If you blog, own a business or just care about your Instagram aesthetics in general then photography is a big deal. I have been getting a lot of questions about camera and photography in general that I am hoping me and Katelyn an get answered for you below! Make sure and comment and let us know if you have any other questions. And for those of you that didn't know Katelyn V Photography is who takes all my photos and we worked together on this blog post to try and answer all of your alls questions!
Brand: Nikon— Katelyn prefers Nikon’s interface and the way it fits in her hand, but she really love Canon’s colors… No brand is necessarily better than the other, and if you know how to control and work with your settings, it won’t matter which brand you’re using.
Camera: Nikon d750… this is a full frame camera, and allows you to have a little more control over your settings, has better low-light capabilities, and can essentially fit more in the image. There are also crop sensor cameras which are several hundred-thousand dollars cheaper, and are great entry-level cameras that still create beautiful, high-resolution images. If you’re looking into buying your first DSLR, Katelyn recommends a crop sensor camera— both because it will be easier to learn to use and easier on your bank account. ( which is on my Christmas list, fingers crossed) No matter the camera you have, whether it’s your phone, a point-and-shoot, crop sensor, or a full-frame, if you don’t know how to work with your settings, you won’t be able to achieve the photos you want. Just because you have a nice camera doesn’t necessarily mean your photos will always be better. Learn how to use ISO, shutter speed, aperture, and learn how to edit photos properly, and then you’ll be able to really start creating images you love!
Lenses: Sigma Art 35mm 1.4, Nikon 50mm 1.4, Nikon 85mm 1.8— these are all prime lenses, meaning they’re a fixed length and do not zoom. Katelyn most often uses her 50mm because she finds it is the most versatile, but sometimes doesn’t allow her to get as far away from my subject as she would like, so then she would use her 35mm to fit more in the frame. There’s nothing wrong with zoom lenses, Katelyn just prefers prime lenses because of the beautiful bokeh they can create (bokeh is the “blurry” background that is out of focus, while the person or object is in focus).
Accessories: House of Flynn Evermore bag— Katelyn always brings it with her to every shoot, loaded up with all of her lenses, extra memory cards, extra batteries, and her emergency kit (hairspray, oil blotting sheets, lint roller, hair ties, safety pins, etc.)… It’s better to bring everything with you than start shooting and wish you had something that you left at home.
Settings: Manual! Katelyn changes her settings constantly while shooting to adjust to different lighting, backgrounds, the depth of field, and purpose of the shot… detail shots and full-body shots sometimes require different settings to control what’s going to be the focal point of the image, so it’s not unusual to tweak the settings for two different shots that are in the exact same spot
Time of day: Anytime but midday (this can make weird shadows and squinty eyes). For Katelyn's portrait sessions, she prefers golden hour (the time leading right up to sunset) because that’s when the light is prettiest. For non-portraits, mid-afternoon or morning is perfect!
What’s a RAW image? RAW images are the specific type of file the camera creates, as opposed to a JPEG file. When shooting JPEG, the camera automatically processes the information to create the image file, so you ultimately have less control over the photo when editing. When shooting RAW, the camera doesn’t process all of the information, so you can do that later when you transfer the images to your computer for editing, which allows a lot more flexibility and control to produce better quality images that are more dynamic.
Editing: All of the images are edited the same way with Lightroom (editing software) to help achieve consistency and cohesiveness when sharing the images on social media. Editing isn’t to re-touch the images, but to help make sure that they’re crisp with true-to-life colors, and bright enough that it’s easy to see everything in the image. Consistency also comes from a combination of choosing similar backgrounds and colors for the images, and thinking about how different locations/outfits would look if they were placed next to one another. My aesthetic/style/feed is clean and contrasted, so using lighter colored backgrounds with darker clothes helps to achieve that look. You typically don't want a social media feed to blend together too much, so it’s good to incorporate textures, patterns, and pops of color too, to help add diversity to the images while still creating the desired aesthetic.
Hope this helped and answered some of your all questions! Let us know if you have any others! XX Allison & Katelyn