Here are the answers to last week’s Q&A on Facebook!
1. Jackie R.: Do you mentor aspiring photographers?
Yes. I do workshops, and I also mentor one-on-one.
2. Nina T.: Hi Christine! When will you have another workshop in the bay area? I came across your beautiful works just because the last one!
3. Pansy M.: Do you like to have a blurry background? Or do you like keeping the image crisp & sharp?
I tend to like a blurry background to create softer photos. My aperture is usually around f2.8 – 4.0, and I rarely set it higher than 5.6.
4. Deirdre G.: What equipment essentials do you recommend newbie wedding photographers purchase (ie., body, lenses, speedlites, meters, LR or editing presets, etc.)??
2 camera bodies, 24-70mm f 2.8 lens, 580EX Speedlite, Adobe Photoshop & LightRoom, 2 extra camera batteries.
5. Mawiyah J.: Do you ever use artificial light?
Not often. If the reception at a wedding is too dim, I use my 580EX flash.
6. Christine C.: Do you ever use Back Button Focusing? If not, do you have any tips to guarantee such sharp focus especially when there’s a lot of hazy sunlight or movement, for example for a couple laughing or running around?
I do not use back button focusing but I hear great things about it. When I am photographing a moving subject my camera is set to Al Servo, and I use a quick lens like the 50mm f 1.2 or the 70-200mm f 2.8. With movement I usually don’t like the photos to be too sharp and crisp. I think that a little blur showcases the movement and gives it more character.
7. Mel I: When you work with PS, do you use actions or do you enhance every picture in any way?
I have some presets that I use in LightRoom. It makes the workflow faster, but even with the presets, I go through and tweak every individual photo. If you use presets, I think that fine tuning them is very important!