Q&A: ISO Speed For Indoors, Best Restaurant In SoCal, Egypt Wedding Photography

Here are the answers from last Friday’s Q&A.  To see answers from previous Q&A’s, go to the Categories tab and select “Ask Me.”

1. Mic H.:  How high do you set your ISO speed during an indoor event?  Will a 2.8 aperture work?

I typically have my ISO at 1600 for an indoor event.  A 2.8 aperture is usually good, unless you need everything in focus, in which case you would close it down.

2. Christine C.:  What are some of your favorite techniques/methods/conversation starters you use to get your clients to feel comfortable and not awkward, and help them act natural in photos?

I’ve written a separate blog post about that here.

3. Christina W.:  What’s your favorite place to eat in socal?

Café Gratitude.

4. Hannah D.:  How often do you do yoga?  Do you juice vegetables?

Right now I do yoga 2-3 times per week, although soon, I am going to commit to 30 consecutive days of yoga to hopefully turn it into a daily habit. Yes, I juice. My favorite concoction is carrot, celery, with a dash of ginger.

5. Hagar M.:  Would you come to Egypt to shoot a wedding?

Absolutely. Do you know someone getting married?

6. Maricle K.:  Is fast focus is determined by lens (ex. f stop) or camera?  and why is it important?

By lens. It is important because if there is a lag, you miss moments. My 50mm f1.2 is my fastest lens, and that is one of the reasons I love it so much.

7. Sean D.:  If you could be a dinosaur, which one would you be?

A brontosaurus.

8. Tosca S.:  What are some of your fav jams on the iPod??

I Wanna Dance With Somebody – Whitney Houston, Climax – Usher, Guantanamera – Wyclef, Last Kiss – Pearl Jam, Human Nature – Michael Jackson, Love Will Never Do Without You – Janet Jackson, You Make My Dreams – Hall & Oates, Wake Up – Arcade Fire, You Can’t Hurry Love – Phil Collins, Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now – Starship

9. Sandra M.:  What are the necessities in your travel makeup bag?

Depends on where I’m going. I probably wouldn’t wear make up in the Amazon, but in general this is what I have (starting with the most important): mascara, blush, eyebrow pencil, eyeliner, eyeshadow, tinted lip moisturizer. Oh and tweezers. Good to have tweezers.

10. Michael L.:  How do you find someone’s “good side” without them telling you?

I usually ask. If they say, “I don’t know,” then I ask which way they tend to face when taking a casual picture with friends. There is usually a dominant side. If they still say, “I don’t know,” take a picture of them facing both ways and see which one looks better.

11. Vency M.:  Where do you keep your cameras and your lens at home, do you bring your cameras to the Canon center frequently for cleaning or check up?

I keep my cameras at home. I take good care of my equipment so only send them into Canon when they need to be fixed. I just dropped one of my Mark II’s off today. It’s like dropping off one of your kids at camp – can’t wait to get it back.

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  1. It would be awesome if you could do a photo spread of yourself taking wedding shots. I am sure there are more like me who would love to see how you are positioning yourself for photos during a ceremony and such.

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