Mastering Dance Photography
23rd October 2017
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, Alexa Hilton, who is a classically-trained ballerina and a qualified dance teacher. One of her first tasks is to guide you through some basic dance styles, demonstrating the correct posture and positions. Throughout the day, her expertise and advice are invaluable.
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, Alexa will dance a series of 30-40 second sequences, to simulate a live performance. 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.
The workshop is based at the Flashback Studios, Johannesburg, South Africa.
The workshop runs between 10am - 5pm . It is limited to a maximum of 8 photographers and includes lunch. The cost of this workshop is £140 per person (approx. R2500).
You will need a DSLR or CSC camera plus suitable lenses. we recommend lenses that will cover 24 -150mm on a full frame sensor, but please bring along your kit bag, and a notepad and pen. Please let us know if you are a Sony user. If you have any questions regarding equipment, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Our dancer/model for this event is Alexa Hilton
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- October 23, 2017
10:00 am - 5:00 pm