June 2015

PDN Photo Annual 2015

© Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari

© Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari An image by Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari, part of a story for New York magazine’s 2014 Spring Fashion issue.


Career Launch: Wynn Myers
Austin, Texas-based lifestyle photographer Wynn Myers has taken an unconventional path to shooting editorial and advertising assignments for national brands.
By David Walker

Picture Story: Urban Cowboys
Freelance photojournalist Charles Mostoller encountered a group of teenage horseback riders in the streets of Philadelphia. He explains how he packaged an inspiring story published by the Wall Street Journal.
By David Walker

Copyright Watch: Court Rejects Daniel Morel’s $2.5 Million Claim for Legal Fees Against Getty, AFP
The court’s ruling underscores the high cost of pursuing copyright infringement claims. Morel’s attorney explains the ruling’s impact.
By David Walker


To Catch an Image Manipulator
More than 20 percent of the photos that advanced to the penultimate round in the World Press Photo contest were disqualified for image manipulation. Here’s how they were caught.
By Greg Scoblete

Will Global Safety Standards Cause Publications to Take More Responsibility for Freelancers?
Unprecedented threats to the lives and livelihoods of freelance conflict journalists have lead journalism organizations and news companies to collaborate on safety standards. Will they help?
By Conor Risch

Advice For Building An Instagram Following
Four photographers with different styles and interests explain how their Instagram audiences grew.
By Brienne Walsh

What Should You Charge for Social Media Usage?
The growing market for social media imagery can provide a new revenue stream, but inconsistent pricing standards threaten to cause a race to the bottom. Reps explain how they’re determining what to charge.
By Conor Risch

Fresh Takes
PDN takes a look at magazines and websites that got a fresh coat of paint in the past year, as well as some of the new kids on the block.
By Matthew Ismael Ruiz

Visual Storytelling Platforms Abound. Are They a Good Thing for Photographers?
Options for self-publishing photo essays and multimedia projects online are growing. We ask photographers who use them about the pros and cons.
By David Walker

The Photo Annual 2015


Spotlight: Cornering the Market
Jeff Tammes, head of creative and strategy at the multi-disciplinary agency Cornerstone, explains how the team develops stories around a client’s brand, and what they look for in photographers.
Interview by Matthew Ismael Ruiz

GEAR & Techniques

How I Got That Shot: Dramatic Action
Gary Land uses moody backlighting and hard light sources to capture athletes
in action.

Interview by Holly Stuart Hughes

Product Reviews
Tests of the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II, Tamron SP 15–30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD and the Rokinon 135mm T2.2 Cine DS lens.
By Greg Scoblete

Frames Per Second: The Central Character in the Battle Over Immigration
In his first video, Charles Ommanney broke many rules of documentary filmmaking, and ended up winning honors for his portrayal of the border wall between the U.S. and Mexico.
By Holly Stuart Hughes

Keep It Safe: 16 Storage Solutions for Preserving Your Digital Negatives
From your desktop to the cloud, these storage solutions will safeguard your files.
By Greg Scoblete


The Color of Dreams
As Afghanistan attempts to emerge from decades of war, a new book by Zalmaï depicts the terrible toll of conflict on the civilian population, and offers glimmers of hope for the future.
By Dzana Tsomondo

Wonder Worlds
Ysabel LeMay composites hundreds of images of flora and fauna to create works bursting with the color and complexity of the natural world.
By Conor Risch