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Entries in NYI Student Successes (13)

Monday
Nov072011

Winning Forum Challenge Photo - Weather

 Congratulations to Hilpi Ostlund, for winning the forum photo challenge "Weather".  Hilpi is a student in the Fundamentals of Digital Photography program.  Here's what she said about this wonderful winter scene.   

"I took the photo about one o'clock in the afternoon late in November when it was snowing rather heavily, but there was no wind so the snowflakes fell very quietly. Unfortunately it was too dark to photograph so I decided to see what my camera's flash could do and this is the resault. I took the photo handheld from the upper floor window, steading the camera on the window board.  Camera settings: 1/125 sec,   f6.3, ISO 400, at 30 mm."

 

 

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Thursday
Nov032011

NYIP Student Successes

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:
 
Janie L. Ferguson, New York
Congratulations to Janie who has had great success with her photography even though she's still working on her first Unit of the NYIP Complete Course in Professional Photography. Janie's photo of a deer was featured on the cover of the Waterside Weekly newspaper along with her bio. The local newspaper also featured a photo story she did on a local gun club. Janie also won Third Place in the "Feels Like Home" photo contest and her winning entry will be published in the 2012 Steuben County Travel Guide. You can see more of Janie's work on her Web site.
 
 
Christopher Correia, Maryland 
Christopher completed his NYIP course just about a year ago and opened his own business, CJC Photography. In the year that he's been in business, Christopher has photographed  portraits and other events such as bridal/baby showers, maternity, newborn, family, swimsuit, fashion, and fitness photos. He's also won several photo contests and had his images published in the Stoughton Journal and The Enterprise newspapers.
 
John Kidd, Pennsylvania
We love catching up with NYIP graduates so when John's email crossed our desks with the subject line "Thank you for changing my Life, My Career etc" we couldn't help but take notice and cheer! John, who took his NYIP course and graduated back in 1993 when he was still a U.S. Navy officer, has had a very successful photography career.  Not only has he photographed 27 weddings, won several military photo contests, been published in the Navy Times, photographed numerous military events, he's even taught military sanctioned photography classes on a base in Spain! John says he owes a lot to current NYI Associate Dean Jerry Rice who was his instructor.  "I owe (a very, very, very deep ((DEEP)) debt of gratitude to Jerry. He was (tactfully) direct, fully professional, and held NOTHING back! He influenced me MUCH MORE than Ansel Adams himself!!!" Thanks John, you made our day!
 
Melissa A. Olsen, Colorado

Melissa won First Place in BetterPhoto's digital darkroom contest for her image "Trunk Play." Melissa's winning photo was chosen out of over 15,000 entries! You can see Melissa's photos on her Web site. Congratulations!

Charles E. Attard, Malta
Charles recently started a Web site called PhotoGozo.com which is an online promotional site of the island Gozo where he lives in Malta. As a result of the Web site, Charles was approached by the British magazine Songlines which will be using one of his images in their November/December issue as part of an article on Gozo. NYIP Student Advisor George Delgado helped Charles negotiate to a fair price for the use of his image.
 
James B. Fisher, Pennsylvania
Congratulations to Jimmie (a 1988 NYIP graduate!) who was honored by Wacom Technology, the world's leading manufacturer of interactive pen displays and tablets, to be one of several international photographers/artists featured on their new "Get Inspired" Web site! His profile is currently being showcased on the Wacom Web site as well as some of his digital art and photography pieces. You can see Jimmie's work and learn more about his Wacom experience on his blog.

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Friday
Sep302011

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:
 
Sarah Bryan, Nebraska
With all the horrible wet weather much of the U.S. had recently, it was great to hear some good news came out of all those storms. NYIP Student Sarah Bryan won second place in a contest/exhibit called "Flood Waters 2011." The exhibit features images of the Missouri river flooding. Sarah normally photographs seniors, weddings, newborns and other portraits through her studio, Life Captured Photography based in Fort Calhoun, Nebraska. 
 
 
Bonnie Gustin, New York
 
Congratulations go to Bonnie who was profiled in the Fall issue of Life in the Finger Lakes Magazine. You can see several of Bonnie's fall photographs in the article, Autumn Splendor, on page 66 of the magazine. View more of Bonnie's work on her website, Bonniegustinphotography.com.
 
 
Tom Freudenstein, New York

A photograph taken by NYIP Graduate Tom Freudenstein was used by Klezmer musicians Franziska Seehausen and Ilya Shneyveys on their poster advertisment for a Klezmer concert in Alfter, Germany.

 
Gareth Kidder, Maine

We were thrilled to hear from NYIP Graduate Gareth Kidder who wrote: "Since completing the NYIP course in 2005, I have had some success!  I have placed or won in several contests. My photos were also printed in a local newspaper in their readers submitted photo section. My most prestigious success to date was having a photo published in the June 2011 issue of Outdoor Photographer Magazine! I learned so much from NYIP, it really made a difference!" Congratulations, Gareth!

 
Karla McKinney, Ohio
Terrific news from Karla McKinney who recently submitted several photographs into a photo contest at her local county fair. She's was thrilled to tell us that she won four 1st place blue ribbons including "Best of Show", as well as six 2nd place red ribbons! Karla says "I am so pleased with everything that I am learning through my photography course through NYIP! The information is invaluable to me and makes me so excited about shooting photography! I just want to learn more and more!"
 
 
Swati Chakraborty
, California
NYIP student Swati Chakraborty also has contest news to share. Swati won first place in DPReview's photo challenge "Flirting." You can see Swati's winning image here.
 

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Wednesday
Jul132011

Transform the iPad into a Mobile Tabletop Studio

Editor's Note: The moment I heard how NYI Student Tom Freudenstein was using his iPad as a lightbox, I knew it would be something that would interest our readers.  Tom was gracious enough to write about his experience creating a mobile tabletop studio. The results are stunning. - CC

I was fascinated by the lecture on light tables in the NYI Pro Course and then had the idea to use the iPad 2 as a mini light table. My camera set up was the Canon 50d with a 24-70mm 1:2.8 L lens. Because of the rather long exposure times (between 1/3 and 10 seconds), I needed a tripod and a 2 second shutter delay to avoid shaking the camera when pressing the release button. All pictures are large JPEG and the ISO is set to 100. I started with a couple of pictures taken in P mode and then used these values as the basis for manual changes to aperture and time.

 

The application Soft Box Pro can be obtained through the App Store. It is free for iPhones and $3 USD (2.39 Euro) for the iPad. The app offers a variety of light options. For my setup, I used the simple white full square light and varied the intensity from time to time. I did not want to place any objects directly on the iPad. Instead, I took the glass out of a picture frame, the size of the glass being a little larger than the iPad. I placed four small wooden logs (from my sons toy drawer) around the Pad and placed the glass on top. There was my mini light table. 
 

I bought an image cube backdrop through ebay (http://www.imagecube.de/). It is a small cardboard backdrop that can be set up on the dining table or even in a cluttered hobby room in the basement.
The objects I chose for my still life photo were a glass of dry sherry, a few grapes and a cork - very simpe. I added the bottle towards the end of the session. I tried to make the grapes look fesh and wet by adding drops of water in some pictures. I followed the instructions of the Pro Course and first applied some glycerin and then sprayed the water.
 

I came across a number of problems. My first setup was on the dining table. I found too many reflections from various windows to be a little disturbing. I could close the shades on one side, but not on the other. I have played around with a reflector and two household flashlights. One of them was directed at the backdrop, which created a nice separation but did not really help with the reflections. Then, I relocated the set to the hobby room in the basement. Because of some reconstruction, we store a lot of stuff there and it is absolutely cluttered and full. But only one window which could be covered with a dark cloth. Now I had full control of the lighting. The iPad light from below, two flashlights and a standard floor lamp did the job.

 

Another problem was the small size of the iPad and the backdrop. Depending on the angle of the camera, the frame included the iPad or the wood logs or something else I did not want to have in the picture. This is clearly a disadvantage of the small setup and a problem that does not exist with a pro light table. I moved the camera fairly close and zoomed in to solve this.
 

 Finally, the depth of field was an issue. To make the background nice and soft I first used a wide aperture of 2.8. The depth of field often was too shallow, which was nice in some pictures but not in others. The other extreme at f22 created a sharp and crisp image, but also showed every little piece of dust, dirt or roughness of the backdrop. I finally ended up with f 6.3 as a middle ground that felt and looked right to me. I really like the "sparkle" at the side of the sherry glass, which I have created by pointing a flashlight from behind the set at the glass and using a small aperture.

 

 

To see more of Tom's photography, visit online here.

 

Monday
Jul112011

NYIP Student Successes

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:
 
Philip Robertson, New York
Philip had an image he took of the music group, The Dollyrots, published in the Black Heart Records newsletter. He's also had great success having his work from fashion, beauty, and technology events, used on various Web sites and blogs. He's even had a tarot card reader use one of his selective focus photos from his Unit 1 project on a set of tarot cards due to be published this year. You can see more of Philip's work on his Web site, Britrock Photography.
 
Lana M. Tegler, Montana
 Here at NYIP, we love catching up with graduates who finished taking our courses years before. Recently we heard from Lana who finished her NYIP Complete Course in Professional Photography back in the 1980s.  She wrote: "I have had a great time with my photos and have them almost around the world. I have had my western and Indian photos used in a college in France to help teach some of the American culture and also in a school in Hondurus to help teach elementary children the English language.  My photos have been on the cover of many magazines and I've worked as a photojournalist for a few different papers.  I'm proud of the list of accomplishments and just want to say "Thank you" one more time for helping me along my photo trail of life."
 
André Monteiro, Brazil

Congratulations to André who has been invited to be an exhibitor at the The International Photography Meeting of Rio de Janeiro - FotoRio 2011 held this summer in Brazil.

Jorge Muxica, Massachusetts
Recent NYIP graduate Jorge Muxica has started his own company, Kalospix Photographic Works. He's happy to report that he does a lot of portraits, commercial work, weddings, fashion, portfolios, seniors, and even underwater projects. He says "I not afraid to take on any new assignments. I understand people, business, photo technology and technique. I even have created my own styles which my clients are already recognizing. I haven't shifted to fulltime just yet. That may be next. In part this will happen thanks to NYIP!"
 
Reehan Hoossein, Oman
Congratulations to Reehan who had his photos of the 2011 World Fireworks Championship which was held in Oman, published in the pyrotechnics magazine, 76 Pyro. Reehan's photos were on the cover as well as in an article on the Championship and in a separate feature on the back page.

  

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