October 2016

The Longevity Issue

© Pamela Hanson

© Pamela Hanson Pamela Hanson photographed Cindy Crawford for Porter magazine. Hanson’s classic, energetic images have remained in demand for more than 20 years.

PDNEWS

What’s Your Niche? Ken Howard, Theater Photographer
Ken Howard photographs performances of major opera companies including The Met, the San Diego Opera, the Los Angeles Opera, the Santa Fe Opera and others.
BY DAVID WALKER

From Assistant to Professional: Brian Guido’s Transition
The Los Angeles-based photographer explains how he found his footing after his first big job ended in a crisis of self-doubt.
BY DAVID WALKER

Picture Story: The Fight to Eradicate AIDS
Seattle Times staff photographer Erika Schultz travels to South Africa to document an effort to find an HIV vaccine that is being led by a Seattle medical research center.
BY CONOR RISCH

Theme

How Photographers Sustain Long Careers
Three photographers—Mark Peterson, Pamela Hanson and Mark Laita—who have had successful careers for decades talk about how they work, handle adversity and stay inspired.
BY PDN STAFF

Career Stall Outs (and How Photographers Fixed Them)
Many photographers with long careers hit the doldrums at some point, and their business drops off. Amanda Marsalis, Augustus Butera and Doug Menuez explain how they recovered.
BY PDN STAFF

How Top Photographers Conquer Self-Doubt
Self-doubt and fear of failure haunt most photographers, especially when they’re starting out. Successful photographers share their own doubts and fears, and strategies for taming them.
BY PDN STAFF

From the Archive

Promotions that Get Clients’ Attention
One secret to a long and productive career is making sure clients are aware of your latest and best work. PDN looked at a variety of branding and marketing efforts that helped photographers get the attention of clients.

Create

What Wired Wants from Photographers
Anna Goldwater Alexander, director of photography, explains how WIRED uses photography to appeal to a visually sophisticated audience.
INYERVIEW BY HOLLY STUART HUGHES

Gear & Techniques

How I Got That Shot: Big Story, Big Cast, Big Challenge
Required to shoot at dusk with a smartphone, Ryan Schude captured a sprawling scene in a single frame.
BY HOLLY STUART HUGHES

Product Reviews 
We go hands-on with Sony’s full-frame advanced compact, the RX1R II; Blackmagic Design’s Micro Cinema Camera; and WD’s road warrior, the My Passport Wireless Pro portable hard drive.
BY GREG SCOBLETE

Frames per Second: Telling a Complex Immigration Story in Video and Stills
A video by Jessica Koscielniak of McClatchy Video Lab adds context to the Sacramento Bee’s 20-page report about the challenges faced by people who had to leave Afghanistan after serving with U.S. forces.
BY HOLLY STUART HUGHES

14 Top External Drives
Whether you’re archiving for the long haul or seeking storage on the road, these drives have your back (ups).
BY GREG SCOBLETE

Exposures

I See You
Ed Panar’s seemingly simple chronicle of his encounters with all kinds of creatures carries subtle messages about how humans and animals coexist, and about his photographic practice.
BY CONOR RISCH

Deep Waters
A new book by Carl Johnson takes an in-depth look at Alaska’s Bristol Bay region, where disparate groups of people have joined forces to preserve a threatened ecosystem.
BY DZANA TSOMONDO