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Dance Competition Season Starts
Lens: Sigma 70-200 OS Camera: K-5 Photo Location: Orange County CA ISO: 3200 Shutter Speed: 1/500s Aperture: F4 
Posted By: crewl1, 12-09-2013, 10:42 AM

First competition of our season and it looks like the dancers are well prepared.
Critiques and advice for photo and PP improvement always welcome.

















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12-09-2013, 11:26 AM   #2
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Lighting is not going to be good in a gym and dancers are always on the move. I would suggest you experiment with high ISO....400-800....maybe higher and hopefully you have a fast lens...like a 70-200 F 2.8.

Looks like you already have a fast Sigma...and a K-5 so the lens should work. Those pics so far are very good at 3200 ISO.
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That looks like an energetic and fun shooting environment. As stated above f2.8 may help better freeze the action, 1/750 may make a noticeable difference; I'm not familiar with ISO 6400 on your camera, but it's worth a try.

Compositionally, for most of them it appears you are positioned too further off to the side to fully engage with their emotive faces and key body language. The last shot is more of what I would prefer. All the shots seem slightly too blue but I don't trust the monitor I've viewing things on at the moment.

If this is a regular shooting gig, the increased opportunities will be excellent and I'm sure your shots will show it.

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QuoteOriginally posted by lesmore49 Quote
Lighting is not going to be good in a gym and dancers are always on the move. I would suggest you experiment with high ISO....400-800....maybe higher and hopefully you have a fast lens...like a 70-200 F 2.8.

Looks like you already have a fast Sigma...and a K-5 so the lens should work. Those pics so far are very good at 3200 ISO.
Thanks for the tips lesmore. Yes the lighting is definitely bad.
I am using TAv with ISO range up to 3200 and it is pegged there.
The thin DOF at F2.8 is kinda scary but will test it again.

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Lots of great shots here, looks like I need to take up dance photography if all the ladies are as good looking as these.
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That looks like an energetic and fun shooting environment. As stated above f2.8 may help better freeze the action, 1/750 may make a noticeable difference; I'm not familiar with ISO 6400 on your camera, but it's worth a try.

Compositionally, for most of them it appears you are positioned too further off to the side to fully engage with their emotive faces and key body language. The last shot is more of what I would prefer. All the shots seem slightly too blue but I don't trust the monitor I've viewing things on at the moment.

If this is a regular shooting gig, the increased opportunities will be excellent and I'm sure your shots will show it.

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Thanks for the advice Miguel.
I provide the sound at some of the events so my vantage is from the side most of the time.
I will make more of an effort to shoot from nearer the judges as the dancers are performing to them.
I'll try ISO 6400 on the next event too.
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You've captured the image of movement beautifully in every shot.
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Lots of great shots here, looks like I need to take up dance photography if all the ladies are as good looking as these.
They are easy on the eyes so could be a pleasant gig. Unless this is all you can get up in your area


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You've captured the image of movement beautifully in every shot.
Thanks eaglem!
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Unless this is all you can get up in your area
Aye it's more like that, than what you seem to get.

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Hey Larry, you managed to get some nice captures! The colors look great to me, considering the fact that gyms usually don't have the best lighting conditions. Also, speaking from my own experience with shooting action shots with the K-5, you caught some nice moments.

As for camera settings and such, I would recommend against shooting at F2.8. I've missed quite a few shots due to the shallower DOF. I think you chose wisely to shoot at F4. Also, you should try shooting at ISO 6400. The results shouldn't be too bad. I shot this event at ISO 6400 with my K-5/Sigma 70-200mm APO EX DG OS combo. The setting was a Buddhist church with some overhead lighting and some sunlight that was able to reach inside the sanctuary(?). I did do some PP in Lightroom, though.

Also, for reference, I shot this event with the K-5/Sigma combo at ISO 3200. I found that I got more keepers by using aperture values greater than 2.8.
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Mamba those sets look really good.
I will have to try 6400, looks like it cleans up real nice.
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Hmm, I don't recall using any noise reduction on those photos, unless there's some by default in Lightroom.
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Hmm, I don't recall using any noise reduction on those photos, unless there's some by default in Lightroom.
Oh wow ok. Even better.
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I bet you enjoyed your time there photographing Larry, I think you did a great job, I would open it up a bit to ISO 6400 and f/4 or so. The main thing is your having fun I would think.
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