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Lessons from Deanne Fitzmaurice on The Importance of Engaging with Subjects

Posted by on November 16, 2016 | Photographer Interviews

Deanne Fitzmaurice has been photographing Saleh, an Iraqi boy who was severely injured in a grenade explosion at age nine, for over 13 years. “I was around Saleh and his dad so much that they just forgot about me,” Fitzmaurice says. “What it taught me is that you have to build trust, build relationships, and then back off and capture moments that say something.”

One important question has come up consistently throughout Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist Deanne Fitzmaurice’s career: Can she remain objective while engaging with her subjects? “I come from a newspaper background which has a really strict policy about not getting involved with subjects—you could get fired. It’s all about credibility and our photographs being believable,” the... More

Dove Shore: Being a “Film Nerd” Helped My Photography Career

Posted by on September 7, 2016 | Photographer Interviews

Photo © Dove Shore

Los Angeles-based photographer Dove Shore recently shot a portrait session of acclaimed Russian director Timur Bekmambetov for a feature about the director’s recent movie adaptation of the novel Ben-Hur. The portraits were featured in the August 2016 issue of Russian Vogue. The portrait was taken at the director’s home in Los Feliz, California, (which just so happens to be the... More

How Photojournalists are Embracing Virtual Reality

Posted by on August 15, 2016 | Gear, Media

Excerpted from PDN, by Jon Blistein Virtual reality is here, and for those looking to embark on a career in photojournalism, take note. With smartphones and $15 Google Cardboard headsets, our parent publication PDN reports that VR is available to a wide audience and has become a viable new medium that has attracted news juggernauts like The... More

Tips for Mastering Music Portraits from Ultimate Music Moment Contest Winner and RIT Photojournalism Student Meg Oliphant

Posted by on July 11, 2016 | Student Photography

Rochester Institute of Technology photojournalism student Meg Oliphant is one of several winners in PDN’s 2016 Ultimate Music Moment contest amateur category. PDNedu‘s sister publication Shutterlove recently interviewed Oliphant to find out how she captured her winning submission—a portrait of female musician Jesse Amesmith, taken in Amesmith’s Rochester, New York, apartment. Here are some lessons we gleaned from... More

Call for Entries: Syngenta Photography Award—$65k in Prizes

Posted by on July 8, 2016 | Contests/Events

  Professional, amateur and student photographers are invited to enter the third edition of the Syngenta Photography Award which includes a $15,000 prize in the Professional Commission category (open to professional photographers only) and a $5,000 prize for the Open Competition, which is open to all photographers who are 18 years or older. The deadline for entries is August 22,... More

Tips for Photographers on Making the Most of an Instagram Takeover

Posted by on July 5, 2016 | Business/Marketing

Instagram accounts for media outlets have become platforms not only to show, but to debut photographic projects. For an Instagram takeover, outlets invite a photographer—emerging or established—to take the reins of their Instagram feed, logging in to the account and posting two to three imagers per day plus text, usually for a week. Instagram takeovers... More