Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Tip Tuesday: Photography Q&A

Taken with my iPhone 6s

Hey guys! Today's Tip Tuesday post is all about photography. I receive lots of emails asking about the camera I use, settings, lens, etc. so today I'm answering my most frequently asked photography questions!

Taken with my Nikon d810 with 24-120mm lens

Taken with my Nikon d810 with 85mm 1.4 lens

Taken with my iPhone 6s

Taken with my Nikon d810 with 85mm 1.4 lens

Q: What kind of camera do you use?

A: I use a Nikon D810. I started blogging with a Nikon d60 and really liked the camera, so about two years later I upgraded again to a d90. Then just last year I decided to go with the D810 since it was one of the best on the market.

Q: What lens and settings do you shoot with?

A: I mostly shoot with a 85mm ("prime") lens at f/1.4. For me, it's the perfect lens to do both full body and half body shots and get that blurry background. I also have a 24-120mm lens that I usually shoot with when I'm traveling and trying to get in more of the background.

Q: How to you get the backlighting in your photos?

A: My favorite time of day to take photos is when the sun is setting. To get the back lighting, the sun needs to be behind you. The timing can often be tricky though, because if you catch the sun when it gets too low, the sun will shine in the camera and it can often be hard to block out.

Q:  Who takes your pictures?

A: My youngest sister took my photos when I first started blogging, but after my other sister Jasmine started working with me full time last year, she took over as the photographer. I've asked my boyfriend to shoot or even my parents or friends. I always show them how to work the camera and what settings to use. After awhile though they tend to remember the right settings so it gets easier and quicker to shoot with the people that are most used to shooting with me.

Q: What apps do you use to edit your photos?

A: I use Photoshop, Facetune and VSCO. VSCO is also a great way to organize your photos for Instagram and keep a consistent theme/filter.

Q; Do you use any other cameras besides a DSLR?

A: I shoot with my iPhone 6s a lot and I also bring my Panasonic LUMIX when I travel since it's small and light (my Nikon is very bulky--and heavy!!). The Panasonic shoots in 4K so it's also great for taking video.



  1. Your pics are always so perfect! Thank you for these tips, much appreciated <3

  2. Thank you for posting this, it's so helpful. I have always wondered how bloggers get the background shots with their outfits. I am still an amateur photographer and I'm still figuring out which lenses I like. Now I know which lens to add to my list!

    Meghan | BeyondBasicBlog.com

  3. first photo *-* omg it's beautiful!

  4. thanks for this info! I always love how your photos taken.

  5. Thanks for the information you gave!! They're very helpful!!


  6. Thank you for sharing, I also use Panasonic Lumix and my iPhone to take pictures <3


  7. Your photos always looks good <3


  8. Breath taking photos, love your blog!

  9. this was really helpful. Thanks Jessica =)

  10. You feel like such a real, nice, and humble person because of this!
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