• FLASH! NYFA Photo Students’ Work Showcased at Photo LA

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    The NYFA Los Angeles Photography Program was represented last weekend at Photo LA, the largest photo fair on the West Coast. Celebrating its 23rd year, the famed art fair showcases the best of the photographic arts, with galleries, publishers, and photographers visiting from around the world. Mounted in a new, larger venue in Downtown LA, the fair had over 10,000 visitors and NYFA students, instructors, and admissions counselors were on hand to talk to them about New York Film Academy’s photography program.

    Photographic artworks by both current students and alumni were showcased at the NYFA booth. “We’re very proud of our students and their photography is of a very high caliber,” said Bobbi Fabian, Chair of the Photography School in Los Angeles. “We had many enquiries about the work and people were surprised to discover that the images were by students.”

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    January 27, 2014 • Photography • Views: 2781

  • Photo Students at NYFA Los Angeles Volunteer at 4th Annual YMCA Thanksgiving Turkey Trot

    Students (from L to R) Chris Tandoc (Jan 2013 2YR), Liam Hayes (Jan 2013 2YR), Patrick Owens (Jan 2013 2YR), Joseph Bornilla (Jan 2013 MFA), Walla Jarallah (Sep 2013 MFA) and Sharman Neilson (Sep 2013 1YR) were on hand as event photographers last Thursday at the 4th Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Trot in downtown Burbank.
    The annual event is organized by the Burbank YMCA and New York Film Academy photography students volunteered their time to record the event with funds raised making it possible for area families to join the Y. There was a record turn out for the event.

    December 4, 2013 • Photography • Views: 2629

  • NYFA Instagram Contest: The Holidays

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    The month of December brings about the holiday season for many cultures around the world and gives us a chance to reflect on 2013. For the rest of the month, the New York Film Academy wants to see how you celebrate this holiday season with friends and family. Whether it’s around the fireplace or congested in a massive Times Square crowd, we want to see!

    To enter this month’s “Holiday” contest, follow us on Instagram and add #NYFAHoliday to your photo or send to by Tuesday 12/31 at 12:00pm EST.

    The winner will be mailed a NYFA T-Shirt and have his or her photo posted on NYFA Instagram and Facebook!

    Also, congratulations to last week’s winner, DongBo, who sent us this incredible photo below from Beijing, China.

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    photo by DongBo

    December 2, 2013 • Contests, Photography • Views: 3254

  • Celebrity and Portrait Photographer Robert Trachtenberg Speaks to Photo Students at NYFA Los Angeles

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    The New York Film Academy‘s Photography School in Los Angeles was honored to host a guest lecture by renowned photographer, Robert Trachtenberg, last week. Robert talked students through his work, describing his shoots in detail from conception through execution. Students were encouraged to ask questions which Robert answered with humor and wit. He discussed the role of the publicist in celebrity shoots and how he works with actors from commissioned magazine shoots to off-the-cuff moments he’s captured.

    Robert also described his transition to the moving image. His response to an art director who doubted his ability to shoot a commercial – “I have to tell a story in one frame so 30 seconds is a huge luxury for me!”  Robert  is the winner of the Emmy Award for Outstanding Direction for his latest production, the American Masters film, Mel Brooks: Make a Noise.

    Robert Trachtenberg’s photographs have appeared in The New York Times MagazineEsquireVanity FairEntertainment Weekly and Rolling Stone among other publications. Advertising clients include NBCCBSABCTNTTBSDisneyMGM and HBO. The work can be viewed at

    -Bobbi Fabian, Chair of NYFA Photography LA
    For more information on NYFA’s Photography Programs, visit here.

    November 28, 2013 • Guest Speakers, Photography • Views: 4779

  • NYFA Photo Students Visit Exhibition of Iconic Photographer Richard Avedon in Beverly Hills


    Avedon: Women is an exhibition that spans six decades of Richard Avedon’s photography. This is the first solo exhibition of Avedon’s work in the Los Angeles area since 1976.

    More than 100 silver gelatin photographs form the core of the exhibition. Ranging from oversized exhibition prints dating from the artist’s 1978 showing at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, to more intimately scaled photographs that he printed and editioned throughout his lifetime. Approximately 300 contact prints, drawn from the Foundation’s extensive archive of sittings, reveal the tremendous range of subjects that Avedon photographed: musician Ella Fitzgerald; Avedon’s adored sister, Louise; and the young actress Elizabeth Taylor, among many. An additional room is devoted to his unprinted color work, with dozens of transparencies displayed in wall-mounted light boxes. Subjects range from 1958–59 advertisements featuring Carmen Dell’Orefice to supermodels Stephanie Seymour and Christy Turlington.

    New York Film Academy students were excited to experience this rare opportunity to see some of Avedon’s original prints and to view iconic images from a master of the medium.


    November 26, 2013 • Photography • Views: 3002

  • NYFA Instagram Contest: Thankfulness


    As the year comes to a close and many cultures celebrate their own unique holidays, we are reminded of the people and aspects of life we appreciate the most. In the United States, people celebrate this tradition with friends and family during Thanksgiving. Given this feeling of gratitude and thankfulness that us upon us, the New York Film Academy is opening up this week’s Instagram contest to the theme of “being thankful.”

    To enter this week’s “Thankfulness” contest, follow us on Instagram and send us a photo of what you’re thankful the most to by Friday 11/29 at 12:00pm EST.

    The winner will be mailed a NYFA T-Shirt and have his or her photo posted on NYFA Instagram and Facebook!

    We’d also like to congratulate last week’s winner, Kaira Karnad, who sent us this photo from India.


    photo by Kaira Karnad

    November 25, 2013 • Contests, Photography • Views: 4793

  • NYFA Instagram Contest: Landscape Photography


    This week, the New York Film Academy is looking for Landscape Photography that will leave us in awe. If you think you have that photo in your arsenal, send it in and you could win this week’s contest!

    To enter this week’s “Landscape” contest, follow us on Instagram and send us your best photo to by Friday 12:00pm EST.

    The winner will be mailed a NYFA T-Shirt and have his or her photo posted on NYFA Instagram and Facebook!

    We’d also like to congratulate last week’s winner, former NYFA student Jessica Robinson, who sent us this romantic black and white photo shot in Central Park.

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    photo by Jessica Robinson


    November 11, 2013 • Contests, Photography • Views: 4326

  • Fine Art Photographer Brian Bowen Smith Speaks to NYFA Photography Students

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    Brian Bowen Smith

    This Monday, the New York Film Academy‘s Photography School in Los Angeles was honored to welcome celebrity, people and fine art photographer, Brian Bowen Smith, for a guest presentation.

    Brian discussed how he began in the industry, and how working with his mentor, Herb Ritts, developed his photographic style. Brian went through some of his favorite images and spoke in detail about how he directs his models, conceives his ideas and included some funny anecdotes of working with actors and models over his 15 year career.

    Questions were welcomed throughout from Brian who answered openly and honestly about how tough the industry is, and advised students to never underestimate the value of assisting. He encouraged students to stick with what they are passionate about rather than follow trends and to shoot a lot!

    Brian has shot for W, Vanity Fair, Esquire, Self and Interview and has published two photography books of his fine art work.

    November 7, 2013 • Photography • Views: 3833

  • NYFA Los Angeles Photo Students Visit Leica Gallery and Store

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    Last week, students enjoyed a field trip to the Leica Gallery and Store near Beverly Hills in Los Angeles. Classes from the 2013 September One-Year Certificate and MFA programs and the 8-Week workshop were given the opportunity to test out coveted Leica cameras, lenses, binoculars and other accessories. Upstairs in the gallery was Elliot Erwitt’s Great Scottish Adventure exhibition and students were able to peruse a wide array of coffee table photo books. It’s a feast for the photography aficionado!



    November 6, 2013 • Photography • Views: 3565

  • NYFA Instagram Contest: Black and White Photography

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    “American Girl in Italy” by Ruth Orkin

    As we all know, black and white photography was at one point in time the only form of photography. Since the advent of color, we’ve seen an array of exploration into the medium. However, black and white remains a style of choice for many professional photographers. Some classic, gritty images can only be truly expressed through black and white. With that, the New York Film Academy wants to see which black and white photograph stands out in your portfolio.

    To enter this week’s “Black and White” contest, follow us on Instagram and send us your best black and white photo to by Friday 12:00pm EST.

    The winner will be mailed a NYFA T-Shirt and have his or her photo posted on NYFA Instagram and Facebook!

    We’d also like to congratulate last week’s winner, Stephania Sanquiz from Venezuela, who sent us this rather flexible “Halloween” photo.

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    photo by Stephania Sanquiz


    November 4, 2013 • Contests, Photography • Views: 5432