Archive for November 2015

Keeping It Natural: Pascal Shirley’s Tips for Portraiture

Posted by on Monday November 30, 2015 | Photo Manipulation

Sponsored by Adobe Venice Beach-based photographer Pascal Shirley, true to the West Coast, keeps his portrait shoots relaxed. Whether he’s shooting for brands like The North Face and Adidas or magazines like Men’s Journal and TIME, Shirley brings an exuberance and natural esthetic that permeates his portraiture. “I like to keep things loose,” Shirley says.... More

Maximize Your Print-on-Site Potential: Tips from Event Photographer Keith B. Dixon

Posted by on Wednesday November 25, 2015 | Photo Gear

Sponsored by DNP Photo Imaging   As an event photographer, offering print-on-site (POS) is an essential part of the business. But the technical and practical execution of POS depends on the site, the available technology, and the client’s needs. San Francisco Bay Area-based photographer Keith B. Dixon specializes in event photography and offers the following... More

After Staged-Photo Debacle, World Press Changes Rules

Posted by on Wednesday November 25, 2015 | Awards/Contests/Grants, Photojournalism

The 2016 World Press Photo contest will be carried out with new rules, guidelines and procedures, organizers announced today in Amsterdam. The changes include a new code of ethics, backed by more specific rules against photo manipulation, as well as other changes. The new code of ethics reflects the World Press Photo Foundation’s efforts at... More

Introducing the PDN, Rangefinder and DPReview Gift Guide

Posted by on Tuesday November 24, 2015 | Photo Gear

Our team at PDN and Rangefinder has put together our first annual Gift Guide in collaboration with DPReview. It’s the perfect companion for this holiday season, and it’s available for free online. Pick out some products for fellow photographers and filmmakers, or drop some hints for your own friends and family. Products available on Amazon include direct URLs to streamline your shopping... More

How Many Hashtags Should You Use on Instagram?

Posted by on Tuesday November 24, 2015 | Social Media/Web

Three. That, according to social media analytics firm Locowise, is the optimum number of hashtags an Instagram post should have to earn the most engagement. Locowise derived that figure by examining over 1,500 active Instagram accounts that posted 135,000+ posts in the 3-month period and had 300+ million followers combined. Of those, nearly 14 percent of all... More

Back to Print: The Making of Ian Spanier’s Promo Magazine

Posted by on Monday November 23, 2015 | Business

Sponsored by Blurb Ian Spanier is a photographic chameleon. One day he’s shooting a magazine cover of UFC superwoman Ronda Rousey, and the next he’s shooting advertisements of Danskin ballerinas or U.S. Navy servicemen in the Gulf of Oman. While he always saw his eclectic work as a strength, it often confused clients. “For a... More

Reuters Rules Out RAW, Experts Respond

Posted by on Monday November 23, 2015 | Photo Manipulation, Photojournalism

Reuters will no longer permit its photographers and freelancers to submit RAW images for publication. As first reported by Michael Zhang, Reuters instituted the ban on RAW images in the name of both speed and ethics. Photographers will be required to submit original JPEGs instead. “As photojournalists working for the world’s largest international multimedia news... More

NYT Mag Hires Male Photographer for Sexism in Hollywood Cover Story

Posted by on Friday November 20, 2015 | Media

For a cover story this week by Maureen Dowd about how challenging it is for women to build a career in the male-dominated world of Hollywood, The New York Times Magazine needed portraits of 60 female directors, actors and executives. They hired a male photographer to shoot the portraits. To be sure, that photographer—Art Streiber—is... More

Sponsored: Thomas Roma: In the Vale of Cashmere

Posted by on Thursday November 19, 2015 | Events, Uncategorized

Steven Kasher Gallery is proud to present Thomas Roma: In the Vale of Cashmere. This exhibition of Roma’s most recent project consists of an intricate sequence of 75 black and white portraits and landscapes photographed in a secluded section of Prospect Park where black gay men cruise for sexual partners. This is Roma’s first major... More

You’re Being Ripped Off: PPA Survey Finds Widespread Copyright Infringement

Posted by on Thursday November 19, 2015 | Copyright/Legal

Results from a recent Professional Photographers of America (PPA) survey likely won’t surprise many photographers. In short, two thirds (67 percent) of the 2,000 photographers questioned by PPA reported having their images used without their permission. Of those who had their images ripped off, more than half had multiple instances of unauthorized image use. “These victims of infringement... More