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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

All Photography Articles
All Photography Articles

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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…

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…

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…

Creative Personal Projects - NYIP Photo Snack
Creative Personal Projects - NYIP Photo Snack

In this week's NYIP photo snack, we stress the value of personal projects.Personal projects are a great way to keep your skills sharp and fresh.It's all too easy to get stuck doing less creative work that simply pays the bills.Instead, allow a personal project to stretch your creative muscles.You might just reap a valuable…

The Power of Feelings - NYIP Photo Snack
The Power of Feelings - NYIP Photo Snack

In this week's NYIP photo snack, we highlight the power of feelings and the importance of incorporating them into your photographs.Maya Angelou once said, "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."Why not create a picture today…

21 Habits of Successful Photographers - #15: Innovate
21 Habits of Successful Photographers - #15: Innovate

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 quest for innovation will likely be non-stop. The…

Cold Weather Photography Tips
Cold Weather Photography Tips

'Tis the season, and we're getting lots of letters from NYIP students and other Northern Hemisphere Web visitors about taking cold weather pictures, particularly since a good portion of the U.S. is currently under a deep freeze. There are lots of great photo opportunities out there whether your idea of a good time is…

Great Shots Are Everywhere - NYIP Photo Snack
Great Shots Are Everywhere - NYIP Photo Snack

This is an NYIP photo snack. Fast, nutritious, delicious information designed to make you think differently about picture making.You don’t need to go far to make a beautiful pictures.One photographer we know told us that he always carries his camera with him as he walks his daughter to school every day. Training yourself to…

Seven Tips for Runway Photographers
Seven Tips for Runway Photographers

Here are some tips on photographing fashion shows from NYI Student Advisors Ted Fisher and Rachel Neville.1. Study the FieldIn discussing photographing fashion shows with Ben, we took a look at the photographs of past runway fashion shows to consider what framing/composition ideas would work for the shoot. New York Fashion has a great…

Break The Rules! - NYIP Photo Snack
Break The Rules! - NYIP Photo Snack

In this week’s NYIP photo snack, we examine the process of making outlaw images by breaking the rules of photography.While it’s important to master the rules first, once you have done so, feel free to break them.Just make sure you know what rules you’re breaking in order to achieve the greatest impact.For example, these…

Fall in Love with Photography - NYIP Photo Snack
Fall in Love with Photography - NYIP Photo Snack

In this week’s NYIP photo snack, we discuss enjoying your photographic craft as a way to enrich your life and improve images.If “photography is a love affair with life,” as Burk Uzzle said, then a life of photographic endeavors can be a life well lived.Loving what you do is a benefit to anyone’s professional…

21 Habits of Successful Photographers - #3: Focus
21 Habits of Successful Photographers - #3: Focus

NYIP Mentor and Industry Veteran Patrick Donahue, has studied the professional habits of the world’s most successful photographers. Focus and development are not just photographic techniques, they are attitudes.One of the keys to a photographer’s success is their ability to channel their energy into their work, and thrive on the process of improving.One of…

Capture a Group Shot - NYIP Photo Snack
Capture a Group Shot - NYIP Photo Snack

In this week’s NYIP photo snack, we look at one of the many ways to create a little chaos magic.If you find yourself in the tricky position of having to make a group photograph, you might decide to abandon the idea of crowd control all together.Try letting go of traditional notions of portraiture and…

21 Habits of Successful Photographers - #21: There’s More to Life than Photography
21 Habits of Successful Photographers - #21: There’s More to Life than Photography

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 most successful photographers have developed passions outside of photography.…

21 Habits of Successful Photographers - #9: Right Brain, Left Brain
21 Habits of Successful Photographers - #9: Right Brain, Left Brain

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.Very successful photographers have an ability to blend both art…

21 Habits of Successful Photographers - #8: Be Optimistic
21 Habits of Successful Photographers - #8: Be Optimistic

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 most successful photographers in the world are naturally…

5 Tips from Joe McNally
5 Tips from Joe McNally

Joe McNally is an internationally acclaimed photographer with an unbeatably adaptable edge. With over 35 years under his belt, McNally has completed countless photography projects, working in 60 different countries worldwide. Often times, Joe is assigned a massive project theme- like ‘Sight’ for example. Through his photographic storytelling expertise, he’s challenged to show viewers…

21 Habits of Successful Photographers - #18: Be an Early Adopter
21 Habits of Successful Photographers - #18: Be an Early Adopter

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. Very successful photographers are almost always early adopters of…

21 Habits of Successful Photographers - #14: Know Your Extended Family
21 Habits of Successful Photographers - #14: Know Your Extended Family

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. Other applied arts can be like extended family to…

A Lesson in Candid Street Photography
A Lesson in Candid Street Photography

Manhattan is known as the city that never sleeps, but a lesser known side of this town may very well be its ability to make one smile. Finding humor on the streets requires a photographer to work fast or potentially lose the moment. Unlike a posed portrait, there are no re-dos. To be ready…

Is the Pop Up Flash Useful?
Is the Pop Up Flash Useful?

The pop-up flash gets a bad rap, and this is unfortunate as it's actually a very useful tool when set properly. Out of the box, it simply provides too much light, resulting in a bright washed out appearance. The trick is to adjust the flash exposure compensation to a reduced output. As a starting…

21 Habits of Successful Photographers - #13: Speak a Global Visual Language
21 Habits of Successful Photographers - #13: Speak a Global Visual Language

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. One of the keys to increasing our visual awareness…

21 Habits of Successful Photographers - #17: Nobody Does it Alone
21 Habits of Successful Photographers - #17: Nobody Does it Alone

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. Photographers tend to lead isolated lives. They go out…

Finding a Strong Foreground
Finding a Strong Foreground

The gentle hues at dawn are worth getting out of bed for, but color alone won't hold the viewer's interest. To make a dramatic impact on your scenic and travel images, find a strong foreground element. A field of wildflowers for example can be used to balance the composition. To make sure everything is…

Digital Photography Tips for Baseball
Digital Photography Tips for Baseball

Have you ever experienced the disappointment of missing a photographic opportunity because your flash was recycling? You suddenly find yourself transformed from a photographer into just another spectator as the golden moment flies away.When you are photographing fast-moving events such as a baseball game, it's important to consider the equipment you are using. Unfortunately,…

Composition is a Process of Subtraction
Composition is a Process of Subtraction

Painters work by continually applying brush strokes until their piece is complete. This additive process is actually quite different from how photographers compose images. Through the lens, we're tasked to remove any unnecessary elements in order to best express our vision. This method of subtraction is can seem counterintuitive at first. Yet, as Paulo…

Look For the Break in the Pattern
Look For the Break in the Pattern

Photography can help bring order to the world around you. By searching for organized patterns and repetition, you can shed light on the constant pursuit of balance in life. Of course our subjects don't always cooperate, and disruptions in patterns commonly emerge. These differences should be embraced, however, as they make for fascinating subjects.…

21 Habits of Successful Photographers - #7: Handle Adversity
21 Habits of Successful Photographers - #7: Handle Adversity

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 successful photographers that Patrick studied shared an above…

Photo Snack – Avoid Spotty Photos
Photo Snack – Avoid Spotty Photos

Welcome to another NYIP Photo Snack! In this week’s video, we learn how to properly handle our gear to avoid spotty photos.First, avoid changing lenses in risky environments. Next, turn the camera off before changing lenses. Hold your camera upside down with your lens facing down when changing it. And have your lens ready…

Find a Unique Perspective in Your Travel Photography
Find a Unique Perspective in Your Travel Photography

It seems that even the most remote destinations have been photographed from nearly every perspective. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t shoot them, however. Instead, consider it a personal challenge to go one step further and create something unique. How can you take what’s already been done and make it yours? It’s this vision that…

A Lesson in Fisheye Lenses
A Lesson in Fisheye Lenses

The lens you choose is often more important than the camera you use.Fisheye lenses are not something you'll use every day. Nevertheless, the results you can produce with them can be quite exquisite. With a focal length of about 8mm, a fisheye captures more of a scene than an ultra wide-angle lens. Images appear…

21 Habits of Successful Photographers
21 Habits of Successful Photographers

Over the course of the last few months, we have published a 21-part series titled, 21 Habits of Successful Photographers.Sadly, this series has come to an end. But for all of you who missed out on the weekly action, here’s a quick recap.You can click here to visit the 21 Habits of Successful Photographers…