FAQ : Destination Wedding Photography + Metering

FAQ : Destination Wedding Photography + Metering


After speaking to a few attendees from The Workshop a couple days ago, they offered so much encouragement in regard to FAQ Posts. For a long while, I felt stupid even posting them…I mean, who am I to offer my opinion on anything?! With the exception of celebrity gossip, I’m hardly an expert on anything, but because of their support, I’m refreshed to post a few of blog reader questions and my responses. For those of you who appreciate these posts, I appreciate you back. Fo real.

Josette asked:
I have been shooting weddings for a few years now and I’m ready to take the leap and do Destination Weddings. I thought you would be a great person to get a few pointers from to get me started.

Destination weddings are a unique element to wedding photography. I know there are certain photographers who aim specifically for this type of client, so I’m sure they’d have much more valuable insight than I. What I can tell you about destination weddings is that they’ve been an organic growth for my business.
I’m proud to say I’m a destination wedding photographer, but this has come with a lot of trust from my amazing clients. My first year of business was spent focusing on local clients and taking the best care of them I possibly could. As they sent their wedding slideshows to their college friends, co-workers, and family outside of California, my name started spreading. Soon enough, there were brides from around the United States asking me to document their weddings. I was (and still am!) blown away by this.
I don’t think I have pointers, per say, but I can encourage you to take care of your local clients, blog about these weddings and include slideshows, and everything will fall into place.

Wendy asked:
As for advertising& where should I put my money? I know that website optimization is important, but what about magazines? And what else is out there? What other options do I have? How do I get noticed? I mean& where should I put my focus and attention?… my money?

Well, I have to say you’re lucky to have money to invest! 🙂 When I first started, I didn’t have any money. Seriously. I just left law school and spent whatever money I had on my wedding. I can’t tell you where to invest money because it’d be quite different than what I did. I never advertised, so I’m not a huge proponent of doing so. If I was in your shoes, I’d spend money on building a brand, not an ad. I’d hire a designer to build me a custom Showit website, a designer to create an awesome logo, and create a slick blog. From this point, I’d blog about who I was as a person, not as a photographer. I mean, yes, I’d blog photos, but everyone is blogging just photos. What would make you stand out from the rest? YOU! Focus on becoming a better photographer and person, and you’ll soon realize you won’t need to do adveritsing…your blog readers will do it for you.
Sidenote: I know there are some people reading this and rolling their eyes because they assume I’m talking about the current state of my blog. No, in fact, I’m talking about my old blog…the old blog that was read by, like, THREE people a day. Those people–random girls reading my blog at work…stay at home mothers who read my blog…college students who were bored in class–were the very people who referred people my way. This is applicable to anyone and everyone! 🙂

Kristin asked:
I was wondering how you use your focus points while you’re shooting, especially during a wedding when things can be fast paced. Do you use back-button AF? Or do you switch the focus point around? And do you mainly use the One Shot or AI Servo focusing mode?

Great question! I use back-button focus, and I switch the focal points around. I’m always setting my rotated focal point on the subject’s eye and I have my camera set to One Shot focusing mode.

Jess asked:
Question, do you use a light meter? Finding good light and getting away from soft pictures is something I am struggling with. Can you advise?

I get asked this question a lot! I also get asked what type of metering I prefer. To be honest–and this is going to sound quite lame–I just use the screen on the back of my camera. Seriously. I’ve trained myself to know what I want my pictures to look like based on the image I see on the back of my camera. Upon purchase, my camera was set to Evaluative Metering and I haven’t changed it since, but I strictly use the back of my camera. 🙂

And because blog posts are always better with a picture…here’s a sneak peek….

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  1. Jennifer Brotchie -

    Yay! These are awesome… keep up the FAQ’s and can’t wait to meet you tonight. xoxo

      11.18.09 - 5:35 pm

  2. megmanionsilliker -

    always helpful. merci!

      11.18.09 - 5:41 pm

  3. Michael -

    Excellent picture!!! I love this! can you provide any exif on this picture? As for metering, you dont switch between spot or evaluative or other metering modes?

      11.18.09 - 5:47 pm

  4. Kim -

    love the sneak preview pic. I LOVE the crisp images you bring. SO PRETTY

      11.18.09 - 5:50 pm

  5. Ashley Rose -

    you lil tease you!!!!! =) eeeek love it! love you! love the post! im filled with alot of love right now 🙂

      11.18.09 - 6:08 pm

  6. michelle cunningham -

    i can answer so many questions about my camera but the metering thing has always had me stumped. gonna have to look into this evaluative metering thing.

      11.18.09 - 6:08 pm

  7. Ala @ The Modern Type -

    BAAAAH! I heart Ashley so much! Can’t wait to see the images!

      11.18.09 - 6:10 pm

  8. {lauryl} lane -

    I like your FAQs… I don’t really understand them, but I still like them. 😉 And more pictures from the workshop, PLEASE!!!

      11.18.09 - 6:11 pm

  9. Johanna Price -

    What a gorgeous bride!

      11.18.09 - 6:12 pm

  10. Dawn Beirnes -

    dumb question….I have a canon 40d…what is the back-button focus? Do you shoot in manual all the time? I’ve just got pretty good at aperture priority (so far), but was wondering how you shoot in manual at weddings since you need to shoot fast alot of the time.

      11.18.09 - 6:13 pm

  11. Katelyn James -

    ahhh!! that sneak peek is ridiculous! I was so excited I started commenting in the "Your Name" box!

      11.18.09 - 6:16 pm

  12. KrisD Mauga -

    thanks for all the info-fab!

      11.18.09 - 6:16 pm

  13. Sara -

    I completly agree, the pictures are always nice, but the personality is what keeps people connected. Following a blog is like a new friendship, I read blogs because I like to know how my ‘friend’ is doing and how they’re growing. The pictures are gravy… really good gravy.

      11.18.09 - 6:17 pm

  14. Kristen Steele -

    j* I absolutely LOVE these FAQ posts & I agree with your workshop attendees that you should continue to do them! If I want to ask you a question in the future, how do I do it?

      11.18.09 - 6:18 pm

  15. angel swanson -

    i cannot wait for the rest of the pics from that shoot — how gorgeous is ashley??? and how amazing are her accessories? xo

      11.18.09 - 6:19 pm

  16. SNS -

    I loved this post. I love how you built a business off of being a great asset to your clients, being a good person, and trusting your instincts. People laugh at me when I say similar things, but I truly feel like these are the aspects people find most endearing and more important than pricing and so forth. Thanks!

      11.18.09 - 6:21 pm

  17. Alec Sukoski -

    Thanks! I love the FAQs. They are my favorite parts of the blog. Appreciate it.

      11.18.09 - 6:30 pm

  18. Cassie -

    OH MY GOODNESS that girl is absolutely stunning! So jealous!

      11.18.09 - 6:39 pm

  19. Diandra -

    KILLER photo! I can’t WAIT to see the rest! And as always, great answers! Love them! And YOU!

      11.18.09 - 6:42 pm

  20. Liz Kausteklis -

    I "heart" your FAQ’s and I always learn something from them!!! Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us 🙂

      11.18.09 - 6:44 pm

  21. Gladys -

    Keep these FAQ’s coming Jasmine. WE LOVE IT!

      11.18.09 - 6:47 pm

  22. Ravyn Stadick -

    I think these FAQ are great!! Love the tips. Can’t wait to see the rest of these photos … the ‘teaser’ is beautiful.

      11.18.09 - 6:50 pm

  23. Meg -

    What the heck is back button focusing? I’m not afraid to admit my ignorance! 😉

      11.18.09 - 6:54 pm

  24. Alecia Lauren -

    Thanks for the FAQ"s!!! Love the image!!

      11.18.09 - 6:55 pm

  25. Christine -

    Awesome FAQ! I love these posts so definitely keep them coming. There are lots of us that find them helpful 🙂 Such a beautiful photo!!

      11.18.09 - 6:58 pm

  26. joan.solitario -

    jasmine has helped me so much! she is so right about having a slideshow! the first time i read that advice from her on an article, i did it right away. since then, it’s one of the things that my clients look forward to seeing. THANKS SO MUCH JASMINE! :o)

      11.18.09 - 7:07 pm

  27. joan.solitario -

    p.s. THAT TEASER is such a TEASER! I can’t wait to see the rest!

      11.18.09 - 7:08 pm

  28. Chris c.` -

    Love these FAQ! Thanks for sharing!

      11.18.09 - 7:10 pm

  29. Michael Chansley -

    Lots of helpful hints. Thanks!

      11.18.09 - 7:11 pm

  30. Marissa Rodriguez -

    Thank you foryou FAQ posts! I CANNOT wait to see the rest of these photos! Ashley is beautiful and such a talented photographer, love her!

      11.18.09 - 7:13 pm

  31. Melissa -

    Puh-lease keep the FAQ posts coming – the questions posed are always something I was thinking about, and it’s fantastic to hear your answers.

    Thank you!!!

      11.18.09 - 7:18 pm

  32. Nicole Glenn -

    Are you kidding? I saw the title and thought, oh how I love her. I can’t say this enough…THANK YOU! For sharing your knowledge AND heart. 🙂 Can’t wait to see The Workshop images!

      11.18.09 - 7:39 pm

  33. Basia -

    I always wait for your FAQ, I absolutely love them, and it is ridicules how much knowledge or even reassurance I get! Thank YOU thousand times. PS In love with this photo!

      11.18.09 - 7:40 pm

  34. J.P. -

    Just wanted to throw in my two cents that I, too, love the F.A.Q. posts. Of course, I love the posts with images, too, so I pretty much just love the blog.

      11.18.09 - 7:43 pm

  35. Kare -

    Great teaser, J – and great FAQ’s. I always love them. For those of you wondering about backbutton focusing, here’s a great link explaining the how and why… http://www.melissajill.net/index.cfm?postID=108

      11.18.09 - 7:46 pm

  36. StacyZ -

    Jasmine I emailed you from the old blog…I always thought of it as the black background blog LOL you were kind to my email then and a generous soul was never so apparent over just typed words. I was that stay at home mom at that time who loved you and loved where you were growing. Thank you for all you do.

      11.18.09 - 7:47 pm

  37. michelle sidles -

    You’re fab! 🙂

      11.18.09 - 7:53 pm

  38. Karen R. -

    Reading this a) confirmed that there are some things I thought I **should** be doing, and b) made me feel great that there are some of those are things you are doing that I **am** already doing (so nice to have that reiteration… WHEW!!).

    As for blogging and letting your own voice come through, that is definitely a huge asset. At both David Jay & Sarah Petty/The Waldens seminars I’ve been to in the last year, they all made an excellent point: if someone has contacted you that has already seen your blog/website… that means they already like/love your pictures and elements about you. Now, you just have to sell them on YOU live and in person, and that’s all about making it personal. I agree with investing time in yourself with a strong sense of branding, and not necessarily fiscally.

    Thanks, Jasmine, as always for sharing! We appreciate it… you set a fantastic standard for the rest of us to aspire to. And, it creates a "pay-it-forward" sense of a "body in motion" sense of kinetics, to keep the good karma going… and going… 😉

      11.18.09 - 7:53 pm

  39. Michelle O -

    And yes, I just did my happy dance when I saw FAQ! LOVE the shot of A.&.J! xxxx

      11.18.09 - 8:00 pm

  40. Jamie -

    I believe that has to be one of my favorite photos yet! You have wicked skillz!!

      11.18.09 - 8:01 pm

  41. Jonathan -

    I really enjoy your FAQs. I also like to try and dissect your photos to figure out exactly how you created certain images. Love your work; it’s an inspiration!

      11.18.09 - 8:05 pm

  42. Tricia -

    I have to admit, I get super pumped when I see your FAQ posts! You’re so honest and up front it’s refreshing-from a photographer’s standpoint as well as just a fellow person. I learn mostly from visualizing and experimenting; following your blog continuously gives me hope for the future of my business. Keep up the awesome work!!!

      11.18.09 - 8:14 pm

  43. kristin -

    yay my question made it in! i’m famous. 🙂 thanks so much jasmine!

      11.18.09 - 8:35 pm

  44. Narrelle -

    Just had to say that I ADORE this sneak peek. How gorgeous is she?!
    And thanks, as always, for your candid honest answers, and your willingness to share. 🙂

      11.18.09 - 8:38 pm

  45. Ciara -

    Jasmine, I have been following your blog for months now and I just LOVE you! And your work! You are such an inspiration and I’m so grateful you are sharing your talent with us all. Your gorgeous, have an adorable dog and the best second shooter out there, and you are nothing short of amazing!

      11.18.09 - 9:08 pm

  46. Emi@1314 -

    thank you for the insight. I’m fairly new to this and I don’t have much money to advertise, hopefully things will get better later 🙂

      11.18.09 - 9:08 pm

  47. sharla -

    I love your FAQ posts! You are a an amazing photographer and I LOVE learning from you:)

      11.18.09 - 9:15 pm

  48. Amber Katrina -

    Please keep doing your FAQ posts – they are so helpful and inspiring. This post couldn’t have come at a better time. I have recently been reflecting on how to make my blog better and I have decided it needs to be more personal. I have come to the same conclusion you said that "everyone is blogging just photos" and I need to be more real and put myself out there. This is what I love about your blog and what keeps me coming back all the time. I hope to make my blog even just a fraction as good as yours. 🙂

      11.18.09 - 9:26 pm

  49. Mike Mccann -

    Lovely depth of field really makes this photograph!

      11.18.09 - 10:06 pm

  50. Jenn Stark -

    Hi Jasmine, your FAQ posts are wicked, I’m just sayin……a lot of people would definitely miss them, myself included! Thanks for sharing, I always love reading them…

      11.18.09 - 10:09 pm

  51. kim james -

    thank you for your generousity in the sharing really!!! I have like 2 people a day read my blog…maybe. But you gave me hope today. I will keep on it. Thank you

      11.18.09 - 10:10 pm

  52. s h e r r y -

    I love your FAQ posts! Thanks, Jasmine.

    Can’t wait the full post on the sneak preview! <3

      11.18.09 - 11:17 pm

  53. ajira -

    O.M.G. I love this sneak peak. The FAQ is tremendously useful- thanks so much for sharing your experiences with us. That image though- seriously sick. LOVE IT! CanNOT wait to see the rest of the shoot.

      11.18.09 - 11:48 pm

  54. Erin Elizabeth -

    I love reading your FAQ posts, even if some of the information doesn’t necessarily apply to me. I don’t have a personal mentor, or anyone else to learn from directly, so hearing that a Professional Photographer (you) has made is so far is using a particular technique is somewhat reassuring. Thank you for putting the information out there for us! 🙂

      11.18.09 - 11:55 pm

  55. claudia @ Fabuluxe Photos -

    I have to say… I love your FAQ post, your honest answers make me laughs & learn at the same time 😉

      11.19.09 - 12:41 am

  56. jenny -

    oh my gosh, it’s so cute ! Can’t wait to see the workshop images ! love her hairpiece and hair style !

      11.19.09 - 1:08 am

  57. Vicki -

    I agree, I am always a little sad to get to the end of your faq posts….I want more!

      11.19.09 - 1:10 am

  58. Morgan -

    love your 1.2 🙂 I had so much fun! Thanks for being so fabulous!!!!!!!!!!!

      11.19.09 - 1:12 am

  59. alex.kruk photography -

    Jasmine ! Your FAQ posts are so great ! You change the way I take pictures and only thanks to you my pictures are better and I am in control of what I am doing. I read many books but I have never got answers I needed. Just because of YOUR help I taught myself how to use Evaluative Metering and work only with my camera set on manual. Thank you so so much for all your help ! I think you should write a book about photography since nobody else explains things better than you !!

      11.19.09 - 1:16 am

  60. Brian Fletcher -

    Great tips as always, Jasmine…and that is a great shot. The skin tones are perfect!

      11.19.09 - 1:34 am

  61. Melissa S. -

    Yeeeeesssss!! Someone else who moves their focal points around. My husband keeps his in the center and uses Focus and Exposure Lock to compose. I move mine around, and he has told me for years that I’m totally weird for doing it. I had to show him your post tonight to prove that I’m not the only one!!

    Thank you!

      11.19.09 - 1:46 am

  62. Molly W. -

    I SO appreciate your FAQ posts, please don’t ever stop!

      11.19.09 - 2:01 am

  63. amanda thiessen -

    LOVE FAQ!!! 😀

      11.19.09 - 2:29 am

  64. Nichole -

    Thanks Jasmine! Your awesome… : )

      11.19.09 - 2:34 am

  65. Brianna -

    I love love love your blog, especially your FAQ posts. This summer I spent so much time learning as much as I could about photography to improve my pictures and portfolio. Your FAQ has helped me more than you will ever know. Thank you so much for taking the time to answer the questions people send your way and be willing to share the knowledge you’ve acquired. Furthermore, I’m lovin the accessories this bride is rockin!

      11.19.09 - 2:40 am

  66. cassandra m -

    ooohhh that Ashley is one gorgeous girlie. I can’t wait to get my images downloaded. And a big high five for the FAQ! It still helps me and I’ve read them all. =:)

      11.19.09 - 2:41 am

  67. Kirstin rose -

    I LOVE your FAQ posts! Since I just started following you a little while ago, I haven’t been able to read all the advice I want to, 🙁 but I plan on reading every singe one I can! Thank you SO much for doing this! I wish you could write a book. =D I would buy it!

      11.19.09 - 3:04 am

  68. Nicole Benitez -

    FAQ’s Rock!! Thank you for always being willing to share.

      11.19.09 - 3:15 am

  69. Christine Pobke -

    Love this shot and love this post! I always look forward to your FAQ posts!!!! 🙂 You can bet your butt I’ll have a list of Qs for you when you come here in a few short weeks! 🙂

      11.19.09 - 3:19 am

  70. Coriann -

    I am not a photographer and don’t know anything about photography and I still read this FAQ post…wait now I feel lame.

      11.19.09 - 3:21 am

  71. Feuza -

    I heart FAQ posts! love the focusing and advertising questions! thank you so much

      11.19.09 - 3:57 am

  72. Lisa H. Chang -

    I second everybody else in saying I love love love your FAQs! I’d say they’re my favorite kind of post ~ or a close tie with weddings. PLEASE keep them coming!

      11.19.09 - 3:59 am

  73. Susan D -

    Meg, here is a really good link for Canon users on back-button AF
    Love the FAQ! So AWESOME to learn you shoot just by looking at the back of the camera (and I take it you don’t mean the histogram, just the display) and get the stunning results you do! Love it when someone ‘breaks the rules’ and wins. Yay!

      11.19.09 - 4:04 am

  74. Kristin Hartness -

    Jasmine~ I love your FAQ posts! Thanks for being willing to pass your knowledge along!

      11.19.09 - 4:16 am

  75. brooke bowland -

    thank you for always sharing your knowledge, i love it. i am so grateful that photographers like yourself exist. i dont know where i would be otherwise.
    oh and the image…simply beautiful.

      11.19.09 - 4:20 am

  76. Rachel Fesko -

    Your FAQ posts are my favorite. Thanks for being the kind of photographer that doesn’t hoard info. I follow your blog everyday from NC – and I’ve hired your designer for my new blog. Thanks for being an inspiration.

      11.19.09 - 5:07 am

  77. Kyle -

    Truth.com…preach it J*!

    You are sooooooooooo right on about the blog thing. My entire business started accidentally based on a personal blog with like one picture posted every three months just for fun.

      11.19.09 - 5:09 am

  78. Anouschka -

    More great info, thank you!!

      11.19.09 - 5:28 am

  79. Larry Green -

    That lovely, lovely bride in bright clear focus with the gentleman, big and blurry, complimenting her image is wonderful

      11.19.09 - 5:59 am

  80. JP -

    the bride is rockin’ her accessories!

      11.19.09 - 6:45 am

  81. Lauren Walker -

    awesome, love reading your FAQ’s! looking forward to your workshop in Sydney in Jan!

      11.19.09 - 6:54 am

  82. Tim May -

    Simply spiffing!! (thought i would bring in some good old britishness to the comments, because we all use words like spiffing all the time!?) Thanks for blogging!

      11.19.09 - 8:46 am

  83. Danny Fowler -

    Thoroughly enjoyed reading your articles. Fantastic image as well. So natural.

      11.19.09 - 9:29 am

  84. Amelie -

    Jasmine, thank you for you FAQ posts !!!! (actually, thank you for all your posts 😉
    Also wanted to thank Susan D for pointing to the back-button AF article on the Canon site !

      11.19.09 - 12:15 pm

  85. Stephanie Stewart -

    Thank you so much for this FAQ post, I really always do learn from them! And gorrrrrgeous image, can’t wait to see this post!!!

      11.19.09 - 12:24 pm

  86. Therese Beth Photography -

    Love, love, love your FAQ posts. Thanks for sharing your knowledge and experience. Keep them coming, Jasmine!

      11.19.09 - 12:59 pm

  87. Renee Descoutures -

    You are such a talented photographer and artist! I always enjoys your blog posts and your images blow me away.

      11.19.09 - 1:17 pm

  88. Ash McSorley -

    Great helpful points Jasmine! What was this photo taken with? 5d2 with 50 1.2? Thanks

      11.19.09 - 1:42 pm

  89. charlotte elizabeth -

    jasmine, i LOVE your faq posts! you are a teacher to all of us and we are truly grateful! thank you, thank you, thank you!

      11.19.09 - 1:57 pm

  90. Wendy -

    Thank you for addressing my question on your blog. I appreciate your response, and I think you are right. I definitely need to start with branding!

      11.19.09 - 2:00 pm

  91. Cory Hydar -

    I’d say the 100+ comments above me said it all. Bam! So glad I am not the only one who chooses focal points. I guess I am going to cut down on advertising and do more for my website.

      11.19.09 - 2:41 pm

  92. Kia Gregory -

    Um, you are awesome. This bride is gorgeous and I totally believe in your way of advertising. Getting those blog readers to spread the love around is amazing! WONDERFUL TO MEET YOU LAST NIGHT!

      11.19.09 - 2:41 pm

  93. simply modern weddings -

    this is a super cute pic!

      11.19.09 - 3:16 pm

  94. Keshia -

    I love your FAQ post (although I don’t comment very often). They provide direction and confirmation, letting me know what I am doing right and what I could be doing. Thanks for being so awesome and honest.

      11.19.09 - 3:35 pm

  95. Katie Denise -

    I always love your FAQ posts. They are not only informative, but so encouraging as well. Thanks for another great one.

      11.19.09 - 3:49 pm

  96. Detrick Branston -

    J* you are the bomb diggity! you are good at what you do and that more than enough qualifies you to offer advice. keep up the excellent work!

      11.19.09 - 4:24 pm

  97. CMARX -

    Expand on how you meter for the skin of your subject, you always say it, but can you expand on it.

      11.19.09 - 4:27 pm

  98. Tina dela Rosa -

    Thanks for the tips! Beautiful portrait!

      11.19.09 - 5:17 pm

  99. sarah j. -

    This just helped me a ton! Thank YOU!!!

      11.19.09 - 5:36 pm

  100. ashley -

    I LOVE the FAQ posts! They’re some of my favorites because they’re so helpful. But I love the photo posts as well, and all your commentary. Ha, I just went through the comments and realized I’m saying the exact same thing as everyone else : ) Guess that’s because it’s true!

      11.19.09 - 6:18 pm

  101. Bob -

    Wow, that teaser picture just rocks! There so much emotion in the shot, especially her face. Greatly composed and captured!

      11.19.09 - 6:59 pm

  102. DeAnna -

    THANK YOU so much for taking the time to do these FAQ! They really are helpful!!

      11.19.09 - 7:01 pm

  103. Angelle Missios -

    Thank you so very much for the humility in which you approach helping others! I love your FAQ posts, and hope you never stop writing them!

      11.19.09 - 7:13 pm

  104. Candace Prokopets -

    Thanks for the info. We all love learning from you. Cannot wait to see more from this shoot. Look at that necklace and that smile! Gorgeous!

      11.19.09 - 7:24 pm

  105. Melanie -

    Thank you to those individuals who encouraged you to post in FAQ!!! I love your insights and appreciate your openess with other. Please keep it coming!!!

      11.19.09 - 7:50 pm

  106. Emily Faulknor -

    Jasmine, I love how helpful you are to anyone who asks you. Thank you for always being willing to share your knowledge and experience. You are awesome and so very much appreciated!

      11.19.09 - 8:42 pm

  107. Mara -

    I love your FAQ posts – so helpful!

      11.19.09 - 8:45 pm

  108. kristin partin -

    this photo makes me very excited to see the rest. i agree with post below, thanks for being so involved in other photographers lives. it means the world to us, really.

    ps-i will update you on the melissa sweet dress after our wedding. the anticipation is killing you right?! 🙂

      11.19.09 - 9:06 pm

  109. Natasha Najand -

    J* I looove your FAQ posts. I’m obsessed with them, actually. I was wondering which back-button focus option you use? There are so many to pick from. Which one do you prefer?

      11.19.09 - 10:28 pm

  110. Lukas VanDyke -

    I LOVE posts like these, they’re always helpful in areas I have questions and affirming in areas I already practice! Awesome! I wasn’t going to read this post at first but the photo was just so amazing I stopped and took the time and now I am glad I did. =) Thanks!

      11.20.09 - 12:20 am

  111. Tasha -

    You totally rock Jasmine. Keep posting your FAQs you really bring it to a level that we all can understand! Keep rockin!

      11.20.09 - 12:59 am

  112. Briana Moore -

    I LOVE that you do FAQ. It is so rare that people share that way, and it speaks so much to your character.

    Is that Ashley Rose, who also does photography?

      11.20.09 - 2:08 am

  113. Jess -

    Thank you Jasmine, you’re a gem. I’ll keep this in mind!

      11.20.09 - 5:26 am

  114. Bobbie Brown -

    Okay, I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again……. I LOVE YOUR FAQ POSTS! Seriously, Thanks! I especially loved hearing how you ‘meter’ I too look at the back of my camera and have often wondered if there was a better way or how J* does it? haha! XoXo

      11.20.09 - 1:27 pm

  115. Emily Beaty -

    Love your FAQ posts, and I LOVE that image. Beautiful.

      11.20.09 - 2:51 pm

  116. vilma deckena -

    Please contiue posting the FAQ! I learn so much from it and I feel it has helped me out alot. Thank you for everything 🙂

      11.20.09 - 3:35 pm

  117. Kyle Richter -

    J*, I couldn’t agree with you more about the advertising answer!! I am a designer first and I can tell you that an awesome brand goes so much further than a paid for ad anyday!!! Cheers. Kyle of s28

      11.20.09 - 3:42 pm

  118. Sara -

    Jasmine, thanks again for another great FAQ post. This one was particularly special to me as for a good couple weeks I tore myself up swearing up and down that "I must be’ using the wrong metering mode on my camera (evaluative). All the forums I read swore up and down that "spot" was the way to go. I couldnt understand why people wouldn’t want to trust the beauty of what the engineers at Canon designed to be what is evaluative metering (especially being an engineer myself. 😉 ) Nice to know someone who pretty much makes some of the most awesome photos I’ve ever seen use the same as me 🙂

      11.20.09 - 3:48 pm

  119. LD -

    I love that your Workshoppers got you psyched about FAQ posts again, because you have no idea how much we appreciate them! Clearly I am speaking for the entire internet here but I’m sure I’ll have lots of backup 🙂 I just had a question and it may sound uber stupid, but what do you mean by "back-button" AF? I have a 5D (which I think you used to have right?) and I keep it on AF all the time, but haven’t been rotating the AF like you suggested. Do you always have your thumb on the back of the camera if you’re rotating the focal point that much?

      11.20.09 - 5:14 pm

  120. Corinna Hoffman -

    Yay, thanks for this lovely FAQ post!! I’ve been contemplating whether to use AI Servo or One Shot.. been shooting in AI Servo.. but I might just try out One Shot now 🙂

      11.20.09 - 5:24 pm

  121. Life with Kaishon -

    I love how open you are! And how honest. And how simple. I learn so much coming to visit here. You make me very, very thankful!

      11.20.09 - 9:20 pm

  122. Leyla -

    I love and appreciate your honesty & openness! Thank you for all the advice and the tips! xoxo

      11.21.09 - 8:47 pm

  123. Megan Hayes -

    Love FAQ posts. Thanks for sharing!

      11.22.09 - 12:48 am

  124. Barb Cameron -

    Thanks for your help with destination weddings. Between you and Jerry Ghionis, I have impoved so much!

      11.22.09 - 1:25 am

  125. Jonni -


    You just don’t know how very helpful these posts are. You are so awesome to share so much. Hope you, JD & Polo have a Happy Thanksgiving. 🙂


      11.22.09 - 2:03 am

  126. Ashley -

    Thanks so much for being willing to share your knowledge. 🙂

      11.23.09 - 2:36 pm

  127. Shayla -

    As always Jasmine…THANKS FOR THE ADVICE!!

      11.23.09 - 7:10 pm

  128. arielle joy -

    LOVE the sneak peek! Gorgeous!!

      11.24.09 - 1:55 pm

  129. Kim Cleaton -

    Just wanted to say thanks for including the question on focusing … I’ve been trying to find something that works like back-button AF but didn’t know what it was called (yeah, the age old not looking at EVERY single setting on the camera!) Anyway, after recovering from that embarrassment I have been playing with it, and it’s superb, no wonder you use it. So thanks! And as always, loving your work!

      11.27.09 - 2:53 pm

  130. alex -

    i totally get that you meter for the skin but how so…do u get very close to the subject and back up after getting the reading or what? u r freaking awesome for sharing all this info with everyone! i am very grateful 😉 and, OF COURSE, your images are beautiful!

      3.23.10 - 10:45 pm

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