Archive for January 2018

Quick Tip: Take This Quiz to See If It’s Time to Quit Assisting

Posted by on Thursday January 25, 2018 | Business

Morrissey by Travis Shinn for Decca Records. ©Travis Shinn

Los Angeles photographer Travis Shinn spent a decade—“too long,” he says—as an assistant. “Get in, learn what you can and get out. Or you start getting bitter.” Here’s a quick test to help you figure out if it’s time to strike out on your own as a photographer: 1. Have you been assisting 5 years?... More

Fund Your Work: Upcoming Grants, Artist-in-Residency Application Deadlines

Posted by on Wednesday January 24, 2018 | Awards/Contests/Grants

Photographers seeking support for long-term projects take note: The deadlines for some big grants are coming up. We’ve paired information on these grants with tips from past winners and judges of many of these awards, grants and artists’ residency programs. Center for Photography at Woodstock Artist-in-Residence Program This photography-based Artist-In-Residence Program was created to expand the... More

Update on a Photo Scam: Photographer Lucky to Get Money Back After Fake Fader Assignment

Posted by on Tuesday January 23, 2018 | Business

A fake contract sent to a photographer as part of a phishing scheme that could have cost him $4100.

A photographer reached out to PDN last week with details of a fake assignment scam that nearly cost him $4100. A person pretending to be an editor for The Fader, Patrick McDermott, contacted the photographer in late December with an offer of an assignment to shoot a fashion editorial for the magazine. He accepted and... More

Retailer CVS Announces Move Toward Unretouched Beauty Photographs

Posted by on Friday January 19, 2018 | Photo Manipulation

In Development Beauty Mark Logo (PRNewsfoto/CVS Pharmacy)

CVS Pharmacy has announced that it will use only unaltered photographs in all of the marketing and packaging they produce, and the company will ask the brands whose products they sell to comply with new transparency standards for altered imagery. The retail pharmacy chain, the largest in the U.S., introduced the initiative earlier this week.... More

Quick Tip: Mike Davis on Editing Your Work for Competitions

Posted by on Friday January 19, 2018 | Awards/Contests/Grants

From “Beckon Us From Home” by Sarah Blesener, winner of the 2017 Alexia Professional grant. © Sarah Blesener/The Alexia Foundation

The Alexia Foundation’s call for 2018 grant applications reminds us how photographers often struggle to edit their own work. We recently asked Mike Davis, chair of the Alexia Grant competition and a professor at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Communications, for his advice about photo editing. Here’s what said about editing for competitions: “I... More