Top Photo News Stories of 2016

Posted by on Tuesday December 27, 2016 | Copyright/Legal, Media, Photos In The News

Copyright dispute, the continuing controversy over for-profit art schools, Richard Prince (again), First Amendment protections and the President-elect: We look back on the stories that attracted the most attention in 2016. 1- The President-Elect Objects to a News Photo Showing his Double Chin Just 59 days before the President-elect will take an oath to “preserve, protect... 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

Great Weekend Reads in Photography & Filmmaking

Posted by on Friday December 16, 2016 | Media

“Reading itself is an amazing activity: You glance at a thin, flat object made from a tree…and the voice of the author begins to speak inside your head. (Hello!)” ― Carl Sagan **** Meet Our Photographer of the Year – Nat Geo The Fear of Documentary Filmmakers in the Trump Era – CJR Truthers Insist My Sandy... More

Photojournalists Demand Encrypted Cameras

Posted by on Wednesday December 14, 2016 | Camera, Photojournalism

Hacking is much in the news of late, but the Freedom of the Press Foundation is concerned about a less visible, yet no-less-vital, aspect of information security: the security of digital cameras. Or, more accurately, the lack thereof. The Foundation has published a letter from over 150 documentary filmmakers and photographers that calls on the major... More

Committee to Protect Journalists Issues Advisory for Journalists Crossing U.S. Border

Posted by on Monday December 12, 2016 | Copyright/Legal, Photojournalism

Journalists are being stopped at the U.S. border with alarming frequency, prompting the Committee to Project Journalists (CPJ) to issue an advisory outlining steps to prepare journalists for U.S. Customs. According to CPJ, more than seven journalists, including photographers Ed Ou and Kim Badawi, have been detained and questioned, and have had their belongings, including... More

Throw Back: When Cameras Used Floppy Disks

Posted by on Monday December 12, 2016 | Fun

For those who bore witness to the birth of digital photography, this video from The 8-Bit Guy should strike a nostalgic chord. Before you watch it, you should go to your camera and pop out an SD card or, better still, a microSD card, and put it in front of you. Now imagine what the... 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

Filmmaking Fight: The iPhone 7 vs. Red Weapon

Posted by on Tuesday December 6, 2016 | Camera, Fun

In July of last year, we profiled the film Tangerine, which was shot entirely on an iPhone 5s. While shooting a feature film on an iPhone entailed plenty of compromises and workarounds, the end results were nonetheless impressive. So Parker Walbeck’s comparison of the iPhone 7 Plus’s footage against a Red Weapon isn’t entirely contrived.... More