You follow Ballet Zaida on Instagram, right?
Pretty much every dancer does, considering the account boasts a cool 662,000 followers. Ballet Zaida‘s feed is filled with stunning, professional photos featuring stunning dancers in stunning places, all shot by Oliver Endahl. Now, Endahl, a former dancer himself, wants you to be as good with an Instagram shot as he is, and he’s taking to Instagram Stories (alongside his wife, professional dancer Nicole Voris) to share some of his top tips. (Bonus: Nicole offers some of her best dance tips, too!)
Here are Endahl’s best bits of advice so far.
- Get low! “Whether you’re shooting on a DSLR or an iPhone, if you’re shooting dancers and the dancer is jumping, always try and shoot low,” Endahl says. “Literally get as low to the ground as you can. I’m sure you’ve seen images of professional photographers doing this — it makes a much cleaner line while the dancer is in the air, and you’re going to see a much truer version of how high the dancer is jumping.”
- Use Burst Mode when you’re shooting on an iPhone. “Instead of just taking one photo at a time, you’re going to take 10 photos very rapidly,” he says. “To use the feature, just hold down the photo button and it starts taking photos rapidly. This is super useful when photographing a dancer doing a jump or movement because you don’t have to time it on your phone. You can just hold it down and get the pinnacle of the jump or the movement very easily.”
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