2020? Are You Ready?

Yes!

The plans are underway and I am beyond excited about the things I have in store for you all next year.

First up is a bi-weekly newsletter! Well, once I finish up the business aspects needed for Soprano Musings Photography this month that is. Since I have had a the tiniest interest in a few of my photos over on my Facebook page, I have decided to give selling a few prints a shot.

That is only one of many sells that I will attempt in 2020, for the rest you can visit me again in January for more updates!

Then there is my YouTube channel. I want to document more of my journey and would love for you all to join me there, if for nothing else then to see the many trials and errors of me trying to record and take photos. That has been one funny challenge over the last few months!

In short, I have plans for Soprano Musings Photography next year, and I want to thank you all now for following me on this journey.

Looking for inspiration behind the lens, to share with all of you, as been amazing.

And I can’t wait to do it more in 2020!

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Book Cover Photography

A recent trip to Goheung inspired more to seriously consider creating book cover art.

I still am learning how to improve the basics and am still under contract with my current employer, but I can at least look into the requirements for this profession, right?

My thoughts exactly!

Especially since I enjoy traveling and doing more freelance work. Why not add another profession, another title to the list? I want to continue traveling overseas, taking photos, writing stories, and the idea of adding another revenue stream to the list that will fuse well with my future plans after leaving South Korea is too tempting to pass up.

Which also would explain the lack of photos in this post.

I have found three companies that I can submit my photos to, but until I understand how everything works in regards to what quality of photos I can submit, I want to make sure that any photos I have taken recently will be considered. And the one thing I have notice about all three companies is that they seem to prefer work that has not been published elsewhere, which I understand.

If you happen to know more about book cover art commission work, please let me know.

Until I do know more, expect lots of self portraits!

Thanks for reading and I look forward to sharing more of my photography journey with you all soon.

 

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My Favorite Subject

Before I get into all the other photos that I have taken in the last month, I want to address the ones I took in my studio apartment in September.

I promised myself that I would not buy any ‘cool’ photography equipment (besides the necessities) until I can fully grasp the basics, and after looking at these….it’s going to be some time before I buy any cool back drops to play with.

From this shoot, I learned that I have ‘mouth breathing’ tendencies’ and that’s really annoying to me. I still need to work on my aperture skills too, because I felt that these photos would have benefited from that.

Since my background is so basic, I wanted to have a sharper overall appearance. For some reason that seemed to make sense to me and not being able to execute the exact look that I wanted bothers me. Though I must admit that learning what angles and poses I prefer for future self portraits was fun!

And in the next post you will see what I mean by that, because I took Flash (yep, I named my camera ‘Flash’. lol) outside and had a rather long Fall Photo shoot. That post will be by the end of the month, as I am still working on the edits using Adobe Photoshop Express. In the meantime, stop by next week for my ‘Book Cover Artist’ post.

Thank you for reading about my rookie photographer journey and feel free to leave in constructive critique in the comments!

 

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What’s in a Mood?

Seoul Fashion Week is next week and I’m not sure if I will be able to attend.

I know that I said that I would, but it just doesn’t seem to be feasible for me to make the trip. Now I’m in a funky mood as I review some of my previous work. So much so that photos I once loved are making me cringe from the editing flaws that I’m finding within them.

For my Instagram, I’ve created several collages to showcase some of my work, and even though I’m in a pretty rotten head space I will post the collages there today. If for nothing else but the satisfaction of looking back at these photos in a year’s time to compare my more recent work and see how much I have improved.

For now, you all will be the first to see some of them. Enjoy!

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This weekend I will finish up my business plans for Soprano Musings Photography so that I can ‘work work’ back in the States. Really looking forward to that actually!

Also, this Saturday I have a small project happening in Seoul that I will share more about with you all afterwards. I am super excited about this one because it involves a proper photo studio and I finally get to use my new equipment on models other than myself.

Until next time!

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For the Culture!

Now that I have more experience under my belt and have decided on what I want to focus more on with my photography, I have started recruiting some pretty rad folks to pose in front of the camera!

These shots were from my first (successful) group photo shoot a few weeks ago.

 

 

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These lovelies were fun to shoot with, had great concept and location ideas, and were willing to go the distance to capture the photo! Now more than ever do I want to make sure that my editing skills are on point, since I’ve decided to keep it light and work on enhancing the lighting within my shots. I had a great time during this shoot and I hope that my models are happy with the editing photos that I sent them afterwards.

There was a bit of an embarrassing moment after editing, where I accidentally sent one of the models a wip edit…ugh!¬† Though other than that, I am over the moon impressed with myself and pleased that I had these incredible people to work with for one of my first shoots.

Since this photo shoot, I’ve purchased an external flash and will be testing it out soon before my next photo shoot, which is at the end of this month.

Thank you so much for joining me on my photography journey, and I look forward to sharing more with you real soon!

 

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Chasing Waterfalls

A few weeks ago I had some time off from work and decided to test myself by taking shots of this manmade waterfall in the neighborhood. There was plenty of morning traffic, but with my headphones on, I was able to tune it out as I started taking photos.

Here are a few edited ones that I wanted to share.

Still not sure about the editing on the last one, but other than that, I am quite pleased with myself for capturing these shoots. This impromptu shoot gave me the chance to test out changing the ISO (as the weather went from cloudy to sunny super fast) as well as the white balance and f stop.

And if you have taken a peek over at the updated Portfolio ’19 page, then you know what the next post will be about already. I will be discussing that experience in the next post. Until then, share some of your recent (or most inspiring) photography work in the comments!

 

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Happy Birthday!

Today is the day that I came into the world, and I decided to spend it capturing myself!

As I am now, in all my splendor. Originally I had planned to share two studio photo shoots, but I felt that the photos from the first session were only good for IG. And that was after slapping a filter to them! In my defense, this was my first time giving a reflector a go. Using one was fun but for the reflector that I have, having at least two extra set of hands available is a must!

Maybe I’ll treat myself to a reflector with a handle on it for my birthday later this week. I already joined The Beginner Photographer Podcast today, so why not?

Either way, I am super happy how these photos that I will share with you all turned out! Needless to say that I am still a work in progress, but I am happy with that too. If I’m not working on improving, then how will I ever improve? Thank you for visiting my site and I look forward to sharing more developments with you all soon!

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Playing With Color

Okay, I think I’ve got the hang of this monthly posting business!

Not really, but I have accepted that I will always be a work in progress. Which reminds me of a few photos that I took on a company trip to a temple recently. I spotted a worker sweeping and wanted to see what develops later, so I took a few candid shots.

Tonight I finally uploaded the photos for editing and tried out a vibrant, almost comic strip like charm while using Adobe Express. And I loved the end result! Though the more classic, rustic edit came out nicely as well, which is why I shared both of them in the slide below.

In 4 days time, I am suppose to be shooting a few gorgeous women in Anyang Art Park. It’s just on the outskirts of Seoul (thank goodness, because I honestly don’t think that I can handle any more of that place right now). The park in fact was originally a theme park (I believe) so there are all sorts of funky and fun spots for taking great pictures. I’ve invited a few volunteer ‘models’ for this shoot, so I’m hoping at least 5 or 5 of these ladies can make it out.

The theme that I thought of for this shoot is how I came up with the name.

GlorioUS. (Glorious)

Keep your fingers crossed that the shoot goes well and that I manage to get some outstanding photos!

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3 Months is too Long

To say that I need to get better with posting, at least monthly, would be the understatement of the year!

The good news is that I have, in fact, been taking plenty of pictures. As far as me editing and posting them onto my social media accounts – not so much.

Though from now on, I will promise to do better. I have to if I want folks to see my work and to keep building my portfolio. Speaking of my portfolio, here are a few photos that I took in Seoul.

No, I am still not a fan of the city, but I have to admit that the location was nice. And the people that I met were pretty cool too.

Except another post filled with photos soon to make up for my long absence!

 

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Humble Beginnings

Please be advised – these photos were taken with a backup camera out of boredom and before I got myself situated with a more serious editing software.

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Needless to say, they are not the best work. Though the day I took them is what is most important. On that day I decided to officially launch Soprano Musings Photography.

I am still learning and that is the number one reason why I have decided to take photos this year for absolutely no charge. So now I am looking for models and scouting different locations all over South Korea to challenge myself.

This website will document the journey and I can not wait to see what develops!

 

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