Category Archives: Equipment

A Day @ 14th & U

One Thing Everyone Must Do

Good Morning New World,

dsc_0005I know it has been a while, and I do apologize. I am in the process of putting my life in a position where I can be back to being me. I realized that during the process of unemployment, you go through a process of redefining. It is very hard, to say the least. In the midst of unemployment, school bankruptcy, etc., we get clouded with moving forward and feel comfortable staying where we are. Wait a minute, you didn’t come here to read about my philosophy. Did you?! Probably not.

So, I will chat about something everyone needs to do. The African American Museum, in Washington DC, is finally built. The outside of the building, is a really eccentric design, but it’s what’s inside that really counts. “The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It was established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans. To date, the museum has collected more than 36,000 artifacts. Nearly 100,000 individuals have become charter members of the museum. When the NMAAHC opens on September 24, 2016, it will be the 19th and newest museum of the Smithsonian Institution.” (nmaahc.si.edu, 2016) It has seven floor of history and, from my understanding, the floors goes from the darkest hours, on the bottom floors, to the lighter times. Unfortunately, due to my past injury, I could not view the entire museum. However, I will show you what I did see.

TTYL!
And Enjoy

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VR Fashion?! 

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?
TTYL 

360 VR Summer Lookbook

Astropad Review


Good Morning New World, 

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. 

Screen shot from my iPad while running Astropad.


TTYL!
Astropad

 Show Me Your Personality

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. 

TTYL!

Plexiglass! My New Toy!

radiant-iridescent-reflections-0b008Hey New World,

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 DSC_0015front 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.886014_651653201601397_6940218250623714602_o (1)

TTYL!

When Do You Stop TF Work?

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!

Agree

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!

Disagree

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.

TTYL!

!!!!Welcome Back!!!!

FullSizeRender1 Hey New World,

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

July 11th-Fashion on the HudsonFullSizeRender

“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.

TTYL!

Disappointment and Determination. How Do You Deal?

DSC_0001Hey New World,

How has the world been, today?

Well, in my world, I’ve been having a few deep thoughts to go past. Over the weekend, I decided to practice with the Nikon D5500. I had to shoot in JPEG, because Nikon and Adobe haven’t “linked up”, yet. Well, at least until Sunday. Adobe came out with an update to now view NEF files for my camera. Needless to say, I was jumping for joy! Alas, it was just a pipe dream! I tried to pull up those NEF files and I’m still having trouble with that! Come on! I have faith that it will happen!

DSC_0002So, during the week, I had gotten sick. I caught a cold, but still in recovery. Later on, in the week, I will be doing a product line shoot for a jewelry designer. This young lady creates spectacular jewelry, and I can’t wait to have the opportunity to show you some of her work. Then, in April, my tribal shoot will finally take place. Yeah, I know the snow wasn’t bad, but I take the Metro. Also, I am still in the process of resolving my own personal issues, so I may not be as busy as I am used to.

Disappointment and Determination

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What lead you to this subject, Tre’?

Well, I was talking with a good friend of mine, Ty Hanson for It Works, and he said something to me, that really rang with me. He valued my creative freedom with his future business plans. That statement, in my opinion, is something I believe a photographer hear’s when they have officially “made it”. Well, that brings me back to the party I hit in NY. It was the rooftop party. It was there, I spoke with a gentleman, whom gave me the run down on the industry. He basically told me that, without looking at my work or what I had to offer, if I’m not immediately recognizable, then maybe I should delve into a different aspect of photography. DSC_0007I won’t lie. For a brief second, my heart fell into my shoes, because he didn’t really know who I was, how far I had came, or etc. Not saying that he should’ve been like “ I love all of your work”, but still?! He just knew that I was that short lady, with a camera, in the back of the room. I totally felt like a novice, at best! I was like “Wow, I’m THAT lady?!” He let me know to “reinvent” myself. So, I went from disappointment to determination. I recognized that I don’t want to be that lady, ever again. Although, I’m no where I would want to be, I’m so much further than where I could have imagined! I am so blessed for that!

So, disappointment. How do you deal with it and does this feeling makes you determined to surpass that feeling?

Let me know your thoughts.
TTYL!

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