Portrait Pictures Video Ranking: four / 5
any advice on focusing? do you use single point or array? single or
When you shoot in low light like i did today on a ballroom competition the
the room needs to be well lit. I hade to pump up the iso to 6400 and stilll
had only 1/60-1/100 instead of shooting at 1/500s f8.
Sorry it was f2.8
this is great, thanks for this
Even after one nearly 2 years this video is still a great start for
photographers who wants to begin working with dance photography. Even for
me after some expirience with this kinds of stuff is a source of handful
Hi Matt, I am also a dance photographer from Tucson, Arizona. I shoot
mostly west coast swing in both competition and social settings. I have
found a fast primary lens to be essential. I started with a fairly
inexpensive 35 mm f/1.8 then moved to a 50 mm f/1.4 Nikon. The wider
apertures allow me to use a much lower ISO setting. I use ISO 400 for most
competitions and then move it to 640 or 800 when the lights are turned down
for social dancing. I am shooting with a Nikon D5100.
For reference sake, f/1.4 is 3 stops below f/4 and will capture 8 times
more light allowing the use of a lower ISO. I avoid using flash, but when I
need to I put it on a low setting and bounce it off the ceiling (using a
Nikon SB-400). A great website for photographers is kenrockwell.
Absolutely. If you can use a prime lens (even the basic 50mm Nikkor is only
just over £100) then you really get some incredible shots – not only lower
light performance but classy depth-of-field portraiture. Foolishly, I only
got my prime recently and no longer do dance photography, but having a
prime would have been very useful. The only drawback is that if you’re in
an arena limited to walk round the edge and dancers are in the middle,
having a zoom allows you to pick out individuals more.
I like this vid. Very complete info and nice tips. I don’t agree with not
taking many shots, though. D.R.
@4:20 its alan thrower hes a legand with his ring flash
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