Join David Hobby for an in-depth discussion in this video Lighting notebook: A dancer in action, part of Lighting with Flash: Capturing a Dancer in Motion.
So this is going to be a little bit involved, but let's jump right into it.…This is our lighting diagram for Stephanie Yezek, our dancer on blow-away white.…A lot of things are consider here. And the first thing we consider is we want to give ourselves…as much room as possible in this dance studio.…It's a decent size, but I could deal with a higher ceiling, and you can always use more room.…So we decided to approach the room on the diagonal, which gave us the longest lens throw,…which was very important because if we can back up and use a telephoto lens you start…compressing those objects, and by those objects I mean Stephanie flying through the air, and…are full-width seamless.…
So we have a better chance of keeping her contained within that seamless. So that distance…is important and turning the room on its diagonal helped us do that.…The other thing it gave us from the opposite corners is it gave Stephanie the longest possible…approach route to get to her mark, where we wanted her to be in the air.…
- Assessing a space and setting up a background
- Lighting a background to create a "blow-away white"
- Working with umbrellas and ring light adaptors
- Lighting to show musculature and form