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All Of My Photography Secrets | Photography Q&A

Hey girl! Do you love photography and takings pictures? I loooove photography, and I have learned so much about photography over the years from taking blog photos and having photo shoots with my friends! I can’t wait to answer all of your questions and give you my best photography advice and tips!I asked you guys if you had any photography related questions and this is what you guys said! If you have more questions I didn’t answer, comment them below and I will answer them in another blog post!

Ps – So sorry this blog post isn’t up on my regular post day which is Friday, my family was moving and we were crazy busy with packing, moving, and unpacking!

Question #1: What camera did you first start with?

I started out using my Mom’s old Nikon camera. It was the first camera I had ever used besides my phone. I still love using her Nikon D3000 and it’s a great camera! And honestly, the quality of iPhone cameras have improved so much that they work great if you are a beginner photographer!

Question #2: What program do you use to edit photos?

I currently use Lightroom to edit my photos; however, when I was just starting my blog, I used the built-in iPhotos program on my laptop and that worked great! I would mostly just use the iPhotos program to adjust the brightness, contrast, and the cropping tool.

Question #3: How do you find locations to shoot at?

Whenever I am driving around I try to pay attention to my surroundings and any cool photo shoot locations such as cute coffee shops or colorful walls! I also like to look on my city’s geotag on Instagram to see cool places people have posted photos at! Using that feature has helped me found tons of cute photo spots!

Question #4: Is it better to take multiple ‘okay’ photos or one amazing photo?

Personally, I like to keep taking ‘okay’ photos until I get the perfect photo that I want. I will try out different angles and different shots until I get the shot I was hoping for or one that I am confident with. Sometimes when I go back to edit the photos, the photos I thought weren’t as good turn out to be the best ones! You never know, so just take lots until you are satisfied!

Question #5: What are your best tips for editing?

My biggest tip would be to use one editing technique or filter on all your photos so all the colors look consistent and blend well together! I love using presets on Lightroom but you can use filters in editing apps too!

Quick tip – Remember to not over-expose your photos, or make the contrast and colours too strong.

Question #6: How do you keep colours in your photos rich without making them look too saturated?

This is a tricky one – you could always try to slightly adjust the contrast and not increase the saturation as much. If you are using Lightroom you can play around with each colour specifically to increase it’s vibrance and tons without making it over saturated.

Question #7: What camera do you currently use?

I currently use my Sony A5000 which I bought a little over a year ago for travel and I also use my Mom’s Nikon D3000! My Sony camera is my go-to if I want to use the app on my phone to take photos or while traveling, and the Nikon is my go-to for higher quality photos or a more serious photo shoot!

Question #8: Which Lightroom presets do you use?

I have been using the Tezza presets on my photos recently and I love them! There are tons of amazing presets out there for free too!

Question #9: How do you find good angels when you’re taking photos?

I wish I could tell you that I have nailed my good angels down to a few poses, but I still struggle sometimes posing for photos. I reccomend just moving around a lot in your photos and posing from all different angles so you have lots of photos to choose from and then you can see which angles you like best!

Question #10: What’s your biggest tip for taking product based photography?

The more practice you have with product photography, the better you will get! I remember the first product photos I took for my blog, and looking back, they are awful 😂 However, through practice my photography has come a long way! A few things to keep in mind are to not get too close the product, have other objects slightly in the frame to balance the photo, use interesting backgrounds and textures, and play around with different props to frame your main product!

If you think I should do a full blog post on product photography, let me know in the comments! I would LOVE to write a full blog post about it if you are interested!

Did I answer your questions? I really hope this photography Q&A helped answer your questions and you found it helpful! It you want to see more photography blog posts, comment below!

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32 Comments

  • Reply
    Elizabeth
    30/05/2018 at 10:48 pm

    Hey taiya,
    I love your style so much!
    I was just wondering how old you are?
    I totally understand if you don’t want to say ☺️

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      Taiya Maddison
      30/05/2018 at 10:49 pm

      Hey Elizabeth! I am almost 16! ☺️Thanks so much for reading my post!

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    Elizabeth
    30/05/2018 at 10:51 pm

    Lol sorry I accidentally sent it twice😂

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    Kimberly Eleanor Clark
    31/05/2018 at 12:38 am

    honestly girl I absolutely LOVED this post so so much!! I’ve been trying to do more photography – even though I don’t have Instagram, I still love the “Instagram-worthy” style XD thanks for the tips; it really helped a lot 🙂 You’re so good at photography, girl! You and your blog = #goals Amazing post as always xx

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      Taiya Maddison
      31/05/2018 at 1:35 am

      Awwww thank you SO much, Kimberly! You are too sweet ☺️❤️I am sooo glad you love my blog! Thank you for commenting as always 💕

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    Carli
    31/05/2018 at 1:24 am

    I looove your photography style. And now I see how far you’ve come with your photos!😂

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    Hannah Snoke
    31/05/2018 at 1:27 am

    Ooh great tips! There is this program here https://fotofuze.com that I really like for product photography, it whitens the backgrounds and makes the photo look a ton more professional!

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    Natalie
    31/05/2018 at 1:50 am

    I loved this post Taiya! Keep it up!

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    Anthea || SaltyBiscotti
    31/05/2018 at 5:19 am

    Great post Taiya with fantastic tips!! Your pictures are beautiful!! 🙂

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    Zoë
    31/05/2018 at 1:45 pm

    Your photos are gorgeous!! Love all your tips you included! I have wanted to try Lightroom for ages, I just don’t know that it is worth it!! Great post girly!! xx

    http://zoe-ware.com

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      Taiya Maddison
      31/05/2018 at 3:03 pm

      Thank you SO much girl! I am so thrilled you liked his post!

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    Najida
    31/05/2018 at 4:12 pm

    Omg, love how you edit your pictures. The before and after are insane😍😍

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      Taiya Maddison
      31/05/2018 at 4:13 pm

      Aww thank you! I love before and afters too! 🙌🏻

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    Ragavi
    01/06/2018 at 3:05 pm

    Hey Taiya !
    I love your writing style very much.. Wonder how you made this far at your small age .. Would you like to share what made you start blogging ?
    Regards

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      Taiya Maddison
      01/06/2018 at 6:38 pm

      Hey Ragavi! I created my blog because I wanted to share my photography, ideas, tips, and my advice with other girls! 😆🙌🏻

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    Rachel
    01/06/2018 at 3:12 pm

    This post is great!! I’m getting ready to start my own business, and I would love to hear more about product photography.

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      Taiya Maddison
      01/06/2018 at 3:32 pm

      That is so cool, Rachel! What kind of business are you starting? ☺️

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    Zella T
    02/06/2018 at 4:23 pm

    Nice work Taiya! I’d kill for a product photography blog post! I am an author (so I currently don’t have any products, lol) but when I start getting my business out there I want to have some skills under my belt!

    Thanks!

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      Taiya Maddison
      02/06/2018 at 6:21 pm

      Sounds good, Zella! Thanks for the feedback ☺️🙌🏻

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    Ellen
    04/06/2018 at 12:40 am

    I love your blog, especially your photography style! Keep it up, girl!

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    Nabila
    06/06/2018 at 5:17 pm

    I would love a full post on product photography!

    Nabila | Hot Town Cool Girl

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    Rosie
    06/06/2018 at 5:18 pm

    Ahh I LOVE your blog!! The colors and photos are really good! These tips are really useful! xxx

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    Kinga
    11/06/2018 at 8:31 am

    This post was so helpful! And your before and afters are fantastic! Clearly have a skill in editing! Love your blog Taiya <3

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    My Blessing by Grace
    12/06/2018 at 5:26 am

    Thank you so much for all the helpful tips! I would love to see a full blog post on product photography too. Many Blessings, Grace. <3

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