September 2014

Photographing Nature & the Environment

© Ben Knight

© Ben Knight During filming of DamNation, a documentary about the movement to remove dams from American watersheds, Ben Knight photographed his co-director, Travis Rummel, eyeing a camera drone above the stumps of the old growth forest revealed after removal of the Elwha Dam.

Picture Story: Indebted College Grads, Back Home Again
Forced by student loan debt to move back in with his parents, L.A.-based photographer Damon Casarez hit upon an unexpectedly successful project that lead to a major assignment: portraits of “boomerang kids” like him.
BY DAVID WALKER

Transition From Photo Assistant to Professional: Andrew Burkle, Food Photographer
Andrew Burkle’s work ethic while an assistant created assignment opportunities and fast-tracked his dreams of opening his own studio.
BY DAVID WALKER

What’s Your Niche: Bill Ingalls, NASA Senior Photographer
Bill Ingalls, a NASA photographer since 1989, describes the assignments he covers, and explains how he hires photographers for the U.S. space agency.
BY DAVID WALKER

THE NATURE & ENVIRONMENTAL PHOTOGRAPHY ISSUE

The Crusaders
Three concerned photographers who were inspired to go beyond image- making to influence the public dialogue about environmental issues.
BY CONOR RISCH, HOLLY STUART HUGHES AND DAVID WALKER

3 Fresh Approaches to Environmental Storytelling
How photographers formed unique partnerships with grant makers, corporate sponsors and conservation organizations to fund and share timely stories about critical conservation efforts.
BY CONOR RISCH AND HOLLY STUART HUGHES

The Greener Photography Guide
Ways to cut down on electronic waste and energy use.
BY VICTORIA ESPINOZA

CREATE

Spotlight: How One Magazine Strives for Gender Balance in Assignments
Following up on his widely shared blog post about why women photographers receive fewer editorial assignments, photographer Daniel Shea interviewed photo editor Jessie Wender about gender inequality in editorial photography and her advice for women photographers building their careers.
INTERVIEW BY DANIEL SHEA

The winners’ gallery for the PDN Faces contest 

GEAR

How I Got That Shot: A Not-So-Playful Tea Party
Food photographer Sarah Anne Ward uses theatrical lighting to create eerie images of child’s play.

Product Reviews
Sony RX100 III, Vagabond Extreme Lithium & Omni 18-inch Reflector and Adobe Photoshop Mix.
BY THEANO NIKITAS AND SCOTT NEUMYER

Frames Per Second: A Production Company Devoted to Editorial Documentaries
Shaul Schwarz, founder of Reel Peak Films, is on a mission to convince magazines that there’s a better way to assign photographers to make videos.
BY HOLLY STUART HUGHES

5 Affordable 4K Cameras for Shooting Ultra High-Definition Video
New models that are not only less expensive than last year’s crop, they’re also smaller and more rich in features.
BY DAN HAVLIK

EXPOSURES

Life Science
A collaborative project between photographers, designers, publishers and writers reimagines a 1963 Time-Life science book and explores the relationship between how we see color and how we photograph it.
BY DZANA TSOMONDO

Big Bang
Christian Weber’s new book captures the depth and beauty of controlled explosions that would otherwise be invisible to the naked eye.
BY DZANA TSOMONDO