Hey New World!
It’s been forever, but a lot has been happening. In the mean time,
Hey New World!
It’s been forever, but a lot has been happening. In the mean time,
I apologize for being a day late with posting. I have been feeling a little off.
It was seven years ago, when I sat, on my bed, and said to myself “Coding is not for me!” Even though I know I don’t get a chance to talk to him that much, mind you it’s my own fault, that a good friend of mine, Mic Mountain, gave me my first version of Photoshop. I believe it was Photoshop 7. Oh wow, how wild is that?!
7 years ago
L7 was born
On Photoshop 7
Anyway, I started to research and play around with the editing software, by practicing photo retouches. I would look at YouTube, trying to mimic the instructor. It was then that I began to learn more and more about NAPP( National Association for Photoshop Professionals). It was then when my love for portraits started to bloom. I was amazed at what those photographers could do and I wanted to learn how to do it as well. These teachers taught me so much, and I would grow more and more. In fact, this year, if you haven’t heard, Photoshop World is being held in Florida, again. This seems like such fate that I feel as though its time for me to go back. How cool is that?!
So in honor of the anniversary, I redesigned the site, logo, and business cards. Feel free to check it out.
Good Morning New World,
So in most of my recent posts, I have yet to chat about fashion. I know I have been back and forth with my personal quests, but it’s time that I brought the subject into light.
So, I received a notification of YouTubers I subscribe to, and one caught my eye. Spankie Valentine, who’s videos often range from fashion, comedy, and music, just uploaded a VR fashion video. It’s called “360 VR- Summer Lookbook”. She goes over the latest summer trends, and on a mobile device, can look left, right, up, and down. Off of that technology alone, I was AMAZED! Literally! Anyone that knows me, knows that I did not get a chance to finish the video. Don’t get me wrong, Spankie is a very cool lady, with amazing content. She is absolutely brilliant for the virtual reality idea. I just got stuck on the VR technology. In fact, the only part that I was concerned about was the lack of clarity, in the video, however, I am assuming this was due to me not having the headset needed for this technology.
All and all, I am in love with the concept. VR technology, in fashion would take the industry to a whole new level. Seriously! This would bring fashion shows to the household mom, or even that buyer that couldn’t make it to Milan. How amazing would it be to sell video of NYFW in virtual reality, to the masses? Not to be that person, but I would buy it. One of my dreams has been to shoot at NYFW, but to be able to view it on my laptop, through VR, would be just as great.
So, with that being said, I will give you all a chance to view the video, with the link below. Let me know what you think. Do you love the idea of VR in fashion or hate it?
I know, a day late. I was going through a migraine, so my apologies.
I wanted to give do a review on Astropad. I was on the App Store, looking for new apps that worked with my iPad and Apple Pencil. I just wanted something new. I found an app called “Air Display 3“. I bought it, and it sucked. I hate, and I mean HATE, when an app lags. I did, however, like the idea of “digital mirroring”. In fact, prior to me getting the IPad Pro, I was thinking heavily on getting the Wacom Cintiq tablet. I saw it in B & H Photo, and I fell in love with it. So, I had to make a choice, and the iPad seemed more useful than the Cintiq. However, in a way, I still longed for the Cintiq. So, I did some research, and Terry White , from Kelby One, did a review on Astropad. So, I decided to give it a try. Hell, I had spent, and had returned 15 bucks. What’s an additional 15?!
So let me start off by saying that I am very pleased with this app. Absolutely, NO LAG! The app runs so smoothly. I tried it, during a quick retouch, and it made it sooooooooo easy. I can see doing a digital retouch, way faster. I only have two major complaints. The first is the screen size. The screen mirrors in widescreen. Just me, but it can be slightly annoying. The work around for this is the drag and zoom option, but it’s a temporary fix. The second is the screen color. I am not totally sure if it’s my MacBook or the app, but I noticed the screen, while running the app, ran a little hot. Meaning- the screen ran heavy on red tones. Customer service was very helpful, and I even received an email thanking me for the purchase. However, the app I still pretty awesome and I recommend this app to any digital artist.
Good Morning New World,
So I am excited about being back in school. I know there are so many people out there, saying “Wait, how old are you again?” This year, God willing, I want to earn my certificate in Photography. It will be a big step for me. My current teacher, Courtney Jackson, teaches Photoshop II. There are some thing that I have learned on my own and through tutorials, but it never hurts to learn different techniques.
Anyway, she taught us about a “Personality Grid”. I never heard of them, in prior, so this seemed to be something that could be really helpful for me. Anyway, I wanted to show the one I did with my daughter. She is tons of personality. Please, enjoy! Also, if you have any grids to share, feel free.
So over the weekend, I did a shoot, for my daughter school secretary. She wanted the ad from Rihanna’s parfum line. I thought to myself, cool. The lighting should be a piece of cake. Still, I knew that we are in studio. Something needed to scream to me. I wasn’t sure what it was, that I needed, but I needed something different. A while back, I downloaded “Scott Kelby’s Photo Recipes”. One of the tutorials he had on the app was plexiglass lighting, for models. So, in the ad, she stood in front of a mirror. It hit me that Washington School of Photography, had some extra plexiglass, lying around. It shouldn’t give me a mirror effect, but it will give me a sweet muted reflection. So, like Scott said in the app, “Grab two Brads (friends or helpers) and let’s get started.” My friend, Leah Jones, decided that we should create a stand, to hold the plexiglass. I stood the subject beside the glass, and we have magic!
So, since this shoot, I am now addicted to the magic which is plexiglass! I’m even thinking about ordering glass, in different colors and textures, to see what looks great. Once you try it, you’ll love it. Trust me, try it in studio, and you won’t be disappointed.
Hey New World,
This post, I think could be for anyone in any profession that they love.
I was on Facebook, yesterday, and I noticed a post that came up on my wall. I don’t remember it, word for word, but I can give you the sum of it. It was a fellow photographer. I am not sure if it was something he wrote or if it was something he saw on someone else’s social media page. Basically, the statement referred to how much he paid for his equipment and how much he expects to receive for his services. One statement hit me. It went like “If you want quality, then you must pay for it”. I thought to myself, “Wow! That would be an excellent topic for the Blog!”
So here is the million dollar question.
When do you stop doing TF work, really?
The reason I ask is because I am confused by the answer.
Actually, I see both sides to this statement.
I mean, I agree with the statement and I also disagree with the statement. Now, mind you, this is my viewpoint. Everyone has different views on this topic. I assume some readers (especially someone who relies solely on their business) will probably take my viewpoint as ignorant blabber. Hey, as I stated before, this is MY VIEWPOINT!
So, I think I did a post on this subject, before. However, here it is again.
I agree with this statement, on this note. If you want the absolute best, then you must be ready to shell out the money. The cheaper you go, the worse you’ll get, trust me. I have seen so many situations where someone asks me to clean up another photogs mess. That is something I don’t do. I never touch anyone else’s work because it is considered as a form of copyright infringement. You wouldn’t try an order Filet Mingon from McDonald’s, would you?! Come to think of it, the only thing at Mickey D’s that contains the word “Filet” is the Filet O’ Fish! A truly accomplished photographer can manipulate the light, so strategically, that she/he may not have to do any work in Photoshop. So keep that in mind when the photographer quote’s you a price!
Now here is why I disagree with this statement.
None of us are experts. That goes for the “professionals”, as well. I look at TF as practice, you know?! There might a lighting technique I’ve been dying to try. What if I have a client that doesn’t go along with an idea I have in mind? I can always build my portfolio; why not take on TF work?! Since taking these lighting courses at the Washington School of Photography, I want to try techniques I’ve seen in the magazines. I am so excited when I attempt to decode what lights were used, how the lights are placed, what settings went into creating the image, and so forth. That is the excitement, for me. Also, and call this stupidity, but I remember how it was when I began to shoot. The models I needed in my port, just was not available, of did not want to shoot with me, due to lack of experience. Since then, my priority has been to do TF work.
So, I see both sides of the coin.
I guess that is my point of view, on the subject. Let me know what you think.
How goes it?
I know, since March, and I know I should receive quite a few backlash or loss of readers. I would expect that and to the faithful set of readers, I do greatly apologize. My personal life has overcome my professional life. None the less, God, or the Higher Creator, your choice, is good and has chosen to bless me with all opportunities, good or bad.
So, I will give you the current lineup, once I play catch up.
So, I finally shot my tribal shoot. I thought they were absolutely my best work, to date. Playing with shadows was more work than what I expected. However, the work was well worth it! The images were beautiful. I was able to use my Nikon D5500 and it was absolutely THE NEW BABY! I love my Nikon D7000, and it will always be my first. However, this Nikon is VICIOUS to the tenth power. I can’t wait until they come out with the book to redo my settings on the camera. Then you will really see what I can do. Insert evil laugh and palm rolling!
Okay, now moving into the lineup.
June 14th-Red Carpet Screening for Dana’s Lane
“The world of television is filled with programming that, quite frankly, lacks substance. This is seen most frequently by talk shows using tabloid antics to engage their audiences. “Dana’s Lane,” a 30-minute talk show hosted by celebrity commentator, host, producer and entrepreneur, Dana Hicks—aka Dana Dane—is the exception. “Dana’s Lane” is an informative yet fun program that will intrigue viewers.”-Alee of Dynamic
This leads me to my next part. Prior to the Red Carpet event, I will be interviewing Ms. Dana Dane, for the blog. This will be an exciting feat, for me. To be able to start off interviewing, with a celebrity host, is pretty decent. Also, she has an exciting line up going.
“• VH1 Love and Hip Hop Reality TV star and Grammy Award-winning producer Chink Santana
• Ex-NBA basketball star and entrepreneur Steve Francis
• Hollywood actor and stuntman Tim R. McAdams who was Christopher “Ludacris” Bridges’ stunt double in the hit film “Furious 7”-Alee of Dynamic PR
“25 Designers, 150 Models and loads of entertainment presented by Fashion Avenue News Magazine. This year we will feature: Couture, Ready to Wear, Plus Size, Resort Wear & Teen Designers. Fashion Icon Awards, SuperModel Awards, and much, much more. This is a Family Friendly show, bring everyone.”(EventBrite, 2014)
There are a few other events, coming up, but I need to double check. Either way, I have so much coming down the line, I really don’t know how I am going to do all of this.