Photography Workshop – Using the Manual Mode

Photography Workshop

Saturday, Sept 9th, 2017
9:00 AM at
Music Recital Hall


Instruction for Attendees: Please bring your DSLR camera. 

Looking to understand the manual mode on your DSLR and wanting to get the most out of your images? Do you want to be able to create strong dynamic images. This workshop is designed for the beginning photographer to take their images to the next level. Please bring your cameras with you.

The workshop will include:

  • Basic camera operations including how to operate your aperture and shutter speeds
  • Lighting and composition and tips on making a better image
  • White balance and what that means
  • IS0/ASA and other choices to enhance your perspectives

Host: Professor Leena Jayaswal, American University Film School

Leena Jayaswal is an award-winning photographer and documentarian with deep expertise and interest in issues that intersect race, representation and identity. Her films have been broadcast throughout the country on over 100 PBS affiliates through National Educational Telecommunications Association, and through New Day Films. She was awarded the prestigious Gracie Allen Award from the American Women in Radio and Television. Her work has been featured in critical film festivals and newspapers for the Indian diaspora. Her award wining photography has been nationally recognized in galleries around the country, with solo shows at the International Visions Gallery and Gandhi Memorial Center in Washington, D.C. Group shows include Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, The Washington Project for the Arts/ Corcoran Gallery of Art, Arlington Arts Center, Asian Arts Initiative, Lexington Art League, Hillyer Art Space, California Institute of Integral Studies, National Geographic, Studio Gallery, and Photoworks. Jayaswal has photographs in group collections at Center for Photography, En Foco, Light Work, Photo Center Northwest and the Asian American Arts Centre. Jayaswal’s work has been reviewed in the Washington Post, The Washington City Paper and India Abroad. She has worked with famed photographer, Mary Ellen Mark and was the official photographer for the Patsy Cline Museum. Currently Jayaswal is co-directing, co-producing with Caty Borum Chattoo a feature length documentary on what it means to be mixed race in America, with funding from The Norman Lear Foundation and the Shirley Brownrigg Trust. Jayaswal is a Professor in the Film and Media Arts Division of the School of Communication at American University. She is the director of the photography concentration.

Her website is