Blake Moran is a CNMS major at SMCC who is an avid Photographer. I was first drawn into his work when I had seen samples of his unique perspective and techniques. He expresses a passion for it that’s seen in some of the greatest professionals.
Asking, “what originally drove you to photography,” I wanted to understand what makes the artist who he is. “I love being able to go out and take pictures in different places and having different points of view. It is something that I learned easily and quickly and loved,” stated Moran.
Many of his pieces include scenes in nature, there is a mix of cool and warm tones that are used to enhance their natural beauty. “It allows me to ‘shine a light’ on images that nobody really sees or takes the time to see.”
Moran isn’t inspired by popular photographers or even professionals. His inspiration is derived by his family above all else, they are what drives him towards photography. His ultimate goal is to create works of art that others can fall in love with. He uses digital photography, traditional photography and a drone for a unique perspective of the Earth from above, which not many photographers do. “I want to produce the best images I can take, but it’s all about fun and exploring new angles,“ he said.
Moran uses Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom to fine tune his work after he gets the shot he wants, but to get there, he’ll use traditional lenses and filters.Then he’ll use digital enhancements to heighten the grain, image quality, and saturation. Moran is well versed in other Adobe programs such as InDesign and Illustrator.
Moran wished to give a personal message to those that wish to pursue photography, “Have fun, explore, travel. A lot of the time I am inspired by the work of well known artists. I would always try to get their […] style but then I realized, everyone is different, you’ve got to think outside the box. Take more than one photo of a certain object, place, or person because at least one out of those several pictures is the best one.”
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