Commack High School Varsity Jazz Dancers

Commack High School Varsity Jazz Dancers

Caught the Commack High School varsity jazz dancers performing at a basketball game last week. Very talented group and a great performance. To photograph a performance like this you'll need to bring a wide lens, at least if you hope to photograph more than one dancer. I was shooting with a 16-55 (24-70mm full frame equivalent) and even at 16mm I couldn't get all the dancers in a single frame. I could have used the 10-24mm but this would have been too wide for any closeups and, since these performances are short, I didn't want to waste time switching lenses.

Since I had photographed the first half of the basketball game there was no exposure change necessary. These were all shot using manual exposure mode at ISO 8000, 1/640 sec. @ f/2.8. The lighting in our gym is fairly even so no worries there. It helps to position yourself in the center of the gym to get a little more symmetry in the photos. I also shoot from a low angle which gives the dancers more height and lets me use the lines on the gym floor as leading lines. If you're just photographing a particular dancer you might be better off shooting from higher up in the stands to minimize other dancers getting in the way. In that case I'd go with a medium telephoto zoom like a 70-200mm full frame equivalent.

With dancers I tend to treat each group differently when post-processing depending on the costumes and theme of the dance. I thought this particular performance might look better with a more high-key look as long as I could hold detail in the dresses.

That's about it. Have fun.

Commack High School Boys Varsity Basketball vs. Sachem North

Commack High School Boys Varsity Basketball vs. Sachem North

Commack High School Boys Varsity Swimming

Commack High School Boys Varsity Swimming