so excited to get into some of our FAQ today all around the topic of photography with you guys! it’s one of our most asked questions these days and after asking you all about your interested in learning more from this blog post, i’m excited to finally start breaking it down and hope this is helpful!!!
in the past, i’ve felt a little timid sharing any knowledge i’ve gleaned about photography because when i was first starting out on my blog, a photographer i knew told me i could never call myself a “photographer” since i didn’t have a degree in photography and went on to share her frustration with how anyone could buy a fancy camera these days and say they were a “photographer.” i totally get and understand and am in awe of how incredible the work of so many professional photographers truly is, and would never want to diminish their experience, skill set or knowledge by trying to group myself with them. but i also want to say, that as i’ve had a camera in my hand practically every day the last 9 or 10 years, that that conversation so many years ago has been a hard one to shake and has often made me feel like my images won’t ever be good since i’m not a professional photographer with a degree to back my work. i’m only sharing this with you, because it’s only been the last year or so where i’ve started to realize that that is plain silly. josh and i both might be self taught when it comes to photography, and still have so much to learn, but i freaking love everything about a beautiful photograph and want to feel proud of the images i create. i guess what i really am trying to say, is that in my opinion, you don’t have to have a degree and x amount of years experience to take good pictures or feel proud of them. you don’t even need a fancy camera. you can take pictures on your phone and if you love it, be proud of your work, because you are getting somewhere and that is really something!
something that is nice about falling in love with photography is having your man fall in love with it as well. honestly, the best photos you will find here on my blog or on my social channels are most likely taken by josh. so much for being an economics major! ;) and while photography has become such a big part of our day to day with having a blog, josh and i both really value and love documenting life through photos (and video) outside of that scope as well, so i think it’s something we’ll always be up to, regardless of if we are sharing it here.
while we are self taught, we are lucky to call some of the most talented photographers out there in the world dear friends, and they have always been so gracious at sharing their knowledge, or giving little bits of advice here and there to us when we’ve been together. i have to give a major shout out to tim coulson who taught me how to shoot my images in RAW (which allows for higher quality images) and also candice stringham who walked me through lightroom (the program we use to edit photos) for the very first time via video since she was in texas and i was in new york at the time. people that are talented and generous at sharing their talents just make me really happy and i so appreciate them.
okay, so for this first photography post, i thought we’d start with what camera and lenses we use.
for the past 6 months or so, we have been shooting all of our images with a canon 5D mark III. this is a more expensive camera body, but it’s so reliable and fast and keeps up with us since we are frequently shooting. for years though, i used a little point and shoot camera and was happy with it. then, around 2010, i got my very first dslr camera, a canon rebel body, (and eventually invested more in the lenses i used with it) and felt like that changed a lot for me and my love of taking photos. that was also around the time josh started taking more photos as well so it was nice to learn together through trial and error by shooting manually.
most all of the images we shoot are with a 24-70mm lens. josh will also shoot with our 85mm f/1.2 lens (the photos he takes of just me are usually with it, like these ones) and whenever he does, i’m always like, we need to use this lens more! it’s a fixed lens though, so while it lets in a lot of light and produces the most beautiful sharp images with a low aperture (giving it a narrow depth of field so your object pops more since it’s the only thing in focus) that are ideal for portraits, you have to be farther away and obviously can’t zoom in and out. in our experience, it’s harder to use this lens in a day to day setting (at least for us) since we prefer to shoot a lot of candid images up close and also far away at the same time that aren’t so much a portrait style.
we also shoot the majority of our videos on either our canon 5D mark III or our smaller camera, the canon eos m3, which we also recently changed to, since it can auto-focus and has a mount for a mic if we need it. we tend to use both the smaller one and a larger dslr for any videos we shoot likes these ones or these as well.
i also am always so impressed with how far the iPhone camera has come along over the years and we take a lot of photos with our phones because of it. it’s nice since you already have it on you, and since it’s small and compact, if you’re juggling a camera in one hand and a child in the other (like me most days), you can still snag a decent photo with one hand!
if i have the camera on me, i have enjoyed wearing this cross body strap, so i have my camera out and on my hip at all times and then i can just swing it up to my eye to take a photo whenever necessary. it’s so much easier than pulling it in and out of a camera bag all day long. we don’t use a camera bag when we’re out in our day to day, only when we travel. beyond transporting a camera during travel in a camera bag or carrying case, we really just wear our camera or carry it with us.
i hope this break down of our cameras is helpful! let me know if you have any other questions based around our camera equipment, but i will break down some ways we shoot photos and also how we edit them (and our videos) in the next part of this photography series!