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Frequently Asked Questions
1. What editing software do you recommend?
I love Lightroom. I have found it affordable and user friendly. If you are trying to decide between Lightroom, Photoshop, or Photoshop Elements I suggest check out some of our tutorials or heading over to Adobe and trying the programs free for 30 days. What works for me may not be what works best for you.
2. What camera should I buy? I want to upgrade, which should I get?
I wish it was a simple answer to that question. It all depends on what you want to do with that camera, what your budget is and how you like the camera. I suggest heading to your local camera store or big box store that carries cameras and play with them. If you are going to shoot in manual mode ask how to change the ISO, shutter speed and aperture. Do you like where the buttons are? Do you like the feel and weight of the camera? Should you get a Nikon or Canon? That is all up to you.
If you are looking to upgrade, I’ll tell you the same thing I tell everyone who asks. What can the new camera do that your current camera can’t? Don’t upgrade because some photographer that you like has that camera and therefore you think you will get better photos. You won’t. The camera doesn’t take those amazing photos, it is the talented photographer. Before you upgrade, figure out why you want to upgrade. Have you out grown your camera? You know it’s limits and therefore you know exactly what you are looking for in a new camera? If not, it’s not time to upgrade. Spend that money on a class or a nicer lens.
3. What lens should I buy?
Again, this is not a straight forward answer. I do recommend the 50mm 1.8 if you are looking to buy your first lens. Read more in What lens should I buy first?. If you are trying to decide between two lenses or just want a new lens then you must read our Everything You Need to Know about Lenses series. We have so much information in there with photo examples of different lenses on different cameras, to what the writing means, and what lenses are good for what.
4. What camera/lens/bag do you have?
All of that and more is on my Camera Bag page. I’m in the process of updating it with photo examples and more.
5. What workshops have you taken? I have only taken online workshops and they have ALL been through Clickin’ Moms. You can read more about how much I love their workshops here – Clickin’ Moms Workshops.
6. Questions about starting or thriving with a photography business?
I’m not in business nor have I ever been. I’m the wrong person to ask. ha ha However, we have several tutorials on having a photography business here.