I am a diverse freelance photographer from Nashville. I do portraiture, events, concerts, long exposure, and astro photography. So excited for you to AMA!

Lindsay Binkley
Jan 12, 2018

I love photography. Photography is a passion, an art, and a science. As long as you learn the basics in all types of photography, you can start creating your own vision. I have shot models, events for elite parties, concerts, celeb meet and greets, astro photography, and long exposure. They are all great! If you are a beginner and want to become better, this will be very informative. Visit my instagram for some looks. www.instagram.com/lindsay_binkley

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When you go in one of your travels or to an event, what do you bring with you? Why?

Jan 13, 2:25PM EST0

It really depends on the event. A 50mm is a must for any event. For concerts, I bring a 50mm for shots of the artist, and a 20mm for a shot of the whole stage. If I'm not sure about the venue, i will bring a 70-200mm as well. 

For portraits, a 35mm, a 50mm, and an 85mm

These are just examples of what I choose for my most popular shoots. If you have a specific event you would like me to explain, just let me know. 

Jan 13, 2:41PM EST0

Any plans of dedicating full time on photography? Currently, what is your full time job?

Jan 13, 12:48PM EST0

I do have a full time job. The reason that I choose to do so is because, as a freelance photographer, insurance is very expensive for a family. I find that I have more than enough time to handle both jobs. My other job is very flexible so that helps alot. 

Jan 13, 1:53PM EST0

How long ago did you start to have your photographs registered with copyrights office? And does it cover all photos you took and uploaded or is there a limit to the number? For new photographs, do you need to pay again to have them registered?

Jan 13, 12:09PM EST0


That is alot of information. This link has all information you should need to understand copyright as a photographer. 

Jan 13, 1:49PM EST0

What is the one thing you wish you knew when you started taking photos?

Jan 13, 6:05AM EST0

I wish I knew how to edit. I had so many great photos when I first started but, my minimum skills at editing brought my photos down. 

Jan 13, 2:00PM EST0

Whose work has influenced you most?

Jan 12, 10:31PM EST0

Peter Jamus, hands down! He is such an innovator, creative genious, and great artist. 

Jan 13, 2:03PM EST0

Which is your favorite lens? Why?

Jan 12, 5:56PM EST0

Most photographers love their 50mm because of how diverse it is. My favorite is my 85mm f/1.8 Canon lens. It is so great for portraits and it takes very crisp and clear photos. 

Jan 12, 6:12PM EST0
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Describe your typical work week?

Jan 12, 3:43PM EST0

Weekends are spent shooting. I usually don't shoot during the week because Monday-Thursday are spent editing and marketing. Pretty much sums it up. 

Jan 12, 5:11PM EST0

What was the first photograph that you took? Can you describe the moment and what it was? Can you recall the camera you used?

Jan 12, 9:12AM EST0

The first photo that I took was a landscape at my favorite park in TN . I was 12 yeats old. I cannot remember the camera I used but, I do remember the joy I had when I recieved my developed film. My dad framed it and still has it today. 

Jan 12, 5:09PM EST0

That's a great story and happy you still have it framed.

Jan 12, 9:35PM EST1

What type of photography do you do and where do you get the inspiration for your work?

Jan 12, 5:26AM EST0

My main customers are music magizines, and event venues. The inspiration is easy for what I do most, music. When you are watching the artist, you get a feel for who they are and their emotion. All I have do do is capture that. I love this work!

Jan 12, 5:06PM EST0
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For aspiring photographers what advice can you share?

Jan 12, 5:11AM EST0

Be persistant. I cant say this enough.  When you first start out, no business will want to work with you, and if they do, they want you to work for free. If they give you a job with no pay, take it. You can add it to your portfolio. Also tell them that you will work for free as long as they give you credit for your work on their website or catalog. Once you feel comfortable with your work, start charging what you feel is appropriate. 

Jan 12, 5:03PM EST0

Totally agree, build your portfolio and build it some more.

Jan 12, 10:08PM EST1

What’s the shoot you are most proud of? Why?

Jan 11, 7:36PM EST0

I am most proud of my first portrait shoot. It was the most scary shoot I've ever done. I had no idea what I was doing. It also taught me alot. And getting done with my first shoot made me so proud of myself. I can look back and find a million things I did wrong but, for me, it was the start of Photography. 

Jan 12, 10:25AM EST0

Do you always bring a camera with you?

Jan 11, 4:47PM EST0

Yes! I keep my camera bag with me at all times. You never know when you might run in to something that catches your eye. You never want to be out and about and see something amazing and think, wow, I wish I would have brought my camera. 

Jan 12, 10:03AM EST0

What kind of gear and cameras do you use?

Jan 11, 2:58PM EST0

I am a Canon girl all the way. I also try to keep cost down. I have a firm belief that its not the camera that produces great photos, its the photographer. I stick to the less expensive Canon 6D. It is a great full frame camera with built in wifi. My second camera is a Canon Rebel T5. (This was my starter camera) As far as lens' go, I have a 20mm 1.4  Sigma art lens( Great for astro photography and landscapes) 50mm Canon 2.8 (great for anything! ) 85mm Canon 1.8 (Great for portraits) Tamron 70-200mm 2.8 (great for portraits and its multi use properties), I have a couple more but these are my favs. I also carry around a tripod and reflectors.  I hope I answered your question. This is just a brief list. 

Jan 12, 10:02AM EST0

Can you give us a brief introduction of yourself ,your childhood, where you live and how you started in the craft of photography?

Jan 11, 10:54AM EST0

I grew up in a lower middle class home, 30 minutes outside of Nashville, TN. Growing up, I loved Photography, Painting, Music, Science, and the Outdoors. I was an average student in school but, I was a dreamer. Growing up, my best friend was a singer. She was so talented and I thought that I had nothing to offer to the arts. I co-wrote songs with her but, I still felt empty. Photography was a hobby for me but, before the internet, I never really knew that it could be a career. Fast forward to early adulthood, I was in an abusive relationship and I lost myself completely. I had a child in this relationship and that gave me the strenth to leave. For years after this, I had trouble finding myself again so, I continued to raise my son and focus on medical school. After about 5 years of working in the medical field, I realized it wasn't for me. I bought me a used Canon Rebel and started to take up the hobby that I had as a child. My friends started to notice my photos and told me I should to this professionally. I found an online class and learned about DSLR cameras. After I finished the month long class, I started to email all of the business' around Nashville to see if they needed any photos done. I offered my services for free to anyone who would let me work for them. I started talking to aspiring models and did free shoots to build a portfolio. I sent these photos to magizines and they liked them and started sending me on assignments to concerts. This was my favorite! Other companies took notice and the rest is history. I appreciate your interest in my back story.

Jan 11, 11:18AM EST0
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What does it take to become a professional photographer?

Jan 11, 9:38AM EST0

I am going to give you the link that I read when I was getting started. It is a wonderful article and is full of all the information that you need. I couldn't have said it better myself. Copy and paste to your browser.


Jan 11, 9:57AM EST0

thank you for the link! I've read, it's very interesting and inspiring

Jan 13, 1:44PM EST1

What is your post-processing workflow like?

Jan 10, 6:50AM EST0

It's like waiting in line at the DMV, lol. Honestly, I spend just as much time or more on post processing than I do a shoot. The first thing I usually do after a shoot is upload the photos to my computer and immediately weed out the photos that are garbage (unusable) and delete them. This makes it less confusing when you start to edit. 

Make sure you have already discussed your vision or editing style for the shoot with your client.

Then I go through all photos one by one editing them. Checking for exposure, blemishes that I can edit out, and enhancements to the color or sharpness of the photo.

Last I pick the best photos to give to the client and deliver them in the method that the contract states.

Jan 10, 3:55PM EST0

What elements make up a good photograph?

Jan 10, 12:50AM EST0

I think that there are certain qualities one must have to become a good photographer.

1. You must have good communication skills to work with clients. This skill is needed because the more comfortable they feel with you, the more emotion you will get out of them which will be obvious in your photos. For example: intstead of telling your client to smile and look to the left, tell them to look left and then tell them a joke. This will make them laugh and give a genuine look to the smile. It won't look fake or posed.

2. Do something different. Try not to be cliche. If there is a million photos of the same monument or landscape near you study those photos. Now think about how you can make it look great without using the same angles. Change your lighting and composition. 

3. Focus is a big deal. Make sure your main subject is very sharp and clear in the photo. 

4. Composition- Make it interesting. If you are shooting a female portrait, try to make it interactive and not just a pose and shoot. If she is near water, tell her to splash in it. If she is near an animal, tell her to play with it. Basically, this will tell a story and make for a photo with great composition. Just make sure that your background is not distracting and that it doesn't take away from your subject. 

Jan 10, 3:35PM EST0

Do you think talent for photography is something a person is born with?

Jan 9, 11:04PM EST0

I do believe there are 3 types of people; The intellectual, the creative, and the person that has a little bit of both. I think that most photographers are the 2nd or last type. Intellectuals seem to have the science of photography down as far as the technical side, but not the creative side. So to answer your question, I do believe that some people are just born with a more creative mind, which would make them a better photographer or artist.

Jan 10, 3:14PM EST0
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What mistakes have you learned from your job?

Jan 9, 12:38PM EST0

There are so many things I have learned over time. Here are some tips. Never over edit. If your photo looks fake to the average person, you should probably tone it down.  Always pay attention to your surroundings when shooting portraits. ( You don't want a tree behind your subject to where it looks like its growning out of their head).  Do not EVER shoot in jpeg. Always shoot in raw. The reason for this is because if you edit in jpeg, you are editing an already compressed image which will make it really noisy and over edited. Don't let your photo get too "busy" that it distracts from your subject. Use the rule of thirds to make your photo more interesting.  The rule of thirds involves mentally dividing up your image into 3 parts (the same way you would divide a candy bar if you had to break it into 3 pieces). Compose your subject on either side 1 or side 3 ( the outer sides ).The idea is that an off-centre composition is more pleasing to the eye and looks more natural than one where the subject is placed right in the middle of the frame. It also encourages you to make creative use of negative space, the empty areas around your subject.

Jan 9, 2:24PM EST1

Thank you for your answer Lindsay: what you know from experience is surely something that can not be learned in an academy.

Jan 19, 6:55PM EST1

How long have you been a freelance photographer? When is the best time to start learning photography?

Jan 9, 9:08AM EST0

Anytime is a great time to start learning photography! Up until about 2 years ago, photography was just a hobby for me. I started pursuing this seriously when a friend told me how good I was. That gave me the confidence to take an online class. I used Alison online. The class was taught at Harvard and recorded for online use. It was a great class. After I finished the class, I went out and bought my first DSLR camera and started to practice. You don't have to start out with an expensive camera. You can find a used camera for a great price. So get out there and start learning, you can do it! Good luck!

Jan 9, 11:39AM EST0
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