May 2015

The Travel Photography Issue

© Justin Mott

© Justin Mott A resort in Koh Samui, Thailand, photographed by Justin Mott.


How I Got That Grant: Aaron Siskind Foundation Individual Photographer’s Fellowship
Past Fellowship winners and jurors discuss what it takes to win the grants, which come with no strings attached.
By Edgar Allen Beem

Picture Story: American Outcasts
Samuel James documents a sanctuary for castaways—both wolf-dog hybrids and battle-scarred veterans—finding solace in each other.
By Matthew Ismael Ruiz

Career Advice: Kitra Cahana on Elevating Your Work
“My advice to young photographers is to distance yourself from self-righteousness,” says the National Geographic contributor. In this excerpt from a new ebook, Lessons in Great Photography, she explains her intensive approach to storytelling.


Local Flavor
How photographers deliver travel stories that meet the demands of today’s editorial market.
By Sarah Coleman

On Tour
How creative agency Stay & Wander works with tourism boards to create visual content with reach and influence.
By Conor Risch

Be Our Guests
Airbnb is commissioning a variety of photography and visual storytelling to encourage people to think differently about travel.
By Holly Stuart Hughes

The High Roads
Nathan Thornburgh, co-founder of online magazine Roads & Kingdoms, which publishes articles on destinations around the world, explains what makes a great pitch.
Interview by Holly Stuart Hughes

Travel Hacks
PDN asked more than 20 road-warrior photographers for some pro travel tips. Here’s what they suggested.


Spotlight: Eater’s New Look
The features editor of the food-centric website explains how she commissions image-heavy, longform stories.
Interview by Matthew Ismael Ruiz

GEAR & Techniques

How I Got That Shot: Play Time
Photographer John Keatley explains how careful planning for postproduction helps him create images in which whimsy outshines wizardry.
By Holly Stuart Hughes

Product Reviews
Canon EOS 7D Mark II; Profoto B2; Lytro Illum.
By Greg Scoblete

Frames Per Second: Sounds of the Downhill
The making of a video for The New York Times that makes the sounds and voices of ski racing the star.
By Jon Blistein

9 Portable Lights for Any Application
A roundup that includes continuous light for video, motion-freezing strobes, and tools for creating light effects on location.
By Greg Scoblete


Steel and Sea
Scott Conarroe’s photos of railways and coastlines explore the past,
present and future of North America.

By Brienne Walsh

The Unvanquished
As Scout Tufankjian sought to understand her Armenian identity, she was welcomed into diverse communities in 23 countries and gained support to publish her ambitious new book.
By Dzana Tsomondo