In many instances the best protection in dangerous situations is simply to rely on one’s instincts. My instincts have been honed by a lot of experience, so I ignore them at my peril. Of course there are risks in this business, but I try to measure them as best as I can. While embedded with military forces, I wear a flack jacket and helmet, as well as ballistic eye protection. One of the worst fears is kidnapping, both in Iraq and Afghanistan and I almost always travel with the military in areas where that is an issue.
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Best Musical Extravaganza: Christmas Vacation Lip Dub from "Beauty and the Beast" National Tour
Cheesiest Christmas Video: Merry Christmas from Sharm el Sheikh
Most Magical Video & Still Photography: Cassandra Bromfield's 2011 New York Christmas Windows
Best Seasonal Promo Video by a Photographer: David Sanchez's Feliz Navidad 2011
Best Holiday Photoshop Application: Merry Christmas from Bruce Parsons
Most Likely to Die Because of a Video: Santa Base from Team Jalapenos
Best Holiday Song Parody Performed by an Inn: 12 Days of Christmas - Snapdragon Inn Holiday Video
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Still photography brings a moving dimension to our Video Pick this week. Jeremy Cowart's "They Will See God," is a moving tribute to individuals who have survived difficult life struggles and natural disasters. Born of the Nashville photographer's experience taking pictures of natural disasters in Haiti and Franklin, TN, Cowart's photographs capture the tragedy of devastation and the exhilaration of the human spirit.
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Another Thanksgiving is rolling around. It wasn't hard to find a featured video for our official NYIP holiday post. Thanks to Utah photographer Janika Evans, she created a stop-motion video that captures the beauty of the holiday with a spirited group of (photogenic) young children.
All of us at the New York Institute of Photography are thankful for our curious and artistic students, our talented instructors, our amazing student advisors, and our Facebook, Twitter, and blog followers. We hope you and yours will have abundant food, lots to be thankful for, and teriffic photo opportunities this holiday season.