March 2016

The Studio Issue

© RJ Muna

© RJ Muna For a shoot with San Francisco’s Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, RJ Muna built a set inside one of his Left Space studios. He says owning the building, which he also rents out, lets him experiment easily.

PDNEWS

Grant Opportunity: How to Pitch the Economic Hardship Reporting Project
To encourage writers and photographers to cover economic inequality issues in the U.S., Economic Hardship Reporting Project (EHRP) supplements fees paid by media outlets. The EHRP executive editor and photo editor explain how it works.
INTERVIEW BY DAVID WALKER

Picture Story: Life After Murder
Chicago Tribune photographer Brian Cassella makes day-after visits to murder scenes in neighborhoods all over the city for his series about ordinary people and the lives they live amidst the gun violence.
BY DAVID WALKER

What’s Your Niche?: Joe Gold, Jewelry Photographer
The New York-based photographer, who began his career shooting jewelry for catalogues more than 30 years ago, continues to use “old school” methods to photograph fine jewelry for top brands and designers.
INTERVIEW BY DAVID WALKER

THEME

Studio Visits
Photographers across the U.S. offer tours of their studios and explain what makes them useful and inspiring—not only when they’re shooting for clients, but also when they’re experimenting creatively.
BY PDN STAFF

Studio Must-Haves
Five photographers reveal the studio amenities, tools and personal touches that they consider indispensable.
BY PDN STAFF

5 Financial Strategies to Save You Money
With a little research and good record-keeping, freelance photographers can avoid some common business mistakes.
BY MINDY CHARSKI

FEATURE

When Clients Want Storytelling
In these excerpts of interviews from the PDN archive, advertising clients explain how they find photographers who can deliver authentic visual stories for a variety of media.

CREATE

Star Attractions
Jennifer Laski, photo and video director of The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard, explains how she works with photographers to meet her publications’ demand for entertainment images on many platforms.
INTERVIEW BY STACEY GOLDBERG 

GEAR & TECHNIQUES

Wet-Plate Portraits in a Flash
How Luke White and Paul Alsop crafted wet-plate portraits without long exposures.
BY HOLLY STUART HUGHES

Product Reviews
Sony sees in the dark with the a7S II; Sigma makes art with the 24mm f/1.4 lens; DJI keeps it steady with the OSMO.
BY GREG SCOBLETE

On Launching a Production Company
The two journalists who founded Granny Cart Productions have learned that both commercial and journalism clients need experienced storytellers who can handle every aspect of video production.
BY HOLLY STUART HUGHES

13 Powerful Peripherals for Your Still and Video Workflow
From color management to scanning and transferring large files, these peripherals can help keep your workflow humming.
BY GREG SCOBLETE

EXPOSURES

A Shared Cell
By juxtaposing images from prisons in four countries, Jan Banning’s new book Law & Order confounds easy assumptions about criminal justice.
BY DZANA TSOMONDO

David Maisel’s Spanish Translation
The photographer’s new series of aerial photographs of the Spanish countryside reveal shapes and textures created by centuries of agriculture.
BY REBECCA ROBERTSON

End Frame: The Scenes of the Crimes: Brian Cassella on Justin Cook

This Month on PDNONLINE.COM

MONETIZING YOUR STUDIO SPACE
The pros and cons of renting your space when you’re not using it.

BEHIND THE SCENES: LIGHTING WET-PLATE PORTRAITS
Stills and video showing the setup of 12,000 w/s of light.

HANDS-ON VIDEO PRODUCTION
Video stories created by the founders of Granny Cart Productions.

WHEN CLIENTS SEEK VISUAL STORYTELLERS
How to land commercial storytelling assignments.

MONEY MATTERS: BUSINESS MANAGEMENT FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS
Download our free guide.