Contest – Win One of 3 Online Photography Courses from New York Institute of Photography


Over the last few years here at dPS, we’ve run some incredibly popular competitions with one of our partners – the New York Institute of Photography – to give away to lucky dPS readers some of their great online photography courses.

Due to popular demand – we’re doing it again this week.


Win One of THREE Online Photography Courses from New York Institute of Photography

Contest – Win One of 3 Online Photography Courses from New York Institute of Photography

For this contest, NYIP is giving away THREE prizes.

Each will be won by a different dPS reader. Here’s what you could win:

Fundamentals of Digital Photography Course – worth $749

This is one of NYIP’s most popular courses. The beginner digital photography course is meant to help you master your digital camera.

  • Learn the basic functions of your camera so you can begin to shoot in manual mode.
  • Professional photographers will show you how to see the world like a photographer.
  • Complete a series of photography projects that help you practice your new skills.
  • Your teacher will work with you, review your photos, and help you improve throughout the program.
  • By the time you finish, you will have the skills and knowledge to take professional-quality photographs.
  • NYIP Graduates are eligible to become certified by the Professional Photographers of America (PPA).
Contest – Win One of 3 Online Photography Courses from New York Institute of Photography

Photo Credit – Dennis Asfour

All students get the benefit of online courses they can work through at their own pace, as well as one-to-one feedback from professional photographers on their work!

Contest – Win One of 3 Online Photography Courses from New York Institute of Photography

How to Win

To win this competition you’ll need to:

Watch the video below and visit the course page HERE:

Leave a comment below and tell us why you’d like to enroll in New York Institute of Photography. Please note: there is a limit of one entry per person.

Do this in the next two weeks and then on October 15, 2017, the team at NYIP will choose the best three answers and we will announce the winners in the following days.

The deadline to enter is October 9, 2017, Midnight PDT. Comments left after the deadline will not be considered.

By “best” – we’re looking for people who understand what NYIP is, what the course offers, and how it suits their needs. There’s no need to write essay length comments to win – but we’re looking to hear what you like about NYIP, 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, please. To enter – simply leave your comment below.

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  • @#1974Willemien Walters

    I would like to start my own business and think that NYIP will give me the right tools and knowledge to start my own business. I do have two good camera’s but do not have the courage to start. We live in a country with so many beautiful landscapes and I really want to take beautiful pictures of our country to show to the world our land Namibia but I need to start with myself and need a good course to give me the right courage and tools to understand my cameras and start my business. Thank you for the opportunity.

  • SD Art Teacher

    How could I use an NYIP course, oh let me count the ways…
    First, I am a high school art teacher from a rural school in South Dakota. And I have been given a wonderful opportunity this spring to teach a photography class. (I have only been asking for this opportunity for about 10 years or so), but anyways, I have finally been granted my wish.

    This brings me to my first problem. The last time I took a photography class we used this stuff called film and we had to edit, develop and process it in a room, called a “Darkroom” ironically. Hopefully these still exist, but no matter what, this is where I learned. Now not to make myself sound THAT old, I have owned a DSLR camera for about 10 years now. I just have never officially taken a class. I am very proud to be a self-taught photographer. But I think I am in over my head with this teaching photography thing.

    NYIP could help me in so many ways because while I think I know composition, lighting and editing, I also know that I might NOT know everything. Usually this is hard for me to admit. But when it comes to photography, which is at the lower end of my knowledge pool, I would be grateful for any assistance I can get. I am especially interested in learning the editing phase of the class. I know enough about editing programs to basically be dangerous, but I am very nervous about teaching tips and tricks to high school students who are depending on me for every step of the process.

    While I am nervous, I am also very excited to be teaching a photography class. I also think I am in a great position to not only use the knowledge I will learn from NYIP but to pass it on to future photographers who will learn the true art of photography. I hope to inspire them to find a passion in taking photos and learning to edit them so that they look like they have been created by professionals. My students might not become professional photographers but through my journey I hope to help them find their own adventure and love for photography. Who knows, they might even be inspired to pick up their own NYIP class in the future.

  • Denise P

    I gained the gift of vision late in life, I was born with cataracts, prior to the surgery, everything I saw was muted or shadowed. I was not able to clearly see facial features, never knew I had freckles on my arms – never knew you could see individual leaves on a tree or individual blades of grass; see the flecks of gold in a child’s iris, the way the sun illuminates a path in the woods or the rain on the horizon,

    Perfect vision was restored following my second surgery at age 39, it was beyond wonderful, imagine a toddler’s wonder in seeing everything for the first time, that was me. I began exploring and examining every object, every scene, taking in the colors, shadows, shapes and textures.

    I still have that thrill and am constantly working, through my photography, toward being able to share with others the emotions that I feel, whether it be amazement, joy awe, sadness, humor, as I explore the world that I missed for so long.

    My schedule at work is unpredictable, but every free minute I have my camera in hand. Teaching myself, I have learned a lot, I have photos I love and am to the point that others are asking me to photograph events, I am honest enough to know that I need a structured program in order to improve and to be able to feel confident enough and skilled enough to agree to photograph for others.

    I have looked at different programs, some offered by the camera manufacturers, some campus based, but most are geared toward the very basics, to access a quality course travel is necessary, and timing/scheduling at this point, remain a great obstacle.

    New York Institute of Photography’s online courses offer the structure and types of content that I have been seeking. The additional benefit of having a seasoned a professional photographer as a mentor is such an enhancement. Family and friends provide loving critique, but honest critique and guidance is necessary for growth.

    I look forward to a time when I am able to receive compensation/recognition for my art. .

  • Celeste DuBay

    A challenge I have yet to master is night photography. I have obsessed over Carlos & Miguel Vargas’ Bridge in San Lazaro as a masterpiece of night lighting, magical composition and post production prowess. More tips, lessons and direction to lead to better exposure are a highly anticipated objective. Thank you for consideration.

  • Henco Vanton

    By looking at what this course is covering, with the personal help from a professional photographer, this course is a must and will definately be an advantage. I have been diagnosed with an eye disorder and can not see true colour (and therfore can not enhance photos with eg photoshop), but still I love taking photos to the enjoyment of family and friends. The training and feedback from a professional photographer can really help me to take the best photos and to understand my camera better to use it at optimal level, and will also help me to concider taking on clients to earn an aditional income.

  • Daniele

    I love photography as a form of art, I would love to be able to work
    in photography because I am convinced that photography is the perfect
    way to convey news, information, but above all emotions.

    photographer has to do a good job, he has to take pictures technically
    correct because at the base of a good photo there are some rules … but
    that’s not all …. that’s just the starting point … the ultimate
    goal I want to achieve is the emotion, feeling, something that in a photograph is not “measurable” ….

    When I can, through my photographs, to recognize me and to convey
    emotions and feelings then I will realize that I will do a good job.

    me a beginner photographer living near Venice – Italy having the
    opportunity to attend a photography course at the New York Institute of
    Photography … it would be like seeing the joy in the eyes of a child
    who opens his unexpected Christmas gift he did not think he could have it because it’s too expensive … and instead it’s there … under his Christmas tree …

  • Spencer Parker

    This past year, two things happened to change the course of my life. I hit 65 and retired from my full time job as a computer tech. I had planned to supplement my income doing photography of some sort but the second thing was brain surgery and a stroke that has left me in a wheelchair; curtailing the kinds of photography I can do, including taking local classes. If I won this course, I could improve my skills and continue in my plans to make what I love to do work for me. Thank You

  • Solange Paquette

    I became fascinated by pictures when I was a child, looking at the National Geographic magazines my father was receiving each month. At that time, I was hardly able to read, and didn’t know a word of english! So it was just the pictures and all the wonderful and mysterious universes they invited me in. I never stop dreaming one day I would be taking photos like these, and tell everybody enchanting stories through them.
    In the last few years, with the digital, it suddenly seemed within reach. I started travelling and I was so thrilled ! I was an explorer like the heros of my childhood!
    Of course I brought back nice memories that I put in photos books, and when I look at them sometimes, I just can’t beleive I actually seen those incredible places.
    But even if I try and improve my photography by reading all I can, and sure I took some good pictures, I wish I could master the camera more completely to really be able to tell what I want, to express all the emotion.
    With this course, I wish I would take that next step were I would be more in control of the technical thing, to be able to let my creativity flow and realize the visions I have in mind.
    Thank you!

  • Greg Hanselman

    Here we go, again… Another online photography course to “learn my camera” and “see things like a photographer.” But no. This time it seems different. This time there’s projects and accountability, and a real person to discuss my progress with. No more “read/listen/watch, practice a few times with varying results leading eventually to disappointment due to unmet expectations.” No, this time there’s a real plan, real expectations, and, if history is any indication, real results. Oh, and did I forget to mention a real person to work along with?

    DPS and NYIP are offering an amazing opportunity for me here. I have been longing for the chance to go beyond the weekend photography warrior and leap into something that can help bring the best photographer out in me. For me, I have an idea of the basics of exposure and composition, but learning this from an accredited institution such as NYIP will certainly allow me to firmly grasp these photography basics. Combine that with post-production and voila! We’re in business! And what an opportunity that would be. To create a business out of something I truly love doing.

  • Natallia Yakes-Miksiuk

    It is hard to move forward without a solid understanding of the basics in any enterprise. Photography is unique as on one hand it is a form of art and self-expression, very subjective and personal, therefore might not appear to have rules or restrictions. On the other hand it can be very technical and depend heavily on the ability to use the camera, settings, light to the fullest extent. The course looks like a great stepping stone to a solid foundation and the best part is that it doesn’t matter where you live as it is online and available to anyone. It is exactly what I am looking for!

  • Misty Stone

    I would like this course to learn the ground work fundamentals that I need to make my visions through the camera become real. . I love photography it has helped me through a tough time since losing my mom. My mother handled a camera with such confidence, and I am confident that NYIP would educate me on the fundamentals I need to excel in the photography world and result in giving me the visionary education I need to see and feel through the lens of the camera .


    hello, i really believe that everything that we photograph doesn’t have to do with the equipment but it is more about a different point of view.i like taking macro photos, photos with animals and landscaping.if i win, it will be a huge opportunity for me to learn all the basics about my digital camera and make true one of my biggest dreams, to find a perfect course via elearning, because i live in Greece and cannot afford the fees of a full course in digital photography.thank you so much DPS for giving this opportunity to everyone who still has dreams.

  • Rike

    Since I became more and more interested in photography a few years ago, I’ve read a lot, online and offline, but a course like this would make sure I’m learning a lot more systematically and give me not only a really good and solid foundation, but also the confidence necessary to take the next steps (like approaching people, offering my “services”).
    What the course covers seems to be exactly what I need: the basics, but especially everything about light and portraits, even travel photography! (The only thing that I can’t really imagine doing is studio portraits with elaborate lighting…)
    But the absolute best thing would be to have a mentor I can ask and who could give me constructive criticism and feedback! That would be almost too good to be true.

  • David Manning

    I’ve loved to take pictures since I first picked up a camera. I looked at it as a visual history record of my life and the world. I soon learned that most everyone enjoys seeing well done images and over time people wanted to see more of my work or ask me to take pictures for them. I LOVE doing photography and want to increase my skill level as much as possible. My desire is to be at a professional level. Right now some of my images are like snapshots while others do reflect a somewhat higher skill. But I also find myself unable to get certain shots exposed properly due to a lack of skill/knowledge. This happens when conditions change or are unexpected. I once read that a true professional will get good results regardless of circumstances. I need to develop that kind of consistency. I’ve desperately wanted to have a mentor but no luck so far. I’ve taken a few classes and been to a seminar or two but nothing that was comprehensive enough to provide what the NYIP course offers. I want everything I can get from this course! Having someone to review my work and offer insight on what I’ve done right or wrong would be amazing. Professional guidance and the challenge of the projects would be just what I need to up my game to a higher level. As the courses are online that certainly makes taking them more simple. Ultimately I desire to teach as well. This is an offering that seems tailor made for me to improve on what I already know and gain new skills as well. Put me in coach, I’m ready to play!


    I have known about NYIP and their enviable reputation for many years.

    I have belonged to photo clubs and have had some adult education in photography, but I feel that a course like the NYPI basic DSL photography would give me the knowledge I need to take the perfect photo every time.

    Working with the guidance of a professional mentor would be a great experience, my question would be answered through feedback, and I’d go forward knowing how to handle each photo situation.

    Composition and exposure would improve as I make use of my mentor’s advice.My vision of the world as a photographer would improve, as an artist I’d become more proficient.
    The convenience of an on-line course is a tremendous advantage, since it will be possible to work when it is possible.

  • Julie Keller

    When i was young, I wanted to be a photographer when I grew up. I was always begging my parents to buy me a camera, but they couldn’t afford to. I was the youngest of four girls and my sisters always wanted their pictures taken, while i was the one that desired to be on the other side of the camera. Finally, my wish came true and my aunt gave me an old kodak camera during one of our big family yard sales. By this time, I had a paper route and could buy my own film and get it developed and I took so many pictures. When I would babysit my nephew i would set-up a background and take pictures of him and pretend i was a real photographer. In High School I joined the photography club, but I never could afford to get more in to photography. Life moved on but the desire never left me. I was always too busy with life to try and take it up again. I now am 43, my nest is empty, I am divorced, and a few years ago i was diagnosed with a rare illness that keeps me from working the usual laboring factory job that i have done for so many years. So, of course, number 1 on my bucket list was to learn Photography. I purchased an old canon rebel xt on ebay about a year and a half ago and dove in head first on the internet to self teach myself photography. It did not take long to discover that this is what I should have been doing all along and I absolutely LOVE it! I now own a Canon Rebel T6 (1300D) and get paid to take sports, special occasions, maternity/newborn, family, holidays, fall/spring, and school photographs. I am on my 10th month of my first year of a 365 project. I feel like i could be soooo much more professional and experienced with the education from NYIP if I am selected. Thank You!

  • Joseph J. Barretto

    It was a picture of a couple in Paris, dancing the tango in a park along the Seine. The first thing you notice is his face, handsome, half-hidden in the shadow, with eyes full of intent and concentration. He seems to be simultaneously looking at a point a hundred feet straight ahead and fully present in this moment. The second thing you notice are his hands, one delicately cradling his partner’s, like a butterfly he wants to neither crush nor let go, while the other is in stiff, perfect form a few inches off his partner’s back.

    It was at the end of a 10-day trip that changed how I saw Paris. And I owed it to photography. I’d been to Paris before, but this time was different. It was a trip dedicated to taking photos. The intentionality changed how I experienced a place. Without the pressure to check off tourist traps, I was free to explore a neighborhood, meet the people, stay in place, and feel its ebbs and flows.

    It was my second time that week observing tango dancers in that park. A week before, I happened upon them and took what seemed like a few hundred photos. I was caught up on the excitement of the music and the moment. Of all the photos I took that day, I probably picked three or four favorites.

    After a week of taking photos, my approach completely changed. This time, I observed the dancers, listened to the music, felt the rhythm. I picked the right spot. I counted the steps as the dancers turned. Instead of a few hundred, I probably took just a dozen shots that day. And one of them was the picture of that couple.

    One week of taking photos didn’t just change the way I saw Paris, it changed the way I saw. But it also made me realize that there was still so much that I would like to learn. Knowing the basics allowed me to photograph what I saw, but the limitations of my technical knowledge kept me from doing more of what I knew my camera could do. An intensive week of photography gave me the observational toolbox to document a moment. I believe NYIP can provide me with the technical toolbox to capture the experience.

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