March 2014

The Portrait Issue

© EMILY SHUR

© EMILY SHUR Emily Shur photographed actor Nick Offerman for his book, Paddle Your Own Canoe, published by Dutton, 2013. (Yes, he made that canoe.)

Still There: Grappling With Central America’s Long Cycle of Violence
Photojournalist Donna DeCesare’s decades of experience documenting gangs and urban violence has led her to explore meaningful ways to help her subjects, in addition to telling their stories with her photographs.
BY DAVID WALKER

What’s Your Niche?: Mineral Photography
Photographer Jeff Scovil travels 230 days per year to photograph crystal specimens for mineral dealers, private collectors, museums, scientists and publishers.
BY DAVID WALKER

From Assistant to Professional: Pascal Shirley’s Transition
The Los Angeles-based photographer developed his style through personal work, then got valuable advice on using social media to start landing assignments.
BY DAVID WALKER

THE PORTRAIT ISSUE

How Great Portraits Are Made
Veteran portrait photographers tell the story—and the techniques— behind some of their most striking images.

Beautiful Faces in Beautiful Spaces
Whether Emma Summerton’s shooting a portrait or a fashion story, it all comes down to creating a concept, and then letting the subject shine.
BY BRIENNE WALSH

Portraits That Tell Stories
Three photographers who use portraiture in service of narrative.
BY EDGAR ALLEN BEEM

CREATE

First Descent 
In Powder Magazine’s first foray into branded content, photography and video come together in a digital multimedia feature that tells the story of a ski expedition sponsored by The North Face.
BY CONOR RISCH

The winners’ gallery for the World in Focus travel photography contest 

GEAR & TECHNIQUES

How I Got That Shot: A Night Garden
Jason Madara created dramatic nighttime shots of a garden in an ad campaign for silk carpets.

Product Reviews
Hands-on tests of the Nikon Df camera, Nikon AF-S Nikkor 58mm f/1.4G lens and Lowepro Urban Reporter 250 camera bag.
BY DAN HAVLIK

86 Frames Per Second: How Storyboarding Can Make Your Video Look More Cinematic
A cinematographer explains one of the most important steps in preparing to direct a video.
BY RYAN E. WALTERS

10 Software Plug-Ins for Portrait Photography
These time-saving apps will help you turn everyday portraits into client-pleasing art.
BY THEANO NIKITAS

EXPOSURES

Kingston Sessions
Through his collaboration with a writer and art director, photographer Alexander Richter co-created, published, and found an audience for a personal project exploring the music, art and street culture of Jamaica’s capital.
BY CONOR RISCH

A Sort of Homecoming
In his first monograph, Joe Leavenworth searches for his roots in Georgia and explores the very personal subject of his own adoption and upbringing.
BY DZANA TSOMONDO