DANCE PHOTOGRAPHY SESSION PART 4: Two Light Action shot / by Ferry Knijn Fotografie

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Welcome to the fourth and last part of the Dance Photography session serie. The first shoot where all one light shots, if you haven't read the you can read them here:

The Two light set-up

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Again I started with 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 has a faster Flash duration to freeze the action better. Also notice in de diagram that the light is slightly behind the subject turned toward the subject away from the wall for a more dramatic look. The downside off this was that the wall was getting really dark and I lost everything of the surroundings. It was getting to dark. So I added a small bare YoungNuo YN-560II speed light on slave mode. It was just of a 1/64 to 1/128 setting. It was just there to give a little push of light on the background.

For the Camera I used the Fuji X-pro1 with the 35mm 1.4 lens. Settings: Iso 100, 1/125 at f5.6. Because of it was getting darker on the evening and the Fuji's aren't the fastest focussing camera's I used a little trick from the old days. I made a focus zone, I positioned somebody between the flashes, focussed on this target in manual focussing mode. After that I asked the dancer to keep the jump in this zone. Remember in the old days sporting photographers used this to get good focus, there was no AF to give the blame if you had out of focus photo's!

In to Post

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As you can see in the screen capture the only post processing where a few simple adjustments in Lightroom 5, and I added a vignette using the radial filter.

I Hope you have enjoyed this series about dance photography. If you have any questions please mail me or put a comment down below!