Different Ways to Photograph a Dancer

March 27, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Had the opportunity to take photos for Ellisif, a dancer from Norway. There are basically three ways to capture motion. 1. Freezing it (works with panning too) 2. Capturing motion with longer shutter speeds 3. Stroboscopic flashes. Rather than go the typical route of freezing the motion, we decided to get more creative. Considering strobes fire off the flash of light at around 1/2000 - 1/8000 of a second it is very easy to freeze motion at a typical shutter speed.  It becomes more difficult when the shutter is slowed considerably to several seconds in duration. Then there is consideration for the balance of ambient light and capturing the movement in a way that it is not a complete blur. Shooting tethered to the computer and seeing the immediate results on screen allowed us to play around with movements and then refine to get what we needed. The results were quite cool!

 

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