Last Thursday the subject of my photography class at UW Stout was capturing movement in the studio. A couple students from the dance team came in to pose for us. The first two photos in this set were actually taken while I was waiting for my turn to shoot. I set my camera for a three second exposure, and let the flash strobes from the other students expose my picture. The tricky thing was knowing where to point the camera because with the shutter open, the mirror in the camera blocks the viewfinder. I had to just point the camera in the general direction of the dancer and hope for the best. I ended up with lots of equipment in the picture, but it’s kind of a neat way to frame the shot. The long exposures gave me some odd coloration and saturation effects, which are also interesting.
The rest of the photos were taken during my time to shoot. I decided to go for multiple exposures in one frame, rather than a single shot. I thought this might be an interesting way to show movement. I again went for a three second exposure, but this time I had another student pop off the strobe lights when the dancer reached certain spots on the backdrop. The images are far from perfect, but it was a good learning experience. The backdrop wasn’t really big enough for this much movement, so the dancer’s arms are getting cut off by the edge of the frame in almost every shot. I would like to try this again with more time to properly set up the studio and lights. Overall though, I’m happy with the quick set up I came up with during class.
By the way, my efforts in class were inspired by Joe McNally’s work. If you want to see this effect done properly, check out image 22 in his incredible dance portfolio.