The Best Non-Technical Advice
The Best Non-Technical Advice

A photographer I recently worked with asked for the best non-technical advice I could offer. The question took me off guard momentarily; it was quite the departure from the common inquiries on histograms, white balance or aperture.My thoughts quickly shifted to the words of photographer Ernst Haas (1921 – 1986).When I was first starting…

Using Dark Backgrounds for Stronger Photos
Using Dark Backgrounds for Stronger Photos

When searching for photos, look beyond the actual subject to see what’s behind it. A good background can make all the difference. If the area behind your focal point is bright and distracting, the main subject will be lost. By working to incorporate a darker background into the composition, your subject will really pop.…

Tips for Intentional Motion Blur
Tips for Intentional Motion Blur

Although in photography blurriness is often viewed as a mistake, there is an interesting and creative way to intentionally capture motion blurs in your images. By experimenting with shutter speed, you can snap some awesome shots that truly capture the action and dynamic energy of a subject in motion. If you just purchased your…

How to Photograph Butterflies
How to Photograph Butterflies

A butterfly may not beat its wings as rapidly as a hummingbird, but a fast shutter speed is still necessary to freeze their wing motion. My recommended starting point is no slower than 1/250th of a second. Any slower and the image suffers from blur. You can also use a non-technical trick and wait…

How to Choose the Right Color Space
How to Choose the Right Color Space

If the colors of your printed images appear dull or just plain inaccurate, you may have used the wrong color space. Check your camera menu right now. Does it say Adobe RGB? If so, you have just found the cause of the problem. Simply change it to sRGB in your camera menu and don't…

21 Habits of Successful Photographers - #20: Value Your Professional Work
21 Habits of Successful Photographers - #20: Value Your Professional Work

21 Habits of Successful Photographers is weekly video series developed by NYIP. If you're interested in receiving the comprehensive photography education needed to launch your own business, check out NYIP's complete professional photography course. This online photography course is a comprehensive program that will teach you how to take control of your camera. You…

Don’t Let Technique Take Over
Don’t Let Technique Take Over

We've all been there and done it, and I'm not ashamed to admit to having done it myself many times. You think to yourself, "Shallow depth of field with ring flash, that's the answer. That's what my work needs." And then out you go and do a whole job using that approach, and wonder…

Whitney Houston Photo
Whitney Houston Photo

The pixelated image of Whitney Houston's lifeless body appeared before me on the cover of the National Enquirer. The end of a celebrated career, a music legend, and international superstar all summed up in one low resolution photo. My eyes fixed on the arresting image placed strategically at eye level near the peppermint gum…

Photography Tips and Articles
Photography Tips and Articles

The New York Institute of Photography is the world's top online photography school. We strive to serve photographers all over the world and we frequently produce free photography tips and photo tutorials. Below are our most recent photography articles and NYIP student success stories. Click browse more at the bottom to view more photography…

Photo Snack – Your Best Shot
Photo Snack – Your Best Shot

Welcome to another NYIP Photo Snack! In this week’s video, we learn that choosing the best photo from a shoot is not always so simple.Often times, your favorite photograph may not be your best. Best can mean great composure, perfect lighting, the right presentation of your subject, or any number of other factors.First and…

Five Reasons Your Indoor Photos are Blurry
Five Reasons Your Indoor Photos are Blurry

Your digital camera may perform magnificently in outdoor sunlight, but when you try to shoot close-up subjects in indoor light, everything looks slightly fuzzy. Why is that? Well, there are several contributing factors. Luckily, you don't need a lot of technical know-how to solve these issues and take sharper indoor shots. The upper shot…

Let Your Inner Imagination Run Wild! - NYIP Photo Snack
Let Your Inner Imagination Run Wild! - NYIP Photo Snack

In this week’s NYIP photo snack, we ask that you consider this photographic approach: think like an adult, but act like a kid.Use all that intelligence you’ve fathered as an adult, but, when you’re making images, act as a child would.Maintain that childhood wonder. Don’t be afraid to break rules. Tap into your playfulness.Let…

3 Simple Wildlife Photography Tips
3 Simple Wildlife Photography Tips

If you’re on the lookout for awesome wildlife action shots this summer, there are few simple adjustments worth making before you get started. From trialing your gear before you head out to making smart choices with your camera settings, here are 3 wildlife photography tips you should experiment with when working in this exciting…

Getting Started With Manual Camera Settings: 3 Easy Tricks to Try
Getting Started With Manual Camera Settings: 3 Easy Tricks to Try

If you've always used your digital camera in automatic mode, then you know that sometimes you get great results, and other times, you get somewhat disappointing ones. This is because in automatic mode, a camera has to take into account many variables of light, shadow, and color balance, and then make the best decisions…

3 Simple Manual Focus Tips
3 Simple Manual Focus Tips

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…

Using Color in your Composition
Using Color in your Composition

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…

Use Overcast Days to Your Advantage
Use Overcast Days to Your Advantage

A reader recently emailed us to find out why their waterfall images weren't turning out as expected. In looking at the work, the issue was immediately clear. Each scene was dappled with the mixed light of sun and shade. This dynamic creates a type of harsh contrast that can ruin a landscape photo. The…

Tips for Macro Photography
Tips for Macro Photography

In this video shot on location at Eisenhower State Park in NY, I discuss how to use Live View to micro focus on tiny portions of a subject. Rather than blindly relying on autofocus, Live View takes the guesswork out, and lets you manually focus on the finest of details. For this kind of…

Fall Photo Tips
Fall Photo Tips

Here are some fall photo tips that will help you better capture the essence of the season. Even if you're in another latitude and your climate is considerably different from ours in New York, you may still find valuable tips here. Our discussion of autumn photos often involves photographic techniques that are basic to…

3 Tips for Concert Photographers
3 Tips for Concert Photographers

Are you headed to any concerts this summer? Any photographer who’s tried to capture awesome concert pictures (especially at nighttime, outdoor events) probably understands the common struggles that accompany these event shoots. The venue will be crowded, the subjects can be unpredictable, and the lighting might not always work in your favor. To preempt…

Breaking Down a Photo: An Introduction to Reverse Engineering
Breaking Down a Photo: An Introduction to Reverse Engineering

Reverse engineering is a term in common use, and it generally means taking something apart to see how it works and reassembling it for your own use. In photographic terms, it refers to looking at an image and then working out how it was made.Why would you want to do this? Well, in my…

Tips for Shooting a Wedding Reception
Tips for Shooting a Wedding Reception

If you want to become a professional photographer, shooting wedding ceremonies and receptions is no surprise one of the most popular niches to explore in doing so. If you're looking to add a formal, recognizable education to your resume before getting started, NYIP's online wedding photography course is a simple online option you can…

Concentrate on Your Core Business
Concentrate on Your Core Business

When you're just starting out as a professional photographer, it can be very easy to think you can save costs by simply doing everything yourself, rather than paying specialists lots of money. In my career, I've tried doing my own accounts, designing my own website and mending my own gear. Countless times I've tried…

Working as a Photographer’s Assistant
Working as a Photographer’s Assistant

For many professional photographers, working as a photographer's assistant is the vital first step in their career. Personally speaking, I began assisting within a month of leaving college, and over the course of three years worked for nearly 30 different photographers on shoots ranging from massive scale film sets, to penthouse apartments, to swimwear…

3 Tips for Perfect Panning
3 Tips for Perfect Panning

Have you ever seen those animated, dynamic photographs of a crystal-clear subject in motion- say a car zooming down a busy street- with a nicely blurred background behind said moving object? Panning is the technique employed when capturing this unique look, and it’s actually a surprisingly simple one to master.If this sounds like a…

The Rule of Thirds
The Rule of Thirds

Perhaps the most frequently circulated photography guideline, the Rule of Thirds is one of the first things we teach our students about thoughtful composition. For years, it has helped both amateur and professional photographers establish mental guidelines and compositional boundaries when creating compelling, well-balanced images.Before reading further, it’s important to note that some of…

Tips for Perfect Color Contrast
Tips for Perfect Color Contrast

Are your shots looking a little mundane lately? If you want to add an extra eye-catching element, consider finding a way to highlight stark color contrast. Including bold, conspicuous color in any composition is probably the simplest trick for making it pop. Getting started, here are some of the simplest tips for properly executing…

How to Photograph Stars
How to Photograph Stars

If you’re an outdoor photographer, it’s no secret that the perfect nighttime image is an especially compelling pursuit, albeit a tricky one to execute. However, even if you are a complete beginner to astrophotography, there are a number of easy technical adjustments you can make in order to simplify the process.Take an Online Landscape…

6 Tips for Better iPhone Photos
6 Tips for Better iPhone Photos

Did you know that iPhone images are the most uploaded images on the planet? Did you know that iPhone images are exhibited?Did you know that the 645PRO camera app shoots iRaw and outputs in Tiff?Despite the small sensor, the iPhone is a pro level camera, although to be fair, a little noisy in low…

Developing your Creative Eye
Developing your Creative Eye

Many photographers (including me) have fairly humble beginnings in our photography journeys. We all start out bursting at the seams, ready to capture the world as we see it and quite proud of our “art.” Shortly after, however, we find there are many rules, techniques and methods to learn, and photography is much more…

Using Positive Language to Communicate With Your Subjects
Using Positive Language to Communicate With Your Subjects

Besides technical skills, the single most important tool you can have in your arsenal is good communication skills. Most people are not used to being photographed by a professional photographer. How that person feels about you may be projected into how he or she feels about the photos. That's why it's your job to…

Artistic Cell Phone Photography
Artistic Cell Phone Photography

Whether you use a smart device like an iPhone or an Android, or a more compact cell phone, chances are that you have a camera in your pocket right now. Not very long ago, the optical quality of these cameras was very poor, especially in low light situations. Yet today, thanks to continued technological…

Student Success: Vasily Kovalev
Student Success: Vasily Kovalev

Since he was a child, Vasily Kovalev was a fan of photography. After receiving his first film camera in 2002, he started to build upon this interest, snapping photos of his family and friends as a hobby. But soon after, he realized he wanted to get more serious with his work. He started taking…

3 Tips for Better Photos of Birds in Flight
3 Tips for Better Photos of Birds in Flight

Capturing sharp images of birds in flight is one of the most challenging techniques for photographers of all skill levels. Like all difficult tasks however, the rewards can be great. Here are the top three techniques needed to consistently create beautiful photos of our feathered friends. Considering how fast most birds fly, the first…

Group Portrait Tips
Group Portrait Tips

One of the biggest challenges you’ll face when shooting a group photograph is accommodation of height differences amongst your subjects. Some clients are self-conscious about being short, for example, and will look to you for guidance in effectively masking stark differences to the best of your compositional ability.One of the best tricks for making…

Simple Landscape Photography Tips
Simple Landscape Photography Tips

If you’re interested in improving your landscape photography this year but not sure where to begin, it's worth checking out our online nature and landscape photography course. Getting started, 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…

The Best Tips for Photographing Holiday Gatherings
The Best Tips for Photographing Holiday Gatherings

In every family, there’s always that one person who brings a camera along to every gathering, and has throughout the years become the group’s unofficial photographer. And we have a feeling that if you’re reading this right now, that person in your family is probably you!Getting ready for the holiday season this year, we…

Low Angle Photography Tips
Low Angle Photography Tips

If you’re bored with your compositional routine lately, mix it up with some new techniques. Low angle shots are a great way to give viewers an entirely different look at any scene.By offering a new perspective, you’re able to take photos that truly stand out from the rest- one of the most important steps…

Five Tips For Making People Comfortable When You Photograph Them
Five Tips For Making People Comfortable When You Photograph Them

I've been a portrait photographer for nearly ten years, and pretty much without fail, my subjects feel awkward and unsure of themselves at the beginning of a shoot. It's my job as the photographer to help them relax, feel confident, and have fun! I've seen it all: the stressed out mom, the overly excited…

The Art of Wildlife Photography
The Art of Wildlife Photography

Like the fabled tales recounted by seasoned fishermen, photographers also have stories about the "one that got away." Peering deep into the horizon they sigh while uttering, "if only I had my camera ready, it would've been a real prize winner." It's this elusive pursuit of beauty that makes wildlife photography both challenging and…

Tools of a Photographer – Weekly Photo Critique
Tools of a Photographer – Weekly Photo Critique

Anyone with a camera can find themselves in the right place at the right time and capture a newsworthy photograph. Yet, the true mark of a professional is the ability to consistently create successful images. Rather than shooting yet another file photo of Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, photographer Chris Jackson has done something…

Travel Photography Tips Part 1
Travel Photography Tips Part 1

One of the advantages to taking online photography courses is the ability to travel while still in school! Don't forget to stock up on these photography essentials for your next trip.Traveling to a distant country is a lifelong dream for many photographers. With new sights to photograph, cities to explore, and customs to immerse…

6 Sunset Photography Tips
6 Sunset Photography Tips

Want to work on your sunset photography as the weather warms up? Check out these 6 tricks to make sure you always capture the best shot: Consider Timing-This is probably the most common mistake made by amateur sunset photographers. Don’t leave too early! Too many people pack up their gear and head home immediately…

A Lesson in Creative Composition
A Lesson in Creative Composition

Showing more of the environment actually strengthens the overall impact of an image. Here at NYIP, we often stress the importance of simplifying one’s composition. This is primarily accomplished by eliminating distractions from the frame. For most photographic situations, this is sound advice. There are some occasions however, where showing more of the environment…

3 Golden Hour Photography Tips
3 Golden Hour Photography Tips

If you’re a photography enthusiast, we’re almost positive you’ve heard of the infamous golden hour. A compositionally magical time of day, this key block of time is best known for offering artists some of the most flattering possible natural light to work with in developing stunning sunset photography. For those who want to make…

Student Success: Michael Neal
Student Success: Michael Neal

Years ago, Michael Neal spontaneously agreed to do a shoot for a Chicago-based band on an old D3000. Since then, he has expertly managed to segue his concert photography talent into a growing career. From shooting Warped Tour this year (with press credentials) for a multimedia company to photographing a three night music festival…

Student Success Laya Gerlock
Student Success Laya Gerlock

Yuki Tansengco’s ‘Project Tassel’ grants many students from less fortunate communities with a free graduation photo experience, including: hair, make-up, and portrait. NYIP student, Laya Gerlock is one of the photographers working on this wonderful project. We contacted him in order to talk about what has been keeping him busy and to find out…

All Photography Articles
All Photography Articles

Subscribe via RSSRead the latest photography articles and tips on the New York Institute of Photography’s photography blog. Read articles, watch videos, and take advantage of free photography lessons from our photography mentors and other contributors. Photo enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels can find valuable information on our photo blog.

3 Tips for Long Exposure Photography
3 Tips for Long Exposure Photography

If you’re a landscape photography enthusiast, mastering the art of a well-executed long exposure shot is definitely something we recommend adding to your skillset. There’s something very characteristically serene and ethereal about a smooth, well-composed long exposure image that truly helps the shot stand out amongst an extremely saturated photographic niche.But how are these…

5 Street Photography Tips
5 Street Photography Tips

Street photography can be a challenging niche to conquer for several reasons. Your subjects are unpredictable, your lighting is inconsistent and the mood can be difficult to capture and relay. In many ways however, these are the elements that make it such an interesting and rewarding field to explore. Getting started, here are 5…

Boat Photography Tips
Boat Photography Tips

Raise high the mainsail! Batten down the hatches! All hands to the poop deck! Port outbound, Starboard home! OK, we admit it. We don't know much about nautical terminology or naval protocol. A sextant is a useless tool in our hands, and we never know when to tack. But we do know a few…

4 Tips for Better Outdoor Sports Photography
4 Tips for Better Outdoor Sports Photography

It seems like most kids these days participate in some sport or another. And that's good because we want them to get out there and exercise a bit, right? Depending on if the game is inside or outside, the photography tips will be different. Today I'm going to focus on what you need to…

5 Tips for Romantic Portraits
5 Tips for Romantic Portraits

If you’re a portrait photographer and you want to find new clients in your area, Valentine’s Day is a great time to advertise your services. If you don’t already do so, you should start maintaining an organized archive of contact information for every prior (and potential) client you’ve spoken to in the past. That…

NYIP Photo Blog is Now Live
NYIP Photo Blog is Now Live

We are proud to announce our new NYIP Photography Blog featuring industry leading content and tips. Having just celebrated the school's 100 year anniversary, NYIP draws on a rich history of training photographers from all over the world. The blog features a wide variety of fresh content designed to help photographers of all skill…

5 Simple Tips for Better Food Photography
5 Simple Tips for Better Food Photography

Photographing food isn't as easy as it sounds. I've photographed people for over 10 years, and I think food is much more difficult to capture. Some may laugh at that because, well, food doesn't move around as much as people do, but with food, you have to set up the scene to make it…

15 Tips for Creative Self-Portraits
15 Tips for Creative Self-Portraits

A self-portrait is taken of you, by you. Is that scary or intimidating? Awkward, maybe? It doesn't have to be — it can be a fun, creative process to think of different ways to portray yourself in images over time.Have you ever thought, "Why do I need to take a picture of myself?" I…

4 Tips for Photographing your First Wedding
4 Tips for Photographing your First Wedding

Offering wedding photography services in your area can be a great full time venture, or even a freelance specialty used to expand your portfolio and supplement your income. If you want to learn how to shoot weddings like a pro, NYIP's online wedding photography course is a great place to start. From finding and…

Weekend Photography Projects: Experiment with Panning
Weekend Photography Projects: Experiment with Panning

Panning is a photography technique that is often associated with sports photography. Usually for sports, the photographer is trying to show motion in the background and capture a crisp subject. For this to work, you need a slow shutter speed, and it works best with a tripod.In the image below, I was standing still…

Listen Before You Look - NYIP Photo Snack
Listen Before You Look - NYIP Photo Snack

In this week’s NYIP Photo Snack, we examine how listening with our eyes can help you see better.Robert Frank said "the eye should learn to listen before it looks."Train your eyes to slow down.Take a moment to take in what they see.Listen to your imagery.Perhaps you will hear something that wasn’t obvious to you…

How to Tell a Story with Photos
How to Tell a Story with Photos

I love candid images — capturing a moment in time without the "smile and look at the camera" shot is my favorite kind of photography. Before I photograph families, I often send them a questionnaire asking to tell me about their family. I want to find out more about them so we can style…

Imperfections Are Perfect - NYIP Photo Snack
Imperfections Are Perfect - NYIP Photo Snack

In this week’s NYIP photo snack, we focus on the value we prescribe to authenticity.Imperfection is the new perfect, and nowhere is this more apparent than in the field of photo-graphy.So don’t worry if your subjects aren’t posed or groomed to perfection.Let their hair fly! Especially when it comes to kids, allowing subjects to…

Five Steps for Great Backlit Images
Five Steps for Great Backlit Images

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 can take images from standard to stunning! Photography will come alive with a touch of whimsy, romance, and mystery with dream-like images that glow.…

The 3 M's of Photography - NYIP Photo Snack
The 3 M's of Photography - NYIP Photo Snack

This is an NYIP photo snack. Fast, nutritious, delicious information designed to make you think differently about picture making.Are you aware of the 3 M’s of photography?Memorize your manual, master it then morph beyond it.Once you’re confident, you can transfer your skills to any piece of equipment.These terrific shots were all made on smart…

5 Top Tips From the Field
5 Top Tips From the Field

1. PanningAn 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 LightEven a…

Tips for Getting Photos of Toddlers On the Go
Tips for Getting Photos of Toddlers On the Go

After the first 12 months of incredibly rapid growth and change, your little subject hits the toddler years. Sometimes a toddler feels like a crazy person with a death wish — they will run just about anywhere, into any street — and have very little inhibition. It’s a time when parents are exhausted. They…

Fireworks Photography Tips
Fireworks Photography Tips

The 4th of July is one of our favorite holidays at the New York Institute of Photography. It marks the United States of America's founding, dated by the promulgation of a remarkable document – the Declaration of Independence. Reading first two paragraphs reminds us that its words are just as stirring and important today…

Seven Tips for Better Travel Photos
Seven Tips for Better Travel Photos

I love to travel. Seeing different parts of the world is so eye opening, educational, and fun! Every time I plan a trip, I start getting excited about the pictures I'll take while traveling. I've got seven tips for travel and vacation photography to help you think outside of the snapshot.1. Go online to…

5 Tips for Taking Great Action Shots of Kids
5 Tips for Taking Great Action Shots of Kids

Jumping, running, swinging, hopping, sliding, and skipping can all be used to describe children on the go! Kids are constantly on the move, and I love capturing them in action as they busily explore and discover their world. However, it's frustrating when you try to get the perfect action shot and your images turn…

How to Take Pictures of Strangers
How to Take Pictures of Strangers

If you love taking portraits of people but you’re somewhat shy, you surely understand the frustrating feeling of allowing nervousness to ruin an opportunity to photograph a unique looking stranger.Next time you’re in public and you see someone you’d like to photograph, here are a few things to remember: Don’t be shy- Approaching someone…

Partner Up - NYIP Photo Snack
Partner Up - NYIP Photo Snack

In this week’s NYIP photo snack, we focus on the practice of taking photos with a partner.Photography doesn’t have to be a solitary activity.Try photographing with a partner.You’ll bounce ideas of one another and creative things will happen.Not to mention the fun you’ll have!So go and find yourself a partner to make some photos,…

The Art of Photo Editing - NYIP Photo Snack
The Art of Photo Editing - NYIP Photo Snack

In this week’s NYIP photo snack, we examine the art of photo editing.Just as an editor of text sharpens a reader’s experience of words, a good photo editor can take a pretty good picture and make it, well, incredibly compelling.Cropping, rotation, a nip and tuck here and there, sometimes even a 180. Now there’s…

Travel Photography - NYIP Photo Snack
Travel Photography - NYIP Photo Snack

In this week’s NYIP photo snack, we examine the process of seeing the world around you with fresh eyes.Creating compelling travel photography doesn't mean that you have to travel to exotic destinations.There are travel-related subjects in every hometown.Train yourself to see the familiar as new.NYIP offers photography classes for photography enthusiasts of all levels.…

The Alphabet Challenge for Photographers
The Alphabet Challenge for Photographers

This photo exercise forces you to look beyond the obvious and see in a creative way. It's a simple idea, but can be surprisingly tricky and somewhat addictive. It's also a lot of fun and is guaranteed to sharpen your eye. Here's how it works: Find and photograph something that looks like a letter…

21 Habits of Successful Photographers - #5: Editing Your Portfolio
21 Habits of Successful Photographers - #5: Editing Your Portfolio

NYIP Mentor and Industry Veteran Patrick Donahue, has studied the professional habits of the world’s most successful photographers. Start by selecting dozens of favorite images from a shoot.Then cut them down.Then do it again, and again.This is how you build a portfolio.The most successful photographers are ruthless editors of their own work.NYIP offers photography…

Self Promotion for Photographers - NYIP Photo Snack
Self Promotion for Photographers - NYIP Photo Snack

In this week’s NYIP photo snack, we look at the concept of self-promotion.Some of us feel that self-promotion is the antithesis of creativity. We see it as a drain or something that takes us off point.But try thinking about it this way: Put a little piece of your creativity out there everyday.Then take in…

Developing Relationships - NYIP Photo Snack
Developing Relationships - NYIP Photo Snack

In this week’s NYIP photo snack, we highlight the importance of developing relationships with your subjects.Alfred Eisenstaedt said, "It is more important to click with the people than to click the shutter."The most authentic moments come from genuine interaction.Once you become part of the story, telling the story will become second nature.NYIP offers photography…

Creativity as a Daily Practice - NYIP Photo Snack
Creativity as a Daily Practice - NYIP Photo Snack

In this week’s NYIP Photo snack, we highlight the importance of daily practice for a photographer.We all tend to freeze when we've finished a project and aren't quite sure what to do next.But, if you have a daily practice of shooting, no matter what other projects you’re at the end or in the midst…

Change Your Photo Perspective - NYIP Photo Snack
Change Your Photo Perspective - NYIP Photo Snack

In this week's NYIP photo snack, we demonstrate the value of changing your perspective in order to take better photos and set yourself apart.Most pictures are made from a position of about 5 feet off the ground.Instead of following suit, get down on the ground or up on a ladder.If you want to see…

21 Habits of Successful Photographers - #1: Always Be Aware
21 Habits of Successful Photographers - #1: Always Be Aware

NYIP Mentor and Industry Veteran Patrick Donahue, has studied the professional habits of the world’s most successful photographers, every week we’ll share one of his 21 habits of successful photographers.The best photographers have an ability to really see the world in front of them.When we’re babies, we take everything in. Our level of curiosity…

21 Habits of Successful Photographers - #2: Stand Out
21 Habits of Successful Photographers - #2: Stand Out

NYIP Mentor and Industry Veteran Patrick Donahue, has studied the professional habits of the world’s most successful photographers. Successful photographers seem to know how to stand out from the crowd.They create images that we haven’t seen before.One way to ensure that you stand out is to study what has already been done. Then focus…

Photo Snack - Visual Storytelling
Photo Snack - Visual Storytelling

Welcome to another NYIP Photo Snack! In this week’s video, we find out that just like regular storytelling, visual storytelling is all about the 5 W’s and 1 H.A photo needs to tell a story. It needs to tell us what is happening, why it is happening, when it is happening, to who is…

Choose a Parameter - NYIP Photo Snack
Choose a Parameter - NYIP Photo Snack

In this week's NYIP photo snack, we focus on setting parameters.For your next photo project, create parameters and then strive to work within them.Setting defined limits can be liberating.Only shoot things that pertain to a theme, or choose one technique and stick to it.Sometimes, working within the lines can have a boundary busting impact.NYIP…

Ansel Adams on Perspective - NYIP Photo Snack
Ansel Adams on Perspective - NYIP Photo Snack

In this week’s NYIP photo snack, we point to one of the most important factors in any photo: the perspective of the photographer.Ansel Adams said, “A good photograph is knowing where to stand.”Sometimes the better photo is only inches away.Two photos of the same subject taken from two different points of view can tell…

The Hidden Details - NYIP Photo Snack
The Hidden Details - NYIP Photo Snack

In this week's NYIP photo snack, we highlight how photography can help you see the world around you.Dorothea Lange said, "A camera is a tool for learning how to see without a camera."Photographs can take what goes unnoticed in the background and bring it into the foreground.Let photography show you things in your everyday…

21 Habits of Successful Photographers - #19: Master Your Tools
21 Habits of Successful Photographers - #19: Master Your Tools

21 Habits of Successful Photographers is weekly video series developed by NYIP. Check out last week’s Habit, and stay tuned for more by subscribing to our YouTube channel.NYIP Mentor and Industry Veteran Patrick Donahue, has studied the professional habits of the world’s most successful photographers. The tools of photography are important, but what’s even…

21 Habits of Successful Photographers - #4: Precision
21 Habits of Successful Photographers - #4: Precision

NYIP Mentor and Industry Veteran Patrick Donahue, has studied the professional habits of the world’s most successful photographers. Photographers need to apply the same amount of care and precision while constructing images that a doctor brings to the operating room.Photographers who think of themselves as surgeons bring their best game to work every day.Be…

Top 10 Student Photos of 2014
Top 10 Student Photos of 2014

Here at NYIP, we collected all the best student photos submitted to our student photo gallery over the last year. Then we had our expert photography teachers and mentors review them and select the best of the best, the cream of the crop.We took the top ten student photos and arranged them into the…

Where's Your Creative Atmosphere? - NYIP Photo Snack
Where's Your Creative Atmosphere? - NYIP Photo Snack

In this week’s NYIP photo snack, we stress the importance of atmosphere when it comes to making pictures.Writers like a cabin in the woods. Painters love an empty white room.Some atmospheres are more conducive to creativity than others.Maybe you love to take your camera to the park, the beach, or on a walk.Know the…

Push Boundaries with Creative Photography
Push Boundaries with Creative Photography

Automatic modes were designed to provide average results under a variety of conditions. While this can be effective on occasion, it's fundamentally opposite of what you're trying to achieve with your art. Do you really want your images to be just average? In order to go beyond the safe shot, creative photographers will push…

21 Habits of Successful Photographers - #11: Be Aware of Blind Spots
21 Habits of Successful Photographers - #11: Be Aware of Blind Spots

21 Habits of Successful Photographers is weekly video series developed by NYIP. Check out last week’s Habit, and stay tuned for more by subscribing to our YouTube channel.NYIP Mentor and Industry Veteran Patrick Donahue, has studied the professional habits of the world’s most successful photographers. We all have blind spots. As photographers, we will…

Ansel Adams on the Art of Photography - NYIP Photo Snack
Ansel Adams on the Art of Photography - NYIP Photo Snack

In this week’s NYIP photo snack, we examine the process of making a photo.Ansel Adams said, “You don’t take a photograph, you make it.”We get so caught up in the camera as a tool that we forget the photographer is also an artist.A photograph is so much more than the light that leaked into…

21 Habits of Successful Photographers - #10: Value the Information Quest
21 Habits of Successful Photographers - #10: Value the Information Quest

21 Habits of Successful Photographers is weekly video series developed by NYIP. Check out last week's Habit, and stay tuned for more by subscribing to our YouTube channel.NYIP Mentor and Industry Veteran Patrick Donahue, has studied the professional habits of the world's most successful photographers. The Internet provides us with an unobstructed view of…

21 Habits of Successful Photographers - #6: Fail
21 Habits of Successful Photographers - #6: Fail

NYIP Mentor and Industry Veteran Patrick Donahue, has studied the professional habits of the world’s most successful photographers.If we fast forward to next year, we should be able to catch a glimpse of ourselves as entirely different photographers than we are today.If we have applied persistence, intensity, and devotion, our images will show development…

Ansel Adams on Storytelling - NYIP Photo Snack
Ansel Adams on Storytelling - NYIP Photo Snack

In this week’s NYIP photo snack, we focus on the relationship between the photographer and the viewer."There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer."When Ansel Adams made photos, he always had his viewer in mind.By being aware of the viewer of your photo, you may find that you’re story…

7 Unorthodox Tips for Explosive Fireworks Photography
7 Unorthodox Tips for Explosive Fireworks Photography

Fireworks displays can be a wonderful opportunity to create powerful photographs. My goal is to break away from the traditional imagery and capture something totally unique. To get started you just need three essential pieces of gear. My typical setup for photographing fireworks is a tripod and ballhead, a DSLR camera, and a telephoto…

How to Capture Animals in Action
How to Capture Animals in Action

When you locate an interesting subject, it's tempting to immediately shoot a handful of pictures and move on. A better approach however, involves slowing down and watching through the lens while studying the animal's behavior. Rather than settling for a static shot of an elephant standing motionless, wait for a dynamic moment before shooting.…

The Photographer's Reality - NYIP Photo Snack
The Photographer's Reality - NYIP Photo Snack

In this week’s NYIP photo snack, we look at a photographer’s ability to create his or her own reality.Alfred Stieglitz told us, "In photography there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality."As a photographer, you not only document reality, you help create it.Whether you’re feeding a fantasy or instigating…

21 Habits of Successful Photographers - #12: Listen
21 Habits of Successful Photographers - #12: Listen

21 Habits of Successful Photographers is weekly video series developed by NYIP. Check out last week’s Habit, and stay tuned for more by subscribing to our YouTube channel.NYIP Mentor and Industry Veteran Patrick Donahue, has studied the professional habits of the world’s most successful photographers. David Barnes, the travel photographer once said, “There’s a…

Ernst Haas on Painting a Story - NYIP Photo Snack
Ernst Haas on Painting a Story - NYIP Photo Snack

In this week’s NYIP photo snack, we examine the importance of telling a story with each image you make.Ernst Haas once said, “The whole point of taking pictures is so that you don’t have to explain things with words.”Try to arrange your photographs as if you were unable to provide any context.Paint a story…

Emotional Photography - NYIP Photo Snack
Emotional Photography - NYIP Photo Snack

In this week’s NYIP photo snack, we reveal the importance of portraying emotions through your images.“Photography for me is not looking, it’s feeling,” said Don McCullin.“If you can’t feel what you’re looking at, then you’re never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures.”Use your emotional filter to weed…