#CreatorConversations is an AMA (Ask Me Anything) series hosted by @sonyalpha on Instagram. As part of the series, we were joined by Tiffany Nguyen (@tiffpenguin) of the Sony Alpha Imaging Collective. See some of the highlights below as she shares her go-to lens for landscapes, camera settings for photographing the Northern Lights and more. Visit the Instagram post for the full AMA and make sure you’re following @sonyalpha and #CreatorConversations to stay connected.
“It doesn’t matter who you are or what your career is, we all have an artist within us and a perspective worth sharing." – Tiffany Nguyen #CreatorConversatoins
"Do you do a lot of research before you go somewhere new?" – @nonstopbucketlist
Tiffany: “Absolutely! hours of research go into planning a trip. I do like to be spontaneous, but it’s also important for me to do research and prioritize what I want to see and shoot on a trip since I’m usually limited on time.”
"What’s your favorite lens to shoot on?" – @wilkophoto
Tiffany: “Tough question, but I’d have to say the Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 G Master. It’s definitely my go-to lens for landscapes!”
"How do you get your first client?" – @liamhewitphotos
Tiffany: “My first client saw my photos on Instagram and reached out to me via email. It’s definitely been such a great platform to get my work out there and get more exposure. you can also try reaching out to smaller brands or local companies around you and share your media kit with them as well!”
"I’m wondering if you had a ‘big break’ moment, or perhaps multiple smaller ‘breaks’ that led you to where you are now in your career?" – @polythenelucy
Tiffany: “I wouldn’t say I had one big break but more like a series of smaller breaks or opportunities that helped to get my work out there. I think the most important thing is just to say yes to the opportunities that initially come your way. That helps to get more eyes on your work and will open up bigger opportunities in the future!”
"What has been your favorite destination to shoot and is there good ice cream there?" – @thyngo
Tiffany: "I think Norway is my new favorite spot to shoot! There’s so much variety there and the landscapes are just out of this world. You bet there’s ice cream there, but didn’t find any boba – haha!"
"How did your family react when you told them you wanted to be a photographer? How ‘long’ did it take you to create a living out of this new job?" – @fnfilmsaustria
Tiffany: "Coming from a traditional Vietnamese family, my parents always stressed the importance of higher education. When I told them I was going to pursue photography, for three years they were definitely hesitant and showed concern, but I didn’t let that stop me from pursuing photography.”
"Do you have any tips to get better engagement on social media?" – @revolustra
Tiffany: “Post consistently, engage with your audience, post quality images that you’re proud of, use relevant hashtags, and collaborate with peers who inspire you!”
"Shooting the northern lights is super high on my bucket list! What kind of settings do you use to shoot Northern Lights?" – @giveusthisdane
Tiffany: "You definitely want to make sure you have a lens with a wide aperture (f/2.8 or faster) and then you’ll adjust your shutter speed and ISO accordingly. If the lights are bright and moving fast, you’ll want a faster shutter speed and lower ISO. If there more faint and not moving as fast, bump up the ISO and have a longer speed. For the shot [above] my settings were f/1.4, ISO 640, 3.2 seconds!"
See the full AMA here.