Daily Photo – ACC Showcase Take 2

The Daily Photo series focuses on the two or three key creative choices, in terms of composition and processing, that go into creating an image.  Specific technical details about the shot have been left out — you won’t hear me talking about tone curve adjustments and whatnot unless it was a key component of the end result.


  • Shutter: 1/500
  • Aperture:  f/2
  • ISO:  1600
  • Camera:  Canon EOS 1D Mark III
  • Lens:  Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM

Composition and Processing

  • I shoot dance as wide open as possible, simply to combat the poor lighting.  That’s generally ok, but in this case it helped separate the arms from the rest of the body, which recedes out of focus in the distance.  Without that, the shoulders and legs might have visually interfered;  instead, they’re background.
  • As with this studio shot, the perfectly symmetrical pose of the subject lent itself to a center crop.  The only unbalanced element is the band around her wrist, drawing attention to itself once you’ve centered in on the arms.


February 13 2009 06:49 pm | Photography

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