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

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.

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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Teach A Man To Fish, Hunt or Take Pictures

In a world inundated with technology and information, it is easy to assume that “everyone knows…or should know (by now).” Surprisingly, there are clusters of people who have resisted the movement and the universal urge to belong to a robotic lifestyle, managing to maintain their bond with “nature.”
There was a time when someone had to teach you how to fish and hunt for your next meal or two. You actually had to make your own weapons or gear, get up before the sun and walk/paddle into the wilderness and fish it out of a stream or ocean with your bare hands, rod or net, or hunt with bow and arrow, spear, axe, traps or lures in order to survive. If you didn’t learn, you didn’t eat (as well as the rest).
To document these daily rituals, that later became a “sport,” an artist either drew your likeness onto a cave wall, canvass or a photographer had to load film into a camera and “pop” away, in order to immortalize the participants.
The art and business of photography is the same. We weren’t born knowing, but for some, learning came easy. Trial and error was an expensive lesson in the realm of film and triumph. Each image had sentimental value and told a story worth a millions words and one satisfying emotion: gratification.
Technology has made some people lazy, especially, photographers. It has killed the hunt and fish ethic and left it to die on the floors of retail outlets, beside receipts around the globe, slaying dreams of becoming a highly trained professional. One is no longer required to leave their homes in order to shop for their next meal or any household items. Technology has given false hope to many, whom THINK that they are great, when they are only beginners, shooting every shot in PROGRAM MODE. The equivalent to driving a hundred miles in cruise control and flying cross country on auto pilot. It’s cheating you out of the experience and learning process and joy of mastering photography.
A seasoned individual can walk into almost any environment and almost know from experience, what lighting adjustments, equipment and lens that they will need for the occasion. By shooting in program mode, you will always be left guessing and will have great difficulty maintaining a respectable client base, if this is your objective. Unless, of course, you have no intentions of becoming or being considered a professional. One never knows what the future will bring.
Ironically, acceptance is key to success in any business. And if you take the art and business of photography seriously, then you will be taken seriously and chances will be taken on you. Seasoned photographers will be more open to mentoring and teaching someone who has displayed a sincere interest in learning, respect for the craft and others, a humbled spirit and patience, paired with an aptitude for learning, instead of those who are “unreachable” or think that they know enough or know it all.
So, if you get hungry enough (want to know), you will patiently learn how to fish for information that will help you grow as a photographer (where to find it), hunt in any condition for the perfect opportunity and take some fantastic photographs (when the time is right). Practice patience and find patience comes with practice.

k/d/morris – photographer
Operation Give Back: Photography

‘It’s easy to be a leader. It is harder to be trusted.’
k/d/morris – poet

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Using Our Cameras and Critiquing Other Photographs

I have been doing some subjective reading and listening as it all pertains to photography, photographers and photographs. We each have the camera (tool) of choice, and although there is great debate on “which camera is better or best…” in reality, it comes down to brand loyalty.
Beyond all the technical comparisons, charts and graphs that show this range and ratio, it doesn’t matter how much or little one pays for a camera, when the techniques and style behind the camera is someone who is highly trained or the image is the result of a stroke of luck.
The objective in the art and business of PHOTOGRAPHY, should be to get work, not compliments from other PHOTOGRAPHERS about your PHOTOGRAPHS. Cater your work to potential clients, not to please or woo other photographers: PERIOD.
I know from experience that photographers have egos. Plain and simple. As fragile as our cameras are, so are our egos. It takes years for some to become humble, where some are forced into humility. Either way, be respectful when being honest. Your work is out there too, and up for criticism at any time.
The way to get work, is to minimize the content on your website, FaceBook albums and share useful information as it pertains to your forte or creative interest. If you are flexible with your “eye” and subject matter, offer services that cater to the needs of the potential client.
Bare in mind that, being KNOWN does not mean you are RESPECTED for your work. Some may disagree, whereas that they don’t have to respect someone or their work for PERSONAL reasons, and that is fine. What is important to keep in mind, that every business has a “grape vine” and once the word is out there, it can make or break a career, because of one negative referral or competitive dog fight with another photographer who has the ear or eye of a potential client.
I am an advocate of contracts and “covering your bases” when it comes to RELEASE FORMS and know your limits and be specific as to what you will shoot, where and when, as well as what you will be providing to your client. There are expectations of privacy in some public places (a house party is open game, unless the subject or hosts objects) or locations where people are not aware that they are being photographed (parks and beaches usually fair game) because they are popular locations for photographers. Large or small venue concerts and performances are protected and you need permission from the promoter, artist or venue. Local or Federal Police activity where you are NOT interfering with their duties and activity, is ok. Just don’t interfere with their work.
Finally, cater to the creativity of a person when critiquing their work, not them. When it become personal, the intent is lost and so is the respect for or from the other person/photographer.

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