Studio shot of a ballerina.

Studio shot of a ballerina.
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Behind The Lens

This photo was taken at a dance studio. This particular studio is special to me because all the ballet teachers I grew up with are now teaching at this location. As a retired ballerina, I love to capture the beauty of an art that was such a huge part of my life through photography.
This studio was in an enclosed building and we were able to photograph at night after all classes had finished.
One of the hardest things about dance photography is capturing movement. With this shot I tried to capture her falling towards the light while the movement of her dress was reaching in the opposite direction. I love the mood of a single light portrait and it is one of my favorite light setups.
This shot was taken with a Nikon D7200, Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8, a single 7' parabolic with a diffuser and a Godox QT400II studio flash.
I had actually just purchased new lighting equipment so this was a test shoot! I had a lovely model come dance for me and we got some great shots while confirming that my equipment was a great purchase.
I recently started experimenting with paint brushes in Photoshop. I used this paint technique to extend the length of her dress and create more of a painterly look to the image.
In my camera bag
In my bag I have a Nikon D7200, Nikon 35mm f/1.8, Nikon 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6, and depending on the shoot I sometimes rent the Nikon 24-70 f/2.8 or Nikon 70-200 f/2.8.
I am a fan of darker, more contrasty images so I tend to only use one or two light sources. If you are striving for the look of this photo definitely start with a diffused single light to one side of your model and make adjustments from there. When working with dancers make sure your shutter speed or flash duration (if using lights) is fast enough to capture their movement.

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