What is your title, and can you explain what your daily responsibilities are?
I am a photographer, retoucher and educator. Day to day I’m shooting in my studio, retouching images, working on my book, creating webinars and photography tutorials, and pretty much anything photography related.
What inspired you most to become a Photographer? Why did you pursue this as a career?
I’ve always loved photography and especially stills from old black and white movies, although to be honest I never thought I’d be able to create images like that myself. I have my husband Martin to thank for getting me started.
Martin had been a shooting for a long time and wanted to make the move to digital from film. When I surprised him with a DSLR (the Canon 30D had just been released) Martin encouraged me to try it out. I was pretty nervous at first – it was an expensive camera, I didn’t know how to use it. But with Martin’s patient encouragement I was soon totally hooked.
Career-wise, I’d been doing photography part time for a couple of years when I was retrenched from my day job at the end of 2012. I couldn’t think of anything else I’d rather be doing, and here I am two years later, loving it.
What do you think is the biggest obstacle to pursuing a career in the creative fields?
Definitely the business side of things. It’s easy to focus on the creative and technical aspects of photography, and forget that there is a business and administration side that is just as important. You may be the best photographer in the world, but if you don’t know how to successfully run the business, it’s all going to fall down.
With all the new versions of Photoshop what changes do you personally feel are the most exciting or brilliant?
I confess I haven’t made the jump to Photoshop CC yet but I do think it’s fantastic that the monthly subscription makes it a lot more affordable for people who might not otherwise have access.
What Photographers & Photoshop artists do you follow, and why do they stand out from others in your opinion?
There are so many amazing photographers out there! Here are a couple that have really influenced me.
George Hurrell – the go-to Hollywood Photographer of the 1930s and 1940s. A true master of lighting, and the creator of many of the iconic Hollywood portraits from that era.
Frank Doorhof – Dutch Fashion photographer who creates stunning images in front of the camera. Even though I don’t shoot fashion, Frank has definitely been a big influence on my work.
Joe McNally – What this man can do with light is truly amazing, and I was fortunate enough to attend one of his workshops on my last trip to Canada. The thing that really impressed me the most is that Joe is a genuinely down to earth, nice guy, incredibly generous with his time and knowledge.
What social networks do you like most? Which present good examples of Photoshop and Photography the best?
It’s interesting, because it depends on what I am looking for at the time. I spend way too much time on Facebook! I think it’s the most user friendly network for connecting with other people passionate about photography. I do like Goggle+ although it’s a very different vibe to FB and it’s not something I can just dip in and out of. But Google+ is definitely a highly visual medium and excellent for sharing images.
What is your prediction of the evolution of social networks? How do you think these networks will showcase artists and Photographers better in the future?
I think social networks will continue to move towards visual content, and I can see other more traditional sites like 500px becoming more and more socially connected. For example I currently follow 500px on Twitter and love their regular posts showcasing images and photographers that otherwise I might not ever come across.
What predictions do you have for the future of Photoshop?
While I would love to see more video editing capabilities, personally I think Photoshop will continue to do what it does best – focus on ways to edit and manipulate photographs and images.
Check out Morgana’s new book – The Noises in My Head
Creating images that tells stories is not just about costumes, props or great locations. And it’s definitely not about the gear. It all starts with a single idea. But where does that that idea come from and how can you coax it out when it seems your muse have left you forever?
This book will not tell you how to work your camera or teach you the latest retouching technique in Photoshop. But it will help you brainstorm ideas, take you through the main steps you need to consider when planning and running your photo shoot, and take a look at concepts and images from Morgana’s own portfolio. www.noiseinmyheadbook.com
Follow Morgana here! www.imagecinematic.com