Dance photography has always be a challenge, because not only are you trying to capture some of the more dramatic moments during a piece, you also have to catch the performers while their bodies are perfectly aligned. Opening the shutter a mere second too fast or too slow can make all the difference in whether a photo is worth keeping or not.
Add to this the fact that the only available light you have to work with is what you see on stage (flash photography is usually not permitted for the safety of the dancers). Shooting fast-action photography can be frustrating, and often times, the stage lights are gelled, meaning they have colored filters on them to intentionally make them a different color for dramatic effect. Unfortunately, gelled lights and digital cameras don’t really mix well. Digital cameras tend to over saturate this type of light leading to glowing, neon results and even a loss of detail.
Despite the difficulties, I enjoy dance photography a lot, because it IS a challenge, and I never get tired of seeing the results of a successful shoot.
The image above is from this years annual performance of the Littleton Dance Academy. This particular piece was titled, Ragtime. I really like how it turned out because the lighting allowed me to capture detail in the dancers’ faces. You can see the rest of these photos in my Featured Galleries, or simply click on the photo above.