20th Century Photographers – An Interview with Mary Ellen Mark

28 May 2015 - George Schaub

In celebration of the life and photography of Mary Ellen Mark who passed away on Monday, May 25, 2015… Below is Grace Schaub’s interview with Mary Ellen Mark (originally published in Photographer’s Forum in July 1990).  The interview can also be found in the recently published book  20th Century Photographers: Interviews on the Craft, Purpose,…


Teachers on Teaching Photography – Digital vs. Analog
By Jill Enfield

25 May 2015 - Glenn Rand, Jane Alden Stevens & Garin Horner

In celebration of the publication of the new edition of Teaching Photography: Tools for the Imaging Educator, 2nd Edition, authors Glenn Rand, Jane Alden Stevens and Garin Horner asked some of their colleagues to share their views on the challenges of teaching photography. Below is a contribution by Jill Enfield. Jill Enfield, one of the…

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Everything You Need to Know About Pixels

21 May 2015 - Bob Rewick

What is a pixel? The word pixel is a contraction of “pix” for picture, and “el” for element, thus “picture element”.  Using this definition, a pixel is usually considered to be the smallest single component of a digital image, and, arguably, the most important. A pixel is the basic digital photo site where light from…


May – June Photo Contest
Theme: A Force of Nature

19 May 2015 - Sloane Stinson

To enter Focal Press’s May – June Photo Contest, please click here. Theme:  A FORCE OF NATURE Inspired by the book: Digital Nature Photography: The Art and the Science, 2nd Edition Guest Judges – John and Barbara Gerlach Prizes: Grand Jury Winner: -          A copy of the book Digital Nature Photography, 2e -          $200 worth…


Artists! Photographers! Protect Your Copyrights – or Else!

14 May 2015 - Edward C. Greenberg & Jack Reznicki

Recently, Intellectual Property Attorney Ed Greenberg and Pro Photographer Jack Reznicki, authors of the just-published book The Copyright Zone were interviewed by Mr. Media!  Tune in below for the recorded video podcast! About Ed & Jack: Ed Greenberg has been a litigator practicing in New York City for over thirty years, has represented some of…

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Music Photography – Thinking Outside the Pit

12 May 2015 - Richard Gray

A while back I wrote about how to get a pass to take photos at a gig. That pass not only gives you permission to take photos, it will also allow you into the hallowed photo pit, if the venue has one, usually during the first three songs. But, like buying an expensive lens, getting…


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