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David Guarino - Farmingdale State College. Farmingdale, NY, US

David Guarino David Guarino

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Advanced Photography | Farmingdale State College

Farmingdale, NY, UNITED STATES

Professor Guarino is an award-winning photographer specializing in advertising. He has taught at Farmingdale since 2011.


David Guarino’s entire life has been defined by a love of photography. During grammar school, David was already developing film negatives and creating enlargements in a darkroom his dad built in his parents' basement. At 15, David sold his first photos - a series documenting New York City - to a coffee-table book publisher. He was soon hired as a photography intern for a local community newspaper, and landed his first front-page photo at 17. By the time he reached his 20’s, David was photographing more than 50 weddings a year.

In 1988, David built one of Long Island's largest and most successful photography studios, specializing in advertising. His work has been published in numerous publications, including Popular Photography, Elle, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Bride’s Magazine, and The New York Times, and he has won more than 50 BOLI (Best of Long Island) awards from the Long Island Advertising Club. His photographs have appeared in countries as far away as Australia.

David has taught advanced photography at Farmingdale State College since 2011.






Areas of Expertise (2)



Industry Expertise (2)



Accomplishments (2)

BOLI (Best of Long Island) Award (professional)

David has won 54 BOLI (Best of Long Island) awards from the Long Island Advertising Club, including five "Best in Category" awards.

Farmingdale College Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching (professional)


Excellence in Teaching Award presented by the Farmingdale College Foundation

Education (1)

Hunter College: BA, Fine Art 1975


Affiliations (1)

  • Make a Wish Foundation

Languages (1)

  • English

Sample Talks (1)

Impact for Advertising

The use of a strong visual as a persuasive tactic. Discusses a method for creating an emotional attachment with the audience via visual input in order to affect a persuasion.



  • Moderator
  • Panelist
  • Workshop Leader
  • Host/MC
  • Corporate Training

Research Focus (1)


Multiple layers in Photoshop

Compositing is the art of combining images to create a revised or imaginary visual. It is used to expand the visual capabilities of photography.

Courses (3)

Introduction to Photography

This course is an introduction to the history, art and technique of photography. By utilizing their own cameras and commercial processing, students will acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to produce well-composed and properly exposed creative photographs.

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Photography I

This course introduces photographic principles with the primary emphasis on the technical issues of photography in studio and natural lighting conditions. Students will learn the concepts and techniques for proper lighting, exposure, focus, depth-of-field, and creative composition. The methodology for the creation of compelling and original photographic images will be covered as it applies to graphic design projects. Image management software, archival storage solutions, and presentation techniques will be explored.

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Photography II

Students will continue to examine the concepts and techniques for proper lighting, exposure, focus, depth-of-field, and creative composition. Using electronic media, students explore the production and processing of digital image making and the application of studio techniques. Advanced technical skills for digital photography are covered to increase student awareness of photographic methods necessary for commercial communication, advertising, and photojournalism. Using digital photographic technologies, students experiment and further develop their understanding of the photograph as a vehicle for communicating ideas.

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