Kickstarting Your Project

Crowdsourcing as an option for photographers

Gerd Ludwig is no stranger to the pages of Digital Photo Pro, and his history in the world of photography is long and storied. Ludwig was cofounder of Germany’s very first photographer-owned photo studio, VISUM, and he has been published frequently over the years in the highly regarded pages of Stern, Time, Life and other publications. In the... Read more

Vision To Visuals: Aid Is In Fashion

Stefano Guindani turns his lens from the glitz of the runway to the poverty of Haiti’s children

How does a fashion photographer shooting for luxury brands like Dolce & Gabbana, Armani, Versace, Louis Vuitton and Valentino end up creating a body of photojournalistic work so moving that it rallies the entire fashion world in support of a profoundly humanitarian cause? Haiti: Through the Eye of Stefano Guindani, a unique 168-page photographic... Read more

Vision to Visuals: Building An Aesthetic

As part of a project for the Greenmarket Tavern in New York, photographer Larry Letters created a collection of images to tell the story of wine

There’s nothing like an economic downturn to spark the creative wheels of entrepreneurs in a city like New York. Every down cycle in this city ends with a burst of entrepreneurial innovation that leads to the new up cycle. Greenmarket Tavern, the brand-new restaurant in the Photography District, is one such explosion of culinary creativity that... Read more

It's Not A Winning Ticket

Someone used my picture without permission! What do I win?

Over the last three years, I’ve been involved in the copyright infringement case Latimer v. Roaring Toyz, et al. The case has been reported by various photo-industry publications and blogs since it involved a claim of copyright infringement brought by a photographer against several high-profile defendants. Today, the case, which has all the trappings... Read more

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

Although you hope it won’t happen, you need to plan for the day when you and a business partner will decide to go your separate ways. Thinking it through up front can prevent a lot of angst and bad feelings later.

While Neil Sedaka’s signature 1962 hit “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do” may have attempted to put an upbeat spin on an otherwise painful experience, the reality of business breakups is that they’re generally far more complicated than simply facing another person and saying “goodbye.” However, the breakup can be less painful... Read more

Vision To Visuals: The SCAR Project

David Jay’s breast cancer survivors project

We live in a world of overwhelming statistics. We experience the most poignant human conditions in the form of numbers and abstractions, and in this most connected era in human history, our experience of reality and truth gets washed over by the onslaught of rhetoric and opinions that isolate us from critical issues that affect us. Disease is a subject... Read more

The New Photojournalism Frontier

VII The Magazine looks to reshape how visual stories are told, distributed and paid for in a tough, uncertain economic climate

The great demise of print media and, subsequently, photojournalism, has been talked about ad nauseam for years now. Frankly, the debate has grown a bit stale. Even before the recent economic upheaval, no one really had any answers, the questions continue to change, and while it’s clear that the traditional outlets, such as newspapers, used to... Read more

Vision To Visuals: A Moment In Time

Julian Lennon’s personal and profound Timeless exhibition

I have always felt that I have observed life, in a different way than others; probably because my life has been very different than most. Music has always been one creative outlet for me, but now I’m happy to add another one too, that being photography. —Julian Lennon A photographer, etymologically speaking, is one who “writes”... Read more

Creative Commons In Practice

While it can be a powerful tool for getting your work noticed, Creative Commons presents problems for unwary photographers

Imagine you’re a photographer trying to get your work noticed. You’ve heard that Getty Images and some publishers are utilizing the photo-sharing website Flickr as a way of locating stock images, so you open a Flickr account and upload images. And since Flickr makes it easy to apply a Creative Commons license to your images, you select one... Read more

The Photography Classroom

Amid changing technology and an increasingly difficult business environment, schools and teachers who are training tomorrow’s pros have their work cut out for them as they struggle to push forward while creating a foundation built upon the past

Photographers have seen an enormous shift over the past two decades in the way they approach their business. The arsenal of a Hasselblad, a quiver with a range of lenses, a Polaroid back and several film backs that would last for years has become a rarity rather than the norm. Now, a professional must have loyalty to a brand of DSLR camera body and... Read more