DANCE PHOTOGRAPHY SESSION PART 3: One Light Action shot / by Ferry Knijn Fotografie

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This week the next part in the Dance photography series. If you didn't have read the firs two part you can read them here:

The One-light Set up


The first shot was lightning wise very simple. I Just used one Elinchrom Quadra RX with the A-Head on the B-port with the Elinchrom Rotalux 150 deep indirect octa as a modifier. The reason I used the B-Port was that it had a faster Flash duration to freeze the action more.

For the Camera I used the Fuji X-pro1 with the 35mm 1.4 lens. Settings: Iso 100, 1/125 at f5.6.

The post Production

For the post production I used a little more Ferry Dusting

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The first step I did was the Eyes, Duplication the Layer, set the blend mode to screen and add a black Layer mask. Then use the white paintbrush and paint it on the irises. Then use the opacity to pull it down so you won't get scary bright eyes!

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The next step is painting in the light. This is a technique I learned from Dutch commercial photographer and Hasselblad master Hans van Ommeren. It starts with darken the pictures. To do this a little more controlled I used the curves. Hans normally uses the Levels adjustment layer. After you darkened the whole picture use a layer mask and use a brush on an opacity/flow of 20/20. Then paint back the light on the places you want it. This gives a really nice and moody look. Also it really helps you focusing on the subject.

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The net step is smoothing the skin out a little bit. I just used the Inverse High pass skin technique for this.

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To finish it I used a little bit of high pass sharpening with a soft light blend mode painted in on the places I wanted it.