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 >

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 News

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 >

6 ways to show the difference


September 2016 issue Business

PPA’s See the Difference campaign provides PPA photographers with marketing materials that show consumers the difference using a professional photographer makes. The materials cater to five photography specialties—weddings, families, high school seniors, pets—and certified professional photographers. What’s available:1. Customizable brochures: These describe in detail the technical skills, artistry, and professionalism clients can expect from a PPA photographer. Photographers can edit...Continue Reading >

Get certified from home

September 2016 issue Business

CPP exam available onlineUntil recently, taking the certified professional photographer exam meant making a trip to the nearest proctor in your area, which could be inconvenient depending on where you live. But good news: PPA has rolled out an exam that can be taken online.“The benefits are obviously the ease and convenience of taking the test in the comfort of your own home, office, or studio,” says PPA Director of Certification Julia Boyd. “You also have the flexibility of...Continue Reading >

Copyright law that works for you

August 2016 issue News

Changes will protect photographers© PPAPPA's Lindsey Forson and David Trust are frequent visitors to Capitol Hill as the orgnization advocates for more effective copyright protection for photogrpahers;.After years working at the leading edge of copyright reform, PPA sees that U.S. copyright law is on the verge of change for the better. Legislation is being put forth in Washington, D.C., that will protect working photographers like never before. PPA is represented on Capitol Hill as it...Continue Reading >

Breakthrough in copyright reform


August 2016 issue News

Small claims process gains tractionIn June, PPA received news that U.S. lawmakers were finally drafting copyright legislation to design a small claims process for battling infringement—something the association has been pushing on Capitol Hill for a decade.©PPACurrently, the only way to punish an infringer is to take them to federal court. Federal court copyright cases are extremely expensive—$345,000 on average—and an attorney generally isn’t interested in taking such a case...Continue Reading >

Want to stick it to copyright infringers? Here’s how


6.10.2016 News

What? You thought copyright law protects you?Not so much. Copyright law is great for the big creators—the motion pictures companies, rock stars—but it does precious little for high-volume creators like professional photographers, for whom each piece of work has a relatively low monetary value. Here’s why: In order to battle an infringer, you have to take your case to federal court. Federal court is expensive—like $345,000 expensive for the average copyright case cost. In fact, you'd...Continue Reading >
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