Dancers have a beautiful approach where they do an athletic, technical move and yet still have a serene, calm look. In this video, author Joe McNally walks you through his approach to selecting the best photos to edit based on the motion created, the dancer’s expression and where the focus is in the photograph.
- I was looking for…the combination of her beautifully serene face…with the dynamic aspects of her body in motion,…which is hard to do.…If you and I jumped in the air like dancers,…we might get a little bit in the air…and our faces would be like (groans),…cause we're struggling, and you know, it's like ...…A dancer has the two-fold objective…of doing this incredibly athletic thing,…but also looking completely serene and beautiful…while they're doing it.…
That's a real skill.…You know, so I was looking for that facial expression…where she was up into the light in a really lovely way,…but also her body was in relatively frenetic motion.…So those are two kind of almost…diametrically opposed physical states,…that you're hoping to merge at camera in one frame.…So hence, you have to repeat that frame numerous times…to make sure that you have it.…In this instance, actually not that much was done.…Cause there's no qualms about the background.…
It's black.…We chose a couple of frames that just worked…in terms of having her sharp.…
- 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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