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3 questions you don’t need to ask your photographer

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When coming up with this article, it took me a while to narrow it down to three quality questions that fellow photographers and I get the most when hired for a job. If you are not a photographer and have asked these questions, don’t be ashamed. It happens all the time. I wrote this to inform potential photography clients that you don’t need to ask these questions. If you hired the right photographer you do not have to worry about these. Enjoy!

1. What type of camera do you use?

I feel like almost every photographer gets this question at least once from a client. Would you ask what time of jackhammer the contract is using to dig up your driveway? Do you ask what type of snake your plumber uses. You should have answered no for those two questions. 

Moral of the story is, it doesn’t matter what you use as long as you get the job done. My entire portfolio could be all shot on an iPhone but you would never know that unless you hired me. You should be hiring me off my work I create not what I use to create it.

2. How many unedited photos will you send me?

I’ve gotten this question quite a few times and recently. This is one of those types of questions that make my head turn sideways in question. But I do see where the client is coming from. The answer is none. 

I think the easiest way to understand any of these questions is to compare it to other jobs/professions. Say you hire a welder to build you a railing, he is not going to give you all the rails he messed up on or provide you with a rail with a bunch of defects on it. Back to me original answer of no, I am going to send you all the best images edited to my style and I think are the best.

3. Do you edit the photos?

This question is similar to the previous question. I feel I a lot of people looking to hire a photographer don’t understand that taking the picture is half the job. The other half is editing them which involves picking the best ones, fixing any mistakes, and make sure it fits the photographer’s style. 

I am going to send the client the best work possible. They don’t need to see a missed focus on a couple shots or took a couple photos by accident. They hired me to photograph and edit the photos so they look the best possible.

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Switching from Photoshop to Lightroom

I have recently switched from PC to Mac, something I have been wanting to do for the longest time. However, due to being in college, I was never able to afford it. Finally, I was able to make the switch and I’m loving it.

But what does this have to do with “Switch from Photoshop to Lightroom”? Since, I purchased a new computer, I needed to get new photo editing software. On my PC, I was running just Adobe Photoshop CS5. But since Adobe has switching over to a subscription based method, I needed to upgrade to Adobe Creative Cloud.

Luckily, Adobe creates a package just for photographers which includes Photoshop and Lightroom for $9.95 a month. Which is something I had to do.

As I stated, I’ve only had Photoshop besides this one time I had a trial for Lightroom. I don’t really remember much about it besides the basic adjustments. But I’ve more and more “pro” photographers using Lightroom more for editing images and Photoshop for “major” adjustments.

(Left) Lightroom and (Right) Photoshop interfaces

(Left) Lightroom and (Right) Photoshop interfaces

So, what do I hope to achieve with Lightroom?

1.     A faster workflow: I think almost everyone who endorses Lightroom says that it allows them a better workflow. Whether it be the tagging and filtering system or just the quick editing tools. Whatever it maybe, I hope that I am able to cut down some time editing.

2.     Presets: I know you can have presets in Photoshop, but from what I’ve seen it’s a lot simpler in Lightroom. Most preset companies do have presets for both Lightroom and Photoshop however not all do. Since, I have Lightroom included with Photoshop now, might as well just get the presets for Lightroom.

3.     Better editing skills: When I was using Photoshop, I needed to research an action that I wanted to do. Granted, that does help you learn. However, Lightroom simplifies it by allowing me to click the preset I want and then make any adjustments necessary. Not only does this cut down time but also allows me to focus on making the image better.

As of now, I will play and learn Lightroom. Hopefully Lightroom will live up to mine and other’s expectations. In the future, I will come back to this and review my Lightroom experience.

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How to determine what to do with your (creative) life

This blog is going to be a little different than the rest. This will not be the standard photography tips/tricks. However, this will be something I want to talk about since I am starting to realize this now.

As some of you may know, I am currently a second semester senior. I am studying strategic communications with a concentration in advertising/PR. I have also completed two minors, one in marketing and one in business administration. So where does this all some into play?

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But don’t you go to school for photography? Actually, I do not. Photography was something I picked up my senior year of high school. From there I watched hundreds of YouTube tutorials and read many articles on photography.  And occasionally, got a few tips from my father. I feel as if a lot of people have run into this problem.

The problem is, what to do with your life. Do I find a job in my area of study or do I follow my dreams of becoming a photographer? This is a decision that many face at the end of their college career. I am now facing this decision.

Recently, I have been hearing follow your dreams a lot and just do what you want to do. However, this is very hard decision because I am an adult now. I just can’t go out and do whatever I want and come home to mommy and daddy. I need to support myself and my family (when I get there).

I feel that there will be some waiting on that dream for right now. As for any new/amateur photography, you need to get your name out there. You need to build an audience/following.  In my opinion, you need to find a job that you are able to provide for yourself. When you’re not working that job, you have your photography job. This allows you to have some income while following your dream. Then when your photography has taken over your day-to-day job, you can go full-time photographer.  I understand that this may not be in a couple months or even years (I hope not!). I think the biggest thing I need to work on right now is just creating content constantly and keep practicing. You are only making yourself better. And soon that day will come, when you can call yourself a full-time photographer.

Good luck.

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