Whatever Wednesday! :: Q&A

I’ve seen alot of photographers post a “Ten on Tuesday” or “Five on Friday” blog entry where they answer a few questions regarding photography, their motivation/inspiration behind their work, and/or the person behind the lens.  So, after feeling a little chatty today, I decided to do the same!  Here’s my version of (drumrolllll, please!?!)…”Whatever Wednesday”!!  I’ve answered five of your questions that were asked on Facebook…so here goes!!   Enjoy!

1.  Q :: Did you go to college to do photography and which one did you go to?  A ::  I actually graduated from Georgia Tech in May 2001 and earned a BS in Biology, specializing in Microbiology on the track to becoming a doctor.  I didn’t take any “creative” classes because I thought it would be wasteful if I was going to be delivering babies one day.  Long story short…I graduated, got married, and put my medical career on hold.  It wasn’t until my first daughter was born in 2006 that I embraced everything about the camera and the beauty that I captured with it.

2.  Q :: How did you really learn to take such great photographs (classes, mentor, self taught, lots of practice, etc.)? Any advice to taking your photos to the next level?  A :: To answer honestly, I will say that for the most part, I was self taught.  With that being said, I read alot of magazines, watched alot of videos, and also met alot of great people in the business who were willing to share their knowledge.  I’ve never taken any classes, but have attended a few seminars that concentrate on the business aspect of photography rather than the technicalities.  For a beginner, I suggest the subscription to Photovision:).  It’s inexpensive and a great starting point.

3.  Q :: What is a good camera for the up and coming amateur photographer wanting to take pictures of kids and animals? Of course DSLR is the way to go but can you point us in the direction of some cameras you  have used or know to be easy to use under $1,000?   A :: My first DSLR camera was the Nikon D40x.  I actually still have it, although I’ve passed it along to my husband and set it to “automatic”.  Hahaha.  It was a great beginner camera for me.  One of my dear friends started with th D90 and still raves about it’s awesomeness!  My brother bought the D7000, and if I was in the market for a backup camera, I would likely chose it.  In case you are wondering, I shoot 95% of the time with the full frame Nikon D700, and my backup camera is the Nikon D300.

4.  Q :: What is your favorite lens to use on babies/kids that will give you crisp/clear photos that won’t break the bank…something other than 50mm 1.8?  A :: Hmmm…tough question because I would’ve answered 50mm at whatever f/stop that you could afford.  I LOVE my 50mm f/1.4!  The lenses in my Shootsac include the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII, Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8, Sigma 50mm f/1.4, and the Nikon 105mm f/2.8 macro.  I have a few additional lenses, but they stay in my backpack for backup with my backup camera.  My best advice would be to stick with the 50mm f/1.8 and save for another GREAT lens with a wide aperture….maybe the 85mm f/1.4?  (P.S.  That may…just may…be my next purchase!)

5.  Q :: Have you chosen someone to mentor for this upcoming year?  A :: I put a “feeler” post out there on FB awhile back about mentoring beginner photographers who wanted to learn to take better pictures.  Although this has not yet come to life, I hope to offer one-on-one sessions by mid-2012!  As for those who mentor me (even though they may not think they do), I’ll give a shout out to my local favorites (in no particular order)…Karen Baker Photography, Scott Greene Photography, and Perky Bird Photography…thx for everything!

Bonus :: Kerry Owen…you’re my favorite Tech bio partner!!  I wouldn’t have survived our sketchy senior professor (who had beer where we grew our microrganisms) without you!  Muah!:)

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