Monday, December 03, 2007

Frequently asked photo questions

I got this blog entry idea from one of my photo friends Rebekah. I have been getting tons of emails for the past several months from people just starting out in photography and wanting to know certain things about how I work, what camera I use, etc. I am most of the time too busy to answer all the emails so I think it would be a good idea to have a blog entry answering all the questions I've been asked. So here goes!

What got you into photography?
Well, I've always loved photography but never thought seriously about it as a career since artists don't make a lot of money and its not very reliable. I studied nursing for about a year after High School. Even though I loved it, I felt it just wasn't what I was supposed to do. So I bought a camera(Nikon D70) and a VERY nice lens(70-200 2.8 Nikkor. Very good lens to start with!) and just starting shooting...anything and every day. I took pictures of my dogs, my apartment, my husband, trees and all sorts of things. I eventually did my first wedding and had a blast!

Did you go to school for photography?
Nope! I learn best when I just go out and shoot something, everyday. I'm not saying photography college is a waist of time and money but it just wasn't for me. I also bought a ton of books on wedding and portrait photography and second shot with other professionals like Adilfa Ford and Dustin Izatt. I am very grateful that they let me tag along to some of their weddings so I could learn what I could. I learned a lot!

What kind of camera do you use?
I shoot with a Fuji S5 and 2 Nikon D70's. I have a love/hate relationship with the Fuji so I use it as much as my D70. I LOVE my D70. Even though its not on the market anymore and considered kindof old, I just love it. I was born to have that camera. Also, never judge an artist by their camera! Just because a camera costs a couple thousand $$ doesn't mean you will take good pictures. You need to have a good sense of composition, lighting and so many other things to make a photo great!

What kind of lenses do you use?
I have a bag full of lenses that I use, but my favorites would be the 28-70 2.8, 70-200 2.8 and the 50 1.4.

What editing software do you use?
I mostly use Adobe Photoshop CS2 and just recently purchased Adobe Lightroom. I use both for different things but I mostly use CS2.

Do you shoot RAW of JPG?
I shoot everything RAW. I tried shooting JPG quite a few times and noticed the photos looked like they were missing something. I can't quite put my finger on it but when I shoot RAW, the photos just look better. I know of quite a few GREAT photographers that shoot JPG though so it just depends on the photographer and what is best for them.

What actions do you use?
I use Kubota's Actions and occasionally Totally Rad Actions. I have made some of my own actions as well.

Do you shoot with one or two eyes open?
This is an interesting question! When I shoot portraits, I shoot with one eye open. When I'm shooting candids and need to be aware of whats going on around me I shoot with two eyes open.

Are you a natural light or flash photographer?
I mostly shoot natural light. When I feel flash is needed I will use it. I use flash about 95% of the time at receptions or places where its dark. I like to experiment with 2 flashes at once to get a cool effect.

Can I second shoot with you to get experience?
Yes, but not right now. I have been busier than ever recently but around the New Year I will be able to let some of you tag along to some weddings. Of course I can't accomodate everyone since I get a lot of requests but I will do my best. If you have emailed me about this, email me again next year and we can figure out when you can come along.


Erin Langford Photography said...

Yeah for the D70! I have one too.

Brooke said...

I would love to second shoot with you sometime i just want to see how to interact best. I emailed you back in april or may and you were soooo nice and made me feel like I could jump in on this dream of mine that seems like to much. so i finally saved enough and got my d 300 and 70-200 and my apple...i just have to practice now ..and lots :) Im really excite and just want to feel like Im good hahaha. i will get there I know. but Hopefully you will be able to fit me in sometimes
thanks bunches. ps good work as always!

Brooke said...

opps i lied i have the 18 200 mm nikkor

Opie said...

Anna, I'm so happy you let me tag along for one of your weddings. I am so lucky to have you as a mentor and buddy.