December 2015

The Motion & Video Issue

© Danielle Levitt

© Danielle Levitt Danielle Levitt shot this image for a feature on Diesel for fashion magazine Dsection in collaboration with the label’s creative director, Nicola Formichetti.

PDNEWS

Picture Story: Romania’s Shameful Open Secret
Andrea Bruce trains her camera on sex trafficking in a country that has turned a blind eye to the problem—and its victims.
BY DAVID WALKER

What’s Your Niche?: Jānis Miglavs, Wine Photographer
Jānis Miglavs has photographed wineries in the U.S., Europe, and China for books and assignments, amassing a specialized stock photo collection along the way.
BY DAVID WALKER

Unusual Assignment: One Client. 39 Countries. 2,100 Portraits.
How Goodrich Visions coordinated 34 photographers around the world to produce visually consistent employee portraits for a global law firm.
BY DAVID WALKER

THEME

Combining Still & Video Productions: Striking a Balance
Photographer-directors explain their workflow on recent assignments calling for stills and video.
BY DAVID WALKER, HOLLY STUART HUGHES AND JON BLISTEIN

Thinking Beyond the Single Screen
How storytellers are creating immersive, multi-screen commercial and art installations.
BY CONOR RISCH 

Is Virtual Reality for Real?
VR is generating excitement among developers and investors who see it as an appealing new way to engage viewers and consumers.
BY GREG SCOBLETE

FEATURES

Notable Books of 2015
A look at a dozen photo books that caught our attention this year.
BY JÖRG COLBERG, STANLEY WOLUKAU-WANAMBWA AND PDN’S EDITORS

Advice for Estimating and Pitching Advertising Assignments
Tips from the PDN archive.

CREATE

Client Meeting: Humming Along
Hum Creative, a Seattle design studio, is part of a creative community producing great work and fighting for recognition from major companies in a booming economy.
BY CONOR RISCH

GEAR & TECHNIQUES

Product Reviews: Air Power
Canon goes long with the PowerShot G3 X; DJI takes flight with the Inspire 1; Olympus evolves with the Air.
BY GREG SCOBLETE

How I Got That Shot: Mixing Light Sources to Mimic Sunlight
Sang An turns to a mix of continuous and strobe lighting to capture interiors and still lifes that are both serene and inviting.
INTERVIEW BY HOLLY STUART HUGHES

Roundup: The Best Advanced Compact Cameras You Can Buy Today
Big sensors, fast lenses and 4K video for professional results in small packages.
BY GREG SCOBLETE

EXPOSURES

Building Home
By compositing her photographs of family and friends, found imagery and wallpaper-like prints, Carla Jay Harris creates works that investigate the intersection of external and internal spaces.
BY CONOR RISCH

Our History
Ayana V. Jackson reconstructs historic images by white photographers of black people using her own likeness in an effort to keep those pictures—and their racism—in the public consciousness.
BY BRIENNE WALSH

End Frame: Digging up the Past: Ayana V. Jackson on Carrie Mae Weems

This Month on PDNONLINE.COM:

RICHARD BARNES’S MULTI-CHANNEL VIDEO
A look at his installation, “State of Exception, and viewers’reactions.

MORE NOTABLE PHOTO BOOKS OF 2015
More reviews and a roundup of our coverage of the year’s best photo books.

GREAT VIDEOS MADE ON COMBINED STILL-VIDEO PRODUCTIONS
See videos created by the photographer-directors interviewed in this issue.

PHOTO GADGETS OF THE YEAR
Check out our picks before you write your holiday wish list.

WINE FROM PHOTOGENIC LOCATIONS
A gallery of images by Jānis Miglavs, shot in vineyards around the world.

WHY JAUNT THINKS IT’S MADE A BETTER VR CAMERA
Inside the custom-built rig for capturing cinematic VR.

ADVICE FOR ESTIMATING AND PITCHING ADVERTISING ASSIGNMENTS
More insights on estimating video productions, and tips from PDN’s archive of interviews with photographers, reps and creatives on handling creative calls, bidding on jobs and presenting treatments.