If you’re on Instagram, chances are you’ve come across some of the creative images of Courtney Bowles! Not only is Courtney an amazing photographer, but she knows how to use color very well! I asked her a few questions about her use of color, so read on to find out her answers!
Q: How often do you look for colors when shooting?
A: Always – I choose the clothing for my boys based on where we’re adventuring for the day.
Q: What is the first thing you look for, your subject or your background?
A: Because I’ve dressed the subject, I pay closer attention to the background depending on if I want a contrasting or matching background.
Q: Do you set your shots up in any way, shoot on the fly, or get in a specific place and wait for the perfect moment to press your shutter?
A: Normally I have an idea of what I want and gently direct the subject where to go.
Q: How do you capture the perspective that you do? (Standing, kneeling, down to the ground, etc.)
A: I typically photograph kneeling or laying on the ground. I like to stay on my subject’s level.
Q: What do you look for in terms of lighting when making an image with the colors you desire?
A: I shoot in all types of light and all times of day. If i have my choice, I’ll choose backlight every time.
Q: If you could go back in time and tell yourself some tricks for mastering this faster, what would you say?
A:I would encourage myself to choose clothing for my boys that is classic and neutral sooner! No words or characters to edit out.
Q: How important is editing in your process?
A:Very! I’d say editing completes the image and ensures the final vision is achieved.
Q: What gear and equipment do you use for accomplishing this?
A: I shoot with the Canon 5DMark3 and most often the Canon 85mm f/1.2, Canon 135mm f/2, and Canon 50mm f/1.2
Q: What are your typical settings?
A:I shoot wide open as often as I can. I love the blur and bokeh.
Q: Where do you find inspiration?
A:Typically from other non-photography sources like paintings and movies. Ashley Longshore and Wes Anderson are some favorites!
Q: What do you do when you get bored of shooting the same things?
A: I use a different lens, shoot at another time of day, or visit a new location.
Q: What is something you’d like to learn in the future?
A: I’d like to improve my skills in landscape and nature photography.
Courtney Bowles is a full time photographer and a ’round the clock boy mom. She is a magic seeker, a cancer beater and a ClickPro. Find her wedding and portrait work here