Read on to learn the story and view some of the portraits!

Ever encounter questions about why you can't photograph for free? Photography Talks came up with a pretty cool list of reasons. Take a look and see if you agree!

Slate delivers this collection of group portraits from photographer Neal Slavin, who's been doing this for, well, a while. There's some really beautiful, really funny, and really weird pictures posted in there. Take a look!

There you have it, the favorite blog posts of the week from your PPA team! Don't forget that you can share your own posts, or other stories you have enjoyed, on theLoop.
Here are the 10 photography blogs from April 6 - 11, 2014, that we hope will inspire you and professional photographers around the internet to be more!

Do you use your DSLR's preset shooting modes? You'll want to read this post. Photography Talk examines DSLR preset shooting modes and the danger of relying on them too heavily.

You've probably heard about it this week: the Heartbleed bug is an error in internet security that was recently discovered. The bad news? Hackers could exploit this flaw to gain access to your personal information through many websites you may use daily. The good news? Mashable has developed a guide that will show you how to protect yourself from this abuse. (Oh, and don't worry about your PPA.com account being hacked, our security is up to date, so your data on theLoop, My PPA and your PPA profile is all safe and sound!)

Have you been wanting to get into the pet photography market? This podcast from Improve Photography can be a great starting point for you as you enter the market. It provides not only technical tips, but some business tips as well!

This is a great post for those of you in need of inspiration. The Phoblographer goes behind-the-scenes of Australian photographer Alexia Sinclair's "A Frozen Tale" photo shoot that took place in an old European castle. There are a lot of cool ideas here, including a shooting diagram! 

Is there anything more annoying than capturing a blurry image when you've got everything else right? This post from Digital Photography School will show you how to choose the correct Autofocus mode and help you avoid this problem. 

Occasionally, you'll get a bride and groom that just don't want to follow your instructions. They just don't get that you've done this before and that there's a process for a reason. This short post from Virtual Photography Studio provides a great tip for how to overcome this challenge. 

Did you know that Lightroom launched their mobile version of the software for tablets and other mobile devices? If you're curious about what Lightroom Mobile is capable of, be sure to check out this post from Lightroom Killer Tips. You might be surprised how much of your workflow can be taken care of from an iPad!

Shoot video and trying to capture movement? These videos on PhotoFocus will show how to do just that. Learn how to use a camera slider to capture fluid movement and create some really interesting shots! 

Do you struggle with color management, or maybe just need a refresher? Check out this step-by-step color management tutorial (complete with examples) from FStoppers. These techniques can help add impact to your photography. 

There's a lunar eclipse coming up on April 14/15 (date might vary depending on where you live) that nature photographers out there will love to photograph. The PhotoNaturalist provides some tips for photographing the eclipse so you can get the best photographs possible. 

There you have it, the favorite blog posts of the week from your PPA team! Don't forget that you can share your own posts, or other stories you have enjoyed, on theLoop.
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