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What to Include in a Photography Contract
What to Include in a Photography Contract
By Michelle Ecker on January 11th, 2017

If you’re a photography hobbyist looking to up the ante by shooting some paid gigs, it’s imperative that you browse a few logistics before meeting with potential clients. Most importantly, it’s crucial for you to have a slight business background when it comes to developing a contract. Although some people consider it an awkward formality, it’s important for you to…

Always Be Ready!
Always Be Ready!
By Michael Ross on January 10th, 2017

On a recent trip to Iceland, I had a full day of white knuckle driving on ice packed roads. When the snow and wind would let up for a bit, I would stop and do some shooting. Upon finally reaching my destination for the night, I only wanted to have dinner and go to bed. After eating, I noticed a…

Simple Landscape Photography Tips
Simple Landscape Photography Tips
By Michelle Ecker on January 5th, 2017

If you’re interested in improving your landscape photography this year but not sure where to begin, here are 4 things we suggest you keep in mind next time you head outdoors to snap some new shots: Try Using RAW- By doing this, you’re more likely to capture the compelling contrast of colors in shots like sunsets. Plus, you can adjust…

5 New Year’s Resolutions Every Photographer Should Make
5 New Year’s Resolutions Every Photographer Should Make
By Michelle Ecker on January 4th, 2017

As an artist, the start of a new year is a great time to step back, look at the progress you’ve made and recalibrate your efforts moving forward. Sometimes it can be easy to fall into a compositional or creative rut- but there’s no time like the present to take stock of your situation and challenge yourself to try new…

3 Simple Manual Focus Tips
3 Simple Manual Focus Tips
By Michelle Ecker on December 26th, 2016

While many photographers are most comfortable allowing their camera of choice to autofocus for them, it’s good compositional practice to experiment with manual mode once in a while. Although it’s not quite as easy this way, it offers you more creative decision-making ability and artistic freedom when you’re composing your shots. We asked 3 of our photography mentors to share…

Practicing Client Outreach
Practicing Client Outreach
By George Delgado on December 21st, 2016

We’re always excited about opportunities to share awesome student work as a way to demonstrate the great things you can accomplish using the photos you take. Recently, Ricardo Beron, a student in both the Professional Photography and Business for Photographers courses, shared an interesting project he’s been working on. We thought Ricardo’s work was a great example of client targeting…

The 10 Most Photographed Places On Earth
The 10 Most Photographed Places On Earth
By Michelle Ecker on December 14th, 2016

10. Budapest, Hungary – St. Stephen’s Basilica European capitals are some of skilled photographers’ favorite spots to check out. Home to tons of beautiful religious structures, they offer awesome opportunities for architectural shots. The third largest church in Hungary, St. Stephen’s Basilica is the 10th most photographed place in the world. 9. Buenos Aires, Argentina – Caminito Ciminito (the Spanish…

Using Portable Electronic Flash Units
Using Portable Electronic Flash Units
By Michelle Ecker on December 13th, 2016

If you’re looking for a little bit of supplementary, artificial light at your next shoot on the go, portable electronic flash units are a great option to consider. Conveniently small in size, you won’t have to worry about inconveniencing yourself in terms of over packing if you’re planning to move around a bit or travel a distance with all your…

3 Tips for Shooting Frozen Landscapes
3 Tips for Shooting Frozen Landscapes
By Michelle Ecker on December 12th, 2016

If you’re planning to head outside this winter to create some seasonal compositions, here are some things to consider before you venture outdoors: Your camera’s batteries are going to die much faster in cold weather. If you can, try keeping a spare in your camera bag or pocket. Also, try not to pull out your camera until you’re actually about…

Three Guidelines for Great Photographs
Three Guidelines for Great Photographs
By Michelle Ecker on December 6th, 2016

Sometimes it can be daunting to approach a busy scene and take the first compositional steps towards developing a clear, compelling photograph. If you ever feel overwhelmed by something you’re about to shoot and you’re not exactly sure how to compose, try to remember NYIP’s Three Guidelines for Great Photographs: A Good Photograph Has a Clear Subject- Every image you…