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  • Photo Arts Conservatory at New York Film Academy (NYFA) Holds Photo Assisting/Digital Tech Workshop

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    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.

    LA Photo Assist Digitech Workshop 2019

    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.”

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    July 26, 2019 • Photography • Views: 526

  • New York Film Academy (NYFA) Photography Alum Apeksha Agarwal Featured in LeFair Magazine

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    New York Film Academy (NYFA) Photography alum Apeksha Agarwal recently had her editorial, Radiant Rose, published in the eleventh issue of LeFair Magazine.

    Agarwal hails from India and has studied and worked across the globe. After working in business, Agarwal decided to move to New York to pursue her passion for photography, enrolling in the 1-year Photography conservatory at NYFA’s New York campus in Fall 2016.
    Apeksha Agarwal Headshot
    “While Appy was a student, she continually pushed herself to learn, and create outstanding imagery,” NYFA Chair of Photography David Mager says of Agarwal. “It’s great to see that she is still growing in her process, and is being recognized in the industry for her beautiful work.”

    Her latest editorial, Radiant Rose, features stunning photos that make use of dark shadows and the bright red of a large blooming rose. You can see her work on pages 44-48 of LeFair Magazine’s eleventh issue here.

    Agarwal has been busy since graduating NYFA, and has built an impressive portfolio. She has photographed artists and brands including Jade Weber, Tyler Shields, Abla Sofy, Raja Kumari, Nidhi Sunil, and Lulu & Sky. In addition to LeFair Magazine, she has been published in Bella, Elléments, 7Hues, and Imirage. Agarwal has also produced shoots for L’Officiel, Hello India, Cosmo Lady, Urvashi Rautela, Preity Zinta, R. Madhavan, Max Emerson, Inas X, Siddharth Mallya, and Gulshan Grover.

    “Photography is my calling, my profession,” Agarwal tells NYFA, “and the thing that will undoubtedly drive me insane someday. I assume perfection is possible, and I want to wring it out of every picture I take.”

    New York Film Academy congratulates Photography alum Apeksha Agarwal on her gorgeous work featured in LeFair Magazine, as well as the other successful projects she’s embarked on since graduating NYFA!

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    December 4, 2018 • Photography, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 596

  • Amina Zaher in Vogue Arabia, Harper’s Bazaar Arabia, and Jute Magazine

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    This Women’s History Month, we’re very excited to get to share stories from the incredible #WomenOfNYFA in our community, and right now the spotlight is on New York Film Academy (NYFA) grad Amina Zaher.

    Zaher has been working up a storm as a fashion photographer, with her work appearing in Vogue Arabia, Harper’s Bazaar Arabia, and Jute Magazine, among others, throughout the Middle East. She took the time to sit down with the New York Film Academy Blog and share her journey from corporate management to the glamorous world of high fashion and lifestyle photography.

    Check out what she has to say…

    NYFA: First, can you tell us a little bit about your journey and what brought you to the New York Film Academy?

    AZ: Well my journey started similarly to any student graduated from business/marketing, headed directly to corporate life. First I started working for Microsoft Egypt for five years as a project manager, then Danone Egypt for another three years as well.

    Within these eight years I used to love photography, but had no idea what I could do with that passion. I used to study photography and retouching through Youtube tutorials, sometime by online courses, and I never thought one day that I might become a full-time photographer — it was only a dream (that I was extremely passionate about)!

    Bit by bit, having many test shoots done with other talented friends in the field (as I was still not sure what kind of photography I want to settle into, but used to have conceptual/fashion sessions), I started getting proposals — not payed, for sure, but some local magazines were interested in collaborating together.

    That’s when I realized that the dream might come true, but I would have to really study. We had many good photographers in the market, and I’ve always thought education is the best way to be up to competition.

    I applied for NYFA in 2014 and it was the experience of a lifetime. It made me first realize that I’m crazy about fashion photography, and also that I’m interested in street and documentary photography. I learned that I can try to use those to compliment my photography mood and compositions, and how important is it to know more about the history of photography!

    Then I came back to Egypt, resigned from corporate life, and started my photography journey. I’d travel every once and a while to a different country with a different culture and try having test shoots there (India, Dubai, the U.S.), and I never stopped studying, as much as possible.

    NYFA: Why photography? What inspires you most?

    AZ: I’ve always felt that I need to make art in some way, and realized that I love to capture portraits of people wherever I’m at. Also I’ve been crazy about fashion since I was a kid, and I used to ask my mum to get me magazines all the time.

    Lately when I started reading about photography I was obsessed with the idea of using lights and shadows to create an interesting image. To me it was very similar to drawing.

    NYFA: Do you have any favorite NYFA moments from your time studying with us?

    AZ: A lot!! Haha … I was super lucky with my TAs and classes. I was broken hearted the day I left NYFA — they were super helpful extremely kind, and I’ve always felt that they believed [in me]. They even gave me the opportunity to have a test shoot on my last day!

    I also remember once we had to shoot random people in the streets and ask them about their stories … it was so much fun.

    One of the great things that I’ve learned from NYFA is how to get inspired, how to read about great photographers work, and learn the story behind every piece, I used to get attached to these artists.

    NYFA: You’ve done a lot of high-profile fashion photography work, published in Vogue Arabia, Harper’s Bazaar Arabia, and Jute Magazine. Congratulations! What advice would you offer fellow NYFA students who dream of seeing their own work in such publications?

    AZ: Dream big, guys! Dreams do come true!

    But first work extremely hard, and never think “I’m already good enough,” because there’s never enough in this field. Do as many test shoots as you can, it’s what makes you learn best.

    I never stop stalking talent to collaborate with. Last month I caught a model in Philae Temple, dressed her up with my own outfit, and had a 10-min test shoot that got published in a local magazine.

    Nothing is impossible.   

    NYFA: What inspired your Major Tom editorial shoot?

    AZ: The idea of Major Tom was inspired by the great David Bowie. It was about a girl receiving a phone call about David Bowie’s death and having a very glamorous breakdown.

    NYFA: Do you have a signature style or favorite equipment you are always sure to use? What do you like to experiment with in your work?

    AZ: I Use Canon 5D Mark III with 85mm or 24-70. Shadows, composition and colors are always what I like to experiment with.

    NYFA: What has surprised you most in working as a commercial and fashion photographer?

    AZ: Actually, I never thought that I working as a commercial and fashion photographer would make me realize I can’t stop studying! It’s funny how fast this field can be with new techniques, equipment, moods that you have to keep up with — not only that, but you must be proactive and come up with your own new identity and creativity. It’s endless.

    NYFA: Would you say your time at NYFA was at all useful in terms of the work you are doing now?

    AZ: NYFA is the one thing that pushed me and made me realize that I have to let go of corporate life and move on with my passion. NYFA showed me new aspects. I learned that I don’t have to be a street or documentary photographer to get inspired by that work.

    For example, it made me realize how much I loved the “dirty framing” technique when we were studying street photography, and I used it a lot in fashion. Also pictorialism and juxtaposition were really inspiring to me.

    NYFA: What’s next for you? Any upcoming projects you can tell us about?

    AZ: Just had three new shoots published in Vogue Arabia, Harper’s Bazaar Arabia, and Jute magazine.

    NYFA: Anything I missed that you’d like to speak on?

    AZ: Only that I’m still dreaming really big! I hope someday I will be shooting for brands like Chanel, Prada, Gucci, and Vogue worldwide. It’s still a very long trip, and I will be working Hard for it until I earn it one day. Who knows?

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  • Fashion Photography from NYFA Alumnus Viktor Klimenko

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    For as long as he can remember, New York Film Academy Photography alumnus, Viktor Klimenko has a fondness for the arts. His interest and pursuits began in fashion after designing his own clothing line and only grew from there when he created magazine advertisements that featured his garments.

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    “Blase Affair” by Viktor Klimenko

    “I started to sketch and draw scenes that I would imagine a photographer would capture,” recalled Klimenko. “This lead to me experimenting with trying to recreate my sketches into reality.”

    After attending the New York Film Academy Photography program, Klimenko says he learned a lot from the instructors.

    Since completing the program, Klimenko has been working with fashion magazines, as well as individual projects for clients. While his current focus is on male models, he hopes to soon expand his work towards female fashion as well.

    “Now that everyone is a photographer, I feel like limits have to be pushed even more. I know many photographers that can’t get jobs, and the main reason is that while they may have quality work it could lack creativity. Today, when you look through magazines you can see why a certain photographer was chosen and why the editors used him or her to be published in their magazine. Now it’s all about that thin quality that’s hard to explain. I personally respect and value photography when I can see the effort that was put into it. It can be complex or simple and minimal, but the way the artist put it together will show the amount of creativity that went into the project.”

    Be sure to check out more of Viktor Klimenko’s fashion photography work on his website at www.viktorklimenkophotography.com.

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    November 16, 2016 • Photography, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 3724

  • Photography Alumna’s Fashion Work Featured in Cosmo China and Lucy’s Magazine

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    While in high school, Kimiko Chan received her first camera and quickly fell in love with capturing the details of her world. After studying painting for more than 20 years, Chan decided to attend New York Film Academy’s Photography Program to learn some of the practical elements of photography.

    Kimiko Chan

    photo by Kimiko Chan

    While in the program, Chan recalls her class trip to the Dominican Republic as one of the highlights of her experience. “The DR trip was the best moment at NYFA,” said Chan. “Teachers and students traveled together and worked as a group to explore the country while taking photos and documenting the live’s of local people.

    Since completing her program at NYFA, Chan has worked in fashion photography for Cosmo China magazine, Lucy’s magazine, and some Chinese celebrities.

    “Nowadays, fashion photography trends are more real and more relaxed,” says Chan. “More and more fashion photographers try to explore the deep feeling of human nature instead of a beautiful picture.”

    photos by Kimiko Chan

    For a look at more of Kimiko Chan’s fashion photography work, please visit here website at www.kimikochan.com.

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  • Photography Alumnus’ Work Published on L’Officiel India and Factice Magazine

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    New York Film Academy Photography alumnus Ping Wang‘s fine art project, “The Nostalgia of the Infinite,” is a bold combination of high-end fashion and metaphysical art, or as Wang eloquently puts it: “my exploration and self meditation about time and memory.”

    His fashion editorials inspired by “The Nostalgia of the Infinite,” named “Untramelled,” have been published on L’Officiel India, and the fashion story inspired by the same fine art project named “Delusional” has been published on Factice Magazine.

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    photo from L’OFFICIEL INDIA | SEPTEMBER 2016

    “I’ve loved writing since I was very young,” said Wang. “I always take photos with my cellphone and put them into my personal blog. I believe this is the starting point for my photography. However, I didn’t know how to use a professional camera when I came to NYFA. NYFA values the practical and basic learning; it gives students a lot of time to think and then achieve.”

    "Eye of the Painter" in Factice Magazine | photography by Ping Wang

    “Eye of the Painter” in Factice Magazine | photography by Ping Wang

    With Wang focusing on fashion photography since his graduation, he says he notices two trends in the space.

    1. More “motions” are catching the spotlight in the industry. Fashion film has been a big trend.

    2. Fashion photography is cyclical. I’m beginning to see some retro elements and a preference for film lighting.

    photos by Ping Wang

    “In everything that I do, I want to express myself and feel the world,” says Wang.

    For more of Ping Wang’s amazing work, visit his website at www.pingwangxin.com.

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    October 20, 2016 • Diversity, Photography, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 4119

  • MFA Photography Alumnus’ Fashion Work Featured in Elléments Magazine

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    michael ilobaSeptember was a triumphant month for MFA Photography alumnus Michael Iloba. If you happen to have read the fashion and beauty magazine Elléments, you would have come across Iloba’s fashion photography work, which covered New York’s Fashion Week. Additionally, he was interviewed by Voyage LA magazine, an online fashion, beauty and general interest magazine in Los Angeles, where Iloba is currently based.

    Recently, we had a chance to catch up with the photography grad to see what else he’s up to and how his love for photography came about.

    How did you fall into photography? Was it something you’ve always wanted to do?

    Photography, for me, began as a hobby. I began taking pictures towards the end of my undergraduate program in economics in South West Nigeria. At that time, photography wasn’t in my plan as a career choice. With time, however, my interest grew and nothing else gave me the type of satisfaction I got from practicing photography.

    What made you decide to attend the New York Film Academy?

    What sold NYFA to me was the extensive curriculum offered in the Master’s in Fine Arts [MFA] in Photography program. It was very detailed and covered the very things I wanted to learn and improve on. Of all the schools in Europe and America I came across, on the net, during my search for that institution that will give me the best formal training in photography, NYFA clearly stood out. It is important to state here that before now, everything I knew prior to NYFA, I learned online — from YouTube, blogs etc. I needed to gain more technical and artistic knowledge, which NYFA provided most adequately and beyond expectation.

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    photos by Michael Iloba from Elléments Magazine

    What is your most memorable moment and what is one of the best lessons/skills you have learned?

    My most memorable moment occurred in the first few weeks of school, in getting to know my colleagues and instructors. I remember we had to present our portfolios. The goal was to have each person critique it. Of course we all had good things to say about each other’s work, but not the instructors. In my journey to becoming a professional photographer, it was the first time I had received a different but professional and academic opinion on my work, and it didn’t sound good to me. I was defensive, trying to give reasons/excuses for everything wrong that was pointed out to me. It wasn’t a good day for me, even though memorable. But what I got out of it was clarity. I had to learn to detach myself from my work emotionally, come with an open and expectant mindset, to learn and understand what was being taught. That was the highlight for me and now I like my work getting critiqued.

    Other highlights of my time at NYFA were the ambience of the school for academics, the awesome professional quality of teaching and academic staff, access to a studio with cutting-edge equipment/technology, and the trip to Hawaii with my colleagues to unwind after a tough academic session.

    My overall experience was more than I had hoped for. I feel and have a sense of satisfaction. I came to NYFA with certain expectations, but I ended up with something better and more profound. I consider myself privileged to have attended NYFA and I am very grateful for the opportunity. I tell people it would have taken me way longer to know the things I now know, if I had to learn by experience only.

    photos by Michael Iloba from Elléments Magazine

    photos by Michael Iloba from Elléments Magazine

    Is there any aspect of photography that you’re most passionate about?

    In my journey as a photographer, I had tried out most of the different genres but was able, thanks to NYFA, to narrow it down to fashion and portraits, which I am very passionate about n

    Can you tell us about some of the work you’ve done in fashion and portrait photography?

    I have been freelancing, creating more work for my portfolio, and also assisting other established photographers, in order to gain more on-set/industry experience. Recently I shot an editorial titled “Sand Fire,” which was published in Elléments Magazine, an iconic New York based fashion magazine, in its September 2016, “Fashion Week” edition. It also happens to be my first international publication. I am so thankful for the opportunity to have my works viewed worldwide.

    Also, last month, September 2016, I was interviewed by Voyage LA magazine. It is a great feeling to know that many in the US and beyond are noticing / viewing my work.

    
What are you currently working on and what do you hope to work on in the near future?

    I am in the preproduction stage of a new editorial with some amazing creatives. I can’t wait to put it out soon. I look forward to bigger things for the future; more features in magazines and hopefully a cover photo for a renowned magazine. I can’t wait for the opportunity. As my father will always tells me, “wake up, dress up and show up.” I have since taken that to heart.

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  • Sinem Yazici: From Advertising Manager to Fashion Photographer

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    As a graduate from the New York Film Academy Photography School, Sinem Yazici has worked with numerous clients, publications, and agencies. Some of her many clients include Mavi USA, Kikiriki USA, MBM Paris, and many others. Her photographs have appeared in Men’s Health (Turkey, Serbia & Croatia), Glamour Turkey, and others. She’s also worked with may of the top modeling agencies such as Ford, IMG, Elite, and others.

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    photo by Sinem Yazici

    Yazici came to NYFA’s New York City campus from Istanbul, Turkey, where she had been working in advertising for over a decade before becoming a photographer. “I was the advertising manager of a big company when I was 29,” said Yazici. “That was the goal and, once I achieved it, I started to question what my next goal would be and unfortunately I wasn’t happy in advertising anymore.”

    After watching Annie Leibovitz’s documentary Life Through a Lens in 2008, Yazici knew she wanted to be a fashion photographer. Her love for New York City and knowing New York is considered one of the capitals for fashion are what led her to study at the New York Film Academy.

    “NYFA was very responsive and professional from the very first day,” recalls Yazici. “Training with great photographers such as David Mager and Brian Dilg was an honor and definitely took me to the next level in my photography education.”

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    photo by Sinem Yazici

    After graduation, Yazici returned to Istanbul and assisted a very famous fashion photographer. In her spare time she would test shoot male models at an agency. After getting some post-graduate photography experience, Yazici moved back to New York and immediately started shooting 2-3 times a week while submitting her work to online magazines. It was this hard work and dedication—as well as talent—that enabled her to establish herself as a men’s fashion photographer.

    Now she’s based in New York, but always open to travel where the work is. She is currently working on some editorial projects that she is excited to share with us soon!

    To view Sinem Yazici’s work, please visit her website at www.sinemyazici.com.

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