The dancers couldn’t be more wonderfully intricate, a flying jigsaw puzzle, beautiful pieces all. The flash approach couldn’t be simpler. Two raw, zoomed Speedlights. No shapers. Just two small flashes, supported by Avenger c-stands, each positioned about 45 degrees off the camera position, right and left. Basically, a copy stand.
Rarely light like this, because I am usually trying to soften shadows a bit, and I almost never cross-direct what effectively is two main lights. Until I saw the large white scrim at the back of the stage. A huge white surface, with tons of room for shadows to scamper around in playful fashion. The constant light through the Lastolite Tri-Grip is a small LED on the camera position, as Cali on our crew was shooting some video.
The one finesse part of this is playing with the angle of the approach of the flash, and how deep or shallow the exposure is on the resulting shadows produced. No real science to it, just experimentation. Shoot, adjust. As always.
More Dancer Diary tk….