FAQs & INSPIRATION

Q: WHAT CAMERA/LENS DO YOU USE?
A: I am currently shooting with a Canon 5D Mark iii equipped with a 50mm 1.2 lens. I also own a 100mm Macro 2.8 which I mostly use for portraits on a tripod. Both are perfect for studio & still life. For street photography and outdoors, I use 35mm. 
Other lenses I used and loved: 135mm for outdoor portraits and details, and a 24-70mm which is wonderful for reportages and it is a great multipurpose lens, though it has the downside of being quite heavy. 


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Q: HOW DO YOU EDIT PHOTO/VIDEO?
A: I use the Adobe suite extensively: I work with Lightroom and some Photoshop for photos, and Premiere Pro for video. I also use Illustrator for graphics.

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Q: WHAT KIND OF LIGHTING DO YOU USE?
A: I shoot in natural light.

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Q: WHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND FOR STARTING OUT?
A: When I started, I got myself a Canon Rebel t2i (550D), and a 50mm 1.8, a wonderful yet really cheap lens. I got myself a 20$ tripod and was good to go. 
Still, if I were to start out today with the knowledge I have, I would get a mirrorless rather than a DSLR.
I know many photographers who still operate profassionally with rather cheap equipment: do not think that equipment alone will determine the quality of your photos. Also, read on your topics of interest as much as you can.

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Q: WHERE DO YOU SOURCE PROPS?
A: I love to visit secondhand markets and brocante/vintage/antique markets, where I bought many of my props for extremely low prices. These markets are extremely common in France and Italy and in Europe in general, though I have seen many in the US as well. Etsy and eBay offer interesting vintage items at good prices as well . As for ceramics, my favorites are from The Freaky Raku. If you have a little more disposable budget, Analogue Life has some of the most wonderful ceramics on the web. 
Finding cheap and beautiful props requires a little research and I consider it do be an hobby of mine on its own. Of course, the nature and availability of props depends on your style of photography, but it is nice to include in your set one or two unusual pieces, or something that is deeply rooted in your local culture.

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Q: ARE YOU A STRICT VEGETARIAN?
A: I am not. Vegetables and plant foods are what I eat on a daily basis though, and while I try to limit dairy, I every now and then sneak in some fresh local seafood that we get straight from the fishermen in the town nearby: sardines and mackerel are what I get most often, which are good for omega3. Because I need extra omega3 for actual medical reason, I supplement with fish oil. 

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Q: ARE THERE ANY FAVORITE BOOKS OR WRITERS THAT IMPROVED YOUR WORK?
A: I strongly believe that my interest for books and journalism has contributed to this blog enormously, and I made it a point to save some time to read every day - mostly in the morning during breakfast. I love food writers such as Elizabeth DavidRachel Roddy and Anna Jones (you can find their column in The Guardian), M.K. Fisher, and I am about to dive into Norman Douglas' books. Risotto with Nettles by Anna del Conte is one of the most delightful biographes I have read froma food writer, and so is My Life in France by Julia Child.
I am also an avid consumer of the New York Times Food & Dining section.  
Though I prefer to read columns from magazines, newspapers or journalists, I do have my personal list of favorite bloggers as well. I feel like they are too many to name, but I find that Me & Orla's Instagram tips are some of the best to be found, and I entirely recommend Cashew Kitchen's solopreneurship talks. 
As for business-related topics, I love reading Seth Godin's blog and books. 
As for some useful photography resources, aside the many editing videos for Lightroom and Photoshop to be found on YouTube, I recommend Scott Kelby's books about several photography topics, including Photoshop, Lightroom and general photography for beginners.

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