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How to Find Your Subject’s Point of View

By Matt Brandon on November 6th, 2013

A novel is always written in a particular voice or point of view. This is a literary technique to grab the interest of the reader by giving the reader a…

Intriguing Photo Backgrounds From the Home Improvement Store

By Diane Gilleland on October 29th, 2013

When you're taking small product photos for an online storefront, the backgrounds you choose are important. They help show the products to best effect, of course, but more importantly, backgrounds…

4 Shortcuts for Lovely Photos in Lousy Light

By Chris Corradino on October 23rd, 2013

Most photographers will caution you to pack away the camera when the sun is high in the sky. This is a shame, as with a few creative tricks, it's possible…

How to Put Together Your Photography Portfolio

By Tom Miles on October 21st, 2013

Creating a portfolio of your work is a vital first step for aspiring professional photographers, and it's also a worthwhile exercise for keen amateurs. In this post, when I talk…

Finding Your Creative Vision

By Anthony Luke on October 18th, 2013

Do stuff. Be clenched, curious. Not waiting for inspiration's shove or society's kiss on your forehead. Pay attention. It's all about paying attention. Attention is vitality. It connects you with…

What Cinema History Can Teach Us About Filmmaking

By Adam Waltner on October 16th, 2013

I often meet young filmmakers who are interested in getting into the cinematic medium but are unsure how to begin. Should I take a course? Get a job PA'ing on…

Compositional Elements 101: The Human Form

By Matt Brandon on October 9th, 2013

One of my favorite quotes about storytelling is by filmmaker Ken Burns. He says, "All storytelling is manipulation." This quote bothers many people when they first read it. Maybe because…

Scouting Locations — What You Need and What You Don’t

By Drew Bittel on October 7th, 2013

One thing that I think sets my work apart from other photographers is the locations that I photograph my clients in. I try to differentiate my work by choosing settings…

Five Steps for Great Backlit Images

By Kristen Duke on October 3rd, 2013

Once a photographer gets comfortable shooting on manual settings in ideal lighting, it's fun to try to push beyond "easy" and get creative. Backlit photography creates so much emotion and…

Silk Purses and Sow’s Ears

By Tom Miles on October 1st, 2013

Since NYIP articles are read by a wide range of people, I've had to pick my terminology very carefully for this post. I'm sure many of you know what I'm…