Our Member of the Week is photographer Eric Morton. Eric is a big fan of shooting with people and nature but is getting into the cosplay scene thanks to the KC Renaissance Festival. Eric truly enjoys the art and beauty of photography and focus on the details and purpose rather than the technology involved. Read more to get to know this artistic photographer and then Like his Facebook page, linked at the bottom of the article.
What got you into photography and how long have you been doing it?
I’ve been in photography since high school and worked with film in the darkroom, which was a blast. I moved to digital because film is very limiting, in that you only have 24 or so shots, compared to the thousand opportunities you get with digital. I am currently working on a new project, redoing my portfolio, and getting more serious about making photography a career, instead of a hobby.
What is your favorite thing to photograph (e.g. people, animals, cars, scenery, etc.)?
I really enjoy working with people and showing their beauty or creativity. Patience is key to getting the right shots and I’ve plenty of it. I also enjoy shooting anything natural because we live in a beautiful world and I think many people forget that.
Why did you decide to photograph cosplayers?
I kind of fell into it, honestly. I took my camera out to the Kansas City Renaissance Fair and loved it. All the fantastic costumes, the detail and effort that went into it, and the joy people get in showing it all off. Outside of RenFest, I’ve not shot much cosplay; however, it is an area I am looking into, both to participate in and photograph.
What type of camera do you prefer to use?
I currently use a Canon EOS Rebel T3 and I am looking into upgrading to a T5 or so in the next couple months.
What is your editing program of choice?
I use Picmonkey primarily. I find it to be very user-friendly and has 95% of the functions I use on the photos I take. I do have Photoshop as well, for the more extravagant edits.
What is the best advice you’d give someone who wants to get into photography?
While a good camera is incredibly helpful in taking high quality photographs, a lower resolution photo taken the right way can look infinitely better than a high resolution, boring shot. Knowing your target is a great help, learning how people move, what looks flattering and what doesn’t, and knowing what the model is hoping to get out of the shoot is more important than having a $2,000 camera.
Have you considered cosplaying?
I have and last year while I was shooting at RenFest, I went in costume as a made up character who was part wolf. I am currently looking at The Last Airbender and thinking on what to wear for next years RenFest.
What are your other interests?
I enjoy playing on the computer, from 9gag to tumblr to video games to Neflix. While I despise the cold weather, I do very much enjoy wandering around in the woods, both with the camera and without.
If you could have dinner with one fictional character, who would it be and why?
Given my current enthusiasm with the world of Avatar, I’d have to say Sokka or Tenzin. Sokka for his humor and stories, and Tenzin for is wisdom and knowledge; I’d love to know so much more about the Air Nomad Culture.
Check out more of Eric’s work on his Facebook page Sight Photography.