My Time With NYIP
Time Began in a Magazine...
I first heard about NYIP while flipping through an issue of Popular Photography magazine at the local public library.
It was a neatly placed advertisement along a right-hand page margin. I try not to be swayed by simple ads, but this one stuck out to me.
This one touted having exclusively online photo courses for demanding schedules as well as affordable tuition.
At this time I was not in any sort of college or higher education, having already bought much equipment and used it extensively for many hours.
This was totally a "why not?" situation.
...And so I did it.
Within a couple weeks, I was fully enrolled and fully paid off.
I settled upon the Complete Course in Professional Photography and the Intensive Course in Travel Photography.
In retrospect, the Nature & Landscape Photography course would've suited my portfolio and genre a bit better, my mother even agreed to that. Oh well.
NYIP touts itself as the oldest photography school still around, getting its' start in 1910 teaching film photography, obviously digital wasn't around. Now having progressed to being an online-only school with only an office building located in New York City.
How It Went
It was love at first sight, I could work and study on my own terms. Going at my own pace through the wealth of material.
The assignments challenged my creativity and typically involved getting out of the house to complete them, although some projects were more studio-based or required artificial lighting.
I bought some new equipment within that time, some of it needed to do the assignments.
The good news is you can invest in as much or in as little as you want or need. Meaning, you can go through the course with a point-and-shoot or prosumer camera or a full-framed one, or something in between. The choice is yours.
Despite taking a two month break in between there, I somehow managed to push through and complete both courses in about 12 months to my surprise.
I completed the Professional Photography course in September 2017 and the Travel Course in October 2017, not too far off from what would be the 1 year anniversary in November.
The important thing was that it narrowed down my career path for me, which would be wildlife, nature, and landscape in a fine art and conservation perspective.
I created this website after finishing both courses, it is just the next stepping stone in my overall career.
Being an Alumni
I am proud of all my progress in that single year, as I have framed and hung my two certificates on the wall to remind me.
I still try to contribute to the student forum whenever I can, a nice community of students trying to hone their craft.
If I ever travel to New York someday, I will surely make a stop to say hello.
To End On a Cliche
The takeaway for you is that some impulsive decisions can turn out good, and to go with your gut feeling.
I didn't think reading that magazine would turn into me enrolling in photography school.
It just sort of happened.
Take the chance, will you?
Is Proper Education Necessary to Succeed?
Do you have a formal education in photography? Where did you go to school at? Or are you self-taught? Everyone has a story of how they became to be, professional or amateur. Tell us down in the comments below. Have a nice week.