I get asked on a pretty regular basis on what photo editing software I use, what lenses I use, who I use for prints, etc... so I thought I would put together some answers and frequently asked questions in one spot.
If you are just starting out, I hope this helps a bit! I am an affiliate with some of the companies I am listing below because I love and use them myself, so please be sure to use the referral links below.
1. What photo editing software do I use?
Adobe Photoshop / Creative Cloud
I use Adobe Creative Cloud, this is just under $10 a month and includes both Photoshop and Lightroom. While I do most of my editing in Photoshop, Lightroom is a great resource to use when I am editing a lot of pictures and only doing lighter edits. I use Photoshop primarily because the possibilities of being creative in it are neverending.
2. What camera do I recommend?
I shoot with (and love) my Nikon D810 currently and it is a full frame camera. There are lots of cameras out there and if you are starting out, I recommend a DSLR. This is a digital camera that gives you the option to change lenses. Nikon, Canon, and Sony are all great brands to start out with.
3. What lenses do I use for portrait photography?
Honestly, my lenses change with what type of sessions I am shooting. I will say that I typically shoot every session with a wide angle option (my 24-70mm 2.8) and a prime lens. (85mm 1.8, 105mm 1.4)
If you currently have a 50mm (which is what I started out with) or even a kit lens, you can rock with what you have got until you are able to get one of the lenses I mentioned above. I also recommend renting lenses to get a feeling of what you want.
Photoshop is a big program, how do I get started?
Do you have Photoshop and feel overwhelmed with it? I created Photoshop Basics to simplify the editing process and make it easier to get around in Photoshop. I definitely recommend this course before taking any other courses as this is going to give you the tools you need to get started.
4. Who do I order my photo prints through?
I use a few different places for prints and the first I will highlight is Artifact Uprising. I cannot get enough of the square prints, I love them so much!! I also recommend mpix.com.
As far as canvases, what I have mainly on my own walls are Canvas on Demand canvases and I have a lot of them as I have a huge obsession with big canvases on my walls. :)
5. Who do I recommend for online photo galleries?
I use ShootProof and love them. This is how I present my online galleries as well as deliver digital images to my clients.
6. How do I add skies in photoshop?
I do share a great tutorial here for our subscribers.
7. What are actions and presets?