Here is a one-day workshop aimed at photographers who want to learn to capture the beauty, drama and frisson of dance, both in the studio and live on stage. It is aimed at photographers who already have a solid grasp of their camera controls and now want to acquire the specialist skills and techniques required to achieve really pleasing results in this genre. This is where Andrew began his own photography career, shooting live performance in theatres. Years on, he now travels the world, running photography workshops and courses; in this course, he shares his consolidated behind-the-lens knowledge and understanding of classical and contemporary dance.
In addition to tuition from Andrew, you are provided with a dancer for the day.
From these two professionals, you will learn how to capture the form, movement and mood of this highly expressive art form, through creative lighting, precise timing and technical accuracy. By the end of the day, you will be able to critique your own work and, just as importantly, understand how to improve and perfect your technique.
A number of variables are involved to make dance one of the most fascinating and emotive genres in photography. The classroom session covers all the critical elements which come together in a perfect dance shot. From his broad experience, Andrew is able to advice you on lens choice and optimum focus methods, in addition to the importance of lighting, shooting angle, framing and timing.
Practical Shoot Time
After the tutorial, you will be ready to put your learning into practice. Shooting for the day is broken down into four key focus areas:
Timing – In this section, you will concentrate on capturing Alexa as she executes a series of short movements. You will learn to appreciate the concept of brain-to-shutter speed, establish ways to work with your camera in order to compensate for the delay, and accurately anticipate the peak of a dance move.
Tracking the dancer – Building on your timing skills. Under Andrew’s guidance, you will draw on all the methods you have been taught during the morning session to capture the dance move at the optimum moment and in the optimum place in the frame.
Static posing – This element focuses on the physical form. You will work with different lighting set-ups specifically designed to enhance shape and create specific moods.
Dragging the shutter – Here is your opportunity to freeze movement and to introduce blur into your dance photography, using constant light and flash. It’s a chance to play with the abstract and really get creative.
You will need an interchangeable lens camera that can shoot in manual and has a standard hot shoe.
We suggest bringing lenses that cover the following focal lengths, don't worry if you don't have these you can complete the course with a standard kit lens.
Full Frame Sensors. 24mm - 200mm
APS 1.5 Crop 18mm - 150mm
MFT 2x Crop 14mm - 100mm
This is an intermediate level course.
You should be familiar with your camera controls and be able to shoot in manual exposure mode. Manual focussing is not required. Previous experience of working with studio flash is not essential.
I attended Andrew's dancing workshop today, I turned up to a warm welcome today with a full rundown of the days events. We started with what equipment we would need and the differences between them.
I really appreciated this part of the day rather then just being told what settings and taking hundreds of images I could not reticulate. I really feel reassured I can replicate what we learnt today and feel it is the difference of Andrews training.
The dancer Andrew used was also brilliant helping us as photographers to understand what the dancer requires and not what we need as photographers, that was a real eyeopener as well.
A huge thank you to you Andrew and your team, was a phenomenal day. Highly recommended