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Police Intimidation Watch: Six Journalists Charged with Felonies on Inauguration Day

Posted by on Wednesday January 25, 2017 | Copyright/Legal, Photojournalism

Six journalists, including a freelance photographer and a documentary producer, are facing felony rioting charges following their arrests while covering protests during the presidential inauguration, The Guardian has reported. If convicted, the journalists face up to ten years in jail and fines of up to $25,000. Journalists arrested at the January 20 protests in Washington,... More

Last-Minute Advice for Cutting Your 2016 Taxes

Posted by on Wednesday December 21, 2016 | Business

Robyn Cohn, a New York-based CPA who has provided bookkeeping and tax services to photographers for more than a decade, offers advice that PDN readers can act on right now to minimize taxes on their 2016 income—and manage their finances better in the future. PDN: What would you advise photographers to do before the end... More

Natalie Brasington’s Breakthrough Portraits of Amy Schumer

Posted by on Wednesday December 7, 2016 | Celebrity, Fun

Natalie Brasington, a New York based photographer specializing in conceptual portraits of comedians, explains how she got started, and shares practical advice for aspiring celebrity photographers. In the video below, she shows how she conceived some of her early portraits of comedian Amy Schumer, and more recent portraits of other comedians. PDN: What draws you... More

Court Dismisses $1 Billion Copyright Claim Against Getty

Posted by on Tuesday November 22, 2016 | Copyright/Legal

Three weeks after a federal judge gutted photographer Carol Highsmith’s $1 billion copyright claim against Getty Images, the two sides have ended their dispute with a settlement of the remaining claims. The terms of the settlement, over minor state law claims, were not disclosed. US District Court Judge Jed S. Rakoff dismissed all of Highsmith’s... More

Businessweek’s Clinton Cargill: Who I’ve Hired

Posted by on Wednesday November 16, 2016 | Photojournalism

Clinton Cargill, director of photography at Bloomberg Businessweek, sat down with PDN to talk about what he’s looking for in the photographers he hires, who he’s recently hired for the first time, and what makes for successful photo stories and portraits at Bloomberg Businessweek. (Below: Clinton Cargill, photo ©Kathy Ryan). PDN: How do you find... More

World Press to Allow Staged and Manipulated Photos in New Contest

Posted by on Wednesday October 26, 2016 | Awards/Contests/Grants, Photo Manipulation, Photojournalism

World Press Photo has announced that it will launch a new contest for “creative documentary photography.” With a nod to subjective and non-traditional forms of storytelling, the contest “will reward the most imaginative ways of telling stories available,” World Press said in its announcement. The contest, which has yet to be named, is slated to... More

PhotoPlus Expo: Nicklen, Mittermeier on the Urgent Role of Conservation Photography

Posted by on Monday October 24, 2016 | Photojournalism

Photographers Paul Nicklen and Cristina Mittermeier, who were the keynote speakers at PhotoPlus Expo on Saturday, delivered an urgent message to the audience: Time is running out to save marine ecosystems and wildlife, and photography is vital for raising the alarm and changing the course of natural history. Nicklen and Mittermeier told captivating stories about... More

Gerd Ludwig on His “Invisible Flash” Technique

Posted by on Thursday September 29, 2016 | Lighting, PDN Video Picks

Photographer Gerd Ludwig is a lighting master with TTL strobe lights. He uses them in unusual and unpredictable ways to direct the the viewer’s eye through his photographs, convey a sense of place, and define his visual style. Yet his strobe lights are all but invisible, blending with available light sources. In this video, Ludwig... More

McNair Evans on Making Good Pictures (and Avoiding the Trap of Digital Photography)

Posted by on Monday September 12, 2016 | Fine Art

(Image from “Man in the Woods” for California Sunday Magazine ©McNair Evans) Digital cameras make it easy to shoot sensational photographs, but that’s very different from making good photographs, argues photographer McNair Evans in this audio clip. The clip is an excerpt from our interview with Evans for a story in PDN‘s September issue about... More

Getty Says Photog Shut the Door on Her $1B Copyright Claim

Posted by on Friday September 9, 2016 | Copyright/Legal

If you’ve put your images in the public domain, you’ve given up your right to sue for copyright violations in court. That’s the gist of Getty’s response to the $1 billion copyright claim that photographer Carol Highsmith filed in July. Getty filed its response to Highsmith’s claim on September 6. The stock photo agency is... More