Tips + Tricks

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Hey photographers!! I’m sharing with you some answers to my most frequently asked questions. If you don’t find the answer you were looking for, I’d be happy to set up a one-on-one Q&A session with you!

What cameras are good for beginners?

For beginners, I would recommend a Sony A6000 or A7iii, Nikon D3500, Canon Rebel t8i or 80d.

What lenses are good for beginners?

There’s so many good lenses out there! Here are a few of my favorites for beginners:

A 50mm f/1.8

A 24-70mm f/2.8

A 30 or 35mm (with an aperture capability of f/1.8 or f/2.0)

What’s the best way to grow my portfolio?

Shoot, shoot, and keep on shooting! Here’s a few ways I grew my portfolio when I first started out:

  • Doing free shoots for family and friends
  • Posting a model call and setting up a shoot
  • Bring your camera everywhere you go!
  • Shadow another photographer

What should I use to edit?

Lightroom Classic is what I use! It’s only available on Desktop, and it’s about $150 for the year. You can also use Lightroom CC on your phone for free.

How do you keep your clients organized?

I use a client management system called Honeybook! I love it because I can send contracts & invoices, get paid, schedule sessions, and automate my whole process so easily.

Use this link to get 50% off your first year! Code: CASSIDYLYNNE

How much should I charge?

In my opinion, you should start off cheap and as you get better & more experience – start to raise your prices.

For example: do your first couples shoot for free, then $25 , then $50, then $100, then $125, etc.

How do I shoot in manual settings?

I have a manual camera settings guide, go check it out here!

How to I get a blurry background in my photos?

Two ways: one is to shoot with a low aperture (anywhere from f/2.8-f/1.4).

Then, you can get a longer focal length lens to give you a blurry background too (try a 50mm or an 85mm).

What gear do you use?

Check out my What’s in My Camera Bag blog post here!

Can you critique my photos?

I do photo critiques every Friday on my Instagram, so follow along on there to see how you can submit your photo!

What do you use to deliver photos to your clients?

I use Pic-Time for photo delivery!!

Should I shoot in RAW?

Yes!! RAW files are much higher quality, so you’ll get a more precise edit in Lightroom. If you do choose to shoot in raw, you’ll need the capability to handle larger file sizes (so a fast memory card and a larger hard drive).

How can I pick your brain with my questions photography?

I offer Q&A mentor sessions via Zoom for anyone looking to pick my brain!! Go here to get in touch with me.

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