This page answers some of the common questions I get from other photographers. If you still have questions, email me and I may be able to help!

 

GEAR

A couple of thoughts on buying gear: you don’t need all the things. You can rent equipment to try before you buy, or to tide you over. Avoid the temptation to buy cheap gear that you’ll turn around and resell… work on mastering one thing while you save up for something good. One decent body and one great lens will get you through just about anything (but please have a back-up body and lens when photographing someone’s wedding). This is my kit:

 

POST-PRODUCTION & OTHER STUFF

I try to keep things simple in post-production: bright, colourful images and strong black & whites that will hopefully be timeless. I don’t do heavy editing (airbrushing faces, liquefying bodies) or colour-shifting.

  • Photo Mechanic for culling images.
  • Lightroom for the majority of my editing, and RAW to JPG conversion.
  • Photoshop & Bridge for final adjustments and metadata edits.
  • Batch+ and Storyboard are Photoshop scripts for speeding up my editing and blogging workflow.
  • SmugMug for hosting client images and print fulfillment.
  • WHCC and GTA Imaging for prints, canvas, and other products.
  • ShootQ for client management, including contracts, invoicing, and workflow.
  • Evernote for my to-do list.
  • Moo prints my business cards, gift certificates, and other stationery.

 

COACHING SESSIONS

I am available for one-on-one coaching in person or online. Sessions will cover whatever you need to talk about, whether that’s the technical aspects of photography, equipment, software, branding, editing, workflow, or just a dose of my “(sometimes brutal) honesty” (direct quote). I have a Master’s degree in Management (really!), and my goal is for you to walk away with a concrete plan of action for improving your photography or your business. Sessions are limited, so please email me to get started!

 

LINKS

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