For Photographers – FAQ

Over the course of the last year I have been getting quite a few emails from fellow photographers asking me questions about gear, lighting, posing and locations. I figured it was finally time to blog about it! I always love trying to help others out, as I know I myself still have questions and turn to my peers for help. There is nothing I find more flattering than seeing my images recreated. So often I see my ideas transformed and poses erected through someone else – and what could be cooler? It’s knowing you’ve done something so enticing that someone else found inspiration and decided to put their own spin on it. Nothing is more encouraging and rewarding. For me anyways!
So nonetheless!  I hope this comes across as useful!

The most commonly asked question I get is what kind of gear I use, and what are my favourite lenses. Well, this is a hard question to answer. Why?
Each lens I use has it’s own purpose in my bag. Each provides a different effect, and a different feel to a photo. It truly depends on what outcome I am after. That being said I mainly use (All Canon),

70-200 2.8 L  version II
24-70 2.8  L
16-35 2.8 L
50 1.2 L
85 1.2 L
fisheye 2.8
Yep, that’s all! All are great lenses. I suggest if you’re shopping around for new lenses to try renting them out. Make sure you love it before you invest.

Next commonly asked question, which body do I use for a camera?
Both my main and back up body are a 5D Mark II (Canon). Although this being said I am a firm believer that photography is not made by the gear you use. You need to know HOW to use your gear, your settings, and the knowledge to manipulate everything to achieve what you’re after. It is hard to achieve a shallow depth of field on a high F-stop. If you follow me on Facebook you may remember the controversay about my comments about the Canon Rebel XSI. Again, I started out with this camera and it was great for what I needed at the time. Although it is an entry level camera and it has, limitations on the type of quality and image it can provide which is why I moved into a camera body that allowed me to shoot full-frame, and at high-ISO levels with minimal grain, which comes in handy for wedding receptions. Sometimes professional gear is what you need, the XSI just doesn’t cut it for myself and the product I am willing to provide my clients, so I upgraded and love the 5d.

Which school did I attend? What courses can I recommend?
I attended the Photography School of Hard Knocks. No really – I did. I learnt through a lot of trial and error. A lot of hands on experience and a whole lot of reading. I went from shooting auto to manual in one day and I haven’t looked back. From hearsay about courses, I have heard NAIT offers a great program, and Metro Community College has great photography courses as well. I am hoping to check into Metro this fall.

What do I use to edit my images?
I use all Adobe programs. I don’t believe in showing other photographers how I edit – but wait, hear me out! Within the photography community many of us try to help each other out. We share locations, concepts and try to inspire.  Although when you edit an image, in my opinion, this is leaving your ‘stamp’ on a photo. It allows you to personalize the image and give it a ‘feel’. Many times clients tell me that they feel as though they know the person in the photo, that my photos ooze (I love that word) romance and love – and you got it. That is MY style. JFY is not about sex, always using skin to showcase my images – I want you to see the image and wonder more. You can’t have your cake and eat it too. That is JFY’s style, and I believe it is achieved through editing – so I encourage all photographers – find your own ‘style’ and embrace it, squeeze it tight and nourish it.

Please keep your questions coming!! I will do my best to reply to them all – and hopefully continue to share via the blog!


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