Business

Would-be Heirs Petition Again for Rights to Vivian Maier Estate

Posted by on Friday July 27, 2018 | Business, Copyright/Legal

The cover of a collection of Vivian Maier's photographs, published by John Maloof

Petitioners claiming to be the legal heirs of photographer Vivian Maier are once again back in court, this time with 300 pages of genealogical evidence to support their claim, according to attorney (and former photographer) David Deal. “There’s no doubt” they are blood relations to Maier, asserts Deal, who did most of the research and... More

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

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

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

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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

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

Posted by on Thursday June 28, 2018 | Business

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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

New Initiative Created by Jill Greenberg Seeks Gender Parity in Advertising Photography

Posted by on Wednesday June 13, 2018 | Business, Uncategorized

An image of the Alreadymade homepage, which asks visitors to "please bookmark this site so you can consider hiring a woman a bit more often."

Photographer Jill Greenberg has launched an online directory in an effort to promote women photographers for advertising jobs, film and television key art, and magazine covers. Called Alreadymade, the platform serves as a resource for clients looking to hire experienced women photographers. To be included on the site, photographers have to have shot at least... 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

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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

Quick Tip: To Get Advertising Work, Learn to Write Treatments

Posted by on Friday June 1, 2018 | Business

An ad for Häagen-Dazs shot by Venetia Dearden.

Advertising work is a good way to sustain a career and support other kinds of work photographers often prefer to shoot, such as editorial, personal, and fine-art work. The challenge for fine-art and documentary photographers, though, is convincing art buyers and creatives that they can reliably produce on a commercial set what they shoot in... More

Quick Tip: A Faster Track to a Career as a Photographer

Posted by on Monday May 14, 2018 | Business

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Sami Drasin at work in a hotel room during the time she was Renee’s studio manager. ©Christa Renee

School is out. Lots of photography school graduates are probably asking themselves: Now what? How do I get my career as a photographer started? Assisting is one path, but working as a studio manager is a better apprenticeship, according to photographer Christa Renee. “I always tell everyone not to assist. Find a photographer you respect... More

Quick Tip: Get the Right Insurance (It Could Save You)

Posted by on Tuesday May 1, 2018 | Business

To save money, photographers cut all sorts of corners, especially when they’re starting out. Photographer Christa Renee emphasizes the importance of carrying proper insurance from the start. “There have been a couple jobs recently where I would not have even been able to do the job if I didn’t have insurance,” she says. “Two different... More