Photogrpapher Karl Taylor Explains How to Shoot Dancing Photos With Flash and Motion Blur

Portrait shoots with dancers can be insanely fun. They typically have unprecedented body awareness and physical capabilities that are a blast to photograph. Shooter Karl Taylor put together a tutorial with light-maker Broncolor (this isn’t a sponsored post, but the video was produced by Broncolor) about how to take dance portraits with both flash and motion blur.

By using a mixture of strobes and hot lights, the photos have both a sharp version of the dancer, as well as a swirly trail of blur representing their body movements. While the video uses several pricy Broncolor lights, you could also achieve a similar effect using more simple equipment like a speed light and a basic lamp.

It’s a fun project to try and there are tons of possibilities due to the slightly unpredictable nature of the process.

You can see some of the results on Instagram.

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