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Monday
May272013

Equipment: An Essential Digital Tool or Totally Unnecessary?

If you're not shooting in black and white right now, we encourage our online photography course students to try your hand at it. But many photographers prefer to shoot in color, and then use their image-editing software, the digital lightroom, to change an image to black and white and enhance the tonal values. But for about a year now we've had the Leica M Monochrom, designed to "create authentic monochrome photography in digital form," billed as the first digital 35 mm camera developed for the sole purpose of shooting in black and white. Its features include

  • Full-format sensor
  • No color filters
  • Truer black-and-white images
  • Strong sharpness and dynamic range

Is this the perfect tool for the art and everyday photographer? Is this something you would want to add to your photographer's bag, or would you prefer to use Photoshop or a similar lightroom tool to start with RAW color and work from there? Are you a current user and, if so, what has your experience been with the camera? (Click here to read one photographer's personal review.)

 

WHO ARE WE?

We're the New York Institute of Photographya distance education school teaching photography since 1910 - over 100 years of knowledge and experience.

 Click here to watch the New York Institute of Photography video.


Friday
May102013

Old Dog, New Tricks: Waiting for my GoPro HERO3

I can't wait. I'm like a little kid waiting for Santa Claus to put my presents under the tree. Ever since Steven Evans blogged about the new GoPro HERO3 in February, I knew that this was the camera I've been looking for. Being the director of education, overseeing digital photography courses at the New York Institute of Photography, I've always felt guilty that I never came from the ranks of photographers. I've always been a professional blogger and leaned more towards videography. I have an older prosumer Panasonic videocam, and it served me well for years. But its built-in mic was problematic, the camera body was bulky, it wasn't HD, and on and on. Time for an upgrade.

I just pulled the trigger and purchased the HERO3 Black Edition with a headstrap mounting attachment and extra backup battery (always a necessity). The plan is for me to let you know my progress and to share a few videos with you. Hopefully we'll be making some videos that have to do with general photography, but they just might be fun videos I'm making with my new toy strapped to my head! (Or maybe I'll become good enough to put together something like today's Video Pick, below.) I'll keep you posted, particularly as I check out the battery life, which I've been reading a lot of complaints about online (the reason why I purchased a spare battery).

 

 

WHO ARE WE?

We're the New York Institute of Photographya distance education school teaching photography since 1910 - over 100 years of knowledge and experience.

 Click here to watch the New York Institute of Photography video.


Friday
May032013

Video Pick: How a Pro Photographer and an Instagram Star Express Themselves Through Photography

We just came across this wonderful documentary by filmmaker Andy Newman called Portrait, and it focuses on two Seattle professionals who embrace photography and creativity as a huge part of their lives. At the New York Institute of Photography, we're continually hearing from students taking our photography course online that they take our courses because they have always had a deep passion for photography and they'd like to learn how to improve their photo-taking skills.
 
 
This short doc perfectly underscores our students' passion for expressing themselves creatively through photography. It's an activity that will grab you and never let go for the rest of your life, and it will become a way to connect every facet of who you are into one continuously flowing form of creative expression. If you're currently an NYIP student, we think you'll love this video as it reinforces your chosen path. And to those of you who might be exploring photography education, watch this video and see if you identify with either of these individuals; they follow different career paths, but photography becomes their unique intersection point. If you think photography might be your path, I encourage you to explore NYIP's courses or learn photoshop. We've helped thousands of people - more than any other photography school on the planet - pursue their dreams.
 

 

WHO ARE WE?

We're the New York Institute of Photographya distance education school teaching photography since 1910 - over 100 years of knowledge and experience.

 Click here to watch the New York Institute of Photography video.


Wednesday
Apr102013

Fashion World Video: Are There Too Many Photographers? 

Tommy Ton, fashion blogger/photographerI was intriduged by today's Video Pick (an excellent piece by Garage Magazine) from the perspective of historial fashion journalism. The rise of bloggers and street photographers has increased the visibility and proliferation of fashion images, and I suspect it's the same in every lifestyle segment.

Aside from my work at the New York Institute of Photography, I run an interior design blog, and there are a zillion blogs in my space now (I was an early pioneer back in 2007), and each design event is photographed by dozens of shooters, from pros with DSLRs to smartphone snappers. Sports, fashion, design, celebrities, politics, general news - literally every segment of society is now photographed like - as our video today points out - a parody of reality shows.

We have this sudden urge to document everything and everyone, and then spread the word. Digital photography, the blogosphere, social networks, and smartphones make citizen journalism possible - with its positive and negative connotations. It makes you want to be a much more careful consumer of blogs, magazines, and websites, doesn't it? Let's start to sift through all the images and discern which ones show great photographic technique.

 

 

Who Are We?

Click here to watch the New York Institute of Photography video.


Wednesday
Apr032013

Photographer at Work: Commercial Photo Shoot of T-Shirts

We ask our students to imagine themselves in real-life work situations, putting their photography skills to the test. But each and every situation is going to be different. It's obvious that shooting a series of landscapes will be radically different than a pet portrait session with a frisky doberman. In today's featured video, we've got a behind-the-scenes look at commercial photographer Eric Forberger, a Lancaster, PA pro who does a great job putting an entire T-shirt clad group of models at ease. Note his advice on how to change up the poses after the strobes fire. And, of course, his advice to have fun. Go to FakeLife to read about this wonderful charitable organization, and click on "Shop FakeLife" to see Eric's T-shirt and model photos.
 

 

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]