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Dance Class

By tigertot
My first folly into dance photography - very harsh light in the studio. Would love some feedback guys

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gajewski Plus
12 10 9 United States
4 Oct 2011 10:22PM
"First folly?" I say -- Wow, if this is how you start, I can't wait to see what you produce as your 100th dance shot.
I was attracted to this even as the small thumbnail version.
Specifically -- your timing is perfect. We see the sole of her left foot before she levels it in preparation to hit the floor and the hair is up to show us her upward momentum.
What struck me was her reflection. It is so detailed I almost thought you Photoshoped it in at first.

Looks like you overcame a difficult lighting situation as well. Nicely done. There is a future in dance photography for you.


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JackAllTog Plus
7 4.4k 58 United Kingdom
4 Oct 2011 11:23PM
Wow, Love it Smile
Daisymaye Plus
8 23 10 Canada
5 Oct 2011 12:15AM
Excellent capture, great work on the models part too.............Sandy
franken Plus
14 4.0k 4 Wales
5 Oct 2011 6:37AM
Really excellent!

reaper4252 5 2 9 United Kingdom
5 Oct 2011 7:17AM
This is great. For a first effort I would be very pleasedGrin
My only very minor niggle is the few distractions in the background of the mirror
Very difficult to avoid I know in the restricted space, or quite a lot of cloning in photoshop!!!!Sad
Just my observation but certainly a very good shot full of action and detail
Sooty_1 6 1.5k 220 United Kingdom
5 Oct 2011 10:11AM
Good idea, well executed. I think it would work better if there was more mirror and less surrounds. Maybe get the dancer closer to the mirror, shoot from slightly higher and crop the green thing and the ceiling out. It's a good dynamic angle, but there are too many distractions.

CathR 9 151 564 United Kingdom
5 Oct 2011 10:13AM
I can imagine the lighting is a nightmare but you have done well here. Good sense of movement and exposure is also good. Nice idea with the mirror. It's a pity about the ceiling being so low - nothing you can do about it obviously. but it detracts from the mood, if you know what I mean.

Best wishes

tigertot 13 36 England
5 Oct 2011 12:04PM
Thanks for all the feedback - very helpful. The room is a sports centre gym so there are lots of background distractions unfortunately. Might see if I can get a higher vantage point to shoot from to cut down on the ceiling. I shot these for a friend who is starting a dance class and she loved them, would like to be able to keep her website updated with improved shots. Was a little unsure about her hair but guess it does add to the movement.
banehawi Plus
12 1.5k 3531 Canada
5 Oct 2011 4:22PM
A great shot Lesley, and well worth spending time on a mod, - Ive loaded an example.

Dont forget to provide the shot details (exif data) with the shots for critique, - it helps us with feedback.


tigertot 13 36 England
7 Oct 2011 10:31PM
Thanks Willie - certainly helps to remove some of the background distractions.
FeatherFriend 8 38 217 England
10 Oct 2011 2:09PM
Very good action shot Lesley, difficult to do I know but I would have tried to remove the bars under the lady's left leg in addition to what Wil has done in the mod, a bit fiddly to do though,

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