Harlen D. Capen

Digital Photography

Scientific and Technical Photographer for NASA
The Art Institute of Virginia Beach, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta

The Art Institute of Virginia Beach, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta alumni Harlen Capen

Photography is an extremely fast-paced career when it comes to new technology. Harlen D. Capen , Scientific and Technical Photographer for NASA
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Photography , 2015 , The Art Institute of Virginia Beach, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta

Scientific and Technical Photographer for NASA

Harlen Capen is a scientific and technical photographer for NASA at the Langley Research Center in Virginia. His photography assignments range from portraiture to secret tests in wind tunnels. “One of my favorite moments from this past year was when I was chosen to shoot the cover for the August 31, 2015 edition of Aviation Week Magazine,” he says.

Harlen adds that he’s enjoying watching the evolution of NASA technology. “My photography has been a part of testing for Boeing and some of my photographs [were used to help] researchers to decide what materials to use as windows in the Orion Space Capsule,” he says.

Harlen, who in 2015 earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Photography from The Art Institute of Virginia Beach, says that his education provided the foundation he needed to focus on a photography career. “When I started my education, I literally knew nothing about photography.” He adds that photography is an extremely fast-paced career that requires lifelong learning. “It is important to learn early on which trends are right for you to follow.”

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