Fabric Dancing

I've been working on a new technique using fabric to add fluidity to photos. This is a popular technique used by many photographers today, and I'm now working this into a variety of photo genres, including fitness, dance, and fine art, and this also works well with maternity and intimate genres as well.


Through experimenting over a number of fabrics and textures, I've found chiffon to work great, and I found a supplier where I can buy this material inexpensively enough to keep plenty of it on-hand. I'll be working on more "Fabric Dancing" shots over the coming months, but I wanted to show you some of the results to show you how it's done, and how I can work this into shoots you may like to do.


First, here is the lighting diagram. It's a very simple setup shot in my home studio using a continuous roll of backdrop paper, one softbox with a high-speed Einstein light up high, and opposite that a large silver reflector.


From there the rest is fairly easy. I set the camera on a tripod to get a consistent composition, and when I watch the fabric move, I snap away at opportune times. The trick is to use the fabric as both a diffuser and reflector, which allows this fairly simple light setup. And, using a high speed strobe, action is frozen without any blur, which is why I use Einstein monolights, allowing me to shoot at about 1/8000 second. Lastly there is just the post processing to make black-and-white fine art or modify the backgrounds.


Here are a few takes from the recent test shoots, click on any to see the full-size image:


Look like something you'd like to try? I'm offering this at no extra cost, so give me a holler if you want to schedule a shoot using this new technique.


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