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Alessandra in a spin

By chrisevans
My colleague introduced me to her sister, Alessandra, a gifted dancer who was keen to join me in the studio for several hours of messing around in front of camera trying different ideas. This specific shot uses more equipment than my usual single-light rigs but I was convinced it would give Ale a different kind of shot she was used to getting. Here I have my large single strobe above centre. I also have a small strobe on a travel stand directly behind Ale just in front of the grey seamless pointing at Ale's back. I then have my assistant (budding photographer Zara) spray an indoor aerosol mist behind Ale but just in front of the back strobe. All settings are on manual, including the strobe exposure and I judge this just by looking at the back of the camera. To help the talent when shooting something that is technical like ballet I like to tether the camera to my laptop then attach a large 4k screen to the laptop which is facing the talent so she can judge her own execution, she is the professional, not me. I can only react to the artistic look and technical exposure. My camera is a second hand Nikon D800 along with a second hand 24-70mm zoom. I swapped between this and a very nice 85mm prime but the zoom allowed me to go a little wider to capture all the action. Post production was minimal, all the hard work was removing the edges of the seamless. Exposure: 60th sec, F9.0, ISO 100.

Tags: Portrait Skills Beautiful Talent Strobe Dancer Ballet Performer Portraits and people

Voters: pauljt, debu, joshwa and 65 more

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Arvorphoto Plus
11 144 6 United Kingdom
19 Aug 2019 2:24PM
An excellent result and very interesting to read how it was produced
My award
pamelajean Plus
15 1.6k 2238 United Kingdom
19 Aug 2019 3:28PM
Your work is extremely impressive.
Alessandra is an amazing model, and the work that went into this shot was well worth the effort.
This has to have a GEA, at least.
cats_123 Plus
17 5.1k 30 Northern Ireland
19 Aug 2019 3:49PM
Thanks for sharing your technique... stunning results 😁
19 Aug 2019 3:55PM
Whatever you did the result is exceptional! Beautiful image indeed.

chase Plus
16 2.2k 578 England
19 Aug 2019 5:01PM
Beautifully lit, a great result from all your hard work.
Saastad 2 16 15 Norway
19 Aug 2019 6:18PM
Very beautiful photo!

19 Aug 2019 8:15PM
Love the lighting.


19 Aug 2019 8:59PM
Beautifully taken and presented.

clicknimagine Plus
11 880 105 India
20 Aug 2019 11:11AM
Excellent team work and execution...
richmowil Plus
12 449 2 England
20 Aug 2019 11:44AM
Quality image

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