Interview with Chris Corradino, Student Advisor at NYIP
New York Institute of Photography (NYIP), founded in 1910, is a corner stone in educating photographers. The bulk of their education courses are home study courses, which include CDs with audio commentary, DVD video training, as well as an assigned dedicated student advisor for help with the course. We took a moment to speak with Chris Corradino, student advisor at NYIP, and a graduate of one of the course offerings. We wanted to find out more about the school, how worth it of time and money it is, and what career success potential students might hope to achieve were they to pursue studies at NYIP.
What is your role with NYIP?
I have a terrific job as a Student Advisor at NYIP working with passionate students from all over the world. The ability to help people reach their professional goals gives me great satisfaction. On any given day I’ll answer questions on exposure, lighting, equipment, business, and more. I also interact with our passionate online community through our blog, forum, Facebook and Twitter pages. Some days I’ll create videos for our YouTube channel, or audio material for a podcast. I just finished version 1 of our iPhone app so students can tap into our content on the go.
Is NYIP worth it?
As a graduate of the program myself, I can honestly say the course is a wise investment. Even if you are already comfortable with the technical aspects of photography, the program covers a wide array of topics. By learning how to handle any type of photographic situation, you’ll be more confident and able to accept new job opportunities. Furthermore, I believe the photo projects are creatively challenging which can foster artistic growth. The teachers provide personalized evaluations full of useful information you can take into the field with you. In my experience, this type of training can expedite the learning process in a way that self-study can not.
What kind of career success do you see for graduates of NYIP?
I love to hear about the many ways our graduates are using their photography skills to better their life and the world around them. We have students working professionally in so many genres of photography including portraiture, weddings, sports and photojournalism, still life and advertising, nature, and stock. Some have even applied their photography skills to video and found a niche there. Their success is inspiring to see, and we feature many of their stories on our web site.
How do the courses work?
After more than 100 years of training photographers we understand that everyone learns differently. To give students a well rounded education we use a multimedia approach with illustrated text lessons, audio cds, and DVDs. The course is structured in a way that starts with the basics, and builds on those skills throughout the program. To complete each Unit, students must take an online comprehension test and submit a photo project. Of course, if they have any questions along the way, myself and a team of Student Advisors are here to assist.
Are there mentoring/internship possibilities?
Once a student graduates, they are always part of the NYIP community. While we don’t offer any internships, we are certainly glad to provide continuing support to our graduates.
Chris Corradino is a professional photographer in NYC specializing in Nature, Photojournalism, and Multimedia. Some recent credits include the Associated Press, USA Today, National Geographic, The New Yorker, and Wall Street Journal. While Chris is truly proud of these accomplishments, perhaps his greatest joy comes from teaching others how to maximize their camera to reach their creative goals. As a licensed photography teacher, he provides personalized instruction to students of all experience levels. With a deep commitment to education, Chris’ dynamic teaching method fosters a positive learning environment. His students are hard working, passionate photographers who want to take their craft to the next level.
Original text Chris Corradino and Photo.net Editorial. Photos © Chris Corradino.