When shooting a dancer with a slow shutter speed set on your camera, you are photographing fluid movement. How do you keep the liquid-like movement yet expose well to keep the rest of your subject sharp? In this video, author Joe McNally discusses the importance of using front curtain sync to achieve that look.
- See, when shooting 1/4 of a second,…you have to anticipate lots…of stuff not going the way you anticipate,…'cause the veils are in a very different place…at the end of my exposure than they were at the beginning.…Beautiful, and that's nice, and ready, one, two, three.…(camera clicking)…Nice. (camera clicking)…Okay, interesting thing.…I religiously, religiously have my flash…in rear curtain sync, but I think…in this instance I'm going to with front curtain sync,…because she's not moving relative to camera,…and I want to know that the flash is occurring…when I'm seeing her face, 'cause right now,…I'm at half a second, so that flash is going…off at the end of my shutter instead…of the beginning of my shutter.…
(camera clicking)…I'm going to alter that.…I'm going to change that up and see what I can do…about having the flash go at the very beginning…of my exposure instead of the end of my exposure.…(camera clicking)…Nice.…So all that is kind of part…of the thinking related to timing.…
- 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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