Photographer

Clinton Winant

Posts: 30

Solana Beach, California, US

I am looking for examples and inspiration for pics of dancers, both classic and modern.  What I am really interested in are pictures that capture, or suggest movement.  Any suggestions???

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Photographer

nyk fury

Posts: 2918

Port Townsend, Washington, US

tumblr. start with broad search terms, then gradually narrow down.

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Model

a raw muse

Posts: 3196

Amundsen-Scott - permanent station of the US, Unclaimed Sector, Antarctica

I have quite a few in this list: http://www.modelmayhem.com/list/531586

Nov 16 12 04:13 pm Link

Photographer

Rob Photosby

Posts: 2970

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

I am not sure that you need images for inspiration as much as you need a camera that will shoot four frames per second or faster.  All the dancers I have known already have plenty of poses.

Nevertheless, here is a list of dancers, many of them in motion  http://www.modelmayhem.com/list/392271

Nov 16 12 05:10 pm Link

Photographer

Cherrystone

Posts: 36698

Columbus, Ohio, US

Google Juliet Prowse

Nov 16 12 05:26 pm Link

Photographer

Clinton Winant

Posts: 30

Solana Beach, California, US

These replies are so helpful!  In my experience we try to suggest movement in several ways:  We can blur the background, an approach popular with the race car and plane folks.  We ca try to freeze an image where the dres or whatever is in a position it would only attain in motion, or we can do the reverse, shoot slow to purposefully blur what is moving.  I wonder if any of you have (a) different ways of dealing with movement, and if not, which of these you like (all three is a perfectly reasonable answer).

Nov 16 12 05:41 pm Link

Photographer

Paul Tirado Photography

Posts: 4250

New York, New York, US

i got a couple of shots on my port. This, my avatar at the moment, is probably my best one so far.

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120915/21/50555ace0ed70_m.jpg

Nov 16 12 05:55 pm Link

Photographer

matt-h2

Posts: 541

Oakland, California, US

natural beauties of qld wrote:
as much as you need a camera that will shoot four frames per second or faster.

Actually, no. You need to understand movement and when to catch a moment.

Nov 16 12 06:07 pm Link

Photographer

Clinton Winant

Posts: 30

Solana Beach, California, US

to matt-h2   Can you amplify?  What do you mean by "understand movement"

Nov 16 12 06:13 pm Link

Photographer

Brendan Lally Photo

Posts: 50

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

A great reference for dance photography, Jim does amazing work.

http://www.perfectlandscape.com/frozen_ … lcome.html

Nov 16 12 06:21 pm Link

Photographer

Chris Maxwell

Posts: 680

Sterling, Virginia, US

I've enjoyed shooting dancers with the same aim to show movement.  Here is an approach I've used.

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/111218/18/4eeea87202c61.jpg

Nov 16 12 06:26 pm Link

Photographer

matt-h2

Posts: 541

Oakland, California, US

Clinton Winant wrote:
to matt-h2   Can you amplify?  What do you mean by "understand movement"

For example, this photo:

http://www.matthaber.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=45&g2_serialNumber=2

was a single shot. I knew more or less when the peak moment was going to be, and triggered the shutter just before. This was shot with studio strobes, so spray and pray just would not work.

If the movement that the dancer was going to execute is one that is not familiar, I ask the dancer to run it without taking a picture. That way I can see where the right moment will be, so I can catch it the next time around.

Nov 16 12 10:27 pm Link

Model

Elise Ann

Posts: 171

South Bend, Indiana, US

http://www.facebook.com/theballerinaproject?fref=ts

Pictures of elite ballerinas posing in awesome locations.

Nov 16 12 10:36 pm Link

Photographer

AMCphotography

Posts: 436

Los Angeles, California, US

Chris Maxwell wrote:
I've enjoyed shooting dancers with the same aim to show movement.  Here is an approach I've used.

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/111218/18/4eeea87202c61.jpg

Freakin' gorgeous!!

Nov 16 12 10:56 pm Link

Model

Sandra Vixen

Posts: 1010

Los Angeles, California, US

These are some great contemporary/neo-classical:

Lois Greenfield:
http://www.loisgreenfield.com/

Richard Calmes
http://www.pbase.com/rcalmes/

Note that these are NOT classical ballet poses, a lot of the pose are just not correct, but awesome. smile

Nov 18 12 12:17 am Link

Model

Tilishia

Posts: 38

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Clinton Winant wrote:
I am looking for examples and inspiration for pics of dancers, both classic and modern.  What I am really interested in are pictures that capture, or suggest movement.  Any suggestions???

I've only got one in my port but its one I like smile Hope its a little inspiration

Nov 18 12 01:52 am Link

Photographer

Creative Image

Posts: 1325

Avon, Connecticut, US

Google Lois Greenfield.  She is the best in the US, and maybe the world.

Nov 18 12 06:34 am Link

Model

Sabine Luise

Posts: 890

Boston, Massachusetts, US

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has beautiful spreads too.

https://www.facebook.com/AlvinAileyAmericanDanceTheater

Dec 03 12 07:57 pm Link

Photographer

RacerXPhoto

Posts: 2469

Brooklyn, New York, US

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Model

Sabine Luise

Posts: 890

Boston, Massachusetts, US

RacerXPhoto wrote:
Pffftt MM

I really like this photographer.

http://www.modelmayhem.com/1372721#

Dec 03 12 08:10 pm Link

Photographer

RacerXPhoto

Posts: 2469

Brooklyn, New York, US

Sabine  wrote:

I really like this photographer.

http://www.modelmayhem.com/1372721#

Check out this guy
http://www.modelmayhem.com/97941
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/060212/10/43ef686048f27_m.jpg

Dec 03 12 09:02 pm Link

Model

NYMPH

Posts: 624

Oakland, California, US

matt-h2 wrote:

Actually, no. You need to understand movement and when to catch a moment.

Yep. Very much seconded and agreed. (And not just because I love Matt

Dec 03 12 09:45 pm Link

Model

Jen B

Posts: 3178

Hopkinsville, Kentucky, US

Clinton Winant wrote:
to matt-h2   Can you amplify?  What do you mean by "understand movement"

Hi,
Best example I can think of, (easily as I always feel a little robbed when I see a shot failed this in a dancer,) is when the shot is taken BEFORE the peak of the movement or at the PEAK of the movement. It should be immediately AFTER the peak just before the break which is the moment of slight relax and calm with the strength.

Getting a dancer raising her leg is the power phase, getting her/him when leg is at the peak is power, just after that is a breif moment of 'floating' which is something I always loved when I did any dance.

Jen
p.s. and only just now have I gotten back to enjoy dance and movement and have just a couple shots, (love the floating part.)

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Model

Model4u

Posts: 323

Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Dec 09 12 06:07 pm Link

Model

Rose Valentina

Posts: 65

London, England, United Kingdom

I really like this photographer's work:

http://www.pbase.com/rcalmes/ballet

Dec 09 12 06:54 pm Link

Photographer

ELiffmann

Posts: 1408

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, US

+3 Lois Greenfield

Dec 09 12 07:07 pm Link

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Model

Koryn

Posts: 36708

Boston, Massachusetts, US

I have a comprehensive list:

http://www.modelmayhem.com/list/291161

Dec 10 12 08:05 am Link