Lately I’ve been getting a lot of questions about how we shoot and edit, so I thought I’d do a quick post addressing what’s been asked the most. Also, a lot of you have been wondering where I got the jean jacket on my insta this week, so I’m adding that in too.
First off, the jacket is from American Apparel (link above), and I customized it using iron-on letters I found on Amazon. There are literally hundreds of variations of font, size, and color when it comes to iron-on lettering, so trust me you can find anything you’ve imagined. I’m really happy with how it turned out, know that it’s something I can wear again and again, and only got a couple of burnt fingers in the process. Stylized denim jackets have been all over the place this summer, but usually the ones you buy pre-made either say something overly generic or cliche (or they have a dozen colored patches, and that’s just not my style). I love that you can wear something like this over a bikini at the beach or in an urban setting, not to mention, it photographs unbelievably well. I’m already scheming up how to re-shoot it in different locations we’re traveling to this year (stay tuned!).
Turning to photographing & editing, Porter and I both shoot with the Nikon D5500. We have a few lenses we rotate between but most often stick with the Nikon 18-55mm & the Nikon 18-140mm. The former is ideal for portrait shoots and close-ups, but we prefer the 18-140mm for landscapes and wide angle shots (the detail it can pick up is incredible!). As far as editing goes, like a lot of instagrammers, we worship VSCO. VSCO’s ability to drastically transform the mood of almost any photo is pure magic. Its filters elevate the quality of a photo beyond any editing software I’ve ever seen. In particular, I’m in love with the J1-J6 Minimalist filter series (shocker) and the Essence filter pack (E1-E8). Lately, we’ve been experimenting with double filtering our photos to add in an extra dose of moodiness and that’s worked great as well, though I’d warn against filtering at a high number because there’s nothing worse than a picture that could’ve been great but looks over-edited (my least favorite thing ever.). When a picture needs more repairs we prefer Pixelmator over Lightroom. I edit on a tablet almost always, and although the Pixelmator app is a bit pricey it’s very intuitive and has a user-friendly format. No matter what the issue I have in post-production, it never fails me.
This post got a little long…Let me know if there are any more questions, and I’ll do my best to get back to each of you!