This is my set up. I used the auto tech garage at my school for careers. (Thank you to the teachers for making it free of cars) It worked out perfectly because it was really dark. I set up in the middle of the garage with a backdrop holder. I just clipped a black queen size sheet up to use as a background. From there we added two lights one on each side to light up the body and the flour. i just used a roll of black paper as the flooring for this and held it down with some heavy equipment from the shop. On the sides of the floor was a reflector (left in picture) And then I placed something to hold up another black sheet on the right side to block the glare from the light as you can see in the first picture. After I got everything set up I had my photography teacher throw up some flour so I could see if the light was bright enough to capture it. He then drowned my models (health students) in flour. This was a big mess. It was also dangerous. When my models jumped and came back down they would occasionally slip on the flour so we had to be very careful. After the project was completed it was clean up time. We took all the equipment down and cleared the floor so it could be swept and sprayed down. Again very dangerous because when we swept up the flour it was still slippery and we had to be careful walking around. Especially when we started to spray down the ground and the flour mixing with the water made dough. This was worse then just walking on the flour. But in the end we got the garage cleaned and I hope my models came clean too. Big thanks to all my models, teachers and assistants (Ashley, Mitchel, Smallwood, My health students, Jason, and the shop teachers for allowing me to use their space as a studio). The results are amazing.
Dance is a beautiful thing. It may be a matter of opinion but I find it much more pretty than football or other sports, which sets this action post aside from others I have posted before.
I have never shot dance before this day but there was a competition in the area and I found it to be a great opportunity to advance my portfolio. The major difference I found between shooting football and dance is that dance is less hectic. You don’t have to run up and down a long distance or worry about being trampled by someone twice your size.
The thing I noticed when I got there was the photographer(s) in the audience. I knew they weren’t parents because the announcer would ask in between that if you wanted your child’s pictures to be taken to talk to that particular photography company. We both used the same camera and the same lens but the difference between us was that I was up front and moving around and they were sitting in the middle of the audience.
I like the way these pictures turned out. I don’t think you can really compare them with my football posts because they are completely different. In my football posts you will see players blocking others, their faces are hid by their masks but you can really see the action. Dance is kind of the opposite. You can really see emotion and focus in their faces. Aside from duets you have nothing getting in the way of the person you are trying to photograph. Although you may see the dancers being still they are in fact moving, just not as quick as football players. But even though its slower a quick move of the hand or a jump can cause a slight blur.
For editing I really didn’t have to do much. I adjusted the levels on most and removed some objects that may have been visible backstage from behind the curtain. In the following image I had to close the right eye of the girl just slightly. For this I used liquify and pulled it down just a hair.
I liked the way the floor reflected the bodies of the dancers. You can’t get this with a football field. The floor itself was nice but I appreciated how it lit up her face from where it was tucked.
You could see a lot of emotion in the faces of the dancers. I found this girls emotions to be dramatic in a good way. Her music had stopped and so did she, but only for a second and she kept dancing till the music caught up with her. You don’t see a football player drop a ball and keep running for a touchdown. The audience cheered her on for her decision to keep going.
Capturing pain is a hard thing to do, which is why I’m glad the dancers are capable of moving the way they do without snapping. If a football players did these maneuvers on the field it would be man down.
From big to small every dancer was different. Above is a more dramatic dance and below is a more humorous and cute dance.
At the start of a play and the end of a play you may here cheers from an audience. At a competition for dance consisting of mostly young girls its not cheers you hear, its high pitch squeals and screams. But just like every other sport their teammates and peers support them in their performance.
For this competition I watched the dances through the lens and shot at appropriate times. The settings were as followed
f/2.8 – SS1/320 – iso800
Dance is definitely something I would be interested in shooting again. This was a great opportunity.