Since I moved over the weekend and my life has continued to be crazy, I thought I’d answer some of the questions that are quick answers in a bundle.
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How do I find locations?
My eyes are always open. Sometimes I want to shut my brain off from thinking about it, but I look for color everywhere. I’m actually kinda burnt out of the 10 mile radius from my home, but venturing out almost doubles the time I am away from my family. I look for texture, open shade, interest. Random places you might not otherwise consider. I have about 25 spots I really like in my 10 mile radius, and with High School Senior or Couples Sessions, I location hop to about 5 spots depending on the outfits they brought. I look at the clothes when we first meet up and tell them what to wear and in what order based on how we will drive around.
Do you ever use a macro lens?
Never have. I hear they are nice. I just haven’t had an interest or need.
Is there a way to make copies of what you have posted so far?
Great idea—I have no idea! If anyone knows, let me know:) I thought about printing it for myself as well to share with friends locally. I like being able to have a hard copy vs. computer screen for regular referencing.
How do I take a picture full on sun without it looking blown out?
You just gotta find the right shutter/ISO/fstop combination. Hard to know with a little screen on the back, but I know a lot of photographers use their histogram after shots to see if they are properly exposed. I don’t do that, so look it up if you are interested. Also, when shooting RAW, if it is blown, I can lower the exposure a tad and its’ less blown. I found this statement HERE JPEG has even less tolerance for overexposure than shooting in RAW. If you shoot in JPEG, your chances of holding detail in the highlights are not very good. Or—sometimes I don’t care if clothes are blown and the skin looks great. Blown skin—not so great.
How do you get good images inside when it’s dark?
Honestly, I use my pocket camera a lot. When I’m outside, 100% manual with my Canon 5D. Inside, 50% my orange Olympus pocket camera (It’s also waterproof—very cool), 30% my old Canon rebel with the pop up flash, and 20% my 5D in great light. My new home has much better window light than my old home. Also, I don’t want to have all the RAW files for indoor everyday shots with my family. I am totally fine with imperfect images of my family being silly around the house. But I do brighten them in photoshop to go onto my family blog. It’s kinda like those that love to pop zits when they see them. When I see a darker images, my fingers are itching to lighten them.
How do you get Text on an Image ?(ok, this took a few minutes to do it right):
Just so you all know, my 5D is working great now! It was an overused battery issue, now resolved. It will die eventually, but not yet. If I have missed some questions, post them in this post and I will get to them, or email me. I plan to cover RAW, head swap, and focal points in future entries as well.
If you want to see my new digs, come on over…