30 Questions with Summerana Guest Editor Instructor: Shana C. Carter Photography

Introducing Shana Carter of Shana C. Carter Photography, LLC who is a guest instructor inside the Summerana Membership this month! We are lucky that not only do we get to watch her edit from start to finish showing us all of her editing secrets, but we also got to sit her down for an interview!

Shana Carter is an award-winning, on-location, natural light photographer specializing in portraiture for children, seniors, and families. She is located two hours east of Dallas, Texas. Shana has also been an elementary teacher for 20 years and her passion for teaching carries over into photography. Here are 30 questions we asked:

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Image by Shana C. Carter Photography, LLC – this complete Photoshop edit is available in the Summerana Membership

1. How long have you been in business? 8 years

2. What do you photograph?  Families, high school seniors & children

3. Which is your favorite subject to photograph?  Children 6-12 years old

4. What camera do you shoot with currently?  Sony a7iii

5. What is your favorite lens?  Sigma Art 135mm

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Image by Shana C. Carter Photography, LLC – edited using Summerana’s Painted Desert – Summer Digital Background available in the Summerana Membership

6. Mac or PC?  MAC!

7. Desktop or laptop? Desktop

8. Favorite camera strap?  Cross body strap by Black Rapid

9. Favorite camera bag?  I have several camera bags but I’ve yet to find my favorite.  I’m still searching!

10. Preferred brand of memory card?  Hoodman.  More costly but definitely worth it for peace of mind.

Image by Shana C. Carter Photography, LLC – edited using Summerana’s smoke bomb overlay collection and composite editing workshop available in the Summerana Membership

11. Photoshop or Lightroom?  Photoshop

12. Which do you enjoy more, shooting or editing?  Editing

13. Photoshop actions and Lightroom presets or hand editing?  Hand editing 

14. What do you watch/listen to while shooting?  Podcasts

15. Favorite podcast?  Gold Digger by Jenna Kutcher and The Tog Republic Podcast by Carolina Guzik

16. Which photography studio management software do you use?  17Hats

17. Must-have software for your business?  StickyAlbums – I send one to every client and they love them.  Plus, it’s great advertising for my business.

18. Facebook or Instagram?  Instagram

19. Favorite photography app?  Unfold for creating Instagram stories

20. Favorite facebook groups?  Summerana’s Photography Tribe, of course!  Also IPS Mastermind, & Senior Year Magazine

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Image by Shana C. Carter Photography, LLC – edited using Summerana’s smoke bomb overlay collection and composite editing workshop available in the Summerana Membership

21. Favorite time of year to shoot?  Spring

22. For shoots, do you prefer it to be sunny or cloudy?  Sunny

23. Favorite time of day to shoot?  Golden hour

24. Favorite type of lighting? Backlighting

25. What do you wear to shoots?  Jeans and t-shirt monogrammed with my business name

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Image by Shana C. Carter Photography, LLC – edited using Summerana’s Pushing up Daisies digital background collection available in the Summerana Membership

26. Do you still get nervous before a session?  Yes – not as much as I used to but, yes, I still get nervous.

27. Favorite designers?  Little Dreamers Tutus & Bentley and Lace

28. All-Inclusive or In-person sales?  In-person sales

29. Favorite product?  Framed canvases from Guild canvas

30. How often does your own family have family portraits made?  Usually once a year    

 

Watch me edit: 

Want to watch me edit this image in Lightroom and Photoshop from start to finish? It’s available to watch in the Summerana Membership here until May 9th, 2019!

In this editing tutorial, Summerana guest instructor Shana Carter of Shana C. Carter Photography shows you her step-by-step process for creating a gorgeous fine art portrait edit in Lightroom and Photoshop.

You’ll learn how to create a dreamy soft background, how to correct and underexposed image, fix neon green grass, how to create light beams and add sun flares, how to fix frizzy hair and flyaways, reshape hair and dresses, how to remove distractions, how to make your subject pop against your background, how to change the color of your subject’s dress and lip color, edit skin, fix torn prop fabric, fix dark under eye circles and add more light to eyes, dodge and burn, sharpening, and more… all through hand editing and using Summerana’s Photoshop actions!

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This article was featured in Summerana’s Magazine – The Floral Issue. See the full issue here

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