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.