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    Shooting a Pole Dancer

    A friend of mine has asked if I could do a few shots of her on her dance pole tomorrow afternoon to use on her Hen's night invitations.

    I have minimal equipment at the moment and will be forced to use my kit 18 - 55 VR on my D200 for this.

    The shoot will be in her bedroom where the pole is set-up which means natural light through one window and the room's main incandescant light are the only light sources at this point. I'm thinking B&W will work OK with the ambient light.

    Also I'm thinking of making my own lightbox using a floor level halogen light through a box with a coloured celophane panel on the front to ad some mood (and maybe keep the room a bit darker if I use this?)

    There aren't many topics on here featuring pole-dancing but what I have seen has given me a couple of ideas. I'm expecting I will have to bump up the ISO number and use a tripod due to my slow lense but apart from this can anyone offer other suggestions?
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    If you were a bit closer I'd offer to come and help.
    Last edited by Bill44; 01-11-2009 at 2:18pm.
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    Mucked up my edit.
    Last edited by Bill44; 01-11-2009 at 2:19pm.

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    lol, I was thinking the same, and I am closer, lol

    Who has a pole in their bedroom anyhow ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by kiwi View Post
    Who has a pole in their bedroom anyhow ?
    The 19 year-old I'm shooting does

    It's arbitrary though....it could be in any room of a house!

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    Depending on what colour her bedroom walls are, rigging a white sheet on the wall opposite the window might give you a bit of reflected light into the shadow side?
    Also be careful shooting too wide, as distortion might become problem.
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    Thanks Lani
    The sheet's a good idea if I can rig it up and I was thinking about focal length too - wanting to keep upper and lower body in proportion and perspective.

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    Keeping the camera level will help, it gets exaggerated when you tilt it.

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    If you able to down onto the subject, you can take a bright light, like a halogen flood light, and have it out of site bouncing of the ceiling.
    Be careful going to slow as your subject may blur, and a tripod is often to limiting for this work.

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    Don't forget to use the bed. Nah..I am serious. Stand on the bed and get some shots, so that they are not all taken from normal human standing height. Also get down on the floor, and shoot upwards.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wazonthehill View Post
    If you able to down onto the subject,
    One has to choose one's words carefully as well as the camera's settings!!

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    good opportunities u have there?!!!

    I'll also offer help if I was nearer...
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    Good luck with the shoot Paul and dont forget to post the results here to!!
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    Well unfortunately this is postponed until tomorrow afternoon so I have nothing for you all until then

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    Quote Originally Posted by goodallphotography View Post
    Well unfortunately this is postponed until tomorrow afternoon so I have nothing for you all until then
    Gives you plenty of time to run to the nearest store and grab a 35mm F/1.8 ----- at least that is a sound theory to propose to the wife / girlfriend / mistress for the purchase. Hang the expense, if all three above get on with each other and agree on the purchase, be really game and get a 50mm F1.4 at the same time.

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    If only the tax refund would hurry up and get here....but most of that has to go to pay off the credit card and other debts

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    The first few pictures from this shoot are here.

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