When I as kid I loved watching my dad mow the lawn. Something about a dramatic before and after has always resonated with me. Even now, I love flipping between images and seeing the full potential come to life. Here's a few of my favorite before and after's.
This week reminded me of a valuable lesson, I've learned time and again along the way. A photographers work extends beyond the click of a shutter. Whether the darkroom or the computer, the beauty of a final image finds completion in our post production.
A few weeks ago, I shot some new promos/cover art for a local upcoming rapper. Rahshawn is Christian hip hop artist whose music is gaining some traction around the country.
For the images, Rahshawn wanted standard studio shots which is not my mainstay.
The other day, I was retouching an old photo while jamming to Jay-Z's "On to the Next One," and there was a line that really summated one of the biggest lessons so far in my career.
"...don't be mad cause its all about progression"
I took this image almost two years ago. I was about six months into teaching myself photography and every friend willing, I gladly made my subject. This was one of my first forays into directing a model and using off camera lighting. Everything I wanted was there: chiaroscuro effect, highlight detail, perfect model form, and yet I was so disappointed it didn't...