Win One of Two Photography Courses from New York Institute of Photography
Over the last two years here at dPS we’ve run very popular competitions with one of our sponsors – the New York Institute of Photography – to give away to lucky dPS readers some of their great photographic teaching.
Due to popular demand – we’re doing it again this week!
This year NYIP is giving away two prizes
These two prizes are designed to be helpful for two different levels of photographers. Each will be won by a different dPS reader. Here’s what you could win:
- Fundamentals of Digital Photography – worth $499
- Complete Course in Professional Photography – worth $1499
Both courses include comprehensive and illustrated lesson books, CD Audio Guides, DVD Video Training, Photo Projects and Professional Evaluation and Personal Student Advisers. Learn a little more about how New York Institute of Photography works in this video:
How to Win
To win this competition you’ll need to:
- visit the above two course information pages and choose which of the two courses suits your needs more. Choose one that you’d like to win.
- leave a comment below and tell us which one you’d like to win and WHY you’d like to participate in the course. Please note: there is a limit of 1 entry per person.
- do this in the next 8 days and on Tuesday 12th March the team at NYIP will choose the best 2 answers and we will announce the winners in the following days.
By ‘best’ – we’re looking for people who have an understanding of what the course offers and how it suits their needs. So you’ll need to check out the course pages to put yourself in the best position to win.
There’s no need to write essay length comments to win – but we’re looking to hear what you like about the course and how it would help your development as a photographer.
This competition is open to everyone around the world no matter where you live – but there is only one entry per person.
To enter – simply leave your comment below.
Disclaimer: NYIP is a sponsor of dPS.
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Some older comments
June 5, 2013 09:27 pm
I should perhaps ass that's it's very very disappointing that dates are not clearly spelt out or announcements etc. I just wish there was a kind photographer out there who would help the likes of myself without charging the earth and just teaching us what we need to make a god start. A sort of mentor, if you will. I hunt for one in vain, but in hope. I don't want a certificate... I just want to improve my eye and take better photographs that could be classed as good.
June 5, 2013 09:22 pm
Oh, well, I guess I'm just too late. never mind, eh? it happens
June 5, 2013 09:19 pm
I have yearned to be a photographer for years, especially of portraiture of animals and people. Having been sick and not having much money, I persevered for years with a point-and-shoot and got some accolades for some pics of the long-haired bunnies in the lovely light of dawn as their faces met mine. I then got a more expensive Olympus point-and-shot, but I think I need a PhD to operate it. Lovely camera but too slow, so I have to save for something with manual adjustment. I live in a lonely part of New Zealand and got a lot of enjoyment out of some amateur sites wherein folk commented on each others photographs, but I felt I needed the professionals to give me the right advice. I have never been disappointed by professional advice but photographing rabbits has challenges. They may sit whilst you set up, then may naff off at alarming speed after some imaginary object or eat any props that you may have. I love them and photography, but just can't afford your courses. I often look at them almost salivating, but perhaps it is just not meant to be. But, I will never give up. I will persevere and if that will help me succeed, then I will, one way or the other.
April 19, 2013 10:38 pm
Harsh or what.
DPS and NYIP run a competition which is extremely successful in generating interest - which would have been their marketing aim. Lots of people are very enthused and enter it.
Those of us who entered like myself watched with interest who would be the winner and then went back to read their entries.
DPS don't post the winners here - they post somewhere else - to make people engage with the site not just the competition!!!
The link you post clearly identifies the winning entries and your other objection is:
That people carried on entering the competition after the closing date!!! Of course that's DPS's fault - not!
Get a life and try congratulating DPS for generating interest and running a competition of value to us.
Thank you DPS - and NYIP
April 17, 2013 06:44 pm
I've just read the entries from the winners - very well deserved.
April 17, 2013 01:02 am
On behalf of a friend who entered this:
The lack of an actual clear announcement of who won the prizes offered just goes to show how bloody amateurish both Digital Photography School ("DPS") and the New York Institute of Photography ("NYIP") are at anything other than photography. DPS don't even have any dates showing on their blog for when posts are made/submitted/etc.!!
There is this..... http://digital-photography-school.com/the-winners-of-the-nyip-photography-courses-are ......and the dates on the /comments/ do _suggest_ that is the list of the winners, but it doesn't exactly guarantee that as some people still tried to enter this competition by posting comments after the closing date.
I guess both DPS and NYIP are lucky that I don't blog on my photography site (I'm a freelance photographer), because if I did I'd sure be likely to either post a post myself on this matter, or even more likely to allow my friend to 'guest-post' a post on this matter.
Sort it out, DPS / NYIP!!!!
April 16, 2013 04:44 pm
Just wondering who won?
March 19, 2013 11:33 am
'the team at NYIP will choose the best 2 answers and we will announce the winners in the following days'. Could be that the following days...turn into following weeks. lol,
Maybe by the end of the week we will see the results, hope so... be good to know who won.
Maybe as I post this the winners will have been picked.
March 19, 2013 06:00 am
No news is good news!! Maybe they're STILL reading!!
Good Luck to us all! :-)
March 19, 2013 05:56 am
Was wondering who won myself??? So curious!
March 19, 2013 05:46 am
I'm curious too. I know it's not me =) I never win =p
March 18, 2013 03:11 pm
Has a winner been chosen yet????
March 17, 2013 04:07 am
Does anyone know who won?
March 14, 2013 03:26 pm
I would like to contest for the book "Fundamentals of Digital Photography"
I am a new kid on the block with a Canon Rebel camera that I finally got this Christmas. I absolutely love photography and read up everything that I can find on the internet and on youtube, but it is a hobby and I only have so much time, which is why this book suits me well.
I am pretty good at self-learning, but what I deeply missed was someone who can give feedback. I love that there will be a student adviser and that there will be a workshop and projects. I think this will be an absolute joy.
I will be looking forward to the announcement of the winner!
March 13, 2013 11:16 am
I have been looking at the Complete Course in Professional Photography from NYIP for about a year and a half now, and every time I save a little money to get started on it something around the house or one of the cars needs a repair. I have always been told that my pictures look more than just a snap shop so I have been looking into taking classes for awhile. I would love to learn more to take my pictures to a higher level. I hope I win as it would be a perfect birthday gift as mine is the day after the last day to respond. Thank you for the chance to participate.
March 13, 2013 10:49 am
I realize it may be too late to enter, but my earlier entry, which I submitted yesterday, is still showing " awaiting moderation" so I thought I would try again....
My love of photography started many years ago in high school. I was fortunate enough to work for a short time in a studio, but when it closed “life” got in the way as I took positions in other fields and was not able to continue in photography. For a long time I have worked in the accounting field, but a few years ago my sweet husband bought me an upscale digital camera which totally rekindled my love for the art. I have begun the process of starting my own photography business on the side – trying to build it a little at a time, but feel that I am at a point that cannot go further on my own.
After learning from your newsletters for the last few years, about a year ago I actually ordered the catalog from NYIP in hopes of taking The Complete Course in Professional Photography classes (which is the course I would now love to win), but have not been able to afford them so I am hoping this will be my chance. Working full time and shooting on the side has not left much time to take conventional classes so NYIP’s self-paced, at home classes would be perfect for me. I feel that having the feedback and constructive criticism of professional photographers would be invaluable. The course is the perfect catalyst to show me how to bridge the business knowledge I have gained over the years with my love of photography in order to build a strong photography business. Between the Lessons, DVD’s , Audio CD’s and access to mentors this course would definitely help me take my portraits to the next level and fulfill my dream of creating beautiful memories for my clients.
I truly appreciate this wonderful opportunity NYIP and DPS is giving to an aspiring photographer whom I am sure will be forever grateful. Thank you for your consideration.
March 13, 2013 09:05 am
Actually the complete course would be fantastic. I have been taking pictures for a few years now at a serious level but I believe I need to learn the lighting techniques and a refresher on some basics. I have entered some contests and have taken a first place twice and have sold one of my photos and working on another. Just would be nice to get some professional guidance and more under my belt with the basics.
March 13, 2013 08:56 am
I would love to win the complete course in digital photography. I believe it would help in my lighting techniques and could really use some professional training. I have won a couple photo contests and sold one photo and working on selling another. I definately could use some pro training.
March 13, 2013 08:43 am
Hello, I'm afraid I came late to this post, but it's still March 12, so here I go.
I live in Panama City, Republic of Panama, which is a great country to become a photography professional, but a hard country to get decent photography education. We have great photographers here, but the truth is that most of them got their knowledge by working as assistant photographers or studying abroad.
I do believe that practice makes a master, which is what I've been trying to do the last 2 years: lots of practice.
I decided to become a professional photographer and make it my own business on December 2012. I currently switched to a part-time job, I'm meeting the photographers whose work I admire and I constantly ask for advises and tips. However, I still yearn for a high-quality photography course for I feel it's the only thing I'm unable to find here.
I need it in order to learn how to create what I have in my mind and make it visible, shareable and sellable.
Photography is many things to me, but most importantly, for me photography is art. Holnding on to this idea, I'm developing a project of delivering a kind/style of photography that no one else has still offered in my country, and I'm sure that the NYIP Complete Course in Professional Photography will give me the knowledge I need to get there.
Thanks for your great work with Digital Photography School.
March 13, 2013 07:57 am
I’d love to win this. I’ve got an iPhone 5 and Lumia 920, so I’ve been enjoying taking lots of pictures and will probably get a DSLR soon, and would love to win this contest so I’d know what I was doing.
**continuation** (somehow I hit submit)
I'd honestly be happy with either package. I was looking at courses in NYC, but realized the cost associated with taking them aren't affordable for me. It's already a hobby (photography) and would love to make it a career.
March 13, 2013 07:51 am
I've wanted to take the Complete Course in Professional Photography for several years now. I've been a photographer for three years and have taken a few online courses but really could use some professional training. The course is unaffordable for me. Taking a course at home would be perfect. I am trying to do the photography full time now and would be so happy if I could win.
I hope I'm not too late to enter. I just saw this today.
March 13, 2013 07:50 am
I'd love to win this. I've got an iPhone 5 and Lumia 920, so I've been enjoying taking lots of pictures and will probably get a DSLR soon, and would love to win this contest so I'd know what I was doing.
March 13, 2013 06:44 am
I would like the chance to participate in the Complete Course in Professional Photography. I am an architect who is looking to change careers and turn my photography hobby into a full-time career so that I can have a more flexible schedule to travel with my husband while he works abroad on projects lasting from 3 months to a year. I have already taken a beginner DSLR course and understand the basics, but I hope to win this course in an effort to gain a better understanding of the business side of photography and, of course, improve my skills by working directly with a professional photographer.
March 13, 2013 06:03 am
There is no way can afford the air fare and accomodation for such a course - living in Europe.
So this is the only way I could get to experience the excellent tutorage from NY Institute of Photography's Complete Course in Professional Photography!
March 13, 2013 05:40 am
"Opportunity knocks the door only once"
I consider this offer as my opportunity to get my best in Photography (Professional Photography) from NYIP.
March 13, 2013 05:29 am
I like the online program that allows My Mom to be able to use the material, learn online and not be away from the home while learning to make great photos with the materials we already have in our 2 BR apartment living room, including a DSLR, backdrop stand with 3 backdrops, 3 lightboxes and recently purchased lightroom for editting. She wants to be a professional photographer so bad she can taste it. This program has the 30 real lessons she could learn by doing & 6 sessions where professional photographers can critique her work and teach her to do better by having the photographic eye. We don't have much money so she has been learning online by reading every post of the DPS website. This would be an AMAZING gift
March 13, 2013 04:18 am
I certainly don’t envy the people who have to read and pick a winner from all these compelling entries. I also hope I didn't make things worse by submitting my entry again as my first one has not appeared (awaiting moderation) for a while. Since I don't want to miss the deadline, let me just say again that the reason I would love to win the Complete Course in Professional Photography is simple – It Solves My Photographic Problems!
And believe me, I have too many to list, but I’ll just highlight a few big ones:
* Poor Composition: Unless I have the perfect scene, it’s hard for me to transform the subject and background into a compelling image.
* Simplistic lighting: Right now I only use lighting to help with exposure. It would be great to learn how to use natural & flash lighting for creative & dramatic effect.
* Lack of Technical Understanding – I know a speed light and strobe are different :) but I don’t know when I should use one or the other and more importantly, how to properly use them.
* Awkward posing – people just don’t look natural & relaxed in my photos, especially their hands.
* Prints don’t look as good as my monitor: To top everything off, when I print the colors don’t match and the prints are too dark – even after calibrating my monitor.
As you can see, I’m at the stage where I know just enough to be dangerous and give myself a heart attack. So obviously, I was thrilled to find the topics in your Units specifically address these problems. I also think your Live Action DVDs & CDs are the next best thing to working with a real pro as I always learn better in real world experiences. When I improve enough it would be a joy to learn more advanced topics like fashion photography, the Zone System and the business side such as opening a Studio. While I’ve been interested in these subjects, I never bothered learning about them because I knew my skills weren’t good enough.
With luck, hard work and your training material, I hope I can become a graduate that the NYIP would be proud of!
March 13, 2013 01:51 am
I have recently been made redundant from a management position and intend to spend some of my redundancy payment to change my career and start out as a professional photographer with their own studio.
Therefore I should like to win the professional photography course as a springboard to a more rewarding lifestyle.
March 13, 2013 12:09 am
FYI: For some reason, my comment has been listed as "AWAITING MODERATION" since posting March 11th at 8:20 PM, EST. I am concerned it will not be considered. Also, Post is listed as being submitted March 12th at 11:17 AM instead of March 11th at 8:20 PM.
I hope someone will be able to take note of this and include my comment / entry. Thank you! :-)
March 12, 2013 11:46 pm
I would love to win one of the NYIP courses. I took the Popular Photography course online for a beginner and learn a lot and love it. I improved and my pictures are great now. I been improving myself by purchasing other materials for home study, and more important is how to use and know my camera. Another course will sure help. I started late in life with taking pictures but it never to late. The joy came from my grandchildren so they would know their family's when I visit them, I take hundred of pictures. Over the 3 years after taking the online course I also taken weddings, church function, birthdays, and other functions. I would love to take another online course to have my work critique by the professional.
March 12, 2013 11:08 pm
Hello! I would love to win the Complete Course in Professional Photography. I have taken a complete course at a local college but there are gaps in the educational content. I would like to fill those gaps and learn things such as better lighting techniques. I already have a small business producing fine art for homes and some on location portraiture. Because of that, the business help is most encouraging. Learning to succesfully run my business is a #1 goal for me, not to mention the reputation that NYIP has and being able to show my certificate to clients that are interested in my training. My business and the quality of my photography would both benefit from this course. I also believe that having access to advisors and having my work critiqued by someone with expertise would help me to pin point my areas of needed improvement and also provide me with the self confidence that I need.
Thanks for reading!
March 12, 2013 10:08 pm
I hope to win the complete professional photography course, I am 17 and only started to get in to the world of photography 3 years ago. i started a small blog on tumblr, loads of people told me i was good but that never convinced me, i am clearly still an amateur but i want to change this. Since getting my first SLR the way i view the world has completely changed, i walk around and see things in a more artistic way, i kind learnt to appreciate the world and its splendor more. i want this course so bad because i feel it has everything i would need to improve my photography skills.
March 12, 2013 07:06 pm
I would like to get the Complete Course in Professional Photography for my wife Annie Witt. She has sacrificed her career and so much more to raise our two boys. She is the greatest mum and loving wife any man could ever ask for. She has such a passion for photography and has read every magazine and book that I could get for her to help her, but I think she would benefit so much more from this course. the pictures she takes are amazing. She volunteers her time to local groups and churches and takes their photographs for them (free of charge) so that she can learn and get more experience.
Please consider her for this course as I believe she deserves so much more than I could ever give her in ways of learning photography and this course would help her advance her skills and give her the knowledge and confidence she needs to become a professional photographer. I love the idea of this course being self paced as she can still spend time raising our boys and learn photography in her spare time,
March 12, 2013 03:12 pm
Hi. First I would like to thank DPS and The New York Institute of Photography for the generous and exciting opportunity for a chance to learn the art of photography from one of the best, if not THE best photography school. I am interested in the professional course.
I have been passionate about photography for as long as I can remember. I love how with my camera I am able to preserve life's precious moments that can so easily be forgotten.
I finally purchased a DSLR about 2 years ago....Yayyyy!!!! As hard as i try to self educate myself I cannot move forward into manual mode. I want to instinctively know which settings are needed so that I don't chance missing that once in a lifetime shot because I have to fumble with the setting on my camera. I know from researching The New York Institute of Photography after taking the course I will attain the knowledge to be able to do that.
My three boys who I am a single parent to know how much I love to take pictures; who would know better than them? :) They ask me why don't I go to school to learn how to take pictures good enough to be in magazines. My reply to them unfortunately is always "I will, One day".
My budget does not allow me to pursue an education in what I'd love to learn most in the world. I would also love to be able to SHOW my boys instead of telling them, "don't ever give up" or "it's never to late to pursue your dreams" As we all know actions speak louder than words and winning this contest would not only make it possible for me to take part in this wonderful, informative course, it would also help me to teach my boys one of life's most valuable lessons.
Thank you again for this opportunity and good luck to everyone who entered this contest. I would love to win what i consider a chance of a life-time but if I don't, Congrats to who ever does.
March 12, 2013 02:14 pm
Over the past ten years, I have gone from just taking shots with a point-and-shoot to capturing moments in time and scenes with my DSLR. I no longer shoot in automatic mode and am working on shooting primarily in manual. When I go out, I capture what Mother Nature has to offer often taking hundreds of photos in a few hours, with the hopes of capturing the perfect shot- a challenge when your models don't pose. You are either ready, lucky, or miss the shot. Now I have been lucky enough and captured enough moments that I feel confident in entering pieces in contests and Galleries have shown interest in specific pieces. But there is much for me to learn and not rely on luck. I have the desire to learn and go to the next level and I believe that I could benefit most from the Complete Course in Professional Photography. Thank you for your consideration and support.
March 12, 2013 01:15 pm
I would like to win the complete course in professional digital photography. I have no special story, I just love photography, I have a lot of equipment and I really need to learn how to use it. I have the lenses, the studio, flashes, etc the only problem is that eventhought I have the fundamentals down, I have also ready many book on digital photography, i think I need that extra push to really make me feel condifent about the whole experience. I took an online course throught Proud Photography and that seemed to do alright, but I feel I need more learning before really getting out there and doing what I love doing, which is taking pictures. My goal is to one day do this full time, but for now I am limiting myself to friends and family. I need to learn and grow and I feel confident that the course will give me that extra knowledge I need.
March 12, 2013 12:34 pm
I would love to win the complete course in professional photography! I am an amateur photographer trying to start my own business in photography. I work full time and also have a beautiful daughter who keeps me busy. Winning this course would be a big help especially having access to professors anytime needed for my questions. Being able to earn my certificate from home with my husband and daughter would be an added bonus! Having the dvds to watch anytime I wanted to study would help as well. It's always been my dream to own my own studio and truly believe your course will give me the business knowledge and strength to do so. Thanks for your consideration!
March 12, 2013 12:02 pm
I would love to win the fundamentals of photography course. I already received a while ago the information packet and assigned a student advisor (Chris Corrandino). I haven't signed up because I can't afford the course.
I have a passion for photography and I'm constantly reading tutorials. I get very frustrated because I can't seem to be grasp everything. I feel a structured course such as the fundamentals of photography with a student advisor would be so helpful. Every time I look at your pamphlets you have sent in the mail, I have this longing to sign up and hope that one day I'll have the money for it. Winning would make my photography dreams come to fruition.
March 12, 2013 11:17 am
What an opportunity this would be! At the age of 50+, I should be 30 years old doing what I’m trying to do! I need the “jump start” that the NYIP “Complete Course in Professional Photography” would give me! With a start in Photography in the 1980’s, while being part of the “Corporate world” I did Free Lance work and was self-taught in color printing on my Beseler 23C II so I could get those prints just right.
I had to give up my darkroom when moving, years passed, technology changed, but my passion never left! I started to learn the digital cameras and went to a true D-SLR Nikon D90 in October 2010. I was “over the moon” with excitement and photos I thought were great, but then, just nine months later I could see that I improved much more. . . I was back!
This November I upgraded to the Nikon D600 full frame camera, I have clients for Architectural photography and portrait work, but I need to get to that next level to market myself as a true professional, being able to “deliver” to my own high standards.
The NYIP “Complete Course in Professional Photography” fills in the gaps I am presently stressing over. Your course would enable me to perfect my Architectural Photography and create a Portfolio that I could use to market myself confidently as a Professional. The same with Family and Pet Portraiture - I’ve done several with great results, but I am struggling with off camera Lighting Techniques, Workflow, Post Processing techniques and how to get to the next level of also opening a Studio. It is embarrassing when a client wants to “drop off something to my studio” and I have to say that it is not open to the public or that I work from home or something that just doesn’t sound as credible as I need to be.
I am a “quick study,” have been taking courses and studying all I can since getting that D-90, and after several Corporate layoffs and not being a prime hire of 30 something any more (they don’t know what they’re missing! :-) Photography HAS to be my source of income. It is already my Passion, and has been long enough to know this is not a passing thing.
Having created and taught Interior Design Classes, I approach my Photography in the same way, I “see beauty in all things” and my Architectural work is “Design Inspired Photography!”
The New York Institute of Photography’s “Complete Course in Professional Photography” truly is COMPLETE!! It would COMPLETE me as a Photographer by taking me to the next level of Development, filling in the gaps from where I am to where I NEED to be!!
The addition of adding the Certificate of completion of the NYIP “Complete Course in Professional Photography” would also give me an edge against those without any true professional training. The NYIP Course is what I need, the timing couldn’t be more perfect.
So, please pick me, I’m already excited about the prospect of getting my hands on those COLOR BOOKS, DVD’s and other materials, as well as having professional photographers to call for help, audio evaluations and exciting Photo Projects that will build my Professional Portfolio!
To find all that with the addition of Architectural Photography lessons - which is my Business Specialty Goal, is as if all of this is custom made to suit my needs.
But wait, there’s more. . . Business Lessons showing me everything I need to do to run a freelance business or open my own studio, and “Getting Free Lance Work,” Macro photography (which I enjoy for my Artistic Interpretations that I Exhibit), answers to my frustrations with Studio Lighting and Portraiture dilemmas, workflow, perfect prints, and the convenience to work at my own pace. . . I think I’m dreaming!
Tell me this is real, pick me for your Quintessential NYIP Experience! I will be forever Grateful!
March 12, 2013 11:13 am
My love of photography started many years ago in high school. I was fortunate enough to work for a short time in a studio, but when it closed “life” got in the way as I took positions in other fields and was not able to continue in photography. For a long time I have worked in the accounting field, but a few years ago my sweet husband bought me an upscale digital camera which totally rekindled my love for the art. I have begun the process of starting my own photography business on the side – trying to build it a little at a time, but feel that I am at a point that cannot go further on my own.
After receiving NYIP's newsletters for the last few years, I actually ordered the catalog from NYIP, about a year ago, in hopes of taking The Complete Course in Professional Photography classes (which is the course I would now love to win). I have not been able to afford them so I am hoping this will be my chance. Working full time and shooting on the side has not left much time to take conventional classes so NYIP’s self-paced, at home classes would be perfect for me. I feel that having the feedback and constructive criticism of professional photographers would be invaluable. The course is the perfect catalyst to show me how to bridge the business knowledge I have gained over the years with my love of photography in order to build a strong photography business. Between the Lessons, DVD’s , Audio CD’s and access to mentors this course would definitely help me take my portraits to the next level and fulfill my dream of creating beautiful memories for my clients.
I truly appreciate this wonderful opportunity NYIP and DPS is giving to an aspiring photographer whom I am sure will be forever grateful. Thank you for your consideration.
March 12, 2013 10:42 am
Thank you for this opportunity, I looked into the Complete Course In Professional Photography earlier this year but cannot currently afford the monetary cost of it. I feel I would benefit greatly from a structured program like this and also from receiving objective feedback on my work. I have studied many books and websites over the past several years, I have had some wonderful experiences and met people who I would not have had an opportunity to meet, thanks to photography. I still feel like I have much more to learn and very much appreciate this chance to develop skills I might not otherwise gain.
March 12, 2013 10:30 am
I would LOVE to win the Fundamentals class. I'm a grandmother of four very active grandchildren and I'm finding it very difficult to grab the camera in those special moments and take a good picture. If I have time to take 20 pictures, I might get one good one. But get spontaneous shots? HUH!...Never! I'm also a gardener and love taking macros of flower parts and bugs! Thank you!
March 12, 2013 08:15 am
I have been into photography for years and I might be called a serious enthusiast. I have read a lot on photography and I try to add theory and knowledge to the daily practice. However, I am considering setting up a freelance business as side business to my full-time job (that for the moment pays the bills as well as photography gear) and I think this is the point in my life where I really could use some real life guidance.
Seeing as my schedule would not let me attend a full time real life photography course I find the Complete Course in Professional Photography offered by the New York Institute of Photography the perfect solution. Its flexible schedule with no deadlines and due dates will let me focus fully on the subject whenever fits my schedule, so I could plan it on my own pace and wouldn't rush through any chapter just to get things done on time. However, I would be able to get feedback from professional photographers and therefore work for a real goal (which could be seen as a flexible deadline). As opposed to me trying to learn on my own without any system and professional feedback. During my previous studies I have realized that I best learn when mixed methods and materials are used and once again - it is offered by the aforementioned course (booklets, CDs and DVDs). I am very much looking forward to the chance to see professionals in action, so the addition of DVDs to the course is definitely one its strong selling points. Not many people who have no direct connection the photography industry get the chance to observe and learn from the experience of others.
Long story short, the Complete Course in Professional Photography would help me to grow as a photographer and advance my skills in a timely manner as well as it would help me to work towards my plan to start a freelance business. This course would allow me to do all this in my own pace using best mixture of home-study materials and methods.
March 12, 2013 08:14 am
Hello, I was so excited to come across your photography contest on the internet the other day. I have been wanting to take a photography course and when I saw this I thought what a great opportunity to try and win one.
I would love to win the complete course in Professional Photography but I really should concentrate on the fundamentals of digital photography first even though I love taking pictures and think I take some pretty good ones, especially love taking pictures of the outdoors, forests, nature, animals.
I have a Sony cyber shot camera and I have had it for about 7 years. I tend to use the auto setting all the time and I get frustrated with it and go to use my iphone camera instead. I need to understand how my camera works without getting into all the technical mumbo jumbo and how it can work for me in the kind of pictures I like to take. This course would provide me with more understanding of aperture, the shutter speed, exposure and how all this works together in the outcome of great photos.
One of the things I like about this course is that there is an advisor on hand to answer any questions I may have, but the best thing about this course that I know will help me a lot is that the picture-taking projects are evaluated by professional photographers. I need this and will take their criticism much better than taking it from family and friends.
You learn from the experts and that is why I really hope that I do win.
March 12, 2013 07:46 am
Im a fresh photographer in Puerto Rico starting in skateboarding and protraits and also landscapes ive been looking for a way to improve my skills in all the bases to improve. This would be a great oportunity and i hope i get picked.
March 12, 2013 07:06 am
I would like the Fundamentals of Digital Photography if chosen as one of the winners. I have always loved photography & just recently purchased my first DSLR camera (Canon T3i) & I feel this course would help me to understand the basics. I have learned so much from your site already but this would be so much more in-depth & hands on.
Thanks for maintaining this site & offering giveaways such as these, I hope someone benefits greatly from these courses!
March 12, 2013 06:44 am
I would like to win the Complete Course in Professional Photography. Over the past 7 years, I've lived in 3 different countries and I've had the privilege of traveling to many places as well as other countries. Throughout this time, I've never stopped taking pictures. From a tourist, to an enthusiast, to a hobbyist, to an amateur photojournalist and portraitist, now I want to be a professional photographer. I've photographed architecture, portraits, cultural and current events, sports, wildlife, landscape, and everything else in between. I've submitted photos to publications and provided friends and family with wonderful memories to cherish. This is what I want to do for the rest of my life--PHOTOGRAPHY. I may have a great eye for capturing images but I am very much untrained, lacking technical know-how, and in need of guidance as to how to create a successful photography business. NYIP's Professional Photography Course is just what I need to set me up for the rest of my life.
March 12, 2013 04:17 am
After having to retire from the workforce almost 3 years ago due to a chronic progressive disease, I want to start anew and contribute my skills in the workforce once again. As my disease is very unpredictable, a career in photography will give me enough flexibility to pursue this dream on either a part-time or full-time basis and being able to take time off when needed to manage my disease. I possess a strong fundamental skill set that I started to acquire in high school studying photography. With a Certificate in Professional Photography I can learn the business behind photography plus add more knowledge to my skill set.
March 12, 2013 03:36 am
I would really like to win the complete course in professional photography. I only just gained interest in photography 2 years ago and i has been a wonderful experience. Photography has definitely opened my eyes to a whole new world. its weird but when I'm walking around, i look at different things and tell myself that would make an amazing picture. i am clearly still an amateur but i want to be so much better. I have bought some books to try and teach myself how to get better but i'm sure with the help of such a course i would have the right knowledge and guidance to better my skills.
March 12, 2013 01:39 am
Since I can remember I’ve loved children and photography. It’s not been until recently having a child of my own did it dawn on me how much of a delight it would be to combine the two as a career. For me, to learn everything you need to know about the art, technique, and business of photography through a course as reputable as the NYIP Professional Photography Course would help me to gain the confidence to take my hobby of photography to the next level. I would be so grateful to be given this opportunity to study at my own pace without deadlines or due dates to worry about (especially with a toddler!), in my own home with the great tools you provide of illustrated booklets, dvd’s and audio cd’s. The personalized feedback on my photographs from professional photographers would only bring depth of field to the vision I have in my head of capturing and documenting beautiful, innocent moments of a child’s life from birth onwards for themselves and their loved ones to look back at.
A NYIP Graduation Certificate hanging on my wall would be a reward as well. ?
March 12, 2013 01:22 am
I'm interested in the Complete Course in Professional Photography.
I think that this course is the best suited for my needs. This is because being a photography enthusiast since I was a teen, attending a course in an Architecture and having completed a Diploma in Design, I consider the basics tackled and I wish to explore a more professional aspect. Freelance work is what I'd like to end up in, however, my main focus at the moment is learn as much as I can about the photography and gain all the experience I can get. If the opportunity arises, I'd ultimately want to make a career out of it. If money didn't matter, that's what I see myself doing.
March 12, 2013 01:19 am
I am a hobby photographer who is interested in learning to become a professional.
I would like to win the professional photography course.
I have forty six years experience as an armature but desperately need the polishing needed to excel and become the Ansel Adams of Chile. I am going to Chile ( my wife has a home there) in about a year for an extended stay and am attempting to teach myself to augment my living with my camera You see I am retired and disabled and do not have resources to take classes on my own income.
Though I like nature photography most landscape and macro plant and animal my interests are quite varied. I wish to express what I see to others in a profound photographic statement. I will go on teaching myself with or without your help but I do believe this course would make learning a much better more complete process. I guess you might say my future may be in your hands
March 12, 2013 12:48 am
I am interested in the Professional Photography Course. I am trying to learn enough to make photography my full time career. After graduating college there were few options open to me do to school district laying off teachers. I am currently holding down to hourly wage jobs trying to make ends meet. I love photography and would love to make it my full time career and take my future into my own hands but I need a little help in learning how to do that. Thank You for the opportunity to win a course like this.
March 12, 2013 12:38 am
Hi, some time ago my family bought me a DSLR for my 70th birthday- it's so easy to use that I was lulled into a sense of false security - I knew it all (how arrogant). Over time I have become aware that there is so much more to producing an outstanding photograph that just being able to operate the camera. I want to move on and I know that the Fundamentals course would be a great help and I hope challenge for me.
March 12, 2013 12:26 am
Time is against me.
And every hundredth of a second spent in 100% auto mode is another moment lost while I watch…
my children growing up quickly
and my grandmother slowly dying.
I was gifted with a wonderful camera to capture those images that will also translate the music, the aromas and the language of my people…. to tell these stories, but my enthusiasm has been checked by the slow realisation that Ansel Adams was indeed right, ‘A photograph is made and not taken’
So frustrated with books on photography and the University of Google (what is an f stop? : 1,440,000,000 results!) but as I read through what the FUNDAMENTALS OF DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY can offer I find myself thinking THIS is what need:
A beginning, a middle and an end (to this first journey)
Someone who can answer my questions
A couple of projects that will be critiqued by someone who knows what is what and will tell me the things I need to hear in plain language.
And with a daily life that includes looking after three children and a career that requires lots of travelling I can only consider a course that I can do in my own time, with no deadlines
Oh – and I love the idea of tests to make sure I’m keeping up
Thank you for this opportunity that, for me, will take back time.
March 12, 2013 12:06 am
I would love to win the complete course in professional photography.
Working as a freelance journalist in Germany, I would like to take my professional life in a new direction. This course would not only be a chance to learn how to take better pictures and develop my actual knowledge and skills in photography but would also help to make a long time interest in photography (film based and, since a couple of years, digital) into a profession; a long time dream of mine.
My main interests are landscape & travel photography but the course would help me to explore new fields of photography (esp. macro and still life).
Over the years, I did a lot of self studies via books, magazines and online articles but there is one thing I miss most during this learning process: An objective analysis of my work, getting tips and learning from mistakes.
Besides the opportunity to learn more about photography in theory (the wide and important field of lighting for example) and getting tips on how to go pro the opportunity of getting professional advice would be especially helpful and very important to me to pursue my goal.
Thank you for giving us the change to win one of the courses of NYIP.
March 12, 2013 12:04 am
hi, I would love to win the full photgraphy course. It is my dream to earn a living as a professional photographer, but i never found the means to pay for a course. I keep on reading tutorials on lots of different websites and I have improved alot but I'm not good enough to go into bussiness . With a baby at home it will be perfect to learn from home and to get useful inforation from professionals. I thank you for offering us the opportunity to win such an amazing and usefull prize.
March 11, 2013 10:30 pm
Wow, I am coming into this ridiculously late. I only just read the post now. So here is why I would love to take part in the Complete Course in Professional Photography.
Photography is my passion. While I work an 8-5 at a desk job that I hate, I do it so that I can afford my photography. I read blogs and photography posts like those at DPS religiously (even if it does take me over a week to get through to reading them) and even typing this, my hands are itching to get up and pick up a camera. But, while I would like to start a business out of it, I don't have any business sense whatsoever and don't think that I am good enough to make it on my own.
I feel that the course would give me the know-how to get the business aspect of my photography in check and give me the self-confidence to go out there and market myself. And hell, maybe even quit the dayjob to follow the dream... if it comes down to that and if I end up being good enough for that. Spread my wings out of my makeshift garage studio and get down to actually becoming a pro. Even the thought of it gives me goosebumps.
I won't beg, but I won't lie either. This is the kind of opportunity that makes me want to jump with joy. Whoever ends up winning it is going to love it, I'm sure!
March 11, 2013 08:25 pm
I would like to win the full Professional Photography Course, not because it is the most expensive, but having just retired from paid employment - I'm not an old fart, but at 21+, prefer to think of myself as a rejuvenated teenager, with a wealth of life experience.
On my retirement, I started a business in photography, my sole hobby since the age of 5, and the basics of which I'm pretty well aware.
Conversely, I don't possess even the fundamentals of operating as a business, skills which the Professional Course would provide me with.
So, dPS and NYIP, thank you for this amazing opportunity. If successful, you will find me both a diligent and humble student.
March 11, 2013 05:39 pm
If I learnt how to take professional photos by doing the Complete Course in Professional Photography I would use my skills to do professional family photos ,Free, for those families who cannot afford the prices charged these days. They too would have great memories to treasure.
March 11, 2013 04:56 pm
First of all, thanks for even reading my submission as you probably have read way beyond 600 by now.
A few words about me. My name is Philippe, and I'm really passionate about architecture and celebrating the geometry of perspectives. Some of my favorite playgrounds include the city of arts and sciences in Valencia, the Orient train station in Lisbon, and the skyscrapers of New York City where I reside. Needless to say I'm a huge fan of Freddy Larsen's work.
The Complete Course in Professional Photography is exactly what I have been searching to get to the next level.
For one, I study and experiment a lot on my own, but I think that practicing new subjects and techniques for the photo projects, enriched with the feedback from seasoned professionals, will really unleash unsuspected flows of creativity.
But also, as my own work starts to sell, I really look forward to the classes on the business of photography. I have done some extensive research, and haven't found anything as complete as this course.
Thanks DPS and NYIP for offering this great opportunity, and good luck with the hard task of picking the most deserving candidates.
March 11, 2013 04:41 pm
I would love to take part in the Complete Course in Professional Photography. I purchased my first DSLR last year and have been learning, practicing, and experimenting as much as I can. I feel I have learned a lot in the short time I've had my camera and want to take my photography to the next level. I'm in the beauty industry and love doing hair and make up for photo shoots, but I want to be on the other end also- the photographer. I want to be able to capture the beauty in everything and everyone I see. I feel that the Complete Course would be best for teaching me how to start up a photography business as well as how to improve my skill. I would love to be able to observe professional photographers as they work. I also would be honored to have someone critique my photos and give advice on how to improve them. I really like that these courses are done on your own time with no deadlines since I do have a very busy schedule. I would be beyond excited if I was chosen as the winner of this contest.
March 11, 2013 04:20 pm
I would love to win the Complete Course in Professional Photography. I am a self-taught photographer but feel that I have SO much left to learn. I learn one thing and have 10 more questions that follow. I am a visual learner and feel that the DVDs in this course, actually watching the professionals set up and take shots, would really help me become the photographer that I long to be. Thank you for your consideration.
March 11, 2013 04:14 pm
Thanks for providing this.....Being a Amateur photographer..i want go for "Fundamentals of Digital Photography" course. And I am very much interested in photography..So I really need this course to learn for getting a strong foundation in fundamentals. So i hope i can achieve this only by Winning this superlative course offered by DPS. Once again thankful for giving this opportunity.
March 11, 2013 03:32 pm
Thank you for an opportunity to enter to win one of the two digital courses the New York Institute for Photography offers.
I am interested in the Professional Course. I live in a province where there is not opportunity to enroll in such a course. To be able to take your course would be a dream come true. I recently iinvested in a full frame camera with the goal to become a professional photographer. Time to learn in earnest!
March 11, 2013 02:11 pm
I would love to have the opportunity to experience what the 'Complete Course in Professional Photography' has to offer. I am an amatuer photographer, but ever since I picked up my dslr (not very long ago- in December '12) I can't put it down! I want to learn everything I can do with my camera- I want to learn to capture every moment at it's best. This course seems to be the ticket- it covers just about every facet of photography- and I'm really excited about the access to NYIP's Student Advisors. I would love to use all that knowledge to go pro someday. Thank you dps for all your help and support!
March 11, 2013 12:17 pm
I'd like to win the Complete Course in Professional Photography. I've been taking pictures as a hobby since high school, took a black and white photography class in college and absolute fell in love. In the last 10 years, I've been traveling across the country to complete my graduate and doctorate degree and it's been tough to find a photography class without being in one place for a long time. I've entered a few photo contests here and there and took a short summer photography class while I was in New York all while taking photographs of her friends and family. Now I live in Cleveland and this course would be perfect for someone like me who would like to aspire to become a photographer, or just a better one. Photography for me has become something very fulfilling ... capturing moments in time and sharing them with others or making them into memories. I would very much love to win this course.
March 11, 2013 11:47 am
I am really interested in the Complete Course in Professional Photography. I have been studying photography for a few years and have really enjoyed everything I learned. I would like to take my skills to the next level. I am very interested learning more about processing film and techniques for sports and photojournalism shooting. I also recently took the team pictures for my daughter's diving team, which the entire team said turned out great, and made me wonder if I could actually make a living as a photographer. With this course I think I could learn the skills to make that thought a reality.
March 11, 2013 11:39 am
I really want to be a better photographer!
Hi, my name is Rener, I have a job as a banker, but I'm in love with photography as a hobby. I have learned more than six books of photography and I have watched a lot of videos on youtube about this topic. The more I learn about the subject, the more I'm fascinated and want to learn more.
I can't take classes on week days and is difficult to find a good school with weekend classes here in my town. In the other hand, I'm better learning out of classes, with books, videos and practicing. So I think that the Complete Course in Professional Photography will fit exactly on my needs, because it cover all aspects of photography like Travel, Nature, Outdoor, Scenic, Sports, Photojournalism, Pets, Wildlife, Fashion, Glamour, Wedding Photography, Commercial, Advertising, Portraiture, Children and Stock Photography. All of this content in a 30 printed lessons, audio CDs Guides for each lesson, and six "live action" DVDs with the convenience to learn at home in my spare time. I know that NYIP is the best out there and I think that it's key difference is the Student Advisor and the Photo Projects that will be evaluated by real-life professional photographers.
I will be very excited to get the opportunity to receive this course in my home. I really want to be a better photographer, and I will do my best to archive that go.
March 11, 2013 11:23 am
really i will like to win ...... the course of Fundamentals of Digital Photography because i have a canon and i dont know how to use it ;-( just a little like snap shot alot of them ....
Thank you very much.....
March 11, 2013 11:20 am
I love to capture moments and i love to know more about photography. Photography is part of my life. Photography helps me to express. And with the help of Complete Course in Professional photography. It will help me to capture an extra ordinary pictures that will help me in my near future.
March 11, 2013 08:00 am
I wish to win the complete course in professional photography.
There is just one aim.
To be able to teach the joy of photography to the other people. The joy and passion that captured images can bring.
I'd like to pass it on to more people with the knowledge and skill.
March 11, 2013 07:40 am
Photography has taught me how to see. I love to create photo’s from the incomplete, the imperfect and the impermanent. When I look thru the lens, I see form, I see color and I see possibilities all waiting to be captured, blended or layered into a photograph (I even am composing when I do not have my camera with me). To move from a weekend, mainly self taught, photographer to the next level is my goal with the Complete Professional Course. To borrow from the martial arts, “The purpose of today’s training is defeat yesterday’s understanding” (Miyamoto Musashi). Photography is like the martial arts – it requires training and discipline but there is always something beyond that needs to be learned. The Complete course is that learning path for me.
March 11, 2013 07:34 am
I am a correctional psychologist working in a prison treating mentally ill violent offenders. An important aspect of this type of work is self care - and I take photos as a big part of that. Because I am continually exposed to an ugly side of life I make it a habit to see beauty wherever I go, and I enjoy finding and photographing beautiful things in nature, in urban life, and in people. I also have a large family - 15 grandchildren, and I enjoy taking photos of family and life events. My son gave me a Canon D20 as a gift 5 years ago, and just playing with the camera and buying a few lenses my photographs improved immensely. I take many photos, and of course, some turn out really well! And some are embarrasingly awful! But I am inspired by the work of other photographers, and understand that unlike my work, their results don't happen by chance, but by an understanding of how their equipment works within the conditions under which they are working. I have taken a few photo classes that gloss over the basics, but I still don't have a good working knowledge of those basics. I would love to win the Fundamentals of Digital Photography course to be able to say goodbye to the 'auto' mode on my camera, and learn how to use my camera to capture the beauty I see in my mind's eye and preserve it in a photograph. I would also like to capture the life events of the people I love so the memories are enhanced with fitting photographic reminders of the special days we've shared.
March 11, 2013 06:07 am
I used SLR film cameras in my younger days and understand the basics. Now that I am retired, I would like to get better. I do not plan to start a business, however the highest compliment would be an offer to purchase something I shot. A few landscapes have been good enough for relatives to use as their desktop wallpaper and that is a great feeling.
March 11, 2013 05:46 am
I have been considering applying to the NYIP to enroll in one of their many courses for many years but for various reason have not done so. After being laid off from my job two years ago I have been trying to establish myself as a professional photographer to supplement my income and diversify my expertise. My interest and focus is travel, architecture and street photography.
I have been taking photographs from an early age. I have a good eye for making memorable images but think that a formal and structured program as offered by the NYIP’s ‘Complete course in professional photography’ will help me to make the transition f to a professional photographer.
I would appreciate your consideration in offering me this opportunity with your free offer.
March 11, 2013 05:35 am
I wasn't going to enter this "contest" as I don't view myself as the "lucky" sort of individual. I changed my mind though because I so want an interactive "coach' to help me. I just finished typing a note and somehow it disappeared before I could send it. (unless it does show up). But I don't want to give up just because my computer burped.
I had looked into the NYIP many years back when I had a film camera. It seemed like such a great idea. Unfortunately I was going back to school and I just couldn't afford the tuition for both. A few years later a friend at work mentioned he was interested in photography and he started the course. I was impressed with the commitment the school had for people who were not "on campus". But since I only had a Canon G-2 I didn't think I was worth their time and it was still a bit over my head for the tuition... so once again I let the opportunity pass.
Recently I purchased a digital SLR and contacted the NYIP for their brochure. It was wonderful. I was so impressed once again with what they had to offer. But once again real life interrupted, my wife lost her job and with my son in college the cost of the NYIP course moved out beyond my reach (again).
I have read everything I can find and learning about the digital-photography-school.com website was wonderful. I have learned so much and look forward to the daily e-mails eagerly. Yet I still feel a lack for interactive feedback for my photography work. I have tried finding a photo club but there doesn't seem to be one that I can find.
So I would like to ask for the complete course in digital professional photography. I want to learn as much as I can and would love to be able to turn my hobby into a profession.
March 11, 2013 04:58 am
I would love to take the Complete Course of Professional Photography. I was injured at work in Aug. 2010. The recovery was quite long. The ongoing appeals and the process has led to depression. I did not leave the home except for appointments for 18 months. My Doctor started me getting out by insisting I bring photos on different themes every week. This was the only time that I felt happy was when I was taking pictures. I found out I have a keen eye and have taken some remarkable shots. I am only self taught and I don't know how to apply what I have learned to a Professional Career. I would truly love to be in a place where I could do something to give me some self worth and feel good about myself again.
March 11, 2013 04:16 am
After a lifetime passion with photography and finally getting a dslr two years ago I'd like to take my photography a step further. I've been told I have a good eye and am able to take nice pictures but for me they miss that extra something to make a nice photo a 'wow, what a picture' photo. I spend my time reading photography magazines and surfing the web looking for tips on how to improve my 'art'. I understand the histogram and have a basic knowledge of f stop, depth of field but I still have difficulty with shutter speed and motion subjects such as photographing a flock of geese or a running dog I'm good enough at portrait photo's that I'm often asked by friends and family to photograph events for them and I'd like to be able to use my passion to hopefully supplement my income. I'd like to win the Complete Course in Professional Photography so that I can improve my skills and take my 'hobby' to the next level. I'm especially interested in unit 4 with the child and pet photography. I enjoy wedding photography and often use those moments to try and make a high key photo but there too getting the lighting just right isn't always easy for me. Everyone dreams of making their hobby their work; I'm halfway there I just need some help to complete the picture!
March 11, 2013 03:37 am
I had ordered the NYS of Photography back in the 1980's when I was using a film camera, I learned so much. I have recently purchased a Nikon D5100 and feel this complete course will be beneficial to learning the digital world of photography. Now that my son will be off to college I need to delve back into my passion of photography and start my business back up.
March 11, 2013 02:42 am
I'd love to win the Fundamentals of Digital Photography course. For years I used a 35mm film SLR (my first was a Mamiya-Sekor 1000DTL) and even won a few amateur photo contests. Then life grew too busy to really concentrate on art. Now I have the time and a new DSLR, and I'd like to return to the art of the photo. This course is just what I need to once again see and to share what I see with others.
March 11, 2013 02:18 am
I want to win the Complete Course in Professional photography. I have been teaching myself photography, finding any and all my information online. I shoot/practise every day. I am a native english speaker living in a non-english speaking country until the end of this year. Here I have wanted to approach professionals to observe, learn from and assist them with their work, but it is not possible with the language barrier, the culture here is very shy in the use of english. The complete course would be of great benefit to me as I could see the "live actions" of the professionals at work. The photo projects would help put all that I've learned and would continue to learn, into practise. Instead of finding my own way, I would have a structured and progressive course with the 30 lessons to follow. I am intending to start my own photography business when I return to my home country, and to have the highly regarded NYIP attached to my name and experience would be of unforeseen benefit. I know that with the help of NYIP, I would have the confidence and "know how" to run a successful freelance business. Thanks for creating this opportunity to win.
March 11, 2013 01:49 am
I have been the one behind the camera for years but I have no formal photography training. I would appreciate the opportunity to refine my skills and help my husband support our growing family while doing something I love! The Complete Course in Professional Photography would be a blessing. I could confidently build my photography hobby into a successful small business. Thank you in advance for this wonderful opportunity!
March 11, 2013 12:47 am
I would love to undertake the Complete Course in Professional Photography. For many years on and off now I have enjoyed photography but due to other commitments have been unable to dedicate myself fully into it. I have been receiving your emails for years now and do as many of the tips as I can. Some are really inspiring whilst it would be great to explore them more, particularly in the context of a course with feedback, tasks and outcomes.
I am currently in a perfect position to be able undertake this course and believe it would benefit me and my future immensely, leading me where I would like to be in the future.
March 11, 2013 12:11 am
I want to win the "Fundamentals of Digital Photography" course.
I want to surprise my 16 year-old nephew with a new camera and a complete course, so he'll be more motivated to be the great photographer we know he'll be.
March 10, 2013 10:21 pm
Hi, I'd love the opportunity to do the Fundamentals of Digital Photography course. Reading the course descriptions, I feel this best meets my needs as although I've learned a lot already in terms of some of the 'basics' I feel I've been sidetracked in jumping too far ahead and trying to learn more complicated stuff (and buying equipment etc) before learning ALL of the basics (IE. metering, white balance etc). I know about these things but I want to be 'fluent' in them before I take those next steps.
Personally, I respond well to a challenging environment and I know the two projects (and feedback) will really help focus me and bring out my best work.
Finally, although I can do this at home (Manchester, UK), it would give me an excuse to visit NYC again and do some work at my favourite place in the world (Coney Island).
Hope I got this in on time. Thanks.
March 10, 2013 08:12 pm
I've been taking photos since more than 10 years, but I cannot get these amazing pics some photographers shown in their webs. I've take a couple of on-line courses but my skills doesn't improve enought. So, I’d like to win the Complete course in Professional Photography to fix my errors, learn tricks, and get in touch with expert photographers that help me to take the pics I always imagine me to take.
March 10, 2013 07:08 pm
So, yes I wanna Win the Complete Course in Professional Photography . Why?! Still image for me it's anything in my life. Now I have a new interest, in social researches which how this medium with the social network can create a narrative "book" by anyone or better say by any individual eye in "space-time continuum". That's why I started my tumblr 1 eye 1 guy 1 city 1 month. I'm interested growing this Idea of 1eye1month1city creating an artistic live platform but I still need a professional approach to photography. Thank you!
March 10, 2013 05:32 pm
I've trawled the web for tutorials and followed them all. I've bought many books and read them thoroughly. I know my camera inside out and I shoot most days. And, after all that, my photographs are pretty good but...well they're not great.
Now, after perusing the outline for the NYIP Complete Course in Professional Photography, I realize that I've been missing feedback. Unlimited advice from advisors plus the photo projects have to be the key to making the breakthrough I need.
March 10, 2013 05:12 pm
For a long time I have only been shooting while travelling. For the past two years I have suddenly been more eager to learn more. I have taken some short courses, but concentrated mostly on listening and reading. This year I have started to shoot every day, just to get practice. I also realised that feedback from others is the most important key to develop my skills. So I have set up a Flickr-account and got a lot more inspiration of all the great comments I have received. I feel that I have learned the basics, and now need something more. I am still so far away from setting up my own website or publishing my pictures with my name and that is why I think I would benefit from the Complete Course in Professional Photography. More importantly I want to grow as a storyteller and to find my own style. I definitely need more intensive studies for that.
March 10, 2013 04:00 pm
Photography is my passion! I would love to turn it into a professional career, as I have already got a reasonable understanding of aperture, shutter speed, iso, composition and their effects on exposures I would love the oppertunity to do the complete professioal photography course.
March 10, 2013 03:50 pm
I have thoroughly read the complete course in professional photography outline and I have an understanding of what the course offers. I have a thirst for photography knowledge. I know this course will help me fully understand what makes a good photograph, how to follow rules and when it is ok to break them, and With the help of certified teachers I will have enough confidence while making photograpghs that I will be able to make my dream come true:become a professional photographer! This course fits my needs perfectly since I live many hours away from the nearest photog course and though I have traveled those many hours to take a few basic courses, my schedule hasn't allowed me to take a course like the one NYIP offers. I'm a creative person that takes good pictures, but this course Will give me the boost I need to create the pictures I am eager to take. If I am chosen, I will be fully commited to complete the course. (Rossana-Merida, Yucatan Mexico)
March 10, 2013 03:44 pm
Fundamentals of Digital Photography is for me! Opportunities for great captures are everywhere...I just don't know where to start. I've wanted to pursue photography for over 20 years and I'm finally in a position in life where I'm able to start buying equipment and take time to practice the art. But with all of the tips and tutorials out there, a consolidated set would be invaluable. I feel I'm most myself when I'm out taking photos and trying to capture the beauty around me...and look forward to improving and helping others see what I see and feel.
March 10, 2013 03:40 pm
Thank you, NYIP for offering the opportunity to win a course and be able to proudly display the coveted NYIP diploma....all the way in Vancouver BC, Canada! I have been researching your course, "the complete course in professional photography" for some time now and I have been very intrigued by how awesome the entire set up is...especially the fact that the one on one feels so intimate and 'just for me'. I have been putting off purchasing the course due to 'other' financial obligations and even though in this case it 'takes money to make money' winning the course of my dreams would solve one financial problem AND get me started on the RIGHT path. Thank you for your consideration! Angela
March 10, 2013 02:51 pm
I would really like to get the Complete Course in Professional Photography. I will be retiring soon & this is perfect for keeping myself busy & doing something I have always loved to do. Many years ago I purchased the Time Life series of Books on Photography & your course would definitely make me a better photographer.
March 10, 2013 02:33 pm
I would love to win the Fundamentals of Digital Photography course. I have always used my cameras to record family members, events, sights around me and travel locations with great enjoyment. My wife and I have recently retired and I now have the time shoot more. The new freedom allows me to devote more time and energy to increasing my knowledge of digital photography. Like most retirees, I need to conserve my financial resources for the long-haul. Winning this prize would make it possible for me to learn about digital photography in a structured process and improve my shots.
March 10, 2013 01:59 pm
I have been pouring over hours of photography youtube videos, articles, blogs, and pinterest trying to understand my new camera and trying to learn how to take better pictures. However, my pictures are not turning out the way I want them too and I can't understand what I'm doing wrong. I am very new to DLSR photography but love pictures and wish I could take beautiful ones like the professionals do. I would be so grateful to win the Fundamentals to Photography course so I can become a better photographer.
March 10, 2013 01:37 pm
First and foremost, why wouldn't I want to win the Complete Course to Digital Photography? I'm not a spring chicken...I'm 67 and I am am avid photographer striving to improve and progress, despite the years. I love taking photographs...always, have. I grew up in New York and watched my father take and develop his own photos in our home's darkroom. Over the years and decades I took photos, lots of them, After losing my husband last year, photography gave me strength and a purpose. There is nothing more satisfying to watch my craft develop day by day. And, am now trying to make it profitable...not an easy task at any age, but I've always loved a challenge. Winning this Course who only be a step in the right direction and perhaps make this new chapter in my life exciting and education.
March 10, 2013 01:14 pm
I'm an amateur photographer looking to advance my skills as a freelance professional. I'm interested in the complete course. Having people to answer questions and critique my work would be great. I also like that i will have a certificate and portfolio to show. I would really appreciate this opportunity.
March 10, 2013 01:12 pm
Since I held my first SLR camera in high school I have dreamed of becoming a travel photographer. My life has seen many changes in the, I hate to say, 20-plus years since high school but one thing has always remained the same: my camera is by my side. Now it's a DSLR and I am ready for a new adventure! The Complete Course in Professional Photography is the course I would choose to start that adventure in travel photography.
March 10, 2013 12:05 pm
I not only want to win the Professional level course from NYIP I NEED to win a chance to learn more from the professionals who possess the skills I have always aimed to learn. My art training has been only what I can search out on the web, my exposure to the finer elements of photography has yet to be more than I have been able to glean from the things I see other people do. To be able to study with NYIP and learn to focus on what makes a good image, as well as how to create a good image, is something to which I have aspired but never before been able to afford.
Winning this training could challenge me to alter my point of view and stretch my understanding of myself, my camera and my world. My future would become the welcoming place I desire as I reach out to learn how to release my hold on auto-focus and rotate my internal aperture and synchronize my flash to illuminate opportunities and details previously missed. Not only would I have a new perspective on my life and my world but i would also be better able to share what i love and what I see with the people around me as NYIP mentoring refines my point-and-shoot standard to pointillist composition where each piece is enhanced and defined by the elements around, in-front and behind.
Learning how to convey emotion and meaning through use of color and light would be like adding a new language to my life. I would encounter new people and places and be able to translate the emotions I have heretofore been unable to define much less express. My children, grand-childen and even their children would be exposed to sights and scenes they might otherwise never have experienced as my world broadens and the ripples change what they are able to see.
Most importantly, these lessons will elevate my hobby to professional business standard by teaching me the finer aspects of running a business and showing me how to value and evaluate the true worth of the products I create. Finally experiencing and feeling comfortable sharing that with others will seriously change my world and the world around me. Making a change like that is surely what DPS and NYIP are aiming to achieve in making an offering like this!
Please, Please, pick me!!
March 10, 2013 10:21 am
Oasis in the Desert: For the last 2 months I have picked up my camera every day with the goal of getting to know my camera better and “seeing” differently. I have felt at times like I’m trudging through deep, ever-shifting sand and your offer of a course in Fundamentals of Digital Photography is an oasis to me! How to use one’s camera is the foundation, the fresh water, palm trees, and shade. Unit 2 and 3 provide the sips of water (exposure, composition, lighting, prints) and once my thirst is almost quenched Unit 4 provides a map to watering holes further afield (photojournalism, special effects) encouraging me to move forward with confidence. Solo exploring can be challenging so having support (student advisor, professional evaluation) is a great asset and will contribute to my goal of taking photographs that I love!
March 10, 2013 08:24 am
I love to win Fundamentals of Digital Photography because after a stroke I lost a lot of my know-how to use the settings on my camera, with a granddaughter on the way it seems wonderful to be very nice pictures to make of her.
March 10, 2013 07:37 am
It was the Complete Course in Professional Photography I was thrilled with, addendum to above comment.
March 10, 2013 07:31 am
What a great way to enhance my photography skills! I have always loved looking at life through the lens of my Canon. The digital age has allowed me the luxury of making many mistakes, and learning through each one. In your class description I particularly liked the fact we can have our photographs critiqued. My goal for the future is to improve my skills to the point where I am comfortable shooting pictures of families in their home settings, or any location they are comfortable with. I am a recent Ovarian Cancer survivor, and am working on setting up shop to take pictures at no charge for cancer patients and their families. Photographs are so important to survivors to show their progress through the difficult challenges of cancer. Ovarian Cancer is a deadly disease, and most of us do not live. My goal for those who go before us is to make sure cancer patients leave behind their mark of laughter, tears and frustration.
March 10, 2013 06:10 am
For the past few years I have been learning various aspects of photography to launch into a career with it. Having limited resources because of Business school, I believe that the Complete Course in Professional Photography would further round out my knowledge and give me the boost that I need to start my career in Photography sooner. Thank you DPS and NYIP for hosting this wonderful giveaway.
March 10, 2013 05:33 am
I could tell you i have a "passion" for photography, I could tell you that everybody has a camera and can shoot pictures, but i take photographs. I won't lie to you, i really do enjoy trying to see something in a way that when i photograph it people say "i really like this image." I wouldn't be on this site if i didn't see the need to learn.
I would like the Complete Course in Professional Photography. Why? It's pretty simple really. I lack the tools where i live to grow as a photographer.
I am involved with the local photo group here and go on field trips and enter images into monthly contests.I have taken courses offered, and gone to seminars. I am on a first name basis with the staff at the local camera shop and stop in whenever I'm near.
Unfortunately the people who make a living out of photography can be pretty tight lipped about how to actually get your images out there. They will give helpful hints on how to go about using a scrim and studio lighting layout but not how to use them.
That only takes you so far, and you find you can stagnate when you have the same people looking at your images.
I find the resources on the internet, while abundant, spread to far and wide.
I don't expect to be the next Ansel Adams, but then again why not?
Having access to the student advisers from an actual photography school is huge, along with the projects being evaluated.
You know that feeling in your gut when someone you know asks you to take family pictures. You really want to do it, you know you can do it, but you don't want to disappoint and give them mediocre photographs.
I hope it will help me overcome my fear and make the transition from someone who's family and friends like his images, to someone who is confident in his ability both artistically, and with his equipment.
March 10, 2013 04:29 am
I would like to win the Fundamentals of Digital Photography. I started out many years ago with a film SLR and got to somewhat understand the concepts of aperture and shutter speed etc. Somewhere along the way I got away from the SLR when digital point and shoot cameras came out. I now want to get back in to photography with a DSLR and shoot on manual settings. In some respects this course would might be a refresher and in other respects correcting my misunderstandings. Most importantly I want to learn to photograph based on the aspects of what digital makes possible not to just see things through the lens (bad pun, sorry) of a film mindset. When shooting film a 400 ISO was "fast" but digital technology has completely changed that concept. I don't want to be bound by old limitations but instead build on the fundamentals that remain true and develop a new understanding based upon what digital makes possible. Thank you.
March 10, 2013 02:53 am
Hi, I'm Andie from Uruguay. This year I finish my degree in Social Communication and each year of career I became more passionate about photography. I had basic courses but I lack professional knowledge. This year I intend to make short films and a photo portfolio, also go into the School of Arts of my country to better educate my sensibilities and so one day get to make works that inspire; photography is my way to get to fulfill that dream.
Thank you very much for all the information you give us and helping us every day to be better artists.
Hugs from Uruguay!
March 10, 2013 02:51 am
I would like to win the Complete Course in Professional Photography. While both courses offer material that would benefit photographers at any level, I believe that a guided course starting with basic camera and photography concepts and ending with lessons on how to open your own studio would suit my needs best. I have thought about taking classes, but there is nothing within 100 miles of where I live that offers the one-on-one instruction that would teach me what I don't know that I need to learn.
March 10, 2013 01:57 am
I would like to win the Complete Course in Professional Photography from NYIP because it will help me to learn the most about the art, technique, and business of photography. While I have tried to emulate other photographers, NYIP will teach me about their three guidelines for taking great photographs. The lessons in this course look interesting to me, which means I will look forward to getting off work so I can go out and practice what I am learning!
Some of the unit lessons I am looking forward to are the different types of camera lenses and lens qualities; shutter speed and aperture; digital processing; and different types of lighting and how to use them. The previous three units would build my knowledge so that when I get to Unit 4, a subject that is intimidating to me, I will have gained the confidence and skill to do well in portraiture, from the basics to the most unnerving for me - wedding photography.
I am also very excited about learning how to move from being a hobbyist to opening and operating on the business end of this profession. Whether selling my work for advertising, still life or architecture to providing touching photographic memories through wedding photography, I am confident that working through the units will move my five to ten year plan up so I can get my own business started within a couple years. I am confident that the page-by-page guidance on NYIP's "Listen and Learn" audio programs, the step-by-step demonstrations on NYIP's "Live Action" video programs, and the distance learning help from NYIP's professional photographers will help me to develop my first portfolio for my own business.
Thank you for your time and consideration in doing this for your readers DPS!
March 10, 2013 01:32 am
I have a plan which I have been working on for the last two years...
Continue my current emplloyment for 8-9 more years (that will put me at 61 to 62). At that time, I plan to retire from the life I've been leading (which has given me the opportunity to work and experience the culture of several countries outside the US) and settle down to focus to product photography, eco-photo tour guide and possibly provide photos for travel photo articles. To that end, I have been building my photo archives and establishing contacts, mostly throughout Mexico, Colombia, Spain and the US. I have also become active in assisting in product and fashion photography for the last 7 months while working in Colombia. I would like to win the "Complete Course in Professional Photography" in order to continue advancing my career to put myself in a better position to begin my new life. Thank you for the consideration.
March 10, 2013 01:13 am
I wanted to be a graphic artist when I was younger but that dream did not come true. Many years later I have rekindled my love for art with photography and now I'm hooked, It’s only been a year and a half now and I wish I had discovered the passion I have for photography much sooner . I wish take the art to the next level and increase my skill from that of just a hobby. I want my images to not only to be liked but loved by viewers without even knowing why. I would be so honoured to do the Complete Course in Professional Photography offered by NYIP.
March 10, 2013 12:18 am
I would love to win the complete course of Photography because i just love taking pictures, they tell a story, they allow you to capture an essence of actually being there in that moment. Time acutally stops, and gives you a glance of beauty. I realy need to learn all the fundamentals from start to finish so i can understand the craft of actualy taking an outstanding photo. I know that just snapping the button is great, but a true educated photographer knows that you need the knowledge of knowing the right apeture, composition, shutter speed, correct lighting, proper lens and so on to truley capture that moment to its fullest. I have been an amateur photographer for about two years now and would like to advance to a greater level. I know that this course would help me to achieve what i have always wanted to do , and that is to be true photograher !
March 10, 2013 12:13 am
Right from the day when my uncle forgot his canon 550d at my place and i've got a chance to roll my fingers on a SLR i've fallen for Photography.!
Actually my love for photography started when people started admiring my clicks..!! its a great feeling getting admired for your shots.!!
That Awesome feeling when you explain people that the picture is not just a collection of million colors but a strong subject and a precious moment which is gone for ever.!
When i found myself happy in photographing things..i started learning basics from youtube..!! aperture,ISO,shutter speed,composition ect...
While im finding myself in photography...it made me realize that this should be my profession..
and since then im in my way to be a better photographer every day...
everything in photography gives me pleasure..clicking pictures..making myself my personal notes..exploring places, exploring websites, participating in competitions like this, may be winning one like this might make me even better and ..ohh i love photography...!!
ill be glad to be a part of fundamentals of digital photography.!! Thanks.!
March 9, 2013 11:46 pm
I would like to win the Complete Course in Professional Photography. I am 47 years and have been taking photos enthusiasticly since I was 18 and got my first SLR camera. I was so in love with photography, that I wanted to pro, I worked (almost) free for a famous fashion photographer in Paris (Gunnar Larsen), for a year, and I tryed really hard when I came back to Copenhagen where I live.... BUT then this wonderfull woman crossed my path... Well you know how it goes? I fell in love, got married and got three beautiful children, and I became a Father! And loved that so much, that I completly forgot my old love (thats how it is - right).... By the way: there wasent enough time in a day to deal with three kids and my SLR anyway.... Well now my youngest is 16, and she spends all her time with friends and sports. I have fixed the house TWICE all over, I have a lot of sparetime, I bought a DSLR - AND I miss my old love so much. I am a skilled photographer, but I need a good boost, to take it to the next level..... So I relly really like to win.
March 9, 2013 11:20 pm
Hello, what a brilliant opportunity to gain a substantial qualification, it is one of the best competition prizes that I have seen advertised. Personally I would love to win the Complete Course in Professional Photography as I have recently been discharged from the military due to disabilities. It has taken me a while to come to terms with what my future would hold, but after some deep thinking, why not pursue something that I have always enjoyed doing as a hobby? I have taken a few basic photography evening courses in the past and feel the complete course, and its flexible completion schedule, would be fantastic progression and open a new path that I can pursue with as much enthusiasm as I did with my military career. Even though I am unlikely to win this competition I salute you for giving this opportunity to someone who truly deserves it. Well done and Many thanks.
March 9, 2013 10:02 pm
I would be so excited and honored to be chosen for the Complete Course in Professional Photography from NYIP. I am passionate about my photography. I do a one hour session and it seems like only 15 minutes have passed. I have a small studio/business, and I want to expand my knowledge and skill set. I want to be "THE PHOTOGRAPHER" people want in my town. I feel the course is exactly what I need to take my photography not only to the next level, but it will improve my skill set, and business knowledge so much that I can achieve my dream of being excellent at the craft I love so much. I would be proud and excited to have a certificate from NYIP on my wall in my studio. The course set up is exactly what I need to learn. I love the fact that there are books that I can use as a reference, I am happy there are DVD and CD instructions so that I do not have to rely on reading alone. One of the best features of the course for me is the projects that will be critiqued and I will have feedback specifically to my work, that will help me so much. I am eager to see what information you have on the business aspect and setting up your studio portion of the course, The cost of the course 1400.00 is very reasonable for all that you have to offer, however at this time I cannot afford to invest as I have young children. If you choose me, I will put all of the course parts to use, and be very honored to be certified from NYIP. I will tell other people of the value of this course to help promote what you have to offer.
March 9, 2013 08:24 pm
I would like to win simply because i don't have the money to pay for it. I've been wanting to take the course since before the internet. That was back when it was a "correspondence course". I mostly take pictures of animals because I have many. They are the reason I have no money. Than you for giving me a chance. I am interested in the Complete Course in Professional Photography.
March 9, 2013 07:01 pm
My husband says that I’m passionate about photography. True, I am.
Fell in love with photography from the time I received my first camera Canon 110ED at age 11. My next camera was an old 35mm Nikkormat from which taught me how to shoot manually.
The switch to digital gave me my camera and inspiration back because it gave me a ‘dark room’ and was more economical. My husband and I are volunteers who do a great deal of traveling. In fact, in May, we are moving from Serbia to Montenegro (making it the 7th country we have lived in in 20 years). It means that though I have learned several languages, I don’t have the resources or nor have had the opportunity to take a photography course such as this.
To keep this short and sweet, I feel that I have reached a plateau. And have been looking to find something to push myself to take it to another level to improve. The Complete Course in Professional Photography offered by NYIP would be a dream come true! Thank you for offering such an opportunity and for even considering me!
March 9, 2013 05:59 pm
I would love to win the Complete course in Professional photography. I don't know if we have anything like your course in South Africa where I live, but I have covered the basics myself by attending (in person) two beginner courses and I now want to take my photography to a new level. I'd like to move away from my office-bound job and into freelance photography to earn a living. What I like about the New York Institute courses is that they are not just "self study" where you're essentially just given a set of instructional videos and left to your own devices. New York Institute gives you the instructional set, but also asks you to submit images and then provides you with feedback. This is essential in understanding where you might need to improve and what you got right! This takes the course to a whole new level. I can just see myself developing (is that still a photography pun nowadays?) into a competent, creative individual able to confidently hire myself out to cover events and other jobs.
March 9, 2013 02:56 pm
What a FANTASTIC idea and opportunity for so many aspiring photographers! I would be thrilled to win either one of the offered courses. However, if I had to choose, I'd pick the Complete Course in Professional Photography. I am working on getting my photography business up and running this year and with this course, I'll be well on my way to owning my very own photography studio. A dream I've had since middle school. Thank you for the opportunity and GOOD LUCK to everyone!
March 9, 2013 02:45 pm
I would like to be put in the running for the complete photography course.
Recently, my hard drive was destroyed that had 4 years worth of photos of my kids and my life on it that will be lost forever.
So now i feel i have to make up for lost time so to speak.I finally was able to purchase my first dslr and I'm so excited to take exceptional photos that no only are great to look at but will leave an imprint. Photography to me is art, helping me connect my outside world to my inside world, so i can see again.
What I appreciate about this course is you get the opinions of professionals giving you personal advice on what i could do better next time and mistakes I should avoid in the future.
I hate using auto mode and get frustrated when I can't get my camera to show what's in my head...angle? Exposure? Composition?
I know this course will take me and my self expression to the next level, as well as capture unforgettable moments of my daughters in the best possible way.
Thank you for the opportunity!
March 9, 2013 02:30 pm
I would love to win the Complete Course in Professional Photography because I consider myself an advanced amateur that has a passion for photography. I am an IT project manager at the moment and that job pays the bills, however I think, eat and breath photography. I have been trying to learn as much as I can about lighting and posing, exposure and composition, but it has all been self taught. A course like this could really help me get over the hump and have the ability to learn more of the business side that is critical to making it in the business. I have a family to feed and a mortgage to pay so I need to make sure that if I am going to pursue my passion I need to have all of the knowledge and support that I believe comes with this package. I hope that you will consider me to win this impressive privilege.
March 9, 2013 02:24 pm
A couple years ago I bought my first DSLR camera. When my first child was born I realized that I only had about a dozen pictures to chronicle my life for the last 18 years. So, the camera was my tool to chronicle my life with my girls and my travels that take me away from them. However, I don't want the quick, bland snapshot of some country's landmark. I have been trying to learn how to make the picture I take of my travels to tell a story. I want my children to look at the picture and have it convey, the time, place or moment that one feels when they see it with own eyes. The same goes for my photography of my kids. I am not looking for a portrait photo, I am wanting them to hear their laughter and remember my smile when they look back through the photos I took of them. I have looked into trying to take a photography course, but with my work schedule and time with the kids I have not been able to fit one in. I think I course in the "Fundamentals of Photography" would give me a better start to trying to tell my/our story. Thank you.
March 9, 2013 02:20 pm
I am vying for the complete course. I have taken MANY online courses over the past ten years and know I have the self-discipline to actually FINISH them. I recently requested info from NYIP but realized it was going to be out of my budget to sign up, so I was thrilled with this opportunity.
My passion is people photography. I love for people to see my photos of them and say "That's the best photo I've ever taken!" I love bringing out the beauty that I see in every person, young or old, which is probably also why I have a school counseling job!
Whether I win or not, I WILL continue to take pictures. It is as natural and necessary to me as breathing, eating, or writing, as my friends and family will attest to. This class would allow me to dance with the greatness I know is within!
March 9, 2013 01:54 pm
I would love to take the NYIP Complete Course in Professional Photography. I believe I have a decent grasp on the fundamentals and I'm ready to take the next step, from serious hobbyist to beginning professional. I need a lot of help on the portrait side of photography, this could be the turning point in my life as a photographer.
Thank you for offering these courses,
March 9, 2013 01:50 pm
I would love to win the Complete Course in Professional Photography, the reason being is that I love to take photo's and I would love to be able to take photos that people look at and say wow. I would also like to get into photography on the side and be able to offer great photos at a reasonable price. I would love to be to do all styles of photography and share them with everyone. Photography has always been a passion for me, however I have never been able to truly pursue it for various reasons. This would be a great opportunity to be able learn more and to continue a passion of mine.
March 9, 2013 01:41 pm
I have been looking into the Complete Course in Professional Photography for about a year. I think it would greatly help me to take better pictures to be able to sell them on the Internet.
I like the idea of sending in picture assignments, they grading them, and giving you ideas and suggestions of how to better yourself. I like not only seeing it on pages of a book, but also seeing and hearing the DVDs!!! I am more of a hands on learner. I know I have a lot to learn. I know this is where I want to learn it.
After I am out of high school I plan to take it. I want to be a stay at home Mom and sell my pictures online. I know of someone else that took this course who has a thriving business!! This is why I want to win this course.
Thanks for the opportunity to enter to win the Complete Course in Professional Photography.
March 9, 2013 01:11 pm
After taking the past 20 years raising a family, I have finally gone back to an old love. I bought a nikon d32000 back in October, and have been snapping away. I would like the opportunity to take the complete course in professional photography. This would increase my knowledge of photography in all aspects. Like learning to import my old photos and negative into the digital format. Combining them with newer photos to start selling some 8x10 prints at craft fairs, to supplement my income. Learning to work the digital camera as opposed to my old 35mm. And then last but not least learning how to incorporate a digital photo program to put the final touch on my prints.
March 9, 2013 12:48 pm
I'd like to apply for the Fundamentals of Digital Photography course because I've spent my entire education pursuing something that I thought I "should" pursue instead of something that I wanted to pursue. The description of this course describes my needs exactly; I did buy a digital SLR camera 4 years ago before my honeymoon yet had no idea what to do out of "Auto" mode (even after reading the manual!). For the last 4 years, I've taken hundreds, if not thousands, of pictures in "Auto" mode. I'm horrified that my camera has such potential and I haven't even tapped that potential! I'm a new mother who is extremely nostalgic and puts much value in taking photos of the fleeting moments of my baby being a "baby". I've recently made a commitment to actually learn my camera, and I've spent hours reading the manual, reading posts and articles on Digital Photography School's website, and watching a series of videos on YouTube describing many aspects of digital photography. While such topics as aperture, shutter speed, white balance, etc. are recently familiar to me, I only understand them on an intellectual level and not an experiential level. I could pass a written test, but when I go out to give myself field assignments, I freeze; there are so many things to consider that I'm not sure where to begin.
I'd very much value the training that your course can provide. Although I have a thriving career as a psychologist, I'd much prefer to be a stay-at-home mom who can not only capture these fleeting moments with my young child but can consider doing some freelance work on the side. It's been so many years since I've focused on any hobbies due to 9 years in higher education; however, now that my schooling is complete, I have a new zest for pursuing what I'm passionate about: digital photography.
March 9, 2013 12:39 pm
i would like to win the Fundamentals of Digital Photography,I will tell u why ;-(
i ask my Husband a year ago for a Canon Dslr camera
to take amazing photos and i don't even know yet the basic of aperture,
shutter speed, exposure, composition,and my dear hubby ask me Well and waiting for
those amazing photos.and i said well it take time,LOL and is
FRUSTRATING because i want to take beautiful pictures , and i know a little from DPS from tutorial ,but really i will like to win ...... Fundamentals of Digital Photography
Thank you very much.....
March 9, 2013 12:32 pm
I am interested in your course for professional photographers. I am a hobbyist and I love to take photographs of people, animals, landscape - anything and everything - and I would like to learn everything I can learn to make my photographs better. While I think it would be awesome to make a living with my photographs, I am satisfied being a hobbyist but would very much like to improve my knowledge and skills. I am also interested in feedback from others on how to improve my photography.
March 9, 2013 12:18 pm
As a stay at home mom of three boys and one on the way, it can be challenging to maintain my identity. I love photography and capturing life's moments for family and friends. I dream of building from that passion to create my own business. My schedule isn't exactly classroom friendly so being able to study at home, at my own pace would be wonderful. I feel the NYIP's Complete Course in Professional Photography offers that flexibilty while helping me to establish that "something of my own".
March 9, 2013 12:10 pm
The Complete Course in Professional Photography looks like the course I'm really needing these days. I studied traditional photography in college 15 years ago, but being a stay-at-home mom who home schools her children has taken me off my creative track. I've been trying to build a photography business, but it's slow moving. Learning digital editing and my speed light while raising and teaching my children leaves me little time to attend any local workshops. The idea of being able to study/work at any hour and off of someone's else's schedule sounds like it would fit perfectly into my lifestyle.
March 9, 2013 12:06 pm
I wouldn't want to one one of these great courses for myself. I would like my dad to win. Although I started my journey into photography almost two years ago I recently re-kindled my dad's interest. Almost 25 years ago my dad took up photography with a Pentax K-1000 SLR. He jumped in deep and ended up with a nice system including 4 lenses. Almost as abruptly as he started he lost interest. I think the process of having to wait for the images to be developed and the cost slowed him down, eventually he turned to other hobbies.
My curiosity got the best of me and I asked if I could see his old setup. We pulled it out o the closet and he reminisced about how much fun he had with the camera. My intent was to buy the setup from him so I could use the lenses on a new Pentax body but seeing him talk about taking pictures changed my mind. I told him about being able to use his lenses and that if he had any interest at all he should hold on to his stuff.
I was able to find a used K10d camera body with a kit lens which he proceeded to purchase. He has been trying to learn this new digital system but with me over 4 hours away we are spending a lot of time on the phone. He has picked up a few books and even downloaded some stuff the web but I think the Fundamentals of Digital Photography course would really help him get back into this hobby he enjoyed all those years ago.
March 9, 2013 10:40 am
I am the typical stay-at-home Mom who loves to take photos. I first heard of NYIP way back in the "old days" of film photography. I so wanted to take a course when I bought my first SLR but it never seemed the right time so I just kept pushing clumsily forward with my skills. A few adult education classes gave me a false lack of accomplishment. I soon had some folks asking me to do photo shoots and while I agreed, I always felt the photos were lacking in some way.
I now have a DSLR and would love to use it to its full potential. While I have no desire to ever go professional, I would love to learn how to take better photos. NYIP's Fundamentals of Digital Photography is exactly what I am looking for. Learning how to shoot in full manual mode and how to use a digital darkroom are definitely two things I'm lacking - among others I'm sure. I know the knowledge of both would boost my photography skills to the level I would like them to be.
Thanks for considering my entry!
March 9, 2013 09:46 am
I did attend different photography and editing classes. So I came to a certain level where I got stuck a bit asking myself what I really want to do with photography.
As taking pictures in the digital era is way too easy, everybody can buy nice gear and shoot tons of pictures/snapshots. But it's a pitty that less effort is required in the first instance for thinking , analysing and creating a nice piece of artwork.
Sometimes the achievements of the masters are forgotten and the endlessly efforts they did make. Just thinking about Edward Weston and Edwin Smith. I love how they did put some transitoriness in their pictures.
What I really would like to achieve is to get to a level that reaches above the crowd. Where content of an image matters, where the viewer is attracted and wants to thinks and search about the message in the image.
When craft meets vision ... touch the viewer attention and awaken emotional feelings ...
So, if I would be the lucky winner , and had the chance to select one prize, the "Complete Course in Professional Photography" would make my day!
March 9, 2013 09:35 am
The course description for the Fundamentals of Digital Photography Course says it is for "Anyone and everyone with an interest in taking better photos!" I've been fascinated by photography since as long as I can remember and took a photo class to fulfill an art requirement in college 50 years ago. I've played with film photography over the years. Now that I've retired, I bought a digital SLR and want to get back to taking photos as a serious hobby. I have a fair understanding of lenses (unit one), downloading photos and (manual) exposure (unit two). But I am struggling a bit to deal with all the "automated" features and could really use help with my overall technique that looks like would be covered by the the entire corse - especially the last two units and projects. Thanks for what appears to be a super opportunity for someone like me.
March 9, 2013 09:29 am
I would love to win the Fundamental Course of Photography because I have always love taking pictures and want to understand ways to improve my pictures. First, I have a Nikon d40 however I only shoot in the automatic mode because of my lack of understanding of the manual modes. Second, I need a better understanding of lighting to improve my pictures. Third, the self paced course will fit into my schedule as a teacher. Fourth, I learn best by doing and this is a hands on course. Fifth, I like the idea of having a project that is submitted for feedback.
Thanks for this opportunity to enter.
March 9, 2013 09:19 am
For over 20 years I've been stumbling upon articles or websites about the NYIP and dreamt of enrolling in a course. But for various reasons, the timing was never right for me to do anything more than dream about it, by surrounding myself with photos on the walls of my drab office cube or on my computer's screensaver. Over the years, my interest in photography has grown from a minor interest to that of a fanatical amateur. However, between my full time job and family commitments, I've been frustrated by my inability to get more than a few small bites of info from often unrelated articles. I've picked up info from various sources, mostly web sites and a few workshops, but yearn for some formal training. There are gaps in my knowledge that I know hamper me from achieving the full aptitude others see in my work. If I win the Complete Course in Professional Photography, I'd get the opportunity to link together my scattered knowledge and put together the complete flow from the physics of light and the workings of a camera to the artistic vision of composition and visualizing the shot, allowing me to actually make the picture - and I could do it on my schedule!. It would also expose me to the various areas of photography to allow me to grow into portrait, travel or even architectural realms. With my new knowledge from the course materials, expert's feedback as well as my amassed portfolio and a Certificate from NYIP, I would finally have the pieces in place to lose my uninspiring day job and do what I truly am passionate about - making pictures!
March 9, 2013 08:49 am
I'd like to win the the complete course in Professional Photography for it's my passion and it would help learn what I need to learn to open my own business. I have been looking at this course for a while now trying figure out how to afford it winning it would be giving me the chance in a lifetime to get started.
March 9, 2013 08:42 am
Please choose my entry for the "Complete Course in Professional Photography". I would love to have this focused and directed course to take me from my amateur status to professional status. My photography work has been accepted into several juried exhibits over the last two years, and I am ready to kick my skills into high gear, and need the guidance and feedback this course offers. I travel quite frequently and find that local college courses do not fit into my schedule. This course's format ideally suits my lifestyle. Not only do I want to hone my eye for images, I want to understand the business side of photography - not for portraiture, but to learn how to get my vision of the world out there for others to see. Thank you for this opportunity to pursue a dream.
March 9, 2013 08:08 am
I would like to win The Complete Course in Profession Photography. I am a 46 years old and I have a rare auto immune disease called Behcet's. Photography is a hobby for me right now and for the most part keeps me going when I am not at my fulltime job. I take immune suppressants and a low dose chemo drug but Photography Keeps Me ALIVE! I have been thinking about going professional for awhile I have two DSLR camera's a Nikon D5000 and D600 and a name Captured Milestones Photography and insurance but now what? I just don't know where to go from here this course will teach me direction and give me training I can't get elsewhere. I would love to sign up for NYIof P course and thought about signing up for this very course but I just can't afford it not even by making payments its just not an option at this time financially. I have 3 kids two who are in college and my husband of 25 years is also a Type1 diabetic between his medical needs, my medical needs and kid's tuition, my schooling is once again on the back burner. I have always put their needs before mine, that is what moms do. I have been learning everything I can online and talked to professionals but their advice is jump in without thought and while that doesn't cost anything I still don't feel it is enough. I have the time to do this course and spend most of my spare moments doing photography stuff now. To win this course can and would not only change my life but my families life as well. The tools and knowlege this course provides is an education that is priceless in my book. Thank you for concidering me as a canadite for your course. Debbi Brown
March 9, 2013 08:07 am
I would like to choose "The Complete Course in Professional Photography"
I am a amateur photographer who was raised by a professional photographer and have had a camera in my hand since I was 10 (Kodak Pony to Olympus OM-1 film). I developed my own negatives and printed my own pictures in a converted closet in my childhood home. As I adventured through high school, college and marriage/kids my photography wained. The spark returned when I purchased my first digital camera in 2001 (A 3.1 MP Olympus Point and Shoot camera). My kids were young and I had a total blast being able to shoot unlimited shots and see immediate results. My passion for landscape and travel photography grew as our family ventured out on some incredible trips. I now shoot with a Nikon D90, started a webpage and attained a business license. I've never had any formal training and feel that the "Complete Course" would do wonders to advance my eye and skills as well as move me into the professional arena. Photography is my true passion and love and can lead my wife to jealous accusations of "spending too much time with my mistress!"
Thank you for your consideration.
March 9, 2013 08:00 am
When me and mine wife got married and moved into our first place we had absolutely nothing to decorate our walls. We decided that we would put up about 15 canvas prints of photos that we took rather than just buying meaningless items to cover the bare walls. It’s been about 3 years and we only have 2 prints up and not due to a lack of effort. Since we’ve been married we have taken over 5000 photos and have been unable to find 15 that we are proud enough of to display on our wall. I’m not really sure what I’ve done wrong but something just seems off. When I do get a shot I like all I know is it looks good to me but I don’t know what a did to get the shot. I really need some guidance in creating shots that I’m excited to show off on a consistent basis. I know that the Fundamentals of Digital Photography class would add some excitement to my photos and to my walls.
March 9, 2013 07:59 am
I have a new DLSR camera, enthusiasm and creativity. Unfortunately, I am stuck in the "point and shoot" mentality using the automatic settings on the camera. I need Fundamentals of Digital Photography to help me learn, understand and use all the functions available on the camera in order to get the "wow" factor in my photographs. I want to be pushed to the limit to further increase my passion for photography.
March 9, 2013 07:55 am
I would love to win the complete course. Why? I recently lost my job & can't think of anything I'd love to do more. I've found my passion for photography & I dont want to loose it! My local college used to have a photography diploma program but have since dropped it. I'm stuggling to understand alot of aspects of the photography business & cannot seem to find the courses in my area that would help me so I can start a successful business as me being the FT photographer! Also it's crazy how expensive some of the courses are & so I just cant afford to take the courses. I have a basic understanding of photography but need to figure out my style & better understand "f-stop" & have more technically correct pictures. I love the fact that it offers an "into to the photography business" which would help me understand some of the ins & outs of photography business, althou I know that u can't be taught everything as everyone has different issues. I would love to create my own darkroom someday so the "traditional darkroom" would be a huge help! I could go on & on about reasons I would love to win this course but for now I will settle with thanking you for offerening this opportunity!
March 9, 2013 07:39 am
I have loved taking pictures and looking at pictures for as long as I can remember. My first camera was a Kodak disk camera given to me by my parents for Christmas when I was about 14 . I must have driven my family nuts by snapping pictures "all over" that family gathering. After high school, I chose a career in the medical field.....time passed...became a wife and mother, and though I still loved taking pictures to document events and milestones, I never thought of it as a career path; it was like I was admiring it from a distance. Now, my son has left the nest to pursue his own path, and I find myself searching for a passion....and I have found it in photography. There's something so special about taking a photo that just "feels right". The effect on me is quite powerful and tangible, at times. Whether it be a spectacular landscape or capturing a moment in the lives of a family or friends.... I love it! I would love to win the Complete Course in Professional Photography, so that when others ask, I can tell them, "yes, I am a photographer". Besides that, my wonderful and supportive husband gave me a Nikon D7000 for Christmas, (my previous camera had an unfortunate introduction to seawater during a kayaking trip) and I want to do it justice. Now, I realize that being a photographer means more than having a designation after your name, or having the right gear; I get that. I would just love to add that extra bit of credibility to something that I already love to do. It would be an amazing gift to me if you would consider me as a winner of this course. Thank you so much! Many blessings!
March 9, 2013 06:23 am
N.Y.I.P. is definitely my first choice when i think of a photography school. I get their catalog and i'm always in touch with their web site. I'm trying hard to get money for the complete course. This is my chance to follow and get to my dream.
March 9, 2013 06:17 am
The Complete Course in Professional Photography course sounds like just what I would love and need to move from amateur photographer to professional. My interest in photography began with the birth of my daughter. Since then, my DSLR is always within arms reach. I didn't realize my interest and talent until other parents started asking me to take photos of their families too.
The complete course appears to be a comprehensive course with professional photographer feedback but in a setting that works well for new parents who are unable to schedule a course out of home.
I can work on my assignments and communicate using the the technological tools around me to enhance and develop a budding professional career.
March 9, 2013 05:54 am
I've taken photographs most of my life. I've had several courses and training in film photography pursuing this endeavor in fits and starts. Although I'd long been accustomed to editing in Photoshop my beloved film camera wore out a few years ago officially propelling me fully into the digital age. I've been toying with Microstock with a few sales here and there and finally purchased a respectable DSLR. I would greatly appreciate the opportunity being chosen for the Complete Course in Professional Photography. The knowledge and structurea long with working professionals would help me to pull the pieces together and pursue photography as my life's calling.
March 9, 2013 04:39 am
I want to win the NYIP "Complete Course in Pro Photography" to allow me to make the leap from hobbyist photographer to professional photographer. This particular course has allowed 1000's of fellow photographers make successful careers with their photography. I would greatly benefit the most from the business lesson series that this course offers, along with the "live action" training that I would actually be able to observe instead of reading about. I also feel that the photo projects that are evaluated by professional photographers will allow me to gain a better aspect of what I could be doing to make my current "hobbyist" photos into "professional" photos. Another aspect to this course that I would be able to prosper my photography business is that there are no deadlines or due dates, I would be able to complete the 6 units of the course on "my time" which I would then get a certificate of completion and a great stepping stone to my future photography career.
March 9, 2013 04:38 am
I would like to improve my photo taking skills. I have 2 shoot through umbrellas that i need training on. The complete course is what i need. I don't have time with 2 little kids at home to attend a classroom setting. The learn at your own pace is what i need.
March 9, 2013 03:39 am
Photography is a never-ending journey for me. It allows me to experience new things, explore the world and challenge myself, all while being able to express and expand my creative side. My focus in photography is more personal, like a hobby, and occasionally I do it for others as a way to challenge myself. I am afraid of really putting myself out there to do photography for others because I feel my skills, both in photography and business, need to be honed. The NYIP Professional Photography Course would really help prepare me to take that first big step by teaching me more about my camera, studio lighting and flash photography (my weaknesses), different kinds of photography that I might focus my business in (weddings, fashion, etc.) and how to open my studio or get work as a freelancer. I am a great self-teacher, but being able to learn via different kinda of media, like the audio and video programs that the NYIP Professional Photography Course offers, would really help me learn. I would also be really excited to participate in the projects at the end of the course and have my work evaluated by professional photographers. I pour my hear and soul into my photos, and would really like to turn it into a business to take pictures for others with confidence, knowing that I have the skills to be successful and don't have to feel so vulnerable.
Thank you for this opportunity!
March 9, 2013 03:12 am
I've always wanted to take a photo course. Photography has always been my passion and I always enjoyed your photography blogs. They helped me alot with my photography. Thanks for all your photography tips.
March 9, 2013 03:08 am
I live in an absolutely beautiful little town in Northwest Montana. However, Sanders County has the worst economy in the state and one of the worst in the nation. It also has some of the most beautiful scenery, with lush forests and abundant wildlife the photo opportunities are endless. In spring and summer there are vivid greens and colorful wild flowers. In fall you will see radiant oranges, yellows, and reds. And in winter pure white snow blankets...well, everything. With scenes like this, great photos are just a point and shoot away. I want to turn my great photos into awe inspiring photos. I want to take photos that people would be proud to hang on their walls. I want to take photos that you would see in a travel magazine and be struck with an overwhelming desire to see that scene in person. I want to share this beautiful place, and that is why I would love to develop the skills of a professional photographer with the Complete Course in Professional Photography.
March 9, 2013 03:04 am
-Complete Course in Professional Photography-
I am an amateur photographer in the Caribbean, who is slowly acquiring knowledge from free on-line resources, discussion forums, youtube videos and field work. Almost everyone with a digital SLR calls themselves a "Professional" photographer and pass off 2nd rate work as such here in Trinidad. I strive to capture beauty in every shot and document moments in time; that's my aim every time I get behind the camera. Professional quality training with Certification is non-existent here and the NYIP Professional Photography Course offers every aspect of what I need.
Whether I win this or not , I'm going to pursue this course, sooner or later.
March 9, 2013 02:59 am
I have been trying to get my Freelance Photography business going, but have never had any formal training. I retired from teaching Dancing in 2006 (to look after my various family members who have been ill) and have not had a formal job since then. Just trying to make ends meet. The Complete Course in Professional Photography would be an awesome boost to me and would help me to get where I want to be and pursue my passion in becoming a qualified Professional Photographer. Please give an 'old gal' a chance to prove herself to the world? I would be ever so grateful if you could help me make this passion of mine a going concern!
March 9, 2013 02:46 am
I've read through the description for both courses and feel that I would benefit more from the "Complete Course in Professional Photography". I have been studying on my own for over a year on the basics and have a good grasp on the fundamentals of photography. I am looking to start my own business and feel that the second course would fit my needs. Thank you for the opportunity.
March 9, 2013 02:27 am
The Fundamentals of Digital Photography course would meet my needs and possibly start me down a new career path. I have been a freelance artist for years and am in the process of building my website. My sister recently gave me a Sony DSLR with the hopes of me becoming a better photographer. I could really use the course material to further my dreams of becoming nearly famous. I am also going to australia for 6 months in July and this would really help me make this experience and the memories captured on film awesome. This would really make my day too.
March 9, 2013 02:24 am
I began doing film photography while in Japan in the Air Force in the 1960s, and even had my own darkroom for black-and-white prints. I liked film so much that I was a late convert to digital photography, and I have found that, although many of the concepts remain the same, some definitely don't. I would like very much to win the Fundamentals of Digital Photography course in order to update my skills; the professional course is probably too far into things that I wouldn't use. I do use Photoshop and a few plug-ins for my "digital darkroom" and find that this can fix a lot of problems, but--probably like most people--I tend to overdo the corrections of problems that shouldn't have been there to start with!
March 9, 2013 02:14 am
i would like to win the Fundamentals of Digital Photography,I will tell u why ;-(
i ask my Husband a year ago for a Canon Dslr camera to take amazing photos and i don't even know yet the basic of aperture, shutter speed, exposure, composition,and my dear hubby ask me Well and waiting for those amazing photos.and i said well it take time,LOL and is FRUSTRATING because i want to take beautiful pictures , and i know a little from DPS from tutorial ,but really i will like to win ...... Fundamentals of Digital Photography
Thank you very much.....
March 9, 2013 02:13 am
I would love to win the Fundamentals in Digital Photography course. I took a photo course at our local college about twenty years ago using a 35m film camera and loved the experience. I've now bought a Nikon 5500 and rediscovering photography. Between my new grandson and blogging craft and quilting, improving my skills would be a huge plus for me. Thanks for the chance to win.
March 9, 2013 02:01 am
I would like to take the Complete Course in Professional Photography because I have taken courses to get the camera and photo fundamentals down, but I do not feel confident enough to start my own business as I had hoped. I have been slowly, and I mean VERY slowly, trying to piece together a start. I sometime move forward, but I feel like I need some guidance so I can do it right from the start. I would love this class to help me get the business part down, as well as an understanding what being in photography business looks and feels like and how I can up my game in the photography industry. :)
March 9, 2013 02:01 am
I would like to be a freelance photographer for non-profit’s involving “cancer patient’s and their families” and for profit to pay for better equipment and travel. I enrolled in Adobe Photoshop for Photographer’s with NYIP back in 2008 and it was an excellent course. But I was unable to complete the course due to obligations of caring for 87 YOA mother-in-law, full-time work then the ultimate mind changing event for me of a cancer diagnosis February 2011. Presently I’m cancer free, retired and now my 92 YOA mother-in-law is in an assisted living facility. I feel I have free time to study, learn and to give back to other’s who are now walking the cancer path and praying each day to be cancer free. I joined a local camera club in 2010 to learn more in depth about photography and be able to attend workshops, photo shoots and competitions. I would like to begin the Complete Course of Professional Photography and finally realize my dream.
March 9, 2013 01:21 am
I became interested in photography when I was a college freshman after joining the yearbook. However, my love for photography didn't truly blossom until I entered medical school. Medicine and public health opened my eyes to the value of life and cherishing every moment.For me, photography became a public health tool during my surgical mission/educational trips to West Africa. Photography was a way for me to convey to the rest of the world to see and experience the impoverished and the health disparities around the world. . It showed the impact of what public health could be if those who are less fortunate have access to the medical and surgical care they need. Photography helped me open other people's eyes.
NYIP Professional Photography Course is a wonderful chance to further my photography career and can help me capture the expressions, the hope and the feelings that I need to convey. The course itself provides solid explanations with great visual instructions but it also provides a flexible time frame. I can watch the DVDs when I can, which is essential for someone with a limited schedule. For me, the valuable part will be having the critiquing from professors. The valuable and honest guidance the professors will provide motivation to help me improve my photography skills. I believe NYIP will be a great fit and opportunity to help me further my photographic skills and also help in utilizing photography as a tool within the public health field.Thank you for your consideration and the opportunity.
March 9, 2013 12:55 am
This is a wonderful opportunity. I would be interested in the Complete Course in Professional Photography. With digital photography being so readily accessible to everyone these days, you really need an edge to make your work stand out from the crowd. South Africa is a country with a rich and diverse culture, and I would love to be able to add that extra something to my style when capturing the emotions and colourful surroundings.
March 9, 2013 12:52 am
I would love to be considered for the Fundamentals of Digital Photography course because I have just taken up photography, like many, because I have small children and want to be able to document their childhoods beautifully. HOWEVER I am utterly useless. I thought I'd taken a really nice shot, I've read about the rule of thirds you know, and when I got it into my editing programme I realised I had shot it so it was postage stamp size. Why is that option even on my camera??? I had failed before I even began... so I have learnt something you might say, but I think this course would help me greatly in capturing beautiful shots of my children before they're grown! HERE'S HOPING!
March 9, 2013 12:52 am
Thank you to DPS and NYIP for the opportunity to win such a bennifishial course! I had taken up photography as a hobbie but it has quickly become an obsession ( in a good way) . I am a military spouse and a mother of two. My husband deploys frequently for extended periods of time because of his job in the army. The reason I began learning photography was to capture and document my children's life. I wanted my husband to feel he was still a part of their little lives even though he has missed so many milestones. I knew others in our unit experience the same thing. I have started volunteering to take pictures pre deployment for other families and assist them with little memories of home. I would love to take this hobbie to the next level! The complete course in professional photography would do just that. I have taken several classes as local community colleges and now I am ready for the next step. As a military spouse I need a career that is completely portable. That is what photography offers as well as this corse. The fact that I can recieve such valuable training no matter where or when we pcs is amazing! Thank you again for offering such a wonderful opportunity. If you choose me this chance to learn and grow a proffession will be cherished and used to bless others!
March 9, 2013 12:51 am
The Complete Course is just what I need at this point. I have been trying to decide the best way to get into freelance work, and am at a loss as to how to begin, as well as not quite having the confidence in myself to do so. After reading through the course material I'm sure this would benefit me greatly, and help me in both the knowledge and confidence areas that I need.
March 9, 2013 12:42 am
I would really like to win the Fundamentals in Digital photography course because I am an amateur photographer I don't take pictures to make money, but for the enjoyment of capturing a moment in time on "film" be it a event or scene. I want to be able to fill the gaps in my knowledge in order to make ok photo, great photos to be proud of.
March 9, 2013 12:31 am
I have researched NYIP very recently and I would love to enroll in The Complete Course in Professional Photography. I am a young 37 years old and in the last twelve months I endured three major knee surgeries. My doctors did not expect me to be able to walk very well again, but by some miracle I am moving great now. For a very long time I was completely without a goal or purpose. I had no idea what to do with my life or how to figure it out, until someone put a camera in my hands. Suddenly it all became so clear. I am completely self taught and have tried launching a photography business, but am lacking the education to make it all it could be. The last year of surgeries left me tight financially and I am certain that The Complete Course in Professional Photography would help me achieve my goal of having a successful business while satisfying my ongoing need to learn as much as I possibly can about photography.
Thank you for offering this opportunity and I hope you will choose me to be an outstanding representation of your ideal student.
March 9, 2013 12:24 am
I would love to win the Professional Course. I would like to say because it is so boring here where I live (which it is) with no one or anything pertaining to photography within 80 miles, but one upside: there are a lot of state parks that give the new photog the opportunity to fine tune their skills learn their camera inside and out and learn to see and feel that perfect picture. I feel that NYIPs course would help me achieve that goal. I believe the videos and the audio lectures/classes would be a tremendous help to me as my learning style is visual/audio and hands on. Which your course has all three aspects of learning. I also know that the assignments are graded/critiqued by top photographers that are willing to help the aspiring photog.
I thank you for taking the time to read all of the comments and hope you all have a great day.
Good luck everyone. =)
March 9, 2013 12:22 am
My Job was repairing the body, then slowly became the photographer. I completely understand the functions and limitations of the camera. Which some Pro's seem to not know. Its a LOUD firm statement everyday in your warranty repair centers that just because you can afford that beautiful rig doesn't mean you know how to use it. 10% of the Camera's that come in are working perfectly its the user that isn't. While I can say that the pop up flash on a lower end model meters at 50,000 times a second I can't say where you need to place the light box to cast the best shadow.
March 9, 2013 12:10 am
I would like to win the Digital Photography Fundamentals course. I recently upgraded from a compact digital camera to a DSLR. At this point many of my shots are hit and miss, and I've caught myself playing it safe since I don't know enough yet to make the most of my camera. t
Gaining more knowledge would help me explore my picture of the world further. As a freelance copywriter and occasional event planner I would also love to move beyond snapshots to accompany my texts and take photos of people and places that could really reflect the atmosphere.
March 9, 2013 12:01 am
Just looking at the picture of all the educational opportunities in the Complete Course in Professional Photography makes my heart beat faster. I have been studying digital photography for years now but what I am lacking is the constructive criticism and detailed technical information that NYIP offers to it's students. I have been hoping to apply for the course for the last few years, but my investments have gone to gear and glass and my photographic education so far has been thousands of free videos and articles on the Internet. There is so much fantastic information out there, and I have taken advantage of all of it. I have started a freelancing business offering portrait and event photography with success and a lot of good feed back, but I am itching to really stretch my wings and become the next great portrait photographer. I have everything I need to get started, I just lack some feedback and some challenges. If I receive the Complete Course in Professional Photography I will dig into it and get every drop of education NYIP has to offer. Watch out world, the next Annie Leibovitz is on her way!
March 8, 2013 11:54 pm
I would like to win the Fundamentals of Digital Photography because photography is a passion that I've had since childhood; it went from a toy camera I received as a birthday gift to a real camera (Canon EOS) and more lately a digital olympus camera. This is how the kid's dream became a grown adult's passionate reality! I think that the course will spice up the pictures I'll be taking, bringing them into life by enabling me to gain a full mastery of all the technical parameters in a friendly funny way :-) since the course is designed for everybody...for Me!
The course will have no technical difficulties for being accessible to the laymen. Yes! I have the firm conviction that the FDP is the perfect fit for me and for all those who want to embetter themselves in a simplified, easy to understand, and lively way. You do not need to be a professional to grasp fundamental aspects of photography because all you need is your passion and FDP.
March 8, 2013 11:50 pm
I guess my browser did something strange when I wanted to post my previose post, if it did post anyways please ignore that one.
I would love to do the Professional Photography Course. Currently I'm a part-time photographer and want to transition into fulltime soon.
Because I don't have a degree in photography and everything I can I learned as an autodidact I would love to have someone how gives me feedback and helps me to grow in my abilities.
The fundamentals of digital photography would be to basic for me. Most interesting for my about the Professional Photography course would be the business part and going from one area of photography to the next. Because right now I do people photography and I love it but I would like to focuse / specialize in one area but I just can't tie myself down to one area. Through the sequences of the course I think you would find the field that really catches me.
You would give me a great opportunity and push me in my career and I would really appreciate that.
March 8, 2013 11:48 pm
I grew up with a photographer in the family using film and darkrooms and learned to love the art of photography. I now own a digital camera and would like to learn more about taking better pictures. I believe that the fundamental of digital photography would be a great place for me to start.
March 8, 2013 11:44 pm
I'd like to win the Complete Course to Photography. I have a working knowledge of the basics of photography. I would like to enhance that knowledge with technical skills and receive constructive criticism from experts who can help me improve in my photography. My ultimate goal is to work as a freelance photojournalist as well as sell still life & landscape photography.
Thank you for running this contest!
March 8, 2013 11:28 pm
I would love to win the Complete Course in Professional Photography. I am on the road to become a Photographer specialising in working portraits. Why – because I love people and I love the working world. I have been a senior manager in the corporate world for more than 20 years, and know it inside out. I have been a photographer for even longer – my uncle gave me my first SLR in my teens.
I love the creative side of imagining a scene, and then creating it with a model and light. Being able to have 6 projects assessed by expert professionals is the truly awesome part of this course. I did a course on Portrait Photography last year and the valuable part was having someone review my pictures and my technique and advising me.
I do a training course at least once a year and the last two I have picked on the strength of the tutors – I always look for someone who is a photographer. This means I get great feedback but the teaching can be average.
To do this course would be the best of both worlds. An awesome organisation doing the teaching, and professional feedback on my work. Pick me PLEASEEEEEEEEEEE!
March 8, 2013 11:10 pm
For me the enjoyment of photography is the sense of achievement when what you visualise in you rmind is what you get in your pictures. I think for me the fundamentals course would suit my needs best. I have been a seasoned amatuer for many years and have never really had any tuitition, other than reading a few books, learning from experience and a bit of trial and error. Like everything in life if you get the basics right and do the simple things well you get better results. I always try to make my next picture better than the one before. I think this course would help me to do that and as a result produce better pictures.
March 8, 2013 10:21 pm
I have come to the realisation that I have come as far as i can with just a little bit of talent....
To get to the next stage I need the learning from a world-class institution . Enter the "Complete Course in Professional Photography" from the New York Institute of Photography, this course will enable me to get from Good to Great, the interactivity of getting assessments and audio feedback, having access to the support of advisors and professional photographers will give me the support I need to succeed in my transition to processional photography.
March 8, 2013 10:17 pm
I am a student of class 11. I am from a village in India from the state WestBengal.
I just love doing photography. It is my passion. But the problem is noone supports me. Even I dont have a camera. I click pictures with my uncle's and my friend's camera. My dad have not much money to admit me in a photography school or college. But I want to LEARN. I wanr to be a good photographer. I am ready to struggle. But I need some guidence.
Sir, if u help me. It will be ver helpfull to me.
Thank you sir.
March 8, 2013 10:06 pm
That's quite simple: Complete Course in Professional Photography
Why? I would like to learn how to take my photography to the next level, being an jewelry artist I 'd like to further proffesionalize my product photography.
March 8, 2013 09:26 pm
I would love to win the complete course in professional photography as I have been on several photography workshops now and I really need a course to settled down to and get my teeth into. I am enjoying my photography so much and a great course would set me up completely. Many thanks for the opportunity.
March 8, 2013 08:34 pm
I would love a chance to win the Complete Course in Professional Photography. I would like to advance my photography from a hobby into a career. I love how a photograph can portray so much emotion and creativity in a single shot and I strive to capture memories and private moments in each image I capture.
I don’t have a set area of photography that I shoot, but I am fascinated with the way light affects an image, whether that be by rays of light shining through the clouds or the different ways it can illuminate a subject’s face in a portrait.
I find the one thing that stops my photography from improving is lack of critique from people with more experience in the field, as there is only so much you can learn from asking your friends if they like your photos. Because of this I find the evaluation and live action elements attractive in the course which would help me further develop my artistic and technical skills. And as mentioned above I am interested in learning about the effects of lighting (both natural and artificial) so I think I would benefit quite a bit from unit three.
I’m currently studying accounting so I think the business side of the course would match nicely with my existing business knowledge. At the moment I am not actively pursuing photography as a business as I don't feel entirely confident in my skills, I capture images for my travel blog, do portraits for family members and have been doing child and family portraits for friends for a small fee but that is as far as it has gone. I think this course would increase my confidence and knowledge which would give me the push I need to begin my own photography business.
Thank you for considering my entry.
March 8, 2013 08:29 pm
I would love to win the Complete Course in Professional Photgraphy as I have now retired from paid employment and my partner are preparing to head of on a 12 month trip around Australia. Because there is so many beautiful places and things in my homeland I would like to get into doing some freelance work writing and photographing where I travel too.
March 8, 2013 08:11 pm
i would love to win the Complete Course in Professional Photography. i visited your site many times before but quite expensive for me. i am a amateur photographer in my country and indeed want to be a specialist on travel photography and photojournalism as Steve McCurry, Ara Guler...
NYIP is the best photography course and i really want to be your student.
March 8, 2013 07:53 pm
Wow! What wouldn't I do with the Complete course in Professional Photography!! I really started picking up my camera after my child was born and I saw the costs of professional pictures. I am a single mom and that was not in the budget. My daughter is almost 3 now and I will be getting married in May, God willing I will have more children. I have take so many pictures throught the years. The budget is still tight but I really want to take my photography further! I need... no want to learn more about equipment, lighting, positioning, well everything. I can't even drive home without thinking.. I bet that would make a great picture! I don't want to invest in equipment without the knowledge and this course will really help. I get excited when I think about what a single picture can do, how it can make you feel or the story it can tell. Thank you so much for reading this and considering me!
March 8, 2013 07:26 pm
It has my dream to study photography since I was a child. I picked up my first camera when I was 14 years old and I have been shooting anything and everything ever since. I 22 years old and I live in South Africa. I have shot weddings and corporate events when they come my way - through family members and friends. It would be my absolute dream to study the Complete Course in Professional Photography as it would teach me the skills I would need to help me launch myself into a career in Professional Photography. I find myself struggling to do so right now as, I do not have the knowledge of the business side of photography, and I have not learnt the tools needed to do so. I decided to research the available courses or certificates in photography that my city offers, but I was very upset to find out that the only course available in Durban, South Africa (Advanced Course in Professional Photography) costs over R60 000 (about $6000). I cannot afford to pay this. There are also no bursaries available here! I'm really losing hope. The Complete Course in Professional Photography would help me make my dreams of becoming a Professional Photographer come true. Thank you to dPS and the New York Institute of Photography for allowing me to have a chance of fulfilling this dream.
March 8, 2013 07:24 pm
what would I learn from Complete Course in Professional Photography?
As a self-taught amateur photographer, I reached a stage where it's a challenge to move forward.
I did win several international competitions, was published twice in National Geographic Magazine, but definitely want to learn more from the pros and the experts.
Looking at the course contents, I can only begin to realize how much there is for me to learn and to take my photography to the next level.
Thanks for considering me, cheers,
March 8, 2013 06:59 pm
I am interesting in the funtamentals of digital photography because i simply love taking pictures
but i dont have any experience and that will help me a lot.
March 8, 2013 06:48 pm
I would be honored to win the fundamentals program. I have been an amateur photographer for six years. Something is missing from my photography and I feel that I need to start from beginning to ensure I fully understand all settings and how they work together. I had requested information from NYIP based on recommendation of a professional photographer friend. Due to the sequester of Congress, my husband is losing his job in May and I cannot afford a coure at this time. A chance to earn a second income would be wonderful. Thank you
March 8, 2013 05:58 pm
Three and half-years ago we sold everything and relocated to the Middle East for my husband’s career. While the transition was difficult, this move has given me the opportunity to travel and I have developed an intense passion for photography. Something clicked in me and now I cannot put the camera down…. I shoot everything! Recently I took some candid images of a child in our compound garden and posted them to her mother’s Facebook page. Within an hour I had eight separate families ask if I could photograph them! Yeah, social media! There has been an interest in my work and people see a value in it but because I have no formal training (truth be told I never shoot in manual mode because I don’t know what I am doing!) it is harder to sell myself here in the UAE. I want to make a career out of photography but I need the confidence of knowing the ins and outs of my camera in order to do so. For example, I was asked to photograph a home-birth, something that NEVER happens in this country, where according to a doula I know, there is an 80% caesarean rate! I struggled in a very low-light situation where I was not allowed to use any flash. Luckily, the shots turned out amazing… a gift from I don’t know where:) I would like to win the NYIP’S Complete Course in Professional Photography. I know I have what it takes… I just need the tools that your course provides to take me to the next level!
March 8, 2013 05:48 pm
Photography is an art and I am an artist but a true artist would never consider him/herself as perfect because there's ALWAYS more to learn and I want to do just that. I want to enhance my skills of photography and take it up as a full-time business eventually. I know it requires a lot of practice and skills and I would like to polish my skills with the Complete Course in Professional Photography so that once I have a strong base, I can perfect my own style and enter in this world of art that holds endless possibilities. This is more than just a passion, it's a desperation and I can't wait to get started on it :)
March 8, 2013 05:46 pm
i would like to enter the contest for the complete course. i am a realtor in need of some help with my photos for my listings i also would like to improve my photos and maybe do it on a more proffessional way. i live in bueatiful northern bc and want to take photos and learn how to sell them we have 5 natural water falls and tons of other places for great photos that i acess via a quad at the foothills of the rocky mountains. i also wish to do a special session with the two teachers and thier families as a special gift for all the help they have given my children in helping them be successful at school, you see my daughter currently is studying palentology , despite a severe learning dissability, these two teachers went above and beyond to help her understand math and physics and chemistry, without thier help we would not have had this result and i really want to this special session with the beautiful background we have here, so that they can have some really nice family photos for years. ii feel it is more meaningful if they are taken by me because then it is a special gift. Thank you for this opportunity
March 8, 2013 05:41 pm
I would love to win the Complete Course in Professional Photography. I have enjoyed photography my entire life. Now that our youngest will be graduating from college it is time for me to focus on my dream of a second career in the art. We live in a rural area with limited internet access, so a program such as this would be the perfect way to learn. Thank you for the opportunity!
March 8, 2013 05:36 pm
This could not have come at a better time! Last week, the United Nations contacted me about a top secret project they need a photographer for. Not just any photographer, but someone that can take the best picture ever taken here on earth. You see, beings from the planet Photonus contacted our leaders. They desperately need a new vacation destination and believe earth might be that place. They haven't been here and would like us to beam a picture of our most interesting and exotic feature. I think they will use it on a postcard. The UN must have seen my excellent Full Moon Rise over the Johnston House picture I posted on Facebook and think I am the one photographer that can fill the position. Little do they know that that picture was taken by accident when I dropped my camera because I didn't zip the bag closed. I am working on the subject but need technical help. I know enough to get in trouble, but with that Complete Course in Professional Photography, I know I can make the grade. I have plenty of time since I quit my job and they don't need the shot until November. I like the feed back during the course and the unlimited one-on-one access to the NYIP pros. I often have trouble learning strictly from a book. Tourists from another planet would greatly help our current global financial crisis. Who knows what other secrets they will share. Won't you help me take the picture that can save the world? Of course, I will credit NYIP for their help.
March 8, 2013 05:30 pm
i would like to win the fundamentals of photography course,i have just bought my first dslr and would like to learn the basics in being able to use it properly to get the most out of it.my camera goes everywhere i do and i would like to be able to capture those moments in life that are special to always look back on,i mainly shoot nature/landscapes as it involves both my passions of the outdoors and photography
March 8, 2013 05:06 pm
Oh wow! The pro course would be a blast thank you very much:0) I would happily pack my suitcase, my girlfriend and cat and camp out in NY, just give me a decent excuse to do just that! Reading all the submissions, I feel everyone is very qualified and deserving to win however, I guess it's always been a dream of mine, to be a photographer in the greatest city on Earth, so there that's my submission- I have a dream!
March 8, 2013 04:57 pm
I would like to win the fundamentals of photography course because I am a beginner and would like to learn how to use the camera properly where I don't have to take one hundred images to get a proper exposure. I take a lot of photos of my ever growing family and would like to take some I would be proud enough to hang on my walls!
March 8, 2013 04:56 pm
I,M a black south African from the disadvantage rural Area of Limpopo,As a beginner in Digital photography,from film and very keen in changing with times ,I would like to get the Fundamental of digital photography cos its better to start step by step in order to expertise in the world of photography,now I'm freelancing an I realised I need lessons as much as I can get in this digital world,I will highly appreciate if I can be chosen.To shows the potential some of my pictures I shot with film camera were chosen as among the best at Kodak workshop
March 8, 2013 04:54 pm
I was so excited to see this contest--to even have the possibility to win. Photography has been my hobby for decades, but even more so since the advent of digital cameras. I find great joy in taking beautiful photos, and I love that I no longer have to wait for negatives to be developed (though we still do have a dark room).
Just over two years ago, I was injured in a car accident which resulted in my not having the strength to continue my career as a teacher. However, I still need an income. I have been trying to find a job that I can do to help pay the bills, but I would like to have one that I enjoy too. So I have been contemplating turning my photography hobby into a freelance business. I didn't really know where to start on the business side of it, but I decided just yesterday that I was going to do the research to figure out how to go about it. Then I saw this contest! I would LOVE to win the Complete Course in Professional Photography. I can see by the course outline that it covers a broad spectrum of topics that would answer so many of my questions. I would so much rather spend time working on this course than doing the research to find out what I don't know!
Thank you for this opportunity Digital Photography School and for the generous prizes New York Institute of Photography.
March 8, 2013 04:50 pm
I,M a black south African from the disadvantage rural Area of Limpopo,As a beginner in Digital photography,from film and very keen in changing with times ,I would like to get the Fundemental of digital photography cos its better to start step by step in order to expertise in the world of photography,now I'm freelancing an I realised I need lessons as much as I can get in this digital world,I will highly appreciate if I can be chosen.
March 8, 2013 04:45 pm
Stepping from a profession as an Architect to a profession as a Photographer has me looking seriously at the Complete Course in Professional Photography (CCPP).
As an Architect we are always required to maintain a level of 'professional development' each year. Talking with photographers, many don't seem to be able to find the time to do this. The CCPP to me appears to provide a well rounded set of lessons/classes to many of the facets and genres of working as a professional photographer.
I currently aim to explore a new avenue of working as a photographer each month, but sometimes it's easy to let it drop for a week. Being in a structured program would mean I would make time to do things like 'reevaluate composition'. Partaking in the CCPP would open my eyes and be the perfect way to get started in the profession.
March 8, 2013 04:43 pm
Several years ago I took the introduction to photography course thru NYIP and have been enjoying challenging myself in my photography skill since then. But that was just as digital photography was taking off...I started the course with a film SLR but by the end had invested in a DSLR. Now I would like to hone my skills at the digital level, in order to capture the beauty of nature and people around me. So I would like to take the Fundamentals of Digital Photography Course.
March 8, 2013 04:42 pm
Several years ago I took the introduction to photography course thru NYIP and have been enjoying challenging myself in my photography skill since then. But that was just as digital photography was taking off...I started the course with a film SLR but by the end had invested in a DSLR. Now I would like to hone my skills at the digital level, in order to capture the beauty of nature and people around me.
March 8, 2013 04:16 pm
I would love to win the complete course. While I have taken a lot of photos over the years, I have never had any formal training and feel it would help immeaserably.
March 8, 2013 04:15 pm
I am currently doing a course with The Photography Instutute here in New Zealand and I am nearing the end of the course, but have looked at the options for this and I think by winning The Complete Course in Professional Photography it would greatly extend and add to the knowledge I am gaining
March 8, 2013 03:57 pm
I would like to win the complete course. Why?? Well...I am retired ,and being a good photographer has been a lifelong dream..well..since I was 9 or so.But now that I have the time to pursue my goal, living on a fixed-income is keeping me from the program you offer. Simple as that: great desire; no money!
March 8, 2013 03:52 pm
Help me bring out my "inner shutterbug" by taking the Complete Course in Professional Photography. I can remember getting my first 35mm camera, it was a Samsung ECX-1 and it was my window to the world and my escapism growing up in a alcoholic home. I would save all the money I could to buy film and processing. The lady at Walgreens always commented on how great my pictures were. But I thought she was being nice until she asked me to display a photo of a Blue Jay I saw in the back yard. I wanted to go to a photography school but had no family support. All through my military service, a marriage and divorce I always had a camera with me. Every so often friends would give me compliments on my photos but I would just let them pass. With struggling to pay child support and having a roof over my head I never could afford a good camera. It wasn't until I turned 40 did I treat myself to a Nikon FM2 then I decided to go to college later than everybody else. One of first things I did was enroll in Photography 101 a elective class for me. I couldn't wait to get to class and was disappointed when class ended. Again an escape from pressure of a full time job and full time school. My professor was surprised I never took a real photography class and even though he was younger took me under his wing. I felt at home even though I was with artsy students while I was taking science classes. A few of the artsy students became good friends and encourage me. In the middle of the semester we had a photo contest and with my entry thought I would be at the bottom of the class. To my surprise I won first place with a creative self portrait. Being twenty years older than most of the students it was a big accomplishment for me. Not being the best student my photography class kept me going through the mundane classes like algebra and chemistry. As my luck would have it, I didn't graduate college. My financial aid was gone and I was diagnosed with Bipolar disorder. As time passed I had fond memories of Photography 101 but always thought I could do better and get to the next level and beyond. By winning the NYIP course I believe it will get me to the next level and give me a second chance and a chance to prove myself. Thank you and good luck to everyone else entering the contest.
March 8, 2013 03:45 pm
Help me bring out my "inner shutterbug" by taking the Complete Course in Professional Photography. I can remember getting my first 35mm camera, it was a Samsung ECX-1 and it was my window to the world and my escapism growing up in a alcoholic home. I would save all the money I could to buy film and processing. The lady at Walgreens always commented on how great my pictures were. But I always thought she was being nice until she asked me display a photo of a Blue Jay I saw in the back yard. I wanted to go to a photography school but had no family support. All through my military service, a marriage and divorce I always had a camera with me. Every so often friends would give me compliments on my photos but I would just let them pass. With struggling to pay child support and having a roof over my head I never could afford a good camera. It wasn't until I turned 40 did I treat myself to a Nikon FM2 then I decided to go to college later than everybody else. One of first things I did was enroll in Photography 101 a elective class for me. I couldn't wait to get to class and was disappointed when class ended. Again an escape from pressure of a full time job and full time school. My professor was surprised I never took a real photography class and even though he was younger took me under his wing. I felt at home even though I was with artsy students while I was taking science classes. A few of the artsy students became good friends and encourage me about my photography. In the middle of the semester we had a photo contest and with my entry thought I would be at the bottom of the class. To my surprise I won first place with a creative self portrait. Being twenty years older than most of the students it was a big accomplishment for me to win. Not being the best student my photography class kept me going through the mundane classes like algebra and chemistry. As my luck would have it, I didn't graduate college. My financial aid was gone and I was diagnosed with Bipolar disorder. As time passed I had fond memories of Photography 101 but always thought I could do better and get to next level and beyond. By winning the NYIP course I believe it will get me to the next level and give me a second chance and a chance to prove myself. Thank you and good luck to everyone else entering the contest.
March 8, 2013 03:41 pm
I would be very grateful to win the Complete Course in Professional Photography. My husband is in the military and currently serving in Afghanistan. I found a deep interest in photography when our son was born and am continuously looking for ways to improve my photography skills. Taking pictures isn't just a way to document our sons life it is the way my husband can see him grow, along with our family that we are away from while he is enlisted in the Military. I could never put a price tag on finding better ways to capture memories that my husband would otherwise miss. While teaching myself about photography I discovered a passion that could potentially bring in an extra income for our family and still be able to stay home with our son while my husband is so often away. This program would teach me very specific information and give me the tools to open a business to further support our family. Winning this would provide me with many opportunities that I would otherwise not be able to afford.
March 8, 2013 03:35 pm
I would love to take the Complete Course in Professional Photography. I've been into mainly nature and architectural photography for the past 5 years. Recently I've become very interested in making money part time shooting portraits and events, but it's been a little overwhelming sifting through all the information available on things like indoor and outdoor portraiture, studio lighting, wedding photography, and the business of photography. After looking at the lesson plans for the Professional Photography course, I knew it would be the perfect way for me to learn about all these areas I haven't had exposure to and start my side business.
March 8, 2013 03:29 pm
I'm interested in the Complete course of professional photography because I've heard that NYIP is one of the best Photography schools out there and I would love to improve my photography skills and make photography my full time job.
March 8, 2013 03:23 pm
Short answer... I'd like to win the Fundamentals course because I'm very new to photography and I want to get better. I've never had any schooling in anything, and I could never afford to do it on my own. I can't even afford to buy a decent camera so I've modified my GE X500.
March 8, 2013 03:23 pm
I just want to learn photography. It's a passion I hold very dear to my heart. I feel that Fundamentals would serve as a wonderful stepping stone to this incredible creativity I have within. I have some very nice equipment and I really would like to take this to the next level. Thank you for such an awesome web site. I'm putting a photography Club together and I reference these pages alot. Please fuel my fire.
March 8, 2013 03:18 pm
I have a vision I want to share with the world and need the help of the New York Institute of Photography!
I'm a true artistic soul, feeding off inspiration around me, while striving to utilize my creative expression to make a living, but more importantly, a difference.
Tomorrow I receive my first DSLR camera in the mail; a Canon 6D. I've worked hard the past 6 months to save up for this gem. Words can't express my excitement that the days of renting/borrowing/begging for camera equipment are over!
It would mean the world to me to win the Complete Course in Professional Photography so that I could pair my vision with education to make a living doing what I love. I'd most benefit from the business lessons offered in the course because I'd like to gain the tools necessary to maintain a successful freelance operation. In addition, live action video of pros at work would help me greatly, in providing me with examples of various technique and implementation.
I love the quote "know the rules before you break them." I want to absorb as much knowledge as I can in order to form the fullest, most impactful, personal creative expression as possible. Given my bank account is pretty empty after my camera purchase, this win would be incredible! It would be an honor to learn from the pros in hopes I too can one day put my stamp on the world with my images and help other young hopefuls with my knowledge.
Thanks so much for holding this competition!
March 8, 2013 03:06 pm
I would love to win the professional photography course as I would love the chance to have the help and advice of professional photographers looking at my work and giving me much needed advice and support, not to mention their encouragement. I think this opportunity would greatly help me develop my own skills.
March 8, 2013 02:52 pm
The Fundamentals of Digital Photography course would be my choice. My subjects tend to be our pets and our grandchildren with my favorites being a rare combination of both. I am considering a part time pet photography business as a way to ease into retirement and feel I could greatly benefit from the fundamentals course as I have had no formal training in photography. Although it would probably prove humbling, I would be very intrested in having my pictures critiqued by a professional. I feel the fundamentals course would give me a good foundation on which to build, allowing me to progress to the complete course.
March 8, 2013 02:49 pm
All photographers dream of a career in photography. Unfortunately it isn't the best photographer who has the most successful business, it's the best businessman. I am interested in the Complete course in Professional Photography to hone my photography skills as well as learn how to create and sustain a successful business. Moreover, the hands-on approach of learning by actually working with professionals and developing photography projects for critique is very appealing. If you choose me you are guaranteed a successful student. Successful students are the best advertisement for a business.
March 8, 2013 02:48 pm
I love traveling the world and photography has become a big part of that. I am interested in the full photography course, hoping that this would get me started on making a career out of a hobby! Pick me Pick me!
March 8, 2013 02:47 pm
I got my Canon 2 years ago and I've swopped painting for photography since. I am and avid world traveler and taking photos is my favorite pass time. I would love to change this pass time role into a full time role and making a career out of it. The complete photography course would be an amazing opportunity to start off this dream. Because I travel a lot, doing it online would be really practical as well!Pick me pick me! :)
March 8, 2013 02:44 pm
Well, to keep it simple, I'd love to take the Fundamentals of Digital Photography. I'm a retiree that loves taking photos, but they very seldom turn out they way I'd like. The course seems to designed for me as it is easy to understand, doesn't get bogged down with technical language, and will give me what I need to take spectacular photographs.
March 8, 2013 02:40 pm
PLEASE PICK ME to win the "Complete Course in Professional Photography". I have been in love with photography forever and have been practicing my own art for the last two years. So far I am self taught, and I hear wonderful things about my work but I want to LEARN everything I would be able to do with my camera and I have so many questions! I would benefit from this course because not only would I learn so much more through the classes, but it will be incredible to have a proffessional photographer as a mentor and give feedback! I find that to absolutely invaluable! Also, I am a new mother, full time professional, so online classes will suit me and help me to further my business to be able to provide for my family while practicing my art and maybe mentor someone else!
March 8, 2013 02:37 pm
I would love to win either, but I think the Fundamentals course would be the way to go. I have three children, and minimal flexible study opportunities where I live. I have been following tutorials for several years now, I started reading them before I could afford a dslr of my own, and I feel that I have the basics down pat - but I don't know everything about my camera. I would feel more comfortable starting from the beginning and really firming those basic skills with some constructive feedback from professional tutors before I moved into something a little more in depth; I also haven't studied and completed assignments for over eight years, and something a little shorter would be a great way to get back into the habit.
March 8, 2013 02:20 pm
I would like to win the Fundamentals of Digital Photography. Last year in January almost by accident I started taking pictures of clouds, which is something I have never done before. Needless to say, I feel in love with taking pictures. I have been taking pictures and reading anything I can find on digital photography and taking better photos. I desperately desire to increase my skill and ability in doing something that brings me peace and joy that is unexplainable. I have also started creating my own weekly photo projects in order to challenge my self in learning more about digital photography. I just bought a new camera last week and very eager to put it to a productive fun use ...I enjoy this so much and would be thrilled to win this course.
March 8, 2013 02:17 pm
The course I would like to take is the Complete Course in Professional Photography. I have been playing around with my Nikon D90 for the past 2 years and feel that it is time to move forward with my abilities, I have been looking at the courses available and feel that this one is the best one to kickstart my knowledge and give a good basis of knowledge to understand how things work with my camera and how to take better pictures.
March 8, 2013 02:08 pm
I am beyond the basics. I have been interested in photography forever (several decades) and would like to develop my skills to where I could make a living in photography. The Complete Course in Professional Photography could be just the ticket to push me over the edge and give me the confidence to take the next steps. Thank you, DPS, for bringing this opportunity to whomever you choose as the winners!
March 8, 2013 02:01 pm
It would be an answer to a dream to win the full course. Many years ago I was interested in a carreer in photography, but life and family to come first. Now at 62, my kids are grown and the grandkids coming, my interest has become renewed. I have a new Canon T3i and I am learning (relearning?) everything I can.
This would be a great opportunity to not only learn advanced photography, but to learn about the business of photography as well.
Thank You either way for your consideration.
March 8, 2013 01:47 pm
I plan to concentrate on wedding photography and studio photography but if those options dont work i plan to figure out another photography concept i can concentrate on. im excited to be able to set up a studio and have clients contact me to capture their memories. Ive currenty takena black and white film class and it was neat to taken pictures with film rather then digital. I am just overwhelmed with how much there is to learn but cant wait to learn it. thanks ( sorry i accidently hit submit before i was done on the first comment)
March 8, 2013 01:43 pm
Beautiful - stunning - perfect - great - amazing - awesome - creative - wonderful - outstanding. These are the words people leave in the comments on my photos. I don't believe them.
I would be honored to follow the Complete Course in Professional Photography, as I know I would then receive constructive feedback on my work. This would make me enjoy my passion even more. It's that simple.
March 8, 2013 01:37 pm
Self-taught photographer so far, I would love to have the opportunity to pursue the "Complete Course in Professional Photography". A few days ago I took the challenging step of starting a business as an event photographer and would definitively value some guidance on both the photography and the business part. I am learning by looking at talented photographers' work but there's nothing like learning from your own mistakes.
I appreciate the mostly subjective opinion of my friends on my work but what I am really looking for is an honest critique and mentorship from experienced professional photographers. I am still running after my style and I am working hard to get the "wow!" effect in sharing stories, which amazing people around me have to offer.
March 8, 2013 01:36 pm
Hello I would like to win the Complete Course in Professional Photography. I am 19 years old and going to school for photography and also minoring in business. I feel that to really succeed in the photography business you need to get your name out there, Ive been working and saving money so I can get my business started. The professors at my school can onlt teach teach so much then you have to be able to gain hands on experience. With going to school for 4 years and trying to pay back student loan, it might be awhile before I can get a business started. If I get the opportunity to win this package I can really jump start my business and continue doing what I love. There is so much to learn about the business im eager to start, I just dont know where. I know Im young but I still have so much to learn. Photography excites me and I cant wait to pusue it as a career.
March 8, 2013 01:30 pm
I would love to win the complete course in professional photography. Why? I have been struggling with my photography business (a part time business) for a couple of years now. I know I have the talent, but often find myself insecure in my ability to make it work. Mostly due to an ex husband telling me that I can't do it (or anything else) and my continually hearing that voice whenever I start to experience success or encounter an obstacle.
I took photography many years ago in high school...no need to say exactly how many and everything else has been self-taught. I need and want guidance on working with my digital camera skills, studio lighting and other technical skills so that I can just let my creativity flow. Confidence in my skills and professional evaluations to help me improve and believe in myself and my abilities again.
I also would love this opportunity so that I can show my 14 year old son, that with effort, perseverance, education and desire, you really can make your dreams come true. A lesson he and I both need to learn.
March 8, 2013 01:29 pm
I would very much like to win the complete photography course. I am a photographer who knows the basics and trying to start a career. I believe the complete course offers the best opportunity for me, because it has lessons on making an income through photography.
March 8, 2013 01:27 pm
I love to travel and share the experience with others through a travel blog. After receiving a Canon DSLR for my birthday, my goal is to shoot creative and stunning pictures to share my travels with others. I work unpredictable and long hours, which makes it difficult to take a class. THe fundamentals of Digital Photography course would give me the opportunity to learn on my own time. Thank you.
March 8, 2013 01:08 pm
What a grand opportunity to win a dream-come-true course! I have always been a picture taker and back in the days of film photography, I had myself a nice SLR and even had my own darkroom for awhile. Alas, due to life events, I became a nurse instead of pursuing a career in photography--sort of a survival tactic. I held out for a long time before getting a digital camera...finally purchased one and now I LOVE digital photography !! I love the latitude one has with digital. Currently, I own a Nikon D5000 and I need to learn all the wonderful features of this great camera.
I think I have an "eye" for art; however, I need the challenge of assignments and direction from the professionals. With many years of nursing behind me, I now want to focus on a career in which I can develop my creative talent (if I have any) and use it. We all have a creative side and if we don't use it, we are neglecting probably the most important aspect of our personalities. We "die" inside without no creative outlet.
Please choose me for the course as I am hungry for the chance to create great and unforgettable photographs. Make me a pro ! Thank you.
March 8, 2013 12:59 pm
I would love the Complete Course. My family tells me that I should really get out there and take photos professionally but honestly I really lack the confidence to do so. What if I let people down? Photos tell such an important story and capture those special moments that I would hate to disappoint someone if they were expecting something other then what I was able to provide. I think taking this course would help me gain the knowledge and experience that I would want to get out there and actually take photos for people. I also have a son that has just turned one and would love to take not just good photos of him, but exceptional photos.
March 8, 2013 12:50 pm
Based on what each course offers I feel that “The complete course in professional photography” would be ideal for me. I have been attempting to start my own photography business by way of freelance work and have not had much success. The outline of the course describes the stepping stone basics I need to grow and flourish as a professional. The six different units contained I believe will endow me with the knowledge that will allow me to more clear chose my path i.e.: choosing between a business in wedding photography, children and pet photography or assist me in my endeavor in seeking a broad range of freelance work. I am looking for the professional guidance that this course offers. There for I feel I am a prefect candidate for this.
March 8, 2013 12:44 pm
I have been taking photographs since the days of film cameras. I developed and printed my best in my own darkroom and I loved it. I moved to digital about 8 years ago and love it even more.
Early on I took photographs of children's birthday parties and more recently have photographed weddings and taken most of the photographs for the local yearbook for the past three years.
Just as there is nothing better than turning on the darkroom light and seeing a great photo in the fixer, I get still get that same rush when I see a tack sharp digital photograph open up in Photoshop. I would love to win the Complete Course of Professional Photography and take what I already know, expand my knowledge and skills, and then turn it into a second career.
March 8, 2013 12:43 pm
I would love to win Fundamentals of Digital Photography. Taking pictures is my passion. I read everything that I can on photography to help me improve but I feel like I need more. I have looked several times into buying NYPI but never have the spare money to do so. I have taken several family portaits for friends and family and they all say they are great but i need something more the help my confidence..please consider me..Thank you
March 8, 2013 12:42 pm
While I feel I could always learn the fundamentals better. There is always something to learn in photography. I would be served best to learn the lessons of the Complete course. I think the lessons on business and free lance are right up my alley. Of course, it never hurts to have a professional eye look at your test projects either. They. may see something you missed and it could take a photo from good to great.
March 8, 2013 12:42 pm
There are few courses I could learn a new stuff and make myself complete. The Complete Course in Professional Photography make me complete in the area I would love to pursuit my future dreams.
March 8, 2013 12:35 pm
I would love to win Fundamentals of Digital Photography. Taking pictures with my canon rebel xti is my passion....I read everything that I can on photography to help me improve but I feel like I need more. I have looked several times into buying NYPI but never have the spare money to do so. I have taken several family portaits for friends and family and they all say they are great but i need something more the help my confidence..please consider me..Thank you
March 8, 2013 12:34 pm
I would absolutely love to win the Complete Course in Professional Photography. Just over a year ago I gave up everything familiar to me to move to the middle of nowhere in Goodrich, North Dakota for my husbands job. Little did I know that within that year I would find myself divorced with two young boys ages 2 and 10 yrs old. My 10 year old son has Asperger's Syndrome and has not adjusted well to the divorce. The last thing I could do is uproot him from his small school with an enrollment of only 20 children from grades K through 12th and return to Texas. This is the first time my son has ever been accepted, no, embraced by his peers and a family of educators who champion his uniqueness everyday. My only problem remaining here in Goodrich has been the challenge of finding a way to support my boys and regain my independence. I have always had a passion for photography, art, nature and looking at the world as if each visual experience is a mental postcard I momentarily hold. With very, and I do mean VERY little money I decided to make an enormous leap of faith and purchase my first ever DSLR camera. I've taken some great shots but I have quickly realized that in order to turn my dream into a reality I need formal training to hone this amazing craft and give myself the confidence to unleash the Professional Photographer that is dying to get out! Please find it in your hearts to choose me for this amazing opportunity. With heartfelt dedication I will embrace the course and glean every morsel of knowledge it has to offer and make NYIP very proud!
March 8, 2013 12:32 pm
I would love to win the New York Institute of Photography, course in professional photography, simply because even though I may be 17, I have been working towards a photography career, whether it be photographing artists preforming, people down at the skate park. This would really give me a real sense of what and how the real photography should and could be done, and maybe I could begin a wonderful career in this field. Also this would benefit me in the way that I am months away from getting my cosmetologist license and that way I could not only be a professional photographer, but I could also photograph my own work and get the word out there about my two amazing talents.
I've never in my life taken a photography course simply because all the school's in my area (Besides the college's) don't have a photography class and this would be a great way for someone who's been self taught by playing with digital camera's all her life, to turn into a woman standing behind a DSLR lens knowing exactly what she's doing.
March 8, 2013 12:22 pm
Would be a great event in my life to get this professional course. Photography for me is an invention of reality. If I can do it and on top of it make some money working, that it is going to be fantastic.
I`m a good target. Hit me that I will study hard.
March 8, 2013 12:17 pm
I would like to win the Complete Course since it is much more comprehensive. I am a current college student who is minuting in Photography. Unfortunately there are only about 6 different courses available at my university. Since I would like to one day haven own studio and pursue a career in photography I would need to learn all I can about it. Having access to so much training materials and professionals working as advisors would definitely help me greatly in my journey to actualize my dream of becoming a professional photographer, a dream that began when I was 8 years old when I recieved my first 110 camera.
March 8, 2013 12:00 pm
I am a amateur photographer. I'd love to win because I want to learn and gain more skill in photography. I have gone out and took some pictures of nature and of my family. I'd really want to learn more. Even if i don't win I will continue to pursue my dream to be a better photographer. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
March 8, 2013 11:50 am
I would love to win the Complete Course in Professional Photography. I think my photos are good and people buy them, but I need to know how to make them stunning, especially my portraits. It would be wonderfull to be able to watch the pro's in action. and to have my photos evaluated by professionals.
March 8, 2013 11:49 am
I would be honored to receive the "complete course in professional photography"!!! It would give me an amazing oppurtunity to learn more, because I just recently started up my photography business...I mean literally just days ago! I have taken an online photography course but am so very hungry and eager to learn more and more about light, composition, depth to field, creating prints,diffused flash, you name it .... i cant get enough! Photography is a job where you learn something new every day and I want just that! This is truly my PASSION as a mom of two beautiful teenage daughters, I always preach to them that education is the most important thing you can have in your life and that only that will help your future be what YOU choose it to be! I have never taken my own advice until now! For the first time in my life I am it... Im doing something for me! I know this program is exactly what I need to educate me and help me achieve my goals to be the very best photographer I can be! This will not only prove to myself but to both of my daughters, That you can have goals, be educated, and choose your own future! I need the education of your program, all the tools it offers and the knowledge of these professors! Educate me! I want to be the best and accredit it all to this course. Photography is a beautiful art, a way to tell someone's story! I want to tell stories of people lives, through their emotions, smiles and special occasions! Choose me please I need this photography course more then these words could ever let you know!
March 8, 2013 11:48 am
Hi, I would love the opportunity to win the Fundamentals of Digital Photography course, I am a mum of three girls. I love to take photos in my spare time, and would really like to learn more. I have a cannon 1100d and have learnt a little bit about how to use it manually, but would really like to further my knowledge, and who not better to study through than NYIP! :)
March 8, 2013 11:47 am
I would love to win this photography course, I do my best to pass on anything I have learn concerning photography and computers. This would give me a new source of materials that I can pass on to the youngsters that I find who have a love for photography.
March 8, 2013 11:47 am
I would be thrilled to win either course! I am a Realtor who depends on photography to make my homes look their best. While I am out in the field I can't help but get distracted with every living critter and rock on earth. I love photography. I have been selling some photos on Shutterstock but really have not created a style. I lack the technical skills I could learn from a real photography course. When I finally get to retire I would love to continue selling stock photography to subsidize my income.
March 8, 2013 11:45 am
I looked into NYIP courses about a year ago, did a bit of research and thought it was perfect for me and my schedule. I've been getting mailing about it since. I'm a stay at home mom to five kids so money gets tight. I'm a mostly self taught photographer, but I know I have gaps in my photography knowledge. I'd like to take the Professional course.
March 8, 2013 11:42 am
I am currently enrolled in the Fundamentals of Digital Photography at NYIP. I'm only on Unit 2 and have learned a great deal on how to use the Canon EOS Rebel T3 I got for Christmas a couple of years ago. Photography has always been a passion of mine, but never thought much about taking courses to better myself. The office where I work is currently losing business due to the economy. I have thought about going back to school to get a degree in business or computers, but was skeptical as to the demand for this. Then I decided I wanted to do something I enjoy. And I enjoy photography. I would love to win the Complete Course in Professional Photography to further my education in photography.
March 8, 2013 11:35 am
I'd love to win the Complete Course in Professional Photography because even though I've been shooting for a good while now, I still have lots to learn. I believe that this course would be a bit more well rounded for my needs. I'm looking to do photography as an additional career if not do it full-time.
March 8, 2013 11:33 am
I would love to win Fundamentals of Digital Photography because it would really improve the quality of my photos I'd be thrilled if I won getting to learn about aperture,speed,ect will really improve the imagination an OH THE PLACES IT WILL TAKE ME learning these fundamentals of photography will not only make me happy it will be an oppurtunity to change someones life
March 8, 2013 11:30 am
Fundamentals of Digital Photography is for me, please.
As many people have mentioned, “life” happened and they needed to put their passion for photography on the sideline. I too, have had this happen. My husband (who was my high school sweet heart) bought a 35mm (film camera) for me when we were dating in high school. I was taking an advanced photography classes at that time and that gift totally awesome. Hours spent in the dark room watching the photos develop made my passion grow even more. I had planned on going on for photography after high school but as the saying goes- “life happened” and now 36 years later I can finally pursue my life long dream. I have since purchased a digital camera and am ready to continue what was started 36 years ago.
March 8, 2013 11:27 am
Fundamentals of Digital Photography is for me, please.
As many people have mentioned, "life" happened and they needed to put their passion for photography on the sideline. I too, have had this happen. My husband (who was my high school sweet heart) bought a 35mm (film camera) for me when we were dating in high school. I was taking an advanced photography classes at that time and that gift totally awesome. Hours spent in the dark room watching the photos develop made my passion grow even more. I had planned on going on for photography after high school but as the saying goes- "life happened" and now 36 years later I can finally pursue my life long dream. I have since purchased a digital camera and am ready to continue what was started 36 years ago.
March 8, 2013 11:17 am
I love photography and aspire to be the best photographer I can be. I purchased a Nikkon D5000 back in 2010 in a step to make my dream a little more achievable. However, I have not been able to learn enough of the basics to venture off the automatic setting when it really counts (friends weddings, taking photo's of my newborn, family's significant birthdays). I believe I would greatly benefit from a course to teach me how and when to use the different settings/functions available to me on my camera. The Fundamentals of Digital Photography Course sounds perfect for my needs. The best part being that it is flexible in how and when I study and do assignments. Having a baby has, in many ways, freed up my time to learn however she has her own timetable and it is constantly changing making studying in the traditional way with a rigid Tafe course not an option.
Thank you for considering me for a free copy of the course.
March 8, 2013 11:17 am
I am an artist and amateur photographer who was recognized to have a talented eye for composition and color, but have no recourse to professional classes. I use a micro-four-thirds system and have never used a DSLR/full frame camera before. It's my dream to launch a career in product, ad and food photography, and to be acquainted with the technical aspects of professional photography.
After reading the course information, it seems the Complete Course in Professional Photography would be a great step to realizing my goals and strikes me as the best fit for me as an aspiring professional. The course outline lists the study of both local and studio lighting, getting the ideal prints from what you have, as well as the basics of aperture and shutter speed as part of its foundation. An amateur like myself, who is unacquainted with flash or portraiture photography, would benefit greatly from the units which cover these subjects in the first half of the course. Not only that, but the last three units also deal with the business side of photography, a must for any photographer who means to earn a living from their work.
I would greatly appreciate this opportunity to hone my craft into a career. Thank you for your consideration.
March 8, 2013 11:14 am
Correction - I referred to the "Advance course". I was actually referring to the Complete Course of Professional Photography. rm
March 8, 2013 11:06 am
The Advance course would allow me to reach further into my art. Giving me the tools and knowledge, but not merely to take a photograph using the right exposure, or which filter, or composition... I want to go beyond the mechanics and rules to be able to capture the essence of the subject, to make the image present and alive to the viewer. To be able to share the emotion when the photo was taken.
With the aid and mentoring of the photographers in this course, along with the broad range of material covered, I will be able to acquire the knowledge that will help me to realize this goal of mine; to go beyond the camera, uninhibited.
March 8, 2013 11:03 am
Having looked at the two courses, I would love to undertake the NYIP Professional Photography Course.
I feel I have a good grasp of the basics and would love to improve my photography.
I recognise there are many skills I need to learn and the NYIP Professional Photography Course would help with these including, 'Travel Photography', 'Studio lighting', 'Flash photography' as well as 'Developing Your Eye: Photo Composition' as I feel I can really improve my composition and have a much better 'hit rate' when out shooting.
My plan is to supplement my income with photography so the module on 'Getting work as a freelance photographer' would be invaluable.
I am also developing an obsession with film and vintage cameras and the 'Processing black-and-white film' would be invaluable, as I would love to develop my own film and save money.
Undertaking the course and sharing the my new and improved pictures, would also provide great contect for my blog/website ;-)
March 8, 2013 11:02 am
Photography brings me back to my heritage: my grandfather worked in China in 1957 and 1958 and in his letters to my grandmother he showed his at that time so strange world and talked about how difficult it was to develop his films. I still love seeing the pictures, esp. now that I have been there and understand his thoughts much better. My childhood was dominated by black and white pictures, simply because in the former GDR (yes, the part of Germany that was communist) color film was not available. My view as a photographer is influenced by both my grandfather and my father taking pictures in different periods of time, giving us kids a way of seeing their world before we were born. And both captured history. Something photography also does: capturing time and preserving it (in a way).
I have been hooked to photography since I was a kid. I always loved showing people my world and my experiences through my photographs. I understood that it was important that the pictures have to convey a message to be noticed and interesting. Since I have been busy in my professional career I never really pursued to get one step ahead, although I had professional equipment. And I always had the excuse of not having enough time. Having taken some time off my ‘old life’ and being in a period of finding my devotion, I decided to get into photography and make it happen – finally. I am living in Brazil now, reading loads about photography, following photographers and photography enthusiasts online. I feel confident enough to get professional and make the ‘art of seeing and capturing’ my profession. Therefore, the Professional Course would be of interest to me. Why the NYIP? – It offers the kind of course I am looking for and will help me firstly to broaden my horizon in photography by trying out all areas of photography as well as learning about the basics a photographer needs. Right now I am trying to get my exposures right, the interaction of ISO, shutter speed and aperture means lots of practice. What attracts me most about the course by the NYIP is the interaction with tutors - I am a teacher myself and treasure feedback as an inseparable part of all learning. Learning at my own speed and getting assignments/projects is exactly what I need to develop my skills.
March 8, 2013 11:01 am
I would love to win the Complete Course in Professional Photography. I never knew when I was in college what I wanted to be when I grew up. I have since married and now have 3 kids. I, now, have a passion for nature and portrait photography. I have checked into buying this course but finances are tight (like I said, I have 3 kids) so I haven't been able to do that or enroll in a college course elsewhere. I know I need more training than just trial and error. Thank you for the opportunity to win this course.
March 8, 2013 10:56 am
I'd like to win the Professional Couse for my daughter, I've taken both course and really enjoyed them. My daughter is deciding what field she would like to try and photography is at the top of the list. This course would do more for her than anything I could do.
March 8, 2013 10:54 am
A Complete Course in Professional Photography??? A DREAM COME TRUE!! Photography is my passion, I love it, I live it, I breathe it.....
March 8, 2013 10:52 am
I would like to win the Complete Course in Professional Photography. I have spent time with a tutors doing one on one training and have gained knowledge to take my camera off of Auto Mode with a little confidence. This course would help me turn my passion/hobby into a professional career with knowledge that covers most aspects of photography. Thank you.
March 8, 2013 10:51 am
If I only won Complete Course in Professional Photography I would make my photography flourish and I know I would jump to the next level with my photo skills straight away. As a self taught photographer this would be excellent opportunity for me. I could polish skills I already have,I could open my own studio that I am dreaming about. This course would help me to start my own business and make me much,much better photographer. Who knows maybe even famous one day.;)
And the fact that I could learn in my spare time is such a big plus for me.
Thank you for the opportunity to win. I can assure you that I will not let you down if I get picked up as a winner. (I hope English grammar will not disqualify me lol ;)
March 8, 2013 10:48 am
First...THANK :) YOU! In the past, I have sent away & received informaton on the NYIP. In the past, I have looked online at the course outline & have read many reviews on them. In the past, I have received emails from NYIP in promoting their courses! So to see a chance TO WIN a complete course from NYIP has got me so excited!
I am a disabled middle aged lady of 3 years now. And as hard as that can be, I have been so blessed by taking life slower & realizing it is not quanity of what happens in the day but the QUALITY of your day that means the most.
Now I have the time to develop my photo skills and to say I have enjoyed it, is really an understatement!
Therefore I would like to start at the very beginning! The Fundamental Course is for me! There is so much to learn in this course! Aperture, shutter spped, types of lenses, flash & lighting & EVERYTHING in Unit Four! I think the most exciting part of your course is getting feedback from a personal advisor to answer my questions & then the two photo projects!
I would be honered to receive the NYIP's Graduation Certifcation! After that ... the skies the limit! :)
March 8, 2013 10:39 am
I would be very interested in the Fundamentals of Digital Photography. I had mentioned for years that I would love a nice camera and my husband surprised me with one. Now I have to put it to use and I could really benefit from this course. I am reading and practicing as much as possible and would like to take the best photos possible. I need to use this camera in manual mode and not auto or I'll never hear the end of it!! My passion is taking photos of family and friends and traveling. I would love to be more proficient! Thank you for this opportunity.
March 8, 2013 10:37 am
I would love to win Complete Course in Professional Photography.
I am a correspondence university student due to a few health issues I had and I live in Saudi Arabia where there isn't much of learning for professional courses for girls. If I win the program I can be able to learn and develop my photography skills and do what I love the most with the help of it...
March 8, 2013 10:33 am
The Fundamentals course would be perfect for me. I'm a retired grandmother who enjoys taking photos of family, travel, nature (especially flowers), and various family events. I fortunately, as gifts from my husband, have a Canon 50D and two professional lenses. Right now my camera is much smarter than I am, but the cost of this equipment screams to be used as a quality camera, not used with auto feature as I am doing. My auto photos are respectable, but I know I could do so much better.. I am in desperate need of some good instruction to keep me motivated and provide stimulation. I want to be proud of what I do and what I've been able to learn.
Thanks for the opportunity.
March 8, 2013 10:26 am
I would like to do the complete course in professional photography, as I have just left my job as an assistant cameraman, to become a freelance in the same. I dont want to be stuck in the same position though, and this course can really help me improve my photography and understanding the science behind it. I live in the middle east, and there arent alot of good photography courses out here, nor do I have the money to come to US and do a course like that. This course is the best solution for me right now.
I am still an amateur and am targeting to become an intermediate photographer by the end of this year.
March 8, 2013 10:25 am
Please choose me to win the Complete Course in Professional Photography. I am starting a new career using my passion for photography. I have enough of the basics I think to satisfy my small town customers' needs for realty photography and for family outdoor portraiture.
What would really like to explore, learn, and put into practice are the untold possibilities for creating stunning photographic artwork, the equipment and processes needed to achieve that.
Much as I would love to take courses now - there isn't anything affordable near me, and the cost of the offered prize is otherwise so beyond my means.
I've been reading the other submissions and realize that it will be hard work to pick one winner, out of so many worthy applicants from around the world. From my rural corner of British Columiba, can i just add "Please???"
March 8, 2013 10:23 am
I have had a passion for photography since I was a kid. Recently I decided to try to turn my hobby into a business, but I felt I really needed to brush up on the basics and expand on the knowledge I already have. I was researching the different courses I could take when I came across NYIP Professional Photography course. I decided that I would benefit greatly in my business endeavors to take this course. I signed up for the free catalogs and newsletters, and was all set to sign up for the course when I got my tax refund. Unfortunately, my daughter needed orthodontic work, so that tax money went to the orthodontist instead of my courses. I still really want to take these courses since it teaches you so many facets of photography, including how to start a business. I am just not sure how to afford it at the moment. When I saw that I may be able to win the course on this forum, my hope was renewed that I may still be able to take the courses this year! If I actually won this contest I would be eternally grateful! Thank you for the opportunity to enter this contest.
March 8, 2013 10:22 am
I would love to win the complete course in Professional Photography! I, like many others, am just starting out. My interest in photography grew in 2009, with my son’s senior pictures. Since then I have been reading, and finding online webinars to fuel my learning. I recently upgraded my camera and now I’m ready to upgrade my learning too! I think I would benefit from a structured course, to take my photography to the next level, and make a healthy career out of it!
March 8, 2013 10:20 am
I believe I would benefit from the complete course. Photography is my passion, however I've spent my adult life working for the federal government and most recently taking care of my blind husband. Traveling to eat awhile I take pictures is something that we can do together. However, I vwould like to transition to photography as a career after I retire. Since I'm facing a furlough it would be the perfect time for me to devote quality time to refining my passion.i believe I have a good eye just lack the formal training to smooth out the rough edeges. I'd be thrilled to be selected to complete the full course!
March 8, 2013 10:17 am
I would like to win the Complete Course in Professional Photography. The reason is simply because I started a Photography course (2 years) but for economic reasons I could not carry one with the second year. I have a deep knowledge of technical stuff, composition and studio lighting among others and I like the photos I take at the moment. However, I would like to enter the professional world making a big diffence in a very tight field. I want to pursue Photography as my main source of income, I want to put my photos on the spotlight and that my professional name starts shining in neon lights. I want to make my photographic work known and seen and never forgotten. I have the deep conviction that this course would make a difference on my Photographic career.
March 8, 2013 10:11 am
My only passion in life has been photography. I took a class in high school and knew this was for me I find my greatest joy when I am shooting pictures and am always seeing life as a photo. I have put my dream off as I raised my two children and I finally was able to save and get a nice digital camera this year. I feel that the Complete Course in Professional Photography would be the perfect fit for me as I was so excited as I read each thing it covered and knew I have so much to learn from this course. Thank you for the fabulous opportunity to participate and good luck to all fellow photo enthusiasts with dreams as big as mine =D
March 8, 2013 10:08 am
This is a "no-brainer". A complete course in professional photography from NYIP, for free? One of, if not THE, most respected on-line schools in the world! Yes, I'm in. Digital photography has changed the industry and business model of the professional photographer and technological changes happen so fast that any budding professional needs to keep up. I've already started a photography business but I'm out there on a wing and a prayer relying on my marketing savvy more than anything. Give me a top-notch education and "Architectural Digest", "National Geographic" and "Vanity Fair" may not hire another photographer for 20 years. I'll have them all sewn up. :)
March 8, 2013 10:08 am
I am interested in the Fundamentals of Digital Photography. I have had an entry level DSLR for a couple years and have been unsatisfied with what I have been taking. Friends and family have complimented me but I know I can do so much better with proper instruction. I am now retired and have the time to spent on learning. Learning never ends, at least I hope not.
March 8, 2013 10:06 am
The Complete Course in Professional Photography would suit me perfectly.
I am a home stay wife who recently moved to Kansas. I got to know that I have a passion for photography when I took a beginners course in CCSF. Unfortunately we had to move, I do not have a car and the only way to learn more about photography to hopefully have my own studio or freelance in the future is through online courses. I have tried to read books and am always reading your blog for hints and tips but feel that I need to observe a real pro person at work. I like online classes and this course gives individual feedback on how I can improve.
I have been looking at this course for a long time but it was always out of my budget. Also being from another country and not from USA, I have an 'accent' so I feel shy to ask questions when I am at a regular in person class so I end up not having my problems/questions answered.
I hope to be chosen for this course and will do my best to learn as much as I can and hopefully like you, contribute to help others learn by sharing my knowledge.
Thank you for offering such an opportunity.
March 8, 2013 10:01 am
I'd like to take the Short Course. I started taking it a few years ago but an illness prevented me from finishing. I'd so like to be able to get the feedback on my photography.
March 8, 2013 09:55 am
Fundamentals for me! I want to continue to improve on the basics before getting deeper into photography.
March 8, 2013 09:46 am
The Complete Course in Professional Photography. Why? I'm looking for the knowledge, skills and accreditation that will take me from being an in-demand unpaid volunteer photographer to a fairly-paid freelance photographer. Photography is a great passion of mine and I would love the opportunity to turn this passion into a profession.
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March 8, 2013 08:36 am
Having read the course specification I think the Complete Course in Professional Photography would be an awesome way for me to improve on my photography skills, because of work commitments I’m unable to do evening classes anymore. Working from home would be an amazing opportunity as I don’t want to give up studying Photography.
What I like about the course is the feedback process after each module and you also receive an audio recording from the lecture, which makes it for me more personal. Plus there is no pressure with time and deadline dates. Also having a mentor is bonus who you can email or phone for advice on your photos /tasks. One of the units which will help me in my development is Photojournalism which I’m really interested in.
Currently I work with 16-18 year olds who are homeless and my manager has asked me to think about a photography project to do next year to raise awareness on issues that these young people have to overcome. So hopefully I will be able to put this course to great use. Thanks
March 8, 2013 08:19 am
I have been busy putting my kids throught university for the last few years that there is not enough money for me to take any photography courses. I compete with my local club but seem to just miss the mark. Winning the "Complete Course in Professional Photography" would be just the thing to elevate my photography. Learning at my pace would give me lots of flexibility to really absorb what I learn.
March 8, 2013 07:22 am
My first camera was a Mamiya Sekor purchased in 1972. This camera, as were all of them in that day, totally manual. I became fairly adept at getting the photographs I wanted. Due to personal health problems, I left photography for a number of years. Now, when I want to get back into it, I am faced with all this new technology. I don't really have a feel for which camera to get. I want to take advantage of all the new technology, but retain my ability to shoot manually. So, in my situation, I feel that the Fundamentals of Digital Photography course would best suit me now. I want to produce the same caliber of photos that I used to with that old Mamiya. I really appreciate the opportunity to place my entry for this course.
March 8, 2013 07:17 am
I would choose the Complete Course in Professional Photography.
I feel I am at the brink of taking that step to become a professional photographer. However, I dont know where to start on the next step from serious hobbyist to Professional. I live in Istanbul so having an English speaking mentor is not easy, and when I returned to the States I was curtly told that 'we dont train our competition.' so I believe your course would be perfect for allowing me to see how photographers work through your videos as well as receiving professional critique of my work.
Of course I receive praise by friends, family, and fans but the critique would be the most helpful in improving and finding where to focus.
I'm not completely familiar with lighting having only taken one workshop and then jumping into the studio once to do my own shoot. Unit 3 would give me the guidance I need while I work through lighting issues with set tasks that help me learn best.
Finally, the units really cover the business portion of photography which I would find to be invaluable as I try to set myself up to eventually be a full time photographer.
The units cover the major types of photography, which I do not know how to begin exploring (particularly photojournalism) which I am extremely interested in doing but am not sure where to start.
The best part is I'll have Up to three years to finish it so if I become busy with work or some other unexpected event keeps me from finishing an intense curriculum, I'm still able to finish the course.
Seeing your program, as a teacher myself, I've full faith that I'll be Improving my art, setting foundations, and eventually getting published and making a name for myself in Istanbul and other parts of the world. I just need the extra knowledge that comes from a well-planned course of study.
March 8, 2013 06:42 am
Hi!. I'd love to do Complete Course in Professional Photography but as I am living in Spain I'm not able to do it personally. Unfortunately I have no budget available and cannot afford it. Since the new revolution of digital photography and worldwide access I've been interested in American's way of photographing and look at you from the far. I have more reasons to wish this course but I do not want to bother you any more.
Thank you to give me this chance.
March 8, 2013 05:42 am
As I looked over both course descriptions carefully, I decided that I would probably benefit from the Short Course, I have been taking pro pix for about 20 years now, I am a self taught photographer as I could never afford professional instruction, launching my own small photography business 7 yrs ago, my clientele generally are tourist who come to our beautiful city & beach & what a family shoot on the beach, my friends & family always compliment me & tell me I'm the greatest, however I still lack overall confidence in myself, I'm always trying to learn about different photographic formats, I truly believe you should never stop learning & there is something new to learn everyday. I feel that I would really benefit from this course! I don't feel that I'm quite there.
I'm hoping if I win it would really help me with my confidence, help me be the best I can be & hopefully be more profitable in my endeavor. Thank you for your time & opportunity.
March 8, 2013 05:31 am
I started with a Konica 35 mm slr back in the 60's and still find I need help with simple photographs trying to get the most from the camera and from the photo opp. I have been wrestling with taking the course for some time but at my age and income, its really hard to justify the cost for something that will mostly increase skill set without an assured increase in income. The best answer of course would be to win the chance to complete the basic course.
All benefit without any additional expence for tuition.
Thanks for the chance to win!
March 8, 2013 05:14 am
I would love to win the NYIP Professional Photography Course. I have been a graphic artist for over 13 years but was never really fulfilled. I recently did a photography (crash) course, and was gifted with a used DSLR by one of my dearest friends. At first thought it was a cool new toy, but now as I grow in my ability I have found the deep passion I never had for design - in photography. I have discovered photography's ability to show the viewer beauty in everyday things, in themselves, and even in this planet we live on. My friend and I have hopes to mentor other young photographers one day and I know that having a solid foundation of knowledge is critical for me to be an effective mentor. I am still learning myself, but that ultimate goal drives me now more than ever. I have been looking at various courses and have been eyeing this one. There are topics in every unit that are of interest to me, but I'm especially interested in traditional darkroom, macro photography and photomicroscopy (I already have a macro lens!), wedding photography, and anything on light! I love that the course will allow me to learn at my own pace, and still give me feedback critical for improvement through evaluation. The business aspect will be extremely useful as well and will help me with my existing design business. To win this would be beyond awesome! I cant wait to see who is selected and sincerely hope that I am one of the two!
March 8, 2013 04:53 am
I would love to have the Professional Photography Course. I recently started working as a wedding photographer's assistant and I've been deeply enjoying this. With the course, I would be able to explore and experiment further on all the types of photography that I'm interested in, but don't really know how to approach them.
I wanted to enter at a photography university program this year, but given that there are only 50 spots available, I did not want to try to enter as I wouldn't be able to follow it full time anyways.
I currently own enough gear to make wonderful pictures, but I do not have all the knowledge required, which this course would allow me to get.
Good luck to all!
March 8, 2013 04:19 am
I would like to start all over again and doing the Fundamentals of Digital Photography is me starting a fresh. I really want to start getting serious about what i love and doing this course would bring me right back on track. This course offers exactly what i need to get back on track and to follow my dreams of being a Photographer.
March 8, 2013 03:21 am
I really hope to win the Complete course in Professional Photography, because I really - really hope to improve my photography and learn about professional photography business, I have started a photography business, especially in the field of wedding photography since 2005 and I learned a lot from books and internet but I was not even getting 10% of the technical and business strategies of photography, and I'm sure if NYIP able to answer all my curiosity over the years.
I want to be a photographer who not only sell equipment but rather offers a technically correct photo and also has a taste of art.
March 8, 2013 03:14 am
I would love to win the Fundamentals of Digital Photography course by NYIP, and here's why. After losing my mom to cancer, I took her dream trip to Australia and found my calling in a shark cage. I have since started Fin Forward to provide therapeutic shark dives and other marine-based adventures for cancer survivors! We promote shark conservation, cancer awareness, and our sponsors' products with a beautiful backdrop behind us and sharks all around. Sponsors have already stepped forward to sponsor lenses, memory cards, and a new camera, but I don't know how to maximize this equipment to take these all-important photos. In fact, I still use "auto" more than I should. Winning this would allow me to "learn from the experts," gain access to a working photographer, and allow me to complete the course on my time, from home. It would also give me added credibility has a photographer (and philanthropist) and give us a course (and certificate) to be featured in our future office at Fin Forward to train other interns, photo assistants, etc. I guarantee you to return one of the more exciting sets of photos for my two required "picture-taking projects!" Winning this wouldn't just improve a skill but would help me impact lives and attract more charitable funds to help fight things like cancer and shark finning. While I would love the professional version, I think this Fundamentals course would help take my photographer to the next level, albeit, below sea level!
March 8, 2013 03:11 am
I'd really love to win the Complete Course in Professional Photography. It would be a dream, the first lucky moment of my entire life! Never had the possibility to study photography with such brilliant methods, I learn photography since years as an amateur using free resources on the web and with the help of friends, I practice every free moment, but it's really hard to reconcile it with a 12 hours a day work routine. I'd like to change my life in order to become one day a professional photographer, but it takes lots of resources that today I don't have. If I could win, it could be the beginning of a new life. Thanks for the great contest and the super-useful info that you provide every day! Cheers!
March 8, 2013 03:08 am
I am interested in the NYIP Complete Course in Professional Photography. Having come to a crossroad in my personal career, I have been encouraged to pursue my original passion of photography after a long hiatus. I am very interested in turning a hobby into a full-time profession, and the complete course's offerings may aid in transferring that hope into a more promising reality. From the full scope of text, audio, and video, combined with the "hands-on" photo projects, all bases of learning are covered, offering a full and complete education experience. And to top it all off, the business lessons would potentially offer momentum for one to take that initial plunge into a full-time crossover by providing the education necessary to avoid business failure. Therefore, I expect the general lessons, photo projects, and business information to help me determine my specific interests and niche (wedding, portraiture, landscape, product, free-lance, location, studio, etc.) in order to make photography a successful, full-time, profitable enjoyment. Thank you for this opportunity.
March 8, 2013 03:03 am
I would like to win the Complete Course in Professional Photography; I've been interested in photography since I was in Jr. High and for one reason or another, wether it be my parents not being able to afford it while I was younger or myself later as a single mom of three, I've never been able to take a course. Since being laid off a month ago I'm now in a position where I have the time needed to dedicate to taking one and hope to make it my new career at 46.
Thank you for your consideration!
March 8, 2013 03:01 am
NYIP's project based learning, mentorship, and business education is exactly what I need to move into my new career. I am learning photography on my own and even have a job with a photographer awaiting me when my skills are where I need them to be. Photography is the lens through which I now view life. When I see people I examine how the lights falls on them, which angle would be best to capture their essence, when would be the perfect moment to click the shutter. When I see landscapes I imagine the scene with a polarizer, or ND filter, or with different aperatures. When I see buildings I evaluate their walls for use as backrounds for portraits or to capture and make a new texture in photoshop. I know I can get every ounce of information out of this program and put it to use if given the opportunity. When learning on your own sometimes it's difficult to "know what you don't know" and the thorough nature of NYIP's Professional Program will be perfect!
March 8, 2013 02:58 am
My choice would definitely be the Complete Course in Professional Photography. This would help me in every aspect of becoming a better, professional photographer. Units 1 and 2 will be a great to review and solidify my knowledge of photography and help me to learn how to improve my processing skills. Unit 3 will cover my favorite subject, Light, and how to effectively utilize available lighting. Unit 4 covers portrait and wedding photography which is what I am striving to improve my skills and level of professionalism. Units 5 and 6 would help to round out the realm of photography and round out my knowledge and skills so that I would be able to offer a complete photography package to my clients. I am a nature photographer at heart and I am always striving to get great shots that capture the beauty that is both rare and unique. But I have found that I need to expand my horizons into portraits, weddings and other client based projects to support my love of photography. This course would be a blessing and just the thing I need to take my skills to the next level.
March 8, 2013 01:09 am
I’d like to win the Complete course in Professional Photography. I begin my study in Equine photography 25 years ago, and became a single mother of 3 and I could not afford even a beginner camera throughout those years. After all that time, I recently got to purchase a decent entry level DSLR and a few books on photography and decided I would get back into my passion for photographing horses. Equipment and lens, tripod etc. can get expensive, and so I want to study as much as I can to be able to purchase exactly the right equipment and skills I need to be able to photograph horses and their handlers and riders to the best of my ability. I hope to be able to capture some wonderful photographs of the special horses and children at the two therapeutic programs that I volunteer at.
March 8, 2013 12:58 am
After battling cancer this past year I have decided that I wanted to do something that I've always wanted to do and that's become a photographer. So that is why I would love to win the complete set to help me fulfil this dream.
March 8, 2013 12:46 am
“Anyone and everyone with an interest in taking better photos!”- well, that certainly is me so, initially, I assumed the ‘Fundamentals’ course would be the preferable one for me. However, the ‘Complete’ course specifies “… hobbyists who want to develop their photographic talents to take great photographs of their friends, families, and the places they visit” and that’s sounds like me also. Hmmm…decisions, decisions and how to select the appropriate course in case I am fortunate enough to actually win this contest.
Well, let’s see – my photography is such an important aspect of my life and I learn every day…every article, every tweet – I find I learn something I likely thought I knew…so, I’m willing to bet I would learn so much from the ‘Fundamentals’ course that would ensure I have a solid grasp of the basics and beyond…also, I think I would have a really enjoyable time with that course. So, decision made! – I would really like to win the ‘Fundamentals’ course and I’m looking forward to March 12th.. which I hope is a lucky day for me. Thanks for the chance to win this DPS and NYIP – very generous of you!
March 8, 2013 12:34 am
This would be a fantastic prize (Pro. Course). As a new startup attempt, my wife and myself are both learning as we go and have had a huge learning curve - this program would really go a long way to helping us get some credentials.
March 8, 2013 12:25 am
I am a 49 year old mother of two at a career-crossroads and would love to have the opportunity to take the Complete Course in Professional Photography. Facing an unavoidable period of unemployment, I would now have the time to immerse myself in learning digital photography from A-Z. I am passionate about photography as an art form, and would love to channel that passion into a career that I love (and one that is profitable, too!). thanks for the opportunity.
March 8, 2013 12:20 am
I'm Jonathan, I live in Guyana, South America the only English speaking country in South America. A few years ago a great Uncle of mine gave me an old Konica Minolta X700 and I fell in love with photography. It took me some time but I saved up and bought myself a Canon T3/EOS 1100D. I've been teaching myself photography and photo editing (with open source software mostly) since. I'd love to win the Complete Course in Professional Photography for as many shots I've taken with both cameras I want to take my photography to the level where it makes you feel something, makes your skin tingle, makes goosebumps appear when you look at a photo, such as the likes of Steve McCurry or Henri Cartier Bresson. I've long been looking at photography courses but they're out of my reach for now given what I make in this country as compared to what young professionals in the outside world do. Wish me luck :) Thanks Digital Photography School.
March 8, 2013 12:19 am
I would like to win the Fundamentals of Digital Photography. Several years after we went to Costa Rica my husband purchased for Christmas a Nikon D80 for me. I been using the auto mode and would like to move up to the next level and use the manual mode. I feel this course would teach above aperture, shutter speed, exposure and composition to improve my skills on my hobby that I enjoy.
March 8, 2013 12:04 am
I think the course in professional photography would be beneficial in helping me take my photography to the next level. I've been shooting everything from landscape and nature to events for over 10 years now and access to instructor and adviser input would be extremely helpful. The course will also help me make steps in going semi-pro and eventually full-time pro.
March 8, 2013 12:03 am
I would like to have the honor of getting the opportunity to participate in the Complete Course in Professional Photography because it will empower me to further understand and implement these techniques/methods/best practices in a more efficient and creative way. I am a self taught photographer/artist who developed a love affair for photography when I was introduced to the pin hole camera back in middle school decades ago. My teacher told me that because I viewed images from an artist's perspective, it would benefit me the most if I just didn't pick up a film camera like my classmates, but rather start from a more basic technique using a pin hole camera. By starting at this level, I learned about how aperture size, exposure time, composition, light intensity, and photo plate sensitivity affect the affect of the outcome of the finished image. Learning this information quickly became invaluble. Within a month's time I was able to manipulate images to create outcomes that only could be replicated with aid of photoshop. A year later I upgraded to a film camera and became moderately successful in mastering this device within 6 years of shooting. Now I have moved on to digital photography. The images I produce capture emotion and composition but lack the pop/wow factor one can only obtain from understanding and practicing advanced techniques. This is important to me because even though I provide my services at cost if not for free to my community as a ministry outreach program, the pictures i give them should not reflect mediocre quality at best. As I eluded to earlier, this course will allow me to show my low income and/or starter families/associations in a professional light. I don't believe that good people or causes should be denied access to a true professional photographer because of cost. Society needs to see what they are doing in a positive light...and the creativity and quality of the images they use to share their news truly affects public perception. With your assistance I know I can use photography for its overall intention...to capture a cherished memory, share an emotion, show the artistic creativity that can be unlocked using a DSLR camera. Thank you for taking the time to read my post.
March 7, 2013 11:48 pm
I would like to win the complete course if possible because I love photography and i love how the a photo can tell a lot of stories. One photo means thousand of words. I would like to take my photography level to the professional level. I would like to use my skill to capture the world , capture the nature and the beauties which evolves around my everyday life . I would like to be the best as what i do. Winning this course will change my life and take my knowledge and skill to advanced level. Cheers!
March 7, 2013 11:21 pm
I would love to win the Complete Course in Professional Photography. I would love to do this course because I have done courses about the basics, but I want to go further. I want to be able to do my best in photography.
March 7, 2013 10:59 pm
I would love to do the complete course in professional photography. I have my fundamentals down pat. I've been re-teaching myself over the past 4 years. My friends and family think I should go pro, but I know I have a lot to learn still yet and am not comfortable with my photography. I'd love to get feedback on my photos and also have someone teach me about thing I can not learn on my own. I am a part time nurse and burning out, I need a change and photography has been my outlet and I love it.
March 7, 2013 10:39 pm
I would like to win the Fundamentals course. I've been reading everything I can about photography and getting out every day shooting pictures. I'd like some more structured training, but I live in rural Maine where there are not many classroom offerings for photography. However, I'm not sure about on-line training. I bought an e-book on Natural Light, but I can't stay focused on reading it on my PC so I'm not sure if an on-line course is right for me. I'd like to try the Fundamentals course as a precursor to more online training.
March 7, 2013 10:33 pm
I would love to win the complete course in professional photography. I am passionate about photography and became a serious addict! So serious that since November 2011 I am trying to transform this addiction into my full time job. And as we all know the market is difficult. We have to stand out and always be progressing with our skills. I am a self taught photographer and I know I need to learn more and more. I need to be challenged and I need to increase my creativity even more. I need to develop my eye even further! I am trying to concentrate in dance photography and portraiture and for the latter I will need to know well about studio photography. I have a special passion for street photography since I am quite interested in people behaviour. So with this course I will be able to get more knowledge into photojournalism also.
How kind of NYIP to be offering what seems to be an amazing course for those that are still trying hard to get into the wonderful world of photography!
March 7, 2013 10:33 pm
Would Love to win the Complete Course In Professional Photography - My husband and I are in the process of attempting to begin a photography business and have learned a lot from sites making information available online as well as taking opportunities to learn from others in the industry. Having some form of a "formal" education would go a REALLY long way to helping with the confidence.
March 7, 2013 10:00 pm
I'd love to win The Complete Course in Professional Photography for the chance to have access to those kind of resources for guidance and review of my work. When you are mostly self-taught, you gather knowledge on a need-to-know basis and the discipline of a structured course can fill in the gaps.
March 7, 2013 09:26 pm
The complete course in Professional Photography would help me make the long desired jump from enthusiast to working pro.
March 7, 2013 09:04 pm
I was one of those people who has bought a nice big DSLR and I am also one of those people who wants to take it off of the automatic setting, to be able to control what the lens sees and what the camera actual pics up.
I feel the course would suit me well due to its no complex layout and modules that are clear and easy to follow.
'understanding basics, leads to better photos, which in turn leads to better understanding'.
March 7, 2013 08:55 pm
Hi guys, Firstly I'd like to say THANK YOU and well done for making these courses available again to the world of photographers!
Secondly, I would LOVE to win the Complete Course In Professional Photography... hers are my reasons;
Two years ago I was forced to give up work to look after my aged and crippled Mum, I was also forced to go on a Carer Pension to try to survive... unfortunately, the pension here in Australia barely covers the cost of rent, let alone any kind of 'quality of life'. I have been forced to sell my car, my boat and my motorbike to pay bills in the not too distant past and having run out of things to sell, I seriously need something to supplement an income. I have been interested in photography for around 10 years now and about 5 years ago I managed to get my first DSLR. I started taking photo's of four wheel driving escapades with my kids and mates and have been continually told that I have a natural eye for making good photo's. About 1 year ago I decided to undertake a University course of Multimedia to learn more about the art but unfortunately our government cut all funding to the course and I was subsequently let go and left hanging in limbo, so to speak. I have since been watching many tutorials on the internet and started buying photography magazines with tutorials in an effort to keep learning... It is with the help of such media and websites like DPS that I am gaining a pretty reasonable understanding of photography. I would love to start a photography business and show the world just how I see it... through MY lens. I have 2 decent DSLR's and a few lenses, filters and basically, the necessities to get me off the ground.... although I would love a brand new model camera. I do love photography and the ability to express myself through my photo's and I actually have a few "pro's" giving great compliments and encouragement now!! I feel this course would be the stepping stone I need to help my dream come to reality and perhaps help to pay some bills too.... lol.
I sincerely hope I am selected for this fantastic prize but I am realistic as "luck" doesn't exist in my world... In the event, and likelyhood of some other lucky entrant winning this competition, I offer my blessings and encouragement to them and sincerely hope they succeed with their pursuit.
Again, THANK YOU NYIP for offering this course to those less fortunate, keep up the fantastic work!!
March 7, 2013 08:05 pm
The Complete Course in Professional Photography would a dream to take!
I took a photography course a few years ago with my dad's Canon A1 and it really was amazing to learn how powerful the camera is for documenting life.
Now after 3 kids (currently with a newborn), I'm learning capturing those moments are priceless: with work and school (doing my Masters degree), the time to capture these moments is fleeting.
With school on pause due to my maternity leave, and money scarce as it is, hitting up free photography tutorials are difficult, weeding through all that's available online. I have Canon 20D and would like to upgrade one day, when if get my skills in order. I have my dad's Canon 7D to play around with as needed.
What this course would allow me to do is enjoy photography to its fullest: understanding as much as I can, and not just the fundamentals. I have a couple of friends-of-a-friend who have been quite sucessful at wedding photography and newborn photography: I would love to be able to dabble professionally! (When I learn things, I go all out! Hence why my mid-life crisis of going to earn my Masters hits me....I love to learn!!)
Thanks for allowing me to share with you!
March 7, 2013 07:32 pm
I would love to win the Fundamentals of Digital Photography Course, although I have had my camera now for 1 1/2 years I feel I am not getting the best from it, I love taking photos but always seem to be changing settings and taking a long time to take my photos and not a lot of confidence, also with working full time I don't have the time to go on a course which I would have liked so this course would be great as I could do it in my own time at home. Also I would maybe like to take my photography further in the future and this would be a great starting point. Thanks
March 7, 2013 07:23 pm
Both courses sound very enticing, however, I'd really like to get the Complete Course in Professional Photography since I have a pretty good grasp on the fundamentals already and am now working on furthering my skills to establish a genuine photographic presence here in Nagoya, Japan, where I currently reside. It has always been my dream to express the inherent beauty in the world, and in other people through my photography and to be able to share that with others. More than anything else, it brings me tremendous joy to be able to look for the unique aspects of a landscape, person, or event, and be able to match my mental picture of how I envision the scene with the reality a camera is capable of producing.
Also, I currently live in Japan, where the photographic style is somewhat different from the "western" style. So I'd like to be able to influence the market here and present an alternative style to what people are used to.
In order to do that, I'd really like to learn more about professional photography, how to handle different shoots and get the results I'm looking for, so I can pass that feeling, that emotion, that moment in time on to my clients, potential clients, friends, and others by means of social media.
Thank you very much for the opportunity to potentially make my dreams of getting to that elusive next level in photography come true. Domo Arigatou!
March 7, 2013 07:15 pm
It would be a dream to win the complete course! I am about to turn 50 and have recently moved to a foreign country (my wife’s homeland). With very few friends, and my body turning against me (teenage strains on the body parts i.e. American football and snow skiing injuries), I have recently turned to photography as my passion. I would like to retire in the near future and the thought of potentially earning a little on the side by doing something I have come to love, would be a dream come true. I feel I have a decent understanding of the basics and believe I would most benefit from the “Complete Course in Professional Photography”. I occasionally produce some decent photos mostly because of post processing in Photoshop and really want to get better results from the camera (before post processing) and believe that I would most benefit from this course. I am specifically interested in:
Unit Two – Developing Your Eye: Photo Composition;
Unit Three - Natural light and Studio Lighting;
Unit Four - Studio portraiture, Wedding photography and The business of wedding photography; as well as Unit Five - Photojournalism and Sports photography and Getting work as a freelance photographer.
To be able to receive expert evaluation, critique and advice is definitely something that is missing in my current “journey” to expand my abilities, and would be a tremendous benefit.
March 7, 2013 06:42 pm
After raising a family its finally my turn to shine. I've really enjoyed getting my camera out to try and improve my photography, I would love to have the opportunity to complete the fundamentals of digital photography course.
March 7, 2013 04:51 pm
I would be honored to be selected for either program, but my preference would be the complete course. I have been doing photography as a hobby for a while and would like to take this to the next level. I have taken a couple local classes, but no formal training in the field. I actually sent for information on your course a few years ago, but was unable to pursue it at that time, and have so longed for the opportunity since then,
I take great time in planning out sessions. Talking w/clients ahead of time for clothing colors, likes, dislikes etc and typically set a "stage" for their photos. I have a good eye for the background and prop selection, but need more formal education behind the camera itself to be able to pull the entire package together.
I have found that not much else gives me such joy and makes me smile inside as the one I get seeing a client look at their photos for the first time. Seeing the smile on their face and the tears in their eyes makes it all worthwhile. I did a session for a friend recently and her sister was unable to afford to purchase any of the prints. My friend purchased them and had them framed. When she gave them to her, the sister cried tears of joy. She told me that that made it worth the money she had spent for them. I looked at her and said now you understand the feeling I get when someone is pleased with the photos I have just given them.
It would be an honor to be chosen as a recipient of one of these courses. I can only imagine the feeling of seeing a client's face seeing my photos then.
thanks for your consideration
March 7, 2013 04:44 pm
I would absolutely love the opportunity to win to finally fulfill one of my goals. A photograph should be captured emotionally raw allowing the image to be timeless and unforgettable which allows the audiences have an everlasting experience inprinted in their memories. I am self-taught amateur photographer and improving my knowledge in photography would be another step towards a becoming a professional photographer.
March 7, 2013 04:43 pm
I would love to win the complete course. After 20+ years of taking photos, and over 10 years of working in photo retail, I pretty much have the fundamentals down. I've struggled to make a go at professional photography, having done some portraits and weddings in the past, but just haven't been as successful as I would like. I think this course would help me to "take it to the next level", and the business lessons are very appealing to me. It seems that no matter how good my photos may be, without the right business knowledge it's not getting me anywhere. I've heard great things about the NYIP course and would love to experience it for myself, but certainly am in no position to afford it myself, so this would really help me out. Thanks for the opportunity.
March 7, 2013 04:00 pm
I have always wanted to have my own professional photography busniess. Ever since high school ( many years ago) I have had a camera in my hands. The world just changes into an amazing place through the viewfinder of a camera. I have just had trouble with my confidence. So it would make my dreams come true if I won the professional photography course. Hopefully it would help make me believe in myself!
March 7, 2013 03:42 pm
This knowledge will help to translate my vision into photographs.
P.S. Complete Course in Professional Photography
March 7, 2013 03:40 pm
I've been taking photographs for some time now. I really would like my photographs to have that pro look in it. I have been an avid DPS tutorial reader and have accumulated/combined/consolidated the tips that I got from them in order to improve my skills/artistry in photography. There is always room for improvement and learning. So I would like to be considered in the Complete Course in Professional Photography.
March 7, 2013 03:40 pm
I'm looking to win the "Complete Course in Professional Photography". While I do have a degree in Studio Art, all of my photography skills have been self taught. I recently (7 months ago) took the leap and started my own photography company using skills and techniques that I've begged, borrowed, and stolen (not really) from other photographers that have been awesome enough to believe in me and share a bit of their photography knowledge. What I have defiantly learned is that equipment doesn't make a great photographer. It takes a keen eye, attention to detail, and a firm knowledge of the concepts of composition and lighting (not to mention the will to get down and dirty or stand on a shaky fence for a good angle). While I have learned many great things along the way, I still have so much to learn. This course could really help me get my business off the ground by helping me learn the many aspects of photography that are out there and by teaching me some (very much needed) business lessons and concepts to help me become a successful photographer.
March 7, 2013 03:37 pm
While both sound like very good courses, I'm interested in the Complete Course in Professional Photography as I feel like it aligns best with my goal. I've been playing around with my photography for a few years now; I have developed some skills and understand plenty of technical stuff about photography, but I don't really feel like I've "arrived." As of late I've been considering transitioning away from writing and taking on photography as a career, but I just don't know what kind of photography I'm good enough at to make a living. I feel like the Complete Course in Professional Photography is the ticket to starting out right.
Thanks to NYIP and DPS for the opportunity and good luck to all.
March 7, 2013 03:15 pm
After reading through both courses I think the Complete Course in Professional Photography would benefit me in my ongoing journey with digital photography. I have learned through trial and error on what kinds of pictures I can produce. Also through some books and online sites. I would like to learn as much as I can about digital photography so I can go into any situation and be able to come out of it with worthy photos.
March 7, 2013 03:14 pm
I'd like to win the Complete Course in Professional Photography. This absolutely would suit my needs. I like the fact that it has video showing an ACTUAL Photographer at work. There is one thing to read books and find some tutorials on youtube or so, but everyone has different ways of learning. For me I need visual. I feel this will be a step by step, which in turn is a big help. If there are any questions I have had or may have had I feel I'll be able to get them answered through watching the videos and seeing or hearing what the expert has to say on how to make your photos look better. Also, I have never had a class that talked about the business side of Photography nor give information on such a topic. This is would be a great help to know over all as well. I'm self taught and there are still some things to be learned. Self teaching can only get you so far, but if anything if I have been doing anything wrong or if there is a better way of doing things I would like to know how. I strive for perfection or giving it to the best of my ability. More importantly I would like to learn the RIGHT and PROPER way.
March 7, 2013 03:11 pm
I would love to win the Complete Course in Professional Photography!
I have had a passion for photography since I was 16, but have never had any formal training. I learn from other photographers, as well as many online tutorials. Having not only a a DVD set and 30 lesson books, but also an adviser I can contact with questions would help me tremendously.
I want to provide my clients with a high-quality product, and to do that, I need to continually be learning and continually applying that learning to my sessions and editing.
Having a professional photographer evaluate six projects would be HUGE for me, as I am always seeking honest critiques of my work so I can continue to grow.
I have also recently registered my business as an LLC, but I don't have a lot of guidance for business planning, which I would get through the business lessons in the complete course.
Thanks for the opportunity to enter this contest!
March 7, 2013 03:10 pm
I Click and I click all the time but I feel there is some thing missing and the more I click the more I crave to get a better shot and often think of how can I make it better coz I lack the basic knowledge of photography. The Fundamentals has to be strong to Excel in any thing I feel and that is some thing I have been working on Fundamentals of Digital Photography is what I need and love to get ty.
March 7, 2013 03:01 pm
I am most fascinated by places, cultures and people. I get my love of travel and my desire to photograph the world about countries outside of their own from Poland. As a child, I often travelled to Poland with my grandmother. I fell in love with the Warszawa of the 1990s with its grey kamiennice, peeling paint, crumbling stairs, creaky trams, rattling buses, and especially the dark, littered with trash and abandoned corners of the city. It was a time of change, the city was slowly awakening from a long slumber and projects to renovate were beginning. People were uncertain, and wary, but they were also hopeful and joyous about the newly-independent Poland. As I walked up the crumbling stairs to catch a bus in Nowy Swiat with my grandmother, I remember looking back at the park and thinking “If only the rest of the world could see this city and what I see. It is definitely nothing similar to the descriptions in history textbooks at school in the U.S.” I did not realise it at the time, but that was the beginning of my desire to share the world with those who would not be able to go. This was furthered when my mum gave me a glimpse into the world of photography during one of our travels, by handing me her heavy canon camera and then when I began to travel on my own, I wanted to capture the places and people and bring it back home to show my family. I let go of the art, until I rediscovered my passion for photography during college when I took a course in digital manipulation. Since then, I knew that I wanted to make photography into my full-time career and continue introducing the world to people. I would love to win the Complete Course in Professional Photography so that I can further my knowledge of photography and further my interest in travel, portraiture, photojournalism and fashion photography as well as discover all the different types of photography that I have not had a chance to work with until now. I would also like a chance to learn about studio lighting and flash lighting, as I have had limited experience with those types of lighting.
March 7, 2013 02:58 pm
I want to win the Complete Course in Professional Photography! Looking through the course outline, I can see that each of my weak points will be covered from studio lighting to the "how to"s of starting a photography business. I am in a transitional stage of life and am on the brink of doing something great (launching a photography business) and settling for a job that I don't love and where I'm not challenged. I'm facing the question "is my dream possible?" every day, and am on the edge of deciding one way or another. I think A) winning something in general and B) receiving the professional photography course would be the fuel and power (ie - a quick kick to the pants) to get me into the next stage of photography successfully and give me confidence in knowing I have earned a certificate, but more importantly, proving to myself that living a dream is truly possible.
March 7, 2013 02:55 pm
I would love to win the complete course. I feel I would be a good fit for this course because I'm ready to show everyone that small town girls CAN do something with their lives, they CAN achieve their dreams!
March 7, 2013 02:52 pm
While both of these courses look fantastic, I'd really like to win the complete course in professional photography. After getting an undergraduate degree in technical theatre and a master's degree in gastronomy, I've really fallen in love with food and travel photography. I was able to travel through a handful of cities in Europe last year, shooting the architecture and people there, and I also write and create photographs for my food blog, ginger-snapped. I've been finished with my master's program for over a year and am having trouble finding a full-time job, and my real passion has become photography. I would love to have the skills and experience to work as a professional photographer, working with chefs, restaurants, and food all over the world. I believe that a program like this would perfectly suit my needs, since I could continue to work (as a dog-walker) during the day while I complete the lessons and get essential feedback on my images - and since my amounts of student debt are pretty terrifying, winning a prize like this would be an incredible gift and an amazing opportunity. Thank you so much for sponsoring such a great contest!
March 7, 2013 02:50 pm
I would love to win the Fundamentals of Digital Photography course. I have always loved taking photos of family and travels but now I want to learn more. My husband and I have been trying to have kids through IVF for the last 2 years and from recent medical test results it's becomming clearer to me that we will probably never be parents. I'm hoping photography will help me deal with this by helping me to focus on something else. I've joined a photography club and it has been wonderful to get out and meet new people and see the wide range of photography that's out there. It's also made me realise that I have a lot to learn!
March 7, 2013 02:41 pm
I had started the complete photography course a couple years ago but family obligations required me to stop. I hope someday to start back on the classes. :)
March 7, 2013 02:36 pm
So many times I see things that I want to share with others, specifically things I see in nature. But my picture doesn't show what I see. I love photography. I often look at other people's photos. I want to really learn how to take pictures, not amateur ones. Because of this, I want the complete professional photography course, because I want to learn to take the best pictures that I can. I want my pictures to show what I see and be visually pleasing to others. Thank you.
March 7, 2013 02:28 pm
Strangers and my friends all tell me, (and some of my friends are photographers), that I have "the eye", that I should go pro. I know it's very competitive out there. I recently bought a Nikon D5100, and have three lenses: a 50mm, an 18-55, and a 55-200. My specialty, if you can call it that, is nature photography, followed by street scenes. I have no desire to take wedding portraits.. not my style. As an artist, I wish to bring the un-seen to Everyman. I am a purist, as well. I want to make the camera work for Me. Heck, I paid enough for my gear, might as well learn how to rock it! I am interested in (at first) the basics of digital, since it's been many years since I did actual photography with my own developing in a darkroom (many years.. 30+).
March 7, 2013 02:26 pm
I would like to win the Complete Course in Professional Photography. I have always loved photography and for the past 7 years I have been doing event photography a couple of times a year for my job. My camera's have slowly improved from a point and shoot to a Nikon D5200. My photography has improved as well but I would like to take it up a notch and be able to solidify my skill set and move into doing event jobs outside of the ones my employer hosts.
March 7, 2013 02:25 pm
Hi. I would select Fundamentals of Digital Photography. This course would help me to emerge out of laziness by forcing me to use the features of my Canon 7D properly. I could work at my own pace through the online course materials and videos while being motivated to complete photo projects that will be evaluated by a professional. The biggest reason to pick me is that I simply want to climb out of my bean counting box and dream about the prospect of doing something creative one day.
March 7, 2013 02:21 pm
Hello! I am very keen to be considered for the Complete Course in Professional Photography.
I have been developing my photography skills for some time now and am so far self-taught, photographing, mostly, sports and portraits. I have developed, somewhat suprisingly, a "client" base in my area and have enjoyed the challenges of photographing to a brief. I have searched for nationally accredited courses in which to enrol but it is difficult to find one that I can fit my life around... until then, I feel like I can't charge for my work because I have, as yet, no formal training!
Ah the joys of personal development!
All the best to the successful applicant if its not me :D
March 7, 2013 02:19 pm
I'm confident that the Complete Course in Professional Photography is best for me to further develop my current amateur photography skills. The recent birth of my 7 month old has inspired me to revisit a long time goal to use photography as a compliment my visual art career. My mother gave me a Canon 35mm in the early 90s as a gift and I read the manual from cover to cover, learning the basics of aperture, exposure, speed, lighting, focus, etc. I've always longed to know more about the science and mechanics of photography and am the type to have theoretical knowledge to support my real world experience. I'd used a digital point and shoot for most of photography needs, but recently purchased a DSLR after my youngest daughter was born. I've used Photo-Journaling her development as a catalyst to pursue a career as a part time nature/landscape Photographer in conjunction with my sketches and oil paintings. I'm attracted to the specifics about the Complete Course in Professional Photography because it appears to be more catered to those with some already existing working knowledge of Photography and Photography equipment who want to not only further that knowledge, and potentially use their skills as working/revenue generating Hobbyists. This course is best for what I want to do short term and long term with my Photography skills.
March 7, 2013 02:19 pm
I would like to win the professional photography close! I have been into photography from a Very young age. life circumstances took me away from it! I have been in the home health field fluff 10 after working in a photo lab 5-1/2 years prior. I want to get back into my love of photography! The feeling that you get after doing a shoot, the way to express, making people feel wonderful, after seeing another side of themselves! awesome feeling! Thank you!
March 7, 2013 02:18 pm
I would love to win the Fundamentals of Digital Photography course.
I have two reasons to want this course, the first is to be able to better document my children as they grow up. Looking at some of my childhood pictures I realize I need to better capture them as they grow. Family photos last a lifetime and are unique to all.
The second reason is that I volunteer for a non-profit that helps families battling pediatric cancer. Being able to capture some of our work and the children and families will help us better deliver our story.
March 7, 2013 02:17 pm
I would love to win the Complete Course in Professional Photography because I want to become a better photographer. My goal is to be a freelance photographer and this course would give me the tools to make my pictures go from good to great!
March 7, 2013 02:16 pm
I've always enjoyed photographing since I was young. About 1 year ago I became more assertive in pursuing this passion by purchasing my first dslr in preparation for the birth of our first child. Just last month I bought a Nikon FE film camera and have been photographing Black and White film exclusively. People seem to like my photographs and have offered to pay me small amounts to do some limited work for them but I have no equipment. The Complete Course in Professional Photography includes components on building a photography business and this would be extremely valuable.
March 7, 2013 02:15 pm
hi, I am interested in teh Complete Course in Professional Photography. I've loved photography ever since I bought an SLR 2 weeks before my uni course began. I've studied marine science for the last 3 and a half years and it hasn't been at all what I've expected. In my spare time over the last few years I've taught myself as much as I can about photography and one day dream of being a freelance photographer so I can give up being a scientist and do something I'm really passionate about. Thanks for considering me :)
March 7, 2013 02:14 pm
I take photos absolutely every chance I can. I work as a wine distributor in Portland Oregon and I carry my camera with me everyday. I am constantly looking at free tips and techniques. I Love to capture what my eye sees. From the little bugs on the sidewalk to the highest mountain around and everything in between.
I think the short course would work best for me because I need to "MASTER" my camera and my composition before I try and master photoshop. Plus, learning what lenses would or could work better in different situations sounds great.
March 7, 2013 02:07 pm
I am interested in winning the Complete Photography Course. I have been interested in photography for several years. Most of my photography has been in the sports photography area. Most of the time, I end up setting my camera on the sports mode and shoot away. I would really like to learn all of the different functions of my camera and explore different techniques to expand my photographic vision.
March 7, 2013 02:05 pm
Professional Photography Course ... No-brainer for me lol. I don't do anything half-baked - ask my partner Dan! When I do something, I go all out, head on. For me, this would be the best course because of the structured path of learning. To be able to learn from one unit to the next in an order that builds on the previous lessons in the RIGHT ORDER! I have looked at the courses before, dreamed of taking this one, but it has been out of my reach financially. Winning this would be an amazing, wonderful, FABULOUS challenge for me - I am up for the challenge! Pick me, pick me! LOL
March 7, 2013 02:04 pm
I would like to win the Professional Photography course. I am an undergraduate student studying Communications and Media Production, but my school does not offer anything for Photography. I am planning to combine my videography and photography into a freelance job. I feel that getting some education in the photography field would really help my photography skills, seeing as I'm currently getting an education for my video production skills.
March 7, 2013 01:56 pm
The Fundamentals of Digital Photography is great for me. I just migrated from a compact Kodak Easy Share to something more challenging (a Nikon D3100) and I got really exited with the new features of a DSL. I love photography and the urge to be part of this world made me buy it used from a photographer. But nothing has ever been so close and so distant at the same time: I got the camera, I got the gut feeling but can´t work with it at all... I´ve been learning something here and there on my own but your course is what I´ve been looking for. I really can´t wait to use my Nikon at its fullest soon!
March 7, 2013 01:55 pm
I am looking at and would love to win the Fundamentals of Digital Photography! I was taking photo in city collage someone stole my only camera but then I had to move and then my husband got sick so I couldn't go to school and work. online school would work for me.. I'm not sure really why but I miss taking pictures so much. I'm not as good as the professionals, but I see pictures everywhere and my husband wants to buy me a new camera and find away for me to enjoy capturing the pictures I see and pass everyday..
March 7, 2013 01:55 pm
Pick me!!!! I am in desperate need of guidance! Besides....it's my Birthday!!!!
March 7, 2013 01:53 pm
I would like to win the Complete Course in Professional Photography because I love photography and want every chance I can get to learn more.
March 7, 2013 01:53 pm
I would like to win the complete course. I am looking forward to stepping out in to a new career as a photographer and need all the help I can get.
March 7, 2013 01:52 pm
Winning the Complete Course in Professional Photography would grow me as a photographer and an artist giving me the business skills and credibility to turn my dream into reality.
March 7, 2013 01:48 pm
Id like to win Fundamentals of Digital Photography
Because for the last 10 years iv been doing the point and hope stile of photography and would really like to advance my skill set.
March 7, 2013 01:44 pm
my name is Jennifer! I would love to win the complete course in professional photography because I want to be better! I have always loved photography and have been working on trying to make it more then just a hobby. I have wanted to attend specialized schools but at this time cannot afford them. I hope to someday make beautiful and memborable images. Thank you for your consideration!
March 7, 2013 01:42 pm
I am looking to begin a second career once my family flies the coop in a few years, so I would love to win the Complete Course in Professional Photography to help me prepare for this. I have been passionately documenting our family's life, and I would love to share that gift with young families.
March 7, 2013 01:34 pm
hi good day to you! this is great! i think i need to improve more in photography and the Fundamentals of Digital photography suits for me! it's very timely that if i was given a chance to win this it'll hone my skills more! i hope and pray that i'm one of the fortunate to win this great deals|! Cheers to all! :D
March 7, 2013 01:34 pm
The world offers many opportunities to capture beautiful and sorrowful images. As an aspiring photojournalist, I aspire to capture the many facets that life has to offer, which is why I would hope to win the Professional Photographer Course. I believe this course will help me achieve the creativity and understanding needed to capture those raw, beautiful and emotional images that make us stare in awe. Thank you for this opportunity.
March 7, 2013 01:31 pm
As a soon to be retired young senior, I plan to up my hobby and take the time required to advance my photo skills. The professional photography course would certainly assist me with my transition .
March 7, 2013 01:28 pm
I'd love to win the complete course in professional photography. I do a lot of freelance work such as head shots, family photos, and live music, and I'm constantly trying to learn more about the art and also the business side of photography. Specifically, I would like to gain more knowledge in the use of studio lighting equipment. I also feel that getting constant feedback from professional and seasoned photographers would help me elavate my work to the next level
March 7, 2013 01:26 pm
I would like to participate in the 'Complete Course in Professional Photography', with NYIP.
As a current growing Photographer at the age of 21, I have decided that I want to be a full time Photographer.
Not only do I want to improve my current skill set as a Photographer, I would also like to learn the business side of things and build on those essential skills to make this a career.
I have been passionate about Landscape & Adventure Photography for a number of years now, although that term is used commonly, I eat, sleep & breath Photography and have embraced the lifestyle it has brought upon me. Take a look at my website if necessary: www.callumsnapephoto.com
If you're looking for someone to make the most out of one NYIP's courses, I am the person.
March 7, 2013 01:25 pm
I would love to win the Complete Course in Professional Photography. I graduated with my Bachelor's degree in History instead of going with my gut and pursuing my true love - photography. I have struggled with the dilemma of trying to go after my dream and do something I love, or being practical and doing something that will offer me financial security. I now believe that if I am dedicated and passionate enough I can turn my love into a successful career. The Complete Course in Professional Photography would be just the jump start that I need to get going with this dream, and turn my hobby into a profession. Thanks, Sara
March 7, 2013 01:22 pm
I would love to have the course:Complete Course in Professional Photography it would be a great blessing, my husband passed away with cancer on December 29 after fighting for 2 1/2 years. I had purchased a new camera the Sony a77 have not been able to use it for taking care of my husband. So now after 35 years together I find myself alone and photography is a great passion of mine. I can't afford the course now on my income. I will pay it forward if I win. Just want to be a blessing.
Thank you for this chance.
March 7, 2013 01:18 pm
I would love the complete course to improve my photography.
March 7, 2013 11:56 am
(I forgot to add that I'm interested in the Complete Course in Professional Photography)
March 7, 2013 11:54 am
To me, photography allows me to show others the beauty of what I view in our world. More importantly, though, it can give hope to others who are suffering. I use my landscape work to show my relatives in Syria that a better life is hopefully on the way (Syrians are coping with a painful civil war, and many cannot escape). I am also able to use my work as a diversion for them. I'd like to expand my horizons into other areas of photography to show them as much of the best of our world as I can. And, perhaps I can learn portrait photography to take pictures of them, should we be reunited someday.
March 7, 2013 09:41 am
If I am picked to win the Professional Photographer Course, I will pay it forward and do something TRULY GOOD using with my craft. Not sure what that is yet... Grand gestures sometimes take awhile to discover, but I am a man of my word and I welcome the challenge of finding a photography-related project worthy of this promise. Perhaps I will have to try a bunch of good things just to test the waters.. until I find the one that lives up to how much this course would do for me. You won't regret it. I live and breath f-stops and exposure. I am self taught, but feel like I hit a wall and need a structured system of learning. Purchasing my Mark III, lenses and flash has left me with no means to pursue classes, especially now that I am a new dad and my family is on a tight budget..
March 7, 2013 06:34 am
I would be interested in the Fundamentals Course. As much as the Professional Photography Course sounds very good I do not plan to turn photography into a business at this time.
I tend to take my camera (Canon Rebel XS) with me whenever I can. I enjoy going out of town on the weekends with my dogs, the main focus of my photos, and take nature photos. My family enjoys having me take the family photos at holidays and get-togethers. When I am taking my photos I feel like they are going to be good but then I load them on the computer and am mostly let down, this is especially true when the photos are of the family.
I would like to win in the hopes of improving my knowledge of the proper settings for the environment and subjects I am photographing as well as composition. If all goes well and I become better and more confident maybe I will persue photography more seriously in the future.
Cheers and good luck to all!
March 7, 2013 05:50 am
I would like to win the Fundamentals of Digital Photography. I have been a long-time photography enthusiast but never had the opportunity take structured training. I believe a good foundation is necessary for one to build solid skills and I believe this course will allow me to learn the essentials necessary to learn and grow my photographic skill set.
March 7, 2013 05:20 am
I would be interessted in the "Complete Course"! I'm an amateur photographer since a few years now but I think my learning behaviour is very chaotic and I'm not sattisfied with my pictures. I don't know if I want to make some money with it, currently I'm not, but I could imagine it. At least beside my current job. At the moment the course would be the best solution to improve my skills and see if and how I can make some money with it. The information in the world wide web are to unstructured for me. This structured course with feedback would be perfect.
March 7, 2013 05:15 am
I'm from the Philippines and I had been an apprentice event photographer for two years and I fell in love with photography. (I sort of saw my being an apprentice only as a job and I had no interest in photography before). I'm looking forward to starting my own company with my friends I met along the way who are also photography enthusiasts. It would be a great help to us if I would win the complete course in professional photography to further hone my skills and build up my confidence. Thank you for this amazing opportunity, you give hope to aspiring photographers like me.
March 7, 2013 04:02 am
Given the chance, I would love to win the Complete Course in Professional Photography. I have the basics down and my finger twitches on the shutter release waiting for that perfect shot, but I would like to hone my skills and let others see the world as I do complete with all its smiles, frowns and everything in between.
March 7, 2013 03:48 am
I would love the opportunity to receive the Professional Photography course. Circumstances in my life right now dictate that I learn new skills to make ends meet, and photography is something that I love and have passion for. I have learned quite a bit over the past year, and am beginning to pass on that knowledge to others who are also interested in photography. However, I still have a long ways to go, and I have been interested in this program for some time with the hopes that it could help to open some doors for me.
March 7, 2013 03:39 am
My name is RC and I am interested in winning the Complete Photography Course. I recently received my first DSLR and I am excited to put it to good use, and also to get my money's worth. I am currently engaged and after researching wedding photographer's in my area, I quickly began to realize that wedding photography was synonymous with an unlimited bank account (which needless to say I do not have!).
I have always loved the art of photography and I would truly enjoy learning it from the technical stand point while pairing my love for creativity in hopes that one day, I will be able to provide brides in my area with quality work, at an affordable price. I don't want to make a lot of money from photography, but I do want to express myself and also provide my future clients with pieces of art they will gladly hang in their living room.
In the interim, I will continue to read every article I can find on dPS, as well as every other article on the Internet. I have never had a "true" hobby, but I am so glad I found something that I can call my own. I have already learned so much from this site, and I enjoy viewing other artists' works. Definitely inspirational!
Good luck to every one!
March 7, 2013 02:08 am
I would like to win Professional Photography course. I am not an avid photographer but I am a curious learner who love to express through lens. Photography is a very beautiful and strong emotion. It doesn't a word but you still listen, it doesn't have an eye but you still see through it, it doesn't have physical heart but you still feel intense emotions.
I am just someone who wants to communicate through my lens what I feel, the the nature feel, what the world feel and what relates and strongly binds us to the deepest emotions.
March 7, 2013 01:07 am
Being a mom to child with special needs does not really give me a lot of room to pursue my interests. Four years ago I decided to finally give in to my curiosity and I discovered an even more beautiful world.
I have never had the chance to attend a photography course so I pursued this passion I have for photography on my own. But I would like to expand my horizons and improve on what I have learned to another level. So here I am hoping that I will be fortunate enough to be chosen for the Fundamentals of Photography. I still have so much to learn and more worlds to explore.
March 6, 2013 10:56 pm
I would love to win the Complete Course in Professional Photography for a few reasons.
One, I am not one to win contests so winning anything would certainly be amazing. To win free education would be even more rewarding.
Two, I am currently deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and during my time overseas I have spent much time thinking about my future, passions, and desires to push myself beyond my limits. During my time of reflection, I realized I have spent many years working on a career that I enjoy and could be wildly successful with, however I am not completely passionate about. It is my goal to change this, free education or not.
Photography has been my passion of mine for years and as of 2012, in an effort to change my career path I have pushed myself to become well educated in the industry thus setting myself up for success. To begin this process I have worked steadily during my time overseas to further educate myself using resources that are available for people "on the move" such as KelbyTraining.com, NAPP, and the DPS website. It is my goal to complete a program in photography studies eventually achieving a CPP certification, but having the ability to study on the go is a must for me. As you can imagine, studies like this are hard to come by.
NYIP offers me as a soldier in the US Army a great course that fits my educational goals perfectly on a schedule that is more forgiving than a standard schoolhouse and the ability to remain mobile. I can imagine that by attending this course I will be challenged but ultimately rewarded with a greater knowledge of my chosen field than prior to my attendance.
By enrolling in the complete course in photography, I will learn skills that will set me up for success while striving to open my own studio, such as how to open a photography studio, getting work as a freelance photographer, and the business of wedding photography. Not only will the course set me up for success in business sense, it will certainly give me fresh perspective and education on necessary tasks and skills needed to become a professional photographer. Classes offered include studio lighting, the zone system, and image capture.
I am a hands on learner and having professionals send me individual feedback on my work regardless of my location will be perfect for my continuing development.
I am hopeful to hear back regarding this awesome opportunity!
March 6, 2013 09:47 pm
The "Fundamentals of Digital Photography" is definitely the course for me. I began an interest in photography to improve the images for my blog. I have joined the local photography club and while I have been learning so much already, I really need something I can fall back on time and time again to get me the images I so desire. I 'get' the basics and really want to learn more about how they all work together.
Thanks for this amazing opportunity to win!
March 6, 2013 09:44 pm
I would love to follow the Fundamentals of Digital Photography course to be able to enjoy fully this amazing passion which is photography for me.
March 6, 2013 09:34 pm
I do prefer to get the Professional Photography course. I think I am prepared to increase my photography knowledge level for which I would need a challenge to take the opportunity to realize it. I hope the course will provide me the basics for developing my photographic talent as they "promise" in its course summary.
March 6, 2013 03:58 pm
I'd like to get the Complete Course in Professional Photography. I know the fundamentals, and am interested in learning more about improving my photography, and making more money from my photography.
March 6, 2013 03:19 pm
I would like to win the Complete Course in Professional Photography. Currently, my skill level is a step below amateur. I own a Canon 7D and use it to take pictures of my son and his teammates sports activities. For the last three years, I've taken pictures at games and given free prints to the kids. At times, I give them posters (depending on the activity and number of participants). This year, the President of our Pop Warner league approached me to take the individual and team photos for all of the teams and cheerleaders. My plan is to put together a simple, inexpensive (possibly free) package being as I'm no pro but take nice enough pictures to be asked to do this.
My goal is to take the course and improve my skills in order to build on the quality of the photos I take of and for the kids.
March 6, 2013 03:01 pm
I am a completely self-taught "professional" photographer in a small town of Ohio. I started almost exactly one year ago in my daughter's playroom where I attached a curtain rod to the wall and bought a few rolls of seamless paper. During that year, we lost our home and moved to a two bedroom apt., that had a huge window in the living room. My hobby began to grow steadily and during the warm months I began doing mostly outdoor sessions and then when it started getting colder, I started rearranging my living room for an in-home studio. 1 year in and I was blessed to acquire a studio in my hometown for an amazing price, but lost pretty much all of my natural light. I am slowly learning to photograph in studio lighting and I KNOW this course will help me to learn all of the things that I never learned from a formal photography education. I am confident that winning the Complete Course in Professional Photography will help bring my new business to the next level and give me the confidence to remove the quotations marks around "professional". Thank you for your time and this amazing opportunity.
March 6, 2013 02:58 pm
The Complete Course of Professional Photography would be the course for me. The entire package would assist me in starting my photography business. I would of taken the course already, but financially I haven't been able to do it yet.
March 6, 2013 01:45 pm
I am interested in the professional photography course from NYIP. I have been a photography hobbyist/enthusiast for almost thirty years. I have tried learning all I can to eventually become a professional photographer. I believe the photo projects with critique would be so beneficial to me as well as the well-structured course as outlined. I also like the access to the NYIP student advisers to help with questions along the way. Thank you for the opportunity to win such a great prize.
March 6, 2013 01:07 pm
I’ve recently started taking digital photographs as hobby and I very much enjoy the interaction of the technical equipment and the creative side. My specific objectives, outside of developing skill in what is quickly becoming a passion, are to document our family life and events, improve communication within our family, and enhancing how I see the world. The Fundamentals of Digital Photography course will help me solidify a foundation upon which I can further complete these objectives.
The four units offered within the course will provide me with a holistic approach. Some of the elements that I think I will benefit from the most include:
1. Developing an understanding the equipment and the compositions of photographs.
2. Better understanding lighting.
3. Gaining insights to improved people and pet photography. Pets are a big part of our life!
I think that the exercises and instructor feedback will help me progress and become a better photographer. The improved photos will be fun to share with family and friends. As I start to interact more online I will be able to participate more effectively in these interactions to gain a deeper understanding and to help others progress as well. And once I better understand the different types of photography, this will help ensure that no matter how I choose to approach a project I’ll have the foundation to shoot effectively.
March 6, 2013 12:40 pm
I am interested in the Fundamentals of Digital Photography. I love taking pictures for the fun of it. I have always loved the look and the message a picture can provide. I have never had a great camera until I purchased my Nikon DSLR D5000. Shooting in automatic gets me throug most of what I want, but why have bells and whistles if you don't know how to use them. The Fundamentals class can put the "fun" back into my photography instead of driving me "mental". I am not looking to compete with professionals, I just want to be able to take my camera out and know that when I come home I will have great pictures to share with my friends and family.
March 6, 2013 11:29 am
If you can't imagine a great picture which says a thousand words, just repeat "New York Institute For Photography" for 200 times - and you will get the picture.
I apply for Complete Course in Professional Photography. And sincerely hope to win that picture.
March 6, 2013 11:00 am
I really wan´t to get the Complete Course in Professional Photography. Taking pictures is my number one hobby. I use every time I have to shoot, and never get enough.
March 6, 2013 10:29 am
The definition of insanity is: Doing the same thing over and over and over again but expecting a different result. That sums up my photography. I take picture after picture with the same knowledge that I have accumulated through trial and error (and the internet) and I always get the same result. Mediocre pictures. I need your help with the Fundamentals of Digital Photography. I am begging, no I am pleading, help me stop the insanity. Teach me to be a better photographer
March 6, 2013 10:09 am
Photography has been a lifelong partner of mine. From my Mintolta SRT102, a DSLR camera, and even raw CCD's attached to telescopes for astro-photography. I have classically been doing film photography so I have a working knowledge of how to take a good photograph. I have delved into DSLR photography in the last few years and I love the application, however miss the intimacy of the film camera. I think that the Profession course would be ideal for me because it seems to be offered at a level that will seriously advance my career in photography. My job has me deal with image processing on a daily basis and I think that these skills I already have combined with what I will learn in the professional course will give me a set of tools that will be invaluable as i move forward with photography.
March 6, 2013 09:57 am
I've just finished my master study in eEducation. I did it alongside my normal work as a teacher. So it was a hard time. Now, one of my dream is to buy a new camera and spend time to walk in the nature and take pictures - and get my hobby back. It would be really great, if I would win the 'Complete Course in Professional Photography'!
Thank you for reading my wish...
March 6, 2013 09:51 am
I would love to participate in the Complete Course in Professional Photography. The course material states that: “it is perfect for everyone who is serious about pursuing their interest in photography” and “it has launched thousands of people in successful careers as professional photographers”. Winning this prize will assist me in realising a new phase in my life and a lifelong dream. The course will give me the opportunity to study with established photographers who will provide me with valuable feedback and at the end of the course I’ll have the confidence, knowledge and skills required to enter the competitive photography industry. Winning this prize could be life changing!
March 6, 2013 09:19 am
Winning the generous "Complete Course in Professional Photography" would be a dream come true to this hobbyist-turned-amateur from Western Nevada. There never seems to be enough hours in the day to practice all the techniques I want to learn! The forums here at DPS have been a vital part of my progress, but a genuine hands-on eductaion would be amazing. The photography culture around here is a little hostile - tutoring is available, at a steep price, and any reaching out to other locals pro's has been met with disdain, or I've been ignored completely. Having the opportunity to learn from one of the top institutes in the country would finally give my skills the fine-tuning that they so desparately need, as well as provide me the tools to build a viable business out of the hobby I love so much.
I'm grateful to be a member of this forum and grateful that dPS is able to provide opportunities like this - best of luck to all who enter and congratulations to whoever wins!
March 6, 2013 08:44 am
I heard about the competition on Twitter and I immediately knew that I have to win, because it’s been a couple of years now since I first heard about NY Institute of Photography and wanted to take a course but I couldn’t afford it. I’m an event photographer since 5 years now, in Romania, and I recently started my own business. So I’d like to win the Complete Course in Professional Photography because I know that it will help me to grow professionally. As a plus one of my favorite photographers took this course and now runs a successful business and I want to be like him. Not that the course will help me be a better photographer but my clients will benefit from these too. They’re precious memories will be flawless and they will look at the photos with pleasure in 30 years from now on, thinking that the photos are timeless.
March 6, 2013 08:29 am
AUTO drives me crazy! It produces some good pictures but not great pictures! I am forever trying new settings by juggling the three balls of exposure: ISO, aperture and shutter speed. The pictures I take are fine but not great. To tell the truth they are barren and unfruitful. I want great pics and I think NYIP's Complete Course in Professional Photography will get me there. I am what I call a frustrated artist. I have tried everything from drawing to painting but nothing seemed to fit until I started taking pictures. Now all I have to do is make it work. Your school will get me where I want to be. Thanks for the opportunity.
March 6, 2013 08:21 am
I am interested in the Complete Course in Professional Photography. I have actually received and reviewed the courses NYIP offers before. I have always been interested in taking this course but have been unable to do so. Generally, something with work gets in the way. I deployed to Afghanistan and the rigors of the deployment got in the way, then we moved to a new duty station and I had to go to several courses so I could do my new job. My wife recently had surgery and all my time has been split between her care and work. When I saw this contest come open, i decided I would try to win as the opportunity to take the course is coming available again. I am looking at the course specifically because i can use the formal instruction to improve my work and learn from some of the experts currently working in the field. That way hopefully I can use the knowledge I have gained from the course as a stepping stone into a new career when I leave the military. My dream would be to open up a Travel Photography business and travel along the likes of Galen Rowell, QT Luong, and some of the other greats int he field. I really hope to win this course as i truly believe the NYIP course would be the push I need and would be the start to a more in depth education int he photography field.
March 6, 2013 07:14 am
I would like to enter my name for the the Complete Photography Course.
I just got a DSLR last fall and quietly started our photography business, while working full-time in another occupation. I am 66 years young and would like to retire in a couple of years and make Photography a second career. To get from Amateur to Semi-Pro, I need to get a good photography education so I understand how to use the camera and set composition to take Awesome pictures. This education will help me build my business by helping people tell their story. I also want to have something to pass down to my Son and Grand Daughter (who at 4 can take some pretty darn good point and shoot pictures). I cannot afford the quality of education that your school provides, so winning the Complete Course would be appreciative.
Thank you for your consideration and providing this contest.
March 6, 2013 06:28 am
I would love to take the Fundamentals of Digital Photography course. I started working on photography a year ago and already people say I have what it takes to be an amazing photographer. I have a really big passion for photography. I belive that in order to become a better photographer you have to always keep learing and that's excatly why winning this course for free is such an amazing oppurtunity for me to keep learning and getting better at photography. I want to learn everything about photography, how it works and how to make photos look amazing.
March 6, 2013 06:22 am
I’ve been reading blogs and self-teaching since I got my first dSRL two years ago. I’ve moved past only using the auto mode but I know I don’t have a comprehensive understanding of aperture, ISO, shutter speed, etc. I know enough to play around but not enough to really be in control of the light, contrast, sharpness, etc. which often causes frustration. I think the Fundamentals course would (hopefully) connect all the dots for me, improve my photography, and boost my confidence. Thanks for the opportunity!
March 6, 2013 05:40 am
I would love to win the Complete Course in Professional Photography. I have taken pics for years but am just now adding in the "scholarly" aspect of it. I enjoy learning and implementing the new things I learn! I would love to do this course and share the results on my blog so that others could see what a difference it could make!
March 6, 2013 04:56 am
Winning the Fundamentals of Digital Photography course would be a blast! I would enjoy participating in this course because I really adore photography and find it very interesting. The opportunity to attend this course would help me to learn and expand my photography skills, as well as help to develop my knowledge as a beginner photographer. I love to take pictures of foods, landscapes and interesting objects. I am looking forward to taking better photos with your help!
March 6, 2013 04:52 am
Winning the Fundamentals of Digital Photography course would be a blast! I would enjoy participating in this course because I really adore photography and find it very interesting. The opportunity to attend this course would help me to learn and expand my photography skills, as well as help to develop my knowledge as a beginner photographer. I love to take pictures of foods, landscapes and interesting objects. I look forward to taking better photos with your help!
March 6, 2013 04:29 am
I've spent tonnes of money on photographic equipment, but my photographs are not improving, and this is open to everybody!
March 6, 2013 03:21 am
I have been taking pictures for a while now, and would like to take that step to become something better then I am. I have taken real life courses on the basics, but I need to learn how to market, and how to take that "Extra ordinary Picture" that sells. I feel I can learn on my own eventually, and my photography is getting better every day, but taking this course would be a huge stepping stone towards a career that I would like to get started. I believe the professional course would greatly benefit me in this endevor
March 6, 2013 03:17 am
I would love to win the Complete Course in Professional Photography. I have been doing photography since high school and even had my own old school darkroom with the enlarger and chemicals in my backyard at one point. I have a very good understanding of the "fundamentals" of photography and have recently been branching out into the business side of it. I feel the Complete Course is exactly what I need to get me to where I need and want to be. I would absolutely love having assignments, training and someone to give me the constructive criticism I feel I'm missing at this point. I've actually looked into courses/classes with the New York Institute of Photo in the past but can not afford it so this is very exciting for me! Thank you very much for your consideration and I know we're all excited to hear who the winners of these awesome opportunities are!
March 6, 2013 02:51 am
I have always been a visual learner and looking at the Complete Course in Professional Photography, the in depth audio/video & advisor material that is offered in this course is amazing. I like how the course is designed to fit your own schedule, teach the latest techniques in photography and their commitment and promise to make you a better photographer. The options in this course would allow me to better understand what kind of a photgrapher I would like to become.
March 6, 2013 02:50 am
Hi, I would like to win the Complete Course in Professional Photography. I have learned already some of the basics of photography in magazines and websites such as dps and I’m very thankful for it. I would like to evolve to the pro level with a formal course, just like the ones you’re offering and I’d love to be enrolled in a world-famous institute like NYIP. For now the most frequent time I used my camera is on travels but I am very interested of taking portraits, macro and many other topics that are covered in this course. Also I believe that the method of the course -with dvds of pros working, advisors and no deadlines- is an excellent way to learn!
I’m from Santiago, Chile. Thanks dps and NYIP for this chance!
March 6, 2013 02:29 am
I would like to take the course "Fundamentals of Digital Photography". I am a very amature photographer looking to improve on the skills and techniques learned from this website and others. I work full time and need a course like the NYIP so I can complete it within my spare time.
March 6, 2013 02:26 am
I have been working as a freelance photographer in Bangladesh and saving a small amount each month to enroll in the NYIP Complete course in photography but its my bad luck its way too long, i dream to win this as i believe the topics which will be taught in the course are the pro level subject which will help me to explore in the practical life and NYIP's complete course will be a key changer and add on in my photography career.
March 6, 2013 02:18 am
The Complete Course in Professional Photography is the one for me!
The world could use a few more Ansel Adams types ... Don't get me wrong here ...
I don't want to "be" Ansel Adams ... but I wouldn't mind being "like" him ...
"The NYIP Complete Course in Professional Photography" looks like it might get
me pointed in the right direction ...
Good luck everyone! :-)
March 6, 2013 01:43 am
Dreams, if worthwhile, become goals. Goals, if important enough, become plans. Plans however, require time, and all my time is spent dreaming...
...of becoming a professional photographer!
March 6, 2013 01:39 am
Hi! I would really benefit from the Complete Professional Photography Course! I have raised 2 amazing children (practically professional models after living with me!), it's my turn now. I am preparing for the second half of my life and I want it to be fun, exciting and productive! I started taking pictures(black and white film) in high school over 30 yrs ago. I have been taking courses at the amazing Pittsburgh Filmmakers school. While I love the school and will continue to take any classes that they offer, I feel a need for a more business oriented course. I also believe that applying different approaches to learning is incredibly beneficial, applying the discipline of online learning will be great training for a career. I've been a hobbyist for over 30 years and am so excited to become a really good Pro! Thank you for this wonderful offer!,
March 6, 2013 01:11 am
I am very interested in the Fundamental's course. As someone who has worked independently for many years, I realized a couple of years ago, I had very few personal interests for myself. I discovered photography and my family and I tend to get out more and take more walks and hikes looking for places, things, animals, or birds to photograph. I live in a state with lots of natural scenery and wildlife. I am still a novice at it and would like to learn more and expand my knowledge.
March 6, 2013 12:57 am
I am very interested in the Complete Course in Professional Photography. I have a full-time job, but I enjoy photography very much and have taken seminars and workshops with photographers. I am focused primarily in street photography, model/studio shoots and professional pet photography.
Since my job does not allow me any time to pursue formal education on the subject, the course would be a great tool to learn more about this art and to take my photography to a level where I might be able to not only make better photographs and enjoy my passion to the fullest, but my skills may also allow me to do pro shots at international pet contests as well as other photo shoots!
There are many aspiring photographers here and I know I am one more to this list, but I think that the course would allow me to expand on the fundamentals I already possess and really propel me to the level of photography that I admire!
March 6, 2013 12:35 am
I have a few years left before I can retire from the Military. I am constantly looking to better myself as a photographer and I am currently building a body of work to use as a portfolio. The Complete Course in Professional Photography would better prepare me for a career (dream job) in photography.
Thanks for your consideration.
March 6, 2013 12:27 am
My initial instict was to go big and say I would like the Complete course in Professional Photography. 30 lessons. All that information. Who wouldnt want that course? That would be pretty amazing. I then came back down to reality and realized I am not going to make a career out of photography. Not at this stage in my life and not with 1 kid going to college in the fall and another one getting ready for college in a couple years. I figure the course that would be perfect for me is the Fundamentals of Digital Photography.
I have a Nikon D60. It's the only camera I shoot with. I love taking photos and sharing them with family and friends. I like seeing their reaction to captured moments in time. But I still have so much to learn. This course would help me with all aspects of the digital realm. It would be nice to get the camera switched off auto and really understand the concepts needed to work in the 'manual' world and start getting creative. I want my pictures to tell stories and to make people smile.
This course would provide the perfect foundation to allow me to gain confidence and really become better at my hobby!
March 6, 2013 12:20 am
I’d like to win the Complete course in Professional Photography. I would like this course cause about 6 months ago I bought the cannon rebel t3/1100 and a dummies book to use it. I start taking pictures of my toddler and then went to senior pictures and family portraits. I would like to make a living as a photographer instead of working nights as a certified nurses assistant so I can spend more time with my family. I believe that photography is my calling. I went to school for massage therapy and later fond out it wasn't for me so at 32 years old I finally know what I want to be when I grow up, a photographer!
March 5, 2013 11:34 pm
I would love to take the Complete Course in Professional Photography. Unfortunately, I am not destitute and I have no aspirations to become a professional photographer; my goal is simply to continue to love photography, to continue to travel to Vermont every October for the foliage and to travel down every dirt road I can find, without a care in the world as to where it might lead, capture that farmhouse in the valley, the cows in the pasture, or that stretch of road that is bordered with those fiery colors of Vermont, and to become the best photographer I can be. I truly am, as your site describes, simply a hobbyist who wants to develop my photographic talents to take great photographs of my friends, families and places I visit.
March 5, 2013 11:25 pm
I know the fundamentals of photography, what I do need help with is the business side of things. That is why I think the Complete Course in Professional Photography would best suit me. I would like to move from taking pictures of friends and family to the next level. Having the knowledge I would gain from this course would help me get people in front of my lens, thank you.
March 5, 2013 11:23 pm
I'd love to win a place on the Complete Course in Professional Photography which I think would be the ideal course to bring my photography knowledge and skills beyond the next level.
Having been a hobby photographer for a number of years I've decided to give more of my time and effort to using photography as a means to communicate. I'm delighted that I've successfully completed a few photo projects for clients (mainly friends of friends) and that I've become more active in photography forums where I've helped and received help from other keen photographers.
This is all good. In fact it's great, really great.
But there's something missing.
For quite a while I've had a desire to document a way of life in the Abruzzo region of Italy that is slowly disappearing. I want to use my camera to showcase this region and to ensure its traditions are highlighted and recorded. My plan is to produce a book with a series of environmental portraits and articles about the people and their traditional crafts and their traditional way of life.
Has this been done before? Of course it has - the approach is not ground breaking I admit that.
However that does not mean that it isn't a worthwhile project and that it won't be of benefit to the region and its people.
I'm going to complete the project whether I win a place on the NYIP Complete Course in Professional Photography or not - I feel that I just have to do it.
However I'm 100% certain that the end result will be far better if I've had access to the depth of knowledge and resources that the New York Institute of Photography offer as part of their courses.
Thank you for considering me.
March 5, 2013 11:22 pm
I have been an amateur photographer since the early 90s, I am now in my 70s and still learning, but with so many articles about, you don’t always get on the right path, what I need is the NYIP Course in ‘Fundamentals of Digital Photography’, and I believe that after reading the contents of ‘Units One to Four, the course will make me a dam good amateur photographer and increase my 50% knowledge to a 100%. And in turn will motivate me to go out and take great photos, not just good ones as before.
There is not one topic in the course that I could rightly say...’I know all that’ ...as in life, there is always something new to learn.
March 5, 2013 11:11 pm
Photography is my passion and my life. Even when I was a kid, I tried to express myself through arts and with photography I can do it better. I would like to win the complete course in professional photography because of a simple reason, you are helping me to become a better person by expressing more of myself to make a big differnce in the world of photography and it's like gearing me up with full battle gear before sending me to war aside from the training, knowledge and skills that I will going to develop with this comprehensive course. I'm so confident that having this course will improve my personality and understanding not only with photography but the people itself through better communication: verbally and body languages.
More power to Digital Photography School and New York Institute of Photography. You guys are amazing and always there to help improve someone's life, personality, career and vision. You just save another soul today. Godbless and Good luck.
March 5, 2013 10:19 pm
I'd love to do and win the Complete Photography Package, as I believe to learn from the best.
March 5, 2013 09:54 pm
I am currently a Pre School Photographer. I love my job and I was fortunate enough to be given this job almost 4 years ago! I haven't had any proper photography training and I am looking to start studying and doing my own freelance work. There are so many courses out there I don't know where to start. I feel I would need an all-rounded course and your Complete Course in Professional Photography seems to fit my current needs. I'm sure there are still many "beginner" things I don't know about cameras and photography. I would love to learn these however I also want to be pushed and to have a better in-depth knowledge of photography. To have a course that I can complete in my own time yet still be able to submit work to be evaluated by professional photographers would be amazing! This could be my head start into an even bigger world of photography that I am so eager to see.
March 5, 2013 09:37 pm
My name is Sergiu & i am from Republic of Moldova.
I would like to win the Complete Course in Professional Photography because i want to become a profesional photographer & open my owen studio in future if i will fill that i have enought skills in photography. I've made only a basic course, thats why i think this course will help me to becam & understand better photography. Your course will be for me like the best start in this domain; and because it will be like an international school that anyone will apreciate me because i will have the NYIP’s Graduation Certificate.
Good luck for everyone!
March 5, 2013 09:13 pm
I just have my first DSLR camera couple of months back. I’m eagerly to win the Fundamentals of Digital Photography course, coz I believe having a strong fundamental it can give me a stunning photos and become a better photographer.
March 5, 2013 08:59 pm
I am reaching the age where I can start thinking about exiting the corporate world and applying my energy to something I am passionate about. I believe that the New York Institute of Photography Complete Course in Professional Photography offers a jump-start on such a career change. It will assist me in the transition from amateur to professional.
March 5, 2013 08:57 pm
I Would like to win Complete Course in Professional Photography course because I would love to do somthing I love for a career. Work in my area is scarce. I would like to be my own boss and tell stories through a photo. Once I have gained enough knowledge and skill I would like to give back to the communite and share what I have learned and hope to inspire creativeness in others.
March 5, 2013 06:56 pm
For me, the Fundamentals of Digital Photography course would help me make the first steps from being a 'happy snapper' to some-one who can show photographs to bring enjoyment to family and friends. The discipline the course will bring will aid me in the future and I can have fun interacting with tutors and other students at the same time as learning a new skill.
March 5, 2013 06:34 pm
I would love to win the complete course in professional photography course. As a military member and small business owner it is difficult to find the time to sign up for course like this but I have tried once and they do not accept military Tuition Assistance unfortunately. It would be great to finally be able to be part of this course. This course would also help me to get to that next level in photography that I know I can achieve with a little push.
March 5, 2013 05:17 pm
Hi, I would like to win the Complete Course in Professional Photography. I’m studying enginering at the University but everyday I like more and more photography and I’d love to work part-time or maybe full. I have learned already some of the basics of photography in magazines and websites such as dps and I’m very thankful for it. I would like to evolve to the pro level with a formal course, just like the ones you’re offering and I’d love to be enrolled in a world-famous institute like NYIP. For now the most frequent time I used my camera is on travels but I am very interested of taking portraits, macro and many other topics that are covered in this course. Also I believe that the method of the course -with dvds of pros working, advisors and no deadlines- is an excellent way to learn!
I’m from Santiago, Chile. Thanks dps and NYIP for this chance!
March 5, 2013 05:03 pm
This is what I do this is why I live this is why I'm here to capture a monent in time and present it in an interesting way to move the viewer either to like or dislike to dream or to look away but always to interact
March 5, 2013 04:56 pm
I would like to win the Complete Course in Professional Photography. It would be the greatest investment of education and resources that anyone has ever spent on me. The experience of the program itself is truly priceless. As a senior in college who realized his true passion for photography the semester before graduation, this package would provide me with the tools and knowledge I need to further my education and skill in photography. Having professionals critique my work and give me feedback is a tremendous learning opportunity. Certification is a huge accomplishment as well. This would take my photography to the next level and bring me closer to my dreams of becoming a photojournalist and capturing the amazing stories that people around the world want to share and others need to see.
March 5, 2013 04:54 pm
I'd like to win the complete course because for two reasons. The first is to photograph my family (I have a 9 year daughter and 1 year old son). I'd like to take pictures that fit their personalities and tell a story. This course will highly encourage me to get a better camera (beyond a point and shoot - something I've been looking into for the last 3 years) - and hopefully hand my camera down to my 9 year old daughter. I hope to teach her some of the things I learned in the course!
The second reason is for my work. I work in the Technology Department at a small private school, and each employee truly wears multiple hats. If I'm able to take photos (and video!) using what I learned in the course, it might save our school some money (don't have to hire the professional photographer!) and make the school look better overall.
Thanks so much for offering an opportunity to win the course! I don't think it would be possible for me to gain the knowledge on my own - either by online research or paying for the course!
March 5, 2013 04:47 pm
I wish I can get the Complete "Course in Professional Photography". I have been doing wedding and portraits and I have undergone training. I need this training because of all the training that is available in the internet, I must say that this is the ultimate stepping stone to become a professional photographer. Even I have finished some courses, I keep on hunting for more info as I am not satisfied yet with my skill set.
March 5, 2013 04:44 pm
I'm working full time as a nurse,but my passion has always been in arts and photography,living now in New Zealand which i think one of the most beautiful places on earth with stunning landscapes and extraordinary people I was drawn more into photography,It started as a hobby I would like to improve on it more and hopefully make it as a source of income and support my family. I like my job at present but I would enjoy working while having fun if I love what I do. I'm willing to learn and develop my skills further,I'm a self-taught amateur photographer and if I win the Complete Course in Professional Photography it will not only add and improve my knowledge and skills in photography but I can share it to all amateur photographers as well.Furthermore,I think the amount of knowledge in this courses are priceless,and I would like to thank DPS for giving everyone a chance to win this. your site help me a lot.many thanks.
March 5, 2013 04:30 pm
I would be more than happy w/ winning the Complete Course in Professional Photography! After getting my 1st camera in Feb. 2012 & learning all I have from this website, I started a business less than a year ago to get to do something I'm more than passionate about everyday! I would love help from some pros & get some training to help solidify a career in photography! As well as have some advisement on steps to take to help make this dream come true! Either way, win or not, I've found my calling & will NEVER give up :) Thanks DPS for helping me get as far as I have in so little time!!
March 5, 2013 04:03 pm
A Nikon 5100... online photo basics... courses at community colleges... workshops in the field...numerous seminars and club meetings. 10,000 photos yet? It takes equipment, education, hands-on experience, many mistakes and a few successes to keep on going. Having already put in a lot of time, money and energy into photography, I am interested in progressing to the next level where my shots are noticed and someone is willing to pay for them. I believe a structured and professional program like the one offered NY Institute of Photography will provide invaluable tools, techniques, education and understanding . 4,999 shots to go...
March 5, 2013 03:27 pm
I would like the Complete Professional Photography Course. Why do I want to take this course? I have dabbled in photography and I really enjoy it as a hobby. I feel my work is limited by the informal training I've picked up along the way. I think that a structured course that covers so many aspects of the field is just the thing I need to take my photography to the next level. The New York Institute of Photography's Complete Professional Photography Course will teach me techniques for my weak areas like portraiture, and as I improve in those areas my over all skill as a photographer will improve. I would also look forward to the photo projects as they will give me a reason to get out and shoot more.
I have a good friend who has taken this course and is now a professional photographer and web designer for a regional magazine. I was exposed (pardon the pun) to some of his project work while he was taking the course. I know that he enjoyed the classes and I know his camera work improved as a result.
March 5, 2013 03:27 pm
I would like to win NYIP's Professional Photography Course, as I have been a longtime hobbyist doing a lot of wildlife, macros and travel photography as well. I have never had any professional training of any sort, so this would be a great opportunity for me to learn from a great school like NYIP, and see what it takes to become a professional or freelance photographer and make some money on the side. This really is a great opportunity so Im hoping that I would get selected.
March 5, 2013 02:48 pm
i'd love to win the fundamentals class from NYIP. i've always known i've had a passion for photography, but i'm discovering that even more so now. i love reading photography articles, going to exhibits (my latest love being vivian maier), and i will be taking a 35mm class through the chicago park district soon. i have a DSL-R but i know i'm not using it to its full potential. i'm definitely at the novice level, so i'd love to start with the fundamentals first, absorb that information as much as possible, and then hopefully move on from there. i would just love to put my creativity into an art form and create something beautiful. i hoping to put my all into this class and get what i put into it. thank you so much for your time and consideration, and for holding this competition!
March 5, 2013 02:24 pm
My daughter just turned 13 and we are planning a trip to Tanzania in July. I have followed DPS for two years now, and when I saw this, I thought it would be great material to share my passion for photography with my daughter. She recently asked to "upgrade" her point-and-shoot to a DSLR and learn how to take pictures with me. I would love to win the "Fundamentals of Digital Photography" course to help me remember to teach the things that I just do after 30 years of doing this on my own.
March 5, 2013 02:00 pm
I am very interested in your contest. I have followed your website for a while, and it has helped me re-ignite my passion for photography. I am soon to retire from 30years in law enforcement and I am looking to move from "just the facts ma'am" photography toward a new career in photography. My goal is to have my skill catch up to my imagination. Thank you for what your site offers.
March 5, 2013 01:57 pm
As an avid photographer, I'm looking into possibly starting a new career. But diving into a new career has a lot of unknowns and fears. With the Complete Course in Professional Photography, I know that I'm going to get a full understanding of all different types of photography plus it's business side.
Besides the many genres of photography and specifics of business that are covered, the most valuable part of the course for me is the mentoring program. Even if a career in photography doesn't work out, I know that getting direct advice from established photographers on my weak points and strength's of my images will help my photography improve.
March 5, 2013 01:53 pm
I would really love to win the Complete Professional Photography Course. With the economic situation in California being what it has been, circumstances forced me to retire much earlier than I had planned (I worked in juvenile corrections for one of the counties). As you can imagine, dealing with troubled youth can be very rewarding, but also very negative. I vowed when I left that I wanted to pursue a positive career that I could enjoy for the rest of my life. Since I truly love photography, I decided I would like to pursue a career as a photographer. I attempted to take the Complete Professional Photography Course through the Veterans Administration’s VRAP program, but was denied because it is a correspondence course (even though there are no photography programs offered at the local colleges).
Why the Complete Professional Photography Course? Because it covers everything I need to know to pursue a “successful” career as a professional photographer; from the basics of photography such as camera operation and the fundamentals of exposure, to advanced professional photography skills as well as the business aspects of opening your own studio. I really like the fact the program exposes the student to a lot of niches of photography such as travel, sports, portraiture, etc.… This would give me an opportunity to sort out just what aspect of photography suits me best. But what I really like about the Complete Professional Photography Course is professionals who give you honest input and experienced guidance.
This course would give me the tools to advance my photography to the level it needs to be as a “professional”. Like many people, I have gone a long way on my own but I have come to that point where I have hit a wall. The courses step-by-step approach through fundamentals and building a solid foundation to anchor advanced skills is exactly what I need. Why do I want to win the Complete Professional Photography Course, because it would change my life in a positive way!
March 5, 2013 01:31 pm
I will love to win the Complete Course in Professional Photography. I've took Basic photography classes and I really enjoy it. I take pictures for hobby, but I would love to live about it, my passion and I definetly think thisb course is exactly whatb I need.
March 5, 2013 01:08 pm
It would be a dream come true to win the "complete course in digital photography". I have been interested in photography for the last 25 years and it wasn't until last summer that i decided to venture into the world of photography. It was only because my wife decided to buy an entry level dslr that made it possible. She had no idea of my interest until i mentioned it to her. It has being a challenge to learn on my own since working full time and putting myself through school while being a loving father to a beautiful 3 year old girl. Financially it is nearly impossible to go to attend photography school and timewise it the only option i have is to study from home at my own pace. For this reason it would be a dream come true to finally be able to learn something that im passionate about and be able to take photographs especially of my daughter and create memories for her to remember her childhood.
March 5, 2013 01:03 pm
I would love to win the professional course. WHY? I launched my own photography website last year, and since doing so I've stalled in my plans. Photography has been my passion since my teens and I want to be able to share what I feel for a place I'm at through my photos; to be able to have it published as my work. I want to learn more about lighting, portraiture, capturing mood and to discover my true photography style.
March 5, 2013 12:41 pm
I would love to win the Complete Course in Professional Photography. My goal this year is to grow and learn and prepare myself to launch my own photography business by 2014. The information taught in this class sounds like it would give me so much knowledge to use in this adventure and it would be a dream to win. Having the opportunity for projects/assignments and critique is something that I would really appreciate and use to learn and grow from. Thank you for this opportunity.
March 5, 2013 12:23 pm
I would like to Complete Course in Professional Photography
to hone my skill on photography as well to build up my dream ;)
March 5, 2013 12:09 pm
I'd be honored and humbled to win the Complete Course in Professional Photography, here's why. I've served in the Army for 13 years and I'm diving into the deep end by transitioning out to do what I truly love instead of being told what to do. My one true passion has been photography ever since I worked in a print lab in the early 90's during high school. Ever since then I've been hooked. However because of my profession, the Army has not allowed me to develop my photography business as I should; my potential has devastatingly been limited the past 13 years. Because of this I feel like I'm being thrown out onto the cold streets, no where to go, and fearfully lost.
Winning this would change my life. It would not only give me the tools that I need to succeed and to become a successful professional photographer, but it would allow me to reach my full potential; it would instill hope, confidence, and motivation that many photographers undoubtedly reach. In a simple analogy, it would be my 'floaties' on my arms that will keep me a float when I dive into the deep end of the pool.
And on top of that, to pay everything forward (because I believe in karma), everything that I've learned, fought for, and persevered through would be shared to any ear that will listen in hopes that someone else could learn from my knowledge I've gained through NYIP and progress the industry as one should.
Thank you for taking the time and understanding my situation.
March 5, 2013 12:06 pm
I am excited about the complete course in professional photography, recently I photographed my first wedding and loved it. I like the concept of feed back of my work and that this program covers the basics on up.
I work a full time job but with the hunger for learning more and building confidence I know this program is for me.
March 5, 2013 12:00 pm
I would like to win the "Complete Course in Professional Photography" as I'm a freelance wedding photographer that is keen to improve and sharpen my skills. Besides that, getting a professional to guide and improve is great.
March 5, 2013 11:56 am
I would love the full photography course, but I think someone else would make way better use of it than I would. The basics course seems to be more fitting for me. I would like to know more about the fundamentals so that I can take better pictures. Maybe someday I can work up to more advanced photography.
March 5, 2013 11:43 am
I've been an amateur film photographer for going on fifteen years. I would like to improve my digital work, and steer towards going pro. I would love to win the complete course. Love this site, and all the great information I learn here. Thank you for the opportunity!
March 5, 2013 10:53 am
I often snap photo's in my day to day job which is a flight instructor and I also fly for a photographer doing aerials. For me the Fundamentals of Digital Photography would help me move what I see and do every day to another level not only for my interests but in helping my photographer capture better stills.
March 5, 2013 10:50 am
I'm hoping to win the Complete Course in Professional Photography. I've recently been attempting to launch a photography business and have been floundering a bit as I have no background in business what-so-ever. This course looks to be the thing I need to help me understand the business fundamentals of photography as well as helping me become a better photographer along the way.
March 5, 2013 09:54 am
I would like to win and study the Fundamentals in Digital Photography. I have an "eye" for photography and was a self taught magician in darkroom development before becoming disabled due to darkroom chemicals. Even after 30 years of using a camera, I am still lacking in technical ability. I struggle digitally with the same issues I did with a film camera. As someone mentioned earlier, I feel that with digital a lot of what does turn out well is an accident.
I would not want to take the Complete Course gift away from someone looking to make a career out of photography, but I am finally willing to admit I am a talented artist who has a great desire to share. One of the finest ways to do this, I believe, is through photography. I need help melding eye and techinal skills into one.
March 5, 2013 09:53 am
Every morning, I go to office to work. During the day, when I look the grey walls around me, I paint Venice with my mind. No barriers around me, just alluvium sounds, gondole and calli with their echos. I'm an advanced amateur photographer and I want grow up my notions to become a professional photographer and writer. I need a colorful life with my camera.
March 5, 2013 09:46 am
I am an architect turned F&B professional and I contribute to a food and beverage trade publication. As an architect, I did a lot of photography for presentation and became an expert in retouching my work in Photoshop because I had a point-and-shoot that uses film. This was pre-Internet days. As I go along, I am reluctant to purchase course materials fearing it's a waste of money so I hounded photography fora and learned so much from members alone. I now have a basic DSLR that I am learning to manipulate to take great pictures. My latest subjects are food and the club scene for my magazine articles and I don't find a lot of help from the fora in that area. I took a couple of PPSOP courses (Food, Travel) and I would like to compare what NYIP has to offer. I would like to win the "Complete Course in Professional Photography" to see if the difference in the price reflects the difference in their contents.
March 5, 2013 09:38 am
I would LOVE to be able to take advantage of the complete course for professional photography! I am always looking for ways to improve my talents and develop new ones. Photography has long been an interest of mine, and I've finally been able to pursue it. I strive to create beauty and to produce a beautiful product. Thank you for the incredible offer!
March 5, 2013 09:33 am
I'd love the win the Fundamentals of Digital Photography because even though I know the basics of using my camera and the exposure triangle, I know that a course will help solidify my knowledge and build a great foundation for future growth.
March 5, 2013 09:04 am
There are two reasons why I would be honored to take the complete course in professional photography. First and foremost, I want to make a career out of photography. I know many say this, but after a year or two of trying, they will get burned out or quit. I understand that building a professional business takes time and skill. I have the business degree and I'm willing to spend years building this. I have a few years of self education but know that it only goes so far; I want to have a good knowledge base with which to build upon.
I also love to teach! The more knowledge I have, the better I can teach others who are passionate about this craft. If the opportunity would present itself, I would teach photography professionally. Both reasons lend themselves to increasing the quality of photographers and bringing the industry and craft to a higher level. Again, I would be honored to have the opportunity to learn from the pros.
March 5, 2013 08:34 am
I have loved photography ever since that first "Brownie" camera, and would be thrilled to win the Complete Course in Professional Photography. I have taken a few lower level courses and am ready to build on the basics and get creative. My husband and I will be retiring in a few months and doing a good bit of RV traveling . I would love to be able to take fantastic photos and possibly make a little income to make retirement a bit easier. This course would give me a wonderful advantage!
March 5, 2013 08:34 am
Hi, I would like to win the Complete Course in Professional Photography. I'm studying enginering at the University but everyday I like more and more photography and I'd love to work part-time or maybe full. I have learned already some of the basics of photography in magazines and websites such as dps and I'm very thankful for it. I would like to evolve to the pro level with a formal course, just like the ones you're offering and I'd love to be enrolled in a world-famous institute like NYIP. For now the most frequent time I used my camera is on travels but I am very interested of taking portraits, macro and many other topics that are covered in this course. Also I believe that the method of the course -with dvds of pros working, advisors and no deadlines- is an excellent way to learn!
I'm from Santiago, Chile. Thanks dps and NYIP for this chance!
March 5, 2013 08:12 am
One response said the Complete Course in Professional Photography looks intimidating. I couldn’t agree more but that is THE reason I want to complete this course. My husband and I are constantly telling our children anything worth doing is hard, hard work. Photography is worth doing to me, and up to this point I have taught myself everything I know. But, I certainly don’t know everything and to have professional training, well that is the next step. I like the idea of taking a course that is not just about studio photography, because while I can take pictures in a studio, I live to take pictures of nature, culture, of life. I’ve dreamed about this course, sent for the information package and poured over the contents. What I love most about this course, is that it is beyond the basics, beyond books and self-training, which at this point I need. But what I also love about this course is that you have to want it. You have to dive in and self-train with the guided material. You have to pace your learning and take advantage of what this course has to offer, because anything worth doing is hard, hard work.
March 5, 2013 08:06 am
This is the opportunity I have been hoping and looking for; to learn how to take the best photos possible with the gear I have, the chance to become knowledgeable with my camera and techniques, and to finally learn what I did wrong or how I could have made 'that photo' so much better from professional instructors and advisors. I reviewed the courses and while I still have much to learn and could benefit from both, I feel the Complete Course in Professional Photography is the one that will enable me to pursue my dream of a career in the field of photography.
March 5, 2013 08:05 am
I have loved photography since I was a little girl when my grandfather let me use his Pentax film camera to take pictures in their neighborhood. I also love nature and animals in particular, so I right away I wanted to take pictures of the horses in the fields across the street from his house. He helped me with the settings but I held the camera on my own and focused. When the pictures came back, he was beaming with pride at the quality of my pictures for a young kid – even the barbed wire between the wooden fencing was crisp and in focus. I have been an avid hobbyist ever since, getting my first DSLR 4 years ago.
I get out and photograph as often as I can here in the beautiful state of Arizona. I would love to travel around to interesting and out-of-the-way places in an RV and have the freedom of creativity in my photography. I hope to do freelance work someday, get published in Arizona Highways magazine, and maybe even… National Geographic! Surely my grandfather would be beaming down at me from heaven then!
I do read a lot about photography in books and online, but I have never had professional training. I think the “Complete Course in Professional Photography” would be wonderful to kick my skills up to a higher level. I believe my photos to be okay, good even, but I want them to be GREAT! I think the input offered from the pros in this set would be invaluable and having them evaluate your work – while scary and intimidating – is necessary for improvement and growth. Thank you for a great opportunity NYIP!
March 5, 2013 08:01 am
If I was so honored to be a winner in this contest, I would choose The Complete Course of Professional Photography. I have been taking pictures since 1972 when I received my first camera. In my teens and 20's I craved books on photography and cameras, and finally saved up for a Nikkormat FM. I have learned so much about "taking" the picture, and it is my true passion. Now about 20-30 cameras later, I love it even more, (if that is possible) with the advent of digital. My university office, my home, my family, and friends homes are filled with shots I have taken and given them. If I had a dime for "you should do this for a living" I would be laying on a beach somewhere (camera in hand, of course). I want to pursue photography professionally, and I lack all the knowledge of "how to get there" from here". I love photographing - flowers, animals, doorways, nature, babies, moms, dads, kids, strangers, friends, insects! I have the passion, and I have the will, now I need the knowledge!! Thanks for reading!
March 5, 2013 07:58 am
I would like to win the Complete Course in Professional Photography course. I've already completed a couple of weekend courses in the fundamentals of photography.
I see this course as being the best way to take me to the next level and beyond. As it is home study it means I can learn in my own time and my own pace and don't have to spend time away from my young son at the weekend. I do enough of that when I'm at work during the week.
The course will give me access to the very best material in various formats and see the real pro's in action.
Instant access to the online tutors who are all professional photographers and not just teachers!
Being setting projects to complete and receiving live audio feedback will be so beneficial.
When can i start?
March 5, 2013 07:39 am
I would be thrilled to win either course. It is always good to reinforce and relearned the "basics " as the basics are your foundation. The complete course would take my photography so much farther. You can't lose with either course since it's from NYIP.
March 5, 2013 07:38 am
My name is Roger Zayas, I live in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. I want to win the complete course.
I'm a profesional singer, have been for the last 30 years of my life, working for a major latin artist for the last 28 years!. Photography came late in my life, but for the last 5 years or so, I've fallen in love with it so hard, that recently I spend more time in it than in music, and loving it!. Even though I have knowledge and consider myself an advanced amateur, one of the things that I wish the most is to understand the craft from its core. I respect the arts so much that, in order to pursue it, I need to cover everything for me to understand it and then transmit it through my work.
Recently I made a small studio at home with a couple of backdrops and my flashes and it is so exciting to be able to create out of nothing, but to feel whole I need to feel that I'm a complete and informed photographer! My main plan is to pursue it full time along with my music...!
March 5, 2013 07:27 am
I'm fortunate to have a very, very basic knowledge and deep appreciation of photography - and a brand-new camera that far outweighs my own capabilities. I came across Digital Photography School looking for photo classes in my own area, but the closest ones are a two-hour drive away and not offered on a regular basis. I'm an MBA student working a full-time job - four hours round-trip is a big commitment. I'd love to be able to use my DSLR to its (and my own) full potential and share what I know with other photography novices. I would appreciate the opportunity to use the Fundamentals of Digital Photography course to really explore the technology I already have in-hand, at my own pace (critical for someone with a tight schedule). Further, I feel the Fundamentals package could not only help me learn my camera, but also learn how to take a (purposefully) good picture using the feedback from experts and student guides who participate in the course. I would benefit from having "assignments" to complete - because I know I'd get constructive feedback on the other end. Help me break the auto mode slump!!!
March 5, 2013 07:18 am
If I won, I would take the Complete Course in Professional Photography. This course based on what I read would take my photography to the next level. I have look at NYIP a couple of times but at this time cannot afford the course. I have looked at local Community Colleges and other local resources but they don't have the depth of course material and they are not self-paced and long enough. The NYIP courses cover everything from the basics (which I still need some work) to the full business view and the key component is the evaluation of photographs by an independent view to give great feedback on how I as a photographer can improve and what I am doing right. In this social network era, it is tough to get good unbiased opinions on my work.
The depth of the course is what is key to me along with the evaluation of my work to tell me what I am doing right and where I can improve. I may not win this contest but I am hoping within the next year to take this course, some way some how.
March 5, 2013 07:16 am
i'm jeril john. i live in muscat, oman. first of all i would like to thank NYIP for providing this wonder opportunity. i always watch nature very closely. it made me understand how beautiful god has made earth. so i bought a digital camera and started taking photographs. after sometime i understood if i know some technical skills i would be able t take great photos. so i always go to internet and get some information about digital photography but only some websites provide free information . photography is one of my passion. currently i don't have much opportunity to study the FUNDAMENTAL OF DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY .For me getting a course of NYIP would be honour and dream . i 'm pasionate american education . I will be LUCKY if i get FUNDAMENTALS OF DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY. Thanks god bless tou all
March 5, 2013 07:15 am
My name is Ryan, live in South Africa, I'm from zimbabwe,
I have completed a course in photography but would love to win the complete Proffesional course you are offering, I believe the teachings from 1st world countries are of more influence and believe that your training material can have more to offer me. Your country is inundated with world renowned photographers, that I inspire to be, I want to compare the 2 teaching styles while doing your course to get a better understanding of why and how it is easier for one to go further studying, living and breathing photography over there! I'm into documentary photography and would love to use your material to further my knowledge there in!!
March 5, 2013 07:13 am
I am a 36 year old disabled veteran looking to create a professional style photography business dealing with the art of prints vs studio style. The Complete Course in Professional Photography would expand my knowledge tremendously. Now I have a little better than basic knowledge so I use it in wood transfer prints and glass/mirror transfers, but with the help from the course I could expand to include lighting techniques, and exposure controls. I know it is kinda short but that would in itself make the difference in my little part of the world...Oklahoma.
March 5, 2013 07:07 am
Thank you dPs for offering such an amazing opportunity to win one of these courses! I would love to win the Complete Course in Professional Photography! I bought my first dSLR about two years ago and I have been working hard ever since. I spend hours learning and teaching myself all there is to know about being an amazing photographer! I have a good handle on the basics, but desire to go much farther and would benefit greatly by being taught by professionals. I am also working on starting a business, and still need lots of help in that area. My goal is to have a full fledged portraiture business within a couple years. I want to be the best I can be to create breathtaking images for clients. I love everything about photography and it fires me up when I am able to capture a special moment in my family's lives and in others. I will continue to pursue it the rest of my life. The course outline of the Professional Photography makes me very excited and I need to learn many of those things. I would be especially thrilled to have photographers critique my work so I know how to improve. If I win this course I will work very hard and will do my very best to learn all I can! It will not be a waste, but will change my life! Thank you!
March 5, 2013 07:03 am
I couldn't ask for a better gift if I got the 'Complete Course in Professional Photography' . I have been experimenting with photography over the last 2 years. Taking good pictures makes me happy and when I take good pictures for others that makes me even happier which is what I would like to do in the future. There is yet a lot for me to learn and develop my skills in order to pursue this as a career choice. I try to self learn by reading books/ articles but nothing can be a better teacher than good guidance and feedback which this course would be able to provide with the help of professional instructor. I had been on the lookout for a good course but due to time constraints and full time work it was impossible to enroll in one. This would not be the problem with the structure of this course.
March 5, 2013 06:26 am
I'd really like to enter for a chance to win the complete professional course. I find that this course would benefit me and suit my skills best in order for me to advance further in my photography. I mainly shoot landscapes, nature/wildlife and family portraiture. In the future i would like to make some money on the side and maybe sell or exhibit my work locally from time to time.
If nothing else I'd like the pro review, the diploma and the development of my first pro portfolio. This alone I feel would be a serious step towards making a living following my passion for photography.
And finally: PICK ME, PICK ME, PICK ME.....!!!!
March 5, 2013 06:06 am
Please consider me for the Fundamentals Course. I am a high school art teacher in rural South Dakota and I have been begging my principal to let me teach a photography class for several years now. Well guess what, he has finally agreed and is putting it on my schedule for next year. Now I am in a little bit of a panic, because the last time I took a photography class we learned with film.
I think the fundamentals course would be a great course to use for both myself and my students. I would love the complete course, but I think if I can give students the basics and a love of photography then they can take it farther.
I love how the course is set up to get you started with the basics of the camera and what everything does and then works into how to download pictures, back them up, works with lighting, some basic editing skills and then finally focusing on the different genres of photography. Basically everything that I have been trying to find and put together on my own is in one complete package. I would be grateful to win this package and save myself hours of time researching and building my own curriculum for this upcoming class.
March 5, 2013 06:00 am
Its an encyclopedia of photography any photographer (professional or amateur) should have.
March 5, 2013 05:54 am
I would like to win the “Complete Course in Professional Photography”. I live in Colombia and I don’t have direct access to NYIP, and more important, I want to become a great professional photographer. For a while I am an autodidact learner and this course can give me better tools and preparation for the profession. My goal is to become a freelance photographer and you have the best opportunity for me.
March 5, 2013 05:42 am
I live 60 miles from a camera shop, in the middle of Nebraska, but have still managed to take two adult Ed photo classes. I'm going to Paris in the spring for the 1st time ever and have bought a new Leica camera. I would love to have the excellent instruction in the Fundamentals course to make the most of this one time opportunity with a good camera. Please pick me!
March 5, 2013 05:41 am
I would be intereted in winning the Complete Course in Professional Photography. Many years ago, I learned photogrpahy in school by taking and developing our own black and white shots. A professional career (nothign to do with art and creativity) and family put photography on the back burner. A couple years ago, I restarted with some new Canon gear and haven't stopped. I want to take my work to the next level and become a professional. Maybe one day I could make a living doing this, but right now just trying to feed more of the passion for fiding and photographing everything. I recently started a website to try and get my name out there. Any help to make this happen would be greatly appreciated.
March 5, 2013 05:40 am
For seven years now I have been a "self-taught" Photographer. I have never entered any contests or have received help from any professionals. Some of my photos have been in a local newspaper once or twice and have gotten some good comments. I would love to take full advantage of the Complete Course In Professional Photography to enhance my skills fully and someday have my own business. I am confident that the New York Institute Of Photography team members can help me on my quest to succeed in my journey. I cannot afford a real expensive in person Photography school so this is my only option. I would love nothing more than to give back to the world what I am dearly passionate about all these years !
March 5, 2013 05:24 am
I would love to win the complete course. I've owned my DSLR for a few years now, and feel that I've come a long way on my own learning the 'basics' of photography and composition, but now I feel a bit stuck. Learning on my own is all well and good, but without having the feedback of a professional I have no way if I'm doing it 'right' or if there are other approaches I should try. Thanks very much for your consideration!
March 5, 2013 05:13 am
Well going through the above comments i noticed that there are many people or rather photography enthusiasts who badly want the free material be it 'Fundamentals' or 'Professional Photography'. They 'expressed' their needs and wishes in an appealing and elegant way. But i dont know how to convey my thoughts. Let's just say WORDS cant merely convey or suggest how much badly i want to get 'Fundamentals of Digital Photography'. People usually say "A picture is worth a thousand words". You guys at dSP will understand it when i complete my course and submit my assignment and my picture will make up for my lack of words now.
March 5, 2013 05:05 am
I want to submit for the Complete Course in Professional Photography on behalf of my wife. She’s a pretty stellar amateur photographer and makes a little money on the side with it. Her dream now is to be able to do photography full time so she can stay home with our future children and I want to support that anyway I can. Her skills are mostly experience based and not much in the form of class instruction. She’s mentioned the NYIP classes before and she’s absolutely in love with the idea of an at home learning program. I think she would benefit the most from the photo projects to and evaluations that come with it. She is all too often her worst critic and has trouble finding constructive criticism from professionals. I think completing this course will ultimately fine tune her abilities and give her the confidence she needs to follow her dreams.
Thank you for your consideration
March 5, 2013 04:38 am
I hope to win the “Complete Course in Professional Photography”. I’ve long had a love of photography, but never had the means to pursue this passion. I’ve always loved sharing my pictures, but have never really been satisfied with what I could produce with a point-and-shoot or camera phone. I was recently able to purchase a DSLR and am finding that I truly enjoy the control it allows me in how my pictures come out, and the creativity that it allows me. I hope to take my love of photography and use it to possibly pursue a different career and life path from the one I’m currently on, and the ability to participate in a free course would go a long way to recognizing this ambition
Thank you for this opportunity.
March 5, 2013 04:35 am
Hi, I would like to be considered for the Complete Course in Professional Photography. I have been trying to learn as much as I can on my own over the last couple of years. I was beginning to feel really confident in my skills until I saw some of my friends work after she had taken this course. Her creations blow mine out of the water. She has learned so much more in that short period of time than I have over the years. I am seriously lacking in the business skills department, as well. I would love to open up my own studio, but I know that my work lacks that professional quality. I really need to learn how to edit my photos properly, too. I have studio lighting, but have not mastered how to light a white background evenly. I think that having my photos evaluated by an instructor would be very beneficial to my education and maybe help me see more creatively. With all of that being said, you can see that I need help with everything. Thank you and good luck to everyone! Sherry
March 5, 2013 04:32 am
Complete Course in Professional Photography:
It is said that a photo says a thousand words, but I think they do more than that. I think that they let you see a bit of the soul of the photographer. I remember growing up and looking at all the pictures in National Geographic and seeing not only the picture taken, the emotion in the photo itself, and the emotions it called forth in me, but also thinking that the photographer saw the world in a way that others didn’t.
Good photographers do all of the first parts. They show the scene, the emotions in the scene, and evoke emotions in the viewer. Great Photographer, like those in Nat Geo and those that took the historic photos from the Depression, see something that others don’t and try to capture that on film.
If they are lucky and are able to capture it on film, those are the photos that make your heart stop; that make YOU, the viewer, start to question how you see the world and if you really see it all.
Personally, I think I am an alright photographer. I know I have a lot to learn. I think you can be taught to be a good photographer. I’d like to think you can also be taught to be a great photographer as well. I know this course would help me become a better photographer, maybe even a good one and that is what I want to start working on. Winning this would help.
March 5, 2013 04:08 am
I would be ecstatic to win the Fundamentals of Digital Photography course as I am new to digital photography, however I have been reading every possible possible piece of photography literature I can obtain. I feel comfortable using my camera, however just knowing the technical aspects of the hardware has not translated into great results. I work a stressful job which keeps me out of my house for over 12 hours/day and I have been trying to use photography as my pressure release. Finally, my unborn daughter due in May really wants a dad who can take great photos of her!
March 5, 2013 03:59 am
I am entering to win the Complete Course in Professional Photography . I always have had a passion to photograph. I am getting set to retire in 20 months from a mechanics job and will establish myself in a photography business. While the fundamentals course is a great prize, I have a lot of the basic content covered through my history of film shooting and research.
The professional course however is a different story. I feel I may have only covered half of Unit One (and without professional oversight). All the topics in the other units excite me greatly, as I have not committed to a style, discipline or genre yet. With all the opportunities abounding, help and instruction would be so valuable to me. I am open to anything except being a wedding photographer. I will take second shooter jobs when I am confident I can do it well. I just do not want to set my business as wedding photography. I enjoy nature and here in Oregon there are so many chances to make amazing images. I can picture them in my mind, but capturing as imagined, my success rate needs help. I do get some really good images and that, along with personal encouragement from friends and family, keeps my dream going. The content offered complements my career path perfectly. The format also seems suited to bring out what I have to offer. I would objectively rate my skills at a 7+ on a 10 scale. Better than average but under "terrific".
I am a serious student and would completely commit to this undertaking. The list of notable alumni is impressive indeed. I will strive to be worthy of the expectations of a prize winner.
March 5, 2013 03:54 am
I have always loved photography and just recently acquired my first DSLR camera. Having been a single mother for many years, I was limited in extra time or funds to pursue much into photography. The desire has only grown over the years. Last May my son was injured in Afghanistan and I was his caregiver for 6 months. During that time, I began reading about digital photography and began thinking what I could do career wise that would allow some flexibility with my schedule. My son is recovering and will be going on a 350–mile handcycle race from London to Paris. Although I won’t be going with him, I want to be able to attend other inspiring events that he will be involved in to share with others our hero’s remarkable spirit. Having been away from work for over 6 months, my funds are limited in finding good photography education. I would be very grateful to receive either of the two courses being offered. There is so much to learn and I feel the lessons and comprehensive tests would reinforce the concepts and understanding of this art. Photo evaluations would be extremely helpful as well. Thank you for your consideration and opportunity to make one’s dream a possibility!
March 5, 2013 03:52 am
Some months ago, I quit the job that was making me hate my life. I stepped out holding onto the idea that one does not need to hate one's work. The stirring speech by Alan Watts "What if money was no object?" kept coming back to me, and I thought about photographers that I looked up to. See, I've enjoyed being an amateur photographer for several years now. Making images, learning about lighting, playing with settings and experimenting, I've consumed large chunks of internet education. Maybe... just maybe, it was time to make something more of it. I decided that going back to school was the answer.
I love school. I love learning when the subject holds my interest. And photography does more than that: I lose track of time creating an image that conforms to my vision. After looking at the various institutions, I short-listed my choices -- and NYIP's Professional Course was on that list. I began the process and spoke with the Admissions office. Unfortunately, while the counselor was very kind and helpful, I quickly realized that I couldn't afford to go back to school. Going that deeply into debt was simply out of the question, and being unemployed doubles the impact. I saw no choice but to shelve this option indefinitely. And so it sits, on the back-burner, staring at me.
The NYIP Professional Course is what I need. I have a good grounding in the fundamentals, but if I want to go further and deeper, I could use more structure. I need the mentoring and the accountability. I need the critical advice on sharpening technique. I need the exploration of intermediate skills like lighting, printing, and studio set-up. And, I very much need the business and job-related education that the Professional Course can offer me. I don't want to hate my job anymore. I want to contribute something to the world. I want to do something I love.
March 5, 2013 03:41 am
My pictures stink! th professional course looks like just what i need.My photoshop skills are prety good but if i could take the pictures i want to take and get the results i wanted i could spend more time shooting and less time post processing the life out of my shots trying to get what i thought i saw through the viewfinder! help!!!!!!!!!!!!
March 5, 2013 03:25 am
Friends and family have been complimenting me on the photographs that I have been taking and posting, especially during the last three years. My passion is for wildlife and scenery photography in particular.
Now that I have taken early retirement I will have time to travel more (to places with wildlife) and take my hobby of photography to the next level including, if good enough, to becoming a professional. As such I would love to win the “Complete Course in Professional Photography.”
March 5, 2013 03:24 am
I was so excited I submitted my comment early :)
I think I got my point across, but in summary:
Busy working mom would love the opportunity to learn at her own pace.
March 5, 2013 03:24 am
The 'Complete Course in Professional Photography' sounds like the perfect match to my current needs! I am a PhD student in Stem Cell Biology who has taken photography as a quite serious passion for the last couple of years.
I am quite confident in my knowledge of the basics of photography but I'd love to develop my skills so that I can someday make photography a part-time career or perhaps even a full-time job. Unfortunately, the PhD absorbs most of my time and leaves me without too much time to attend a proper course (in person). That's why I'm so excited I found out about this opportunity to win an online photography course from such a reputable source. If I'm honest, the stipend for living I receive here is by no means enough to cover the price of this photography course, otherwise I would have already bought it, because it sounds fantastic! Moreover, the fact that I can learn at my own pace fits perfectly with my busy academic situation right now. I've tried to put my work out there and get it known by the world by entering many different photography competitions without success. I need to work on many advanced aspects of my photography I think, like composition, freelance work, business of photography etc, and this course seems to be the answer I was looking for!
March 5, 2013 03:23 am
The details of professional Photography course outlined at the NYIP website seem intimidating. I have taken some photography courses in the past and it always ends up as one of two things. Either I feel that the course is beneath my abilities and I've seen it all before, because I think I know about the basics and it quickly becomes boring... or it involves the most frightening aspect of photography to me... critical appraisal of my shots!
It seems that in this day and age of social media sites however it would be a bit easier to express myself anonymously and being able to receive critical review combined with direction towards improving the shot, the image, the emotion, the story behind the picture would mean the world to me.
I am retired and live in a world where it is very difficult to find supplemental income because of my language skills. My photo skills are quite good, my compositional skills however are dreadful. In my world where I live, I cannot seek one-on-one professional guidance with the one passion I still possess, because I cannot communicate with the majority of people who do not speak English. This would be a life changing experience and although it is available for those who can afford it, it is simply out of my reach on my fixed income and budget. Thanks and good luck to the winners! John Samborsky Austin, Quebec CANADA
March 5, 2013 03:22 am
Winning the Complete Course in Professional Photography would, quite simply, bring me joy. I am a working mom of a beautiful 1 year old, and wife to a new law school graduate, who is navigating a difficult legal job market. Despite the fact that I cannot fully dedicate my time or finances to becoming a professional photographer right now, having the tools to learn on my own will ensure that I keep my dream alive. I have been researching photography in my spare time and practicing on my Nikon D90 (a wedding gift from hubby). I am already familiar with the topics discussed in the Fundamentals of Digital Photography course, and feel the the complete course would refresh and reinforce those concepts, while giving me the option of advancing further. It may take another year for me to launch a career in photography, or it may take 5 or 10. But in the meantime this course will give me invaluable
March 5, 2013 02:52 am
I would like to win the complete course to become a professional photograoher to be able to capture the most beauty on earth and provide a memorable keepsake for people to cherish for generations who can't afford to hire a photographer above walmart or coupons at sears.
In 2005 my daughter passed after only 6 months on earth and feel like I should have taken more pictures of her life but couldn't afford to. She has become my inspiration to take photos for other people professionally and give away my work to those who cannot afford it and charge a small fee to those who can. I have looked into the degree programs but simply can't afford to pay back the loans. I know that with the right education and training I can provide the most beautiful memories for anyone who could only dream of such things.
March 5, 2013 02:47 am
I am looking forward to retiring from my government career and enjoying a second career in a creative field. I've always loved photography and have taken some very good pictures over the years. I want to hone my skills and learn a wider variety of techniques. The professional course would be a perfect fit to turn my dream career into a reality.
March 5, 2013 02:43 am
I would like to win the Fundamentals of Digital Photography for the very basic reason that I cannot be in New York to attend to the (very cool, I assume) Complete Course in Professional Photography. I do not live in the US. Thanks.
March 5, 2013 02:26 am
I would love to win the Fundamentals of Digital Photography course due to wanting to learn more than just my point and shoot modes of my camera.
March 5, 2013 02:19 am
I love photography! Photography allows me to travel through space and time. It tells me stories of places, people and different cultures. It allows me to get up close to bears, soar over snow covered mountains and walk through the bustling streets of Paris while sitting in my cubicle all the way in Trinidad. I too will like to capture my own moments and create my own stories which I can share with the world. However, to create strong images require knowledge—that’s why the Fundamentals of Digital Photography will be ideal for me. Thanks for the opportunity NYIP!
March 5, 2013 02:12 am
I would have to choose the Complete Course in Professional Photography. A couple years ago I could no longer work as a IT Professional. Having a decent amount of knowledge and skill with the dSLR (Nikon D40x) I already owned I decided to open a small, home based studio.... I have had little success, I am working a minimum wage and part time job in order to fund the studio. I believe this course would be the leg up I need and have been looking for.
March 5, 2013 01:57 am
I need to win the "Complete Course in Professional Photography!" Since age 21 (now in my late 30's) I have dedicated myself to taking care of others. Being a mom at a young age, required I work to bring home a paycheck without having the luxury of doing something I love. In this new season of my life, I have finally been afforded the opportunity to pursue my creative talents. Photography is the avenue I have chosen to pursue wholeheartedly.
I was so happy to see and was particularly interested in the "live action" DVDs, the business lessons because I have no intentions of being a starving artist, and the opportunity to have my work evaluated by professionals as I continue to grow. What an awesome opportunity there is here!
Having two young kids under the age of five and being a one income household, I don't have the opportunity to attend classes at a university. I need this course to help me get to where I know I want to go. I really hope I get this. I won't let you down and you will have another successful student to add to your testimonials.
Thank you New York Institute of Photography for considering me!
Sample work: http://www.flickr.com/photos/92917753@N07
March 5, 2013 01:55 am
Hi, I would be incredibly grateful to be considered for the Professional course. I´m an amateur photog whose unrewarding IT career has pushed him into the world of photography. Through relentless curiosity I´ve managed to get better technically (despite my inherent lack of creativity) and now find myself teaching workshops in the neighborhood where I live. However, I have not been able to break free of my day job and still feel as though I´m not quite ready to go pro. The added instruction of the Pro course as well as the business lessons would bridge a huge gap for me, I feel. Thanks for your consideration.
March 5, 2013 01:39 am
I would be blessed to win the Complete Course in Professional Photography. I left my steady and lucrative job as a sound editor in Hollywood to take a risk and do what really makes me happy, and that is photography. I have done a lot of my own research on starting a business, and have been successful the past year and a half shooting weddings in Northern Michigan, my new home. While I am quite comfortable with my camera and my style, I feel I have only scratched the surface, especially when it comes to the business of photography. My business is my primary source of income, and welcome any opportunity to make it grow and in directions other than just weddings. I would be very thankful for this tool to help me achieve my goals, grow my business, and polish my skills to reach the next level and take me new and exciting places.
March 5, 2013 01:32 am
Bought a DSLR long time back, but never had a chance to learn Photography propertly
March 5, 2013 01:31 am
I would love to win the "Complete Course in Professional Photography" because: I've had my DLSR for just over two years now and I'm quite comfortable with all the settings like aperture, shutter speed, ISO, WB etc. So now I need to take it to the next level. When looking at the course outline, it seems like this course will do just that - take me to the next level and enable me to maybe start on a new career on the side line so I can possible change to.
March 5, 2013 01:26 am
I would absolutely love to win the complete course. I have been interested in taking this course thru the New York Institute of Photography for several months, but haven't been able to afford to pay for it. Being a stay home mother to four kids leaves my family on a budget, and sadly there hasn't been any room in our budget for it since we had to leave our home that was raided by black mold in the basement, we have been living in a hotel so most of our money goes to renting this tiny room. Photography is my dream, and I feel like it's my opportunity to provide for my children the way they deserve, but lack of schooling has me feeling hindered and intimidated in the photography world. Winning this prize would give me the knowledge and confidence I need to do more with photography than just using Photoshop! I feel like this is the perfect package for me to get the schooling I need and want, and still be able to take care of my kids!
March 5, 2013 01:24 am
I am the father of 2-month old triplets! Their arrival coincides nicely with my growing passion for Photography. I'm interested in the "Fundamentals of Digital Photography" because it allows me to hone my skills from home, and still provides me the feedback I believe I require to fully reach my artistic goal. Although having newborns at home provides me the subjects for portraits, I believe I can enhance each portrait by bringing in my ability to capture nature photography as well (not macro, but more scenery shots).
March 5, 2013 01:22 am
I have the fundamentals down but i am in a flux on how to move on from here. I receive offers often to do weddings but do not want to disappoint so i kindly decline them. This Complete Course in Professional Photography – worth $1499 I believe will take me to were I need to be.
March 5, 2013 01:13 am
I would really be grateful if I am to win a course in Professional Photography. I am a Philippine History Teacher and a novice in photography planning to travel my country (slowly) and take photographs of historical landmarks. The course would help me build compelling images about my country, its geography, its people, and culture. Even in the advent of the internet where information is shared with ease, I faithfully believe that images that I can create with the help of the Course in Professional Photography from the NYIP would have a better impact because of the experience that is entangled with it that I can share to my students.
March 5, 2013 12:55 am
Sometimes you need the credentials to validate your belief that you might be as good as others say you are. Knowing that your never as good as others say you are, having the tools and education to push your abilities beyond your current, self-imposed limitations gives you the ability to not worry about what others say.
I need the Complete Course to help me see my full potential.
March 5, 2013 12:55 am
I’m one of the old school and my big hobby was photography. Many days and nights I was locked up in the dark room and when opening the door, blinking to the sun, pale but happy showing the world a new piece of art. The proudness of my black and white masterpieces changed to the proudness of a father of two children. Many years passed and during that period a small snapshot digital camera found its way into my hands. When my son was 16 he found my old photos and to make the story short I’m newborn with a Nikon D90 and Photoshop. Today I’m working with raw in bridge and CS6 and the only training is a course on a dvd, Adobes online learning and a lot of trial and error.
Now I need to reach the next level of my skills in both photographing and the darkroom work. I should be very happy with the ‘Complete Course in Professional Photography’ to get the width and depth of photography, to cover the entire subject.
March 5, 2013 12:54 am
I want to learn how to speak through my photos because one picture worth thousand words of course your institute is one of the best in the world teaching how to speak through photos thats why I would love to participate in this course
March 5, 2013 12:54 am
NYIP's Professional Photography Course is my dream!
I'm doing photography since my childhood. Now, after leaving the Bulgarian Army, I have intended to make photography my profession.
I've read almost everything that is available in Bulgaria about photography. But this course material of this course I can not find anywhere else. I'm sure it will give me an opportunity in the fastest possible way to reach a whole new and higher level in my knowledge and abilities. I will also gain one of the most prestigious certifications in the world. You'll get a great collection of beautiful and professional pictures that I can shape as my portfolio to show among relatives, clients and in my future photo studio.
March 5, 2013 12:46 am
I believe I could benefit greatly from the "Complete Course in Professional Photography". Ever since my liver transplant two years ago, I've been unemployed and had the time to learn the ins and outs of my DSLR. I've dreamed of being able to help supplement my family's income through photography but never had the confidence in my business skills. The professional course would definitely help in that regard. This course would help take my photography to the next level by filling in the gaps in my knowledge regarding studio lighting and flash photography and running a freelance business.
March 5, 2013 12:38 am
I would like to win the Fundamentals of Digital Photography course. I have been tinkering with my dslr for a few years with no training and have hit a plateau with my picture taking skills. I am now about to be a new father in the next few weeks and want to learn the fundamentals in order to take better pictures of my baby as he is growing up.
March 5, 2013 12:38 am
I would love to take the Complete Course in Professional Photography. I work a regular 40 hour a week job as a commercial estimator, but ventured out as a semi-professional photographer two years ago. The reasoning behind this was that my 58 year old mother was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimers, and moved in with me and my family. The added financial burden drove me to find new ways to bring additional income in, so I decided to do what I loved - take pictures. I never thought that my photography business would take off like it did, and now two years later I am still going at it, and this side business has kept our family afloat. I am now facing the fact that my mother needs constant care and supervision and would love to be able to leave my regular full time job and strictly do photography, but can not seem to make myself take that scary leap. I believe this course would help me to understand if the decision of making my photography full time is right for me. The fact that this course not only covers the mechanics, but also covers the business side makes it all the more valuable to me. Thanks for the chance to enter and the chance to share my story.
March 5, 2013 12:37 am
I would be a very grateful recipient of the NYIP 'Complete Course in Professional Photography' ... My overall plan has always been to have a career as a scientist for a couple of decades then segue into a photography career after having built my experience through interest as an amateur.
Fundamentally, I feel the course would allow me to learn how to be my own client, and help me learn how to go about producing the photography I want for now, while preparing me for the latter stages of my master plan and providing a valuable insight into what a professional photographer is expected to be able to achieve. Of particular interest to me is the units that are heavily weighted with lighting, which until now has always struck me as a bit of a black art.
March 5, 2013 12:04 am
I would love to take the Professional course. I've loved photography for many years and never had the money to invest in myself by taking a class. I've had a Canon D-SLR since 2011 and I've been learning from the internet. I want to make this my career. Thanks for the chance to win.
March 4, 2013 11:55 pm
I have always styled myself an artist. From fingerpaints in Elementary school, to oils and ceramics in High school my passion has alway been art, and the creative process. Realistically, I knew that this wouldn't support myself and a family so I attended school and now enjoy a successful career in nursing. However, I never quite got the same fulfillment from my job and found myself searching for something to fill that creative void.
After the birth of my girls, I discovered the art of photography. I quickly mastered my point and shoot, and made the jump to a DSLR. My dream is to become a maternity, birth, and newborn photographer and be able to stay at home with my girls and care for them while enjoying the flexibility of my own business.
I believe that NIYP's Complete Course in Professional Photography would fit my lifestyle because its completely online, self paced, and you can recieve feedback from pros on your work. The structured course content and visual learning tools would help me to master my skills, and I believe would be life changing for our familiy. Right now, I read every book that I can get my hands on and scan internet forums for information. Having formal training would give me the confidence needed to go out and begin to give other families the gift of capturing part of life's most exciting time. My familiy and I would be so very grateful to recieve this, and we thank you for your consideration.
March 4, 2013 11:52 pm
I would love to win the Fundamentals of digital photography. I am an amateur photographer for some years now. Knowing the basics of my camera I feel now I am stuck at the same level for a while. A renewal of the basics would remind me again of some bad habits that I may have developed in the past. However my main interest would be the projects as that is the part where I can actually get decent and honest feedback and critics on my work. That would hopefully give me a jumpstart into a period of new learnings and better photo's.
March 4, 2013 11:51 pm
I'm in my mid sixties and looking to reinvent myself. I have been doing travel photography for years, publish a blog, and have an e-book ready to go. I see great potential in the Complete Course in Professional Photography to take my interests and skills in a new direction. The sections on lighting and portraiture would expand my knowledge base in areas in which I have little experience, but would need in I moved in a professional direction.
March 4, 2013 11:41 pm
It will be very nice to win the Complete Course in Professional Photography. I am retiring from my regular prefession, I am a pathologist, and for a long time I have real interest in photography since analogic era using my Asahi-Pentax and now with my NIKON D-7000. The lessons by professionals will give me a direction and the skills I will need to pursue a new career. I am sure the design course by NYIP, will help me in this new path of my life.
March 4, 2013 11:30 pm
I would love to win the Complete Course in Professional Photography. I have been an active amateur on and off for over 25 years. In high school I hobbled together a makeshift darkroom in my parents basement. It wasn’t great but it did the trick. I continued off and on over the years taking lots of pictures and trying to improve my skills but have never quite felt like I reached the level I wanted to. Recently my 10 year old son has taken an interest in photography. He saved up and purchased his own canon SX40 and started posting pictures to his own website that I set up for him. I spend lots of time now trying to teach him about photography, but what it really is teaching me is how much I do not know. I would love to improve my knowledge and skills and get them to the point where I can feel comfortable teaching my son as well as carrying my life long hobby to the next level, a level that will allow me to perhaps some day start a new venture as a professional photographer in some capacity.
March 4, 2013 10:59 pm
Just coming into the digital photography field from 35mm, the Fundamentals of Digital Photography course would be right up my alley. I would like to learn all of the basics, from the bottom up, to improve my skills.
I have only played in the 35mm film days and would like to tone some photography skills in this digital field. I feel that there is a lot that I do not know and can learn mostly from the "Fundamentals of Digital Photography" course.
Please enter me in the competition for this course.
March 4, 2013 10:34 pm
Desired Course: Complete Course in Professional Photography
Why I Want to Win: I'm a Mass Comm. student with desire to show a different image of Afghanistan... the real image. I've taken a couple of photography courses and I'm good at it but when I compare my photos to the ones shared at DPS, they are not even close!
So I wanna get this course, polish my skills, capture mesmerizing pictures... and possibly earn a little bit on the side.
March 4, 2013 10:33 pm
I am hoping to win the Complete Course in Professional Photography. My passions are human rights advocacy in conflict situations and photography. Currently, I work as a lawyer for a human rights advocacy NGO in Ramallah, West Bank. I take pictures during our field visits to add to our advocacy work but thus far I am only a hobbyist. Unfortunately, human rights work does not lend itself to paychecks amenable to comprehensive photography courses! If I could fully develop my photography skills, it would give me another powerful tool to use in human rights advocacy, and allow me to blend my two passions together. Using photography in conjunction with the law to promote human rights would be my dream come true. The Complete Course in Professional Photography would be incredibly helpful by providing evaluation from professional photographers. In addition, although I feel familiar with the basics of photography, the opportunity to watch professionals at work, and learn about some of the business related aspects of photography would be invaluable. Thank you for this opportunity.
March 4, 2013 10:32 pm
For the first time in my life I have found something that I am truly passionate about. Photography allows me to calm down and detach from my daily routine and see things that I would otherwise miss. It allows me the freedom to express and share my feelings with photographs. I have so many Ideas in my head of photographs that I would like to take and things I would like to try with photography but I don't have the knowledge to bring these ideas to life. If chosen I would like the Complete Course in Professional Photography. I want to push myself and my photography as far as it can go and then reach a little further.
March 4, 2013 10:14 pm
I've read the opinions of former students who share my passion for photography congratulating you on an excellent course. I especially like the way it is put together making use of all my senses. I believe that the presentation of the course material, the books, the tapes, and the DVDs are all a superb way of presenting the course. I've heard "This is the best distance learning experience I have ever had." and thats what I want for me too. In photography I found the most value in everything related to lighting, from the basic strobe to the light tent. No less valuable is everything related to portraiture - all of it is relevant and I'm sure also beautifully presented.
Please give me the pleasure of increase my passion for photography so I can share my happiness with others.
March 4, 2013 09:36 pm
Firstly what a brilliant offer, I would be very keen to win the 'Fundamentals of Digital Photography' course. Why? well having read both of the courses this is the best course for me. I really only seriously got into digital photography over a year ago. I am particularly keen on landscape photography and would love one day to make it my full time occupation but in order for me to do that I NEED to learn the fundamentals hence I would love the complete course but the Fundamentals is more where I am at at this moment in time. I think I would get great benefit from this course. I work in a job that predominately deals with 'difficult conversations' so when I get my camera in my hand I feel free and the stress and strains of the day disappear. I wish I had discovered photography years ago but I am where I am and would really look forward winning this course and learning all there is to know about digital photography. Thank you in advance for reading my entry:-)
March 4, 2013 09:32 pm
Photography is my passion and bringing about a change is my responsibility as a fellow human being; a change in ethics and morality of our generation and generations to come, a change for better protection of our home-EARTH and a change for global, universal friendship.
photography inspires us, shows us what we miss to see and bring change, I want to be part of this strength if given a chance and bring about greatest of change on this planet through photography
March 4, 2013 09:30 pm
I'd like Complete Course in Professional Photography.
Everyday i see better equipment and better photography, but i still believe there is always room for more remarkable stuff. I want to go out there, find something truly undiscovered, and bring back a photo which says, "There is still more to this world than we have discovered."
I want to grow old, sit in my chair, look at this photo and say, "Nobody did that before me."
March 4, 2013 07:58 pm
It is since the age of 14 that I'm a passionate amateur photographer. For various reasons, life lead me learn a different profession than my passion. It is now about 30 years that I’m working in the computing technology field, asking myself regularly what it would take me to finally switch to do something I truly love and enjoy, making a living out of it. This competition seems to be the great opportunity for me to learn how to become a true professional photographer with the “Complete Course in Professional Photography”, acquiring what it takes to switch from a passionate amateur to a true professional in this field.
March 4, 2013 07:55 pm
I would like to win Professional Photography Course. I have basic understanding of DSLR photography. This course covers a wide variety of topic and this is what I am looking for.
March 4, 2013 07:55 pm
A few months ago after a day out photographing with a friend my 11 year old daughter said to me 'why are you an accountant when all you want to do is take photos?'. She'd hit a nerve. I snapped back something like 'no one gets to do what the actually love for a living!' The look on her face was a look no parent wants to see. The Complete Course in Professional Photography could be just what the doctor ordered. I learn best by doing so the 6 'photo projects' sound very appealing. I don't want to make millions by photography, I just want to follow my daughters advice and do what I love! Please help me show my daughter that you can and should follow your dreams!
March 4, 2013 07:29 pm
Dear NYIP Team,
I'd like to get a chance to have the "Complete Course in Professional Photography".
I am a Lebanese documentary filmmaker, and I believe photography will be my way out... on all possible levels.
MY reasons for choosing this module is that I need to understand the business behind it.... I already take photography very seriously. But not enough to expand all the possible horizons that the course can offer.
I need as many chances as I can get in order to find myself.
The unlimited access to advisers is a must. The boost of confidence this can give, and the amount of questions i have, to satisfy my curiosity would help me better my work of course, but will have a huge effect on my life. And it feels like this course is beyond the "camera" technicalities.... and is more about the aesthetic and the analysis of the pictures. What makes a good picture? and why ? and will it stand the test of time?
Without being pretentious but I know I would take this course more seriously than you can ever imagine. Because I have to.
March 4, 2013 07:29 pm
I'm a coward, I have training, I have imagination but I have no courage to be professional, NYIP's Professional Photography Course provided me the courage and the training I need.
Soy un cobarde, tengo formación, tengo imaginación pero no tengo valor para ser profesional, el NYIP's Professional Photography Course me proporcionara el valor y la formación que necesito.
March 4, 2013 07:13 pm
The “Complete Course in Professional Photography” is my choice. Why? Because I want to be given the right professional guidance necessary to fully understand the fundamental techniques and practices of digital photography. And thereafter, using the knowledge gained from the New York Institute of Photography, to take full personal responsibility for my on-going learning, practice and experimentation, to become the best digital photographer I can be.
My ultimate aims are to become a full-time professional photographer; to set up my own digital photographic studio business and to achieve and sustain a reputation for producing excellent original and creative work. to highest professional standard.
Success and reputation will also offer me an excellent platform on which to share my knowledge and new found skill with other and and inspire them to become the the best photographers they too can be.
March 4, 2013 07:08 pm
I would love to win the "Complete Course in Professional Photography"....... I am wanting to take my photography to the next level. I am soon to be a mom of 4 kids ages 4 and under which means I don't have the time or money to go back to school and to be able to take a course online would be an answer to my dreams.
I love that with this course I will have someone evaluating my pictures that is neither friend or family. With all the info out there today about photography it would be nice to have something that makes me focus on what is important and I feel that this course would help me do that.
March 4, 2013 06:59 pm
I would like to win the Complete Course in Professional Photography.
Although I have quite a good basic knowledge of photography, there's a lot of areas that I need to conquer before taking the step from being an enthusiast to becoming a professional.
My goals for the course is to fill all the missing gaps in my basic knowledge, take a leap into learning new photography styles that I never tried, evolving in styles I'm already comfortable in and with the help of feedback get my photography to a new level.
I would like to get to a position where I could turn my passion for photography into something more, and I think this course could get me there.
March 4, 2013 06:43 pm
Having comfortably graduated to ‘manual’ mode for over a year now, I would love to win the ‘Complete Course in Professional Photography’, primarily for three reasons (in that order);
1. Evaluation of six photo projects by professional photographers with detailed feedback on each project is priceless along with mentoring from the go-to advisors.
2. All-encompassing six modules which is an unbelievable combination of (a) technique – particularly lighting and Zone System for me (b) art – composition, eye for light (c) exposure to multiple forms of photography – portraiture, fashion, advertising (my interests) and (d) business aspects of owning photo studio – invaluable to any aspiring professional photographer.
3. Live action DVDs. Observing Pros at work in itself offers huge learning opportunity.
Last but not the least, the course completion certificate from NYIP along with demonstrable photographs will pave a solid way to kick-start my long dreamt passion - professional photography career.
Additionally, I would like to suggest inclusion of ‘How to Read and Analyze Photographs’ with illustrative examples in the course material / course content. An eye that can ‘read’ better can possibly ‘see’ better.
March 4, 2013 06:26 pm
I have been shooting pictures over the last 3 years. It was my mother and now my wife who encouraged me to pursue photography. I would like to get a formal training in photography to switch career as a full time photographer. Hence I am looking to study the “Complete Course in Professional Photography” from NYIP. See my photographs at http://flickr.com/hellosaurav
March 4, 2013 06:16 pm
I'd truly benefit from the Complete Course in Professional Photography. I am living abroad in Russia and work in another industry. I will likely move home to California within the year and want to expand my skills in photography, with an eye toward making a career out of it going forward. I have been a photographer since I was about 6 years old, so 40x years sometimes more serious than others. I grew up with a darkroom at my disposal and loved printing my own B&W pics. Now with digital, I am enjoying that same experience but only better with Photoshop and Lightroom. I have been published a few times and won a few awards already and like so many others, sold some stock photographs. Where I think your course will be of the most help to me is the audio critiques of my work. Sometimes, I like one photo from a shoot and other people like a different one. Knowing what it is that I am seeing and they are not or visa versa would help me very much. Also I am having trouble choosing a specialty. I know that I like photographing people, but I like landscape as well and have dabbled in sport and travel. So learning about each speciality would help my decide how to move forward. Time for me to take it to the next level and I am certain that this course would help me to do that.
March 4, 2013 05:34 pm
Luv to do the professional photography course .I have a strong passion for photography luv going out and taking picture got a make shift studio at home put would luv to have a professional studio to expand. Got my frist wedding this year can't wait .so yes I would luv to do the professional photography course to take me to the next level
March 4, 2013 05:34 pm
For me photography represents part of the legacy of what will remain after I am gone. I want what I see through my lense to be part of my voice. A voice that captures the light and shadows that filled my place in time. I have been taking photos for quite some time and although a voice and vision has begun to take shape in my photography, I would love the opportunity to remove as many of the technical limitations that limit my ability to express myself in the way that I wish to. I would love the opportunity to further develop my skill-set through this course.
March 4, 2013 05:15 pm
Hi. I just turned 44 and I am in a slump in my field of architecture. And by slump I mean it sucks. I purchased a micro 4/3 camera for myself recently and haven't felt this happy and passionate about something in years. It's given me that nudge to view the world differently again. I'd love the beginners course to help me get over some hurdles and help me produce photographs that would be meaningful. Thanks.
March 4, 2013 05:02 pm
Id realy love to win the complete course. :-)
We, as humans, have a tendecy to think (or a list hope) we are perfect...
Me, as a person, know I can always learn more, and get better, in whatever it is I do.
Ive been carrying a camera with me everywhere and every day for the last 15 years or so, believing that the best photos in the world were missed by people who left there camera at home..
Im always on a quest for knowledge, and even rhough I think Im a pretty decent photographer, I can always use more (and different) ideas that will help me improve.
Great contest, by the way... :-)
Thanks a lot!
Or Golan, Israel.
March 4, 2013 04:43 pm
My first camera was used analog while I bought during my college. I’ve been taking pictures ever since. With improvement in technology, the digital camera showed up and I motivated my self to learn also so I bought a digital camera. Today is my 8th years in photography and I am still using that both equipments. Even I ever receive awards and doing exhibition Sometimes I feel no confidence. Maybe because I am not photography graduate from any college or never take a course. I am a self taught photographer . But Im still learning and keep shooting. The important things is I have to know the progress of my pictures I’ve taken. For me the camera is just the camera. I wish I can get the Fundamental of Digital Photography. My interest is about social life. I ‘ve been traveling to some rural areas and also been giving photography tutorial for students. Through this course I can get reviews and evaluated by professional that give me feed back. I can have mentor also so I ‘ll know what the best to be improved and feel more confidence. I just want to make it better for what I’ve been doing if I receive this course
March 4, 2013 04:41 pm
I would really love to win the complete course in proffesional photography. I still remember taking pictures with my dad's AE-1, and I how i fell in love with photography as a child. I have now (finally) come to a point in my career where i can actually devote some time to get reaquainted with Photography, and finally being able to learn more than the basics (i did take some courses in college, and always made a point of learning from my photog friends). The possibility of learning the way to properly record the world around me through images really gets me going. The tought of being able to accurately tell a story by capturing moments is among the most exciting ones.
Unfortunately, there is no way to get a good photography course here in my country, so i´d jump at the opportunity to take one online. Thanks for the chance.
March 4, 2013 04:19 pm
I'd love to win the course for Complete Course in Professional Photography. I am software engineer who love photography and have taken several beginner classes. I have been trying to change my career path and follow my passion to become a portrait/wedding photographer. Nothing ignites my heart, my passion, my day like a photo shoot. I'd love to receive this course to take what I love, photography, to the next level.
March 4, 2013 04:08 pm
I would love to win the Complete Course in Professional Photography. Photography is my passion. I have always loved the outdoors and photography, but it has only been the last three years that my passion has merged with my skill. I feel like I am learning so much every time I go out and shoot. I always wanted to be a professional photographer as a kid, but never had the resources to pursue my dream. Being a school teacher, a dad, and a husband has been my primary focus for the last twenty-three years. As my career comes closer and closer to the end and as my kids grow up, I have found a new excitement to pursue my dream. I would really benefit from this course, because it would take me to the next level. I have learned the most when I have taken courses and classes with the best. They draw out the technical skills necessary to really improve your photography. Then, they force you to look beyond the technical to the artistic. I really want this! I think it will propel me to my dream.
Thanks for your consideration.
March 4, 2013 04:04 pm
I would consider it an honor to be allowed to study the "Complete Course in Professional Photography"! I am a long time hobbyest and would like to advance to the next step of earning money via photography through part-time freelance work with the hopeful ultimate goal of someday becoming a full-time professional photographer. The wealth of information contained in this course would strengthen my skills as a photographer and give me the confidence needed for these goals. I am impressed by how NYIP has developed such a comprehensive course and how they have managed to combine the personal experience of attending a brick and mortar school with the convenience and flexibility of a home-study curriculum.
March 4, 2013 04:01 pm
Would I like to win the Fundamentals of Digital Photography course? No,I would LOVE to win the Fundamentals of Digital Photography course! I had been bitten by the photography bug a few years ago,and enjoy getting out with my camera(or cameras) as much as possible. Now I would like to increase my skill level to go from "okay" with my pictures,to "WOW,great shot!",and I feel that the Fundamentals of Digital Photography course from NYIP will help me to do just that!
March 4, 2013 03:26 pm
I would love to win the complete course in proffessional photography! Im a "novice" photographer, mostly working in portrait studios and santa boothes. I love the work, and my desire/goal is to create my own business in photography however I need to learn even more about dsl camera's! I already know the business side, and funding such a venture. Now I want to arm myself with extensive knowledge of photography and secure my future!
March 4, 2013 03:17 pm
Have long enjoyed taking photos, but seem to have lost my way. Perhaps getting involved in the course will get the fire re-lit.
March 4, 2013 03:09 pm
As an avid reader of DPS for the past few years, I think I've covered the basics in writing many times over. I'm currently working as an English teacher overseas and would love to work on taking my photography to the next level. The biggest thing I'm missing is someone with a critical eye to help me learn what I'm doing wrong with my photographs. Flickr works to post, but feedback leaves much to be desired. I would be glad to take the NYIP’s Complete Course in Professional Photography as I would love to start my own photography business upon my return to Canada later this year.
March 4, 2013 03:09 pm
Hi, I am currently working in Dubai and has passion for Travel & Photography. I have a dream to become full time photographer and for that i would like to go for Complete course in professional photography. This course will definately take me to a higher level in photography and will convert my dreams in reality. There is a great difference in a job when you are passionate about it and thats exactly I want to do... I want my passion to be converted in Job rather than my current job my passion. Looking at the contents of the course, photo projects, and business lessions, I feel this course is going to change my life completely and open door for new opportunities for me.
March 4, 2013 03:08 pm
I believe that the fundamentals course would be perfect to get me out of my current comfort zone. I have been operating my Nikon D60 for about 2 years and am still learning new things about its functionality. I noticed that it takes me quite some time to configure my settings while on location at times. I have learned many things by ready the DPS articles and posts. I would benefit greatly by learning things like camera exposure modes and reading the histograms from people that DPS admires. I would be extremely ecstatic to receive the FUNdaMENTALS of Photography course!!! :-D
March 4, 2013 02:55 pm
I would love to pursue the Complete Course in Professional Photography.
Next year I turn 50. My kids are finally in college and my wife completes grad school in May after going back to college at the age of 40. It's my turn now! I have dabbled in photography ever since high school but have never taken it further than a serious hobby. The Complete Course in Professional Photography would be a great tool to allow me to successfully transition my hobby into my next career (one I will enjoy everyday rather than just on payday). This being a self-paced course is perfect for me. Having the six projects evaluated by a professional photographer and unlimited access to student advisers will insure improvement in my image quality. Also important to me though will be the business lessons because I know the key to owning a successful studio lies not only in the photographs. Thanks and good luck to all.
March 4, 2013 02:47 pm
Wow Simply Awesome , I would love to win "Fundamentals of Digital Photography", Because I was new in photography and 2 weeks ago I bought My First DSLR And have been reading lots of thread and article from DPS only for learning something new and i think this book will be awesome for me and i am sure i can do better after reading this book.
March 4, 2013 02:39 pm
Given this opportunity, I would like to win the Fundamentals of Digital Photography . I have taken photography course before in High School but I feel there are more concepts that I can learn to further improve how I portray the subject and/or myself in my shots. This will help me because fundamentals will direct me to prepare a more balanced shot.
March 4, 2013 02:33 pm
Complete Course in Professional Photography, i`m searching for a better focus, a better angle, a better moment to capture and i. belive the NYIP can offer that.
March 4, 2013 02:30 pm
I would like to win the "Complete Course in Professional Photography" in a little over 2 yrs. I will be retiring from the work force. When this happens Being a Photographer is the only thing I want to do. Even though I've been into photography for about 40 yrs as a hobbies, and picking up a few bucks here and there as a professional Photographer. I've never took a course to get a Diploma or Certificate in Photography. I would very much want to have the Sheepskin under my belt. Thank You.
March 4, 2013 02:27 pm
I must win the Complete Course in Professional Photography. My dream was to attend the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale to learn photography, but life took a different turn-- I married, put my husband through school, raised a son, and got a paralegal degree, and am now working to put my son through college. I've been a picture-taker and a semi- pro for over 30 years but have never realized my dream of being a "professional photographer". I know I'm capable and have the skills, I just don't know how to make it happen. I need to win. I need your help.
March 4, 2013 02:10 pm
When I was a child I can remember reading national geographic magazine and thinking to myself I would love to take pictures like that some day. But I never truly got into photography until a year ago. My friend who is a professional photographer let me assist him during a session and I have been hooked ever since. I have bought books and watched hours of tutorials on youtube just to give myself the basic understanding of photography. With that knowledge though, I realize that there is so much more to learn and I would love to make this passion my full time job. The Complete Course in Photography would definitely be a much needed guide into the world of photography that I would very much like to become a part of.
March 4, 2013 02:06 pm
As finding a job is becoming more difficult, I am looking at my camera bag as a source of income. As I don't use all the settings, I have forgotten some things. Fundamentals course would be a huge help at breaking up the "rust". This course will help me apply for the photographer job applications with confidence of using the camera.
March 4, 2013 01:46 pm
As I approach retirement I would love to be able to take my camera off of auto mode and use it to its fullest potential!
March 4, 2013 01:43 pm
I would love to win the Complete Course in Professional Photography! I have carried my camera(s) with me every day for the past 30 years, and have taken some amazing shots, but i have regretted not having the knowledge to take that perfect picture when the opportunity arises. Photography is a passion with me and I would like to take my abilities to the next level.
March 4, 2013 01:26 pm
I would like to win the "Complete Course in Professional Photography" because even though I have been an enthusiastic amateur photographer for many year, I still have not found my own personal style. I believe a complete and comphrehensive pro photography course could help me define my photography style.
March 4, 2013 01:10 pm
Firstly thank you very much for offering such great oppertunities. I am really interested in "Fundamentals of Digital Photography" course.
English is not my native language but i will try my best. I am a 17 year old secondary school student settled in Australia. Recently i realised that photography is such a great hobby and that it offers many awesome possiblities. I recived a D5100 as a gift and i found myself getting out more and wanting to take nice shots. I have been trying to learn good techniques and methods of photogrpahy but i think it would be really be helpful if i was able to complete the Fundementals Course as i would learn valuable skills which i could apply to my own photography. I enjoy travelling and i am really into capturing landscape/scenery, i have found that this course includes that in the course. Also as there are no set due dates it would be great for me as i can balance my school work with the photography course and complete it at my own pace. Finally, i am considering choosing photgraphy as a sutible career for myself and learning the fundamentals will really push me in the right direction. Evers since i took some photos on a freinds camera, i have fallen in love with photography. Since then i have dreamed of making a living with something i really enjoy doing. Winning this would mean alot to me as it would encourage me and help me reach my goal of becoming a professional photographer.
Id like to finish with my favourite quote, “ Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph. – Matt Hardy
March 4, 2013 12:13 pm
I would like to win Complete Course in Professional Photography. I am currently currently a student and taking a photography class, but my school only offers one photography course. I would like to take additional courses in photography, but cannot afford them. Winning this would allow me to improve my photographic skills. Thank you for the opportunity.
March 4, 2013 12:12 pm
It would be awesome to win the Complete Course in Photography! Over the past few years, I've slowly but steadily become more immersed in the realm of photography in addition to my day job. This has included participation in group exhibits, to shooting fashion shows, portraiture and weddings.
Most of my knowledge has been self-taught and I believe I would benefit from coursework to build upon my current foundation. I am particularly interested in the section which pertains to the business aspect of photography, as I find this to be the most challenging aspect in photography. In addition, I look forward to receiving constructive feedback on my work for continuous improvement!
At the end of this course, I believe I will have increased confidence in negotiating prices for my services as well as improving my current skills. Many thanks for the opportunity to enter this contest!!!
March 4, 2013 12:07 pm
I've been a fan of photography ever since my eventual father in-law provided me with my first camera, a Canon A520, on Christmas of 2006. Over the years I had experimented with this treasured piece of equipment and continued to grow in my proficiency as a photographer. Between that and being allowed to borrow my father in law's brand new Canon 1D Mark II, I grew to appreciate photography as an art and was eventually encouraged to save and purchase the Canon G11, a camera I felt that I could grow into on a budget.
For the past three years, while finishing college, my G11 has served me faithfully and I'd begun to comprehend the value of my aperture, timing, and manual modes. It had surpassed my wildest dreams and encouraged me to stop taking pictures, in the most basic sense of the word, and to start looking at the world through perspective lines and lighting challenges.
Once I had graduated college a new opportunity presented itself. I had received a job as a freelance photographer through HR Imaging Partners Inc. which provided me with a well used Canon 50D with a standard 18-135mm is lens. Once again a spark was lit within me as I took to the challenge of having, albeit on loan, a true DSLR to sink my teeth into. I have literally taken thousands of images with this camera over the past three months and I have been absolutely amazed at the quality of this camera.
This has lead to a decision to continue to pursue a career in freelance photography. I believe that NYIP's Complete Professional Course would get me the furthest to obtaining my goals. I know almost nothing of the financial world of photography and it sounds as though this course will provide the wisdom, insight, knowledge I need to succeed.
I especially appreciate the fact that it is a home-study program. I only have work for four to five months out of the year. This leaves me ample time to go through the provided material and to continue to develop my talents with my new Canon 7D.
I appreciate the opportunity to apply and hope that you'll forgive the length of this tale. I've just grown to love what I do and would greatly appreciate the opportunity to learn from so many who've gone before.
March 4, 2013 11:56 am
You said there's no need to write an essay but, I need to lay all my cards on the table. You CAN teach and old dog new tricks. I started with an early passion for photography in the late 70's and wanted to make a career of it. I taught myself the basics along with processing and printing of both black and white and colour images, even got involved in a small studio near my hometown, however in the early 80's I was foolishly persuaded to pursue a new more stable career (so it appeared) in I.T. Here we are some 30 years later with no desire to retire, I have rediscovered my passion for photography and I now want to build a successful photography business. But there are those who think it's impossible for someone my age to become successful so late in life. I want to challenge that myth and prove them wrong. Having researched all the different online photography offerings available to me, I believe the NYIP offers the most comprehensive and convenient courses. While also providing access to very experienced and knowledgeable instructors, therefore resulting in a photography education that has great credibility in the real world. I spend almost every moment of my spare time learning new techniques and then practicing them. I’d really to win the Complete course in Professional Photography.
March 4, 2013 11:53 am
It's been 3 yrs now since my love to photography begun. I've learn the basic fundamentals of digital photography self taught online. When I started my interest in photography I came across NYIP and got really interested in their course specially the Complete Course in Professional Photography but unfortunately I can't afford the cost. I'm trying to save some money but then I'm always ended up using it for some other important matter. The fact is my financial status is not enough to get a formal study in photography through NYIP (which I really love). Here in the Philippines theres some short courses on photography but not as in-depth as what I can learn with NYIP. I believe there's nothing more structured, in-depth but easy to follow course online than NYIP's Complete Course in Professional Photography. I want to be a professional photographer someday but learning all the stuff I need self taught is a long process. NYIP course will have all I need to be a professional photographer and it will get me there faster. From the basics to more technical aspect and teaching the business side of photography with personal assistance from a professional photographer and the fact of NYIP's reputation for decades learning from them is a DREAM COME TRUE!... :) Thanks DPS & NYIP for giving this chance.
March 4, 2013 11:42 am
This is incredible. A few months ago I requested information from NYIP about some of their courses. However due to unforeseen financial circumstances that occurred I was unable to sign up. I was really discouraged about not being able to take any of the courses offered and hoped that sometime in the future I would be able to take a course or two. I have a strong passion for photography and have wanted to improve my skills for some time and knew NYIP would be the place to achieve that. I would greatly benefit from the Complete Course in Professional Photography by not only improving my photography skills but also by possibly opening doors of opportunity creating a better life for me and my wife. Thank you all so much for this opportunity!
March 4, 2013 11:23 am
I would really like to win the Fundamentals of Digital Photography course. My husband and I just upgraded to a Canon 60D after our Sony A350 was stolen in a home burglary late last year. We have been studying the manual and trying to make sure this time we use our camera more than just as an expensive point and shoot and even though we have our camera set to manual rather than auto; we still don't know what we are doing. With 4 small children at home we want to capture every moment with them, and capture it well. This course would explain things that I have heard of, even read about, but don't fully understand in a way that would be beneficial to me and my family. Plus, my husband would be happy if I learned more about the camera so he didn't have to tell me simple things to do each time. It could save our marriage. ;)
March 4, 2013 11:09 am
More than anything, I want to go pro with my photography. I've had a camera in my hand since I was 14 and never looked back, but somewhere along the way I took a wrong turn and studied law at uni. Over the last couple of years photography has opened my eyes and changed the way I perceive the world, but now I want more. I want to go further and start photographing other people and helping them see the magic too, capturing their story and pursuing my dream and the lifestyle that I want. I can shoot in manual and think I know most of the things the fundamentals course teaches (but there's always room to learn!), but I would LOVE the chance to study the Complete Course in Professional Photography from NYIP, the business lessons, the mentor/student photographer help, the photo projects, the dvd's so I can see what really happens at a photo-shoot, it all sounds like exactly what I need to learn all the skills I will need and get the confidence I so badly want to take it pro. The units all sound really interesting, I don't think I could pick a favourite because there are topics I want to study in all of them! Thank you for the opportunity to enter =)
March 4, 2013 11:03 am
I would love to win the Fundamentals of Digital Photography Course since I don't have any plans to be a professional photographer, and I am still a beginner and saving up for a decent DSLR camera. The Fundamentals of Digital Photography course would really be a big help to improve my photography skills and to have a very beautiful photo exhibit in the future as one of my bucket list. And since my little female cousins also have a passion in taking photos I could share this to them. :)
March 4, 2013 11:02 am
Complete Course in Professional Photography:
I love photography. I feel most connected to this world when I am out taking photos. I learn best by learning a little bit at a time and getting out there to try it out. This course sounds perfect for my learning style and my passion. (Besides, my dad sent me this link. I guess he thinks I should go for it! :)
March 4, 2013 10:58 am
As an aspiring 17 year-old photographer, I would hope to gain as much experience and knowledge to be a person that is not so much amazingly talented, but enough so that I represent a positive and respected role model in photography for others. It's my hope that I can enroll in the Fundamentals of Digital Photography because, in my experience in learning, the fundamentals are of utmost importance for everyone to realize that the basics, the starting points are where your skills will progress. Throughout my life, I've pondered on the ways I can help out my friends and family and all of those who have trained and mentored me to become the responsible and successful person I am now. Had it not been for my sister who gave me her camera in hopes that she will see me succeed, I would not be doing this today. I thank her so much for all the love and support she has given me, and to all my family and relatives as well, who have seen me as a great asset for them to have as a photographer. Thanks to them, I feel empowered with knowledge and experience so it is with my intention that I should repay them. Thanks to them, I have a feeling of respect for others, so much that ultimately, I will be able to repay them through photography. With the help of the course, I find it possible to offer them more memories through my newly learned skills. I want to improve myself so that I become better. I want them to be happy.
March 4, 2013 10:52 am
The complete course in photography looks like it contains all of the elements needed to improve your photographic techniques.
March 4, 2013 10:47 am
I have experienced a loss of work (construction trade) and am trying to start a new career in photography. Eighteen months ago I purchased a Canon T2i and set up a website. I have so much more that I need to learn and have taken a couple of classes. The most recent was taught by Ellen Fisch at Grand Central Station. Ms. Fisch w very encouraging. For me, learn how to be a professional photographer could make life for my family and I more comfortable. Please consider me for the Complete Course in Professional Photography. Thank you, Al
March 4, 2013 10:46 am
I would love to win Fundamentals of Digital Photography-course . I amateur photogrpher interested in landscape scenery. This love comes in when I go hiking and seeing marvelous sites that nature creates. With this course I want to sharpen my skills, and show my love of nature.
March 4, 2013 10:42 am
Now that I am retired from my job I have time to pursue photography full time. I have done some weddings, events, and a ton of portrait photography. I would love to benefit from some advanced learning. I am the director of education for my local camera club and I give a monthly seminar, help me become all I can be.
March 4, 2013 10:35 am
I would like to win the Complete Course in Professional Photography, I am an Engineer who is sick of working in remote extremely hot, fly ridden or extremely cold locations! I would rather take photos of these places and enjoy the freedom of being a photographer!
March 4, 2013 10:34 am
I would love to win the Complete Course in Professional Photography from NYIP. I work in a local high school and am out of work in the summers. Winning this would help with me to take the step to become a professional Photgrapher as well as learning the business aspect of the business. I am a Freelance/Amature photographer who could use more training and love the idea that it would be with a established photographer. Having audio feedback is also a great advantage as it is much more personal. Having a fulltime job and a family it's nice that I can do at my own pace and not feel "rushed". Thank you dPS for the opportunity.
March 4, 2013 10:33 am
I have been taking photographs for over 30 years, sometimes I've had the good fortune to sell a couple of them to help finance skiing and climbing trips. I now have a young family and chose to give up my career as a ski guide so I could see my family everyday. One day in my current job I was in a sewer system shovelling human waste thinking to myself, I gotta find a more suitable career. Having the opportunity to access the Complete Course in Professional Photography would be a great asset to get out of the sewer and into the light once again.
March 4, 2013 10:24 am
I would love to have the opportunity to experience the complete course in professional photography! I love looking back at pictures taken of my childhood and I absolutely love looking back at the pictures taken of my parents childhood! I treasure all of my pictures, especially the ones I now take of my child growing up. Pictures tell so many memories and often capture moments that will never be recreated. I enjoy taking pictures of my own family as well as others in our community. There are several photographers in our area that charge an arm and a leg for a session because they consider themselves professionals but I think it is important to have photographers that are knowledgeable that are willing to charge prices that the average family can afford especially in today's economy. I want to learn as much as I can so that I can be competitive with the professionals but offer the prices that are affordable.
March 4, 2013 10:06 am
I would love to take this fundamental course for photography. I am a grandfather with a grandson and one on the way. I bought myself a digital point and shoot camera and really could use some basic help in shooting and setting up pictures. I also love to travel and take pictures and enjoy being out in nature and trying to get pictures of wildlife. My camera has a 20x zoom lens with many settings and dials. I am getting better by trail and err. A lot of err. I also try and read a lot of information off of the internet and talking with other people. But i think it would be nice to have a photo course that I could go back to for information after i have taken the course. Thanks for your consideration for me being the winner of this prize.
March 4, 2013 10:05 am
This is exactly what I've been looking for! My photography business has taken off in the last two years. Since the rapid growth, I feel like I have gaps in my knowledge of photography and running a business. Having a mentor and fellow photographer to discuss each lesson with, would help me grow and practice my trade. I believe the no deadlines way of learning is the best fit for my business because it's flexible. I am extremely interested in the psychological aspects of photography. The live training DVDs would be a great asset because I am a visual learner. Then being able to practice each technique and have it critiqued is the whole package! This course would catapult me into being the creative, confident, educated photographer that I am striving to become! Thank you for your time and this opportunity!
March 4, 2013 10:05 am
I would like to win the Professional Photography course. I recently retired and miss not working. I retired because I did not get satisfaction from the job that was paying the bills. I am short on cash and will find the means to be able to earn some extra money with photography. Since retiring I have been taking photography classes at a local community college. The instruction has been excellent. I have learned so much. I cannot begin to say how much I like working in the darkroom and developing film and making prints. I have had some real successes. I really love black and white photography. It is so very expressive. I have been using a Cannon Rebel 35 mm DSLR that I purchased used. I have become so invested in learning how to photograph that I recently purchased a used Nikon f3 camera. I love this camera and want to learn to make the most of its potential so that my vision for photography becomes a reality. I cannot possibly afford to purchase this program and in reviewing it, it seems that it will give me access to the information I need to build my skills. If I win this contest it would be wonderful. If I do not win the contest I will continue to grab all of the learning opportunities in photography that I can find. I will become the photographer that I envision I can become. It is my goal. It is what I deserve. I know I can make the world a better place by becoming a competent and creative photographer.
March 4, 2013 09:55 am
We are a young newlywed couple that recently opened shop for wedding and engagement photography. This is our first venture in owning and managing a small business. In the first year we have learned so much from the experience, but I know that we still have much to learn. We have considered the New York Institute courses before, and were interested in the training, but haven't been able to, since we are trying to make our business financially self-sustaining. We have a solid foundation in photography, but right now we need to learn the business in order to be successful long-term. Therefore we would love to win the Complete Course in Professional Photography.
March 4, 2013 09:52 am
I would love the chance to win the Complete course in professional photography. Living in a remote area of New Zealand, distance learning is really the only option available to me. I learn best by seeing and doing so I I was particularly interested in the live action DVD's and the listen and learn discussions with the pros as these fit my learning style. I was also impressed with the amount of material covered by the course. Each unit looks well thought out and has interesting topics I'd like to delve deeper into. (I'm particularly interested in the zone system, and video segments) The chance to get real support and mentoring is the icing on the cake. It's a great looking course.
March 4, 2013 09:48 am
"Choose a job you love and you'll never have to work another day in your life" sums up why I would like to win the Complete Course in Professional Photography.
March 4, 2013 09:36 am
I would greatly appreciate to get the Professional Course as this is the year I've decided to start putting my photography work up for sale and focus solely on doing photography as a full time career.
I really like the aspect of having a professional reviewing my work and offering feedback, as well as the business lessons which would be especially of interest to me. I also like that it can be fit into my schedule as there are no hard deadlines to any of the sections/projects. The certificate is just a lovely reward for the dedication to the course, but I'd take it regardless.
Not enough emphasis is put on the benefits to online courses and how they are a valid substitute for sitting in a chair somewhere and this looks like they've created an excellent structure and content package for the price (I made sure to research beyond just the course description). I hope that next week I'll be able to say first hand what a great course NYIP offers!
March 4, 2013 09:26 am
Complete Course in Professional Photography
Like many people commenting here Photagraphy is my passion and I'm ready to give up my day job and pursue my passions.
March 4, 2013 09:15 am
I would wish the Complete Course in Professional Photography be mine but, I can't compete against all the posts above. Being unemployed for 2 years doesn't help things either.. among other things not going way..
"Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you."
March 4, 2013 08:52 am
I would love to win the complete course in photography. I have been an amateur photographer for some years and have bought and read many of the ebooks offered on this site. I feel this course would me get to the next level and try and push myself beyond my limits. Thank you for the offering it again.
March 4, 2013 08:47 am
The Complete Course is exactly what I've been looking for. I've been doing simple photography professionally for many years. I want to raise my level of competence and increase my ability to do better work. I'm unable to go to school, so the Complete Course "at home" arrangement is perfect for me. I want to learn how to do studio and portrait work and I'm interesting in learning how to shoot sporting events properly. The Complete Course is a comprehensive program that matches my needs perfectly.
March 4, 2013 08:44 am
I'd like to be considered for the Complete course in Professional Photography. I am a British student, studying Photography in a British University. My course is headed by 7 members of staff, 5 of whom are practicing photographers (and quite famous), and 2 of whom are theorists. The practicing lecturers all come from a documentary discipline and find little merit in my own, fine-art and mixed media approach to photography. They have also commented that my photography is "quintessentially American in approach", in that it is an appreciation and exploration of a visual medium, as opposed to the "European" way, which seems to be a concept convoluted in a cacophony of visual apparatus. I'd love to learn about the business side of photography - something which your course offers, and mine unfortunately doesn't. Ultimately, however, I relish in the opus and the sharing of photography. Taking the comments of my lecturers on board, I think my work may be appreciated on the other side of the pond, and I'd love to have contemporaries to engage and critique with on a regular basis. Good luck to everyone and thank you for your consideration.
March 4, 2013 08:43 am
I am always interested in learning something new, especially when the subject is photography. I have taken photography courses and participated in workshops, traveled on several photography cruises with National Geographic learning something new about cameras settings and ways of taking interesting photos. There is so much new information coming out all the time. My opinion is you have to keep up if you want to be good at it. The Fundimentals of Digital Photography would give me the opportunity to keep up and definitely help me be a better photographer.
March 4, 2013 08:35 am
The best part of having a hobby like photography is never running out of things to learn. Inspiration is all around me. Look at everything with the eyes of a photographer and I see opportunities I never noticed before - The Complete Course in Professional Photography will make me dream come true!
March 4, 2013 08:29 am
I would be grateful and totally delighted to win the Complete Course in Professional Photography. I believe this course would propel my lifelong passion for photography from trying to capture this wonderful world exactly as I see it, and too often not succeeding, to a confident and sound level that will leave only my imagination, creativity and originality as the elements of chance. I thank you for this opportunity.
March 4, 2013 08:23 am
Hello, I am a disabled veteran who has in the the past year has become unable to work a traditional job anymore.It could be a godsend but I have recently stepped up my hobby in photography to making a career change with the use of something I truly love to do. I have stepped away from any kind of manual photography and have also found that I have I good eye for composition and making my photos tell their story. I am interested in your complete Course in Professional Photography to help myself get to that next level.
March 4, 2013 08:23 am
I had some photography training in Jr and Sr High (a long time ago in the the time of darkrooms) and that has served my recent introduction to DSLR photography well - read I know the basic fundamentals. I really desire more and up-to-date training to further my passion - working to support my family leaves little time for formal training - and supporting them via a photographic business is mostly out of the question at this point. The area of training that I desire/need is around studio work and portrait photography - something that I have never had training in and would benefit working with families of disabled children to provide pro bono portrait services. I want to provide the best quality shots as possible to these families by giving them access to high quality portrait services for their family/child in an environment that their child is comfortable in with a photographer who has some understanding of their situation. There are a lot of really bad staged shots of disabled kids and their families - I want to raise the bar and provide real treasures (at no charge).
Really that is it. I am already on the path of paying it forward with my limited skills as a photographer and am up for any opportunity to do a better job - all while continuing to provide for my family.
Thanks for this wonderful opportunity!
March 4, 2013 08:13 am
The company I worked for recently went under and I am now unemployed in an area hard hit by the recession (Ohio). With few prospects and a lifelong love for photography, I would greatly benefit from the Complete Course in Professional Photography to help me pursue a possible career in the field.
March 4, 2013 08:13 am
I would be looking for the complete professional photography course as it suits my needs more than the fundamental course as I have been taking photographs for a few years now for my local club and family events and I want to start my own business. Even outside of this competition ive been thinking of taking this course as having the qualifications behind me will be best for my business in the long run.
March 4, 2013 08:10 am
My love of photography sparked at a young age! When I was 5 years old I noticed a disposable Kodak inside the kitchen drawer. Ever since then, I haven’t stopped taking photos! I aspire to become a professional photographer. Currently I am a student and iStock photographer and I would feel blessed if I had the opportunity to take the Complete Course in Professional Photography (which I wouldn’t be able to afford otherwise) so that I can pursue my dreams of becoming a professional photographer and owning my own studio. I am interested in NYIP because I would love to broaden my horizons by learning more about different genres of photography I have never explored such as sports photography and have someone to guide me by answering my questions. The business lessons are what draw me most towards this course for I have never had any business experience and I would love to know how to run a studio and make a living as a photographer. This program suits my needs as I have already learned the fundamentals and I would like to advance my photography skills to help me pursue the field. Thank you so much DPS and NYIP for providing aspiring photographers with opportunities to succeed!
March 4, 2013 08:08 am
I work really hard, learning as much as I can about photography to give me the knowledge I need for my fledgling photography business. I adore structure and goals in learning and the Complete Course in Professional photography and the challenges it would give me would be perfect for me. I seriously lack business skills and find this part of my business daunting. To have someone assess my work and give me feedback, will be heaven sent for me.
March 4, 2013 07:53 am
I have enjoyed amateur photography for most of my life and have come to see photography as an art form without the use of paint and canvas. To be able to capture that perfect shot, at the perfect moment and have it forever frozen in time is a great gift and talent. Whether a smile on a face, that perfect flower in bloom or any beautiful moments which would be forever lost if it were not for the photographers keen eye. Having been a jewelry designer for the last 27 years, I have an eye for the smallest of details. I would like to be able to expand my photography knowledge to make it more of a true professional art form as I have done in the art of jewelry design. I feel that NYIP’s Professional Photography Course would be most beneficial in helping me to accomplish this goal.
March 4, 2013 07:46 am
I would so love to win the complete course in professional photography, since I was a child I loved taking pictures of everything I am pretty good at wild life and a few other things but I would love to expand on everything. I always wanted to teach young children the great things about capturing the simple beautiful details of life through a camera. How just a simple picture could grab a remarkable image. I never had the chance to expand on this dream for I chose to raise my children and to be a mom on call for them and their friends be ready for when ever they needed me. But, now that they are grown and don't need me to do for them any more I'm list and not sure what to do with myself or who I am any more. Yes a mom still who isn't needed as much and a wife to a man who works all the time and is away from home most of the year. But the one thing I do know is that I love taking pictures and would love love improve on my dream of becoming a teacher to young children who are in need of seeing the beauty of our world and that no matter what goes on good or bad that they can get lost in taking pictures and that no matter what it is something they can always work on and be proud.
Winning this course could help me with my dreams
March 4, 2013 07:41 am
I've always had a great appreciation for photography, but never thought it would be something I'd do. Then, after losing my job two years ago, I picked up my wife's DSLR and started shooting. I instantly fell in love with it. Photography gives me the creative outlet I've longed for. After 30+ years of doing the same thing, a career change would do my soul a lot of good. While I know that full-time work as a photographer won't come overnight, it would be wonderful to get started in that direction.
I'm entirely self-taught, constantly scouring the internet for tips and tools. I've worked with several models, upgraded my camera, and even added a very basic lighting setup to my equipment. Each time I shoot I try to learn more. But the more I learn the more I realize how much there is that I still don't know. While I believe I have a good eye for composition and subject matter, I'm still lacking in many technical respects.
The Complete Course in Professional Photography is just what I need to help master the technical skills I still lack. With the help of NYIP, I can take my work to the next level. Whether I continue to work with models, or move toward other genres, the skills I learn will be invaluable toward my goal of full-time photography.
Thank you for your consideration, and good luck to everyone!
March 4, 2013 07:29 am
I would like to win the Complete course in professional photography.
I want to win because I believe I have talent for photography and an eye for beautiful things. With the help of this course, with dedication and loads of practice I will become a professional photographer. And when I will be asked how did I start my career in professional photography I would tell the world that you guys help me take the first steps!
Thank you and good luck to everyone!
March 4, 2013 07:29 am
When I first seen the course titles I immediately thought I would want the professional course. However, after reading them in length I have discovered that what I really need is the Fundamental of Digital Photography. Sure I have several books that I have read, I have printed tons of stuff of of this website but I still find myself lost when it comes to f-stops and exposure. I have had my Rebel ti camera for several years and still haven't a clue on how to really work it. I have read everything I can find but I have found that I am a more visual learner then anything. NO matter how many times I read books on these basics it still confuses me. I have taken some really beautiful pictures but I am not understanding how I am getting them. I call it luck but others call it talent. I have a talent for photos but not a talent for understanding how I got them.
Please help me finally understand my camera and how to take the shots that make a person say WOW.
March 4, 2013 07:18 am
I'd be interested in the Complete professional photography course. I love the idea of the audio feedback. It fits with my mantra: get better everyday.
March 4, 2013 07:10 am
First, I would use the "Complete Course in Professional Photography" to try to balance the US federal budget and stop sequestration. Next, I would use it to try to end world hunger, global warming, nuclear testing, and Iranian propaganda Photoshopping. After that, I would use it to learn a new trade so I can quit my day job and work to fulfill my own dreams doing something I love.
March 4, 2013 07:07 am
I have been told I have "an eye for photography". What my viewers don't realize is that it took me about 20 differerent shots to get that one great one they are seeing! Changing angles, changes aperature, changing exposure...change change change. I would like to win the Complete Photography Course to expand on the self-taught techniques I already have. I've tried the whole creative post-production thing but I tend prefer minimal post-production/editing. To have the knowledge DURING the shoot instead of trying to FIX it afterwards is my definite photography goal.
March 4, 2013 07:07 am
I'm an insurance agent in Florida. Since I had my children, photography has become a hobby. I can say i carry a camera bag more than a purse. My job brings alot of stress in my life, this past year I overcame a battle with cancer. It opened my eyes to see whats really important in life. I want a career on photography, my passion. Capturing a special moment is amazing, it brings you overwhelming happiness.I would like the full course, if picked.
March 4, 2013 06:57 am
The Complete Course of Professional Photography would really help me at this point in my life/career - I am looking into becoming a full-time photographer, and I am in need of further training to make this a success! The complete Course in Professional Photography looks like just the tool I need to give me my end result as I already know a lot of the basics! Thanks!!
March 4, 2013 06:57 am
I would like to be considered to win the professional photography course. I stay at home with my little baby, which means our family is making ends meet on one salary. I was given a cannon last year and found that with Internet access there's a wealth of free information for beginner photographers (thanks, dps). With the in-depth training of this course, I could take better pictures of my baby, give photo sessions to friends as gifts, and begin making some money on the side. Thanks for your consideration and site.
March 4, 2013 06:54 am
I need the "Complete Course in Professional Photography" of New York Institute of Photography.
March 4, 2013 06:52 am
I would like to win the complete course as I work with the cadets I could pass on my knowledge to them and help them to make the best of the media equipment to help the squadron grow
March 4, 2013 06:51 am
I would be interested in the Complete Course in Professional Photography. I've been an amateur photographer for several years now, and have just recently started looking at starting a photography business. This course looks like in contains an incredible about of great information that would help me secede in the founding of my business.
March 4, 2013 06:49 am
I have the gear and the drive to make the leap into professional photography I just need to tweak my knowledge and pick up those tips and techniques that will not only fill in the gaps in my knowledge but allow me to add some things to my toolbox to give me an edge when I take on assignments.
March 4, 2013 06:46 am
I would love the opportunity to win the Complete Course in Professional Photography. My photography skills have grown rapidly over the past three years and my ultimate goal is to turn my past time into a supplemental income as I near my retirement years. I just recently was awarded an arts grant to purchase a professional grade camera and have plans for training as well, but this would be a far more extensive opportunity that I can afford on my own.
March 4, 2013 06:43 am
I would love to win the complete course in professional photography. I am a semi-pro photographer; however, I feel like something is hindering my progress to the next step. A structured program that provides the knowledge base along with the discipline to stay committed is exactly what feel I need. And that's where this course comes in.
I have always dreamed of making a living doing something I'd love to do - photograph. This course will provide me with the launching pad to be able to just that.
March 4, 2013 06:41 am
I am a 6th grader attending the Denver School of the Arts, majoring in Video Cinema Arts.I am looking to win the complete course in professional photography, and I am sure that this will help me with not only my film studies but my hobby of photography. I am 12 years old, and I am already familiar with the bases of photography, which is why I am aiming for the larger package. I specialize in cinematography in my film studies at DSA, and aside from my studies, I love, love, love, photography, and I am looking to further my skills in the arts. I think it is important for all kids my age to find their passion young, and soar with it. I hope that this is something that will come to me and help me with my passion and my studies.
March 4, 2013 06:29 am
I love photography! everywhere I look I see the potential for great photos I just need help with the basics to get the camera to do what my brain see's! So I bought an entry level DSLR, I want to take it off the auto setting and know what I'm doing and DSLR's for dummies isn't cutting it! I think fundamental's of digital photography would help me a lot and my wife won't be able to nag me about spending more money we don't have if I win it!
March 4, 2013 06:22 am
I'd like to win the professional photography course. I've never had any formal training but I'm beyond the basics outlined for the fundamental course. I like the way the professional course units are setup. Different genres of photography are in separate units with each including the techniques most would consider relevant to that type of photography, such as sports photography and use of the zone system. This course seems to be setup to achieve maximum learning.
March 4, 2013 06:20 am
I've owned a Nikon D40 for several years and would love to win the Fundamentals of Digital Photography. I've collected materials from Nikon School emails and DPS in a notebook but it's just so unorganized that a course from the New York Institute of Photography would be so much more helpful to me in learning more ways to use my camera. I've been using the autofocus for all these years and just know if I had a course that taught me about aperture, shutter speed, using the flash, how to set the camera for action shots and so much more that I'd be deleting far fewer photos from my camera! Would be nice to be complemented on my photos without having to say "It's not me, it's the camera, I only use autofocus"!!!!!!
March 4, 2013 06:20 am
The Fundamentals of Digital Photography is the course I need so I can understand how to use lighting and histograms to my advantage. I also want to learn how to make artistic shots and this course will help with that and numerous other things.
March 4, 2013 06:19 am
I would love to win the Fundamentals course. I've been toting around my first DSLR for a little over a year now, and, despite reading manuals and tips and blogs, I'm still not very proficient with it. Between trying to capture travel memories, and my nieces and nephews as they grow up, and wanting to more seriously pursue writing and blogging, I need to more seriously invest in learning all the basics and I definitely think this course would help me take my photography to the next level.
March 4, 2013 06:17 am
My name is Natalie, and I would like to win the Complete Course in Professional Photography... I'm a journalism student with a minor in photography, and I'm looking forward to enhance my skills in what concerns photography because i want to be able to recreate in a very professional way my perspective about life and the components of it.
March 4, 2013 06:13 am
As an amateur and someone wanting to improve my artistic eye, I would choose the NYIP Short Course: Fundamentals of Digital Photography.
I work in a creative field, and consider myself a highly creative thinker, but my lack of a photographic eye - and of art and graphical composition in general - has been a large obstacle in recent years. After viewing a local gallery of urban photography I was inspired. I recognized photography as an artform containing all of the tenets of design, composition, color, contrast, and lighting. I couldn't find that complete of an offering in any other art form, let alone one as accessible as photography. I instantly bought a Canon t3i with a couple lenses. After several books and tutorials I feel like I'm still so far away from having a naturally artful eye and from having these tenets of art and design engrained in me. I could really use professional review and commentary to give meaning and depth to what I'm trying to learn. It's this aspect of application that I'm sorely lacking - I can read all about the do's and don't's all I want, but I'll still be stuck without a way to receive professional, personalized feedback.
March 4, 2013 06:08 am
I would really be glad to win Fundamentals of digital photography.As a land economics student,hobbyist photographer, self taught computer programmer in python and java and above all information junkie,I am working on an app that will measure distance through the camera lens.This program would be a plus.
"Not all those who wander are lost" - Steve Blank
March 4, 2013 06:07 am
I would chose the Complete Course in Professional Photography
I take photos for nearly ten years and it has become more than a hobby for me. It is a way to show people how I see the world. Photography has since I started taking pictures always been important to me. The Complete Course in Professional Photography would help me to take my skills to higher level. Most of my photos are landscapes and wildlife but I would love to broaden my horizon by learning to shot portraits, architecture and weddings and I believe that the Course would help me to achieve this goal. I welcome the concept of having the possibility to get professional feedback on tasks and projects.
March 4, 2013 05:58 am
Because I've finally gotten to a place in my life that I can redecicate time and energy to photography again (it's been a goal for 30 years since I dedicated two years to a Graphic Arts course), I would love to study the Complete Course in Professional Photography. I would love to gain the knowledge!
March 4, 2013 05:46 am
I'd like to win the Professional Course.
I'm a lomg time amateur photographer, starting ( and staying) analog, now using digital slrs since a few years.
The course should get my level of photography as well as my english skills up to date.
March 4, 2013 05:35 am
I would choose the Complete Course in Professional Photography. I'm in Valencia, Venezuela and I've never received formal training on photography. Photography couses here are very far from my city, very expensive and even then, the content and style are aimed to begginer photographers. I already have learned the basics through books, the web and lots of practice. You can see a sample of what I can already do here , my body of work is my best "why". As you can see I make street and documentary photography and I would like to continue developing my expertise to be able to deal with bigger challenges on that field and also be able to support my human condition photography projects with another types of professional photography. Thanks.
March 4, 2013 05:34 am
I have recently gotten interested back in photography after a long hiatus working in It and have been considering going back to school full time however with 2 kids this just isn't practice. However a work at your own pace program like the complete course in professional photography would give me the opportunity to both work and continue my education towards an exciting new career in photography