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Frequently Asked Photography Questions

3.09.2015
I've received quite a few questions regarding my pictures on my blog and Instagram. I'm completely flattered considering my husband and I have worked hard to improve the photography on my blog. I'm glad y'all have noticed a change in the past year!


So let's jump right in and if you still have questions please feel free to leave me a comment below or email me at themoderntulip@gmail.com.

WHAT KIND OF CAMERA DO YOU USE?

Nikon D5100 with both an extended lens and 50mm lens.  

WHAT DO YOU USE TO EDIT YOUR PICTURES?

My blog pictures are all edited in Photoshop Elements.
My Instagram photos are edited by Photoshop if they are taken from my blog. If I take the picture with my iPhone I use Afterlight. 

WHO TAKES YOUR PICTURES?

If they are style pictures of me I have my wonderful and talented husband to thank. After I told him I wanted to improve my pictures he expressed great interest in learning how to use our camera and all its functions. Many Youtube videos and online articles later he has seriously gained a great knowledge of our camera. 

If they are pictures of products, rooms or something like a braid tutorial than I have taken them. For the pictures of my braids I use a remote. Jon has taught me the basics on the camera so I can handle that on my own :)

DO YOU USE A TRIPOD?

It depends on whether I'm in a rush or not. I do prefer to use a tripod because there is a better chance of eliminating blur and focusing better on the subject. If I'm rushing to get a photo shot before it gets dark when I get home I just hold my breath and snap away!

HOW DO YOU RECOMMEND STYLING PHOTOS?

This is something that took me forever to learn and I'm still trying to figure it out. I personally prefer a white background for products. Really you just need good lighting and you can focus on the product and blur out the background for a professional look. Next just play around with your subject. Move things, add decor, take away. Just keep snapping photos and changing it up until you get something that catches your eye. When you are feeling completely uninspired, turn to Pinterest for ideas.

HOW DO YOU GET GOOD LIGHTING FOR YOUR STYLE PHOTOS?

I learned this the hard way. For SO long I kept taking pictures in direct sunlight and never on cloudy days. Turns out it's quite the opposite. If it's super sunny outside just find a shady spot to take your pictures then you can edit it more light if you need it. If it's overcast or cloudy take advantage! That is the best natural lighting you can get.

HOW DO YOU GET GOOD LIGHTING FOR YOUR INDOOR PHOTOS?

Take your pictures in front of a window. Natural light is the best light. You may not even have to have lights on in the house in order to get a good picture, they can have a yellowish affect that ruins your photos. When I have days off and can take pictures during the day I usually use a prop table of some sort and set it directly in front of a window in my home around 11am - 3pm for the best lighting.

I hope this answered your questions or was just some good info to take away!

11 comments on "Frequently Asked Photography Questions"
  1. Love this! You always have the best pictures. Your hubby does an amazing job! I really need to watch some YouTube videos and learn more about my camera!

    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  2. great tips!! i want to work on better lighting for my pics! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  3. Great post! These always are so helpful for upping our photography game. :)

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  4. love this post! You always have the best photos!! xx

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  5. I struggle so much with trying to find good light in my house! I can't wait for some warmer temps so I can get outside more for my pictures. Great tips!

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  6. Awesome tips!!! I love the styling for all of your photos... That is def something I'm trying to work on!

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  7. Great tips girl!! And I agree about the cloudy days- I just discovered that lol. And tell your hubs he is doing an amazing job :)

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  8. Awesome tips, Maegen! Your photography has seriously gotten so good! :)

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  9. These are always so helpful, thanks for sharing your tips with us all!

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  10. Great tips! I love reading photography tips and need to do it more often. I know my camera can do so much more!

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  11. All such great advice, thanks for sharing! Xo, Stephanie

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