• Catherine Goncalves

The art of shooting tubes of glass at people and places.

My go-to gear

Let's talk Cameras.

I think I was about 10 or 11 the first time I held a DSLR. My uncle from out west took to me to a camera store and that day I walked out with a brand new shiny Canon Rebel T3i. When I was back in Toronto I had no clue how to use the thing. At one point I thought the camera was broken because it wasn't focusing when I had switched the lens to manual focus. Not my proudest moment.

Fast forward 10 years and I still have a little T5i kicking around in my house as a reminder that it's not the camera that makes the shot. The best camera you have is the one that's in your hands.

I currently shoot on the Canon 5D MarkIV. I only saved up enough money to buy it this past year. I currently primarily shoot on my 50mm f1.2 lens for portraits, and my 16-35mm lens for my landscapes.

Here's what that looks like:

Shot on a 50mm lens giving that nice distinction between the subject and background

This 50mm was the second lens I ever owned, it's relatively cheap for the quality it produces, and super light and portable. If you're just starting out, I would highly suggest getting one of these bad boys.

Now let's do a complete 180 for my other lens, and newest weapon to my arsenal.

Shot on my 16-35mm f 4.0. I like to get WIDE with this thing.

Pro tip for this one: get close to a subject and crank that baby wide, It'll make everything feel way more grand and epic.


Here's what I'd suggest doing and more importantly, not doing.

  • Don't compare yourself to the pros. Harder said than done, I know. But they started exactly where you were at one point too. The more you learn about photography the more you learn what you don't know.

  • Get a handle on what ISO, Shutter Speed and, Aperture are. Having properly exposed photos is the bases of photography, and understanding the relationship between this triangle is absolutely essential.

  • HAVE FUN WITH IT. Go to a park, shoot some flowers in your mom's backyard, take a friend out and make a day out of it.

  • Know your worth. What once started as a hobby for me, quickly became a major side hustle and big part of my life. People WILL undoubtedly try and take advantage of you and your skills, but please please please do what I didn't and appropriately value the time and effort you put into shoots. At the end of the day, "exposure" isn't what's gonna help you make a sustainable career out of your passion. It's the $$, and don't be afraid to ask for it.

  • Build a community- You might be able to go faster alone, but you will certainly be able to go further together. Build a network of people around you that you can learn from. I've been working on cultivating these relationships a lot more lately, and it's something I wish I did much sooner.

  • Don't be afraid to ask questions and put your work out there. I will seriously answer any question that comes my way in DMs and love talking about this stuff. Even if people might not have the answer, they will point you in the right direction. And lastly, getting feedback is so important for your growth, and that only comes from taking that leap and putting your content out there! YOU GOT THIS.

  • Last tip, get yourself friends that will proofread your blogs ;) You know who you are.

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