Consulting

Gateway Arch St. Louis

Photography is an exciting medium that is remarkably accessible and emotionally powerful!  The digital era has made things at once much simpler and far more complex.  My name is David Kennedy, and I began exploring the possibilities of drawing with light in 1994, and transitioned to digital capture in 2003.  I am a professional photographer living and working in the Research Triangle of North Carolina.

Feel free to contact me about the issues you are facing and I’ll give you an estimate so that we can begin your personal consultation!  I work to stay abreast of the constant stream of new tools available to photographers, as well as trends in the visual media.  I combine my interest in remaining current with my personal experience to aid clients who find themselves asking questions ranging from the timeless “Which camera should I buy?” to “How do I make a picture that looks like that?”  I make suggestions and offer advice about equipment, workflow, printing, as well as ways to travel with all of your gear!

Photographic Equipment:

Timbuk2 Commute 2.0 Camera Bag

I can offer suggestions about equipment that suits your needs: your budget, the type of photography you do, your preferences for camera size and weight, and focal length preferences are all factors that should influence your final decision.  There have been tremendous technological advances photography over the past decade.  On the one hand, that means that there are now tools (cameras, lenses, tripods, ball heads, flash radio triggers, audio recording devices, and other accessories) designed for very specific applications.  On the other hand, keeping track of it all is daunting!  I’ll help to sort out what features are gimmicks, and which are valuable tools so that you can make an informed choice.

On a jet plane

Coffee in hand, Memphis International Airport, Memphis, Tenn.

Once you select all the gear that fits your requirements, you must find a way to bring it with you wherever your destination!  While the oft-fabled perfect bag has yet to be invented, there are, at least, some options for carrying your equipment in the meantime.  A religious tester of equipment bags, I can share with you my experiences so that you’ll be better able to find an appropriate way to protect and haul your cameras and lenses given the types of bags you like to use, the gear you need to haul, and the weight restrictions you may be facing with your airline.Using the Emboss Filter

Digital capture has yielded sharper photos and the ability to see everything that a lens shows–and everything that it doesn’t! Autofocus Micro-Adjustments via tools like LensAlign make the situation worlds better.  Like using any new tool, there’s a learning curve, but I can guide you!

Having digital originals means that there’s a lot of information packed into the file.  Trying to figure out why an image looks the way it does and what you can do to overcome those issues both technically in the field and in post production? Send me your photo and I’ll have a look!

Workflow

One of the single greatest buzz-words in digital photography, and a crucial part of efficient and effective time management, is the idea of committing to a workflow.  This is especially true for those who capture their images in RAW!  Inefficient workflow can mean hours in front of a computer screen that could be spent outside making new photographs.  I am more than happy to share my workflow with you, as well as my tips for Digital Asset Management.

Similarly, working with digital images, whether original files or scans of film, requires good color management.

Adobe Lightroom Camera Profile selection

That means implementing a regimen of calibrating and profiling your monitor so that the colors you see are more like the colors other photographers, publishers, and print labs see.  (We’d all love if they were the colors everyone saw, but we’re a long way from convincing everyone in the world to wrangle the best colors from their screens!)

Fortunately, the last few years have seen the introduction of a number of competitively priced tools for proper display calibration and profiling, and some even pull double-duty as printer and paper profiling tools for end-to-end color management.  Lost in the weird world of Candelas per square meter, Gamma, and Kelvin color temperatures?  I’m happy to walk you through the terms, and make suggestions for your workflow.

The Print

2nd Thirty Days - Day Twenty - Erin O'Neill in the photo lab

Printing is, in many ways, a dark art.  From one perspective, this is perhaps fitting as prints were once created in a dark room.  Once you get beyond the challenges of making an image on paper that bears any resemblance to the image that’s on the screen, you discover that there’s a whole world of possibilities with respect to media: canvas, glossy papers, watercolor papers, rag matte papers, even clear films that can cling to glass windows!  Let’s have a conversation about the range of options for printing.  And if you’d prefer, I’d be delighted to serve as your printer!