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Thursday, August 13, 2009

FAQ : My words of advice.

I have to start this post off with a disclaimer: I know I'm not a magician photographer or been around the block long enough to have a FAQ post. To be honest, most of the time I feel like I'm still learning with each day that passes. However, I've received a considerable amount of questions regarding myself/my photography preferences from lovely, amazing, talented blog readers. And hey, what my blog readers want, my blog readers get. So, although others may see/do things differently, these are my answers from my perspective, from my experiences.

How did you get started?
I have always been shooting. For as long as I can remember I've had a camera in my hands. While studying art and graphic design in college, I picked up a camera for a typography project. The project called for different type treatments and I chose to relate typography to the female figure. To do so, I asked my friends to pose nude for me. (Unknowingly I was already starting my boudoir career like, 7 years ago!) Naturally, I had to take the photos and that was it - my love for creative, portrait photography was born. I shot everyone, everywhere, anytime. When my friends started getting engaged, the photography of love just kinda found me.

Any tips for getting started?
I'm going to paraphrase the advice I received when the thought of actually doing this for people other than my friends surfaced. It was the best, most honest advice and really helped me put myself out there.

If you're truly interested in pursuing any kind of photography (professionally or as a hobby), I'd encourage you to do the following:

* Buy a professional camera (the Canon 20d or 50d is a GREAT start!)
* Start shooting everything and anything
* Take some classes at your local community college
* Get a blog

That's it! I thought it was too simple and too scary, but there's absolutely no other way of doing it. Practice, practice, practice until you feel comfortable behind a digital camera and begin to create your style. When I first started, I shot everything that came my way. I was determined to master composition and learn manual mode. And when I set my mind to something, I'll stop at nothing to figure it out!

What camera and lenses do you use?
I use all Canon equipment and I adore it. I worked crazy hard to save up lots of pennies to purchase my 5d bodies and they've done the job for me and served me well. My glass of choice is prime lenses. My first lens was purchased as a gift by my husband - 17-40mm 4.0. At the time, I barely knew anything about lenses other than the part that they were expensive. So I was super appreciative and rocked that bad boy like nobody's business. For about 8 months, it was my ONLY lens. Until I was introduced to the beauty of primes.

At the moment, my most used lenses are 50mm 1.2, 85mm 1.8 and 28mm 1.8. I can't recommend these primes enough. They get you involved with your subjects and the low aperture produces some yummy images. And when in doubt, don't forget that you can rent lenses before you purchase them. It doesn't get any better than that!

I was wondering who you did your slide shows through?
I currently use Showit Web for my slideshows. It's like the ultimate tool. It's so easy to use I could probably create slideshows blindfolded. It's that simple. I can't recommend it enough. It's ability to tie all your photos together to tell a story is indescribable.

I see your background is in design, do you still offer design services?
I am taking a limited number of design projects. Please email me if you're interested.

What is the name of the font used for the word "modern" in your logo?
The name of the font I used is called "ala's handwriting", aka, my own hand wrote the font. I wish I had a cooler answer but really, I wrote it out in 2005 and it just kinda stuck.

Here are a few images we took the other day on Steven's quest to conquer manual mode. He's getting so good, I told him I may have to make him his own logo/watermark.

Here's a few I snagged of him. My original photography guinea pig.


Ms. Christina said...

I love it! You're always so informative. Amazing how far you have come along with dedication. =)

jen said...

I love your work and your honesty! thanks for giving me something inspiring to read!

Anonymous said...

you are awesome! thanks for all your little tips! i'm learning how to use the manual mode on my camera more and more because you inspire me!

judieannphotography said...

Thank you so much for sharing this information Ala! Your photos are amazing girl. I currently use an XSi but my fingers are itching to make the jump to a 50D, after reading this, I might just go ahead and do it!! You rock chica!


cortney said...

I'm just getting started myself everything can be so daunting sometimes. Thanks so much for the great tips! I love your images, absolutely delicious :)

Aileen said...

thank you for sharing! the hub and i are so lusting after an L lens.

Kisha of Sahara Blue said...

as a newbie i want to thank you for sharing this information. it's so inspiring to read of others who are following there passion and finding success! (doesn't hurt when they're a young female too!) your photos are inspiring and i love your authenticity.

of your 4 tips for getting started i've done nearly all 4-except for taking local classes...each night i spend at least 2 hours or so reading my favourite photo
blogs & various articles & forums on the 'net...i consider that my class :)

Meli said...

You are amazing!
Thank you for taking your time and doing this post!

Bridget Sharp said...

Thanks so much for all you talk about. It really helps to know that there are others out there with the same hopes and desires and we're all just people trying to make a difference doing something we love with all our hearts. One question: Can you tell me who did your blog? I love it!

Gabriela Gandara said...

Thanks for all the advise. I been following your blog for a few months now and its awesome to hear such great info...keep the Q&A posts coming :)

GladysJem said...

I love this post. You simply put me at ease. I just recently made the jump to put myself out there by starting a blog, and pursuing my dreams. Thank you for your words. Check it out:
Keep up your beautiful work.