Photography FAQ

I get a lot of the same questions about my photography, so I figured I’d address those questions on this page.

Before I do that, I should say that I am NOT a professional photographer. I just play one on this blog. I became interested in photography when I became a mother because it was then that I realized that maybe, just maybe, I needed to learn to take a decent picture.

So that was my goal, taking a decent picture. So, in 2010 I bought a camera, a DSLR and just started taking pictures. And I’ve been taking pictures ever since.

I haven’t taken any classes. I just read a lot, study a lot, and take a lot of pictures. And that’s my main pieces of advice for new picture-takers who want to take better pictures. Focus on it. Believe you can do it. Study it. And you will be wonderful.

Okay. Now back to those questions.

Q: What type of camera do you use for your pictures?

A: I use a Rebel T2i. I have a kit lens and a prime lens (1.8 mm). I use the prime lens most. I own a point-and-shoot that’s a Panasonic Lumix, but I use my DSLR and camera phone for practically all of the pictures taken on this blog.

Q: What resources would you recommend for new photographers?

A. All of my favorite resources can be found in this post.

Q. What are some things you did to become a better photographer?

A. I  just took a lot of pictures and made it my goal to get better. I looked at what photographers that I liked were doing and tried to emulate that. I’m better than I was a year ago and I hope to be even better a year from now. This is a hobby of mine that’s fun because I get to see progress in something that I kind of just decided to get better at.

Q. What editing software do you use?

A. I use lightroom for 99% of my pictures. I sometimes use Photoshop, but usually it intimidates me.

Q. Do you use a flash for your indoor pictures?

A. No. I would like to someday buy a speedlite, but for now, since I’m stuck with my built-in camera flash, I just use natural light. I shoot most during the day and have learned to be okay with higher ISOs.

Q. Do you plan to become a professional photographer?

A. Not at the moment.

For more of my tips for new pictures takers, check out my Clicking Series posts. They can be found here.