Celebrity

This Is the Most-Liked Photo on Instagram

Posted by on Wednesday October 7, 2015 | Celebrity, Social Media/Web

The first images of Pluto’s surface? A selfie with a world leader? A stunning landscape? A dramatic piece of photojournalism? An adorable cat? Nope. It’s this.   ❥ A photo posted by Kendall Jenner (@kendalljenner) on May 25, 2015 at 3:51pm PDT To celebrate Instagram’s five-year anniversary, Time’s Olivia Waxman collected the top five most... More

Taylor Swift Changes Photo Contract in Response to Online Outrage. Will the Foo Follow?

Posted by on Tuesday July 21, 2015 | Celebrity, Copyright/Legal

Evidently Taylor Swift doesn’t want there to be any bad blood between her 1989 World Tour and photographers. After an outpouring of internet outrage over her tour’s restrictive photo contract, Swift’s team has apparently relented. Writing for Poytner, Benjamin Mullin notes that Swift’s team has removed elements that photographers had found objectionable: According to a source who... More

How to Kill Restrictive Concert Photography Contracts

Posted by on Thursday July 9, 2015 | Business, Celebrity, Copyright/Legal

It’s boom times for concert photographers who want to complain about the terms of their contract. Jason Seldon’s public letter to Taylor Swift drew huge interest from traditional media companies, followed by the public calling out of the Foo Fighters by the Washington City Paper. But, like a lot of online griping, the spilling of rage pixels rarely results in... More

Photographer Calls Out Taylor Swift for Apple Hypocrisy [Updated]

Posted by on Monday June 22, 2015 | Business, Celebrity, Copyright/Legal

Taylor Swift is rapidly making a name for herself as the scourge of streaming music services, first lambasting Spotify and now, Apple Music, for giving musicians short financial shrift. In an open letter to Apple, Swift complains that the company won’t be paying musicians during a user’s three month free trial period with the service, calling... More

PDN Video: How to Take Your Career to the Next Level

Posted by on Wednesday April 22, 2015 | Celebrity, PDN Video Picks

At a turning point early in his career, veteran celebrity photographer Brian Smith had a brazen (and slightly cringe-worthy) encounter with John Huston, the famous movie director. He got away with it–just barely. At the time, Smith was a staff photographer on assignment for the Orange County Register. He was trying to take his career... More

PDN Video: Photographer Brian Smith on How to Get a Striking Celebrity Portrait

Posted by on Monday April 20, 2015 | Celebrity, PDN Video Picks

Nothing is more important on a celebrity shoot than engaging your subject, says photographer Brian Smith. “The lighting, the locations, and the props all matter, but if you’re not actually making a connection with the subject, the pictures really fall flat.” Smith, the author of Secrets of Great Portrait Photography and other books, has been... More

Actor Says Paparazzi Are to Blame if They Get Punched

Posted by on Thursday December 11, 2014 | Celebrity

Photographers’ injury lawsuits against pugilistic celebrities and their bodyguards are too commonplace to count as news these days, but a report about the case of photographer Sheng Li v. actor Sam Worthington caught our eye because of the actor’s defense. Call it the serves-you-right defense. According to a Radaronline.com report, paparazzo Li is suing the... More

“How Come This Stuff Isn’t Animated?” The Story of Mr. GIF

Posted by on Thursday October 2, 2014 | Celebrity, Fun, Social Media/Web, Uncategorized, Video

Mr. GIF wants to animate the Internet. The creative duo has made photographing and illustrating GIFs—the 27-year-old bitmap image format that supports crude animation—their calling card. They’re the team that Marc Ecko, Evian and Transamerica tap when they need to quickly make strong, easily shareable moving images for whatever they’re selling. In just a few short years, they evolved from... More