Dance Photography: Tips for shooting

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| January 11th, 2014 | Posted in Photography |

10 Responses to “Dance Photography: Tips for shooting”

  1. brent847 Says:

    any advice on focusing? do you use single point or array? single or
    continuous?

  2. José Campos Says:

    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.

  3. José Campos Says:

    Sorry it was f2.8

  4. clrclow Says:

    this is great, thanks for this

  5. ferus Says:

    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
    tips.

  6. mrsvle Says:

    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.

  7. mrsvle Says:

    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.

  8. Matt Cornock Says:

    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.

  9. Hasfast Says:

    I like this vid. Very complete info and nice tips. I don’t agree with not
    taking many shots, though. D.R.

  10. Sam Dunn Photography Says:

    @4:20 its alan thrower hes a legand with his ring flash