Decided to post answers here to the top 5 questions I get from people. I am inundated with emails asking the same thing so rather than trying to answer all of them individually I thought this would be a quicker and easier way of doing it :-)
What camera do I use etc. etc.? Read on...
How many pairs of shoes do you own?
I've never counted actually! It's hard to keep track because I keep selling and buying new pairs all the time. I did a shoe collection post a while back but it's a little out of date now so I'll try to do an updated version sometime soon...
Your camera takes really nice pictures, what model do you use?
Without a doubt, the most commonly asked question, I get it at least a couple times a day. To be honest, I feel like this one does quite a disservice to Jared (my bf and photographer) just crediting his camera for the images, because it sure as hell didn't take the photos by itself! It's so important to stress that the camera is just a tool, and requires the art and expertise of a photographer behind it to produce results. Simply buying the same camera as what we have will not give you the same kind of images. This article explains it quite succinctly I think with some images to illustrate the point. Basically it takes years of learning and experimenting to be able to use a camera to it's full potential - something we haven't even grasp yet. We've worked our way up from lower model cameras and upgraded as we outgrew the features of them. For reference's sake, we're currently using a Canon 5DII, one of the most popular semi-professional cameras out there on the market at the moment. It's great, but if you're not serious about photography, or if you're not even sure what a full frame camera is, then I'd suggest you save your money and just go for an entry-level SLR, which will do the trick just fine.
I like the look of your images, what effect and which editing programme do you use to get it like that?I use Photoshop but again this is a similar case to the one above. There is no 'magic button' I press in Photoshop to get my images looking the way they do. For each post I do a different style of editing, and it takes a lot of time and effort to find something I think looks good. Spending so much time on post-processing probably isn't everyone's cup of tea, but it's something I've always been into and I enjoy the challenge I guess. Most of the time I'm using curves and colour balance adjustments, as well as blending layers and sometimes brushes too (for artificial flares and burning edges). I recommend just Googling 'Photoshop tutorials' as there are plenty of good ones out there on the net for a start, and consider taking up classes if you really want to get into it. As for resources and inspiration, I absolutely love deviantART.
Will you link me?
I made the decision that I wanted my links to reflect blogs that I've followed and admired for a long time, so I'm just going to keep my blogroll short and simple. Hopefully it will be worthwhile for people to go through them, rather than just being a bunch of links to anything and everything.
Do you have any tips for my blog?
Make your content original and attractive - just be yourself, develop your own style rather than trying to emulate anyone else. You have to be prepared to be patient and keep at it, success doesn't happen overnight. Most importantly though, have fun with it, and don't take it too seriously at the end of the day :)
Image credits: whattheduck.net (#2), Tumblr (#4&5)