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Digital Photography here and around the world has exploded.

Consider in 1999 86 Billion photos were taken. Fast forward to today, and it’s over 500 Billion photos.

We now upload and share over 1.8 billion photos a day. With the advent of the smartphone everyone now can take a photograph. But are you telling a story with your photograph or are you just snapping away?

Like anything in life, in order to master it, you must become a student. To snap a photo is one thing, however to take it to the creative level with the skill to do so is another.

  • 70% of Facebook activity is based upon photos.
  • 67% of Mom’s take photos of their kids through their smartphone.
  • 10+% of Mom’s take photos of their kids everyday.
  • 85% of digital photographers use software like Photoshop, or lightroom to process their images.

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THE CHALLENGE

The digital cameras of today are very sophisticated, and 100 page manuals leave the new photographer reeling.

  • What does F-Stop mean? How about Aperture?
  • Why are my photos blurry?
  • Why are my photos too bright?
  • Why are my photos too dark?
  • How do I adjust quickly to compensate for these mistakes?
  • What do all these buttons on the dial mean?
  • What are all these settings in the menu?

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You get the picture…you may have a camera that is brand new just sitting in a box somewhere. You don’t know what to do, so you don’t take any action.

How would you like to learn in a hands on environment? A friendly environment where we all make mistakes, yet aren’t criticized and we all are there to learn. To be better, and to have some fun.

You see Knowledge instills Confidence, Confidence instills Enthusiasm, and Enthusiasm leads to better and more creative photos.

Hone your photography skills with a professional photographer in the classroom and in the field.

With the guidance of an expert photographer, learn how to make compelling and memorable magazine-quality photographs—skills you can use to…

  • Document travel experiences
  • Build a portfolio
  • Great photographs to share on social media
  • Or simply capture great images of your family

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INSPIRATION

My passion is being able to respond to various shooting environments to create unique and compelling images. I strive to capture a depth of feeling about a location through  street photography, people photography, landscapes, cityscapes, and at the same time, inspire students and fellow photographers to do the same.

My goal is create unique story-telling imagery through techniques in-camera, and through post processing, and assist students to recognize not only the technical aspects of making a great picture, but the importance of the artistic component, the soul of a picture as well.

 

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So come join us for these exciting workshops. We’ll take away your fear of the camera, and put you on a path to awesome photographs and creativity.

Memphis Street Photography

http://www.memphisprofessionalphotographer.com/memphis-street-photography-workshop/

Digital Photography “101”

http://www.memphisprofessionalphotographer.com/digital-photography-101/

Lightroom Post Processing

http://www.memphisprofessionalphotographer.com/adobe-lightroom-training-made-easy/

Reelfoot Lake Workshop

http://www.memphisprofessionalphotographer.com/reelfoot-lake-photo-workshop/

 

 

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Do you like to photograph in and around town?

Do you like to explore and capture the moment when it occurs?

Look to tell a story with your photographs.

Sometimes I like just heading to downtown Memphis and exploring with my camera. I do quite a bit of Sports events as well as corporate events. Street photography let’s me get away from it all. I’ll always find something to photograph that speaks to me. That’s the excitement of street photography.

WHAT IS STREET PHOTOGRAPHY

Street photography is photography that features the human condition within public places and does not necessitate the presence of a street or even the urban environment. The subject of the photograph might be absent of people and can be an object or environment where the image projects a decidedly human character in facsimile or aesthetic.

Framing and timing are key aspects of the craft, with the aim of creating images at a decisive or poignant moment. Street photographers create fine art photography (including street portraits) by capturing people in public places, often with a focus on emotions displayed, thereby also recording people’s history from an emotional point of view.

Services like Google Street View also record the public place at a massive scale. Photojournalists work in public places, capturing newsworthy events, which may include people and private property visible from public places.

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Street Photography doesn’t always have to include photos of people. This photograph was taken outside of Ernestine and Hazel’s, to capture the reflection as well as peering slightly inside the window.

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The photograph below was taken outside BB Kings on Beale Street in Memphis.

 

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Always be looking as you walk around for unique compositions or capturing the moment. This photograph below was taken at the New Daisy Theatre on Beale. You can see the emotion in her face, which gives it the intrigue and helps to tell a story.

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I am excited to announce I will be teaching this NEW Workshop “Introduction to Street Photography” in Memphis, TN (March 28th).

In this action packed day workshop, you will learn the fundamentals of street photography, how to create visually compelling images, how to conquer your fear of shooting street photography, as well as tips & tricks how to capture that decisive moment. You’ll also learn editing tips and tricks in Lightroom 5.

The workshop is limited to an intimate class of 12 passionate individuals who want to take their street photography to new heights.

For More Information: CLICK HERE

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Sunflowers in Memphis

September 9, 2014

Sunflowers are annuals with showy, daisy like flower heads that are usually 2-4 inches across and bright yellow (though occasionally red). Tall and course, the plants have creeping or tuberous roots and large, bristly leaves. Today, varieties have even been developed for small spaces and containers. Usually every August, the Agricenter here in Memphis plants […]

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The 2014 PGA Trio of Phil, Rory, and Rickie

August 11, 2014

Did you get a chance to watch the final round of the PGA Championship on the  Sunday Aug. 10th? The young versus the old competed like warriors down the stretch with Rory McIlroy winning by 1 stroke over Phil Mickelson the 44 year old veteran. Phil was the crowd favorite and came so close. Rickie […]

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Reelfoot Lake Photography Workshop

August 5, 2014

Photography continues to gain in popularity with the ease of digital cameras. What challenges most new photographers is the ability to master their camera, and then utilize it to the best of their abilities in the field. That’s one of the driving forces for me to conduct classroom workshops, but then have out in the […]

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Collierville Classic Car Show

October 1, 2013

Collierville hosts an annual Classic Car Show. The Police Department and Landers Ford this year headed up the event held at Central Church, in Collierville Tennessee. Hundreds of Classic Cars show up and it’s a challenge to photograph. Usually the cars are parked right next to one another and there are parking lot lines to […]

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Lightroom Photography Class

July 19, 2013

How would you like to process your images like a PRO? Did you know you can do most of your post processing right inside Lightroom? In the Digital Age of Photography, it is just as important that you master post processing as you do taking photographs. This is a hands on class to teach you […]

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Reelfoot Lake

March 30, 2013

Reelfoot Lake is a great place for photography. There are an abundance of wildlife, birds, flowers, that make photographing a rewarding and fun experience. You can capture some amazing photographs on shore, however if you really want to get into some great areas for birds such as Egrets, Blue Herons, Osprey, etc. you have to […]

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Monster Jam Memphis

March 2, 2013

  Memphis Monster Jam Event was recently held in Memphis. One of the things I’m passionate about is photographing events, company events, action events, capturing the moment and telling a story with the photographs. Early in February Feld Motorsports contacted me to photograph the Monster Jame Memphis event at FedEx Forum. Families of all ages […]

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Memphis International Blues Challenge

January 26, 2013

The 2013 International Blues Challenge will be the 29th year of Blues musicians from around the world competing for cash, prizes, and industry recognition. The Blues Foundation will present the 29th International Blues Challenge January 29-February 2, 2013 in Memphis, TN. The world’s largest gathering of Blues acts represents an international search by The Blues […]

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