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0123456789 July 23, 2016
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Behind The Lens

Location
This was one of the images from a day shoot with a ballet dance studio. Rick MacDonald, Alan Bailward, and I set up and shot with several students, one of their instructors, and had additional help from the owners of Fraser Valley Dance Academy in Mission, BC, Canada. This particular dancer has continued on to a scholarship and further studies with a very prestigious school down East.
Time
This was shot in the studio during the afternoon. We set up rolls of backdrop on either side of the room, black on one, white on the other.
Lighting
On the 'white' side, we had a 3 light setup with 2 from the sides for rim and to pop the white on the backdrop, and a 3rd from the front right side to create more shadow.
Equipment
Between the three of us, we represented Pentax, Nikon, and for me, I shot on a Canon 5DII.
Inspiration
Dancers are pure inspiration, so really, any opportunity to capture that is a welcome one.
Editing
I use both Photoshop and Lightroom, some filter add-ons, and I clean up the background. It's amazing how dirty the paper gets with little feet in ballet slippers.
In my camera bag
Wireless triggers, smoke bombs, flashes, extra batteries and cards, business cards, lens cloth, assorted jacks and wires just in case...
Feedback
You'll need strobes, a 6-pack of awesome mobile bendy people, and great timing. Really, though you'll be amazed at what comes out of three hours of shooting with dancers...always worth the effort.

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