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Lie Down on the Job
Lie Down on the Job
By Chris Corradino on August 6th, 2016

Why limit your compositions to the traditional perspectives? Prepare to get your jeans dirty and capture some compelling images. While on the ground, try holding the camera in both portrait and landscape orientation. Setting up the vertical frame may initially be somewhat awkward, but the results are worth it. When you get home you’ll be glad to have more options…

Slow the Shutter Down with Black Glass
Slow the Shutter Down with Black Glass
By Chris Corradino on August 4th, 2016

Believe it or not, you can shoot long exposures even on a bright sunny day. The trick is adding a round neutral density filter to your bag. Sometimes dubbed “black glass”, these dark screw on options block a great deal of light from entering the lens. For example, if the proper exposure gave you 1/125, f22, ISO 100, the water’s…

Make Your Rainbows Standout
Make Your Rainbows Standout
By Chris Corradino on August 3rd, 2016

To enhance the rich colors of rainbows, consider using a circular polarizer. With this simple filter, the blue skies will pop, making the bow’s colors stand out against the darker background. With the ability to dramatically alter a scene, the polarizer is one of the most useful accessories a photographer can carry. In addition to the increased saturation, a polarizer…

Understanding Program Shift
Understanding Program Shift
By George Delgado on July 25th, 2016

We recently received an email from a student who was struggling to understand the program shift. Using a Canon 6D, she was putting her camera into program mode but still having trouble getting it to shift. If you’ve experienced similar problems, here’s some advice: Program Mode works exactly like Auto Mode, except Program Mode lets you override the camera’s preliminary…

Capturing the Essence of Venice
Capturing the Essence of Venice
By Chris Corradino on July 14th, 2016

Learn the travel photography tips the travel agent won’t tell you. Beyond the typical tourist locations lies a city of majestic scenes and fascinating people. It’s a bustling area where life unfolds before your eyes. During our photography workshop, we will capture the best that Venice has to offer. In addition to the scenery, we will focus on the local…

Shooting in Ansel Adams’s Playground
Shooting in Ansel Adams’s Playground
By Chris Corradino on July 12th, 2016

It was one of those mornings where my photography plan didn't work out as expected. That is, until I found this spot with El Capitan looming large in the distance. I composed to the best of my ability and took this photo. Months later, I was reading a book by Ansel Adams and came across his version of the exact…

10 Quotes to Inspire your Photography
10 Quotes to Inspire your Photography
By Chris Corradino on July 7th, 2016

1. “The most important lens you have is your legs.” – Ernst Haas 2. "Photography is a way of living. To me, my camera is an extension of my eye. I keep it all the time with me." - Henri Cartier-Bresson 3. "I didn’t write the rules. Why would I follow them?" - W. Eugene Smith 4. "Creative courage means…

5 Top Tips From the Field
5 Top Tips From the Field
By Chris Corradino on July 6th, 2016

1. Panning An effective shutter speed for panning is approximately 1/30th of a second. This is slow enough to swivel your hips and follow the subject while the image is recorded. Please note, you may need to adjust the setting slightly depending on the speed of your subject. Give it a shot! 2. Packing Light Even a small table-top tripod…

Use Your Flash in Bright Sun
Use Your Flash in Bright Sun
By Chris Corradino on July 5th, 2016

The time to use your flash is when the sun is high in the sky. This is when harsh shadows and contrasty light can ruin an exposure. Used correctly, the flash will soften the shadows on your subject without altering the rest of the photo. Don't let others tell you the pop-up flash isn't effective either. It's actually a tremendously…

Upcoming Travel Workshop with NYIP Mentor Chris Corradino
Upcoming Travel Workshop with NYIP Mentor Chris Corradino
By Chris Corradino on June 29th, 2016

Transform your photography with inspiring lectures and field instruction in the heart of Tuscany. From the cityscapes of Florence to the unspoiled beauty of sprawling vineyards, this region is a photographer’s paradise. In this personalized workshop, you will learn how to master your camera and develop your creative vision. Capture the magic light of Tuscany with individualized and group instruction…