ARTHUR BENJAMIN FRIDAY
MY NYIP EXPERIENCE
There was not a single Unit, nor sub-unit that I did not believe to be extremely helpful and important to me...I loved it all as it tested my resolve to become a technically better photographer than I was. I certainly appreciated the value and importance of not just including objects in the photo of a subject I was shooting because they 'looked good there', but to be critical and ask the questions: does any of the objects around the subject add value to the subject? Does any of it increase the universality of the subject matter? Did I unemotionally simplify the subject? Did I do everything I could in the actual shooting of the subject to ensure very little post -shoot editing had to be done? Was it my very best 'eye of the photographer' shot I could have done at the time?
I learned to make all those issues and many others that impact on a good photograph, second-nature to preparing for every shot I set myself to take. I decided quite early in the course that anyone can shoot in Intelligent Auto, Creative Auto, Portrait, and all the other built-in settings in the camera...but I wanted to master Manual! 98% of my end of Unit submissions were shot in Raw and Manual...I have become adept at shooting in Manual in any environment and condition; further because I could not afford a wide view camera nor its substitute - shift lens, to do Architectural photograph, it was no 'big thing' for me as I had always tested methods of shooting buildings and ensuring they were not leaning towards each other or backwards, or even a term new to me...ship's prow effect. I just always knew that those were not normal, however because NYIP enlightened me to the Architectural information, I worked harder at my own skills, utilizing all the new information to make my Canon Rebel T4i SLR and my 18-55mm lens with a Macro Attachment 58mm, do for me what the specialized camera and lenses are expected to achieve.
NYIP's Professional Photographer's Course ensured that I reinforced my own skill-set of innovation and initiative to overcome issues of absence of specialized equipment. I APPLAUD NYIP and I challenge anyone with the desire to be a better photographer to sign-on to the Professional course before specializing...it is paramount to your success.
Arthur B. Friday -