Mar 11, 2009

About Me: FAQ

FAQ

Firstly, I want to thank all my readers as I really appreciate you reading, commenting and supporting my blog. I have so much fun writing it and love getting your emails. Thank you for all the readers who send me notes with such thoughtful and kind words! It truly makes my day. I also get a lot of questions from readers about the same things and I try to write back as soon as I can but I get so busy and forget so then I feel bad when I don't write back right away. Anyway, I thought I'd post a quick little FAQ about me so that it could be accessed all the time whenever readers had these questions.

#1. What is your job?

I work in Human Resources. For privacy reasons I will not reveal the company I work for but it is an IT firm. I oversee many of our regions internationally which makes for a fun and interesting job. I don't want to go too much into detail about what I do as this is a fashion and style blog and nobody wants to hear about boring work stuff!

#2. What camera do you use?

Both J and I use Canon EOS 40D cameras (yes, we each have our own). But since we got ours last year, they now have a new model called the 50D in case you are thinking about getting one. I don't recommend ours for just hobby DSLR users as a Canon Rebel would probably suffice your needs for a better price point. (But I do not know which one as I've never actually used one, this is just feedback from friends that own them). We also use the Canon 5D Mark II which is a full frame camera (the 40D is a crop frame). For our wedding photography we use all 3 cameras all with different lenses on them.

For most of my pictures (including Lookbooks) we use the EF 50mm f/1.2L lens, or the EF 85mm f/1.2L lens. They are crazy expensive but they are awesome lenses. Almost every wedding photographer interview I've read they've stated that the 50mm f/1.2 is their favorite lens and I agree, the pictures that it produces are always so beautiful.

One disclaimer that I have is don't buy an expensive camera thinking you will get beautiful pictures just like that. Sure the quality of the pictures will be nicer but remember, it is the person behind the camera that produces the beautiful pictures, the camera is just a tool. One analogy that I've heard is that assuming a photographer who takes great pictures only because he has a nice camera is the same as assuming a chef makes great food only because he has a nice stove. Remember, photography has it's "ingredients" also, it's just not as obvious as other forms of art. Take the time to figure out those "ingredients" to make the most out of your pictures and your camera.

#3. How did you learn to take pictures? What books did you read?

Actually, no books. Just all through experience. When we first got the cameras I told J that I wanted to get some books to read on how to use the camera and take pictures but he convinced me to just start taking pictures and that I would learn. Well, it's true. I started taking pictures on the different settings of the camera to get a feel of what kinds of pictures they would produce and within a week I put it on manual and just started shooting away. All you gotta do is take every opportunity to take pictures and then you will get a feel of what kinds of pictures you like to take and start developing your own style. Now, I think through the lighting and angles and when I shoot things like my shoes or amigurumi I do a little bit of styling so that even though you are shooting an inanimate object it can still look nice. I like to think that I "style" all of my shots as I do my outfits. I put a lot of thought into my pictures. I obviously have a long way to go so am in no way an expert, I am continuing to learn everyday and refine my style so that I can always become a better photographer.

Also, another note about my pictures that I post is that very very few have been post processed. The above picture is obviously edited (by my husband) but I like to show what I shoot straight out of the camera without any help with photoshop. I feel like if I can be proud to show my pictures just as I shoot it than I won't get lazy with my shots. Plus, another reason is I simply do not have time to post process all my images. That stuff takes time and time is a luxury I do not have! :)

#4. Can I get a Gilt invite?

Of course! Sign up here.

#5. Will you do a hair/makeup/eyelash tutorial?

Yes, definitely! I really want to and am totally intending to but I don't want to give you a crappy tutorial so I'm trying to find the right time and place to put it together. I promise you it will come! Thanks for being so patient with me. :)

update: here is my first makeup-eyelash tutorial.

So I think that's it! I'm not trying to deter you from asking me questions. I always love getting your emails so if you have other questions, please feel free to e-mail me tiffany (at) iamstyle-ish(.)com. (sorry for the stupid () spelling but you can't imagine the amount of spam I get when I write it out properly. it is insane. damn spambots.)

18 comments:

  1. The picture in this post is beautiful. All of your photos are beautiful actually, and it's nice to know that they're straight from the camera. I hope to get lots of practice on my camera with upcoming vacations this summer.

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  2. I'd definitely be all over that tutorial--you've perfected the art of false lashes and I'm in desperate need of some guidance. :-) I love that you just learned about photography through experience...I'm in the process as well and digital just makes it so much easier to pick up on your weaknesses/strengths. Great post!

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  3. Thanks Tiffany....I always enjoy your blog:) I bought Hub a cannon rebel dslr for Christmas and am still learning. He is really becoming quite talented. I need to work on my skills so can I stop using my powershot with the timer on my lookbook photos! I plan on getting my own this year as well so we do not have to share!

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  4. this was so fun to read...thanks for sharing!

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  5. Great post and thanks for sharing these info on photography. Looking forward to the make-up tutorial!

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  6. Thanks for sharing, it's always interesting to learn more about your fav bloggers! Your photos always look great and it's definitely encouraging for a newbie like me to hear you are basically self-taught! Is J a really experienced photographer? Maybe you and he can share some photog tips in a future blog post ;)

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  7. I definitely enjoyed reading that! Thank you Tiffany! I was excited about which lenses you use. i was looking into getting a couple new ones! my husband and i are using the 40D and the 5D they are fabulous cameras. i think investing in the EF 50mm f/1.2L is a must! The bokeh is quite superior! thanks again for your sharing!

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  8. Great post! Can't wait for your hair/makeup/eyelash tutorial- you always look gorgeous so the tips will be useful:) And I hear you about the age- I'm extra sensitive too! Plus as long as we don't look our age- it doesn't matter! :)

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  9. Thanks for your feedback girls! you all are so great.

    JGeb - thank you! summer is the best time to practice! At least for us since Seattle is always so darn cold. Can't wait to see your pictures.

    captivate me - aww what a compliment, thank you! I try to think that i'm okay with my lashes but can get self conscious about them at time.

    Hanako - yes, good idea to get your own as we had one for like a month and we both were like we need to get another. Sharing one camera is too hard when both of you want to take pictures all the time! :)

    Cupcakes and Cashmere - thank you!

    FreeTeyme - thanks! is there a particular look that you want me to do for the makeup tutorial?

    MizzJ - J is not an experienced photographer either but he's absolutely fantastically creative so taking pictures for him is quite natural. I will think about doing a photo tips post but I'm not really sure that we are the right people to. I might have to go search from such great links from actual experts!

    Kelly - oh the bokeh on the 1.2 is a dream! Definitely worth the investment.

    Lotus - i'm glad your with me on the age thing. I feel so dorky saying it because most everyone else seems so comfortable revealing their age! But I'd rather be ambiguous than just lie about it. :) I might start lying about it later on in life. hahaha

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  10. i love your photo. it's so pretty. and good point about the camera vs. photographer. i think a good lens is more important than the actual camera.

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  11. also please do a makeup tutorial for the makeup challenged like myself.

    p.s. i wish you could get me a job I loved or at least didn't mind, miss hr ;)

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  12. oh yay!!! i'm so glad to hear more about your photography!

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  13. we have a lot of things in common.

    :) i work in HR too.
    :) i'm in the over 25 and under 30 bracket.
    :) i learned photography by experience.

    :( i have a nikon, not a canon. lol but my fiance and i share a nikon d80 :)

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  14. thank you soo much for the lovely comment.
    oh, i love reading the Q & A portion.
    you're doing great in photography.
    i love all the photos you took in your other website.
    it's my dream to work in HR dept.
    btw, i would love to exchange link with you.

    http://momfashionworld.blogspot.com/

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  15. I really enjoyed the FAQ. Haha, I guess I still find people more interesting than shoes and fashion. It's the dorky scientist in me. Although I'm trying to learn...

    ~Sherry

    (ps. for some reason, I cannot comment using the "Open ID" option. It gave me an error multiple times.)

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  16. Nina - you are so right, the lens is a huge thing that a lot of people don't realize. I mean I get way more inquires about my camera than my lens.

    Diabolina - I wish I could get you one too. maybe if I ever move up to LA... I'd be happy to be your own personal HR girl ;)

    we wear things - thanks! I know you asked for a post about my photography. I'm still debating on it because I feel like I have no experience at all to be telling people how to take pictures. I'm not even that great with photoshop either so my photoshop tutorial would be just as bad. haha!

    Annie - love all our commonalities. And I still respect Nikon users. :)

    proudly - thank you girl! I added you to my links!

    Sherry - I think you are the cutest little scientist I have ever seen. :)

    pearlsandcouture - thank you for visiting!

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  17. Great post! I love the quote comparing photographers to chef's...brilliant! Oh and I am super sensitive about my age too. A lady is not supposed to give her age ;) Hope you're having a great weekend! I've been brainstorming names....still nothing! lol

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