PDNedu PDNedu is a semi-annual print publication for student photographers and their instructors from the publishers of Photo District News, sponsored by Nikon.

PDNedu is a free, semi-annual print publication sent to instructors in high school and college-level photography programs across the United States for distribution to students. In addition to the print magazine, we publish a digital edition freely available to global audiences and supplemented by interactive videos and other resources. PDNedu’s Web site serves as a back up archive from the magazine’s past issues and the PDNedu blog is the place to find newsworthy content about upcoming deadlines, events and opportunities of interest to the education community. The newest aspect of PDNedu’s program is an annual PDNedu/Nikon photographer panel and networking reception, held in late October during PDN's PhotoPlus Expo in New York.

Mission: To bring the real-world inspiration, techniques and business expertise of established pros to budding photographers and their instructors in high school and college programs.

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Introducing the Home Issue! Featuring Chantal Anderson, Jennifer Garza-Cuen, LaToya Ruby Frazier and more!
12/02/2019
The Fall 2019 issue of PDNedu is now available. | PDNedu

Introducing the Home Issue! Featuring Chantal Anderson, Jennifer Garza-Cuen, LaToya Ruby Frazier and more!

The Fall 2019 issue of PDNedu is now available. In this issue, dedicated to the topic of home, you'll find a profile on our cover shooter, Chantal Anderson, whose work examines the notion of place; a

As the climate crisis becomes more urgent, so, too, does the role of photography in raising awareness. For those who hav...
11/07/2019
Illuminating the Truth: The Role of Photography in Climate Change | PDNedu

As the climate crisis becomes more urgent, so, too, does the role of photography in raising awareness. For those who haven’t been directly affected by the destructive impact of global warming, it may feel like an abstract idea—or the extent of the impact may not be understood. Climate photography helps to make visceral what could only be imagined before. Josh Haner and Virginia Hanusik are two photographers who are dedicated to illuminating and combating climate change.

Houseboat on the Atchafalaya Basin. Photo © Virginia Hanusik. As the climate crisis becomes more urgent, so, too, does the role of photography in raising awareness. For those who haven't been

LaToya Ruby Frazier, associate professor of photography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, deftly blends tal...
11/07/2019
Star Teacher: LaToya Ruby Frazier | PDNedu

LaToya Ruby Frazier, associate professor of photography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, deftly blends tales of personal experience with social reportage in her work, and she tries to impart this sense of balance to her students. “It is essential to encourage students to speak from the heart about where they are from and how they see themselves in society—with their family, community, nation and the world,” says Frazier.

Photos © LaToya Ruby Frazier LaToya Ruby Frazier's work as a visual artist deftly blends tales of personal experience with social reportage. She tries to impart this sense of balance to her stude

L.A.-based photographer Julia Stotz has flexed her creative muscles for brands such as Bon Appetit, Food and Wine, The N...
11/05/2019
Julia Stotz on Lighting Still Lifes | PDNedu

L.A.-based photographer Julia Stotz has flexed her creative muscles for brands such as Bon Appetit, Food and Wine, The New York Times and UberEats. While still-life photography may sound superficially straightforward—nothing’s moving, after all—there’s actually a lot more to it than meets the eye. We asked Stotz to break down how she approaches her still lifes. Read more about Stotz on our website or in the Fall 2019 issue of PDNedu magazine.

All photos © Julia Stotz Five years into her professional photography career, L.A.-based photographer Julia Stotz really started leaning into the work she loves—shooting still lifes. Ten years later

Jessica Pettway is a New York-based photographer who was recognized in PDN‘s 30 in 2019. According to Pettway, the most ...
11/04/2019
PHOTOPLUS 2019 Talks: Jessica Pettway on Making Your own Creative Problems and Advice for Young Photographers | PDNedu

Jessica Pettway is a New York-based photographer who was recognized in PDN‘s 30 in 2019. According to Pettway, the most important thing that students who are studying photography can do is experiment because it’s the only way that you can find out what kind of photography you like. “Fortunately there is no set path to becoming a photographer, so it’s never too early or too late to choose your own adventure!” she says.

All photos © Jessica Pettway Jessica Pettway is a New York-based photographer who was recognized in PDN's 30 in 2019. Her recent commercial clients include awrp, Vitafusion and by CHLOE, and rece

Past PDN's 30 photographer Adrian Mueller spoke at the Creator's Lounge at PHOTOPLUS 2019 about winning advertising assi...
11/01/2019
PHOTOPLUS 2019 Talks: Adrien Mueller on His Still-Life Photography Career and Advice for Young Photographers | PDNedu

Past PDN's 30 photographer Adrian Mueller spoke at the Creator's Lounge at PHOTOPLUS 2019 about winning advertising assignments, writing treatments and managing ad clients' expectations. Mueller is a commercial still life food and beverage photographer, and he’s recently worked for Adidas, Ciroc, Hershey’s and Prada. Mueller spoke to PDNedu, offering his advice for student photographers and photographers who are just starting out.

Tacos with ingredients and beer glasses standing on a table. Photo © Adrian Mueller. Photographer Adrian Mueller spoke at the PDN 30's Creator's Lounge at PHOTOPLUS 2019 about how he's

Soraya Zaman’s book, American Boys, is the evolution of an online project the photographer began in 2016 as a way to sho...
10/31/2019
Photo Books: Review of American Boys by Soraya Zaman | PDNedu

Soraya Zaman’s book, American Boys, is the evolution of an online project the photographer began in 2016 as a way to showcase a diversity of trans narratives. The internet is rife with demonizing images of people who do not adhere to societal expectation of gender and sexuality; Zaman wanted to increase the positive imagery of the trans-masculine community available online and create a safe space for genderqueer individuals to explore their identities. Their beautiful book was published by Daylight Books in 2019.

Dominic, age 18. Houston, Texas. "Meeting Dominic in person, I was struck by how quiet, shy and soft he is, in fact I ended up doing so much of the talking! But one thing that really stood out to me was his commitment to achieve his transition goals. He is doing it alone, from paying for his hormone...

Brittainy Newman trained as a ballerina for 12 years before an injury cut her career short. As a student studying photoj...
10/31/2019
Brittainy Newman Turns A Tragedy Into Art | PDNedu

Brittainy Newman trained as a ballerina for 12 years before an injury cut her career short. As a student studying photojournalism at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in 2018, her love of ballet led her to tell the story of the Flower City Ballet’s annual performance of the Nutcracker. Although it was their eleventh time staging the production, it was the first time they’d ever performed without the guidance of their founder, Wayne Blatt, who had recently passed away. She used a Nikon D810 to capture the video for her final project, The Gift of Dance; It was Newman’s first time shooting a video, but she believes that the medium allowed her to best capture the emotional experience of performing while in mourning.

Have you told a story through video that captures one of your passions? Enter Nikon’s Follow Your Passion contest. For full details and rules on how to enter, visit followyourpassion.com.

A still from the "The Gift of Dance," a video Brittainy Newman shot using Nikon D4S and D810 camera bodies, and Nikon 35mm f/1.4, 50mm f/1.4, 85mm f/1.4 , 24-70mm f/2.8 and 70-200mm f/2.8 lenses. Brittainy Newman's love of ballet began before she discovered her love of photography. She trained for 1...

For the Singles portfolio in the Fall 2019 issue of PDNedu, we had the privilege of partnering with Red Hook Labs in Bro...
10/30/2019
SINGLES X Red Hook Labs | PDNedu

For the Singles portfolio in the Fall 2019 issue of PDNedu, we had the privilege of partnering with Red Hook Labs in Brooklyn, NY. Shoutout to the amazing work created this year by student artists in their Youth Career Program. Advanced photography students worked collaboratively in groups to concept, art direct, photograph and produce these shoots from start to finish. Red Hook Labs establishes art education in public schools and community centers. To see more of the students’ work, check out the story on our website or read the Fall 2019 issue of PDNedu.

For the Singles portfolio in the Fall 2019 issue of PDNedu, we had the privilege to partner with Red Hook Labs to feature work created by students at Labs School. Shoutout to the amazing work created this year by student artists in the Youth Career Program. Advanced photography students worked colla...

When Mike Mezeul II put down his phone and looked up, he encountered the night sky. He's been documenting its many wonde...
10/30/2019
Mike Mezeul II Finds the Perfect Lighting for the Northern Lights | PDNedu

When Mike Mezeul II put down his phone and looked up, he encountered the night sky. He's been documenting its many wonders ever since. Entirely self taught, he relies on his Nikon gear to reveal the potential of what can be captured. For example, an incredibly rare display of the northern lights over Lake Minnewanka in Banff National Park, depicted above. Mezeul II took the extraordinary photograph with a Nikon D810 and Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED lens.

An incredibly rare display of the northern lights over Lake Minnewanka in Banff National Park. This is an 8 image vertical panorama. Nikon D810 | Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED @14mm | 3" | F2.8 | ISO 800 Mike Mezeul II was up late one night because he couldn't sleep. As he was scrolling throug...

Isabel Epstein thinks that activism has a place within art. "Viewers can be captivated by beauty, and then come to a rea...
10/30/2019
Isabel Epstein's Fashion Portraiture is a Rallying Cry for Change | PDNedu

Isabel Epstein thinks that activism has a place within art. "Viewers can be captivated by beauty, and then come to a realization about an issue through that captivation,” she says. A recent series, shot with a Nikon D850, calls attention to the issue of plastic pollution in the world's oceans using a fashion aesthetic.

In a series of images featuring model Shanya McLeary, Isabel Epstein visually illustrates the way plastic "chokes" our oceans and wildlife. All images shot with the Nikon D850, and © Isabel Epstein. Isabel Epstein believes that beautiful photographs have the capacity to foment a transformation in p...

Taken with a Nikon Z7, Billy H.C. Kwok's series "Hong Kong: After the Handover" captures how the territory continues to ...
10/29/2019
Billy H.C. Kwok Captures His Changing Birthplace On the Streets | PDNedu

Taken with a Nikon Z7, Billy H.C. Kwok's series "Hong Kong: After the Handover" captures how the territory continues to evolve even 20 years after it was handed over to China from Britain. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Kwok has a personal connection to the city that fuels his passion for taking photographs of it.

A man golfing in front of residential buildings and construction sites. Hong Kong is marking 20 years since the territory was handed from Britain to China, after more than 150 years of British rule, as the handover on July 1, 1997, had been viewed with a mixture of uncertainty and hope. All images t...

Check out Nikon on the show floor at PHOTOPLUS 2019! Some of the best in the field are speaking on the Nikon stage, incl...
10/24/2019

Check out Nikon on the show floor at PHOTOPLUS 2019! Some of the best in the field are speaking on the Nikon stage, including Tamara Lackey, Andrew Hancock and Jerry Ghionis on "Pro Tips for Camera Setup" and Kristi Odom, Deanne Fitzmaurice and Robin Layton on "Storytelling in Video." There are also live demos from pros like Jerry Ghionis. Last but not least, get your pic taken with the not-yet-released Z 50 at the Nikon Pop Up Studio! You can still register for PHOTOPLUS 2019 which goes through October 26th, 2019 at Jacob Javits Center in NYC! It's not too late to register now: https://www.photoplusexpo.com

Thank you to everyone who joined us at the PDNedu x Nikon panel at PHOTOPLUS 2019! And thank you to our presenters, Kris...
10/24/2019
From the Show Floor! PDNedu x Nikon Panel: "Using New Technology to Inspire and Push Your Creativity" | PDNedu

Thank you to everyone who joined us at the PDNedu x Nikon panel at PHOTOPLUS 2019! And thank you to our presenters, Kristi Odom, Mike Mezeul II and Isabel Epstein for an inspiring and informative presentation. PHOTOPLUS continues through Saturday, October 26th at the Jacob J. Javits Convention Center in New York City. It's not too late to register now: https://www.photoplusexpo.com/

PDN editor Holly Hughes talks to Nikon Photographers Isabel Epstein, Kristi Odom and Mike Mezeul II at the PDNedu x Nikon Panel and Reception, located at the Show Floor Theatre on Thursday, October 24th at If you missed the PDNedu x Nikon panel at PHOTOPLUS 2019, don't worry! You can still watch the...

Brittainy Newman stopped training as a ballerina when she broke her ankle at the age of 13, but her passion for dance ha...
10/23/2019
Brittainy Newman Turns A Tragedy Into Art | PDNedu

Brittainy Newman stopped training as a ballerina when she broke her ankle at the age of 13, but her passion for dance has never left her. "You can feel dance,” she says. “Dance has its own story, and stories have always followed me.” While a student at the Rochester Institute of Technology, Newman created "The Gift of Dance," a short film about a Rochester-based ballet company that had just lost its founder to cancer. The film was entirely shot using Nikon gear.

A still from the "The Gift of Dance," a video Brittainy Newman shot using Nikon D4S and D810 camera bodies, and Nikon 35mm f/1.4, 50mm f/1.4, 85mm f/1.4 , 24-70mm f/2.8 and 70-200mm f/2.8 lenses. Brittainy Newman's love of ballet began before she discovered her love of photography. She trained for 1...

"What set Shulman apart from other photographers was his ability to humanize the clean, sharp lines of modernist archite...
10/18/2019
Julius Shulman's Architectural Photography | PDNedu

"What set Shulman apart from other photographers was his ability to humanize the clean, sharp lines of modernist architecture, which at one time was perceived as alien and even uninhabitable. Known for working with black-and-white infrared film, which deepened the depths and contrasts of the angular structures he captured, Shulman often inserted signs of ideal domesticity—women lounging by a pool, children riding bikes, couples sipping cocktails—into his images as a way of aestheticizing modern living."

[Photo © Julius Shulman/Courtesy of J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10)]

What set Shulman apart from other photographers was his ability to humanize the clean, sharp lines of modernist architecture.

Want to push your creativity to the next level? Join professional photographers Isabel Epstein, Mike Mezeul II and Nikon...
10/17/2019
PDNedu x Nikon Present: Using New Technology to Inspire and Push Your Creativity

Want to push your creativity to the next level? Join professional photographers Isabel Epstein, Mike Mezeul II and Nikon Ambassador Kristi Odom to learn about how they've launched their careers by adapting to trends in technology. Learn how they’ve utilized new technology to inspire and push their own boundaries of creativity and how it’s led them to create a distinctive style in their photography and videography work that stands out in the industry. RSVP for the NIkon x PDNedu panel at PHOTOPLUS 2019 on Thursday, October 24th at 10:00am at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City!

Want to push your creativity to the next level? Professional Photographers Isabel Epstein, Mike Mezeul II and Nikon Ambassador Kristi Odom launched their careers by adapting to trends in technology. Learn how they’ve utilized new technology to inspire and push their own boundaries of creativity an...

At a time when citizenship is increasingly being called into question—who is able to call the country where they physica...
10/07/2019
PDN-Edu - Fall 2019 - page1

At a time when citizenship is increasingly being called into question—who is able to call the country where they physically reside their home—our hope is that the images and words in the Fall 2019 issue of PDNedu tell a story about a future where everyone has place to call “home.”

PDNedu talks to Chantal Anderson, Jennifer Garza-Cuen and Shawn Bush and more about identity, the idea of a place versus the reality of it and the question “Where are you from?”

Read more in the free digital edition of the magazine!

Informed by a plethora of influences, from Donna Tartt's "The Secret History to Arthur Miller's "The Crucible," photogra...
10/02/2019
Madeleine Morlet Captures an Eternal Coming of Age in a Series Shot in Coastal Maine | PDNedu

Informed by a plethora of influences, from Donna Tartt's "The Secret History to Arthur Miller's "The Crucible," photographer Madeline Morlet's series "I Promise I'll Never Forget" captures the exquisite beauty inherent in coming of age. Shot in coastal Maine soon after Morlet gave birth to her first child, the series emits a sense of the timeless nature of certain human experiences.

Elisabeth's Pearl (Rockport, Maine), 2019 Most new mothers experience a profound shift in identity. For Madeleine Morlet, the shift was especially pronounced. When she was six months pregnant, she moved from London, where she was shooting and producing regularly for publications such as Vice and i-D...

Since 2016, Mike Mezeul II has been photographing the Northern Lights, a phenomenon that is the result of the Earth’s at...
10/01/2019
Mike Mezeul II Finds the Perfect Lighting for the Northern Lights | PDNedu

Since 2016, Mike Mezeul II has been photographing the Northern Lights, a phenomenon that is the result of the Earth’s atmosphere colliding with charged particles released from the sun’s atmosphere. Entirely self-taught, Mezeul II has learned how to capture his subjects through trial and error. In conversation with PDNedu, Mezeul II provided some tips for photographers looking to begin shooting the night sky.

1. Turn the night sky into a story.

“There is nothing more boring, in my opinion, of just a photo of the sky. Find a way to tie in that night sky with a cool foreground or story. A great foreground with a beautiful night sky transforms a night image into a piece of art.”

Got a question for Mezeul II? Comment below and we will connect you with his advice!

Mezeul II’s photo of the northern lights above the snow covered fjords of Lofoten, Norway was captured with a Nikon D850 and an AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED at 21mm, 3”, F2.8 and ISO 2500.

An incredibly rare display of the northern lights over Lake Minnewanka in Banff National Park. This is an 8 image vertical panorama. Nikon D810 | Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED @14mm | 3" | F2.8 | ISO 800 Mike Mezeul II was up late one night because he couldn't sleep. As he was scrolling throug...

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★--- কালিমা স্রষ্টার বাণী ---★ ইসলামিক সনেট ----------------★--------------- মোঃ মফিজুল ইসলাম একিনে কালিমা পড়, জ্বীন - ইনছান, কালিমা পড়ে, সকলেই আন ঈমান । কালিমা স্রষ্টার বাণী, পড়িবে যে জন, জান্নাতে থাকিবে তারা, অনন্ত জীবন । চির বসন্ত হবে, যৌবন চিরন্তন, বেদ্বীন আগুনে পুড়ে, হইবে মন্থন । তৃপ্তি ভরে খানা পিনা, জান্নাতিরা খাবে, অনন্ত অসীম দিন, আনন্দে কাটিবে । জান্নাতির সাথি হবে, হুর গিলমান, জাহান্নামি প্রতি পদে, হবে অপমান । তোমরা যদি জান্নাতি, সুখ পেতে চাও, বিলম্ব না করিয়া, কালিমা পড়ে নাও । স্রষ্টাকৃত ধর্ম হলো, দীন ইসলাম, অন্য ধর্মালম্বী সব, যাবে জাহান্নাম । -------------------------★--------------------------- মোঃ মফিজুল ইসলাম লৌহজং--- খড়িয়া নয়া বাড়ী গ্রেট-বিক্রমপুর
★--- কালিমা স্রষ্টার বাণী ---★ ইসলামিক সনেট ----------------★--------------- মোঃ মফিজুল ইসলাম একিনে কালিমা পড়, জ্বীন - ইনছান, কালিমা পড়ে, সকলেই আন ঈমান । কালিমা স্রষ্টার বাণী, পড়িবে যে জন, জান্নাতে থাকিবে তারা, অনন্ত জীবন । চির বসন্ত হবে, যৌবন চিরন্তন, বেদ্বীন আগুনে পুড়ে, হইবে মন্থন । তৃপ্তি ভরে খানা পিনা, জান্নাতিরা খাবে, অনন্ত অসীম দিন, আনন্দে কাটিবে । জান্নাতির সাথি হবে, হুর গিলমান, জাহান্নামি প্রতি পদে, হবে অপমান । তোমরা যদি জান্নাতি, সুখ পেতে চাও, বিলম্ব না করিয়া, কালিমা পড়ে নাও । স্রষ্টাকৃত ধর্ম হলো, দীন ইসলাম, অন্য ধর্মালম্বী সব, যাবে জাহান্নাম । -------------------------★--------------------------- মোঃ মফিজুল ইসলাম লৌহজং--- খড়িয়া নয়া বাড়ী গ্রেট-বিক্রমপুর
Knowledge gained from watching the shooting and the information supplied with the images .
I started reading this periodic when I was in junior-college when I stop by the college a couple weeks ago and went to the photo I saw Vol. 16 Spring 2017 and yes I went to the magazine it brought back fond memories of classroom activity we sometime discuss the articles in PDN. When I started junior college I own Nikon F2AS with a 105 Len and maximum F stop of 2.8 which is my favorite lens with one of my favorite manual camera bodies.
Cogratulations to all of you, but especially Tristan. Go pintos!!!!