November 2011

The Tools & Techniques Issue

© Jeff Minton

© Jeff Minton Conan O’Brien, photographed by Jeff Minton in Los Angeles. Minton is one of several editorial photographers, photo editors and retouchers interviewed for our feature, “Does Editorial Post Production Cost Too Much?”

PDNews
The Department of Justice is suing the parent company of for-pro t art and design schools for allegedly using illegal recruiting methods to collect $11 billion in student loan money; Ziyah Ga c’s forensic photos are a poignant document of genocide in Bosnia; TV networks are playing fast and loose with photographers’ copyrights.
BY DAVID WALKER 

TOOLS + TECHNIQUES

36 Compact Cameras: Keep it Discreet 
Photographers are using small cameras and smart phones to capture conflict, street and documentary images while remaining inconspicuous. Is this a micro revolution?
BY DAN HAVLIK 

Custom Tools of the Trade
We talk to three fine-art photographers about the tools they adapted to make the photographs they wanted to see.
BY CONOR RISCH 

Unexpected Lighting
Three photographers explain how they’ve put familiar light sources to use in unfamiliar ways.
BY CONOR RISCH, HOLLY STUART HUGHES AND JACQUELINE TOBIN

How Inventors Turn their Ideas Into Products 
Photographer/entrepreneurs describe the long, sometimes difficult process of launching their inventions in the marketplace.
BY HOLLY STUART HUGHES 

FEATURE

City Guide: Montreal
Photographers in the Montreal market describe the pros and cons of living and working in their city.
BY KAYLA EPSTEIN 

CREATE

Does Editorial Post-Production Cost Too Much?
Budget-wary photo editors worry about the often high costs and overuse of post-production; photographers insist that post is an essential element of the images they deliver. In this PDN report, photographers, editors and retouchers tell their side of the story.
BY JAY MALLIN

Right Stuff: Making  the Transition from Staff Photographer to Freelancer
Former newspaper photographer Tiffany Brown creates a marketing campaign that reinforces her new brand on the Web, in print and via e-mail.
BY JACQUELINE TOBIN 

Client Meeting: Strength in Small Numbers
Leaving a powerhouse advertising agency to found a small studio seems counterintuitive, but for creative directors James Selman and Matt Stein of weights&pulleys, getting small was the best way to move their careers forward.
BY CONOR RISCH

The Winners Gallery of PDN’s new Objects of Desire contest 

TECH

How I got that Shot: The Illusion of an Explosion
Jonathon Kambouris describes step by step how he played with focus and hard lighting to create depth and dimension in a still-life image.

Objects of Desire
The 12-megapixel Fuji X10; Wood Camera iPhone Case from Signicase in Hong Kong; Sony’s DEV-5 digital binoculars; and the ePillow.

Product Reviews
Adorama Flashpoint II 620M Portrait Wedding Monolight Kit, Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM lens, CanvasPop printing service.

Exposures
Justin Kimball finds a new outlet for his interest in narrative portraiture; Justin Guariglia’s new book project for a unique, and royal, client.