Before you start to work with a dancer during a photo shoot, you need to figure out what lens and camera settings are best to use. What are things to consider as you do that? In this video, join author Joe McNally has he determines what lens and camera settings he needs to capture the perfect shot of a belly dancer.
- Lens I'm currently using for this setup, so far anyway,…is the 70-200 f 2.8, again, a really standard…workhorse lens, always goes with me.…Great reach on the lens, and sharpness.…There's a piece of technology in the cameras…that I might avail myself of today.…I'm not sure yet, but the DSLR aspect ratio format,…occasionally a dancer will express themselves in a way…that doesn't completely fit that format.…The beauty of these higher-end digital cameras,…such as the D5, is I can take myself out of the normal…DSLR aspect ratio, and I can go to 4:5, which is kind of…a very nice, it eliminates some of this,…which I'm trying to do because I have 12-foot duvis…back there, and in this framing I've got the wall,…which is a noxious, greenish color.…
I want to get rid of that as much as possible.…Easy in post to extend the black.…I'm not hugely concerned, but I like this because…she's got veils, and as soon as I go wide on this lens…to accommodate the horizontal play of her veils,…I get this.…If I go into 4:5, I eliminate some of this.…
- Researching the subject
- Conducting a phone interview
- Essential pieces of gear for a dance shoot
- Working with a photo assistant
- Setting up and changing a shot
- Visualizing the first shot
- Creating a lighting setup that complements your subject
- Modifying the environment
- Dealing with on-set challenges
- Attaching lights to a subject
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1. Working with a Dancer
2. Research, Gear, and Crew
3. Loading In and Setting Up the Shot
4. Getting the Shot: Setup 1
5. Dealing with Challenges On Set
6. Getting the Shot: Setup 2
7. Post-Production and Aesthetics
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