Getting Creative With Editorial Budgets: Art Streiber's Silicon Valley Production for GQ

February 10, 2016 · Photographer Interviews

Art Streiber breaks down how he and his team utilized their budget to execute a complex shoot in a single day. More »


Getting Creative With Editorial Budgets: Emily Shur's Will Ferrell Shoot for FHM

February 10, 2016 · Photographer Interviews

Emily Shur reveals how she maximized an all-in budget for a six-setup shoot with Will Ferrell.  More »


Getting Creative With Editorial Budgets: Amanda Friedman's Elizabeth Olsen Cover for Stella

February 10, 2016 · Photographer Interviews

Amanda Friedman reveals how location and lighting choices helped her deliver an elegant shoot with actress Elizabeth Olsen. More »


Assistant to Professional Photographer: Shaina Fishman, Pet Whisperer

February 08, 2016 · Photographer Interviews

Shaina Fishman explains how she methodically built a career in commercial animal photography while also working as a digital tech for Peter Lindbergh. More »


How Celebrity Portrait Photographers Beat the Clock

February 05, 2016 · Photographer Interviews

Celebrity photographers reveal how they optimize their often limited time with the talent during shoots. More »


How Photo Editors Find and Hire Photographers

February 03, 2016 · Marketing

In these excerpts of interviews from the PDN archive, editorial clients discuss their hiring process. More »


Documenting a Battle Over Abortion

February 02, 2016 · Photographer Interviews

Jody Rogac combines portraiture and reportage on a story for MSNBC.com about shrinking access to abortion for women in Texas.
More »

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PDN February 2016: The Celebrity Issue

February 01, 2016 · Features

The February 2016 issue of PDN focusses on celebrities.  More »


James Welling On Drawing with Space and Light

January 29, 2016 · Photographer Interviews

James Welling layers images of dancers with architectural and landscape photographs to create "psychedelic" studies of movement and space. More »

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How I Got That Shot: Tal Roberts Captures Free Skier Trick At Dusk

January 29, 2016 · Lighting

Outdoor photographer Tal Roberts captured freestyle skier Karl Fostvedt at dusk using strobes to highlight and shape the dimensions of the jump. More »

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14 Successful Promotional Pieces

January 29, 2016 · Marketing

In this gallery, we've called attention to the printed promotional pieces that have cut through the clutter, and earned the praise and attention of clients. More »

© Zackary Canepari

The Funding and Distribution of a Feature-Length Documentary

January 28, 2016 · Photographer Interviews

The documentary T-Rex is making circuit of film festivals around North America. Photographer/ filmmaker Zackary Canepari explains how he got the project funded and brought to the screen. More »

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Ethan Hill's Handmade Books: The Making of a Targeted Promotion

January 27, 2016 · Marketing

Portrait photographer Ethan Hill created handmade, self-published photo books as a way to send "pocket portfolios" of his personal work to carefully selected clients.  More »

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Max Wanger on Tim Walker's World of Whimsy

January 25, 2016 · Photographer Interviews

Wanger explains why Walker's work, and his scrapbooking process, are continuing sources of inspiration.   More »

© Michael Williamson

Picture Story: Michael Williamson On His Approach to a Story About the Family That Harbored Dylann Roof

January 25, 2016 · Photographer Interviews

The award-winning photojournalist explains how he gained the trust of the South Carolina family under
scrutiny for failing to act on warning signs about the racist murderer living in their home. 
More »

© Sue Bryce

Sue Bryce on Building and Maintaining A Social Media Audience

January 22, 2016 · Marketing

Photographer Sue Bryce shares her social media recipe and dishes on how she's nurtured an active and sizable following.  More »


Career-Changing Personal Projects: Laurie Frankel's Tissue Paper Promos

January 22, 2016 · Marketing

Laurie Frankel's project, "Recycled Beauty," challenged her to make still lifes from garbage. Her promos of the work earned her assignments and awards. More »

© Sian Davey

Photographer Sian Davey's Personal Look at Raising a Child With Down Syndrome

January 20, 2016 · Photographer Interviews

Sian Davey's book, Looking for Alice, wrestles with the complexities of motherhood and family through an examination of the photographer's relationship with her youngest child, Alice, who has Down Syndrome. More »

© Max Wanger

Career-Changing Personal Projects: Max Wanger's Kid Photography

January 19, 2016 · Marketing

After photographing his own children, Max Wanger recognized an opportunity for kids work. His self-assigned test project, "Hide & Seek," has earned him new opportunities. More »


Making Promotional Pieces That Stand Out

January 18, 2016 · Marketing

There's no formula for creating the perfect promotional piece, but PDN asked several art producers and photo directors about memoriate promos, and found common patterns emerged. More »


Photos for the Radio: NPR's Visuals Department Expands Storytelling Online

January 15, 2016 · Marketing

As NPR expands its website, the company has grown its visual team to help reporters and editors inform and challenge viewers. More »


Career-Changing Personal Projects: Spencer Lowell's Mars Rover Study

January 13, 2016 · Marketing

A longtime science and technology enthusiast, Spencer Lowell's documentation of the Mars Rover was a passion project that ultimately launched his career. More »


Advice From a Fundraising Expert About Soliciting Donations and Applying For Grants

January 11, 2016 · Marketing

Fractured Atlas senior program director for fiscal sponsorship, Dianne Debicella, offers her advice for photographers about finding financial support for their work. More »


Building Your Brand: Designers' Advice On Effective Branding

January 08, 2016 · Marketing

Designers say that many photographers don't think enough about their own brand, or what differentiates them from the competition. More »


How To Monetize Your Social Media Following

January 06, 2016 · Marketing

Building an active and attractive social media page doesn't just draw followers, it might also attract new clients. PDN dug through the archives to find tips for building appealing and professional social media pages. More »


What's Your Niche? Stuart Palley on Photographing Wildfires

January 05, 2016 · Photographer Interviews

Los Angeles-based editorial and commercial photographer Stuart Palley talks about the gear and training required to photograph wildfires—and about how to stay safe on the scene. More »

© Max Wanger

PDN January 2016: The Marketing and Branding Issue

January 01, 2016 · Features

The January, 2016 edition of PDN, which focuses on marketing and branding. More »

Great Photographers on How They Make Work That Matters

January 01, 2016 · Photographer Interviews

 Interviews with master photographers who reflect on creativity and pushing their work forward. Highlights from PDN's archive. More »


Ayana V. Jackson on Carrie Mae Weems and Examining Photographic History

December 31, 2015 · Photographer Interviews

Weems's use in her work of ethnographic photos of slaves inspired Jackson's process of transforming historical material. More »


What's Your Niche: Jānis Miglavs, Wine Photographer

December 30, 2015 · Marketing

A veteran commercial photographer, Jānis Miglavs has photographed wineries in the U.S., Europe and China for book projects and assignments, amassing a specialized stock photo collection along the way. More »


Carla Jay Harris's Images Investigate Physical and Psychological Space

December 29, 2015 · Photographer Interviews

By compositing her photographs of family and friends, found imagery and wallpaper-like prints, Harris explores the intersection of external and internal spaces. More »


How I Got That Shot: Mixing Light Sources to Mimic Sunlight

December 24, 2015 · Lighting

Sang An explains how he mixes continuous and strobe lighting to capture interiors and still lifes that are both serene and inviting. More »


Client Meeting: Seattle Design Studio Hum Creative

December 23, 2015 · Marketing

This growing design studio is part of a creative community producing great work and fighting for recognition from major companies in a booming economy. More »


Should Photographers Jump on the Virtual Reality Bandwagon?

December 22, 2015 · Video

Atop a crest of hype and venture capital, virtual reality is creating excitement among developers and marketers who see it as an appealing new way to engage viewers and consumers. But will it last? More »


Beyond the Single Video Screen: Richard Barnes's Multi-Channel Video Exhibition

December 21, 2015 · Video

Barnes explains how he used video to create an exhibition that engages viewers and curators alike. More »


Beyond the Single Video Screen: Mirada's Immersive Storytelling for IBM

December 18, 2015 · Features

How the L.A.-based production studio tackled the creative and technical challenges of complex, multi-screen installations. More »

The Best Advanced Compact Cameras You Can Buy Today

December 17, 2015 · Features

Big sensors, fast lenses and 4K video for professional results in small packages. More »


Combining Still and Video Productions: Josh Rothstein for Cadillac and Esquire

December 16, 2015 · Features

Inside the photographer's fashion-focused shoot that produced stills and short documentary films about four creative, stylish men. More »

Notable Photo Books of 2015: Part 3

December 15, 2015 · Features

Our 3-part look at the photo books that caught our eye this year concludes with a roundup of books we've featured this year. More »


Combining Still and Video Productions: Katrine Naleid and Stephen Austin Welch for Elmer's

December 14, 2015 · Features

The pair discuss how preproduction planning for video can elevate still production and help the shoot run more smoothly. More »


Notable Photo Books of 2015: Part 2

December 11, 2015 · Features

We continue our reviews of books that caught our attention this year: Part 2 of 3. More »

© Danielle Levitt

Combining Still and Video Productions: Danielle Levitt for I-D Magazine

December 10, 2015 · Features

Levitt explains how she runs her productions so she can shoot video and stills without compromising. More »

©Diana Zalucky

How Diana Zalucky Uses Creative Collaboration to Rebuild Her Portfolio

December 09, 2015 · Features

 Diana Zalucky teams up with a best friend to blog about their favorite things, and get her creative inspiration back. More »


Unusual Assignment: Inside a Global Shoot of 2,100 Portraits

December 08, 2015 · Features

How Goodrich Visions, a three-person company in New York, coordinated 34 photographers around the world to produce visually consistent portraits for a global law firm. More »


Notable Photo Books of 2015: Part 1

December 07, 2015 · Features

PDN's Editors—and a pair of guest reviewers—select the photo books that caught our attention this year: Part 1 of 3. More »


Ayana V. Jackson Confronts Racism With Recreations of Historic Images

December 04, 2015 · Features

Using her own likeness, Jackson reconstructs images of blacks by whites in an effort to keep those pictures—and their inherent racism—in the public consciousness. More »


How to Pay the Bills If You’re Too Sick or Injured to Work

December 04, 2015 · Features

Disability insurance can provide a financial safety net for you and your family in the event of a debilitating illness or accident. Here’s how it works. More »


Advice for Estimating and Pitching Advertising Assignments

December 03, 2015 · Features

Tips on presenting creative ideas and accurate budgets to clients so you get the job. More »


Andrea Bruce Explains Her Approach to Romania Sex Trafficking Story

December 02, 2015 · Features

Andrea Bruce photographed, reported and wrote a story for Al Jazeera America on sex trafficking in a country that has turned a blind eye to the problem—and its victims. More »

A Cheat Sheet to Networking

December 01, 2015 · Marketing

The author of What They Didn't Teach You in Photo School learned that making industry connections isn't about schmoozing, it's about building friendships and finding community. More »


PDN December 2015: The Motion & Video Issue

December 01, 2015 · Features

The table of contents for the December 2015 issue of PDN, which focusses on motion and video. More »


Sharing Expertise: John Keatley On the Advice from Chris Buck that Changed His Career

November 30, 2015 · Features

Sharing Expertise: John Keatley On the Advice from Chris Buck that Changed His Career More »

© Caleb Cain Marcus

Caleb Cain Marcus's Goddess Investigates the Seen and Unseen Along the Ganges

November 27, 2015 · Features

To create his new book, Marcus used India's legendary river as raw material to make images that encourage a different understanding of how we experience physical space. More »

12 of Our Favorite Mobile Apps for Photographers

November 26, 2015 · Features

From photo editing and sharing to unshackling your phone camera's manual controls, these are the apps we can't live with out. More »

© Michael Grecco

How to Get the Best from Portraiture Subjects: Michael Grecco

November 25, 2015 · Features

Bonding with his subjects helps Grecco create memorable portraits of celebrities and executives. More »

© Josh Wool

How to Get the Best from Portrait Subjects: Josh Wool

November 23, 2015 · Features

Wool's preparation and the way he directs his subjects are essential to his soulful portraits. More »


How to Get the Best from Portrait Subjects: Frances F. Denny

November 20, 2015 · Features

Denny explains how she gets evocative and empowering portraits of women for editorial and advertising clients. More »

© Pieter Ten Hoopen

How to Get the Best from Portrait Subjects: Photojournalist Pieter Ten Hoopen

November 18, 2015 · Features

Mixing portraiture into his documentary projects allows the photojournalist to "slow down, to observe the tiny details." More »

© Ami Vitale

How Ami Vitale Built Support for Her Long-Term Photo Project

November 17, 2015 · Features

Personal investment, social media engagement, key relationships and a creative approach are all factors in sustaining Vitale's wildlife conservation project. More »

©James Farrell

7 Tips for Getting Clients to Pay What You Are Worth

November 16, 2015 · Features

Brooklyn-based photographer James Farrell explains how to get the shoot budgets and fees that match the expectations of your clients. More »


How to Make the Most of a Creative Call and Write a Successful Treatment

November 16, 2015 · Features

Four photographers explain why and how they submit written treatments to sell themselves and their ideas during the bidding process. More »

Images Courtesy of Brian Hallett and Jared Moossy

How to Step Into 4K While Stepping Around the Pitfalls

November 12, 2015 · Features

Videographers discuss the often-subtle challenges of shooting 4K video. More »


Tailored Pitches Key to Winning Business for Candy Kennedy and Her Team

November 10, 2015 · Features

By partnering with a production team, Kennedy creates pitches targeted to specific companies while maintaining control over her productions. More »

© Toby Smith

Corporate Partnerships Enable Toby Smith's Ambitious Projects

November 06, 2015 · Features

By pitching partners in industries he's interested in covering, Smith has financed projects that lead to commercial and editorial licensing opportunities. More »

© Nadia Sablin

Nadia Sablin Chronicles Her Elderly Aunts' Lives in a Rural Russian Village

November 05, 2015 · Features

The project, which transported the photographer back to her childhood, earned the photographer the CDS/Honickman First Book Prize. More »

© Jongsma O’Neill

Frames Per Second: Jongsma + O'Neill Finding Success with Immersive Storytelling

November 05, 2015 · Features

The award-winning documentary filmmakers explain the planning behind their interactive, multi-chapter production Empire, and their upcoming VR documentary. More »

© Frances F. Denny

How Frances F. Denny Made the Jump From Assistant to Fine-Art and Ad Photographer

November 04, 2015 · Features

Denny's broad network of contacts has helped her establish herself since getting her MFA. More »

© Ewan Burns

Ewan Burns: Continuous Lights Key to Capturing Athletes in Action for Reebok

November 03, 2015 · Features

Burns explains how he illuminated a large space, which allowed him to efficiently capture action action as it happened around him. More »

© Gabriela Herman

Gabriela Herman's Career-Changing Organic Farm Project

November 02, 2015 · Photographer Interviews

The photographer's long-term project photographing an idyllic New England Farm led to new opportunities, culminating in the publication of a cookbook. More »

© Josh Wool

PDN November 2015: The How-To Issue

November 01, 2015 · Features

The table of contents PDN's November 2015 issue, which focusses on how-to make it as a photographer.  More »

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What Susan Middleton Learned from Richard Avedon About Reaching Audiences

October 30, 2015 · Features

Susan Middleton tells PDN how she learned the importance of balancing artistry and accessibility while working for Richard Avedon. More »

© Will Deleon

How I Got That Shot: Will Deleon's Splashy Product Shot

October 29, 2015 · Features

Deleon used a well-placed piece of Plexiglas to simulate an invisible barrier for shoe-protection treatment. More »


New Book and Exhibition Explore the Art of Air Traffic Control Towers

October 27, 2015 · Features

Carolyn Russo’s photographs of air traffic control towers around the world consider the structures as architectural artworks, as witnesses to history, and as emblems of the future.  More »

9 Video Editing Tools to Bring Motion to Life

October 26, 2015 · Features

Video tech is evolving fast enough that even as many products add 4K compatibility, at least one video-editing program is already supporting 8K video. More »


Natalie Keyssar on Photographing Venezuela's Angry Divide

October 22, 2015 · Features

Keyssar went to Venezuela to cover protests and discovered a story far more complicated and journalistically challenging than she imagined. More »

© Science/Photo by Alexander Maklakov

Create Spotlight: A New Look for Science Magazine

October 21, 2015 · Features

Design director Beth Rakouskas and senior photo editor Bill Douthitt tell PDN about assigning and finding photography for the prestigious and newly redesigned journal. More »


Leveraging an Online Audience to Attract Book Publishers

October 20, 2015 · Features

Two photographers who found success turning the work they showcased online into photo books explain how they got published. More »


How to Pitch Your Photo Book to Publishers

October 16, 2015 · Features

To convince publishers to take a chance on a book, photographers have to think like marketers. Book packagers offer their advice.   More »

© Toni Greaves

Toni Greaves' New Book Follows the Life of a Young Nun

October 16, 2015 · Features

Toni Greaves’s first monograph follows the growth of a young nun’s relationship with God and her community of sisters, exploring what it means to pursue what one loves in life. More »

© Gary Briechle

How I Got That Grant: Richard Renaldi and Gary Briechle on Winning 2015 Guggenheim Fellowships

October 15, 2015 · Features

How the photographers put together successful applications for the fellowships, which support mid-career artists. More »

© TASCHEN/Photo By Carrie Solomon, Illustration By Aurore d’Estaing

How to Pitch Your Photo Book to Trade Publishers: Carrie Solomon’s Inside Chefs’ Fridges

October 14, 2015 · Features

The book is one of the few cookbooks that TASCHEN has published; managing editor Florian Kobler says it has the “global appeal” the company looks for. More »

© Christian Chaize

How to Pitch Your Photo Book to Trade Publishers: Christian Chaize’s Praia Piquinia

October 12, 2015 · Features

Chaize’s editor at Chronicle Books says his book can appeal to a person who loves beaches or travel, in addition to people who appreciate his photography. More »

Courtesy of Michael Grecco

How (And Why) To Make Copyright Registration Part Of Your Workflow

October 12, 2015 · Features

Photographer Michael Grecco breaks down his workflow for registering copyright and explains why doing so is essential to his business. More »


How to Pitch Your Photo Book to Trade Publishers: Susan Middleton’s Spineless

October 09, 2015 · Features

Middleton's esthetic approach of isolating the odd, beautiful and lesser-known animals on seamless backgrounds appealed to Eric Himmel, her editor at Abrams.  More »


1st Amendment Watch: Will Police Ever Get the Message That Photography is Not a Crime?

October 08, 2015 · Features

Press advocates say there are signs that police are easing up on photographers, but that there is still much room for improvement. More »

©Maggie Steber

Two-Minute Interview: Maggie Steber on Making a Life-Changing Portrait of Her Mother

October 07, 2015 · Photographer Interviews

In this two-minute interview, photojournalist Maggie Steber talks about one of her eureka moments, and the last gift that her mother gave to her. More »


How to Find a Sponsor for Your Photo Book

October 06, 2015 · Features

Photographer Jonathan Mehring turned a chance meeting with a Levi's marketing exec into a sponsorship, convincing National Geographic to publish his skateboarding book. More »


How To Light Subjects That Move

October 06, 2015 · Features

How photographers and a video director light splashes, pours, car shots and video productions.  More »


High Production Values and Drone Footage Elevate a Humble Video Commercial

October 05, 2015 · Features

A Long Island, NY agency uses strong storytelling and dramatic aerial visuals to make a short film with slick production values. More »


You've Published Your Photo Book. Now How Do You Market It?

October 02, 2015 · Features

Interviews with publishing veterans who share their advice on how to effectively distribute and market photo books.  More »


PDN October 2015: The Getting Published Issue

October 01, 2015 · Features

The table of contents for PDN's October 2015 Issue, which focusses on Getting Published. More »


Pioneering Photographer Barbara Crane on Women in Photography

September 29, 2015 · Features

"The matriarch of Chicago photography" discusses the camaraderie she finds at a women’s photo group, and how attitudes towards women in fine-art have (and haven’t) changed during her remarkable career. More »

Stabilizer Roundup: 14 Tripods, Rigs and Gimbals to Steady Your Hand

September 28, 2015 · Features

Though tripod tech has only seen incremental improvements, camera gimbals have experienced a surge in innovation as electronics bring formerly difficult—or impossible—shots within reach of first-time and independent filmmakers. More »

© Melissa Eich

Can Photographers Be Engaged Fathers and Have Successful Careers, Too?

September 25, 2015 · Features

Is a photography career compatible with parenting? We asked some dads this question (for a change). More »


Create Spotlight: Al Jazeera America's Long-Form Photo Essays

September 24, 2015 · Features

PDN speaks to Mark Rykoff, the director of photography for Al Jazeera America's website, about how the site finds, assigns and showcases photo essays. More »


Maia Flore's Fantastical Images Explore Photography and Memory

September 22, 2015 · Features

The photographer stages and composites photographs that hint at alternate realities, and toys with photography’s association with reality to encourage viewers to suspend their disbelief. More »


Elena Dorfman's Multimedia Exhibition Focuses on Syria’s Teen Refugees

September 17, 2015 · Features

While working for the U.N., Dorfman created a project that encourages viewers to connect and empathize with a generation of Syrians whose youth has been stolen by civil war. More »


Photographer Zanele Muholi on Fighting Homophobic Violence With Portraiture

September 17, 2015 · Features

The South African "visual activist" talks about her honest, intimate portraits of black lesbians, and her fearless advocacy for her country's LGBTI community. More »


What's Your Niche? Megan Green, Motorsports Photographer

September 16, 2015 · Features

Green talks to PDN about how she broke into the testosterone-driven world of auto racing and started landing jobs from bloggers, magazines, racing teams and commercial clients. More »


How I Got That Shot: Christine Blackburne 'Nails' a Reflective Still Life

September 14, 2015 · Features

Blackburne explains how she created a lighting setup that balanced shine, texture and a hand model’s skin tones in still lifes for Nail It! magazine. More »


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