When Michael Knox came to Kannapolis from Asheville, North Carolina, he discovered an arts community that was going unrecognized. It was a vibrant group of multi-talented artists, musicians, photographers and crafters that were traveling up and down I-85 to show off their creations. Knox was determined to foster an environment that would benefit the artists, the area business owners and the City of Kannapolis in a truly amazing way. From this desire, Kannapolis Arts emerged. As many of you know, Kannapolis Arts created the Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival in Downtown Kannapolis. But what you may not know is that they didn’t stop there. In an effort to further connect the arts community Kannapolis Arts has been experimenting with various Facebook groups geared towards individual specializations. While some proved to be less successful, one thing is for sure, Kannapolis is home to a wide variety of extremely talented photographers who are eager to grow their craft and their community. David Roman, professional photographer and co-founder of the Kannapolis Arts’ Photographers, created the group “as a place where you would be able to post questions, get ideas, answers, advice, etc. from other local photographers.”
Photo Courtesy of Kevin R. Daniels
Roman is the owner of Romanda Photography and Chasing the Sun Photography and has been a regular vendor and volunteer at the Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festivals. While explaining his desire to start the group Roman stated,
“a lot of photographers are very territorial and to me have seemed very stand-offish. Making it hard to ask real questions. Things like ‘what settings should I used for this setup?’ or ‘where do you go to shoot a great sunset?’ We have a lot of amazing people willing to help in any way.”
To propel the group even further, Roman organized the first Photographer’s Meet-up just last week in Downtown Kannapolis. Photographers from the group were given a specific topic and were invited to bring their knowledge and equipment and work hands on with the group. So far they have shared their own unique lighting and flash techniques, tips for the best places to find a great sunset in the Kannapolis area, and helped one another to troubleshoot their way through various editing programs and camera difficulties.
After the first Meetup the group was more enthusiastic than ever. Duane Duvall of Photography by Duane Duvall immediately posted up his photos to the Facebook group saying, “for those who missed out tonight in the group, you gotta try to make the next one. We had a lot of fun tonight or at least I did anyway. It’s nice to get together and talk shop and learn new stuff. This was an off camera flash meet up and David showed me how to do a “Back Button” focus trick. Just talking shop together helps us learn so much more. Best photog group ever!!!”
Photo Courtesy of Photography by Duane Duvall
If there was ever a place to grow as a photographer, Kannapolis, North Carolina is it! With so many amazing photographers willing to share and explore it seems natural that this group will continue to grow. If you are in the Kannapolis, North Carolina area and you are interested in joining the Kannapolis Arts Photographer’s Groups please click HERE.
All photos shown are from the Meet-Up and feature professional photographers including Duane Duvall of Photography by Duane Duvall, David Roman of Romanda Photography and Chasing the Sun Photography, Kevin R Daniels of Xiiith Photo Video Designs, Stevi Rosenthal of Stevie Rosenthal Photography and Kannapolis resident Topper Hightower.