"Professional Photographer" magazine

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Alex Sirota, Jan 5, 2004.

  1. Alex Sirota

    Alex Sirota Guest

    I've been searching the newsgroups for recommendations of a good
    pro/advanced photography magazine and saw that
    the "Professional Photographer" magazine is often recommended.
    After searching the web, I discovered two different "Professional
    Photographer" magazines, one in the US:
    http://www.ppmag.com and one in the UK
    Can someone comment on these magazines and recommend one of them?
    Any other suggestions/opinions would be appreciated.
    Alex Sirota, Jan 5, 2004
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    Bob Salomon Guest

    The US magazine is published by The Professional Photographers
    Association. It is free with your membership to the PPA organization. It
    is heavily weighted towards wedding and portrait photographers. The PPA
    organization is located in Atlanta, GA.
    Bob Salomon, Jan 5, 2004
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    stan Guest

    As pointed out Professional Photographer is the magazine of the
    Professional Photographers of America. It is pretty much devoted to the
    business of people photography. It does come as part of membership, but
    you used to be able to buy it without the membership. Try www.ppa.com.
    I have only looked at the UK Professional Photographer on several
    occasions. It isn't a common item in most places in the states. What
    type of photography are you interested in? Maybe neither meet your
    Visual Arts Photography
    stan, Jan 6, 2004
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    Tony Spadaro Guest

    What branch of the photography profession are you in. The US mag you
    mention is about school, portrait and wedding photography. If this is not
    your field it ain't your magazine either and I believe you only get it (and
    can't get rid of it) by joining the association that puts it out.
    If you do advertising, especially clothing, PDN would be a more relevant
    magazine and there may be other mags out there. For photojournalism I would
    start with Rob Galbraith's website and see what they recommend, etc.
    Tony Spadaro, Jan 6, 2004
  5. Alex Sirota

    Alex Sirota Guest

    Thanks for your comments.
    I'm interested mostly in nature photography and photojournalism. So, I think
    that the US magazine is out for me.
    I need a magazine which discusses advanced techniques, photography as art,
    workflow, serious equipment etc.
    Is the UK mag more like it?
    Alex Sirota, Jan 6, 2004
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    T P Guest

    You didn't state your location, however the UK mag is excellent for
    appraisals of UK and European market trends and opportunities. It is
    focused away from photo gear and photo technique and firmly towards
    the business of earning a living from photography. It is certainly
    *not* the magazine for an advanced amateur.

    The best UK magazine for that market is the "British Journal of
    Photography", whose articles are short on appeal to a working
    photographer who needs to pay the mortgage but long on appeal to those
    amateur wannabes who think that their ownership of "pro gear" makes
    them more than the rank amateurs they really are.

    Neither of these magazines would be particularly relevant to anyone
    living in the USA. The gear might be the same, but the market
    conditions differ so markedly that advice given for one territory
    would be unlikely to translate to the other.
    T P, Jan 6, 2004
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    Dallas Guest

    T P said:
    Define "amateur".
    Define "pro gear".

    Some "rank amateurs" I know using the most fundamental equipment have
    produced photographs that are infinitely better than anything you have
    ever produced, or are likely to produce in the remainder of your miserable
    Dallas, Jan 6, 2004
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    Jeremy Guest

    T P said:
    Oh, so THAT's where he gets his information!

    Too bad he possesses no equipment of his own--then he'd be out "shooting 50
    rolls a day," rather than stalking people all over the internet.

    Given his heavy travel schedule, as outlined on other NGs, one wonders how
    he has the time to photograph?
    Jeremy, Jan 6, 2004
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    Gordon Moat Guest

    At least that one. There are two widely circulated professional photography
    magazines in the US, which are PDN (Photo District News) and Picture Magazine.
    Both are more oriented towards the working photographer. There is little about
    gear in either, but many features and interviews with working photographers.
    PDN often has lighting set-ups explained in detail. The imagery in both is
    often of high quality, and some issues are oriented towards photojournalism.

    Nature Photography is better covered in Outdoor Photography magazine. That is
    more of a gear magazine, and explains many techniques. There are less
    professional work issues discussed than in PDN or Picture.
    The one you mentioned is available in the US, and I have a few issues. It is
    much more gear oriented. Another one that impressed me was Practical
    Photographer, especially since they cover some medium format gear.

    Gordon Moat
    Alliance Graphique Studio
    Gordon Moat, Jan 6, 2004
  10. Alex Sirota

    Alex Sirota Guest

    The one you mentioned is available in the US, and I have a few issues. It
    I didn't manage to locate the Practical Photographer magazine on the Web (I
    used to subscribe to Practical Photography though).
    Do you know the Web address (or some other contact point) of this magazine?
    Alex Sirota, Jan 6, 2004
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    stan Guest

    Alex, I don't think either of these magazines will fill the bill for you. As
    mentioned Outdoor Photographer is a great magazine for Nature shooters. Photo
    District News (PDN) is a magazine out of New York that is for working pros. The
    information is geared towards making money, workflow, trends and a lot more. It
    is a very well done magazine and worth the price of admission if you do
    photography for a living ($88 US for UK subscription) I'm still not convinced
    that for the nature photographer PDN is useful, but pick up a copy and see. Or
    check it out at www.pdnonline.com. It does have some wonderful photography. The
    Professional Photographer magazine from the PPA will not be a bit useful for
    nature shooters. Good Luck
    Visual Arts Photography
    stan, Jan 7, 2004
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    Bandicoot Guest

    for nature shooters. Good Luck

    "The Photographer" is the equivalent magazine from the BIPP - it has more
    'gear' articles than most similar 'association' magazines, though they are
    few and light relative to most of the news-stand type mag.s. I like it, and
    there are some superb images. Much less concentration on weddings and
    portraits than similar mag.s too.

    Bandicoot, Jan 7, 2004
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    Gordon Moat Guest

    I think that <http://www.practicalphotography.co.uk> should put you at the
    right place.


    Gordon Moat
    Alliance Graphique Studio
    Gordon Moat, Jan 7, 2004
  14. That will probably put him at the right place for things like user
    demographics, brand values, advertising rates and such like, but for content
    related stuff he may do better at http://www.ephotozine.com/pp/
    Tony Parkinson, Jan 7, 2004
  15. Alex Sirota

    Gordon Moat Guest

    Ahh . . . much better. I did not know about that link to the magazine.


    Gordon Moat
    Alliance Graphique Studio
    Gordon Moat, Jan 7, 2004
  16. Given the way PP has gone downhill over the last few years, one could almost
    say "Lucky You !"

    Tony Parkinson, Jan 7, 2004
  17. Alex Sirota

    Gordon Moat Guest

    Sad, but true. However, amongst the gear labs, the only semi-regular one I pick
    up is RĂ©ponses Photo, which is not in English. One thing that got me interested
    in Practical Photographer, was the interesting images. It is also nice that
    they at least gloss over medium format gear, and some accessories, including
    showing what some accessories will do.

    However, like all gear mags, at the end of the day, it is too much of a sales
    brochure. I still think the OP of this thread might find some useful things in
    there, like the filters issue, the B/W issues, flash shooting ideas, and some
    other basic technical information. Once firmly rooted in those aspects, then it
    would be time to move on to non-gear oriented magazines.


    Gordon Moat
    Alliance Graphique Studio
    Gordon Moat, Jan 8, 2004
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