Commercial-Style Portraits During the Golden Hour

Photographers love the golden hour. Everything seems to look better in that warm light! In this video, I talk about stepping outside of the traditional portrait box when photographing during this time of day. Here’s a sample from the shoot I did during the golden hour, at the top of a mountain, a few days ago…
 
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Technical Specifications:
Nikon D70 + 50mm f/1.8D
Aperture- f/2.8
Shutter Speed- 1/250
ISO- 200

 
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SnapChick VIP Show – August 29, 2014

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VIPs – In this week’s VIP Show, Raymond and I discuss a photo shoot we did during the golden hour, I answer a question from the VIP Mailbag, and I issue a challenge to the VIPs!
 
Here’s a list of the contents…
 


Intro at 0:00
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Golden Hour Photo Shoot Discussion at 0:20
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VIP Mailbag at 16:46
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A VIP Challenge! at 20:57
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Nikon Df Full Review

Thanks to Lumoid.com, I was able to borrow a Nikon Df. I took the Df all over the place and took tons of photos! You can see a bunch of the results in my full review of the camera below, and VIPs can log in to see a full gallery from my studio shoot with it, where I used it as a prop in some shots and used it to take the photos in others! Here’s a sample from the shoot, along with some tech specs…
 
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Technical Specifications:
Nikon D300s + 17-55 f/2.8
Aperture- f/2.8
Shutter Speed- 1/180
ISO- 400
Exposure Compensation- -0.5 ev

 
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If you want to see more of the Nikon Df, I have a Lighting Fast 128 Second Review and a Complete Body Tour and Menu Walkthrough! Or, try one out at Lumoid.com!
 
VIPs, log in to see the full gallery of images from my studio shoot with the Df, and find a link to the video where I talked about the behind-the-scenes happenings from the shoot!
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SnapChick VIP Show – August 22, 2014

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VIPs – In this week’s VIP Show, I talk about some upcoming shoots and videos, plus ask Raymond a couple questions about his work here at SnapChick HQ. The bulk of the video, though, is Raymond asking me serious and hard-hitting questions about me and about the SnapChick Universe!
 
Here’s a list of the contents…
 


Intro at 0:00
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Upcoming Photo Shoots & Videos at 0:53
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Raymond’s Hard-Hitting Questions for Leigh at 3:14
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Leigh’s Questions for Raymond at 26.54
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Studio Lighting: Strobes, plus The VIP Show!

There are lots of choices when it comes to studio lighting. I took you on a tour of several different types of lights and show you lots of example photos with each type in this video. I’ve already done videos specifically for Speedlights and Continuous Fluorescent Lights. Now it’s time for Strobes! This video includes information on the advantages and disadvantages of strobe lights, plus tons of example photos!
 
VIPs, you can log in to see the gallery of images from the shoot I did specifically for this video. You’ll also find this week’s VIP Show when you log in! In this week’s show, Raymond and I talk in-depth about the photo shoot – camera setups, lighting setups, plus settings! We also discuss the videos that Raymond did for me last week and some video ideas he has for the future! Somewhere in the middle, we end up having a philosophical discussion about “the rules of photography.”
 
For everyone else, here’s an example photo from my most recent studio shoot with the strobes, plus some camera settings, and, of course, the video about strobe lights!
 
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Technical Specifications:
Nikon D600 + 85mm f/1.8
Aperture- f/5.6
Shutter Speed- 1/200
ISO- 200

 
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SnapChick VIP Show – August 9, 2014

VIPs – In this week’s VIP Show, Raymond continues his takeover! He talks about what some of the VIPs have been up to, some of their questions, and about the new venture he’s considering… VIPs, sign in to see the video!
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SnapChick VIP Show – August 1, 2014

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VIPs – In this week’s VIP Show, I give you a tour of the new SnapChick HQ and my new studio space. Raymond and I talk about the studio photo shoot we did with the Nikon Df, and I go through my editing process on four of the photos! We also talk about using older camera bodies and Raymond issues a challenge to me!
 
Here’s a list of the contents…


Intro at 0:00
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New HQ & Studio Space Tour at 0:53
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Nikon Df Photo Shoot Edits Discussion at 3:16
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Raymond’s Challenge at 19:55
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What Did I Really Do This Week? – July 28, 2014

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Links…
Canon 6D Body Tour and Menu Walkthrough
SnapChick’s Weird New Sandals: KEEN UNEEK Review
Why do my sports photos suck and six ways to fix them
VIP News and Updates! July 17, 2014
SnapChick VIP Show – July 22, 2014
SnapChick VIP Show – July 26, 2014
Chick at Nite, July 16, 2014: How to set up any camera for portrait vs landscape shots!
Chick at Nite, July 22, 2014: Preset Manual White Balance How-To with Action Shots
SnapChick Friday Night Rewind, July 18, 2014: White tank top + white backdrop? No problem!
SnapChick Friday Night Rewind July 25, 2014: Sandra in the Studio… and the Bathtub!
Hopi Festival photo
Arizona Highland Celtic Festival photos
How a Deaf Blind Photographer Practices His Art News Article
MIT Photojournalism Free Online Course

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SnapChick VIP Show – July 26, 2014

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VIPs – Lots going on in this week’s VIP Show. Raymond and talk about two photo shoots and answer a VIP’s question! Plus, will there be a Raymond video coming soon?
 
Here’s a list of the contents…
 


Intro at 0:00
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Sports Photo Shoot Discussion at 2:27
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Nikon Df Photo Shoot Discussion at 14:38
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VIP Mailbag at 23:00
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A Video from Raymond? at 38:21
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SnapChick VIP Show – July 22, 2014

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VIPs – It’s time again for the weekly VIP Show. Raymond and I share our edits of some of the photos each of us took at Bryce Canyon and we also discuss the Nikon Df – both of our initial thoughts and what Raymond REALLY thinks about some of the reviews he’s read about it. This episode is a bit short but you’ll see a brand new full-length VIP Show later this week!

Here’s a list of the contents…


Intro at 0:00
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Photo Edit Commentary at 0:13
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Nikon Df in-depth Discussion at 14:45
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Later This Week at 25:58
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Why do my sports photos suck and six ways to fix them

Raymond the Intern and I headed to the basketball court to take some action shots! In the video, I share tips on technique, settings and equipment to help make your sports photos better.
 
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Technical Specifications:
Nikon D800 + 50mm f/1.8G
Mode- Shutter Priority
Aperture- f/4.5
Shutter Speed- 1/1000
ISO- 100

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In the video, I talk about my favorite lens to shoot sports. You can find it here!
 
VIPs, log in to see an entire gallery of sporty shots! I’ll talk more about these photos in your VIP Show later this week!
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