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Nastassia Davis Photo Workshop (Rutgers University-New Brunswick, NJ)

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Objective: Achieve a well balanced portrait using the available light source and an ordinary location. 

Light source: Lamp

Location: College Lounge

Subject: Kiyanna Stewart

Students came with their own cameras and lens. I had them shoot immediately with whatever knowledge they had and provided pointers as we reviewed their images afterward. One of my favorite shots came from Matt Kirson of Rutgers University. Given the single light source provided, he was able to capture a beautiful moment here by the angle he chose to shoot from. By using a small aperature on his lens, he was able to achieve a lovely blurred background complete with a bit of bokeh in the top right corner. Great job.

The two following images are from students Harsh Chandarana and Dipika Agrawal. This is a great start in portrait photography. Since they didn’t have special portrait lens, one of the things I encouraged them to do is to get close, try different angles and pay attention to how light falls on the subject. Using these pointers for future shoots, will guarantee better shots with or without super expensive lenses for now.  No matter where the location, understanding angles, aperature and composition are some of the very important factors in capturing a well balanced photo.

Special thanks to Marques Johnson & Karan Michandani for assisting me at this event.

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Thank you!


Written by Nastassia Davis

December 12, 2011 at 3:40 pm

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  1. Your photo workshop was amazing! Working with you was a lot of fun. I am an amateur photographer and the tips you gave me really helped me take better pictures. I look forward to the next workshop!

    Karan Mirchandani

    December 13, 2011 at 3:39 am

    • I’m glad you were able to pick up something useful from workshop. Send me your iphone shots! Looking forward to seeing your results.

      Nastassia Davis

      December 13, 2011 at 9:14 pm

  2. The photo workshop was amazing! As I got to learn about clicking portraits! I always click Landscapes and have never done portraits. I would really like if I could go further down into clicking portraits!

    Harsh Chandarana

    December 21, 2011 at 10:57 pm

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