Before you arrive on location for a photo shoot, you need to know what pieces of gear you absolutely need for it to be successful. What are the essential pieces of gear for a dance shoot? In this video, author Joe McNally walks you through what pieces of gear are essential to photograph a belly dancer.
- Part of the standard kit,…again,…the emphasis on this shoot,…or one of them,…was a tripod-based approach.…We were shooting at slow shutter speeds,…with longer lenses.…You want to emphasize the action…and the motion…via slow shutter speed,…you have to keep the camera stable.…An absolutely important,…necessary item,…which I don't usually carry with me,…were hot lights.…I just needed a couple of small,…steady lights.…You know, people refer to 'em…in different ways,now.…
They had barn doors.…You could kind of control them.…They were wing lights behind her,…like 45 degrees behind…the subject,…rim-lighting her…so that they created a narrow sliver…of steady light,…so when she moved,…her garments and her silks…in this steady light,…instead of the flash…just freezing it,…which, if you had only flash…there wouldn't be any motion at all.…The garment would be frozen in the air.…The flash does freeze it…and retain a certain sense of sharpness,…but during the motion, the steady light sources…allow you to create the illusion,…or the fact,…
- Researching the subject
- Conducting a phone interview
- Essential pieces of gear for a dance shoot
- Working with a photo assistant
- Setting up and changing a shot
- Visualizing the first shot
- Creating a lighting setup that complements your subject
- Modifying the environment
- Dealing with on-set challenges
- Attaching lights to a subject
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1. Working with a Dancer
2. Research, Gear, and Crew
3. Loading In and Setting Up the Shot
4. Getting the Shot: Setup 1
5. Dealing with Challenges On Set
6. Getting the Shot: Setup 2
7. Post-Production and Aesthetics
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