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© Marc Pagani

What Does it Cost: To Study, Live and Work in New Orleans?

May 05, 2015 -  Established by French colonists in the early 1700s, New Orleans, Louisiana (NOLA), is still strongly influenced by European culture. This major port city is well known for its diverse and multilingual heritage. As the birthplace of jazz, NOLA is famous for its lively music, rich cuisine and many celebrations and festivals, all of which make it a great place to let the good times roll. More »

© Mike Davis

Special Report: A Family of Schools

May 01, 2015 - The “Family. Life.” Project Engages a Global Student Audience More »

© Kristine Bosworth

Step X Step: Nikon Pros Offer Practical Advice from the Field

April 08, 2015 - Last fall, an exclusive panel discussion with Nikon Ambassadors Dixie Dixon and Lucas Gilman and Nikon photographer Steve Simon had New York’s Jacob Javits Center abuzz with creative inspiration and business advice. These three diverse photographers shared candid opinions and expert guidance on what students need to know to jump-start their photo-industry career. After this free, Nikon-sponsored event, attendees gathered at the stage for one-on-one discussions with the speakers and networked over a catered reception while viewing a curated slideshow of the panelists’ favorite images. Those in attendance walked away fired up to put the combined advice into practice in their own growing careers.
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Headshot © David Lindner

Is It Legal? Privacy Rights When Photographing Subjects Without Their Consent

March 25, 2015 - Q: I photograph city dwellers from the windows of neighboring apartments. Many of these pictures are published on my Web site and have been exhibited in a photo gallery. A family pictured in my images saw this show and is threatening to sue me. What legal rights do I have to display and sell these prints? More »

© Kristina Varaksina

Business Smarts: Working the Crowd

March 16, 2015 -  Dos and Don’ts for Presenting at a Portfolio Walk

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© Katia Temkin

Special Report: Lights, Cameras, Action

October 31, 2014 - Three Photography Programs That Cultivate Motion, Video and Hybrid Technologies More »


Is It Legal? Ownership Issues and Collaboration Agreements in Team Media and Video Projects

October 30, 2014 - Q: I collaborated with friends on some videos for a band on spec. The band just signed with an agent who wants to use our work to promote an upcoming tour. We shot these videos to build a reel for our own services and covered all expenses ourselves. We don’t have anything in writing with the band or their backers. How can we recoup our expenses, protect our content and not get burned on this project?”
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© Sandro

Business Smarts: Bringing Motion to Stills

October 24, 2014 -  How Adding Video is Affecting Still Photography Programs More »

© Erika Gatz

Special Report: Total Immersion - Intensive Workshop Programs That Take Learning Photography and Media to New Heights

April 14, 2014 - Learning by doing often trumps classroom study and bookish pursuits as a worthy educational approach. Add top-notch instructors, an inspiring setting, an open-ended schedule and easy access to materials to the mix, and you have all the elements provided by the schools featured here. What’s more, these laboratories of learning are readily accessible to a wide range of pupils, from current students and recent grads to career changers and avocational enthusiasts. In “Total Immersion,” we investigate three distinctive communities in which to study photography, new media, career training and/or craftsmanship—each one offering students an intensity of purpose and incisive vision that regular academic programs can lack. More »

© Trevor Muhler

What Does it Cost... To Study, Live and Work in Salt Lake City, Utah?

April 04, 2014 -

Utah’s biggest city and state capital, Salt Lake City (SLC), is situated in a valley surrounded by mountains—making it an outdoor photographer’s paradise. It’s a mecca for outdoor sport enthusiasts as well, especially skiers. Founded in 1847 by Brigham Young, by the mid-1800s SLC was nicknamed the Crossroads of the West, due to its proximity to the first transcontinental railroad. In 1913, SLC was traversed by the first transcontinental highway and, presently, its locus as hub for the cross-country freeways I-15 and I-80, makes SLC easily accessible to all.

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© Ami Vitale

Step X Step: Recapping the PDNedu/Nikon 2013 Photo Industry Mashup

April 01, 2014 - Last fall, an exclusive panel discussion with Nikon Ambassadors Ami Vitale, Corey Rich and Jerry Ghionis had New York’s Jacob Javits Center abuzz with creative inspiration and business advice. These three diverse photographers shared candid opinions and expert guidance on How to Maintain a Solid Presence in a Shifting Field. More »

© Jason Francisco

Business Smarts: Ivory Tower or Job Center?

March 25, 2014 - There’s a clear message coming out of the nation’s capital on the issue of higher education these days: It’s all about skills and jobs. In a highly reported sound bite from President Obama’s speech before a group of manufacturing industry workers, he commented, “Folks can make a lot more potentially with skilled manufacturing or the trades than they might with an art history degree.”  Obama continued with the suggestion that a four-year college education is less significant than “[getting] the skills and the training that you need.”

What is the future of arts education for the next generation of budding creative talent? This article takes A Sneak Peek at the Obama administration's College Affordability Plan.

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Headshot © David Lindner

Is It Legal? Sports Logos, Branding Identity and Image Sales

March 12, 2014 - Q: I'm an aspiring sports photographer and am currently interning for a number of teams at my school. I'd like to start selling these images on the Internet but someone told me I'd need to remove logos from my images first. Why is that necessary? It seems like it would take a lot of work. More »

photo © Christina Katsolis

Special Report: Museum Studies

October 11, 2013 - Museum Studies: Photography Programs with Associated Museums Generate Academic Enlightenment

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© Andy Bloxham

Special Report: Generation Next

March 22, 2013 - Photography education is a rapidly evolving field, due in part to the technological changes affecting the medium. Another factor in this evolution is a changing of the guard among teachers. As older faculty members retire or programs grow, yesterday’s graduate students are moving into teaching positions, full of new ideas to advance the field and inspire the next generation of students. While jobs in photo education are not easy to come by and teaching is no simple task, many photo students and recent graduates aspire to take on this role. For insights about the path from student to teacher, we talked to three photo educators who have already greatly affected the programs they teach in, even at the start of their careers.

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