We receive many questions from professional and aspiring photographers. This is great because we love to help, we love to talk shop and share industry experience.
Please note that if you email us, as much as we love to hear from you, we may not be able to respond right away or sometimes not at all. Please understand that our clients are our top priority and we handle photographer questions once our clients work is complete.
We've put together a list of commonly asked questions, this should help you get started.
One on One lessons:
If you are interested in more personal attention you may consider hiring us for an individual consultation. We will sit with you privately and you can fire away with any and all questions you have. We charge $200/hour for a personal consultation and can break it down into your specific needs. Wether its shooting and operating your camera, setting up your business, insurance, finances, dissecting your workflow, processing images, or how to make killer coffee (which is an essential key to success). We'd be happy to help you out.
What cameras, lights and lens to you use?
The following items are in my bag:
Nikon 35mm f/1.4 - Great wide angle lens
Nikon 45mm f/2.8 TS - Tilt shift lens for oh so much fun
Nikon 50mm f1/4
Nikon 60mm f/2.8 - Macro lens for rings & detail shots
Nikon 85mm f/1.4 - My "make you look damn sexy lens"
Nikon 12-24mm f/2.8 - Great for dancing and scene setting pictures
Nikon 24-7mm0 f/2.8 - One of our work horses
Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 v2 - Another favorite for portraits and photojournalism
Nikon Sb900 - Two of these
Sony Video Light. Great for low light portraits & detail shots
Sandisk 8gb. A bazillion of these.
What computers do you use?
Workstation 1: Macpro quad core 2.66gz- Primary editing station 1st Monitor: NEC 2690 -26 inch- used for anything needing precise color 2nd Monitor: Apple 30 inch
Workstation 2: Macpro quad core 2.66gz- Primary editing station 1st Monitor: NEC 2690- 26 inch – used for anything needing precise color 2nd Monitor: Apple 24 inch Having two monitors makes album designing easier
Workstation 3: Imac with NEC 2690 as 2nd monitor
Eric's Laptop: paired with 2nd monitor, a 20 inch apple Macbook Pro 2 ghz Intel Core i7. Used for running all the admin of our business and life. Without it, he would be lost, naked on the street.
Brooke's Laptop Macbook Pro 2.26ghz Intel Core 2 Duo 13 inch – used for email basically
Eric & Brooke's Cell Phones: We both have iphone's. They sync our contacts, calendars and all our business information.
All computers are maxed out on RAM.
What actions do you use?
Our actions are completely customized. You can use actions and automations to seriously cut down the time that you spend on photos. We are very fortunate to have years of experience and professional training in Photoshop to learn how to do so. Our actions are completely customized and very helpful when it comes to resizing images for the online gallery, for prints, and any other type of output. Using actions to bring up certain tools like the crop tool, the paint brush, the sharpening feature etc saves your fingers a lot of work.
Many people believe that you can buy actions sets and simply hit play and get amazing results. However, they really do require customization. There are many actions available for purchase online. We've tried some of these actions and we've learned to customize many that we like. However, the truth is that there is not one magic action to achieve the same result on every single photo that we shoot during a wedding. That's just what we have found to be true for our photographs and our experience. We use actions to pull up the tools that we need to retouch skin, to dodge and burn certain areas of the photo, to crop etc. Truthfully, we spend a lot of time on each photo and there is no action that can achieve the same result.
How do you get such vibrant colors and pop in your photos?
When I started out, I would admire another photographer's work and think to myself, if I could just get the same equipment then my photos would be just as amazing as theirs. It took me a long time before I figured out that the equipment is a fraction of the battle.
For me, the key to a great photograph is light, good light, and using it properly. Learning to see light is not an easy thing to teach. It's learned through experience, trial and error, shooting A LOT, shooting even more, and shooting even more. You need to experience many different lighting situations, multiplied many times over, and research various techniques to apply in these situations. There are also some wonderful teachers out there, myself included, that can guide you to see the light (no pun intended).
Assuming you get it right in the camera, the next piece to the puzzle is post processing. There are so very many aspects to post processing that can help your photos and just as equally ruin them if they are over used or used improperly. You need a calibrated monitor, you need to understand resolution, sharpening, color and exposure to name a few. We shoot in RAW and use Lightroom to process the images from RAW format to JPEG format. The remaining work like skin retouching and resizing is done in Photoshop.
To take it a step further, a professional lab with superior paper and printing technology is another key factor.
Is it true that your kids are the cutest kids on the planet?
Yes, it is true