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Wall Street protesters. Plaintiffs include
several photojournalists and citizen journalists,
as well as the National Press Photographers
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APA and EP Join Forces
Photography trade organizations American
Photographic Artists (APA) and Editorial
Photographers (EP) announced October
23 that they will merge to create one
organization with a membership of
approximately 3,200 photographers. The
two groups see the merger as a way to give
photographers a stronger voice by pooling
their resources. http://bit.ly/Rffv3E
phenology [seasonal migrations], the area. Test camera angles, check wind direction. Work the field.
PDN: How important is it to know bird biology and
BM: To be able to get close and capture their unique
moments, it is very important.
MV: I’d say all-important.
PDN: In what ways has digital technology changed
MV: It’s easier to take good pictures with digital
cameras, but the basic elements of photography
have not changed. What has changed a lot is the
distribution of images, bringing with it a virtual
explosion of images that are easily, and oftentimes
cheap or freely, available. The plus side of online
distribution is that there is no need to send slides.
Also, sharing through social media is a good way to
market my work.
MV: My constant-selling images are fairly conservative images of easily identifiable, common species,
often in good portraits taken in good light and good
settings. My biggest selling image is one of a common gull straddling a white-tailed eagle and pulling
a feather out of the eagle’s head.
PDN: Are certain times of year better for
photographing birds than others?
BM: It always depends on the species and their hab-
its and the location. Spring and early summer are
good in Hungary for most of the birds as this is their
breeding season, but winter is a great opportunity to
capture their struggle with the elements.
PDN: How do you scout locations?
BM: From friends or other photographers I will get
some ideas if I’m going abroad. In Hungary I have lots
of friends who give me ideas. I have some favorite
Alfred Kumalo, Chronicler of Apartheid
and Mandela’s Career, Dies at 82
Photographer Alfred Kumalo, who
documented the brutalities of the apartheid
regime in South Africa and the career of
Nelson Mandela, its first freely elected
president, died in Johannesburg on October
21. He was 82. http://bit.ly/VjJOof
PDN: Is there a particular market you shoot for (i.e.,
PDN: What types of bird photographs fetch the
books and magazines)?
MV: Apart from the Wild Wonders of Europe initia-
tive, I don’t do commissioned work. I sell the right to
use my images through key nature photo agencies
and also directly. The main users are magazines and
books, but another important channel for my images
are my own books and exhibitions.
highest prices (in any market)?
PDN: What advice do you have for bird
photographers who are trying to improve their
skills? What practices or strategies will make the
most difference in the quality of their images of
BM: Don’t be afraid of trying new ideas. Practice
a lot with different angles and different settings,
don’t hesitate to make your own hides, etc. Check
your pictures at home and try to find out why they
didn’t turn out as you expected—and try [again].
Keep an eye on other photographers’ work.
© 2011 – LIB YA – AFP / ARIS MESSINIS
A rebel fighter plays guitar during a gunfight
in Syrte, Libya.
Aris Messinis Wins the Photo Trophy at
the Bayeux-Calvados Awards
The AFP photographer won the 7,000-
euro prize for his coverage of the Battle of
Sirte, Libya. The prize was awarded at Prix
Bayeux-Calvados des Correspondants de
Guerre, a festival held in Bayeux, France, to
honor war reporting. Messinis is AFP’s chief
photographer in Athens. http://bit.ly/SSDm Y7
Suspect Arrested in Kidnapping of
British authorities have charged a 26-year-old
man with illegally detaining UK photographer
John Cantlie and Dutch journalist Jeroen
Oerlemans in Syria last July, according to
news reports. Shajul Islam, a British citizen
who allegedly has ties to Syrian jihadists, was
arrested October 9 upon returning to the UK
on a flight from Cairo. http://bit.ly/UvGoOs
© MARKUS VARESVUO
A black woodpecker (Dryocopus martius) in flight, Posio, Finland, 2008. Images such as this one require thorough
knowledge of bird behavior, a long lens, a tripod and quick reflexes.