Pheatured Photographer 2020


  1. Q: Who introduced you to photography and at what age? A: I wasn’t introduced to photography by any specific person but at the age of 25 I started shooting and studying and shot my first club at 27 in New York City. (The China Club)

  2. Q: Did that individual act as your mentor, if so, is there a link to their work? A: N/A

  3. Q: What was your first camera system, including lenses and what are you using now? A: My first camera was a Sony a100 with an 18-55mm 3.5lens. I am currently shooting with a Sony a99.

  4. Q: What area of photography do you specialize in? A: I specialize in events. Weddings, Celebrations and sporting events. I ultimately can shoot anything that is presented to me.

  5. Q: What advise would you give to someone who is new to photography or wants to grow as a photographer? A: My advice is photography is an art. Shoot what you are passionate about.

  6. Q: Who is on your bucket list to photograph? A: It’s not necessarily a who but a what. I want my photos to grace the covers of SI, Vogue & GQ and seen around the world.

  7. Q: Do you print (and frame) your work? A: If so, what does that experience mean to you to see your work in print? I don’t print & frame all of my work but the work I have printed and frame I am very proud about and love seeing it in print. ———
    • Business website – http://www.eg-photography.com
    • Social media handles: IG & Twitter @eg_mediapros | facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EclipseGraffix/

The Joy of Learning

No matter how many images I create with each release of the shutter, I learn something new.

Just as I do as a photography instructor, which I like to refer to myself as a “life image enhancer” through one of my lenses that is attached to one of my bodies.

The brand is not important, but the experience is. Every moment spent in solitude or a crowded room with your camera gear, SHOULD be about the experience, not the name embeded on the plastic or dye cast body.

Recently, I gave a 16 year old explorer (what I call my students), the best four weeks of insight and approaches to becoming (I am confident) one of the worlds best photographers.

Photography isn’t only about what we see, or how we see it, but how we present our perspectives to the world in exchange for the gift, or ability to communicate to others what we see, without ever once saying a word.

Be a gift.

Tell the story through your eyes.

kdmorris

kdmorris photography

Pheatured Photographer: Renaldo Jackson

•Website:

http://www.renaldojackson.com:

• About:

Morning Star Media Solutions was founded by Renaldo Jackson, an experienced entrepreneur, artist, photographer, and Master Stylist with over 15 years of experience.
Renaldo has worked for a variety of technology companies as an Account Executive delivering sales,

Morning Star Media

Morning Star Media

facilitating presentations, and contract negotiations.
Renaldo has vast experience teaching courses for several training-based organizations to include participating in many webinars, and national sales conferences for the hair industry.
During his journey, Renaldo’s interest in photography grown and eventually led to a successful business decision.

Morning Star Media Solutions is a rising company with a focus on establishing strong business relationships in the entertainment and corporate industries in order to help individuals and companies successfully reach their marketing, career, and business goals.

At Morning Star Media Solutions, we offer our clients cutting edge marketing and business services to achieve their strategic objectives and enhance the image or “brand” of their organization. We create an integrated plan utilizing a marketing mix customized uniquely for each client.

“Leaders aren’t born they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that’s the price we’ll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal.” –Vince Lombardi

• Growth:

Renaldo specializes in Event Photography and Model/Studio Work, as well as Weddings and Family Portraits and can fulfill any photographic needs of a client.

Renaldo is ambitious as he is talented and is studying to better understand the variations of low light, existing and natural light photography.

• Contact:
Renaldo Jackson
248.429.9377 Office

“Speedlights: Why They Aren’t Used At Concerts and Runway Fashion Events”

Please,don't use your flash.

Please,don’t use your flash.

There is a time and place for speed lights. Birthday parties, weddings, dimly lit events where the use of flash is acceptable. Concerts and runway fashion events are NOT the place.

There is a reason that flash photography is unacceptable or forbidden, but don’t know when it is and isn’t ok to use it, ASK. Look around and see what the other photographers are doing and put yourself out there and ASK:
• “If you don’t mind, I notice no one is using their speed lights, are they permitted?”

If the answer is:
º “No, flash photography is not allowed, but you can push your ISO and make your adjustments according to your camera and lens combination.”
If the answer is YES, there may be conditions/stipulations that may be:
∞ “You can, but only when shooting the audience/attendants, not the stage area.”

Artist and models don’t like to be blinded Please, don’t use your flash. Performers or models can be distracted by flashes constantly popping into their eyes, rendering temporary blindness and may cause them to fall off the stage or runway – that would be most embarrassing, if not painful to say the least.

So, if you are not well versed in the art of FLASHLESS photography, practice. PRACTICE. PRACTICE. PRACTICE.

Turn down the lights in an environment that you control and start by putting a single light on your subject and practice shooting with your gear. Then add more lights in various positions related to the position of your subject and then make random adjustments in their position and distance from the subject and make note of your settings and keep in mind the laws of reciprocity: Aperture (f/stop), Shutter Speed (ex:1/60 sec) and ISO (film speed equivalency)

º This isn’t the gospel, so take it at face value and use whatever helpful information that you can derive from the intended message. See the sample image (screenshot) associated that motivated THIS post.

Thank you

kdmorris – photographer

¶ Screenshot image edited in Lightroom 5.7
Philly Fashion Week 02.20.2015

Please,don't use your flash.

Pheatured Photographer: Mike Ware and Michon Ware of M&M Photography

A family that creates together, succeeds together.”

M&M Photography

Husband and Wife Photography Team and Business
Specializing in Concert and Event Photography
Contact email: mandmphotography11@gmail.com

I Started out shooting as a hobby about 12yrs ago, it was a place of peace and solitude for me, the more and more I shot, the more people would ask me to shoot small events for them, ie: birthday parties, family reunions, etc…
So my wife made a suggestion one day: ” Honey, why don’t you put your talents to use and start a company and make something of it and from it?”
Being an ex model and working for Jet magazine, Essence, Ebony, and other outlets, she moved from being in front of the camera to being behind it also and shooting with me.
After shooting a host of different genres, I found that my niche was concert/celebrity/event photography.
Although I excel in this area, I also wish to grow further in my current specialty and also learn and grow in the areas of Boudoir and model/fashion photography.
My major goal is to become a personal Photograher for a celebrity and because I have never had any of my work published, it is an objective and goal to get my work published very soon.
Mike Ware
M&M Photography,LLC
CEO-President

*Website and blog are under construction

A family that creates together, succeeds together.

A family that creates together, succeeds together.

Your Gear vs The World: Don’t Give Into To Gear

Soulful balladeer with many credits to his name. (c) kdmorris photography

Will Downing • Soulful balladeer with many credits to his name.
(c) kdmorris photography

I recall during a few concerts I was covering, either for the artist, venue, media or just because I was there, when a few photographers would look over at me and ask: “Hey, what are you shooting with?”

Depending on the era, my answer grew from the following: ‘Canon T50…Canon AE1 Program…Canon A2e…Canon 30D…Canon 70D…Canon 5D MK II…’ over the years, my bodies changed as well as my lenses.

My early answers and their facial expressions made me feel as if I didn’t belong there, to the point where they felt the need to pull out pocket albums or (later) display their digital images and ask to compare mines to theirs. Well, some of those cats got their feelings hurt because I was blessed with “an eye” as it’s called in the photography world.

Because I had proof of life that ranked among theirs, I pretty much took their condescending attitudes and flipped it into respect, be it genuine or feigned – they stopped asking me “…What are you shooting with?” and started asking me: “Let me see some of your work…” and “are you shooting this or that event?”

Understand that there are gear hounds and photographers whose lack of confidence and talent is masked by big “gear” when humility is just one click away.

Don’t be intimidated by what another photographer has in his/her hands, just think of it as someone with a drivers license, but can’t drive on the freeway, sticking to the side streets and calling them “short cuts.” They have the knowledge but lack the ability.

– kdmorris
photographer

Social Media, Groups and Photographers

March 24, 2014

Ekeoma Washington HedShotz: by kdmorris photographyThere are millions of people who use social media for one reason or another. Especially artists and photographers. Photographers are also artists in our own right, because we require an elevated level of creativity with the assistance of cameras, lenses, models, people, make up artists (MUA), designers, editing software and other tools of the trade.

There are hundreds of thousands of photographers that use social media to promote their work, enlighten and educate other photographers of all experience levels and, there are debates that are sparked due to a difference in opinion or technique.

There are groups that facilitate such events, although not the intent, but it happens. What I find most amusing, as well as amazing is that some of the moderators tend to take themselves too seriously. WAAAAAY too seriously. They have given themselves power that they lack in reality. They have given themselves the power to excommunicate you because you “violated some holy doctrine of the group, or pooped on their ego.” If you are labeled as a trouble maker, or one who is “overly expressive with your opinion (don’t bite your tongue)” – YOU ARE OUTTA THERE!

The point that i am making is this: Relax, life is waiting for you when you step away from the keyboard. Your monitor is tired of staring back at you, and it too, needs a break. So, the next time someone violates a rule the YOU made up, remember, when you get on the bus, train or plane, there are people who move those vessels with REAL POWER in their positions, and there isn’t a thread in the world that you can post, that will take away the power that human contact will ever have.

So, get up. Go outside and look at some three-dimensional faces, read a billboard or sign in a supermarket…and remember, you are no longer under the protection of your pseudonym, keyboard, mouse pad and monitor.

It’s time to face the world. The REAL WORLD.

Aperture aka: “f/stop”

₩ Welcome, and thank you for visiting. The following images were created to demonstrate and explain the term “f/stop” (aperture) in this series.

₩ Some beginners are not familiar with this term, what it represents and how the results “look.”

«» F/STOP Explained:

In optics, the f-number (sometimes called focal ratio, f-ratio, f-stop, or relative aperture[1]) of an optical system is the ratio of the lens’ focal length to the diameter of the entrance pupil.[2] It is a dimensionless number that is a quantitative measure of lens speed, and an important concept in photography.

¥ Source link:
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/F-number

• The image shown, was created using the following:
^ Canon 70D
^ Metz 58-A2 flash in E-TTL Mode
^ Canon 70-200 mm L Series IS II

• Note the lighting variables with the change if the f/stop (range I used) from f/2.8 to f/5.0.

• Compare the colors and textures of the image.

• Practice with items or people in your “space.”

• Experiment with f/stop and ISO variables to achieve similar and various optical results.

* Happy shooting 🙂

kdmorris
kdmorris photography
http://www.kdmorrisphotography.com

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A Year In Photography 2012

As 2012 comes to an end, take time to reflect on each moment you captured with the camera that was available at the time and share your story, right here, without posting it.

This will be your chance to express yourself in your own words, without the support of the image and maybe we can see the picture later.

Consider this the photo op, without the photo. And for those who need help, here is one for you to practice with.

Happy Holidays
k/d morris – photographer and poet
Photo taken with my iPad 3 in Nassau, Bahamas (c) 2012 kdm

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