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How to Create that Silky Waterfall Look


I'm pleased to present a new video from the woods of Hickory Run State Park. In this episode, I discuss how to achieve that silky look in your waterfall images.  I also go over histograms, aperture, and lens maintenance.   Thanks for watching!




Lighting Notebook by Kevin Kubota

NYIP's staff scoured this fall's PhotoPlus Expo held in October in New York City's Javits Center.  Our video report on our top five picks of things we liked put Kevin Kubota's new book Lighting Notebook: 101 Lighting Styles and Setups for Digital Photographers at the top of our list.  NYIP Student Advisor Chris Corradino was able to snag an exclusive interview with Kevin's wife and business partner, Clare Kubota, who provides some background about what makes this book so special.  After all the presents are unwrapped and the kids are playing with the gifts or the wrapping paper, take a few minutes, and order your own copy of this remarkable book.




Please, Step in Front of My Lens



Believe it or not, I have seen a large number of well-meaning New Yorkers who try not to step into a photographer's photo. They'll stop dead in their tracks, and politely wait for the person to capture their image before continuing along. I commend these fine citizens for their courtesy, but I do have a somewhat odd request. Please, feel free to step in front of my lens. Yes, I really said that. Allow me to explain.



When someone stands in front of your subject, it unlocks a rich world of compositional layers. This added depth leads the viewer's eye from the foreground through the middle of the scene, all the way to the background. I believe the relationship between these different aspects of a photo can work together to tell a story.



While some of these moments are created through what Bob Ross referred to as "happy accidents", the observant photographer can work to knowingly incorporate this concept into their repertoire. As you'll see, it can even be used to eliminate distracting elements and focus attention on your subject.



As for the technical details, the level of blurring is dependent on three things;

A wide aperture like f2.8, or f4 to create a very shallow depth of field.

The distance between your lens, and the subject you're trying to blur.  The nearer they are, the softer they'll be. This is a result of the lenses minimum focusing distance. For example, with a Canon 70-200mm lens, I need to be at least 4.9 feet away in order to achieve focus. Anything closer than that minimum distance will be out of focus.

A telephoto lens like a 70-200mm will enhance this effect.



The next time someone steps in front of your lens, don't let off your shutter button. Keep shooting, and use their presence to create a unique image.




New Video: Using Live View for Flower Closeups

In this new video, I discuss how to use Live View to micro focus on tiny details.  Gear, camera settings and other specifics are also covered.  




Refer a Friend to NYIP

As the world’s largest and oldest photography school, the New York Institute of Photography is the #1 school for aspiring photographers. Here at NYIP headquarters, we know that there are a lot of people to thank for that. And right at the top of that list are our students!

Our students are photographers and enthusiasts who have taken the leap and decided to get the education they needed to take the next step. They make what we do worthwhile. And they help us spread the word about the quality of the photography education that you can get with NYIP.

And now we wanted to ask you to help us do that one more time. We recently launched our Refer-a-Friend program that allows anyone to recommend our courses to people they know quickly and easily. All you have to do to get started is visit and enter the names and email addresses of anyone you know who is interested in photography.

We will send them an email, letting them know that you referred them. And as a bonus, if any of your friends enroll both of you will get a free gift, as described on our Refer-a-Friend page!  (Keep in mind that the gift is only for NYIP students, so if you are not a student you may still refer us to your friends but only they will be eligible for the gift.)

Whether you are a student or a graduate, a reader or a follower, we thank you for helping to support our mission of providing affordable and convenient photography education to everyone who needs it!