Archive for November, 2010

Photography As A Career – Interview Response

November 28th, 2010

Last week, we were contacted with a few interview questions on life as a photographer. Because I’m all about killing 2 birds with one stone, I’ll respond to the interview questions for the interviewee (thanks for sending those over Sara), and also score a bonus blog post from the answers. These answers are from my (TJ’s) perspective, not Larissa’s. She’d have a different perspective since she does different roles in the studio. She does sessions during the week, and we both shoot at weddings. I do also do videography at weddings, and I run the non-shooting part of the studio during the week.

1. What got you interested in photography? Larissa dragg[...]

Photography Education Required To Be A Wedding Photographer

November 22nd, 2010

So there’s good news and bad news about how much photography education is required to be a wedding photographer. Some wedding photographers get a 4 year degree in photography before starting, while other wedding photographers jump right in with no formal education. I’ll run through some of the most popular forms of photography education and give you my take on their effectiveness.

4 Year Degree I can’t even begin to tell you how many people I’ve talked to who have a photography degree from some university, and they still have no real-world photography skills. Oh sure, they could tell you about all kinds of famous photographers of years gone by, and they c[...]

Photography – To Specialize Or Not To Specialize

November 15th, 2010

I’ve seen plenty of professional photographers argue the case for specializing in a certain type of photography, but I don’t remember often, if ever hearing the other side of the coin. There are pro’s and con’s to specializing and to not specializing in a certain type of photography. The way I see it, there’s not one right answer. It’s a decision that needs to be based on what will work out best for your business. Here are some of the major factors that you should consider when deciding whether to specialize.

Specialized Skills Do you have a lot of experience in one type of photography? If you’ve been shooting weddings for years, but h[...]

Canon 5D Mark III Feature Wishlist

November 6th, 2010

As far as I know, Canon hasn’t released full details on exactly what features their Canon 5D Mark III camera will have. The list I’m about to give is not based on any rumors from Canon or anything like that. It’s just a few features that I’ve wished I’ve had as a photographer and videographer.

Better sound for video I’d say the biggest difference between the 5D Mark II and a professional video camera is the audio. The audio quality of the built in mic is comparable to someone’s home movie, if it’s even that good. I think the challenge will be to find the space for the mic to live in the camera. Either way, there has to be a way to get b[...]

Night Photography Tips

November 1st, 2010

Anybody can get out their point and shoot cameras when the sun’s out and get reasonably decent images. If you’re looking to take your photography to the next level and get some pretty amazing images, here are a few tips on night photography to get you started.

Slow Shutter Speed The slower your shutter speed, the longer the light has to come in, and the brighter your picture will be. How slow you set your shutter will depend on how dark it is. In a wedding reception, I frequently use shutter speeds of 1/50 or 1/60. If you’re outside on a dark night though, you’ll probably be looking at a minimum of a full second for your shutter speed. The longer your s[...]