M. Edwards Photography

Kansas City Area Photographer

My goal is simple — create images one would expect to view in a magazine or advertisement. Vibrant. Free of distraction.

Even though I have always been fascinated by photography, 2013 was the year I decided to devote time and efforts to creating images. My first task was to replace my point-and-shoot with a full-frame DSLR. Being a rather large step forward, I looked to a friend to suggest “the right equipment” to purchase. Then came countless hours of hands-on practice through trial and error. When I couldn’t be hands-on, I’d watch YouTube content to better understand how to best use my equipment. YouTube is where I discovered different techniques I commonly use in post-processing — like exposure blending through luminosity masking. Often, I use multiple exposures to blend my final image. This allows my final image to look as striking on paper as I perceived the actual scene to be. At times, two or more exposures are needed to properly capture the brilliance of the sky while retaining detail in the shadows.

As technology continued to advance, so did my images. Now, aerial images are possible by flying a sUAS (small unmanned aircraft system). Since we are no longer limited to the ground, I studied countless hours to become Part 107 certified through the FAA allowing for some truly unique aerial images! All of the rules of photography should still apply even 100'-400’ above the ground. The creativity and guidelines to create a compelling image are still relevant to stand apart from your competitors.

Much of my work today is chasing the last rays of light as day fades to night over a powerful land/cityscape. As long as I continue to refine and expand my skill set, my passion for photography continues to grow.

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