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Hell’s Kitchen Photography Workshop

The over-the-top bright lights of Broadway. The sunsets behind the Hudson River. The gleaming towers and tall buildings — like the Midtown West luxury rentals at 555TEN — that make the skyline iconic. There’s no question as to why New York is the most photographed city in the entire world. The city’s ever-changing, dynamic energy lends itself well to images in a variety of media, from quick snapshots posted on social media to high-end glossy editorials that attempt to capture NYC’s unique features.

 

You can get in on all the photography fun by taking a tour with Shoot New York City that will let you explore the town and practice your photography skills. The upcoming Hell’s Kitchen & Midtown West Street Photography Workshop focuses on the neighborhood surrounding the luxury apartments for rent at 555TEN. This four-hour tour will take a small group out into the world of high-octane street photography on Saturday, Feb. 29. Whether you’re a selfie-snapper or a professional photog, this tour is sure to be both exciting and illuminating.

 

But what exactly is “street photography”?

 

Street photography isn’t your typical pose-and-smile endeavor. It’s a fast-paced, unplanned style that, when done correctly, captures the heart and soul of its subjects in serendipitous moments captured by the camera lens. While the style may seem random, the best street photographers know what to look for and possess a technique that makes catching these moments on film second nature to them.

 

On the surface, street photography seems like a simple undertaking: Just go out onto the street and take pictures. But, as anyone who’s ever attempted to take a perfect shot in the moment will tell you, it’s anything but.

 

One of the most common obstacles to overcome is the fear of taking your camera out and shooting. After all, it can be unnerving to point a camera at strangers and take their picture. One of the goals of Shoot New York City is to help those new to street photography get over any embarrassment or fears they might have about shooting in public.

 

In addition to overcoming mental blocks, Shoot New York City teaches you valuable techniques for getting great shots — with a focus on composition. How you frame and compose your shot affects how an audience will see the picture, which can make or break the message you’re trying to convey. While getting the angles correct is easy with a still object, like the Empire State Building, it’s a bit more difficult when you’re shooting “from the hip.”

 

The “Auto” setting on most cameras will get you fine photos most of the time, but true photographers know that “Manual” is the way to go. During the workshop, you’ll learn how to use your camera like a pro and dig deep into the more mechanical aspects of street photography. Think: aperture, focus, and f-stop.

 

Ready to get out there and channel your own Helen Levitt?

 

Sign up for Shoot New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen & Midtown West Street Photography Workshop today. The tour only accommodates five people, and the event will take place rain or shine. And, most important, don’t forget your camera — both digital and film cameras can be used.

Putting Your Best Foot Forward in 2020: The 555TEN Way

Starting the new year off right is never easy. And since New Year’s resolutions usually focus on health-conscious activities like improving your diet and getting in shape, living in the heart of New York City presents an extra challenge. However, the Midtown West apartments for rent at 555TEN are an oasis of wellness in Hudson Yards. And Hudson Yards itself, as well as the surrounding neighborhood, offers countless opportunities to pursue any type of self-improvement you might desire. So, now’s the time to lace up your running shoes, grab a notebook, or learn a new skill. New year, new you!

The most common New Year’s resolution is undoubtedly to hit the gym. Fortunately, residents of 555TEN have access to state-of-the-art fitness facilities right inside their very own building. Head to the Health & Wellness Floor to work up a sweat on the treadmills and weight-training machines while being inspired by Midtown views, or take a class in the private fitness studio. If you’re a swimmer, you’ll love the indoor saltwater lap pool. And if spinning is more your thing, check out the top-of-the-line Peloton bikes. Adventurous residents will love the Nexersys Boxing Exergame, which takes shadowboxing to a whole new level. When your workout is finished, drape a towel around your neck and hit the high-end changing rooms before heading back out into the world (or just back to your residence).

Another common New Year’s resolution is to become more organized. Conveniently located near 555TEN are a couple of stores where you can pick up some great organization tools. Check out MUJI in Hudson Yards to stock up on stylish stationery, sleek file boxes and binders, and a host of useful planners and calendars that will turn organization into an aesthetic treat. For more quotidian needs, head to The Container Store, where you’ll find the right trays, boxes, and shelves to perfectly complement your luxurious 555TEN residence.

But New Year’s resolutions don’t have to be about fine-tuning your life. What is sometimes most needed in the new year is a fresh start, and learning a new skill can be just the ticket. Luckily, 555TEN is located near a ton of art studios that offer classes for all ages, giving you the opportunity to discover a new talent while making something that is the perfect expression of your unique personality. Check out Mud Matters, the pottery studio where amateurs can take their spin at the wheel or use silver clay to create unique jewelry. Whether you want to meet new people through a group class or hone your pottery skills with private lessons, Mud Matters is one of the best places to create art in a safe and judgment-free environment.

Plus, a stylish mug or handmade vase will look great in your modern 555TEN apartment. Head over to the 555TEN website and start the journey to a new you today!

 

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