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Jade Split

aka 'Look no hands!'

This move was Dee (the dancer)'s ambition for the longest time; I was privileged to photographing her doing it.

The hardest part was holding it long enough to get the angles right while looking relaxed. This side-lit style requires very precise positioning.

3 lights: large gridded octa camera left & slightly below the dancer to give a flattering lighting pattern on the face, horizontal gridded stripbox camera right, behind and above the dancer for accent light and gridded beauty dish on the backdrop.

Post work: background cleanup - including removing the right side light stand - some skin work and a little dodging & burning, followed by a hint of colour grading.

Dancer: https://www.instagram.com/deedancer.model/
Assistant: https://www.instagram.com/chrissiesativuspole/
Studio: https://www.instagram.com/aurastudioinsta/


Nikon D750 + 50 f1.8G, Lencarta Superfast lighting

Nikon D750
50mm · f/11 · 1/160 · ISO 200
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