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!
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Location Files .02

Good Morning New World,

 
I decided to put out another shoot location, in the DMV area. This one is Meridian Hill Park, or as a lot of people are familiar with Malcolm X Park. Meridian Hill Park is a structured urban park located in the Washington, D.C neighborhood of Columbia Heights; it also abuts the nearby neighborhood of Adams Morgan. The park was designed and built between 1912 and 1940. This 12 acre (49,000 m²) formally landscaped site is maintained by the National Park Service as a part of Rock Creek Park, but is not contiguous with that much larger nearby park. Meridian Hill Park is bordered by 15th, 16th, W, and Euclid Streets NW, and sits on a prominent hill 1.5 miles (2.42 km) directly north of the White House. (Wikipedia, 2016) The park is known for its beauty and community gatherings. In fact, one of the most popular activities happens on Sunday, at the Drum Circle. I have yet to go, but I heard it is quite beautiful. So, on to the real nitty gritty. I love to shoot in the park. The park has several locations to shoot from and each part looks as if you are shooting in Europe. The walls that border the park, alone, are excellent backdrops. Also, The waterfall is a must to shoot. The statues make for excellent props, while shooting. I did my first shoot there. Well, my first magazine submission shoot. The images never made it to print, however I still have the images. I did a total planning of that shoot and I was very proud of what I accomplished. When I become employed, again, I would like to start shooting again. I know, it takes time, but I am willing to wait for the latest adventure.


TTYL!

Uninspired

Good Morning New World, 

These past few weeks have been nothing short of frustrating, for me. Recently, I found out that WSP (Washington School of Photography) has filed for bankruptcy, ran for a bus, which made my arthritis in my foot flare up, personal relationships in the trash, and after countless efforts on the job front, still no job. I am not even going to lie, these past few days, I have been feeling like such a loser. Needless to say, I am still waiting for a grand moment to shine, just waiting on when it will happen. So the basis of this post, is that I feel so uninspired by my life. My life is full of ups and downs (more recently downs) and I am curious to know what do you do to pull yourself back up? Let me know in the comment section, and I respond back.

TTYL! 

WSP WTF?!

Good Morning New World,
I apologize for skipping a week. I actually had plans to do some BTS of a campaign I am working on. Unfortunately, a series of events took place, in which I am going to rant on. 
Sunday, August 7th, 10am- I arrived at Washington School Of Photography (which is now called Washington Artworks). The door was locked. How weird?! The website stated that the school would be closed July 31st-August 1st (which has nothing to with the shoots). 
Sunday, August 7th, 10:30am- I called and no answer. NO ONE SHOWED UP! I sent an email and no word. I had to call and cancel with my client. I was officially devastated. 
Sunday, August 12:00pm- I was home. 

Why the timeline? 

It’s to show what happened on Sunday. The project was handled by someone else due to WSP not opening. An opportunity was missed and I am still in devastation. I am not “trash talking”, just telling you my recent experience. In fact, I emailed, and called with no word.

WSP WTF?!

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

#archaeofest 2016

Good Morning New World,
Last Saturday, I shot an event for AITC (Archaeology In The Community) and here is the video I shot. Let me know what you think.

*Thank you Dumbarton House for allowing the footage to be filmed.*

Credits

Videographer & Production: Tracy “Lady Tre” Berry

Music: Joseph “Okay Joey” Berry

 

Location Files .01


Good Morning New World, 
I do apologize. Yesterday I shot an event for the non profit I volunteer with, called Archaeology In The Community. The event was called “Archaeofest”. It was an event where archaeology is introduced to the community. It was fun. But the main reason for the post, was where the event was hosted. I know, I’m selfish for this one, but I just couldn’t help myself. The event was hosted at the Dumbarton House. This house, located in Georgetown, was the house of the first registrar of Treasury, Joseph Nourse. The house is absolutely gorgeous and would make for an excellent site for a shoot. Unfortunately, I can’t show the images that I have, however, I will show a few images from online, that I did find. Let me know what you think.
*Side Note- The house seems to be used for mostly wedding venues, in case anyone is looking.*


TTYL! 

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

My Retouch Tutorial

Good Morning New World,

First off, I want to say

🎉🎉Happy July 4th🎊🎊

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I know those emojis have nothing to do with July 4th, but that is what Apple has!

I was talking with a friend of mine, and she began asking me about cameras and photo retouches. So, when you start me on photography, prepared to get your ear chewed off! I can talk about that all day long. Little did she know, she had given me the idea for my next blog post. I don’t normally do this, but I think that this may be good to know for both models and photographers, even though I am lightly touching on the subject. So, I just wrapped up my Photoshop 2 class, and anyone that knows me, is probably asking why the PS2 class. Well, I never received certification as a photographer, and I am in the process of doing that. During the class, we lightly touched on photo retouching. I wanted to give a basic tutorial of where my eyes go, during the process of photo retouching. I will be using a recent shot of one of my school’s administrators. It was for a commercial.

skin

 

1. Skin- The first thing I look at, is the subject’s skin. I try to clear up any skin imperfections that may have shown up on camera. Here is a little side note. For models, if either a photographer or make up artist gives you a list of things to do, prior to the shoot, please do it. Trust me, it shows!
eyes

2. Eyes- With a subject’s eye’s, I try to bring those out more so than anything else. The reason is because a person’s eyes are what speaks to you, before anything else. Usually I would use the dodge tool to brighten a person’s eyes. For photographers, this is also a handy little cheat. When a subject’s eyes are properly lit, you can see what type of lighting the photographer used to light his subject. Hmmmmm……..that will be my next post.🤔

 

3. Skin (again)-This time, we go into smoothing of the skin. It gives the appearance of soft, smooth skin in your subject. With this step, there are a thousand and one ways to achieve this. The real question, once you have smoothed the skin, is “Does it look natural?” If the answer is no, then you need to rethink your smoothing technique. Oh, and I know there are quiet a few photographers that do this, but it needs to be said. If you use a PS plug in, third party app, or etc, please learn how to properly use it. I hate seeing a beautiful image ruined because the photographer did not fully understand the software or allow the software to fully run without making any adjustments.

 

color adjustment4. Color adjustments-Okay, so I am guilty of this one. At times I am so enthused about working on an image that I bypass minor color adjustments. This is actually a pet peeve of mine. In the image of the circled arm, her arm was actually lighter that her body. My quick fix? If you have PS6 or PSCC, use an adjustment layer. For this image, I used the Photo Filter, on warming tone. Don’t quote me on the name. I turn it up, in the adjustment layer, fill the mask with black, paint the arm white, lower the opacity down to 0, and gradually bring it back in. Now, that fix is a 50% shot, but when all else fails, it’s my go to.

hair

5. Hair- I am a big stickler for beautiful hair, which is only next to eyes. So what I do is use the dodge tool to add sheen to the highlighted tresses. Also, I use the clone stamp tool to fill in any gaps in the subject’s hair (and of course, we are talking about women).

 

 

6. Lint or Dusts-Last step would be to look for any imperfections on the clothes.

lint

Although, that is not the full extent of what I do, this gives y’all an idea.

TTYL!

The Social Cleanse

Good Evening New World,

First off, I wanted to give out huge shout out to Alee, of Dynamic PR. I know this is late, and being as though I wanted to complete my “social cleanse”, I didn’t post, until my cleanse was over. She has awesome events, and this one was no exception. She was a sponsor for today’s “DMV Summer Jam 2K16”. For more information about this event or for her services, and trust me, for PR services, she is absolutely phenomenal, please contact her in the link below. The second event, is the Glamourina Launch Party and Cookout. The event is set for July 4th and you must register for the event. It is a free event, with a fashion show. FYI- I shot the promo images for the new line.😁 I will link this event, below the post.

Ok, so getting into the subject.

A social cleanse is when you just stop responding to the world. No text, email, and social media. The cleanse last for about two weeks. I turned my phone on “Do Not Disturb”, and logged off of all my social media accounts. I won’t lie, the first day was the hardest. After a few days, I began to “rediscover myself”, and my worth. I began to remind myself of what it was I wanted to do, was passionate about, and my migraines and body started to relax. I know it sounds crazy, but social media has this very stressful effect on us. It makes us, do the most in order to keep up with the Joneses, and that coupled with my home stress began to burn me out. I felt drained and depressed. I thought going on FB would make it better, and it only made it worse. So, in an impromptu decision, I decided to log off. 

So the total review on the cleanse. Honestly, it was what my body needed. I worked on software I hadn’t even used in years. I started volunteering with Archaeology In The Community (AITC), as a social media assistant. I felt unbelievable. I want to encourage anyone to do the same. If you feel like you’re beat down and depressed, please do it. You will begin to feel so much better. I started with the cleanse, and now, I am taking it one step further. As of Monday, I will only keep my artist page, with Facebook. I no longer want or need my personal page. I am not big on IG, Twitter, on LinkedIn, so those sites are fine. It’s just FB. This, for me, is helping me to reduce stress and I am so happy to do this. 

So, if you do it, or have done it, please tell me your experience. Feel free to leave it in the comments section, below.

TTYL!
Glamourina Launch Party & Cookout

Dynamic PR