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© Erika Gatz

Special Report: Total Immersion - Intensive Workshop Programs That Take Learning Photography and Media to New Heights

April 14, 2014 - Learning by doing often trumps classroom study and bookish pursuits as a worthy educational approach. Add top-notch instructors, an inspiring setting, an open-ended schedule and easy access to materials to the mix, and you have all the elements provided by the schools featured here. What’s more, these laboratories of learning are readily accessible to a wide range of pupils, from current students and recent grads to career changers and avocational enthusiasts. In “Total Immersion,” we investigate three distinctive communities in which to study photography, new media, career training and/or craftsmanship—each one offering students an intensity of purpose and incisive vision that regular academic programs can lack. More »

© Trevor Muhler

What Does it Cost... To Study, Live and Work in Salt Lake City, Utah?

April 04, 2014 -

Utah’s biggest city and state capital, Salt Lake City (SLC), is situated in a valley surrounded by mountains—making it an outdoor photographer’s paradise. It’s a mecca for outdoor sport enthusiasts as well, especially skiers. Founded in 1847 by Brigham Young, by the mid-1800s SLC was nicknamed the Crossroads of the West, due to its proximity to the first transcontinental railroad. In 1913, SLC was traversed by the first transcontinental highway and, presently, its locus as hub for the cross-country freeways I-15 and I-80, makes SLC easily accessible to all.


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© Ami Vitale

Step X Step: Recapping the PDNedu/Nikon 2013 Photo Industry Mashup

April 01, 2014 - Last fall, an exclusive panel discussion with Nikon Ambassadors Ami Vitale, Corey Rich and Jerry Ghionis had New York’s Jacob Javits Center abuzz with creative inspiration and business advice. These three diverse photographers shared candid opinions and expert guidance on How to Maintain a Solid Presence in a Shifting Field. More »

© Jason Francisco

Business Smarts: Ivory Tower or Job Center?

March 25, 2014 - There’s a clear message coming out of the nation’s capital on the issue of higher education these days: It’s all about skills and jobs. In a highly reported sound bite from President Obama’s speech before a group of manufacturing industry workers, he commented, “Folks can make a lot more potentially with skilled manufacturing or the trades than they might with an art history degree.”  Obama continued with the suggestion that a four-year college education is less significant than “[getting] the skills and the training that you need.”

What is the future of arts education for the next generation of budding creative talent? This article takes A Sneak Peek at the Obama administration's College Affordability Plan.



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Headshot © David Lindner

Is It Legal? Sports Logos, Branding Identity and Image Sales

March 12, 2014 - Q: I'm an aspiring sports photographer and am currently interning for a number of teams at my school. I'd like to start selling these images on the Internet but someone told me I'd need to remove logos from my images first. Why is that necessary? It seems like it would take a lot of work. More »

photo © Christina Katsolis

Special Report: Museum Studies

October 11, 2013 - Museum Studies: Photography Programs with Associated Museums Generate Academic Enlightenment



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© Andy Bloxham

Special Report: Generation Next

March 22, 2013 - Photography education is a rapidly evolving field, due in part to the technological changes affecting the medium. Another factor in this evolution is a changing of the guard among teachers. As older faculty members retire or programs grow, yesterday’s graduate students are moving into teaching positions, full of new ideas to advance the field and inspire the next generation of students. While jobs in photo education are not easy to come by and teaching is no simple task, many photo students and recent graduates aspire to take on this role. For insights about the path from student to teacher, we talked to three photo educators who have already greatly affected the programs they teach in, even at the start of their careers.

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graph courtesy of Dr. Glenn Rand

A Part Time Future: Adjunct Teaching Dynamics in Three Parts

March 07, 2013 - Any number of anecdotes point to a sharp rise in the number of adjunct faculty currently teaching in photographic education. The 2012 Mac-on-Campus Photography Survey goes further and helps us understand the depth of this trend. While such data can tell us some things, practical examples can offer a clearer view to both advantages and limits of adjunct positions.
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photo © Sebastien Secchi

Special Report: Positive Role Models

May 01, 2012 -  Three photography programs staffed by dedicated educators who balance teaching with successful photography careers

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”
— Benjamin Franklin

At a time when photo education is increasingly influenced by trends such as online learning and systems to economize time and minimize contact, stories about personal guidance by educators who combine teaching expertise with high level, practical knowledge and professional clout offer a breath of fresh air. For students seeking to navigate the rocky terrain from classroom learning to success in the real world, direct contact with instructors offering this level of perspective on the field can be an invaluable educational asset. Here, we investigate three photo programs in varied educational settings, each staffed by distinguished teachers who serve as positive role models to their students while simultaneously pursuing flourishing photography careers of their own.

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Is It Legal? Educational Course Content and Work-for-Hire Contracts

April 30, 2012 - Q: During a recent panel discussion, an educator raised a question about a new contract his school is preparing that seeks to claim ownership of intellectual property developed by teachers as part of a school curriculum. If a teacher creates content, who owns it, the school or the teacher? For example, can the school syndicate an online program created by a teacher? More »

Image © Dave Black

Business Smarts: Learning From Legends

April 27, 2012 - Three photography masters reveal secrets to surviving the business
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© Dwight Eschliman <www.eschlimanphoto.com>

What Does It Cost ... To Study, Live and Work in San Francisco?

April 18, 2012 - Perched an hour from Napa Valley and offering a host of stunning cityscapes at its feet and water all around, San Francisco is one of the most desirable locations in the United States. On the downside, it’s the second most densely populated city in the country and the third most expensive place to live (according to Klipinger Real Estate). But, along with the picturesque landscape, great schools abound, and San Francisco is also a principal center for banking and finance—in fact, it’s the ninth top producing city nationwide. A year-round mild climate makes this city hard to beat. With these things in mind, PDNedu takes a look at what it costs to study, live and work in the City by the Bay. More »

Is It Legal? Oral Understandings Versus Written Usage Agreements

October 17, 2011 - Q: “I was hired by a large, online retail Web site to shoot one of its look books. I’ve worked with this company many times and have never signed anything or agreed on specific usage details with the client. They paid me to shoot the book, I got the check—all was good. A couple of months passed, when I noticed one of my photos on a major billboard in the middle of Sunset Boulevard. It was huge and looked like a very expensive ad. Is this considered kosher in the photography business? I couldn’t help but feel that I should be getting paid for the thousands of hits their Web site will receive based on my picture. Am I wrong?”

—Gregory Minasian, via e-mail

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PHOTO © ALEX MARTINEZ

What Does It Cost...? To Study, Live and Work in Atlanta, Georgia

March 29, 2011 - Atlanta, Georgia—the heart of the South—is an attractive place to live. As a top business city, it has a growing job market and a number of excellent schools, and its airport is the busiest in the world— not that you’ll want to leave too often once you’ve settled in the sun belt. PDNedu takes a look at how much it costs to study, live and work in Atlanta. More »

photo © Robin Dana

Special Report: Going Global

March 28, 2011 - Wide-Ranging Study-Abroad Programs Offer Photography Students an International Reach
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