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Along the Trans-Mongolian Railway

Posted by on December 15, 2017 | Photographer Interviews

Photo © Jacob Wallwork

Australian photographer Jacob Wallwork is most comfortable wandering, and had for years wanted to take the Trans-Mongolian Railway, which follows along an ancient tea-trade route in China, connecting to Russia by way of Mongolia. This year, he was able to make the trip with two friends, starting in Beijing and ending in Saint Petersburg. These... More

Photographers, Cheer! The 2017 Gift Guide is Here.

Posted by on December 6, 2017 | Gear

PDN has teamed up with Rangefinder and DPReview to bring you the best gifts for photographers, filmmakers and other imaging creatives for the holidays. Check out our staff picks for the year, plus our round up of gifts for eight types of image-makers: The Analog Junkie, The Portraitist, The Foodie, The Nomad, The Wedding Wizard, The... More

On the Odyssey to Motherhood

Posted by on November 22, 2017 | Photographer Interviews

Photo © Sarah Bouillaud

French photographer Sarah Bouillaud is known for her fantastical black-and-white images that transport viewers to fairy-tale-like settings in the spirit of illustrated storytelling. In a recent series, she turns the camera inward to her personal journey of becoming a mother. “Odissea,” which she says is about “the transitional period of maternity,” places Bouillaud’s relationships, thoughts... More

Now on View: A Perspective on America From its Next Generation

Posted by on November 21, 2017 | Contests/Events, Student Photography

Earlier this year, the School of Visual Arts in New York City sent out an open call to high school students in America, asking for photography submissions that represented students’ individual perspectives about the state of the country. The resulting gallery exhibition, “2017 America” is now on view at SVA Gramercy Gallery. The show features... More

Creating a Sustainable Career: Advice from the Pros [VIDEO]

Posted by on November 17, 2017 | Photographer Interviews

How do you build a lasting career in photography? According to the three professional photographers and Nikon ambassadors—lifestyle/editorial shooter Dixie Dixon, photojournalist Deanna Fitzmaurice and portrait pro Matthew Jordan Smith—it takes more than just camera skills. Having a unique, memorable style, strong connections with clients and a true passion for your craft are also key ingredients... More

How to Create Bold Beauty Lighting

Posted by on November 7, 2017 | Gear, Photographer Interviews

Photo © Matthew Jordan Smith

Once upon a time, world-renowned Nikon Ambassador Matthew Jordan Smith was just a student at the Art Institute of Atlanta trying to find his way. Now, some 30 years later, this highly sought-after celebrity, beauty and portrait photographer’s A-list clientele includes Oprah Winfrey, Halle Berry, Jennifer Connelly, Jamie Foxx and makeup leaders L’Oréal, Olay, Pantene... More

Building a Team: Advice from Lifestyle Fashion Shooter Dixie Dixon

Posted by on November 1, 2017 | Student Photography

Commercial fashion photographer Dixie Dixon is one of the sixteen original U.S. Nikon Ambassadors. Just a few years out of college, the 20-something has established herself as a business-savvy lifestyle fashion photographer. Last week, she shared her wealth of knowledge with audience members at a PDNedu panel at PhotoPlus Expo called “Creating a Sustainable Career.”... More

Making A Guide for the Modern Photographer

Posted by on October 30, 2017 | Business/Marketing, Education, Media, Photographer Interviews

Photo © Claire Rosen

The traditional photography guidebook may be a relic of the past: A quick YouTube search can pull up nearly any camera function or technique you need to learn. But, as photographer Claire Rosen notes, technical skill does not equal mastery of the medium. Storytelling, originality and creativity are what elevate an image—and they are far... More

Observations in Black and White

Posted by on October 24, 2017 | Student Photography

In Theo Carol’s black-and-white photography, he illustrates human emotion and encounters both present and implied—empty seats are pushed back from a cluttered dining table beneath two formal portraits, a child is obscured by laundry hanging out to dry, picture-taking tourists form an almost-perceptible network of sight lines. A junior at Syosset High School in Long... More

Trending Now: Molly Cranna’s Graphic Goods

Posted by on October 23, 2017 | Photographer Interviews

Photo © Molly Cranna

Early in her career, photographer Molly Cranna was shooting creepy teeth-related objects she had bought from eBay when magic happened. The images came to life when the Los Angeles-based photographer injected some hard light, a big dose of color and a little humor. “It was unexpected to have a bunch of dentures [against] pastel pink... More