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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

Lucy Leach’s Vintage Vibes

Posted by on October 19, 2017 | Photographer Interviews, Student Photography

Photo © Lucy Leach

In a 2012 review of Mad Men, The New Yorker staff writer Adam Gopnik declared the “the Golden Forty-Year Rule” of American pop culture, in which it takes 40 years for a decade to come back into style. If that’s the case, then the 1970s-era disco-inspired work of photographer Lucy Leach is right on trend.... More

Calling Student Photographers: The 15th Annual PDNedu Student Photo Contest is Open!

Posted by on October 11, 2017 | Contests/Events

Attention photography students: the PDNedu Student Photo Contest is now open for submissions. The contest is open to undergraduate students, graduate students, students in a certification program related to photography and, for a special high school category, high school students. The contest provides an opportunity for winners to get their work published in the Spring... More