In this section we have gathered some of the most popular information sources, such as trade journals, magazines, blogs, and association websites. Industry information is always changing. For the latest news, current issues and popular opinions, try following one or more of these sources. In addition, interacting with the websites that provide this information through commenting and asking questions may also provide you with more information.
Trade associations often publish free industry newsletters that are excellent sources of information for your business plan. Such newsletters often have articles that cover in-depth topics on business management, manufacturing practices, how-tos, and current industry news.
Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC) | The PPOC is a Canadian photographers' association dedicated to the highest standards in professional imaging. Includes a blog in addition to advertising competitions and awards.
Professional Photographers' Association of BC (PPOC-BC) | This is the BC specific page of the Professional Photographers of Canada. Includes links to local events and local members.
The Canadian Association for Photographic Art (CAPA) | The CAPA promotes the art and science of photography throughout Canada and the world. Includes a blog, a magazine, galleries and competitions.
Canadian Association of Professional Image Creators | A not-for-profit association for professional photographers, illustrators and digital artists. Their BC chapter is operated out of Vancouver, and their website includes tools and resources including copyright information.
Photographic Society of America (PSA) | The PSA is a worldwide interactive organization for both amateur and professional photographers. Includes numerous educational resources and conference information.
Professional Photographers of America Inc. (PPA) | The PPA is the world's largest nonprofit association for professional photographers, with more that 20,000 members in 54 countries. Their website boasts nformative education and resources pages.
Magazines & Trade Journals
Trade journals (often called magazines or trade publications) can be very useful in helping you find current articles relating to business research. Contact your local research library to determine which trade journal subscriptions they have. There are also free trade publications that you can access online.
Photo Life | Canada's leading source for photography information including technical knowledge and tips, industry news, and profiles of Canadian photographers. Published six times per year.
Professional Photographer | Official magazine of the Professional Photographers of America. Offers information on the artistic, business, and technological aspects of professional photography. Published monthly.
Shutterbug | Photo and imaging magazine for advanced amateur and professional photographers. Information includes lighting pointers, studio tips, test reviews, and equipment reports. Published monthly.
British Journal of Photography | Established in 1854, BJP is the world's longest running photography magazine. Includes information on contemporary photography, visual trends, and comprehensive technology reviews. Published monthly.
The Portrait Photographer | Free information for serious photographers - from Amherst Media. Includes numerous guest bloggers and sample photos with descriptions of the techniques used.
Photography Podcast Blog and Forum | A Canadian photography blog for anyone from a beginner to a professional. Includes more than 100 podcasts about photography and accompanying blog posts which lots of useful tips for portrait photography and more.
Ron Mart Blog | This blog is run by photographer Ron Mart and features postings related to portrait photography which include lots of useful tips and sample images.
The Photo Forum | An active discussion forum covering Digital Photography, Photography Tips, Photography Equipment, Camera Reviews and News, HDR Images, Film Photography, Weddings Photography, How to guides, RAW, Post Procesing, Printing,
photo.net | Photo.net features 44 photography forums with more than 3,000 new posts added daily. The Business of Photography and Portraits of Fashion are good places to start.
MarketWatch - Industry Analyzer
The Industries section contains current data on Dow Jones Industry Sectors. Aggregate data as well as company-specific data is available.
Vault Industry Profiles
A free source of industry information. Use the Industry Profiles to research news, company information, and industry-specific sample professions. Basic monthly membership is free and offers access to blogs, discussion forums, and job listings.
As with all sources, news articles and blogs should be carefully evaluated. For information on how to evaluate your information, watch video tutorial Module Five: Using Information Responsibly.