A big part of me feels like a bit of a doofus for making this page, but I actually do get enough emails from other photogs and photogs-to-be to warrant it. I love being able to answer your questions, but I figured this page would cut down on a lot of the more basic stuff I get asked.
What kind of camera do you use?
I have a Nikon D3, and a D200 as my backup. I love the full frame of the D3, and the high ISOs kick some major bootie.
What are your favorite lenses?
Right now I’m digging my Nikkor 24-70mm 2.8. I had the Sigma version, and it was a good lens, but the Nikkor is an AMAZING lens. I can literally see a difference in my photography since getting it.
I also like my 85 1.4 and my 50 1.4. I can’t emphasize enough how important good glass is. As a first lens, I always recommend a 50mm. Unless you are full frame, and then you want to go for an 85.
For outdoor portraits, I love my 70-200mm.
Do you shoot in manual?
I sure do. I have been known to go to AV mode when shooting family stuff, but for my client sessions I need the control that manual gives me. I do however, use auto focus. I move my focus points around in camera, and choose one that is on the eyes (or eye closest to me). I do flip it to manual focus once in awhile, if my AF is being finicky and starting to embarrass me with its whizzing.
Do you use actions?
99% of my post-processing work is done within Adobe Camera Raw. I then bring it into Photoshop (CS4) and do any healing or tweaks that need to be done. For any extra oomph, I almost exclusively use Totally Rad’s Rad Lab.
What lighting do you use?
I’m all natural, baby. It’s tough in Calgary though, where we have a lot of cold and dreary days over our very long winter. That’s where the D3 comes in handy. I do have some lights, and I do use them on occasion. I have an Alien Bee AB800 and a Nikon SB800.I also occasionally bust out the Alien Bee ringlight or my Westcott Spiderlite. For some great lighting techniques, try the One Light Workshop dvd. Zach Arias is a genius with light.
Can I come with you on a session?
I really wouldn’t mind it, but clients pay for my undivided attention. I can’t be shortchanging them by instructing someone else at the same time.
Do you do workshops or mentoring?
I’ve done both and I can honestly say it’s not my thing. I’m a grower, not a shower. Feel free to email me with any questions you have and I’d be happy to help. I may even post them on the blog!