OH I’m so excited for my first Q and A Tuesday! I’m just going to jump right in and I warn you, I might ramble!
#1. What lenses do you use and for what? I have a Tamron 28-75mm 2.8 and a Canon 85mm 1.8.
My Tamron is on my camera 90% of the time for easy access to pictures of my kids. I use it for newborn sessions because they are almost always inside and I need to be able to get that 28mm range. And to be honest, I use this for most of my sessions. HOWEVER, I do not love this lens by any means.
Pros: The zoom factor. I like to zoom and I like to have that full range from 28 – 75mm covered by one lens. Cons: It’s not very sharp and I’ve for sure out grown this lens. I love the look of wide angle distortion, but it’s just not quite wide enough to get there. As an alternate, I’d love the Canon 24 – 70mm 2.8L, but it’s WAY out of my budget!
I LOVE the 85mm because it’s sharp and the bokeh is to DIE for, but it’s not very practical (for me).You have to be WAY back (and I like to be close). I like to talk to my clients while I’m taking pictures, so being so far back, I feel like I’m yelling and am not able to give much direction. But every time I put this lens on and work around those things, I LOVE the images it produces.
#2. What is a decent amount of blog views and do you find that by increasing blog viewers you actually get more clients? Oh boy, I have no idea what a decent amount of blog views is! I do know that I average about 48 a day right now and I don’t think that’s very much and would love to have more. I’ve never had a lot of blog flow, so I can’t really say if it helps actually get more clients.
I have however just recently (literally like a month ago) gotten some advice on how to help the search engines find my blog better, and I’m hoping by doing those things, it will increase views to my blog and therefor get clients coming my way!
What I’ve learned (about my wordpress blog):
* I can add new tags to each post so search engines will see those tags and will find me better.
* If you scroll over the image below you’ll see it says “Utah county photographer”. I NEVER knew how to do that before, so I’ve been going back into my old posts and changing my images to say a key word I want search engines to find. The more time you have key words, the more you’ll be found.
#3. So my question for you (for Q and A Tuesdays), is your processing technique. It looks so simple but yet it just pops! Is it really as simple as it looks? Yeah, it really is! I’ve been doing the same things to my images for YEARS. Do I always do the exact same thing? No, but I do these next steps to every single picture.
I chose that picture to be my example because it was a tad underexposed to start with, and as much as I’d love to say that I always get great image sooc…I DON’T! So that is the basics! I do those three steps to every picture regardless of the picture. Curves and contrast help bring out color! I do try and get images the correct exposure sooc, and when I do, again, those steps just help make images pop. For example:
sooc & edited with just those three things.
Lately I’m loving the look of burned edges, so I’ll burn the edges. I also have a quick low saturation action that I run and then erase in skin tones and anything that may have gotten a little too neon.
So there you have it! Thanks for the questions! I’d love some more or else I can’t do my Q and A Tuesdays! lol. email@example.com
Until next time