After a spirited and insightful critique of images from the first day of the dance photograpy workshop at Santa Fe Workshops, we resumed our journey into lighting dancers in the studio. Working off of the foundation from yesterday when we only used one light, today we worked with three. In this demonstration with dancer Deollo Johnson, in addition to the key light, a Chimera medium Super Pro soft box, we added two Chimera Super Pro Strip lights on the left and right. The results were dramatic in that we could separate the dancer from the background and create more depth in the picture. And more than that, help define the muscles in the torso and left leg. Of course because this is a demonstration, I can't take time to evolve the image as far as I would like, but clearly there was a lot more we could do had this been a personal shoot.
It was great fun to see the participants take this approach and run with it to make some wonderful images on their own. And that is truly rewarding for me to see.
Tomorrow, after a morning critique, we go to a wonderful primordial property outside of Santa Fe to shoot dancers on location into the early evening. It's bound to be a great day.