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Business tips: Put strategy behind your passion


4.21.2017 Business

Because it’s not enough to love what you doDo what you love and money will follow. Who hasn’t heard that heartfelt but incomplete advice? Pro photographer Suzanne Deaton, M.Photog., notes that without a strategy behind the passion, you’re just hoping to earn a living instead of planning on it.Deaton offers some advice to fellow photographers looking to follow their joy and pay the bills:© Suzanne DeatonGet educated. “Earning my master of photography from PPA was the best... Continue Reading >

Photo Competition Prep: A Fresh Look at the 12 Elements


3.24.2017 News

One of the most daunting sentences you can hear as a novice competitor in PPA's International Photographic Competition is “Entries are judged using the 12 elements of a merit image.” What are these 12 elements? Where can you find them? And most of all, what do they mean?If you’re new to image competition, it can feel like a game. It’s possible you have only a passing familiarity with the 12 elements of a merit image. Yes, the list is displayed at every image competition and a short... Continue Reading >

8 new rules for PPA’s International Photographic Competition 2017

3.15.2017 News

Know the new rules and deadlinesThanks to the efforts and participation of the PPA Board of Directors, members, volunteers, and staff, the International Photographic Competition has seen significant growth in the past few years, with upticks in entries, critiques, and overall image quality.IPC 2017 will include a number of rule changes:1. To increase efficiency, juror panels will be reduced from six to five members. In 2016, a six-juror panel judged each image, and the lowest score was... Continue Reading >

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 >

28 Competition sins

6.30.2016 News

Adrian Henson, M.Photog.MEI.Cr., CPP, has made a study of image competition. If you’re looking to rack up PPA merits in the International Photographic Competition, he says, avoid the following 28 sins, then find something in your image that really knocks you back in your seat. “Then you have the beginnings of what might be a great competition print,” he says.© Adrian Henson1. Sensor dust2. Halos3. Over-sharpening4. Crooked horizon5. Color banding6. Out of focus7. Bad... Continue Reading >

A lifetime of good

April 2016 issue News

Whitmire presented lifetime achievement awardKenneth L. Whitmire, M.Photog.Cr., F-ASP, was awarded PPA’s Lifetime Achievement Award during the Award and Degree ceremony at Imaging USA 2016. Whitmire is the 14th photographer to receive this honor.“Since 1949, when I attended the Naval School of Photography, most of my time has been spent trying to better the ‘prestige factor’ of photography,” says Whitmire, who runs a diversified photography business specializing in wall-size... Continue Reading >
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