Dance Studio with Lola Frost

Last weekend was busy. I had a fashion/style shoot with Christine Anne, as well I headed to Whistler to capture snowy trees. Both awesome, both a success.

To continue my creativity, I did this shoot.  Lola (@LolaFrost) is full of energy, charismatic, and ready to put her body in the most glorious of positions to create something very surreal. I like working with Lola (we did a shoot a few weeks ago as well); she is fun, and challenges me to match her own awesomeness and fast pace. She moves a lot. With the low lighting situations I usually have to pull the camera shutter pretty slow,  so this also amplifies the challenge!

Who is  Lola Frost ? Well, she is a “Rock’N’Roll Flapper, Burlesque Performer, Bad Ass Dance Instructor, Ninja, Make Out Artist, Sass Master, Rebel with a Cause. Director of Vancouver Burlesque Centre.” In essence, she rocks.

For this shoot I used a Canon EFS 18-55mm lens with a T1i body, and a Yongnuo flash to help bring a bit of light into the shots. I chose this particular lens because it offered me the ability to shoot the close up shots, and also get her full body in the photograph (this much should be obvious) since the space I had to stand back from Lola for some of the angles I wanted were fairly limited.

Using one flash, with such low lighting conditions, was pretty hard; it would throw huge shadows on the background. What I ended up doing was relying mostly on the overhead studio lighting. They were dimmer pot lights, that we used as a spot light. I also turned the flash down to about 1/64 or 1/32 power for most of the shots to add just a little bit of lighting onto some of the shots. It worked out pretty good, but I would have loved to have a diffuser on the flash.

Do you have any ideas I could try to help pop a bit of the model just enough but still keep the darkness to the photographs?






8 responses to “Dance Studio with Lola Frost”

  1. Leo S Avatar

    Try using the color dodge tool in Photoshop. Use it on a different layer to bring out brightness with a brush, then drop another color layer (at 50% grey) on top of it to remove the color saturation (to match the moody darkness).

    1. ned Avatar

      That’s post prod, is there a solution going forward to the way I shoot you might have a suggestion for Leo??

  2. Sandra Avatar

    Ned, very impressive shots! Not just cause she is my daughter, but they are very cool! I have always loved black and white. I had forgotten Lola told me you did some photography! It was a pleasure to sneak through some of your work! Thanks for the opportunity!

    1. ned Avatar

      Sandra, thank you very much for the kind words, and I’m glad you’ve enjoyed your stay! Please come back soon!

      1. Gramma Avatar

        Sweetheart, I just found these while I am sitting at Uncle Arthur’s on a cold miserable rain/sleet day. I don’t do a lot of searching, dnld at home as it just cost too much (don’t even farm anymore 🙂 the pictures are awesome and classy. Love them, will show them to family and friends down in AZ. We leave on Sunday morning. All My Love Gramma

        1. ned Avatar

          Thanks Gramma for the kind words, classy & awesome is what we were going for! Have fun (and warmth) down in AZ.

  3. occupyduvet Avatar

    Lighting is very good. Great work.

    1. ned Avatar

      Thank you m’am 🙂

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