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Brooks Institute, Hallmark Institute to Close

Posted by on Friday August 19, 2016 | Business

California-based Brooks Institute and Massachusetts-based Hallmark Institute of Photography have cancelled classes for the fall and announced plans to close down. The two schools, both private for-profit visual arts colleges, have struggled over the past decade with declining enrollments, financial stress, and management shake-ups. Administrators are also blaming new regulations regarding for-profit schools. “[R]ecent changes... More

Survey: Why is the Editorial Market Unfair to Photographers?

Posted by on Wednesday July 20, 2016 | Business, Media

In the current editorial photography market, budgets are shrinking as contract terms become less favorable for photographers. As a follow-up to our story “What Lawyers See When They Look at Editorial Photography Contracts,” we surveyed photographers who shoot editorial assignments about the financial challenges of the editorial photography market. A total of 142 photographers responded.... More

Swipe Right: FStop Pairs Up Photographers and Models

Posted by on Wednesday July 13, 2016 | Business, Social Media/Web

  For photographers and models just starting out in the business, building a portfolio by soliciting help online can quickly get… creepy. Craigslist aside, services like Model Mayhem or even direct messaging on Instagram can help forge connections but a new site called FStop is looking to streamline the process still further with a Tinder-style approach.... More

Unfair Editorial Photo Contracts: VICE Wants “All of Photographer’s Rights”

Posted by on Tuesday June 28, 2016 | Business, Copyright/Legal

When we published our story “What Lawyers See When They Look at Editorial Photography Contracts” in the June issue of PDN, we asked readers to tell us about editorial contracts they feel are unfair to photographers. We received a copy of a “Vice Media Photographer Agreement” that a Vice website sent to a photographer earlier... More

FAA Releases Rules for Commercial and Media Drone Operation

Posted by on Thursday June 23, 2016 | Business, Copyright/Legal, Photo Gear

Yesterday the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a new set of rules for the use of drones in the United States for “non-hobby and non-recreational purposes,” i.e. commercial production and journalism. The rules introduce a certification process for drone pilots, address drone operation when people are present, and spell out when drone operators must clear... More

Getty Jumps into Virtual Reality Market

Posted by on Wednesday June 8, 2016 | Business

Getty is jumping deeper into virtual reality. The company announced this week that it’s new Getty Images Virtual Reality Group is now live with over 12,000 360 images. It also includes high resolution gigapixel content from key events and venues. High quality VR production is also being offered through Getty Images Assignments. The roll out of 360-degree imaging started... More

Great Weekend Reads in Photography & Filmmaking

Posted by on Friday May 20, 2016 | Business

“People who say they don’t have time to read simply don’t want to.” ― Julie Rugg **** The Horror of Virtual Reality – The New Yorker 50mm Is the Only Lens You Need – Wired Facebook Is a Growing Digital Graveyard – BBC Creating a World of Wonder – PDN The Case Against Steven McCurry... More

Great Weekend Reads in Photography & Filmmaking

Posted by on Friday May 6, 2016 | Business

“Reading without reflecting is like eating without digesting.” ― Edmund Burke **** The Polaroids of a Cowboy Poet – Washington Post I’m Calling It: Social Networking Is Over – Computerworld Iwo Jima Photo Questioned Again By Photographer’s Son – NY Times Why Filmmaking Is Now a Game of Drones – London Evening Standard 4 Trends... More