Here is where all of your photography questions shall be answered (and the occasional Instagram shot). Hit the ask button above to ask me anything, and use the search bar up top to see what I've already answered…
Question:Like your work Ryan. Smart shots. Which camera profile you use in LR? ACR is not always accurate and sometimes I use Camera Portrait to accurate get colors right. I tried Colorchecker Passport but the colors take me back to ACR, it seems. I also find the Nikon colors a bit on the green tinge, how do you compensate for that? Thanks - Anonymous
I am not a fan of how LR treats NIkon files. I’ve managed to get it back more or less where I want it by extensively modifying some VSCO presets, ironically, to make them look more like my digital camera actually captures, not faux-filmy.
Question:Hi Ryan. You mentioned before that you use ProPhoto 4 but how do you create the story board look to the photos within your posts? A third party action? or do you design from scratch each time yourself? Thank you! - Anonymous
Question:Hi Ryan, I am a HUGE fan out of Ontario, Canada. I just wanted to know about DNG files. I heard DNG files are show better than JPEG in terms of quality for Facebook. What are your thoughts about this and how do I get a DNG file? - Anonymous
I think you mean PNG files. You can save things as PNG in Photoshop or many free apps, like Mac Preview.
Question:You've mentioned a few times that you have a custom tone curve in camera, could you elaborate on that a bit? I've never heard of someone doing that and frankly I didn't realize my camera was capable of such features. - Anonymous
Question:How many folks do you have working for you? (Public relations/Emails, second shooters, maybe an editor?) Do you do most of the editing yourself, part, or all of it? - finkphotography
One full-time employee, who is awesome and worth the Manhattan assistant prices. I generally have one photographer as contracted help at each wedding (usually picked from workshop attendees as I know their personality and abilities), and sometimes two if the couple has paid for extras or we’re having a big wedding with a photobooth. All of the editing is done in-house between Wendy and I.
Question:Hi Ryan, do you leave the default sharpening in acr then output to a jpeg, then use unsharp mask? Or do you zero out any raw default sharpening first? Then use unsharp mask? Thanks. - Anonymous
Sharpening is always the very last stage of an image, when you know it will be output to a certain size and medium. If I’m outputting my regular files straight from Lightroom I use the normal settings. If I’m making a print I use settings for the size of print and the material. And if I’m outputting to web size then I have photoshop presets for that.
Question:Hi Ryan. Do you use LR & Photoshop? If so, what are your thoughts on the Adobe CC? - Anonymous
Abstractly, I appreciate the karmic elegance. adobe is doing this to combat piracy. They can only pull off a move like this because they have a monopoly. But they have a monopoly BECAUSE of piracy. It makes an interesting narrative.
But of course it’s one I’m caught up in. It makes me less likely to upgrade for a while, and especially I know I won’t start using InDesign for albums any time soon.
Question:How many views does your website have & how many mails you get per average per day? - Anonymous
A lot. I haven’t checked my web site recently because I’ve had hosting issues (which I’m fixing today, huzzah!) but I have a well-paid full-time employee whose primary role is to manage the e-mail stream.
Question:After I shoot a wedding, get home and try to sleep I find myself staying up late getting mad on shots that I forgot to take. Thinking," why didn't I do that?!? How did I forget to go to that location?! Or why didn't I use that technique!?" Does this ever happen to? Or am I just being to hard on myself? Thank you, Joey, CA. - Anonymous
Well without being so mad at yourself, this is a good process. Review the day and see if there is anything you could do differently next time. Just working a lot won’t do much for you — there are plenty of people who have done 700 weddings and are shooting the same way as their seventh wedding. The important part is learning as you go.
Question:What is you fave lens of all and why? - Anonymous
I don’t really fetishize gear very much, but there is something special in my heart for the Nikon 58mm f/1.2. I have to keep selling my copies because I’m a user, not a collector, and know I’m going to quickly destroy them.