Davenport University Dance Team

In September I was asked by Davenport University to shot photos of the dance team. The Client requested a team shot, and also each individual lady to have a portrait taken. The setup was intense, due to the fact there are 11 members of the team. We set up the shot in the gymnasium and the lighting information is as followed:

The Group shot: (Diagram 1)

7 Profoto Strobes controlled by a Pocket Wizard Plus 2 on my Canon 5D Mk2. 2 Strobes with zoom reflectors as rim Light on either side of the team, 4 Strobes up front on the camera plane with zoom reflectors, each used as a key light for a grouping of girls. The fill light for the overall scene in a Strobe up HIGH with a 5′ Octobox shot through a large diffuser panel Directly above the camera.

Portraits:  (Diagram 2)

2 Speedlights on this set. One on a stand to the subjects left shot through a Photek Softlighter and opposed by a gold reflector to fill the subjects face on the right. A speedlight aimed at the backdrop low on a baby C-Stand pops the subject off the background and provides rim lighting.

Overall it worked out great, with minimal post processing and also a fun group shot with Mike, my assistant.

I shot tethered to my iPad for the portraits (wirelessly) using the WF-4 Transmitter and Shuttersnitch for the iPad. The group shot was tethered to my Macbook Pro via USB for the client and I to arrange the subjects and also check focus, etc. I hope this was informative and you enjoy the work! -Arace


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