I had two light setups this year. One for individuals with 4 - Profoto B1 lights and one for groups with 4 - Profoto B2 lights.
I used ISO 200 instead of its base of 64 to give the battery powered B1 lights a break. The D810 dynamic range is superb so I also underexposed the group setup by one full stop because the B2 lights were a little underpowered for the space and large groups. I was pleasantly surprised that the B2 lights could run plugged in and never needed to swap batteries. The group lighting setup was pretty traditional so I never needed to move the lights. I was able to setup two groups on the Profoto Air-TTL remote to switch between setups with the press of a button and have individual control of the all lights from the camera.
I always lay down white marley for the indviduals, giving the dancers a responsive surface for anything they want to try. I used a warmer paper for the rest of the floor and background this year than in previous years. I also kept the background a bit underexposed maintaining the whites and highlights in costumes as my dominant white.
My chemicals are getting old, and I only had one sheet of mulberry paper left, so I was inspired to make a few platinum prints.
Prepare the negatives.
Coat the paper and let it dry. This time, I did use a hair dryer to speed the process.
Expose the negative and coated paper for 3 minutes and 30 seconds.
Developer and clearing agent baths.
I was unable to attend the Out of Chicago Winter Photography Conference, but I still submitted two photographs to their photography competition. I was very excited to hear that my Portrait submission was selected by the judges for Top 5, and my Macro submission was selected for 1st by the judges. A great way to start the year and provide me with some inspiration for trying a few new ideas.
A few dance audition photos recently. Different styles, many choices of lighting with a white background. Audition sessions are quick and affordable, $35 for a 1st arabesque and headshot. For the audition session, either the digital files or 5x7 prints of each photo are included. If you prefer a full dance session, pricing is $100 for a 2 hour outdoor session or $150 for a 2 hour indoor session at a studio loft space. Good luck to everyone auditioning!