Posts Tagged ‘advice’

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

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: 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

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

How to Improve Creative Collaborations with Clients

Posted by on Tuesday December 26, 2017 | Business

Influential food stylist Victoria Granof says the basic the ingredient of a good creative collaborations is good communication. She says she’s lately been working with a “brand therapist,” who outlines three steps to productive collaboration: acknowledging the original idea, affirming its worth and then enhancing and expanding on it. The first step, Granof explains, means... More

WIRED Magazine’s Maria Lokke: Who I’ve Hired

Posted by on Wednesday December 13, 2017 | Business

©Brea Souders

PDN recently interviewed WIRED magazine senior photo editor Maria Lokke about what’s she’s looking for in the photographers she hires, and how she finds them. In this video, she talks about assignments she gave recently to photographers Brea Souders and Cole Barash, and what made them the right photographers for those jobs.  Lokke also... More

How to Find Your Flow in Street Photography

Posted by on Tuesday December 12, 2017 | Photojournalism

Street photographer Damon Pablo Escudero ventures out into the streets of New York to shoot for days and weeks on end. And sometimes, he says, “I’m shooting 50 rolls [of film] a week and it’s all terrible.” We asked him the obvious question: When it’s not flowing, what do you do? Here’s his reply: “I... More

Frances F. Denny’s Top Five Rules for Launching Your Career

Posted by on Thursday December 7, 2017 | Business

Brooklyn-based photographer Frances F. Denny launched her multi-track career in fine-art, editorial and commercial work in 2015. Her clients include Chipotle Mexican Grill, online fashion retailer MM.LaFleur, The New Yorker, Cherry Bombe, Elle, Architectural Digest, and others. Last year she formed Dafne, a creative partnership with art director Catherine Duffy that produces campaigns for and... More

Tuesday Tip: How to Make Video That Doesn’t Suck

Posted by on Tuesday December 5, 2017 | Video

Good video is built on strong narrative, not just interesting visuals, says director, editor and video instructor Bob Sacha. “People say, ‘How do you shoot great video?’ That’s easy. The question is: How do you tell a great video story?” His first advice to those learning to shoot video is to forget about shooting B-roll.... More