The Battle to Create Real Portrait Photos

Posted by on Tuesday July 5, 2016 | Video

Most people aren’t naturally predisposed to be comfortable in front of a camera, bottling up their personalities at the first sight of a lens. More than possessing the requisite technical skills, great portrait photographers are often the ones who can pop the cork and let a subject’s personality flow through their lenses. In this video... More

Obituary: Photo Lab Owner Baldev Duggal, 78

Posted by on Friday July 1, 2016 | Obituary

Baldev Duggal, founder of the photo lab Duggal Color, which anchored New York City’s Photo District from the 1960s through 1990s, died at home June 29, according to a statement from his company, Duggal Visual Solutions. He was 78. Born in Jalandhar, India, Duggal arrived in New York City in 1957 with a student visa... More

Your Favorite New Travel-Friendly Beauty Dish

Posted by on Wednesday June 29, 2016 | Lighting

Learn how Grimes used the Rapid Box Beauty Dish to get this shot with the below Character-Driving Portrait tip.
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Sponsored by Westcott Joel Grimes has spent more than 30 years honing his craft as a portrait and beauty photographer for top advertising clients. One of Canon’s Explorers of Light and a prolific workshop leader, he’s revered for his lighting expertise—a skill that’s taken him on assignment to more than 50 countries around the world.... 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

Top Lights and Modifiers Built for Road Work

Posted by on Monday June 27, 2016 | Lighting

Portable lights and modifiers are a great asset for the traveling photographer, or for those tight on space in the studio. And while we’ve written roundups on the top lighting tools, like these seven key light modifiers for your studio and these 12 lights for stills and motion in the past, we thought we’d share a recent... More

Great Weekend Reads in Photography & Filmmaking

Posted by on Friday June 24, 2016 | Media

“And read… read all the time… read as a matter of principle, as a matter of self-respect. Read as a nourishing staple of life.” ― David McCullough Jr. **** The Role of Photography in Presenting Innocence and Guilt – Time Champions of Monster Polaroids Go Digital – New York Times Guillermo Del Toro’s 11 Rules... More

LA Times Photographer Pleads No Contest to Resisting Arrest After Reagan Funeral

Posted by on Friday June 24, 2016 | Photos In The News

Longtime Los Angeles Times photographer Ricardo DeAratanha has pleaded no contest earlier this week to resisting and obstructing police during the March funeral motorcade of former First Lady Nancy Reagan. The photographer was at the scene covering the funeral for the Times and was sitting in his car transmitting photos from his laptop when police—responding to a report... 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

LOOK3: Chris Morris on Shooting War, Fashion and Politics

Posted by on Thursday June 23, 2016 | Fashion, Photojournalism

The candid conversation between Christopher Morris and MaryAnne Golon at the LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph in Charlottesville, Viriginia, highlighted the varied paths Morris’s career has taken, from documenting conflict and politics to shooting fashion, and the struggles photographers face in a changing industry. Morris, a founding member of the VII photo agency and contract... More