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Quick Tip: How to Avoid Excess Baggage Fees

Posted by on Wednesday July 25, 2018 | Business, Photo Gear

Celebrity photographer Andrew Hetherington's forlorn travel bag. See his travel advice in "Pro Photographers' Favorite Travel Hacks." ©Andrew Hetherington

Clients are so budget-conscious that every dollar you save on expenses counts. And airline fees can add up quickly. In our story “Pro Photographers’ Favorite Travel Hacks,” several photographers shared their strategies for avoiding excess baggage fees. “Use curbside check-in to help with overweight [equipment cases],” Christopher Testani recommends. “If you use curbside check-in and... More

Quick Tip: How Irving Penn Made Group Portraits Look Dynamic

Posted by on Thursday July 12, 2018 | Uncategorized

©Chris Patey
The stars of the Marvel Universe at San Diego Comic-Con, photographed for The Hollywood Reporter by Christopher Patey. ©Christopher Patey

Like other photographers who excel at shooting group portraits, celebrity photographer Christopher Patey says he owes much to the influence of legendary photographer Irving Penn. “He was one of the masters of composing group shots, and I find myself pulling references from him almost every time in a creative conversation with an editor about group... More

Alison Langley’s Classic Yacht Video for a Client of Means

Posted by on Monday July 9, 2018 | Business, Fun

©Alison Langley
A screen grab from "NY40 MARILEE: Restoration of a Herreshoff Classic." ©Alison Langley

Nautical photographer Alison Langley, who is the subject of this month’s “What’s Your Niche?” column in PDN, specializes in photographing classic wooden yachts: under sail, under construction and in repair in boatyards along the Maine coast. “It’s architecture with curves. It’s visually incredible,” Langley says of the boats she photographs. Among her clients are some... More

Controversial Fair Use Copyright Ruling Faces Appeal

Posted by on Monday July 9, 2018 | Copyright/Legal

Following a controversial ruling in a copyright infringement case in Virginia, attorney (and former photographer) David Deal says he is appealing the decision on behalf of photographer Russell Brammer. Brammer sued Violent Hues Productions in 2017 for unauthorized use of a time-lapse photograph of the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, DC. Violent Hues, which organizes... More

Quick Tip: Mark Peterson’s Advice on Sustaining a Long Career

Posted by on Thursday June 28, 2018 | Business

©Mark Peterson
From Mark Peterson's "Political Theatre" project. ©Mark Peterson

Personal projects help launch many careers, but they also help photographers stay in the game for years on end. Photographer Mark Peterson, who started his career more than 35 years ago, says the most important thing photographers can do to keep going, especially through career valleys, is to “find a project that you care about,... More

Video: Frank W. Ockenfels 3 on Creativity, His Career and David Bowie

Posted by on Friday June 22, 2018 | PDN Video Picks

Celebrity portrait photographer Frank W. Ockenfels 3 offers a wealth of inspiration, tips and advice in this nine-minute video just released by The Hollywood Reporter. The video is the pilot episode of a series called Magic Hour, which will profile photographers, cinematographers, song writers, set designers and others—“anyone whose life passion is to create,” says... More

Quick Tip: How to Write Better Artist Statements (And Dread It Less)

Posted by on Monday June 18, 2018 | Fine Art

©Ron Jude
An image from Ron Jude’s book Lago. Jude urges students to think of artist statements as a way of clarifying their ideas about a project and moving forward with the work. ©Ron Jude

Artist statements induce more headaches, loathing and procrastination than just about anything else on a photographer’s to-do list. But it is possible to tame a lot of that misery with a change of perspective, and a straightforward approach to the task. In our story “Conquering the Dreaded Artist Statement: Expert Advice for Writing about Art... More

Photographers Organize Against New York Times Rights Grab

Posted by on Thursday June 14, 2018 | Copyright/Legal

New York Times contributors have organized against an attempted rights grab by the newspaper, issued in the form of a work-for-hire contract for the production of drone footage. Through social media, several prize-winning photographers who shoot for the Times are urging fellow photographers not to sign the contract. They’ve also started a petition—which they say... More

Quick Tip: To Reduce Legal and Financial Risk, Register Your Business as an LLC

Posted by on Wednesday June 6, 2018 | Business, Copyright/Legal

©Ethan Yang Photography
Attorney Aaron M. Arce Stark

Beware of operating your photography business as a sole proprietorship, advises attorney Aaron M. Arce Stark in “Making Your Photo Studio an LLC: The Pros and Cons.” He explains: “Let’s say a client hires you to shoot an assignment. When it comes time to pay, the client writes you a check and addresses it to... More