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5 Tips to Improve your Photography Now
5 Tips to Improve your Photography Now
By Chris Corradino on June 28th, 2016

1) Expose to the Right (ETTR) To render the area behind the orchids as white I overexposed the image slightly. This is called "ETTR" (exposing to the right). In this case it helped to eliminate a distracting background. In short, the trick is to meter the background and put it around +3 so it's truly white. I do this by…

5 Hot Photography Items for Summer
5 Hot Photography Items for Summer
By Chris Corradino on June 24th, 2016

We often recommend items that are useful for photography. It can be anything from a small accessory to a larger piece of camera gear. Here are our top 5: 1) Travel SD Card Reader This is a portable and sleek way to download your images while on the road. It works with SD and Micro SD cards, and is USB…

An Introduction to the Dark Side of Street Photography
An Introduction to the Dark Side of Street Photography
By Adam Waltner on June 23rd, 2016

The world of street photography is one of brutality. The inhabitants of which are often distorted, hostile, or outright monstrous. This is a genre that lends itself to imperfections. Techniques of of the grotesque such as: the blurred shutter speeds of Antoine D’Agata and Daido Moriyama, silhouettes of Bernd Schaefers, dutch angles of Anders Peterson, and the distorted wide lenses…

Summer Reading List
Summer Reading List
By Chris Corradino on June 21st, 2016

Summer is upon is and with it, hopefully more time to relax with a book by the beach. To keep your photo skills sharp, here is a list of recommended reading. 1. John Shaw’s Nature Photography Field Guide An updated bestseller, this book of extraordinarily beautiful photographs of nature contains state-of-the-art instruction on how any photographer can aim for equally…

Street Photography by Reuben Radding
Street Photography by Reuben Radding
By Chris Corradino on June 20th, 2016

In his book, Apparitions, photographer and NYIP Instructor Reuben Radding candidly depicts New Yorkers beating the odds (or getting beaten by the odds). The evocative black and white images recall the work of Winogrand and Weegee. This collection of street photographs, taken entirely in New York City between 2010 and 2013, reveals the struggles, hustles, and joys of NYC life…

Improve Your Seascape Photos Instantly
Improve Your Seascape Photos Instantly
By Chris Corradino on June 16th, 2016

Find a place where the ocean meets the land and you have a seascape that's ripe with potential for a dramatic photo. With more than 70% of our planet covered by the sea, the majority of the world has access to these watery landscapes. While the techniques involved with beach scenes are similar to that of land based work, there…

Add a Lighthouse to Your Landscape
Add a Lighthouse to Your Landscape
By Chris Corradino on June 13th, 2016

Lighthouses are a terrific way to add visual interest to your seaside compositions. Some feature colorful paint schemes, while others boast spiraling patterns in black and white. Each structure is unique, making them fun to discover and photograph. In the United States alone, there are approximately 700 active lighthouses. Of course there are hundreds more throughout the world. The placement…

Achieve Straight Lines in your Architecture Shots
Achieve Straight Lines in your Architecture Shots
By Chris Corradino on June 10th, 2016

Perspective distortion occurs when you point the camera towards the subject at an upward angle. The effects are most evident with a wide angle lens and architectural details. You'll notice that buildings and towers appear to be leaning or falling over. To correct for this, start by moving further away from the structure. This will allow you to hold the…

Using Color in your Composition
Using Color in your Composition
By Chris Corradino on June 7th, 2016

A painter only needs at their palette before applying color to the canvas. Photographers have a different challenge, as they must locate their tones by studying a scene. Of course, this can be easy to bypass when you're thinking about shadow, highlight, depth of field, shutter speeds, and all of the other technical details that go into a photo. Still,…

Backlighting Complementary Colors
Backlighting Complementary Colors
By Chris Corradino on June 3rd, 2016

Of all the directions of light, perhaps there's no finer option than shooting directly into the sun. This is particularly true when working to emphasize color. When lit from behind, your subject will appear to glow. If the contrast is too great, eliminate the sun from the frame. This will make for a more even exposure while still providing the…