Robert Freson honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

January 2017 issue News

This year PPA honors Robert Freson with its Lifetime Achievement Award. Freson has been a professional photographer for more than 60 years, making iconic photographs of countless famous figures—Salvador Dali, Marc Chagall, Sophia Loren, Alfred Hitchcock, Dwight D. Eisenhower—as well as many noteworthy events, such as Winston Churchill’s funeral and the nuptials of Prince Charles and Lady Diana. In addition, he’s known for food photography (particularly for the successful book “The... Continue Reading >

Devastating data loss reveals a resource

January 2017 issue Business

The silver lining in a digital cloudMegan Drane thought she was being careful. She routinely backed up all her images on an external hard drive and also saved the past year’s worth of photographs on her laptop. It wasn’t the most redundant system a photographer could use, but for years it worked just fine.Then one day, in a split second, the entire system came crashing down—literally. Drane left her hard drive near the edge of a table, connected to a wall outlet via a power cord. As... Continue Reading >

Photographers share copyright infringement woes with lawmakers

12.8.2016 News

Does current copyright legislation always protect small creators like you? No. That’s why PPA is working so hard to have the professional photographer’s voice heard loud and clear on Capitol Hill.Yesterday PPA CEO David Trust moderated a Creative Rights Caucus lunch-and-learn event, “The Art of Photography: Behind the Lens,” which gave panelists and renowned professional photographers Anne Geddes, Michael Grecco, and Denis Reggie the opportunity to tell lawmakers their stories—how... Continue Reading >

Past PPA President Colbert Howell dies

12.6.2016 News

Colbert Howell, M.Photog.Hon.M.Photog.Cr., died on Nov. 19, 2016. Howell served as president of PPA in 1993-94.Howell was born in Mapleton, North Carolina in 1941, and attended North Carolina State University, where he received a degree in industrial arts. After teaching woodworking for four years at a high school in Raleigh, North Carolina, Howell jumped into his true passion: professional photography. From 1960 to 1997, he thrived as a pro, making countless portraits and photographing... Continue Reading >

2016 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Ken Whitmire Dies

12.6.2016 News

He was known for his dedication to wall portraitsKen Whitmire, M.Photog.Cr., F-ASP, who was honored by PPA in 2016 with a Lifetime Achievement Award, has died. He was killed in an automobile accident in November while driving near his home in the Yakama, Washington, area.Whitmire was born in Bernice, Oklahoma, in 1930, attended the University of Washington, and entered the Navy School of Photography in 1949, where he trained in aerial and documentary photography. After graduating, he worked... Continue Reading >

Why small claims is essential for copyright reform

November 2016 issue News

When Krish Mandal shared one of his favorite photos online with other PPA members, he was hoping for praise, and praise he received. But he also learned a bitter truth: Some commenters noted they’d seen the image before … in the marketing materials from the lab that had printed it for Mandal. There was a heated exchange of emails and letters between Mandal and the lab owner, who initially declared that Mandal should be flattered his image was selected for the marketing package. Mandal... Continue Reading >

PPA Board member to the rescue

10.14.2016 News

The episode began with a cry for help.At about 4 p.m. on Aug. 17, PPA Vice President Rob Behm, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, was halfway through a weeklong, 50-mile backpacking trip with his son’s Boy Scout troop in Washington’s Alpine Lakes Wilderness. The Scouts had just crossed a rocky section of the trail where a river ran over some boulders and formed a small waterfall. On their way up the steep incline after crossing the river, they passed a young couple hiking in the opposite direction.That... Continue Reading >

Accidents happen: Insure your drone

10.6.2016 Business

Thanks to new regulations enacted this fall, it's now easier than ever to add drone photography to your business. But beyond passing the FAA's aeronautical knowledge test and being vetted by the TSA, you'll also need something else: insurance. Yes, even with a drone pilot certificate and countless hours operating your trusty flier, accidents happen, says Kristen Hartman, director of member value and experience at PPA. If your drone malfunctions and drops out of the sky onto a person or a... Continue Reading >

It’s official: Professional Photographer is among the best

9.26.2016 News

Professional Photographer, the member magazine of Professional Photographers of America for more than a century, has been named a finalist for six publishing excellence awards.Each year, the Folio Awards provide an opportunity for publications to showcase their best editorial and design. For 2016, Professional Photographer is a finalist for:Full issue, July 2015 Series of articles for “On the Cover” Feature design for “Rock On,” May 2016 Table of Contents design Use of... Continue Reading >

How you know you’ve made it as a pro photographer

9.15.2016 Business

How do you know when you've made it as a pro? Professional Photographer asked five Imaging USA 2017 speakers about success: Kay Eskridge"When your clients become repeat clients, year after year and for all their photographic needs. When your clients think of you first when planning anything that needs to be photographed—all of their life events, you’re a part of." Kay W. Eskridge, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, Images by Kay & Co. Photography, Phoenix, Arizona Mary Fisk-Taylor"I’ve... Continue Reading >