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The dramatic history of Professional Photographers of America

3.5.2019 News

Book chronicles the oldest professional association for working photographersThe history of Professional Photographers of America was literally 150 years in the making. And chronicling that history was itself a feat. After more than two years of extensive analysis, PPA has published its storied history in the book “The Challenge to Succeed: 150 Years of Professional Photographers of America.”PPA’s antecedent, the National Photographic Association, was founded in 1868 by a small group... Continue Reading >

Grand Imaging Award goes to Ella Carlson

1.29.2019 News

Ella Carlson, M.Photog.M.Artist.Cr., CPP, EA-ASP, was named the 2019 Grand Imaging Award winner by Professional Photographers of America. Carlson the took top prize for her non-event album, “Most Wanted,” which depicts fantastical mythical creatures. © Professional Photographers of America Ella Carlson with PPA President Stephen Thetford, M.Photog.Cr., CPP (left), and Doran Wilson, M.Photog.MEI.Cr., CPP, F-ASP 2019’s Grand Imaging Awards were held in January at Imaging USA in... Continue Reading >

PPA launches new drone photography certification


July 2017 issue News

Justin Moore first to be certified by PPAIn response to a growing interest in aerial images, PPA has launched a drone photography certification program. To become a certified drone photographer, a PPA member must submit an application showing that he or she meets certain minimum requirements—an FAA Section 333 certificate or remote pilot certificate (Part 107), proof of general liability insurance, UAS registration number, and a logbook summarizing 30 hours of flight time—and then pass a... Continue Reading >

PPA teams up with NYIP to offer CPP exam

May 2017 issue News

Students at the New York Institute of Photography now have a leg up on the competition when they graduate. NYIP has partnered with PPA to offer students the certified professional photographer designation. Photographers who study with NYIP now qualify to take the CPP exam and earn their certification. This is an exclusive partnership and the first time the CPP has been used as the qualifying standard by an institution such as NYIP.PPA’s CPP designation confirms to potential clients that a... Continue Reading >

PPA seeks association artifacts for 150th anniversary

3.15.2017 News

Share your historic memorabiliaPlans are underway to commemorate and celebrate the 150th anniversary of Professional Photographers of America. The sesquicentennial occurs in 2019, at which time a number of projects will be unveiled.Do you own a piece of history from PPA—or perhaps even from its former names, the National Photographic Association and the Photographers Association of America? If you have historical artifacts, PPA wants to hear from you. These may include old newspaper... 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 >

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 >
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