A Photo of Rafael Powell, Photographer an owner of AGD1 Photography
DJI Phantom 3 Up in the air!

About me

Hi! My name is Rafael Powell,
I’m a photographer.

I can remember when I first pick up a camera. I did not have a clue what I was doing. Just point and shot and hope for the best. Today the joy of photography is understanding what and why I’m doing something. Whether it is adjusting ISO, Aperture or shutter speed, I know what I’m doing and why. I continue to study and work on my craft daily. Photography is constantly evolving and you have to keep up with the change. I am a proud member of Professional Photographers of America (PPA).

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What I Do

I’m very talented.
Check what I can do!

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Portrait

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Landscape Photography

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Commercial/Corporate Photography

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Wedding Photography

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Rafael Powell and his children; Dametria, Rafael the II and Paige

For me the most important than in life is Family. If you are blessed to have one then you know what I mean. This three have been my driven ambitions to be a great father to them. To be there and support them through their endeavors. They are grown and it’s hard to get all of us together, but when we do it is 100 miles per hour of fun. I think we need to record our conversation for prosperity. From comic book hero to music heroes. Life in general, our failure and our success. They continue to surprise me every day!

Photography of Rafael C Powell, II Poster playing flute, clarinet and saxophone!

There are not many days that you will not find me listing to music. I am a smooth jazz lover, but I do listen to other genera of music, classical jazz, R&B, Hip Hop, Gospel, and some country. I am blessed with 3 musical children. Dametria has such a beautiful voice. Rafael plays the sax, clarinet and flute and some piano. Paige plays the sax, clarinet and use to play the violent. I wake up to music to start my day and listen through out the day. It is also the way I unwind in the evening. I look forward to when Rafael debuts his first album/cd (old school). Who knows with everything today being mp3, what will we call music release in the future?

I remember as a kid watching my cousin hit golf balls in Louisiana. I never thought about playing the game. In my sophomore year of college, I was living with my cousin and I met him at the driving range and after tempting to hit a golf ball with all my might he told I could not play this game. Reverse psychology. Not only did I learn to play, but I also lived to play. Every day after classes and work, I lived on a driving range and golf course. If I had a life to live over I would be on the PGA Tour.

Photo of TV show American Gods

I typically refer to the TV as the procrastination tube, because when I turn it on, no work gets done. I do enjoy TV for the few hours it allows me to escape my reality and just relax. I do enjoy the Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, and Chicago PD. Then there is the NCIS, Bull and NCIS New Orleans. I have truly enjoyed watching my comic books come to tv; Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, and others. With the addition of DC Universe, you can easily get lost for hours watching TV. This requires self-control!

Overhead photo of coffee cup and coffee beans

It does not matter what time of day or the temperature outside, I love my cup of coffee.Not many drinks can have so many nicknames but coffee does. Cup of Joe, Java, Jamocha, Cuppa, Rocket Fuel, Go Juice, Jitter Juice, Bean Juice, Brain Juice, Mocha, Cappuccino, Espresso and so many more. Coffee is a drink with a rich and wonderful history. It was taken around the globe and is enjoyed by people from all over the globe.

Photo of Rafael teaching other how to shot photography
As a photographer, I am always looking to improve my skills. I follow other professional photographers on Instagram, YouTube, and personal sites. Learning if fun and requires a commitment to practice what you have learned. What I have learn gives me the knowledge that I love to share with others. Give me a person that wants to learn how to work their camera and I’m all in. I love teaching the fundamentals of photography. Teaching a person to shot in manual mood and understanding the exposure triangle: aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. Understanding light and so much more. Teaching photography is a passion I enjoy!
Photo of DJI Mavic Drone hovering

I bought my first drone from Wal-Mart. I paid $99 for a simple drone. The object was to see if I could get any actual usage from it and to make sure I would enjoy flying before investing in a better drone. I fell in love with flying and capturing aerial photos and videos. So now it was time to invest in a professional drone. Instead of getting just one, I have 3. DJI Spark that I can fit in my camera bag and take with me anywhere I go and have it in the air in a matter of minutes. I also own DJI Phantom 3 Advanced and a DJI Phantom 4 and my favorite DJI Mavic 2 Zoom.

Photo of part of Tulsa's skyline buildings

I have always had a fascination with tall buildings. Something about them reaching high into the sky. I remember as a kid being in a tall building and looking out the window at how far up I was and how small things looked below. I love architecture and skylines. I am always looking for the grouping of buildings that make a city’s skyline. There are so many different angles you can photography it from.

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