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PhotoPlus Preview: Gerd Ludwig’s Tips for Making Strobe Light Nearly Invisible

Posted by on Wednesday October 11, 2017 | Lighting

Sunday night in Propaganda, one of the popular discos in Moscow. ©Gerd Ludwig

National Geographic photographer Gerd Ludwig is a master of TTL-flash photography, which he uses in striking ways to illuminate subjects and emphasize his message. At the same time, he avoids the obvious “strobe look,” making images that appear (almost) to be lit entirely by ambient light—even when he’s shooting in near-darkness. In his PhotoPlus Expo... More

PhotoPlus Preview: Bob Sacha’s Top 5 Video Production Tips

Posted by on Monday October 9, 2017 | Video

Bob Sacha, an award-winning director and cinematographer and former staff producer at MediaStorm, will return to PhotoPlus Expo this year to offer the seminar “How to Produce Award-Winning Video.” Sacha will explain how to use audio as the foundation of storytelling, with tips about how to interview subjects to elicit surprising information and authentic emotion;... More

Workshop Preview: Photographing Cars and Car Culture

Posted by on Monday October 2, 2017 | Photojournalism

©Don Usner

Photographer Don Usner photographs lowriders, among other subjects related to his lifelong love for Northern New Mexico’s natural and cultural history. The cars, he says, “are incredible creations, beautiful art pieces.” But he adds that his work is “more about the people and seeing the cars as an expression of their cultural ethos. What’s exciting... More

Scam Alert: Phishing Scheme Targets Freelance Photographers

Posted by on Thursday September 21, 2017 | Business

A person falsely identifying himself as a fashion blogger for High Snobiety, the style and culture website, has been soliciting freelance photographers to rip them off in an apparent check-cashing scam. Going by the name of Alan Hurt, the individual has emailed a number of photographers offering them assignments that pay $2,000, including a $500... More

Getty Announces 2017 Editorial Grant Winners

Posted by on Tuesday September 19, 2017 | Awards/Contests/Grants

Getty Images has awarded grants of $10,000 each to five photographers to support personal documentary projects of “universal importance,” the photo agency announced on September 7. The editorial grant winners are: Alejandro Cegarra for “Living with Hugo Chavez’s Legacy” Paula Bronstein for “The Cost of War” Antonio Faccilongo for “Habibi” Barbara Peacock for “American Bedroom”... More

PDN Video: Natalie Keyssar on Sexism in the Photo Industry

Posted by on Monday September 18, 2017 | Photojournalism

  Photojournalist Natalie Keyssar discusses how women (and photographers of color) are denied the same opportunities as white men in the photo industry, and why that needs to change. “It robs everyone, including white men, of the ability to understand other perspectives. In such a terribly polarized country as we’re in today, lack of empathy... More

PDN Video: How to Build a Portfolio in Six Weeks

Posted by on Tuesday September 5, 2017 | Business

©Oriana Koren

Food photographer Oriana Koren explains how she gave herself just six weeks after she moved to Los Angeles to assemble a complete portfolio, from planning test shoots and productions to keeping herself on schedule to meet a self-promotion deadline. “I did whatever I could to make [the process] as close to what it feels like... More

How Robert Shults Photographed His Own Homeless Experience

Posted by on Friday August 11, 2017 | Fine Art

From "The Small Corners of Existence" © Robert Shults

Formerly homeless photographer Robert Shults recently explained in a Q&A with PDN the ethical and esthetic challenges of photographing homeless people, and how photographers can approach the topic in ways that dignify the subjects and elicit empathy and deeper understanding on the part of viewers. In his own photography, Shults has concentrated lately on scientific... More

PETA Giving Up on Monkey Selfie Copyright Claim?

Posted by on Monday August 7, 2017 | Copyright/Legal

©David Slater

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and photographer David Slater have told a federal court in San Francisco that they are on the verge of settling PETA’s copyright infringement claim over the infamous monkey selfie. The two parties, along with Blurb, Inc., a co-defendant with Slater, have asked the US Court of Appeals... More