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Wednesday
Feb202013

Introducing the GoPro Hero3

If you haven't heard about this incredible gadget yet, it's time to get onboard (no pun intended). Actually, to call it merely a gadget is to downplay it greatly. The GoPro site claims it to be the "World's Most Versatile Camera" and it's hard to disagree with them there. The HERO3 is a wi-fi enabled, wearable camera/camcorder developed by Woodman Labs that can be mounted on almost any sports or outdoor equipment. It is "waterproof to 197' (60m), capable of capturing ultra-wide 1440p 48fps, 1080p 60 fps and 720p 120 fps video and 12MP photos at a rate of 30 photos per second." Oh yeah... and it weighs a measly 2.6 ounces! At anywhere from $200 to $400 (depending on the edition and the various add-ons available), you are getting a lot of bang for your buck with the GoPro HERO3. But don't take our word for it, check out the site's promo video below! 

You may be thinking that this looks like the work of highly trained professionals in a big budget production, and your personal use may not be worthy of such a heavy duty device. Well, here is a simple how-to-video of photographer Marc Silber's son fastening the HERO3 to his surfboard and then using it out on the water that ought to dispel those notions:

 

 


We're the New York Institute of Photographya distance education school teaching photography since 1910 - over 100 years of knowledge and experience. Listen to the following podcast to learn more about who we are and what we do.

AUDIO LINK: WHAT IS THE NEW YORK INSTITUTE OF PHOTOGRAPHY? [20:58M]

 

 

Friday
Dec072012

A Shot to Remember

If you are a basketball fan and over 18 years old, you remember this shot. It doesn't matter what team you root for or where you are from. And even if for some reason you don't, you've more than likely come across this iconic image at some point, either on a commercial, billboard, magazine cover, pin-up, or Sportscenter highlight reel. Growing up in the suburbs of New York, shooting hoops with friends after school, I remember pretending to take and make this very same shot everyday, holding my follow-through the same way Jordan did (see below). I can still hear the Chicago Bulls announcer Neil Funk making the call as the play unfolds: "Malone...stripped by Michael, to the floor, stolen by MJ! Michael the steal! 16 seconds left, Bulls down one...Michael against Russell, 12 seconds...11...10. Jordan, Jordan, a drive, hangs...fires...SCORES! HE SCORES! The Bulls lead 87-86 with five and two-tenths left, and now they're one stop away! Oh my goodness...oh, my goodness!"

However, the point of this post was not to wax poetic about Michael Jordan's memorable game-winning shot in game 6 of the NBA Finals (which turned out to be the last shot of his Bulls career), nor to reminisce about my childhood, but simply to appreciate the image for its sheer power and beauty. The photograph, taken by longtime Orlando Magic team photographer, Fernando Medina, has been recognized by Sports Illustrated as the number one sports photo in its 100 Greatest Sports Photos of All Time.   

Of the award, Medina said this: "I am honored and very humbled by this recognition. To me, it represents what this country is all about. Who could foresee that a poor refugee from Cuba would end up with the opportunity of photographing Michael Jordan taking his last shot as a Bull to win the 1998 NBA Finals, and make good on that opportunity! Amazing. To think of all the great photographers and their great photographs through time and history, I find it hard to believe that God blessed me with the image chosen as Sports Illustrated‘s favorite, so far. Thank you very much to those at SI who liked my work enough to bestow it with such an incredible honor.”

Here at NYIP, we are always looking to share inspirational stories with our students.  

 

We're the New York Institute of Photographya distance education school teaching photography since 1910 - over 100 years of knowledge and experience. Listen to the following podcast to learn more about who we are and what we do.

AUDIO LINK: WHAT IS THE NEW YORK INSTITUTE OF PHOTOGRAPHY? [20:58M]

 

 

Wednesday
Aug152012

Neil Leifer's Iconic 1984 Olympic Images Revisited by Lightbox 

Carl Lewis jumps in front of Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island in New York Harbor, New York City. (Neil Leifer/Sports Illustrated) With the London Olympics having drawn to a close, we thought it was a perfect time to look back at Neil Leifer's famous spread in Time Magazine's 1984 Olympic games preview edition, in which the photographer traveled to 13 countries over the course of a year in order to photograph some of the world's most famous athletes in front of the iconic symbols of their respective nations. The portfolio was recently revived by Lightbox in anticipation of the London 2012 Olympics and the images were also put on display in a recent exhibition at the Newseum, titled Photo Finish: The Sports Photography of Neil Leifer. Perhaps what makes these images so spectacular today is the fact that Leifer did not artificially alter conditions at any point during the year-long shoot. “It took weeks to set up each shoot,” says Leifer. “And there’s not a single one of these pictures where I use any artificial lighting.” In an age where doctoring images has become the norm, the fact that one man (and assistant Anthony Suarez) persevered to get the perfect shot at each location is truly awe-inspiring. The portfolio captured the imagination of the world upon its publication, expressing the true essence of Olympic competition through its grand symbolism and harmony with nature. Read more here: http://lightbox.time.com/2012/07/24/neil-leifer-around-the-world/#ixzz22xx8zu5k              

Koji Gushiken on rings in front of Mount Fuji, Japan. (Neil Leifer/Sports Illustrated)

Sophia Sakorafa poses with javelin in front of The Parthenon at The Acropolis in Athens. (Neil Leifer/Sports Illustrated)

The Indian field hockey team poses in front of the Taj Mahal in Agra, India. (Neil Leifer/Sports Illustrated)

Weightlifter Viktor Mosibit poses in front of St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow's Red Square. (Neil Leifer/Sports Illustrated)

Kenya marathon runners Kipkoech Cheruiyot and Charles Cheruiyot run next to giraffes in Nanyuki, Kenya. (Neil Leifer/Sports Illustrated)

Mary Decker poses in front of Mount Rushmore in Keystone, S.D. (Neil Leifer/Sports Illustrated)

Mohamed Naguib Hamed poses with discus in front of the Pyramid of Khufu and the Great Sphinx in Giza, Egypt. (Neil Leifer/Sports Illustrated)

Photographer Neil Leifer (right) poses with Fidel Castro and Cuban heavyweight boxer Teofilo Stevenson while on assignment in Havana. (Neil Leifer/Sports Illustrated)

South Korean Jin-Ho Kim poses with bow and arrow in front of Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul. (Neil Leifer/Sports Illustrated)

Gymnast Zhou Qiurui on the Great Wall of China. Shanhaiguan, China. (Neil Leifer/Sports Illustrated)

Heavyweight boxer Francesco Damiani in front of the Colosseum in Rome. (Neil Leifer/Sports Illustrated)

Fidel Castro poses with the Cuban women's basketball team in Havana. (Neil Leifer/Sports Illustrated)

Kristin Otto poses in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in East Berlin. (Neil Leifer/Sports Illustrated)


We're the New York Institute of Photographya distance education school teaching photography since 1910 - over 100 years of knowledge and experience. Listen to the following podcast to learn more about who we are and what we do.

AUDIO LINK: WHAT IS THE NEW YORK INSTITUTE OF PHOTOGRAPHY? [20:58M]

 

 

Friday
Jul272012

Our 10 Favorite Olympic Photography Articles

A number of us at NYIP are quite excited to watch the upcoming Olympic games in London.  We even put together an article of photo tips to capture quality sports photos on our website here

If you follow us on Twitter, you may have seen some other fascinating pieces on photographers and their experiences photographing the games. 

Here are some of our favorites:

  • Best Magazine Assignment Ever: Neil Leifer’s 1984 Olympic Odyssey Around the World - http://buff.ly/PF15c2
  • As the London Summer Olympics draw near, the traditional colored sheep have been rolled out at Henham Park Estate http://buff.ly/PASerI


Enjoy the games!

 


 

Monday
Feb062012

You Make the Call, Acceptable or Over the Line?

Around the web today there were many sports shooters who took exception to a photographer who reached out and touched the Vince Lombardi trophy as it was being presented to the New York Giants.  It happens at 0:56 in this video.  Was this inappropriate for a photojournalist covering the event, or was it an acceptable moment?  You make the call in the comments below.