Hi all, so I use a NikonD3400. I have been using a 50mm prime lens but recently I have been sticking with a 35mm prime which is much better for me since the Nikon is dx format and I am able to work closer to my subjects. I have my first engagement photo session this weekend and I am planning on using only my 35mm since this is easiest to work with. I feel like the kit lens don't really do me any justice and my primes produce much better quality. What do you think about this?
I also have another question, Manual vs Aperture priority? I have only ever shot on manual so I know the ropes rather well. I have only recently got accustomed to metering properly and being mindful of skin tones (although I sometimes need to fix in light room). While looking up tips i've found that aperture priority is suggested.
Also, how do you capture a full body in focus when around f/2? Do you use the auto focus aspect, if so how do you make it so it doesn't auto focus around the knees or elsewhere when using a prime lens? I've ran into this problem a few times and end up switching to spot mode but I don't think this is suggested for engagement photos, is it?
Lastly, do you have any tips or tricks that you don't really hear of other people doing? I know I am going to kind of coach them a little bit and to keep conversing with them. I have a ton of different questions that I wish I could ask people but I don't really know any photographers out there that do these shoots.
Here is a link to my Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tycaptures/
I don't think I produce poor images, I just have shot a certain way for several months now and I am starting to feel like my gears are not turning as quickly as they should be and I need some lube to make me (or my camera) more proficient.