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5 Photography Questions & Answers

Written by Sasha Bell

There is nothing I love more than a Q&A – it’s a great way to answer your questions!

Here are a few questions I’ve received, either via email, Facebook, Twitter etc.

If you have any questions, send us an email and we will get back to you.

So… here are 5 Photography Questions & Answers:

Question: Why Lightroom not Aperture?

I have used Lightroom for a lot longer than Aperture, however both are fantastic programs.

Personally I still prefer Lightroom as I have found it to be more precise. It also handles the processing effectively.

Although Aperture CAN do the job, and does it rather well, I feel Lightroom holds a few extra cards. Mostly it is reliable and predictable. The “settings” are very compatible. I don’t know how better to explain that, but if you’ve used both, you will know what I mean.

Furthermore, the layout is great – I’m not sure if there is a single thing I would alter.

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Question: Why don’t you use Photoshop for processing?

When I process my photography I usually have a series – I can have anything from 2 to 30 photographs to process. Therefore, using Photoshop to process that amount is… not ideal.

In my eyes Photoshop is a design / manipulation program which also happens to be able to process photography.

When Adobe launched Lightroom it was brought out as the answer for photographers. Because it was built by photographers for photographers.

Lightroom is far more capable when processing batches of photographs. It is a lot lighter than Photoshop, doesn’t freeze and is also very easy to apply settings from a previous photograph, onto a new photograph.

Now, to be fair, everything Lightroom does, Photoshop can do, the difference is Lightroom does it for photographs. So it is just a lot easier.

Question: Why do you use prime lenses a lot and not zoom?

The quality is just outstanding. I do have some zoom lenses, but I definitely prefer prime lenses.

I have enough prime lenses to have the luxury of being able to change focal lengths if need be.

The only reason I like zoom lenses are; easy to use. Particularly with landscapes as once I’m in position the less I have to move the better. Having said that, the two lenses I use for wide angle landscapes are both zoom lenses.

They are:-

Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L

However when it comes to portraits, prime lenses are just so much better.

For example, using the Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 for a portrait, and then using the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 at 50mm and the quality is nowhere nearly as good as the prime.

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What tips do you have for young aspiring photographers who struggle to get models?

It’s tricky…

Idea 1:

Depending on your quality of photographs you can go to agencies with your portfolio and they may let you photograph their “new faces”.

Idea 2:

There is www.modelmayhem.com to consider – however be careful, I know a lot of people who have been messed around by models. Models not turning up etc.

The easiest way to work with MM Models is to meet them the day before your shoot – you will instantly know if they are reliable and if you do that, and they’re not, then they won’t mess up your shoot + others included in it.

Idea 3:

Try friends. I know a lot of people say “but my friends won’t let me” – this will be for two reasons;

1) they don’t take you seriously. So if that is the case, make sure they know you mean business.

2) they think they’re unattractive/won’t look good in the photographs. If this is the case you have two options. Try and tell them you’re asking them because you think they’re beautiful. If that doesn’t work, I suggest telling them to read How To Pose For Portraits eBook

It’s not expensive, and it will give them invaluable information and tips to make sure they look fantastic.

It will also help you the photographer, in directing your models. It will also help you hugely in knowing what your model is doing wrong, how to fix it, without offending your model.

This is really important if you’re working with friends, this is because you want to get the job done, but at the same time if you’re too curt you may upset your friend(s).

Idea 4:

Be your own model! If you’re starting out and you can’t convince friends to model for you, then self-portraits are the way to go.

As I mentioned above, I suggest reading How To Pose For Portraits eBook – this will help you hugely with self-portraits, learning how to pose, what not to do with a lot of examples of good vs bad photos.

Once you can be your own model, you’ll find friends will start asking you to photograph them because they find confidence in you.

Definitely a win-win situation.

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When do you use Manual Focus and Auto Focus? 

It’s sort of 50% – 50%

I actually LOVE manual focus.Mainly because I love ultimate control over my photograph.

However there are a lot of situations where manual focus is just impossible. When it is, I don’t use it.

But if there is a situation where manual focus isn’t a problem, for example:-

  • Still Life
  • Portraits (relatively still ones!)
  • Landscapes
  • Nature

I particularly like using manual focus with landscapes. As you may have seen, I use “selective” focus a lot. I don’t typically focus on the background, I often focus on the foreground and so on.

Honestly though, there isn’t really a rule. Whatever feels comfortable and more importantly… what works? If you find auto-focus easier, then do that.

In the end, it doesn’t matter what the professionals do, if it doesn’t work for you, don’t do it. If it does work, do it.

Conclusion

So I hope this answers some of your questions – or maybe it was just interesting!

But, as I said above… If you have a question, send us an email and we will get back to you. :

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