At the window


D300s
17-55 f/2.8
pop-up flash at 1/30 for a little fill light
Aperture Priority f/3.3
auto white balance (warmed up to A6)
ISO 200
Linco Flora fluorescent light with soft box
a good amount of natural light

Noir and Lace

I talk about my latest shoot in this video. I liked doing the Noir shoot a few weeks ago, so I wanted to keep the theme, but try some different things.

Also, I wanted to do a shoot where I give the VIP’s the camera settings and the physical layout of the studio, so in the VIP section below, where you will see all of the images, you will also see information on how I set the camera (D300s), the lens that I used, and a studio diagram.

Here is the video

 

Here is a promo shot 🙂

 
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Bikini Part 2 – Two Flora’s


One Flora at half power directly in front of my for fill, the primary at full power was in front of me to the right side of the frame. VIP’s get all of the images! Check ’em out and let me know if you have any questions!!! The product shot I did for the Linco video and the 3 light shot of Veronica and I snuck into this gallery, too!

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SnapChick’s First Bikini Shoot of the Season

Alright, it’s bravery time! I have been working with the Linco Flora continuous lights, so I figured that it was time to do something cool with them. I was shooting some video for Linco to show off my techniques with some combinations of their Flora lights and softboxes, so why not take some bikini photos for my site?

The shots for today were done with a single light. This is one of my favorite shooting techniques, because it adds plenty of shadow, mystery, and intrigue! When I started with studio lighting, I was always eager to have everything extremely well lit. The more that I have worked in the studio, the more comfortable I have become working with fewer lights and more shadow.

One great thing about working with continuous lighting – especially when using a single light, is having the scene truly rendered in front of you and the ability to use the camera’s own metering to get the exposure the way that I want it.

Here is a sample shot from the single-light shoot…

And here are the rest of the single-light bikini shots for my super-awesome-best-people-ever-VIP’s!!!!!!
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Continuous Lighting Ramblings and Bikini Preview Shot (VIP!)

Hi everyone. I have a video coming out soon that I shot for Linco (http://www.lincostore.com). I have been trying out one of their Flora lighting kits. At first, I was unsure how florescent continuous lighting would perform. But, after using them for several days, I came to several conclusion, some which I never would have guessed would come out of my mouth! Also, for the Linco video, I did a Bikini Photo Shoot!  So, this post is a bit of a preview of things to come… and I am still putting together my conclusions, but for my VIP’s, I’ll spill the beans and share one of the first photos I did with the Flora’s.
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Double Trouble!

Earlier in the week, just messing around, I incorporated a mirror into a photo that I posted on my Facebook page. The photo was popular and it was fun to put together. So, why not build a small shoot out of the idea.
 
Since the mirror itself would be the ‘prop’ in the shoot, I wanted to keep things simple. D300s with 50mm f1.8, set at f2.8. For lighting, I used a single hardware-store halogen work lamp (apologies to my Alien Bees). Since I was using a mirror in the shots and light would be bouncing everywhere, it was easier to use continuous lighting to set up the shots and see them exactly how they would be photographed. Oh, and I used my black backdrop hanging from my *ironing board* – how’s that for improvisation?
 
I worked through about 14 different poses, trying to select ones that would show some contrast between the real me and the mirror-image-me. Most of them worked out pretty well! It was both fun and challenging to effectively work with two models at the same time… ones that could not be posed independently!
 
Here are a couple of promo shots, and down below them, my AWESOME VIP’s 😉 get to see all of the shots!
 

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Sometimes You’ve Got to Break the Rules!

Today’s post is all about the Sun, Blown-Out Highlights, Glare, and Flare. Usually photographers try to avoid each of these… not me! I went right for it. There is nothing “technically correct” about the images from this shoot! To many photographers, these would be throw-aways.
For me, they take me back to an earlier time… sort of a dreamy reflection of the past. What do you think? Can you look past the technical flaws? Or do the glare and flare take something away from the image? For me, they add A LOT, but everyone looks for something a little different!

Here are a couple of samples…

Hey VIP’s!!! You get everything! Here are 11 more poses filled with lens flare, blown out highlights, and glare! Let me know what you think!

 
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