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 Post subject: Dance Photography
PostPosted: Fri Feb 29, 2008 5:35 pm 
I have assignment on dance photography (Latino Dancer events)

and I''ll appreciate your tips, especially on equipments, setting, angles, and probably some sample if you have taken one.

I'm afraid that this is another low light setting.

for information: I don't have flash atm, (only built in flash).


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 29, 2008 10:07 pm 
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only built in flash

Hehe, don't try this one: It will ruin your images!
What is the highest ISO that you have shot so far? And were content with?
A grainy look might not be distracting, depends on the setting.
Best lens (depending on your distance to the stage) could be a 85mm f/1.8 fully open. Or if you're close enough a dead cheap and sharp 50mm f/1.8...
The low dof singles out the dancer(s) from the perhaps not so attractive surroundings!

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 01, 2008 3:38 am 
Hi - I've been taking indoor ballroom and latin photos for a long while now. You'll find two sample images of the 2006 British National Champions here:

http://www.cameralabs.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3658

My general advice - fast lens, ISO800 minimum, forget in-built flash. I seldom use an external flash gun unless I'm wanting to achieve certain effects eg. with a rear curtain.

Angles - doesn't matter as long as you avoid cutting arms, feet off the frame. Keep faces sharp and the couple central as possible - then you can crop later if need be for recomposition. You can obviously try to fill the frame, but I do encounter a lower success rate by doing that. To also increase your percentages, manual focus on a preset spot and anticipate the dancers moving into that pre-set frame. Finally, do use continuous firing as it will prove useful in boosting your success rate of capturing a moving subject.

Let me know if there are more specific things that you need to know and if more sample photos are needed.

Good luck.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 01, 2008 3:56 am 
cool shots, thanks for reply,

I have 85mm and 28-135mm is usm atm

I'll try using 85mm f1.8

the problem with 85 is, it can't cover wide area especially for group dancing.

I'll need 30mm or 50mm unfortunately i don't have it yet.

max iso 1600 on canon 40d (in documentation max is 3200)
but I can't set it to 3200, anybody know why?


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 01, 2008 2:21 pm 
If my memory serves me right when I was given a 40D to play with, to get ISO 3200, you need to switch the highlight protection off and then turn on "ISO expansion" in the custom menu. You should then get an "H" ISO level which is ISO 3200 equivalent. I didn't think much of the 3200 equivalent - just too noisy for the quality that I need.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 01, 2008 8:45 pm 
I bet so, thanks for the info.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 02, 2008 2:43 am 
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It is really dark room :( and the space between the audience and dancer is just 1-3 feet away.

and as u know I don't have wide angle like 30-50mm prime to get it.

I end up using 85mm f1.8 iso 1600

Out of 100+ pics i took, only a few are "prolly" usable.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 02, 2008 2:54 am 
Very nice shots Enche.

I especially like the first one, since you seem to have captured a moment and the male dancer's eye there.

Looks like the conditions - light-wise - were difficult to shoot under. All the more impressive results for it.

Just a word of caution: the mods are clamping down on images that exceed forum-limits. (I know, cuz I recently got reminded myself..lol). 700 pixels on the longest axis is the limit.

Cheers :-)


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 02, 2008 3:03 am 
ohyeah i forgot to resize it, thx for your comments.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 07, 2008 8:45 pm 
very nice shots


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Well Enche, it seems from those shots that the 85mm served you quite well! Was focussing a prob under these conditions?
I would convert #3 to portrait-format by cropping the surroundings...

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 07, 2008 9:36 pm 
as u know Latino dance is crazy fast. Luckily the USM helps, but sometimes it focused
on the background (tables) instead of the dancers haha.. I won't blame
the lens because the dancers are moving too fast.


The 85mm lens are awesome, unfortunately i didn't use full frame camera.
so I need to move back 1-2 meter

Look at this pic (sorry I know I suppose to put it in the portrait section but I can't help posting it here.


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The bokeh is very smooth, the detail captured are awesome.
Canon 40D - f2.2 - 1/100 iso 400
click the image for full size image.

the only regret is that there is a girl behind the background.

btw the girl, second in the left is the dancer above. They hang out
after the dance showcase.


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