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This week I answered lots of questions, reviewed a third-party lens, and marveled at the abstract photography you’ve been sharing on my Facebook page…
I answered viewer questions (plus showed off my dancing skills) in a Q&A video.
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I posted my review of the Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 lens. It is a third-party lens meant for Nikon DX bodies. The video included lots of photos I took on several different camera bodies. I posted a couple photos on, along with the video. And then for VIPs, I also posted a gallery of images and a video where I talked about some behind-the-scenes information from the shoots.
I also shared photos and a few VLOGs this week… I vlogged about some of the fun stuff I did last weekend. The other VLOGs were all about the juice cleanse I did… Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3!
Chick at Nite was my video on DSLR and Mirrorless Photography Flash Concepts for Beginners and the SnapChick Friday Morning Rewind was a photo from a post called Techniques for Taking Fun and Impromptu Portraits.
You can follow me on Facebook to keep up with me each day, but you can get a sneak peek at what I’m working on right now in the video below…

I got my hands on a Tamron SP AF17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di II lens and tried it out on several of my Nikon DX DSLR bodies! Here are a couple examples photos, plus there are more in the video below…

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Technical Specifications:
Nikon D300s + Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8
Aperture- f/2.8
Shutter Speed- 1/1000
ISO- 200

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Technical Specifications:
Nikon D300s + Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8
Aperture- f/4
Shutter Speed- 1/60
ISO- 100

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My week has been like this…
I announced the winners of my last contest – Inappropriate Use of Monochrome!
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Part 1 of High Key Blowouts and More was posted a while back but this week I posted Part 2, with more photos and videos for everyone!
I gave you my assessment of variable aperture zoom lenses versus fixed aperture zoom lenses in a video.
This week we transitioned from Monochrome March to Abstract April, which I introduced in a video!
So I posted some photos this week, including some from last week’s trip to the museum.
Chick at Nite this week was the first video in my short course on exposure and the SnapChick Friday Morning Rewind was from a shoot called Delightfully Disheveled.
You can follow me on Facebook to keep up with the happenings in SnapChickLand but you can get a sneak peek at what I’m working on now in the video below…

You can see the original contest video here!

In Part 1, I talked to you about the inspiration for this shoot and showed you some of the photos. Here are a couple more, plus a video on why experimenting should be a part of your photography!
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Technical Specifications for both images:
Nikon D800 + 85mm f1.8
Aperture- f/4
Shutter Speed- 1/250
ISO- 100

In this video, I mentioned how I’ve talked to you about experimenting before. You can see those posts here and here!
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This week…
The deadline for entries to Inappropriate Use of Monochrome – my latest contest – was this week. I’m going through the entries and will announce winners this weekend.
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I introduced a new eLookBook – Monochrome! I talk about what’s included in the book, what you might use it for, and I showed you how I pulled the pdf file onto my iPad in this video.
I talked about teleconverters in a video – what, why, and when you would use them. I also included several full-size photos for my VIPs, which were taken using my teleconverter.
The SnapChick Friday Morning Rewind this week was from a shoot several years ago which had an Audrey Hepburn theme. So that’s what I did! The Chick at Nite this week was my review of the Nikon 85mm f/1.8 lens.
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As usual, I posted some other stuff too, like articles, questions and photos, like these photos from a monochrome sunset at Marshall Lake in Flagstaff, AZ. I also posted a VLOG from during the shoot. I also posted a VLOG from the art museum.
You can follow me on Facebook to keep up with me but you can get a sneak peek at what I’m working on – in the SnapChickLab, photo shoots – in the video below…

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In the last two weeks I’ve…
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Christina, an aspiring fashion model, came into the studio for the first time. I shared photos and my conversations with her before and after the shoot in a video for everyone. I also included a gallery of images and more on my approach to the shoot in a video for my VIPs.
I posted a video on giving your photography a boost by doing other creative things. I showed off one of my creative outlets – my new LEGO Architecture Studio!
I answered lots of your great questions in a Q&A video.
I previously posted a video where I talked about evolution versus revolution in the camera industry. This week, I posted a video about where I talked about my thoughts of the future of Nikon specifically.
Contest time! This one is called Inappropriate Use of Monochrome. Watch the video to learn the rules and get your entries in by the deadline to win a cool prize!
I did a creative photo shoot with myself as model this week. It was all about high key and even blowouts! I posted Part 1 earlier today, with a bit of explanation and an example photo, plus a gallery of pics for VIPs.
I added a new image to my Zenfolio gallery and print store, plus I posted a video called Behind the Image, where I talked about two of the photos in my print store.
The SnapChick Friday Morning Rewinds the last couple weeks were both retro-themed. Last week was from a low-key shoot in my living room and this week it was from a studio shoot where I went with a noir look. Chick at Nite this week was from a VIP video about colored filters how they affect black and white images.
I posted other photos, like this gallery from my zoo visit! I also shared news articles, like the announcement of the Nikon 1 V3. I also posted an article about it. You can also find out more about the V3 here.
I shared a couple VLOGs too… One was with Raymond, after we hiked up Slate Mountain, and another was from when I was sick. There was another where I took you on a tour of SnapChick World Headquarters, which I built with LEGO!
I’ve continued posting links to black and white galleries of my viewers too. Monochrome March is drawing to a close but I’ll share more next week of viewer galleries and of my own work. Keep an eye on my Facebook page to see those, and to hear about what I’m up to! In the meantime, you can hear about what I’ve been up to, plus about what I’ll be up to next week, in the video below…

Do you ever have an idea for a photo but aren’t quite sure how you’re going to execute it… or even if you can create the look at all?

I’ve wanted to recreate a print that was hanging in my childhood home. It was a print of a watercolor painting of a woman. It was a bit abstract, with the woman blending into the background. You couldn’t totally make out the shape of her face, she was definitely sitting on the ground and her shirt was open a bit but she was making eye contact with the viewer. It was very relaxed and a maybe even a little bit sultry. I always loved it for it’s mysterious beauty.

But how to create the look of a watercolor painting in a photograph?

Here’s what I came up with…


I pretty much achieved my goal, through a mixture of high-key lighting, clipped highlights, and a bit of post-processing. VIPs, sign in to see a gallery of images, some more blown out like the one above, others simply in the high key style.

Update: Part 2 is now up with more photos and videos for everyone, including my equipment and approach!

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Post your entries on my Facebook page!
You can learn more about Monochrome March here and more about my last contest here!
UPDATE: Contest winners were announced here!

I’ve hand-selected a new image for my Zenfolio gallery, The Art of the Field Trip! To celebrate, I made this Behind the Image video, where I take you behind-the-scenes of two of my landscape images taken near Flagstaff, Arizona.

You can find these images on my Zenfolio page here! For those interested in a 20×30 print of my images, I have a 20% off coupon code, valid through March 19, 2014 at 11:59 pm PDT. The code is: BIGTHANKS
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