Good Monday, everyone! I trust you all had a fabulous weekend! For all of you wondering who takes home the 16×20 Wall Portrait ($120 value) that was up for grabs, Lizz Snyder and Cody Ketzner won…by a landslide with 53 votes (as of 1/7/11 @ 5pm CST). I decided to throw in an 11×14 ($55 value) for 2nd place which goes to the Shultz Family with 34 votes and an 8×10 ($30 value) to 3rd place which goes to Sarah Bischof and Andy Newkirk with 19 votes. I’ll get with each of the winners in the next week or two to gather details and get your portraits in the mail to you! Thank you, again, to all who voted!!!
Now on to today’s post…
Believe it or not, I receive quite a few emails packed with questions about the science behind photography, my editing techniques, and my gear. While I try to answer them all as thoroughly as possible, I’ve found that I just don’t have the time to answer every email any more. Sorry, folks. My boys are growing and I’ve gotta keep up with them! However, I love helping other people out. It would be down right silly for me to leave someone hanging if I can lend a hand. So, if you don’t get a reply to your email it isn’t me blowing you off. It just means I haven’t been able to find the time to answer your questions as adequately as I’d like. In order to fill any gap I may leave, I’m starting a new line of posts titled…wait for it…FAQs. Isn’t that clever??? I know. I should totally get a cookie for coming up with such an original name!
Please keep in mind…I DON’T CLAIM TO KNOW EVERYTHING. If I write as an expert on any topic it is purely my opinion and what has worked for me. Here it goes…
Question: “You take great pictures, you must have a great camera. What kind is it?”
Answer: Firstly, I’m going to assume you already know that the type of camera a photographer uses is just a part of the art they are able to create. Imagine if someone had asked Picasso what type of paint brush he used or Beethoven what type of piano he played. Having quality tools is SOOOO important, but a tool is just that. Nothing more and nothing less. On that note…what’s in my camera bag??? 2 Canon 5Ds, a Canon BG-E4 Battery Grip, a Canon 24-70mm 2.8L, a Canon 50mm 1.4, a Canon 100mm 2.8, a Speedlite 430 EX II, multiple CF cards, extra batteries (both for the camera and the flash), a lens cloth (something I picked up at my eye doctor for FREE), business cards, a little snack, and of course…Carmex. That’s what I take to every session. Do I use everything for every session? Nope. Are there a few other things I may bring along? Sure. But this is what you will find in my bag at all times during any sessions. Are all my bases covered? Eh…probably not. It’s only been about 9 months since we took the leap and upgraded to our current 5D bodies. Before that, I shot exclusively with our Canon Rebel XT. It was a stretch, but it was good for me. It taught me to really push equipment to its limits. If you visit my old blog, anything posted from mid March 2010 and before was shot on the Rebel. It definitely earned its keep.
Question: “What’s your favorite lens?”
Answer: That’s a tough one. I really try to have variety in my work, while also keeping true to my style. This often means I change my lens multiple times throughout a shoot to get the effect I’m looking for. For the longest time, I rarely took the Canon 50mm 1.4 off the camera. In just the past 2 months or so I’ve really fallen in love with our Canon 24-70mm 2.8L. Talk about crisp! Excellent contrast and color too. If I’m shooting inside where the light is dim, I still reach for the 50mm. But if I’m wanting an extra crisp or “larger than life” image, the 24-70mm gets the love. There are TONS of other lenses that I’ve tried and loved, I just don’t own them yet. I’m actually renting the Canon 50mm 1.2L to determine if it’s worth the extra $1200 over the 50mm 1.4 – hence the pictures of my lenses not on the camera.
What’s your go-to lens and why?
Feel free to leave any other questions you have in the comments below, or you can click the “contact” link above and shoot me a private message.