A Creatives Most Cherished Items?!?!?!?!

So I have figured that every creative person has something that they obsess about when it comes to their creativity and the workings of their processes. When it comes to mine, I obsess about MY NOTEBOOK! I have this little 5×9 brown leather notebook that has everything photography in it. I have my blog ideas, checklists, log in information for various sites, and well I could go on. That little notebook is literally like my bible, well alongside  my agenda book that everything throughout the day gets written in. Without these items, I would be so lost. All of the information that I have gathered would be gone forever.


So I ask all of you that are creatives that read this blog, what is your most cherished items?



Q & A With Missy Norman of Missy Norman Photography

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

When it comes to photography there are so many things that I wish I knew. When I started I was fortunate enough to learn manual mode instead of auto. I think that the one thing that I wish I had known from the very beginning would have to be back button focusing.


Q & A With Missy Norman of Missy Norman Photography

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

When it comes to things that I wish I knew when I started photography I would have to say almost everything. Diving into the world of photography is a huge challenge. If I had to narrow it down to one single thing, it would be different DIY tips that work just as good as the actual product, if not better. I use my DIY stuff more often than not.

Q & A With Missy Norman of Missy Norman Photography

Q. Among your works, which one is your favorite? Why?

This is one of the biggest questions ever. I have so many favorites. If I had to give an actual list that would be easier. However one of my favorite works made me fall in love with light painting. I ended up teaching myself how to light paint and for the most part mastered it. This image is music escaping.


Q & A With Missy Norman of Missy Norman Photography

Q. When you go in one of your travels, what all you take with you? Why?

Traveling, oh this is a good one. I have been dying to cover this question in a blog. When it comes to my bag, the things that are always in it would be my camera body, three lenses, two hoods, and two batteries. Depending on what I go to shoot would help me define the extras. Another thing that I do not leave with is my smartphone.

I have learned that in the winter to make sure I have gloves in my bag, in the summer a bottle of water and bug spray.

Q. Whose work has influenced you most?

People that have influenced me would be:

  1. Philippe Halsman
  2. Abeldro Morell
  3. Sue Bryce
  4. Steve Bronstein
  5. Meg Bittion

All of these photographers have strived for more and have achieved it, when it comes to their work it is so different from each other, but they have each mastered their craft. Different aspects of their work have influenced me in mine, down from ideas to post production.

Q. Among your works, which one is your favorite? Why?

I have learned that it is hard to choose a favorite image when it comes to my work. If I have them printed or shared or blogged, the images are my favorite. If I have to choose my absolute favorite comes down to a light painting with headphones and an iPod that I have done. In doing this image, I learned how to light paint, create art with light painting, and my undying passion for light painting. This work has opened a whole new world for me.

Q & A With Missy Norman Of Missy Norman Photography

Q. What are your career goals for Photography?

My goals are to have my own business, selling stock images, and have my work in a magazine. Since I am a commercial/advertisement photographer, I feel that my career goals are reasonable.

Q. What are top 3 knowledge/top 3 skills for Photographer position?A photographer must know virtually all skills when it comes to photography. The top skills that I would have to say would be the camera, the light, and post processing.

Q. What kind of tools do you use for post processing? Explain your work flow.

Post processing is on the top of the list when it comes to shooting, if not more. When it comes to post processing I mainly use Lightroom. Depending on the work I will go and work in Photoshop. My workflow:

  • Export images from memory card onto my external drive.
  • Import images from my external to Lightroom then keyword.
  • Cull through the images getting rid of the definite not, then another go through again.
  • After a couple rounds of getting rid of images, I pick to top images.
  • I then start editing the top images in Lightroom, if something needs more work than light room I take it to Photoshop.
  • Finally when all editing is done I take to Photoshop to watermark and resize the image for the internet.

Q&A with Missy Norman of Missy Norman Photography (Self)

In this session I will do Q&A. There are quite a few questions so I figured I would do three questions per. This way one will not get too tired of reading everything in one post.

If you my readers have any questions that you want me to get to please feel free to ask them.

What kind of gear do you use?

Camera body –

Lens –

Tripod –

Filters –

Flash –

Camera bag –

Mention others, if any

This is a big question. My camera body is a Nikon D3200. I plan on upgrading and using this as a backup. I currently have three lenses in my possession, I really want more. The lenses I have are Nikon Nikkor 18-55mm, Nikon Nikkor 50-200mm, and a Sigma 70-300mm. Currently I do not know the brand of my tripod, I am rough with them and have been though two so far. The only filter that I use on my lenses is a protective UV filter. If I by chance drop my camera I want some kind of protection on my lens. I have a portable Polaroid flash that I hardly use, however I carry it at all times as a precaution. I prefer my strobes when shooting. My camera bag is an oversized purse with a protective camera case inside. As for other gear, there are strobes, continuous lighting, gel filters for the strobes, soft boxes and umbrellas. The list is really endless here.

How do you educate yourself to take better pictures?

For me to learn to take better images I go with trial and error, I learn from my mistakes and know what to do better. Beforehand I study up on what it is I am going to shoot if I do not know how to already shoot it.

What experience do you have in this photography field?

The experience that I have in the photography field includes having my associates, and having my business for 2 years. I also watch a lot of tutorials and read a lot of photography articles.