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02-06-2007, 10:54 AM   #1
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Looking for help with dance Recitals

Looking for tips or techniques?

Well, my daughter is in dance class now and a few weeks ago they had a family day. I happen to bring my camera that day and was going to ask to be allow in to take some shots. I know the owner very well and she had no problem with me taking pictures. It was fun and I was able to get some nice shots in a somewhat poorly lit room. It got me thinking. No, I am not the only one that thought of this as a Google search led to a bunch of people that do this. In the waiting room are books of years past group shots. You know the team or class photo things. So I wonder does anyone take shots at the recital that they sell. I sent an email and the owner is very interested in this idea. Coincidentally, I belong to a networking group that another Dance Studio owner belongs to. I mentioned this and she said they have someone they use but, may be interested and having me do their recital/competition. I said I had never done it before but may be willing to give it a try. I asked if I could see samples of what was done in the past. They gave me a link and I checked it out. The pictures were good but (in my humble opinion, nothing extraordinary) Index . They event in question would be shot in a ballroom type hall with horrible lighting. One thing I have found is very often they do not allow anyone to bring video or still cameras to these events. I guess competition is tough and stealing routines and things are common (wow who would have thought) so if they hire me I would have full access and prime seating or standing during the event. So after this long intro I am wondering, anyone doing this?

As far as equipment I think will be of most use that I have:

K10D & *istds
A 50mm 1.7
Sigma 70-200mm 2.8
Sigma 500 Super
DA 16-45

I am wondering about the flash and if I will use it at all. I mean if lighting is not to bad I would prefer to not use it. I know the Sigma 500 will not work wireless on its own. But if buy some miracle there is a fix before the event (I think May) that would allow for it to be used wirelessly (with the K10) how does one suggest I set up. If it where at a school auditorium I think I would be all set as far as the lighting but the pictures from the mentioned above website does not look like I am going to have as much luck. The owner already mentioned it would be in a ballroom type place.

So lots here hope not boring anyone to bad and look forward to you tip, websites, suggestions or comments in general.


02-06-2007, 01:21 PM   #2
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Missing equipment...

Monopod! A low light/bad light/existing light shooters best friend!

Daughter did ballet, theater and HS sports, older son did debate and theater (now where is that picture of him dropping his pants on stage?); youngest son, who knows?

Here is my monopod/head:
02-06-2007, 01:24 PM   #3
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QuoteOriginally posted by vievetrick Quote
Looking for tips or techniques?

I am wondering about the flash and if I will use it at all. I mean if lighting is not to bad I would prefer to not use it.

Having been a competitive dancer for several years, I can tell you, without reservation, do not use your flash. Flash is very distracting to most dancers, especially couples dancers.

I was a member of a clogging team as well, which may be similar to your daughters dance recitals, and we did not allow flash to be used when we were performing.

Crank up the ISO, do a manual white balance (or shoot in RAW) and have at it. Leave the flash in the bag.



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Thanks Jeff and Ed I do have a monopod and really doubt I will be using the flash anyway. Anyone have any shots they want to share?


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