April 29th, 2015

What Photographers Need to Know Before They Go Pro

Sponsored by NYIP


Photo by Hossam ElDin Mostafa

What do you need to know before you go pro? Robyn Selman, general manager of The New York Institute of Photography (NYIP) aims to answer this question through curriculum for photographers.

Selman works with experts in the field, such as Patrick Donehue, to ensure NYIP’s curriculum is “forward-looking and serves students well,” she says. Donehue, who has worked as a photographer, educator and director of photography at Getty and Corbis and is now a consultant working with Apple, offers these tips for budding pro photographers:

1) Study what has already been done. Successful photographers know how to stand out from the crowd. They create images that haven’t been seen before.

2) Thrive on the process of improving. Focus and development aren’t just photographic techniques, they’re attitudes. Continually scan the horizon for what you’d like to do, focus your inspiration, make choices, and persist so you are always enhancing your vision and craft.

3) Edit, then edit again. Start by selecting dozens of favorite images from a shoot, then cut them down. Then do it again (and again). This is how to build a portfolio. Be a ruthless editor of your own work.

4) Handle adversity and be optimistic. Learn how to rebound from difficulties, whether personal or professional. Being able to dust yourself off and get back up is the mark of a determined and inspired professional.

5) Listen. Then ask your client, editor, curator, colleague, etc. questions, and don’t leave a topic or a meeting until you know what’s being asked of you.

6) Speak a global visual language by looking at things from a global perspective. Do research; find out what things look like in Singapore, Shanghai, Rio, Dubai and elsewhere around the globe, so you get a more rounded impression of the world.

7) Get funding. In order to grow, learn and put the necessary time and energy into refining your craft, you need to be properly funded. Choose gear you can afford—or find a way to afford the gear you need—and take a financial risk when it seems appropriate.

8) Be an early adopter of technology. Use new tools to help set you apart and gain an edge on other photographers. Monitor and be aware of what’s coming and choose what you need to embrace to enhance your image-making.


Photo by Aspenashfotons

NYIP offers a Professional Photography Course that covers technical know-how, business acumen, personal vision, professional practices and techniques, and specialty areas of focus, providing a solid, smart and comprehensive foundation for your growing professional business. And while NYIP’s courses are online and self-paced, the program pairs every student with a professional photographer as a mentor for personalized support throughout your studies.

Additionally, NYIP has partnered with Wedding & Portrait Photographers International, WPPI, to launch the first ever industry certification for wedding and portrait photographers. Like NYIP’s courses, the certification program is offered asynchronously, fully online, giving you tremendous scheduling flexibility. The program covers technical details relevant to photography, exposure, lighting, and composition, as well as business knowledge. Those photographers who successfully complete the program will be WPPI Certified photographers.

Visit www.nyip.edu to learn more about its courses and WPPIC.

March 3rd, 2015

WPPI Panel: Photographers Test Canon’s 5DS and 5DSR

© Karen Seifert

© Karen Seifert

Canon’s recent announcement of it new  50-megapixel 5Ds and 5Ds R cameras excited a lot of comments, and a lot of speculation. The cameras won’t be on the market until June, but at the WPPI trade show yesterday, attendees got to see sample images shot with the new cameras. Four photographers–all members of the Canon Explorers of Light program– shared their experiences shooting with the new models. They were joined  by photographer Peter Hurley, who typically shoots medium-format, and PDN‘s Technology Editor Greg Scoblete for a panel on the new cameras: Photo Forward, the blog of PDN’s sister publication, Rangefinder, has a recap of the panel.

It includes comments by Hurley as well as photographers George Lepp, Hanson Fong, Ken Sklute and photographer/cinematographer Bruce Dorn about the cameras’ resolution, speed and performance when shooting stills and video.

To read more, check out the Photo Forward blog.

Canon 5Ds Takes Aim at Medium Format with a 50-Megapixel Sensor

March 2nd, 2015

The New Gear from WPPI 2015



The WPPI Show kicked off this week in Las Vegas with a few new products. You can follow all the gear news from WPPI here. Here’s a look at some of the highlights:

Nikon D7200

An update to the company’s D7100, the APS-C (DX format) camera boasts a 24.2-megapixel CMOS sensor with no optical low pass filter. It will offer a more generous buffer and faster processing than its predecessor, enabling the D7200 to shoot at 6 frames per second for up to 18 14-bit RAW files (up from the D7100′s six), 27 12-bit RAW images or 100 JPEGs. Drop the camera into 1.3x crop mode and you can bump continuous shooting up to 7 fps.

You’ll enjoy a native ISO range of 100 to 25,600 with an option to expand beyond this range to 51,200 and 102,400 when shooting in black-and-white.

The D7200 also sports a 51-point autofocus system that uses Nikon’s new Advanced Multi-CAM 3500II DX high-density system to keep your subjects in focus. There are 15 cross-type sensors to pin down moving subjects, with a center point that works down to f/8. Shutter speeds range from 1/8,000 sec. to 30 sec. with a bulb mode available for longer exposures. The shutter is rated for up to 150,000 cycles.

In a first for Nikon, the D7200 has both Wi-Fi and NFC so you can quickly pair the camera with mobile devices to share images and remotely control the camera.

Nikon’s Picture Control settings are now available in live view mode and can now be previewed in real-time on the camera’s 3.2-inch display. There are a pair of SD card slots and you’ll enjoy 1,110 shots per charge from the camera’s battery, according to CIPA standards.

On the video front, the D7200 records 1080p video at up to 30 fps or up to 60 fps when in 1.3x crop mode. You’ll have Auto ISO sensitivity in manual mode for the first time to control exposure transitions without altering shutter speed or aperture. There are also zebra stripes to alert you to over-exposed highlights during video recording.

The D7200 ships in April and is available for pre-order now for $1,200 (body) or $1,700 (with AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens). (more…)

March 5th, 2014

New Pro Cameras and Lighting Gear Debut at WPPI Show in Las Vegas

Nikon-D4S-1I’ve been pounding the WPPI show floor in Las Vegas this week for our sister publication, Rangefinder magazine, covering what’s new in the world of photography gear. Here’s a rundown of some of the highlights from WPPI, which saw quite a few new pro cameras debut in the U.S. at the show.

Follow the links for the full posts on Rangefinder’s blog, Photoforward.


March 14th, 2013

WPPI Gear Wrap-Up: Lowell, Animoto Pro, LowePro, RhinoCam and More

Rangefinder Tech Editor John Rettie took a last look around the WPPI trade show floor and has posted a wrap-up of new products that debuted there this week. He was able to preview the new lighting kit from Lowell, the Medusa lighting system developed by photographer Peter Hurley, the Fotodiox RhinoCam, which adapts a compact camera to work with a medium-format lens, a new bag from LowePro, and more. He also checked out how Animoto Pro has changed its slide show software to expand the length of presentations and, thanks to a deal with Triple Scoop Music, make licensing music much easier.

Check out his show reports here and his wrap up here on the WPPI blog, blog.wppionline.com.

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March 11th, 2013

New LEDs and Wireless Tethered Cameras at WPPI 2013

Rangefinder Technical Editor John Rettie is at WPPI 2013 and yesterday attended Launch Pad, where attendees got a sneak peek at some of the products being displayed at the trade show in Las Vegas. While many exhibitors displayed their latest wares, two new product lines particularly caught his eye.

One is the LED lighting gear from Fiilex. Their two new arrays provide full-spectrum color tuning so they can be matched to any light. He also took note of the Sanho iUSBportCamera.  As its name suggests, it is a device that can be used with a Canon or Nikon DSLR to wirelessly transmit photos to an external device such as a iPhone or iPad for viewing images. It can also capture JPEG images instantly and be used to control the camera remotely.

John Rettie’s full post about Launch Pad is  on the WPPI blog.

March 7th, 2013

Business Advice and Tips Headline WPPI Show

The WPPI Conference + Expo is getting underway in Las Vegas. In addition to seminars and master classes providing insights and technical tips for wedding and engagement photographers, there are also several educational sessions addressing business issues facing photographers in every genre, as well as opportunities to hear critiques and advice from notable photographers.

WPPI U, a two-day workshop for emerging photographers, takes place Saturday and Sunday; speakers include Jerry Ghionis, Lynsey Addario, Doug Cordon, Kevin Kubota and others. Photographers will also be critiquing attendees’ portfolios, so bring along a sample of your work in either digital or print formats.

On March 8 and 9, from 9am to 6pm, a panel of judges—including Jose Villa, Jerry Ghionis and Bambi Cantrell—will critique prints and portfolios that were submitted to the event. Holders of full-conference passes will be able to hear their insights into what each judge likes or dislikes, and why. “It’s fascinating to go from room to room and listen to their critiques,” says Rangefinder editor Jacqueline Tobin.

Master classes take place March 10, 11 and 12; platform classes begin on Sunday March 10 and continue through Thursday. Among the speakers delivering master classes are Colleen Wainwright, the marketing consultant wrote about branding in The ASMP Guide to New Markets in Photography.” (You can read an excerpt in PDN’s February issue.) Wainwright’s master class at WPPI is called “You, Amplified: Standing Out in the Attention Economy.” Among the other marketing experts offering classes are Matt Hill, who will discuss “Your Web Hitlist: Choosing and Using the Right Tools,” and Jon Goldman, who will give a class in relationship marketing.

ASMP Past President Richard Kelly will lead a class called “Creating Value: Essential Tools for Professional Photographers.” David McClain, the photographer and videographer, is offering a platform class titled “New Opportunities: When Still Photography and Video Converge.” One platform class that promises to get to the heart of the matter is “Learn to Thrive: Lessons of a Studio Makeover,” lead by Karen Carey and Mara Blom Schantz, who are known for conducting what they call the THRIVE Workshop.

PDNOnline.com will be posting product news and seminar reports from WPPI thanks to our sister publication, Rangefinder.

November 20th, 2012

Wedding & Portrait Photographers International Appoints Jason Groupp WPPI Director

The Nielsen Photo Group, which owns PDN, has announced the appointment of Jason Groupp as the director of Wedding & Portrait Photographers International. We’d like to welcome Jason to the Nielsen Photo Group. For more information on the appointment, please see the press release below.

Photo By Zack Arias


New York, NY (November 20, 2012) – Wedding & Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) announces today the appointment of Professional Photographer Jason Groupp as the new WPPI Director.

Groupp will be responsible for overseeing the growth of membership and education, setting up speakers for the annual WPPI Conference and Expo and maintaining speaker relations for the conference, WPPI U and WPPI on the road. Groupp will also act as liaison for WPPI to the photography community, supervise photo competitions and work with teams to help provide editorial content for Rangefinder Magazine, WPPI blog and the InFocus newsletter.

“I’m so excited to be joining The Nielsen Photo Group as WPPI Director. The annual WPPI Conference and publications such as Photo District News and Rangefinder Magazine have been such an important part of my career as a professional wedding photographer,” said Jason Groupp, WPPI Director. “After graduating college in 1989, I utilized the ‘assistants wanted’ section of Photo District News to help launch my career.  It goes without saying that 25 years later, I’m excited for the opportunity to help today’s new photographers find those ‘help wanted’ ads that helped me back then. I’ve loved and appreciated every minute of my WPPI experiences, and I couldn’t ask for a better place to now call home.”

Manhattan, NY-based Jason Groupp studied fashion photography at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City graduating in 1989. He’s been shooting weddings for 23 years. Sophisticated but instantly accessible, Jason Groupp’s wedding photography celebrates the individuality of every couple he works with. Having honed his style on the streets of Manhattan, Jason instinctively creates a sense of place and style in every client’s photograph. Whether it’s a free-spirited portrait of a newly engaged couple astride a motorcycle or a rare quiet moment shared by a bride and groom against the splashy backdrop of a Las Vegas cityscape, Jason captures the relationship between a couple and their surroundings.

For more information about Jason Groupp visit: http://www.jasongroupp.com/

All WPPI 2013 classes, events and the expo will take place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV, from March 7-14, 2013. WPPI is the biggest event in the world for wedding and portrait photographers. Last year, nearly 16,000 registered attendees and over 180 speakers from throughout the United States as well as from 46 foreign countries as far away as Latin America, Australia and Russia gathered in Las Vegas, NV for WPPI. Attending professional photographers and those looking to begin their career in photography were able to learn from the best and see the latest and greatest products from 330 exhibitors that participated in the expo.

The 2013 conference will feature specialized education programs like Platform Classes, Master Classes, Plus Classes and WPPI U. WPPI U is a university-style, two-day workshop providing the fundamentals of photography to help today’s up-and-coming photographers strengthen their shooting skills, learn to market their photography services and how to run a profitable business. Also, the 16×20 Print and Album Competitions provide an extra measure of excitement and recognition during the event, culminating with the WPPI Awards Night extravaganza.

Registration (Http://registration3.experientevent.com/ShowWPP131/?flowcode=ATT) for WPPI 2013 and is open now. The early bird registration rate for access to the WPPI 2013 Conference and Expo is $199 for WPPI members and $379 for non-members through December 14, 2012. On December 15, 2012 registration rates increase to regular prices online; $275 for WPPI members and $399 for non-members. These rates include one (1) free guest, all Platform classes, special events and a 3-day pass to the biggest photography expo for wedding and portrait photographers.

For more information about WPPI 2013 and all of its workshops and events, please visit: www.wppionline.com.

About WPPI

Wedding & Portrait Photographers International (WPPI), a division of Nielsen Photo Group, is an international membership organization that serves the educational and business needs of wedding and portrait photographers. WPPI is a professional organization that exists to help its 3,500 active member photographers by providing them with exclusive information, programs and professional services to assist with their photographic artistry and business needs. WPPI routinely supplies its members with new benefits and valuable industry information enabling them to succeed in today’s active photo market business. WPPI membership gives photographers the resources they need to succeed and the tools they require to build and develop a strong personal support network.

In 2012, WPPI completed its 32nd annual Conference and Expo, featuring 320 exhibitors in its convention space at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas.  The annual WPPI 2013 Conference and Expo is set to take place next year at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV, from March 7-14, 2013. For more information visit: www.wppionline.com.