In January 2019 I left my job at the RDU airport so I can play with my camera more. On my last day, I booked a flight plan to LA with an 11-hour Layover in Denver. Then to Atlanta and from Atlanta to Miami where I hung out with family, I had in the area for a bit.

DENVER

I had an 11-hour layover in Denver so I went downtown to take some photos. They have a pretty cool mall with a sarcastic sign saying “best view of Denver”. But when you follow the signs it directs you to a spot that’s standing in front of a sign that says “Denver”. Denver has some pretty nice shops in the area. The food on the other hand, well I don’t know. I got hungry and I kept passing these small little food trucks and I decided to stop in front of one with a line. I thought wow I like Japanese and Chinese food why not try this guy out. Regulars were in line complimenting his food and saying they’ll come back but once I sat down and ate my food I almost threw up, it was disgusting hands down worse than the 42nd street oyster bar. But it wasn’t him he did an awesome job preparing it. It was the dish Thai Pad. Thai Pad just has too much shit going on with it. Eggs, nuts, noodles, spices. Just don’t try it. I threw the dish away and walked down the street to a bar and got a pepper jack burger and a lemon-lime margarita Which was much better for my taste buds. At the time I was shooting with a Canon 70d. I would Bluetooth photos to my phone so I can edit with Snapseed and Vsco grid.

LOS ANGELES

I was staying in DTLA and decided to head over to Venice Beach after I stop by supreme. As I was walking towards Santa Monica I ran into two photographers Josh and Anthony. They asked to take my portrait, and I asked to take their portrait. After that, we grabbed a bite to eat and continued to shoot down the beach. What I learned on this trip is the difference between a horizontal shot and a vertical shot. One of the guys told me that a photographer in LA can make $1k for a portrait session and portraits are usually taken vertically. That kind of inspired me to want to keep shooting portraits.

ATLANTA

I didn’t do too much in Atlanta. I’m from North Carolina so it kind of reminded me of a bigger version of Charlotte at the time. Atlanta is a very unique city and the locals are very friendly. I did see a lot of places to shoot but Im, not a fan of taking empty shots without a subject. Some girl I knew recommended I go to Edgewood which was a small strip of bars. The drinks were good. I asked the bartender to make me a drink and usually, bartenders ask me a whole bunch of questions and act like they can’t figure it out. But I told her I liked vodka and she gave me a lemon-lime concoction and it was delicious. kudos to the bartenders that know what they’re doing!

MIAMI

Miami is a cool place to hang out, eat, and shop. South Beach is a vacation spot for tourists I came to Florida a lot as a kid to visit family that lived in the Fort Lauderdale area. I went to South Beach and ran into a few people and took some portraits. While I was in Miami I stopped by downtown and brickle to check out some shops. At this point, I knew how to shoot in Manual. But for the life of me, I couldn’t understand backlighting. I would choose settings based on the background and not pay attention to where the light was coming from. This was the first time I figured out how to place a subject on the correct side of the sun. So an image is not backlit. I simply asked them to stand on the other side of the walkway.

RALEIGH

When I came back I had a project car I was working on and I was setting up a few portrait sessions to continue learning. I started to use Lightroom instead of editing on my phone. I also started experimenting with retouching photos. Which I no longer do. I prefer to choose subjects that are comfortable with their natural features or if makeup is involved it covers the majority of the blemishes and I may remove something small and noticeable.

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