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Quick Tip: A DIY Beauty Dish for $13

Posted by on Thursday February 15, 2018 | Uncategorized

©Joe Edelman
Joe Edelman rigged a shoot-through umbrella with a foam core disc at the center for a softbox effect. Cost: $13. ©Joe Edelman

Gear is fun to play with and fun to buy, but it diverts money from more important things (marketing, for instance) and it can lead you to financial trouble. Accountants and veteran photographers will tell you: Avoid buying more than the minimum amount of gear, unless you can rent it to clients and recover your... More

Josué Rivas Wins 2018 FotoEvidence Book Award

Posted by on Thursday February 15, 2018 | Awards/Contests/Grants

Josue Rivas, Standing Rock, FotoEvidence
Image © Josue Rivas

First Nation photojournalist Josué Rivas has won the 2018 FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo for “Standing Strong,” a project about the spiritual awakening that took hold among people resisting the Dakota Access pipeline in 2016. Finalists for the award were Zackary Canepari for “Flint Is a Place,” about the challenges of life in... More

Wennman, Hangst Top Prize Winners at POYi (So Far)

Posted by on Wednesday February 14, 2018 | Awards/Contests/Grants, Photojournalism

First prize, News Feature: A refugee gives birth aboard a Spanish vessel shortly after being rescued from a rubber boat off the coast of Libya. ©Edu Bayer

Magnus Wennman, staff photographer at the Swedish daily newspaper Aftonbladet, has won Newspaper Photographer of the Year honors at the 75th annual Pictures of the Year International competition. German photographer Matthias Hangst of Getty Images won Sports Photographer of the Year. The POYi competition is run by the University of Missouri School of Journalism. Other... More

Quick Tip: How to Ask Donors to Support Your Photo Project

Posted by on Friday February 9, 2018 | Business

Few photographers are comfortable asking for donations to support their projects. Fundraising expert Dianne Debicella, program director at Community Partners in LA (and formerly senior program director at Fractured Atlas), reminds artists that they’re not begging. She explains why confidence is so important when asking potential donors for money: “You have to frame [the pitch]... More

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

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

Quick Tip: Dominic Bracco II on Writing Better Pitches and Grant Applications

Posted by on Friday January 5, 2018 | Awards/Contests/Grants

Photographer Dominic Bracco II says working closely with writers has contributed a lot to his success. He has produced and published stories with two writers in particular: Erik Vance and Jeremy Relph. “Collaboration is huge. It’s been really good for me economically,” he says. “A lot of photographers don’t think like writers, but freelance writers... More

Report: Terry Richardson Under NYPD Investigation for Sexual Assault

Posted by on Thursday January 4, 2018 | Celebrity, Copyright/Legal

Police are finally investigating the mounting accusations of sexual assault against Terry Richardson, while clients quietly continue to hire him.

Photographer Terry Richardson is under investigation by the New York City police department, following accusations of sexual assault by two former models, according to the New York Daily News. Through his attorneys, Richardson has denied the allegations. Caron Bernstein, a former Ford model, told the Daily News last month that Richardson sexually assaulted her at... More

PDN Video: Daniel Castro Garcia on Photographing Refugees Differently

Posted by on Wednesday January 3, 2018 | Photojournalism

"A Eulogy for Sana" ©Daniel Castro Garcia

Since 2015, Daniel Castro Garcia has been photographing African immigrants and refugees in ways that challenge the conventional, one-dimensional narratives that have dominated news coverage here and abroad. He won the 2017 W. Eugene Smith Grant for his project, called “Foreigner: I Pera N’Tera.” In a recent interview with PDN, he explained his unconventional, collaborative... More

R.J. Kern on Establishing a Fine Art Career

Posted by on Tuesday January 2, 2018 | Business

R.J. Kern, who began his career in 2012 as a wedding photographer, will published his first monograph this spring featuring his exquisite pastoral portraits of sheep and goats. It is one of several personal projects he’s been working on for the past few years. As he worked on those projects, Kern was connecting with other... More