Studio Move's Christmas Show 2018 (image heavy)

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I was hired to shoot at this annual event for a local dance studio since their regular photographer wasn't available. Finally the break I had been waiting since the day I started shooting at these kinds of events (for fun - I'd like to add)! The only downside was that I needed to sit in the audience and stay focused for ~7 hours to shoot over 70 different performances since I promised to deliver at least ~5 good pictures per act.

The youngest performers were 3 or 4 years old and to be honest I did struggle to get 5 good pictures of them. The adults though... Oh man, there were acts where I had 30-40 really good ones and had hard time trimming them down to ~10. I guess you win some and lose some, eh? :D

In case you're interested in reading more about the event and my choice of gear etc., you can do it on my website/blog: Studio Moven joulunäytös 2018 – TeemuP.net

If not, that's OK. :D Here are some of my favorite pictures of the event anyway:

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Part 2:

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I did end up using a bit "heavier than usual" image processing for some pictures since I felt it suited them. Obviously I have the normal versions of them too and delivered them as well to the client but feel free to comment on those "not so realistic ones" if you feel those are hideous and should be kept locked up somewhere dark. Or actually, feel free to comment how ever / whatever you like. :rolleyes-38:
 
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These all look fantastic to me! I wouldn't have thought anything of the processing unless you specifically mentioned it. I thought it was just the venue lighting that lead to the look of the photos. The shots of the woman on the vertical bar are amazing. The amount training and discipline it must take to transform one's body to be able to do that is mind blowing. I enjoyed the whole set photos of all the performers.
 

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These all look fantastic to me! I wouldn't have thought anything of the processing unless you specifically mentioned it. I thought it was just the venue lighting that lead to the look of the photos. The shots of the woman on the vertical bar are amazing. The amount training and discipline it must take to transform one's body to be able to do that is mind blowing. I enjoyed the whole set photos of all the performers.
Thanks! Indeed it is. I've been shooting pole dancers quite some time now and the tricks they do demand a lot of strength. In fact I've been trying some tricks myself too and have to admit that to be able to do anything requires a lot of training and I can't do ****. :D

And I was actually wondering where to post this thread but soon realized that these acts are soooo much more physical than e.g. golf (which I believe some people actually consider as sports ;) ) so I think it's under the right forum section... :laugh1:
 

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Agree with @morphodone, awesome shots and fantastic processing. Since this is m43 in challenging light, did you use NR in your processing? I noticed you were able to keep ISO reasonable also when shooting f2.8
Thank you. :drinks: Yes I did. Actually I used NR first in Lightroom and then again in Photoshop (Topaz DeNoise plugin). Why two times? Lightroom for global NR and selective / more controlled NR with the plugin. The "lowish ISO" was due to the (extreme) exposure compensation and center weighted metering. I think I used exposure compensation with values between -1.7 and -2.7 - which was an overkill though. Based on the Lightroom exposure & shadows sliders I think the more appropriate values would have been something in the region of -0.7 and -1.3. I'll know better next time. :rolleyes:
 

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Part 1 and 2:

Like all your series this again is great joy to look at. You catch the dancers at the right moment with beautiful colours and compositions. With such phantastic results the pains of even seven hours nailed to a seat will soon be forgotten.
 

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Very nicely done! And I am a bit jealous. I often shoot a high school dance competition for a friend, and I am fighting for light. I am amazed that you were able to keep the ISO's down and also have negative EV compensation. The stage lighting must have been quite bright.

--Ken
 

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Thank you all for the comments - and thank you for the front page feature! :drinks:

Very nicely done! And I am a bit jealous. I often shoot a high school dance competition for a friend, and I am fighting for light. I am amazed that you were able to keep the ISO's down and also have negative EV compensation. The stage lighting must have been quite bright.

--Ken
Thanks! Yes, the lights indeed were fine. I do have one complaint about it though: All the lights came from above the dancers which meant that the faces - and especially the eyes - had harsh shadows. I bet the dancers would have preferred these pictures without the "raccoon eyes" created by the shadows. :rolleyes-38: But nothing I could do about it, so... :whistling:
 
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