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OregonVelo 7:05pm, 15 January 2010
I am getting to the point where I am looking to join a photography association outside of this group. :) Why? I am looking to take advantage of some of the members’ benefits like discounts of rentals, travel, and photography insurance.

I am wondering, who belongs to what? what are the advantages? what are the negatives? I see some local (Oregon and Portland) associations and I know there are a couple of national and international associations.

What are people experiences?
average plant [deleted] 8 years ago
I belong to National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) mainly for that same reasons you said, discounts, and cheaper insurance. I am digging the magazine with all the photoshop tips in it though as an added bonus. As a downside you do get lots of spam mailed to you from them but it is usually on topic of photography and sometimes helpful. For instance I found a printer that does 5000 4x6 postcards full color front and back for $99
Strober 8 years ago
I belong to NAPP because of training discounts. PPA includes insurance, although you can checkout Gales Creek Insurance in Portland as another source. I also belong to WPPI mostly because I like to go to the annual WPPI training and tradeshow in Vegas. I buy most of my gear at the tradeshow each year due to the sizable discounts offered at the show which can amount to more than NAPP, and you cab get two-day interactive hands on training in small classes with some of the top photogs in the industry.
Professional Photographers of Oregon just wrapped up their yearly conference TODAY! Sorry... Decent group. Good place to network with folks and get answers to issues. Not everyone is a full time pro. Have you ever been paid for a shoot?? They have workshops and such throughout the year.

The Professional Photographers of American offer more benefits including a really good insurance policy if you plan on doing weddings.
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OregonVelo 8 years ago
Thanks everyone...

Mark, that is interesting about the PPO, I got the impression from their membership requirments that they would only like a 'certrain' type of professional photograhers. I don't know how to say it without sounding bad, but it seemed a bit clicky. If you don't fit in their box they don't want you. I am probably wrong about that but it just the impression I got when reading their membership choices.
TobinStudios 8 years ago
I just went to the PPO event last week as a new member to the organization. I met quite a few great photographers who were all helpful and very open about their process.
Great speakers, events, lectures, tutorials, etc. They also have a photo competition with awards. I highly recommend this group.
It used to be that you had to know someone who brought you into the group, but I just joined by myself. I think they are trying to change the way they operate.
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OregonVelo 8 years ago
Good to hear. Between Tobin and Mark, I will have to check them out more.
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