PDN Video: Photographer Brian Smith on How to Get a Striking Celebrity Portrait

Posted by on Monday April 20, 2015 | Celebrity, PDN Video Picks

Nothing is more important on a celebrity shoot than engaging your subject, says photographer Brian Smith. “The lighting, the locations, and the props all matter, but if you’re not actually making a connection with the subject, the pictures really fall flat.” Smith, the author of Secrets of Great Portrait Photography and other books, has been... More

Actor Says Paparazzi Are to Blame if They Get Punched

Posted by on Thursday December 11, 2014 | Celebrity

Photographers’ injury lawsuits against pugilistic celebrities and their bodyguards are too commonplace to count as news these days, but a report about the case of photographer Sheng Li v. actor Sam Worthington caught our eye because of the actor’s defense. Call it the serves-you-right defense. According to a Radaronline.com report, paparazzo Li is suing the... More

“How Come This Stuff Isn’t Animated?” The Story of Mr. GIF

Posted by on Thursday October 2, 2014 | Celebrity, Fun, Social Media/Web, Uncategorized, Video

Mr. GIF wants to animate the Internet. The creative duo has made photographing and illustrating GIFs—the 27-year-old bitmap image format that supports crude animation—their calling card. They’re the team that Marc Ecko, Evian and Transamerica tap when they need to quickly make strong, easily shareable moving images for whatever they’re selling. In just a few short years, they evolved from... More

Hey GQ: Do You Like Cedric the Entertainer & Elton Anderson’s Promo?

Posted by on Tuesday July 15, 2014 | Celebrity

Having landed some of his first assignments on the strength of personal work, photographer Elton Anderson has been working on a personal project featuring his favorite celebrities and entertainers to attract the notice of more clients.  Anderson and actor/comedian Cedric Antonio Kyles (aka Cedric the Entertainer) share a common goal–to be featured in GQ–so they... More

How Should Clients React to Sexual Coercion Allegations Against Terry Richardson?

Posted by on Wednesday March 26, 2014 | Business, Celebrity, Fashion

Now that another model has come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against photographer Terry Richardson, his clients face a difficult question: What ethical obligations, if any, do they have to take a stand? Over the past several years, reports have periodically flared up that Richardson has manipulated some models to engage with him in... More

PDN Video: Bil Zelman on Shooting Portraits of Difficult Celebrity Subjects

Posted by on Wednesday November 20, 2013 | Celebrity, PDN Video Picks, Video

Photographer Bil Zelman: How to Shoot Portraits of Challenging Celebrities from PDNOnline on Vimeo. Celebrities can be skittish and uncooperative in front of a camera, so photographer Bil Zelman sometimes uses psychology to elicit a particular reaction for a compelling portrait. In this video, he describes how he calmed author Isabel Allende, who was self-conscious... More

PDN Video: Gregory Heisler on How to Relate to Portrait Subjects (Even If You Are Shy and Bumbling)

Posted by on Monday October 28, 2013 | Celebrity, PDN Video Picks

Portrait photographer Gregory Heisler says people constantly ask him, “How do you get people to pose?” In our latest clip from our video interview with Heisler, he explains the importance of putting yourself in the shoes of your subjects, and figuring out how to interact with them in ways that suit your own personality. He... More