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Wednesday
Mar302011

Origins of Modern Photography at the Met

The work of three giants of 20th-century American photography—Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen, and Paul Strand—is featured in this powerful exhibit, but if you want to soak up some heady history of photography, hurry---it closes April 10.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, from November 10, 2010, through April 10, 2011, in the exhibition Stieglitz, Steichen, Strand.

The three photographs at the entrance to the show illustrate the style of each of the photographers: the tension in Stieglitz’ closeup of Georgia O’Keefe’s hands, the shadowy mystery in Steichen’s “La Cigale,” and the almost abstract “Pears and Bowls” by Strand. And these three photographs presage what’s to come in the exhibit: a room dedicated the work of each of the artists, so that a visitor gets a thorough sense of each man’s aesthetic.

And yet, the work of the artists is shown as one cohesive show, so that a visitor also sees how the “Photo Secession” movement --- the photographers Steiglitz promoted, exhibited, and published in the early 1900s --- changed from the early work of Steichen, through the work of Stieglitz, developing into the work of Strand.

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Monday
Mar282011

Internet Browsers - Which one do you use? Which one should you use?

As a school that specializes in distance education in photography, the NYIP staff keeps a close eye on
our Web site analytics. Recently we noticed that Apple’s Safari had jumped up the list of browser types
our visitors are using to second place. Nearly 25% of the people who visit our site are doing using the
Safari browser. This simple fact generated quite a bit of discussion around the office. Some people
balked saying that their favorite browser is so much better than Safari while some defend Safari based on recent improvements especially in security and privacy options. There was also some speculation as to why suddenly more people are using Safari. Is it because more traffic is coming from iPhones, iPods and iPads all of which use the Safari browser? Is it because, as a photo school, our students are more likely to be on Apple computers? Or is it simply that Safari's latest version is better and is converting PC users? I'm not going to pretend to be an Apple engineer or marketing agent so I won’t give concrete answers to these questions, but I do know that when I check our sites on the go it is always Safari, because I’m using an iPhone.

It will probably come as no surprise that the largest number of users are still on some version of
Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE). IE has been and will probably continue to be the most widely used
Internet browser. It is preinstalled on every version of Windows that is shipped, and Windows is still
overwhelmingly the most used operating system for desktop and laptop PCs. For full disclosure, our Web
visitors use IE, Safari, Firefox and Chrome - in that order. This got us wondering, what browser do you
use and why?

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Monday
Mar212011

NYIP Student Success

Many NYIP members have won prestigious awards in contests and photo fairs or have had their work exhibited in galleries. Other NYIP members are building careers shooting weddings, press events, corporate and commercial assignments, or have received professional recognition and publication of their photos. Here are some recent NYIP success stories:
 
Linda Grant, NC
Congratulations to Linda who won 1st Place in the Reptile and Amphibian category in the 2010 North Carolina Wildlife Photo Competition.

Robert Discus, TX

Robert, a recent graduate of NYIP's Complete Course in Professional Photography, has opened his own photography business, Nostalgic Moments Photography, in San Antonio. Robert photographs weddings, Quinceanera events, portraits, and sports photography. According to Robert, he "enjoyed the course overall, it gave me the technical knowledge I was looking for to really be able to master my equipment.  Additionally, that mastery the course provided has given me the launching point for what really makes a great picture so I can continue to grow as a visual artist."

Ralf Schellen, Germany
Ralf, a 2009 NYIP Graduate, has been working as a professional beauty and fashion photographer and opened his own photo studio in Dusseldorf this year. He also shoots weddings and portraits. You can see his work on his Web site.
Michael Crawford, TX
Congratulations also goes to Michael Crawford who had a photo chosen, after a company-wide competition,  to appear in his company's calendar. Michael was told multiple times by both the ad agency and the Director of Marketing that they could have used only his photos for the entire calendar, though they were only allowed to chose one photo per employee.  Michael says that "out of all the photos I submitted, the photo they selected would not have been my choice, though it is quite colorful."
 
Fabian Carrillo, France
Great news from Fabian who just had his first solo exhibition in Brioude, France. He sold enough prints during the first day of the show to cover his expenses and make a profit. Plus, as a result of the exhibition he was hired to photograph pictures for a jewelry catalog!
 
Do you have an NYIP Success Story to tell? Email us at editors@nyip.com and let us know!

 

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Thursday
Mar172011

Video: Accident in the Air 

For years I've had the pleasure of photographing the amazing feats of pilots at various Airshows in the United States.  I'm always amazed at the precision and skill of those maneuvering their craft with technical mastery.  Of course with aircrafts that pass each other at hundreds of miles per hour just inches apart, and planes being pushed to the very limit, there is always the chance of danger.  Thankfully, I've never witnessed any accidents, and I hope I never do.

 

 

When I saw this video, chills crept up my spine.  As reported by AV WEB "Kyle and Amanda Franklin, a young husband and wife aerobatic and wingwalking team, were seriously injured after the Waco Mystery Ship they use in their routine caught fire in flight during a performance at the Brownsville/South Padre Island Air Fiesta Saturday. The Brownsville Herald reports Amanda Franklin was on the wing of the Waco "Mystery Ship" when fire erupted from the engine at low altitude, all of which is visible in video shot by a member of the audience. Amanda was able to get into a seat while her husband made the best of a very bad situation as the aircraft came down in a wooded area and burned. Emergency crews responded almost immediately, apparently while the aircraft was still coming down. They arrived and drove through the shorter brush to douse the flames. Kyle's worst injuries may have been suffered while trying to remove his wife from flames in the forward cockpit. Amanda was more seriously burned."

In researching their condition, I found this quote from Matt Younkin (Amanda's brother): 

"All, Please forward this letter on to who ever you see fit...

Good morning all. Let me first express on behalf of Amanda, Kyle, Myself and both of our families so many thanks for all of your prayers and well wishes. We are all so fortunate to have such a wonderful support network in all of you. We are still waiting for updates and it could be many hours, days, or weeks before we know exactly how the recovery process will play out between Amanda and Kyle. I can however report that Kyle was not injured and or burned as badly as reported earlier by the media and is expected to make a full and rapid recovery. I can also say that the updates we are receiving on Amanda are increasingly optimistic and though she has a long road of recovery ahead of her, the doctors are giving us the impression that things are not as bad as first reported and her chances for a full recovery are getting better not worse. The first 24 hours will set the tone for the story ahead.
I also have to extend a very sincere thanks to my brother-in-law Kyle who I strongly credit for the fact that my little sister is still with us. Having witnessed the accident and being on of the first on the scene, I can say without a shadow of a doubt that he made no less than five quick decisions in the air and on the ground that gave her a second chance at life!! When the engine quit, Amanda was on the top wing in the rack. Kyle continued to fly the airplane in a straight and level fashion as long as he could to give Amanda every opportunity to unstrap and get into the front cockpit where she would have the best chance in the event of a hard landing. He also resisted the tendency to turn for the pavement which typically induces a fatal stall/spin situation. He avoided a landing in the pyro field which could have proven to be fatal, and faced with the only other option of land in mesquite woods, Kyle landed into the wind drastically reducing the forward speed at impact. Upon reaching the scene, I noticed that he set the airplane down in the only Waco sized piece of ground in that dense woods that didn't have tall trees in it. Kyle sustained the majority of his burns trying to pull his wife from the wreckage and when his efforts produced no results, he stayed in the cockpit and transmitted a repeating distress call about the post impact fire that had started. I honestly believe this motivated the rapid responders to press through the brush and douse the airplane at a more rapid rate which meant the split second difference that saved Amanda, who was still in the plane. The first responders on the scene did an excellent job of responding to the situation in a rapid manner. Having a professional air boss teamed up with professional CFR personnel made a world of difference that could be the single most important factor that both Amanda and Kyle are still with us. Please continue to send your thoughts and prayers this direction because we sincerely believe they are helping. I will pass updates along as I receive them."


Please join me in wishing Kyle and Amanda a speedy recovery.

 

 

Tuesday
Mar152011

New Video: How NYIP Has Helped Me 

We asked students and grads to make a short (30 seconds - 2 minutes) video of themselves talking about how NYIP has helped their photography. Check out this one from Kathleen Malinowski Popola. She even shares some of her beautiful images, and details why NYIP worked for her. Well done!  Thank you for sharing your story Kathleen.  If you would like to see more of Kathleen's photography, she recently set up a website at www.photographybykathleen.smugmug.com

 

 

We love to hear about all of the exciting things that our students and grads are doing with their photography. We're proud to have trained more successful photographers than any other school in the world. And now, we want to hear from YOU!

If you would like to submit a short (30 seconds - 2 minutes) video talking about how NYIP has helped you, just upload it to YouTube, and share the link with us here.



We can't wait to hear what you have to say. Open submissions until 4/15/11.