The depiction of subjects in motion has been one of the fascinations of photographers since the invention of photography: in this workshop we will photograph dancers with the multiple-exposure technique known as STROBOSCOPIC LIGHTING, to create extraordinary images right in camera.
The concept is to capture several overlapping images of the subject in one frame, depicting their entire movement in time and in space, over the duration of the exposure. This is accomplished with professional strobe lights firing up to 10 times within the single 2-second exposure. While it is difficult to control the outcome, we will teach you how to “spread” the different “bodies” over the frame, with your camera movement and timing.
Our performers, the extraordinary Diavolo company dancers, who combine amazing feats of physical prowess with grace and illusionary effortlessness, will endlessly repeat their difficult movements – to give you many opportunities to capture them at their peak!
We will meet at the Diavolo Dance studio on Sunday February 24, at 5PM, and work until 10PM. We will provide all the necessary lighting equipment, as well as snacks and drink – just bring your camera, short telephoto lenses, memory cards, and extra charged batteries!!!
This is a complex workshop, but we will take the time to train you before the shoot – starting with an extensive demonstration and explanation of the lighting setup, and the camera movement technique. You will shoot as a group, taking turns controlling the light, but everyone will capture the strobe exposures, at the same time. This will be a very intense practice, with only short breaks, to become proficient in this new skill of stroboscopic lighting with flash. At the end of the shoot, we’ll review the experience and answer your questions. A week after the class, you’ll send us your best shots, for a class web page, as well as to share with the dancers.
* To learn more about the history of stroboscopic photography, look into Eadward Muybridge and Harold Edgerton.
The Workshop will take place in the Brewery Arts Complex at the Diavolo Dance Studio, 616 Moulton Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90031.
There will be plenty of free parking.