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Monday, October 24, 2016

Expo, Tradeshow, Exhibit Floor! Read All About It!

By Tristin Vaccaro


Live product demos, access to revolutionary photography products, and countless networking opportunities can all be found in one place at Imaging USA 2017: The Imaging Expo! This three-day tradeshow is one of the largest gatherings of pro-photographers and exhibitors alike in the world! With over 600 booths to explore, your newest photographic discovery will be right at your fingertips!

See industry leaders, such as Canon, Adobe, and Kodak Alaris, show off their newest products. Mingle with your fellow photographers while you learn about 2017 photography trends. You'll even see and be able to test some drones! Continue your walk through the International Photographic Competition (IPC) exhibit, where you can find the best of the best photographs from 2016 on display, handpicked by judges and entered into our prestigious Loan Collection. If you're interested in entering the Competition in 2017, definitely check out the IPC merit café. Here, you'll find various seminars lead by experienced speakers, get a first look at the new 2017 IPC rules, and you'll even have the opportunity to get one-on-one advice from official IPC jurors about how to improve your photos for the Competition. These sessions are free to all and available on a first-come, first served basis, so sign up today!

And whether or not you already are a PPA member, we would also love to meet you in person! At the PPA booth you'll be able to speak with our customer service agents who are happy to answer any membership-related questions you might have or even help you understand how to get the most out of PPA membership. And if you aren't with PPA yet, Imaging USA is the perfect time to join! Prizes and a gift valued at $100 or more will be given to each new member! Make sure you stop by PPA's Booth #625!

These are just a few reasons you won't want to miss the Expo! Imaging USA will be held at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, TX.  The Expo is open to all Imaging USA All-Access pass holders beginning on January 8, but if you can't attend the entire convention, Expo-Only passes are available for only $35 and are valid all three days:


Sunday, Jan. 8, 11:30am - 5:00pm

Monday, Jan. 9, 11:30am - 5:00pm

Tuesday, Jan. 10, 11:30am - 3:30pm


To get the full list of registered exhibitors and the tradeshow floor plan, visit ImagingUSA.org/Imaging-Expo. And before you go, download the Imaging USA mobile app that offers this information and tons more! With just a few clicks, you can even create your own custom Expo plan of attack. You'll know just where your favorite exhibitors will be and how to get there, saving you valuable time and effort.

 If you haven't registered to attend Imaging USA 2017, do so at ImagingUSA.org/Register. We hope to see you in January!

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Friday, October 21, 2016

Build Your Business with the PPA Business Challenge!

By James Yates

PPA's Business Challenge was born nearly one year ago, at Imaging USA 2016 in Atlanta. It was during the Studio Makeover class, dedicated to unveiling the results two studio owners had by implementing PPA's business advice, when Education Director Angela Kurkian began to realize the program could be scaled up. By adding the Challenge as a group on theLoop, all PPA members would have the chance to join and begin their 12-month, step-by-step program to profitability and sustainability for their photography businesses. 

It's been a huge success. There are now nine different Challenge Groups on theLoop, with over 900 members taking advice, implementing changes, sharing wisdom and holding each other accountable as they make the steps toward their studios becoming more financially sound! 

Two new announcements have been made in preparation for the program's anniversary: 1) a class at Imaging USA 2017, and 2) a new join-schedule for upcoming Challenge Groups.

First, instead of offering the challenge each and every month, the groups will be starting during the months of February, March, April, May, August, September, October and November. This means there won't be any new groups forming in December, January, June or July. This will allow more time to dig even deeper in the groups that are currently running and no one has to worry about signing up during the holidays or summer vacation!

Second, Business Challenge mentors Gregory Daniel, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, F-ASP, Mary Fisk-Taylor, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, ABI, API and Angela Kurkian, M.Photog.Cr., CPP will be presenting the platform program "4 Things You Need to Know to be Successful"  at Imaging USA 2017 in San Antonio, TX. 

The class will be held on January 8 and  asks the question,  "iI you could make four changes to your business and your way of thinking that would help you be more profitable, add time to your day and move your life in the direction you dream of, would you do it?"  Full of great takeaways and business strategies you can start implementing right away, this class is the perfect introduction to the Business Challenge program, which can help you build your business on a strong foundation in 2017.

If you're not already using the Business Challenge to own your place in the photography industry and be more profitable, what are you waiting for?! Sign up now at PPA.com/Challenge

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James Yates is an Atlanta-based writer/actor and the Communications Specialist at Professional Photographers of America (PPA). A graduate of Georgia State University, James has worked in the non-profit sector his whole life and is proud to be able to help artists achieve their goals. In his spare time he can be found walking his dogs on the Beltline or partaking in the nightly theater and comedy scene in the ATL.

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Friday, October 21, 2016

Sports & Event Photography Classes...Oh My!

By Tristin Vaccaro


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After attending Imaging USA 2017, you're sure to go back home a stronger photographer than when you arrived. How can you not, when over 100 specialized courses are offered to you throughout the week, all aimed at teaching you the skills you're interested in? So below, you'll find a brief overview of all the school, sport, and event track classes provided at Imaging USA 2017.

Are you hesitant about taking photos of large groups? Looking to fine-tune your high volume photography business? Or maybe you don't know a thing about photographing events, but you've always wanted to?  Whether you want to learn something new, or simply sharpen your skills, there's a class here for you. While the Pre-Con sessions are available at an extra fee, you won't want to miss these valuable information sessions jam-packed with need-to-know information about group and event photography.

Without further ado, here are the upcoming event track courses:


(Pre-Con) Post Capture Production for High Volume Photographers

Bill Champion

January 7, 9am-12pm


(Pre-Con) Group Photography Can Be Easy and Profitable! (Hands-on Class)

Andy Gould

January 7, 9am-11am  |  1pm-3pm  |  4pm-6pm


(Pre-Con) Want LOTS More Family Portrait Business? Go to CHURCH!

Chris Wunder, Cr.Photog.

January 7, 9am-12pm


(Pre-Con) EXTREME Volume

Melanie Anderson, Cr.Photog., CPP

January 7, 1pm-5pm


(Pre-Con) Photographing High Volume High School Seniors

Dann Kasallis, M.Photog., CPP

January 7, 1pm-5pm


Incorporating Volume Work Into Your Portrait Studio

Colleen Gonsar

January 8, 8am-9:30am


Get, Grow and Dare to be Different in the Volume Business

Brandi Morgan, CPP

January 8, 5pm-6:15pm


I Want it Now: Onsite Printing and Event Photography

Bill Vahrenkamp, Cr.Photog. & David Stana, Cr.Photog., CPP

January 8, 6:45pm-8pm


Youth Sports: How to Stand out and be Competitive

Leigh LaForest & Jeff Gump, Cr.Photog.

January 9, 8am-9:30am


Get Motivated To Grow Your Business

Wayne Barksdale

January 9, 10am-11:30am


The Art of Posing Dancers & Dance Studios: An Insider's Viewpoint

Daniel Fermaint, CPP & Jennifer Fermaint, CPP

January 9, 5pm-6:15pm


Weddings and School Portraits- A Match Made in Heaven

Linda Russell

January 10, 8am-9:30am


School Photography That's Wow! Photography

Neal Freed

January 10, 8am-9:30am


How to Double Your Income with Publishing

Roch Eshleman, Cr.Photog., CPP

January 10, 10am-11:30am


Big Groups Don't Have to be a Big Challenge

Dave Stock , Cr.Photog., CPP & Jamie House, CPP

January 10, 3:30pm-4:45pm


Event Photography: The Whole Package

Marion Hughes & Jenny Rhea

January 10, 5:15pm-6:30pm


Your Imaging USA experience should be as fun and educational as possible, so keep these classes in mind as you begin to craft your schedule of classes. To see all the courses programs offered, as well as other important information about Imaging USA 2017, visit ImagingUSA.org.  

We can't wait to see you there!

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Don't Just Watch...Participate! Hands-on Classes at Imaging USA

By James Yates

Imaging USA 2017 in San Antonio is all set to provide three days of workshops, classes and opportunities on the trade show floor to kick off a new year of profitability for you. But, did you know that you can take advantage of more intimate, hands-on classes the day before? 

The Hands-On track at Imaging USA is part of the Pre-Convention schedule and takes place Saturday, January 7th. These classes require an additional registration and fee, but offer you a chance to dig deeper and make even more out of your time at the world's oldest and strongest photography convention. During the class, students have the opportunity to get advice and lessons from instructors thanks to more one-on-one time. You will go out on an actual photo shoot and practice with your own camera (which means that bringing your equipment is a must)! Since the classes are hands-on, you will be expected to do more and be an active participant in the workshop. These classes are for those with the strongest desire to get up and learn!

Hands-on classes are shorter, so you can attend multiple sessions during the day and get all the practice you want. There are three different sessions for each Hands-on program held on Saturday, January 7, 2017, so you can sign up for up to three classes for the day! There are also special pricing offers available for participation in Hands-on sessions. Attend one Hands-on Class for $79, two for $129 or three for $159. Space is limited (max. of 35 participants in each class) for the benefit of students, so classes sell out fast.

Check out this list of Hands-on classes to see which fits you best, and then head over to ImagingUSA.org/Register to sign up now! 

Bree Adams, M.Photog.Cr., CPP

Tomayia Colvin

Daniel K. Davis, M.Photog.

Kay Eskridge, M.Photog.Cr., CPP

Mike Fulton, Cr.Photog.

Joseph Glyda, M.Photog.M.Artist.Cr., CPP

Andy Gould

Ted Linczak, M.Photog.Cr.

Michael G. Taylor, M.Photog.Hon.M.Photog.Cr., API, F-ASP

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James Yates is an Atlanta-based writer/actor and the Communications Specialist at Professional Photographers of America (PPA). A graduate of Georgia State University, James has worked in the non-profit sector his whole life and is proud to be able to help artists achieve their goals. In his spare time he can be found walking his dogs on the Beltline or partaking in the nightly theater and comedy scene in the ATL.

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Monday, October 17, 2016

#Say Cheese! Help Us See Imaging USA Through Your Snaps, Posts, and Tweets!

By Autumn Rice

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The streets of San Antonio will be filled with flashes in January as photographers from all over the country flood the city for the largest pro-photography convention, Imaging USA 2017! At Imaging USA you'll meet new people, learn new tricks and take great photos, and we want you to share them all with us! That's right; we want to experience Imaging USA through your eyes.

Many photographers ask, "Can I bring my camera?" Well... duh! Heck, we encourage you to.
We want to see it all! From pre-con classes, to opening parties, to the Expo, and even your arrival at the official Imaging USA hotels, the photo opportunities are endless. So, don't be shy! Add your camera to your "must-pack list" and share your time at Imaging USA with the world. No matter how you snap, tweet, or post just use the hashtag #ImagingUSA, to share on our social media sites, and see what others are sharing.

Imaging USA 2017 will be held at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas from January 8-10, with Pre-Con classes and activities January 5-7. Be sure to register by December 8, 2016 to save $50 with the Early Bird Rate. And don't forget to always check-in with ImagingUSA.org to get up-to-date information, register for classes, and check out speakers.
Gather your camera equipment, and show the world the best of Imaging USA 2017 through your eyes!

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Friday, October 14, 2016

How Can PPA Members Attend Imaging USA + Pre-Con FOR FREE? Apply for a Kickstart Scholarship & Get Your Chance!

By Tristin Vaccaro

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Would an all-access pass for Imaging USA 2017 at no cost to you be appealing to you? What if you could also have your choice of a pre-convention class provided for free? Four lucky PPA members will be awarded the Imaging USA's Kickstart Scholarship with these amazing benefits. It's quick and easy to enter, but don't delay as the deadline is drawing closer!

The application due date is November 11, 2016. Recipients of the scholarship will receive a free all-access pass to Imaging USA 2017, which includes access to every convention session, all of the parties, and the massive tradeshow, as well as their choice of one free Pre-Con class. This is a $500 value!!! (Please note that travel, meals, and lodging are not included.)

To apply for the Imaging USA Kickstart scholarship, you must be an active PPA member and those who have previously received an Imaging USA Kickstart Scholarship are no longer eligible (leaving room for new people to win!). Recipients will be announced on November 23 and notified via phone.

PPA wants to help photographers like you attend Imaging USA 2017 in San Antonio, but you have to apply! So don't wait! It's very quick and easy to apply. What do you have to lose?

 Learn more about this amazing opportunity or apply at ImagingUSA.org/Kickstart. And to get a glimpse of all the experiences available to you at Imaging USA, check out ImagingUSA.org.

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Friday, October 14, 2016

Classes You Can't Miss at Imaging USA 2017!

By Autumn Rice

With Imaging USA 2017 right around the corner we want to give you an inside look at what the world's largest pro-photography convention has to offer. Aside from the 600+ tradeshow booths and parties, convention goers can also enjoy a variety of classes covering many topics.  These courses are taught by experienced PPA photographers that have been exactly where you are, and they want to help!

Today's track is all about portrait and wedding photography. Attending these classes is a great way to improve your portrait/wedding business, practice new techniques, and refine your wedding and portrait sessions. Although the Pre-Con sessions are offered at an extra fee, they will provide you with invaluable insights to help your business be more efficient, more knowledgeable, and more profitable.

 Here's a preview of what you can expect:

Steve Kozak, M.Photog.Cr., CPP and Doug Box, M. Photog., Cr., CPP
January 5

Lindsay Adler, Cr.Photog.
January 6

Lori Unruh and Jeff Poole
January 7

(Pre-Con) Be Boudoir-licious (Hands On Class)
Kay Eskridge, M.Photog.Cr., CPP
January 7

Michael Taylor, M.Photog.Hon.M.Photog.Cr., API, F-ASP
January 7

Mike Fulton, Cr.Photog.
January 7

Andy Gould
January 7

Tim Kelly, M.Photog.Cr., F-ASP
January 8

Allison Tyler Jones, CPP
January 8
8am - 9:30am

Ben Shirk, M.Photog.M.Artist.Cr.
January 8
8am - 9:30am 

Dan Rowe
January 8
6:45pm - 8pm

Audrey Woulard
January 8
6:45pm- 8pm

Jennifer Rozenbaum
January 9
8am - 9:30am

Dani Miller
January 9
10am- 11:30am

Bradford Rowley
January 9
10am- 11:30am

Michele Celentano , Cr.Photog., CPP
January 9
5am- 6:15am

Barbara Breitsameter, M.Photog.Cr., CPP
January 10
10am - 11:30am

Jeffrey Shaw , Cr.Photog.
January 10
3:30am- 4:45am

Gary Box, M.Photog.Cr., CPP and Pam Box, M.Photog.Cr.
January 10
5:15pm - 6:30pm

Alex McClanahan and Dan McClanahan , M.Photog.
January 10
5:15pm - 6:30pm

Susan Stripling
January 9
8am- 9:30am

Ken Sklute, M.Photog.Cr.
January 9
5pm - 6:15pm

Linda Russell
January 10
8am - 9:30am

As you prepare for Imaging USA 2017 in San Antonio, Texas be sure to choose from this track, or any of the others. Visit ImagingUSA.org to get a full list of classes, and information about preparing for your trip to Imaging USA!

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Testify! The Word on the Street About Imaging USA...

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Imaging USA is the world's largest pro-photography convention designed to assist photographers in their business endeavors. It's an extremely special event in the photographic arts community! For the 10,000+ professional photographers that attend every year, the event presents the opportunity to develop relationships with peers, gain insight into the latest industry techniques and equipment, and most importantly, have fun while improving your craft. With hundreds of classes, experienced speakers, ceremonies and parties, the IPC Exhibit, and the PPA staff there to guide you, the possibilities are endless at Imaging USA. The best part is it's all about your passion!

For first-timers, all of the buzz surrounding this massive event could be intimidating, but don't be shy; we want to see you there! After attending Imaging USA you'll understand how supportive the photographic arts community is, and that you're not in the business alone.

Check out what these Imaging USA attendees had to say about their experience!

"Had such a great time at Imaging USA! My brain is so stuffed with new information, it's gonna take at least a day or two to decompress. Feeling incredibly inspired by all the great speakers and can't wait to bring fresh new technique and perspective to the studio." - @dnsachs

"We also met Sue Bryce. She is so inspiring. We learned so much from her and she had us laughing and crying. If ever there were a speaker to evoke emotion, she definitely hit the nail on the head. Imaging USA was such a spectacular learning experience and I can't wait to go again next year." - @playtimeportraits

"Leaving my first Imaging USA. I am leaving here a different photographer, different businessman, and different person. Thank you PPA!" - @cloverboy42

"All I can say is, you guys know how to throw an event. My second Imaging experience, but my first to be able to go to classes. I'm inspired, I'm flying high!! Thank you so much! GREAT speakers! My friends and I are already planning for San Antonio!! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!" - @DebiTaylorAllen 

"My first visit to Imaging USA at Georgia World Congress Center was spectacular!  It's scary to think how I almost missed this great opportunity to learn and network with other photographers.  Thank goodness passes were still available for the EXPO which is the only event I was able to attend... but will certainly plan next year for all 3 to 5 days. And of course I brought my camera to capture some of the highlights." - Robin Lori

Reading about all of the events, opportunities, and fun at Imaging USA doesn't compare to getting a first-hand experience for yourself. You have to see it to believe it! Imaging USA 2017 will be held at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, TX from January 8-10, 2017. Head over to ImagingUSA.org to register for Imaging USA 2017, check out some of the classes you can attend, and plan your trip to San Antonio. Join us on this non-stop train of pro-photography fun! We can't wait to see you in January! 

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

You Don't Have to Go It Alone: It's Always Easier With a Little Help From Your Friends. (...Or About Networking with Your Fellow Pro Photographers at Imaging USA)

By Chris Homer

Imaging USA 2017 is right around the corner, January 8 - 10, or January 5-10 if you are
 coming early for Pre-Con classes, in San Antonio! There are a lot of great reasons to attend, such as tons of educational opportunities, special events, the tradeshow and more. But one of the biggest reasons to attend Imaging USA is the chance to develop and nurture a quality network with your fellow professional photographers, speakers, potential mentors and a lot of photography vendors! 

During Imaging USA, you'll be surrounded by more than 10,000 pros that are as passionate as you about photography, so get those business cards ready! You never know who you'll meet that can help you with your business and along in your photographic career. 

You'll have the opportunity to hang out with other photographers at events like the Welcome and Closing Parties, the PPA Charities Celebration, the 5K fun run, around the Imaging Expo tradeshow and at the International Photographic Exhibit, all while checking out gear and taking a look at thousands of amazing images. Plus, if you come to Imaging USA early and attend a pre-convention class you'll have more time to chat with the instructor and other attendees in small groups before the huge crowd arrives January 8! There are several other special networking opportunities you won't want to miss:

PPA New Member Meet & Greet
Sat. 1/7, 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
If you're a new PPA Member, this is your chance to meet all your fellow new members! Make some new friends and develop a support network of other photographers. 

IPC Mentor Sessions
Sun. 1/8, 11:30 AM - 5:00 PM  |  Mon. 1/9, 11:30 AM - 5:00 PM  |  Tue. 1/10, 11:30 AM - 3:30 PM
What makes a photograph award-winning material? What does a judge look for in a PPA photography competition? Here's your chance to learn all that. PPA-approved jurors will sit down with you in 15 minute sessions and look at your images, to give suggestions on creating images for competition. If you chose to go, you'll be asked to bring your images on a Laptop, tablet or physical prints (no phones). And while it's free, it will sell out fast, so sign up for your session right here: ImagingUSA.org/IPCmentor

Coach's Corner
Mon. 1/9, 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM  |  Tue. 1/10, 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM
Want help hitting a home run in the school, sports or event market? Meet with a professional coach at Imaging USA for some short one-on-one mini-sessions. Ask your questions and get advice on your portfolio, business and more. Don't wait too long to register, the Coach's Corner will be in high demand! Sign up here.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Dance the Night Away at Imaging USA!

By Autumn Rice

We know you're super excited to explore everything Imaging USA 2017 has to offer. From the classes to the expo, you won't have a free moment in the day. But don't forget about one very important element of the Imaging USA experience.  If you guessed the parties, then you're right! The parties at Imaging USA are a non-stop train of pro-photography fun, and we want to see you there! 

In the midst of exploring and partying deep in the heart of Texas, make some time to attend some of the ceremonies honoring your peers for their accomplishments at IPC and other events over the last year.

Here's a list of the official Imaging USA parties and ceremonies that you can attend at Imaging USA 2017 in San Antonio, Texas:

Imaging USA Welcome Party
Sunday, January 8, 2017
Marriott Rivercenter Hotel, Grand Ballroom, Third Floor 

Imaging USA Closing Party
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
8pm - 11pm 
Convention Center, Park/Tower View, Meeting Room Level

¡Fiesta! PPA Charities Celebration 
Saturday, January 7, 2017
8 - 10pm
Marriott Riverwalk, Alamo Ballroom, Second Floor

Grand Imaging Awards 
Monday, January 9, 2017
6:30 - 7:30pm (Doors open at 6:15pm) 
Convention Center, Lila Cockrell Theatre, Street Level

PPA Award & Degree Ceremony
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
6:30 - 7:30pm (Doors open at 6 pm)
Convention Center, Lila Cockrell Theatre, Street Level 

As you get ready for Imaging USA 2017, don't forget to pack your party shoes! Visit ImagingUSA.org to get all the latest details on parties, and everything Imaging USA!

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Thursday, October 06, 2016

Imaging USA 2017 Programs Tracks: Focus on Commercial Photography

By Tristin Vaccaro

At Imaging USA 2017 in San Antonio, there will be a whole class track dedicated to commercial photography to help you improve your talents and learn something new. These sessions are taught by experienced photographers who want to share their knowledge with you. While the Pre-Con courses are offered at an extra fee, attending one (or a few) is a great way to sharpen your skills, practice different techniques, and make the most of your time in San Antonio!

Here's a list of the commercial track sessions that you can join: 

Joseph Glyda, M.Photog.M.Artist.Cr., CPP

January 5-6, 9am-11am | 1pm-3pm | 4pm-6pm

Joe will demonstrate lighting techniques for difficult surfaces such as metal and glass and you'll learn proper angles for product shots. Joe will discuss photographing multiple items and combining them in post-production. This class will be packed with tips and techniques that Joe has been using in the commercial field of photography for years. You will have the opportunity to get hands on in this learning process, working directly with the products. This class will inspire your creativity and provide you with a new set of tools to approach your everyday challenges and goals in this industry.

To reap even fuller benefits this class at Imaging USA, consider watching Joe Glyda's programs on PPAedu: 6 online programs are ready for you to enjoy and best of all, they are free to PPA members. Get you even more bang for your buck at Imaging USA and get a sharp learning edge!

(Pre-Con) San Antonio Architectural Photo Safari

Randy Van Duinen, M.Photog.M.Artist.Cr., CPP

January 7, 9am-5pm

Delve into the incredible world of architectural photography! Begin in the classroom where you'll discuss technique, lighting and the elements of a great image as well as the camera and computer gear you'll need to capture the right photos. Then, head out on location to put it all to work as you spend some time in beautiful San Antonio. Return to the classroom for post-production and workflow as Randy shows you how to polish and refine your images so they're client-ready. You'll discuss the business ins and outs of architectural photography, including how to gain more assignments. No one knows architectural photography quite like Randy Van Duinen so take advantage as you learn from the best!

If you belong to PPA, you can also get ready to get the most out of Randy Van Duinen's class by watching his PPAedu programs ahead of Imaging USA (you'll find six of them on PPAedu!) and take in even more learning from this master architecture photographer. 

Russ Harrington

January 9, 5pm-6:15pm

For over 25 years, Russ Harrington has been THE photographer for country music's biggest stars in the U.S. In an everyday session, he has a very narrow timeframe to photograph a world-famous personality, including sets, makeup, wardrobe and location. Yet, every shot is unique, dramatic and powerful. Spend some time with Russ at Imaging USA and discover how he does what he does - and how you can too! Learn how your choice and use of lighting sources can define your distinct style. Delve into and really understand the nuances of strobes, ambient light, softboxes and more. During this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, Russ shares his secrets, lighting techniques and tips. You'll witness the impact that various sources can have and, best of all, how to do it yourself. Enjoy Russ' expertise, his lighthearted style and his experience as he teaches you to do what he does - in your own way.


Ian Spanier

January 10, 8am-9:30am

Photography isn't just about taking pictures, it's about telling a story - and to tell a great story, you must understand the principles of light. As important as the backdrop, setting or the subjects themselves, great lighting makes for great stories. In this course, you'll explore images that exemplify this idea and learn how to capture photos that tell the story you want to share. The class is meant for Ian to walk you through some of photographs, explain why and how he chose to light his subjects and explore the effects of each decision. The group will discuss the important aspects of good lighting including equipment, budgets and even time constraints. Go beyond good photos - tell a great story! This class will help you do just that.

Randy Van Duinen, M.Photog.M.Artist.Cr., CPP

January 10, 10am-11:30am

Architectural photography isn't like everything else. It takes a different perspective and vision to capture stunning images and breath-taking buildings. In this class, Randy Duinen shows you how to bring your architectural skills to a completely new level. Explore the differences in lighting residential and commercial buildings, and discuss the equipment you need to do both. Discuss how to shoot both interiors and exteriors, and the aspects that make the shot. Take advantage of Randy's insight and expertise as you discuss working with and marketing to this client base and discover how to earn more and more assignments. From the basics of lighting to Lightroom and Photoshop post-processing, it's all in here. Learn from one of the world's best!'

If you've planned to take Randy's Pre-Con class, you know that you are in it for a treat. If you can't make it to his Pre-Con program, THIS is a must-attend session for any architecture-inclined photographer. To get a better idea of what you'll be in for OR to get more learning from this master photographers, watch Randy Van Duinen's class on PPAedu programs ahead of Imaging USA; you'll find six online classes, free to PPA members!

So as you begin to create your Imaging USA 2017 schedule, be sure to pencil in some of these great sessions. They're just one of the bajillion reasons to attend Imaging USA this January!

Check out ImagingUSA.org/Programs to register for these commercial photography classes and explore more available tracks at Imaging USA 2017!

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Thursday, October 06, 2016

Improve Your Sports Photography at Imaging USA

By Chris Homer

Are you looking for ideas to improve your sports photography? There's a special opportunity for sports photographers to receive mentoring from top pros at Imaging USA 2017!

On Monday, January 9 and Tuesday, January 10 from 10:45 - 11:45 AM sports photography mentoring sessions will be available at the Imaging USA Coach's Corner. In these one-on-one ten minute sessions, you'll have an opportunity to ask your questions and get advice on images, business and more. Space is very limited and you must sign up for a session ahead of Imaging USA. Visit ImagingUSA.org/Coachs-Corner to sign up for your session. 

Make sure you've registered for Imaging USA by December 7 to save $50 on your all-access pass with the early bird discount! We hope to see you in San Antonio! 

ch_headshot_100x100.jpgAbout the author:
Chris Homer is PPA's SEO & Web Specialist, which basically makes Google Analytics his best friend. A graduate of the University of Georgia, Chris cheers passionately (and obnoxiously) for the Bulldogs in all things from football to checkers. When he's not hard at work on PPA's websites, you'll find Chris at auto racing events around the southeast, where he's known as a master architect of tent villages.

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Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Four Ways to SAVE $$ at Imaging USA 2017

by James Yates

Imaging USA in San Antonio is right around the corner, January 8-10, 2017, but there are a few ways to save money if you get started NOW! Here is a list of tips to put in place and ensure that you show up in Texas with even more spending money...

1. REGISTER EARLY! Aren't registered yet? Imaging USA is the world's strongest and longest-standing professional-photography convention, with hundreds of classes, tons of networking opportunities, a huge photo exhibit, and a giant tradeshow floor. Over 10,000 photographers attend to be taught by the industry's best. Register by December 7, 2016 to save $50 with the Early Bird Rate! 

2. BOOK YOUR HOTEL EARLY! If you're not staying at the host hotels, chances are good you'll have to spend some money on a taxi or parking to come over for some of the events. Why bother? Stay at the host hotels and be at the center of it all. They're filling up fast, though (especially for Pre-Con) so BOOK NOW at our easy, one-stop-shop booking platform. 

Imaging USA Host Hotels
•  San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter (HEADQUARTERS HOTEL)
•  San Antonio Marriott Riverwalk
•  Hilton Palacio Del Rio
•  Grand Hyatt San Antonio

3. FIND A ROOMMATE! Get on theLoop, PPA's exclusive social network, to post about and find a roommate. Everything's cheaper when you split the cost. 

4. MAKE AN EXPO GAME PLAN! Create a shopping list of the things you need for your studio in 2017 and grab those items first. The trade show floor is the best place to find exclusive deals from vendors, so save your holiday cash for January 8-10. 

Get ready to enjoy an amazing trip to San Antonio and rest easy until then knowing you're saving money! 

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James Yates is an Atlanta-based writer/actor and the Communications Specialist at Professional Photographers of America (PPA). A graduate of Georgia State University, James has worked in the non-profit sector his whole life and is proud to be able to help artists achieve their goals. In his spare time he can be found walking his dogs on the Beltline or partaking in the nightly theater and comedy scene in the ATL.


Thursday, September 29, 2016

Student Volunteer Opportunity at Imaging USA!

Students! Are you really serious about photography? Be a Student Volunteer at Imaging USA 2017 in San Antonio, January 8-10!

Want to become immersed in professional photography, and meet and network with 10,000+ professional photographers and industry specialists? You can do that, for FREE, as an Imaging USA Student Volunteer!

Share your time and enjoy:

  • Free lodging for four days and nights in San Antonio, Texas
  • Networking with 10,000+ top photographers
  • Photographic seminars with some of the most successful and renowned photographers
  • 600+ booth trade show and thousands of award-winning images at the International Photographic Exhibit
  • An exclusive student program and portfolio review
  • Lots of memories and fun! 

New this year: 

  • Saturday pizza dinner and food card for meals
  • Compete to win a one-year professional active PPA membership
  • Earn cash, prizes, and a ticket to the closing night party for outstanding performance

Fill out an application at PPA.com/StudentVolunteer. If you have any questions call 800-786-6277 or email csc@ppa.com.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

See What It's All About: Imaging 2017 Videos!

By Tristin Vaccaro 

Imaging USA 2017 is right around the corner and we want to help you get San Antonio ready! Here are four handy videos with ideas and tips to get you as prepared as possible!

  • Get an overview of all the exciting things Imaging USA 2017 has to offer.
  • See all of the best San Antonio attractions and sights that await you.
  • Our staff will also give you some tips on how to make the best of Imaging USA.
  • And there's even a video with tips for first-time Imaging USA attendees to help you enjoy the experience from the moment you arrive. 
There is a bajillion reasons to go to Imaging USA. Share yours with us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, all at @ImagingUSA.

For more information on Imaging USA or to see these videos and more, visit ImagingUSA.org/videos.



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