Archive for March 2015

5 Things You Can Do With Your New Platypod Pro

Posted by on Monday March 30, 2015 | Photo Gear

Sponsored by Platypod Pro LLC The 1980’s television hero MacGyver was famous for getting out of jams with nothing more than duct tape and a Swiss Army Knife. Photographers won’t necessarily be defusing bombs in out-of-control trains (we hope) or facing down other MacGyver-esque perils, but that doesn’t mean they couldn’t use a trusty do-it-all... More

Staging News Photos: Take This Ethics Quiz

Posted by on Wednesday March 25, 2015 | Photojournalism, Uncategorized

Inspired by the uproar over the staged photo included in a series that won a World Press Photo prize (later rescinded, for different reasons), photographer Alex Garcia has posted an ethics quiz for photographers. Garcia describes five  situations in which photojournalists can find themselves in ethical gray zones, and asks: What would you do? What... More

Heidi Levine Wins First Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award

Posted by on Tuesday March 24, 2015 | Awards/Contests/Grants, Photojournalism

American photojournalist Heidi Levine has won the first Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism award, the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) has announced. The $20,000 prize was established in memory of Niedringhaus, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Associated Press photographer who was killed while covering the elections in Afghanistan in 2014. Levine, who lives in Jerusalem, has covered... More

Obituary: Paul C. Buff, 78

Posted by on Tuesday March 24, 2015 | Lighting, Obituary

Paul Conrad Buff, founder of the lighting company that bears his name, passed away this week of unspecified causes. He was 78. While he best known in the photo industry for his low-cost lighting solutions, Buff also made his mark in the music industry. According to the Paul C. Buff website, Buff was the owner... More

Unique College Program Helps Environmental Orgs See Value of Photography

Posted by on Monday March 23, 2015 | Uncategorized

Conservation photographer Neil Osborne understands how important visual communication can be to environmental and conservation organizations. Photographs, videos and other forms of visual storytelling can help non-profits share their messages and the work they do with wide audiences. Visual storytelling can also serve as an effective fundraising tool. But many nonprofits spend little on photography... More

Nike Seeks Dismissal of Photog Rentmeester’s Copyright Claim over “Air Jordan” Logo

Posted by on Wednesday March 18, 2015 | Copyright/Legal

The Nike shoe company has asked a federal court to dismiss photographer Co Rentmeester’s copyright claim over the iconic logo used on Jordan brand sneakers and clothing, on the grounds that the Nike logo is substantially different from Rentmeester’s photo of former basketball star Michael Jordan. Rentmeester says the company illegally created its so-called “Jumpman”... More

Video Pick: Chris Jordan’s “Midway,” on Beauty in Environmental Activism

Posted by on Wednesday March 18, 2015 | PDN Video Picks

MIDWAY a Message from the Gyre : a short film by Chris Jordan from Midway on Vimeo. Chris Jordan, the photographer and conservationist, has spent his career exploring the harmful consequences of our thoughtless consumption and the pollution we create, while also making images that are often eerily beautiful. At the Society for Photographic Education... More

Blake Little’s Preservation: Dipped in Honey

Posted by on Friday March 13, 2015 | Fine Art, Social Media/Web

Photographer and artist Blake Little’s new project, Preservation, kicked off a run at the Kopeikin Gallery in Los Angeles (March 7 – April 18) with a book also available now. The behind-the-scenes video on YouTube (NSFW) drew over 2 million views in a little over a month and a deluge of comments (690 as this was published), including persistent criticism... More