On Saturday, July 13, Photo Arts Conservatory at New York Film Academy (NYFA) held a Photo Assisting/Digital Tech workshop at our Los Angeles campus. Eight students had the opportunity to participate in a simulated real-world environment with professional models from Nomad.
Students were able to make a mock-campaign shoot for a jeans brand! Students began by creating a mood board and style guide for the mock “client” before building lighting setups and tethering the shoot to Capture One.
NYFA Photography instructors on hand included Amanda Rowan and Alyson Aliano. Students participating in the workshop included Maddie Smith, Matthew Van Scoter, Eric Magana, Keyao Zhu, Doudou Lin, and Kuangyu Lin.
The workshop students were joined by guest artist Zen Sekizawa, who played the “client.” Sekizawa is a well-known commercial photographer in Los Angeles, and s he was generous in her interpretation of what a “client” would expect for the shoot. She gave honest feedback to students who took on different roles, including the photographer, the photo assistant, and the digital tech.
“I had a great time and learned a lot,” says BFA Photography student Matthew Van Scoter. “It was very hands-on, and I enjoyed learning about all the small details that I might have overlooked, from setting up the equipment in a timely manner to the workflow of Capture One.”
Van Scoter adds, “This workshop was an absolutely amazing way to get a lot of industry knowledge. It was also really fun at the same time.”