January 2015

The Innovation Issue

© Nate Bolt & Mark Lobo @ Phoot Camp

© Nate Bolt & Mark Lobo @ Phoot Camp During this year’s Phoot Camp, a creative retreat for photographers, Nate Bolt and Mark Lobo collaborated to make this long exposure of a DJI Phantom 2 in flight with two 14-inch light sticks attached in Joshua Tree, California.


Picture Story: When the Land That Feeds the Country Goes Thirsty
When Ed Kashi was assigned to document the effects of the drought in California’s Central Valley, he called on the photographer who has made the valley the subject of his career: Matt Black.
By Matthew Ismael Ruiz

How I Got That Grant: Joseph Sywenkyj on Winning the 2014 W. Eugene Smith Grant
After multiple tries, the photographer won the grant for his multi-faceted project encompassing 15 years of work he has made in the Ukraine.
By David Walker

Department of Education: Are Art School Hiring Practices Hurting Prospects for MFA Photo Students?
Colleges are cutting back on tenure-track positions, and adjunct instructors say the change affects students and working artists.
By Eliza Lamb


The Innovative Gear That Will Shape 2015
We highlight some of the gear we’re excited about at the dawn of 2015.
By Greg Scoblete

Commanding Heights
Around the world, drone photography is taking flight, while U.S. droneographers wait in the wings.
By Aimee Baldridge

National Geographic’s Department of Technical Ingenuity
How do National Geographic photographers get their uncanny, never-before-seen images? The secret lies in the
By David Walker


Spotlight: Code and Theory, Agency for the Digital Age
Named an “Agency to Watch” by Advertising Age in 2014, Code and Theory boasts a culture in which creatives and digital engineers work together to produce solutions for media brands. Co-founder Brandon Ralph talks to PDN about the agency’s work with brands and photographers.
Interview by Conor Risch


How I Got That Shot: Enhancing the Ambient
Emily Shur, who frequently shoots for entertainment clients, explains how she crafted the lighting for two playful shots featuring comedic actors.
By Holly Stuart Hughes

Product Reviews
Nikon D750; Mamiya Leaf Credo 50; Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4.
By Theano Nikitas and Greg Scoblete

Frames Per Second: Editing on the Beat
“South of Stars” tells the compelling story of two young musicians through music, lyrics and intimate voice-over interviews.
By Holly Stuart Hughes

Get Smart: 9 Tools to Boost Your Mobile Photography
Maximize your mobile photography and video with this gear.
By Greg Scoblete


The Unmagical Kingdom
Cynthia Henebry’s portraits consider the inner lives of children, and the psychological relationship between youth and adulthood.
By Conor Risch

A Mother’s Fight
Felipe Jácome’s portrait series incorporates the voices of indigenous women in Ecuador’s Amazon rainforest struggling to protect their land from state-owned oil companies.
By Brienne Walsh

End Frame
Voices of the Valley: Matt Black on Dorothea Lange