In The Picture: Barbara Ostrowska

‘In The Picture’ is a series of articles where we feature our student’s work and give some insight into their future ambitions. First up is NC Film & Photography student Barbara Ostrowska. Click on the photo’s in  the feature to view a gallery of the full size shots:

When did you take up photography?

As a little child a close person to me gave me my first camera a Smena, a film camera. When I lived in Poland the country was under communist rule and as a result the only film that was available was a roll of 24 exposures. I believe this is the best way of learning photography. This person started teaching me different compositions and at the same time how to develop them in a dark room. At the age of 6 years old I was capable of taking pictures and developing them on my own. Sadly, soon after, this person passed away and I didn’t have money to buy my own film, as a result of this I hid my passion down in my heart for years. I was to be able to pick up photography again when I was older and learn new things about it. Photography always stayed in my heart and was close to me. You can photograph everything and anywhere,  you just need to be open towards it.

What equipment do you use?

The best photography camera is the one that you have at the time, it doesn’t matter if it’s a mobile phone or a professional advanced camera. My current equipment consists of;


  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III
  • Canon EOS 1DX Mark II


  • EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USMEF
  • EF 2x III 70-200mm f/2.8L USMExtender
  • EF 50mm f/1.2L
  • EF 85mm f/1.2L II
  • EF 300mm f/4L IS
  • EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
  • EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM

Other Equipment

  • Manfrotto 190X Aluminium 3 Section Tripod with XPRO Fluid Head
  • Manfrotto Befree Live Aluminium Travel Tripod with Fluid Head
  • Manfrotto Large Advanced Tri Camera Backpack
  • Speedlite 600EX II-RT
  • Yongnuo YN-300III (5500K) LED Light


Which photographers inspire you?

This is a very difficult question. The people who inspired me have varied over the years. For many years I was inspired and passionate about street photographers, one of the people that most influenced me throughout my life is Joel Meyerowitz. I love this photographer for his passion, his work, his personality and for the way he passes on his knowledge to others.

I love Marco Groba’s portraits, Larsen Sotelo’s feminine photos, fashion shots by Alex Lubomirski,  the expressive emotions in Peter Lindebergh’s work and Jake Darwen’s lighting or the painterly style of Sonia Szóstak, and of course Steve McCurry and Albert Watson. I think that inspiration is also based on looking online at other photographers work. Very often I go to an art museum, as for me paintings are an inspiration, their composition, lighting and colour are extraordinary.

Where do you see yourself in five years time?

If someone had asked me a year ago I would’ve answered that I see myself as a Photojournalist, somewhere in the world, telling a difficult but truthful story. Today I am not so sure, I found that I also love studio work. I cannot see myself in a few years time, the wind will guide me. It all depends who or what comes onto my path and what will happen. I know one thing for sure, in five years time I still want to be a photographer that not only has passion but also earns a living from doing what they love.

See more of Barbara’s work at her Facebook page.

“Barbara is one of the most talented and skilled photographers it has been my pleasure to tutor during my time at New College Lanarkshire delivering the NC Film & Photography course. In addition to her studies she is also undertaking her first steps in freelance work in photography.

Documentary/event photography is one of the most pressured and technically demanding areas for any photographer to work in and Barbara has shown time and time again that she can cover a variety of subject matter, lighting conditions and locations and still deliver engaging imagery that tells a story.

I wish her all the best with her future studies and have no doubt she will continue to produce great photo’s, as she has a true passion for photography, evident in all her work.”

-Michael Grant, Film & Television Lecturer.

Study NC Film & Photography at New College Lanarkshire
As part of a new initiative launched this year all bursary funded students accepted onto the NC Film & Photography course at Cumbernauld campus will receive their very own camera, tripod and camera bag.  The equipment will be theirs to keep on successful completion of their one year course as part of a costed programme within New College Lanarkshire. The equipment for the current cohort of students includes:


  •  Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400 Camera
  •  Manfrotto Compact Advanced aluminium tripod with 3-way head
  •  Manfrotto Advanced camera shoulder bag

Applications for the NC Film & Photography course (beginning 20th August 2018)  are now being taken. To apply follow this link 

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