Q&A: LightRoom Presets, Back Up Equipment, Off-Camera Flash

Here are answers to last week’s weekly Q&A on Facebook.

If you’re wondering why I look different in this photo, it’s because I have a million layers of makeup on.

1. Cami F.:  What blog program do you use?

I use WordPress.

2. Lavena D.:  What kind of camera is the most suitable for the new user?

It depends on what you plan to do with photography. Do you want it for portraits, travel, or professional use? My first dSLR was the Canon Rebel and I loved it.

3. Tarek H.:  How many cameras do you use to shoot weddings and which lenses do you have?

I have three camera bodies. A professional photographer should have at least two. The lenses I use most are the 50mm f/1.2, 24-70mm f/2.8, and the 70-200mm f/2.8.

4. Crystal C.:  What are you most proud of?

My parents.

5. Rudy D.:  How do you like your new Mark III and do you have a back up camera?

I love my new Mark III. I’m still getting used to it since the features/buttons are slightly different from the Mark II. My back up cameras are the Canon Mark II.

6. Majelane B.:  Favorite location to shoot in LA?

Temescal Canyon.

7. Cory T.:  Do you absolutely need off-camera flash for wedding reception photos.  I normally use my flash and bounce off the ceiling.

Off-camera flash can look really good but I never use it.  I think that fancy camera set ups can take away from the organic-ness of moments. Like you, I also use my attached flash (the 580EX) and bounce it off the ceiling.

8. Angel W.:  Do you ever have assistance help you with weddings?

I always have at least one person with me.

9. Ivy K.:  What’s your favorite dim sum dish?

Those sweet fried sesame balls – jeen thuy (did I spell that right?).

10. Mike H.:  What is the pixel size of the pictures on your facebook and blogs?  How do you downsize them?

All the photos on my blog have a long edge of 800px, 72ppi.  I export the size I need using LightRoom (best software ever!).

11. Jenny K.:  Where would you like to travel to next?

To Vietnam, and I’m going in a couple weeks!

12. Eca P.:  Are you planning to sell your presets like other photographers?

Right now the answer is no, reason being I don’t really use presets anymore (besides having one for B&W photos)!

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