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Lights, camera, action
Animated, Autumn 1997. Hilary Shedel reports on the first course of its kind designed for those with a basic knowledge of photography and a mandatory enthusiasm for dance!
If you are a photographer with a passion for capturing the spirit and energy of dance or simply posses a desire to enhance photographic standards in dance, then the Dance Photography Course held this summer at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design would have been tailormade for you.

The week started by looking at the history of dance photography and at the work of leading practitioners in the field. This was followed with how to plan and execute a dance shoot and as the week progressed, students were actively encouraged to start developing their own particular 'style'. Working with a number of professional dancers they then learnt the various methods of shooting dance shots and how to adapt those methods to match the individual dancer's skills and experience. Everything from improvisation techniques to choreographing for the camera was explored.

Shoots were held both in the studio and on location - followed by darkroom sessions to process and print the shots taken. Toning, retouching and mounting prints were also covered. Finally, for those intending to pursue dance photography further or enter photography as a career, suppliers' lists and advice were given.

The week culminated with an 'in-house' exhibition of all the students' work illustrating an amazing volume and diversity of style.

Hilary Shedel, Course Director and freelance photographer specialising in dance and movement photography from commercial to community dance. Shedel has a permanent exhibition at The Place Dance Services. Contact Hilary on 0171 734 3374.

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Animated: Issues 1996 - 2001