Frequently Asked Questions

Erin Shooting Flooded Potholes
What camera gear do you use?

I’m currently using a Canon EOS R5 as my main camera body and an EOS R as back-up/secondary. Although I own a great many lenses (all Canon), the ones that are in my backpack most often lately (not all at once!) are:

• Canon RF 15-35mm f/2.8L IS

• Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L

• Canon RF 25-105mm f/4L IS

• Canon RF 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1L IS

I also frequently carry a Canon M50 with me for behind-the-scenes coverage and for those times when I want something very light and capable to serve as a creative tool in thinking through photographic ideas.

Will you give me feedback on my images/portfolio/website?

Yes, I will be happy to book a virtual consultation session with you to discuss your images or career in photography. Here is the link to book a session with me:

1 Hour Virtual Consultation

How do you process your images?

A large percentage of my images are processed from single ‘raw’ files, often by manually blending differently processed iterations of a single file, or else they are blends of separate exposures (taken in lieu of using a GND filter). For more complicated scenes I will combine exposures of different focal points, of different shutter speeds, of slightly different moments, or of different focal lengths to achieve my goals. You can learn more about my approach to processing in the following articles:





May I use one of your photos on my blog?

Thanks for your interest in my photos! If your blog post will be a feature about me or my photograph(s), then you are welcome to feature my photos if you credit me and link to my website. If your blog post regards anything else, please contact me for permission.

Is it true that you always wear purple when you’re out shooting?

No, I sometimes wear lavender, violet, or lilac. 🙂

How do you find your locations?

I make extensive use of topographical maps and of course weather forecasts, including satellite images. My primary tools for researching locations are PhotoPills, The Photographer’s Ephemeris, Google Earth, and Gaia GPS. Dumb luck goes a long way too.

You can learn more about my approaches to exploration in the following article and video:

Exploration for Landscape Photography: Going Further and Finding Yourself

Erin Babnik’s Exploration Talk at the B&H Event Space

Where did you take that photo? Can you help me find that location?

I share location information only in person, never by typing or online. This practice helps to ensure the preservation of locations. Some locations are especially fragile and others can accommodate a lot of traffic, but having a blanket policy works for me so that I am not having to make judgement calls about how fragile a particular place may be. In my view, all natural places benefit from protection. Therefore, sharing location information only in person allows me a chance to share conservation advice at the same time. It also allows me to refrain from producing any content regarding location information that might be easily shareable online (such as text). Thanks for understanding!

Location information may include:

• The proper names of features, such as mountain peaks.

• Answers to yes/no questions regarding location.

• Directions.

• Coordinates.

Is it possible to license one of your images for use in a printed publication?

Yes, please use the contact form for more information about licensing terms and fees.

Do you have a question for me? Please feel free to ask!

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