Pole dance in a studio

Pole dancing is a form of performing art, a combination of dancing and gymnastics. It involves dancing sensually with a vertical pole.

Advanced pole dancing requires significant strength, flexibility and endurance. The dancer(s) may simply hold the pole, or use it to perform more athletic moves such as climbs, spins, and body inversions. Upper body and core strength are important to proficiency, which takes time to develop.

Pole dancing is now regarded as a recognized form of exercise and can be used as both an aerobic and anaerobic workout. Recognized schools and qualifications are being developed as pole dancing increases in popularity.

It has gained popularity as a form of exercise, with increased awareness of the benefits to general strength and fitness. This form of exercise increases core and general body strength by using the body itself as resistance, while toning the body as a whole. This sport art is the latest form of dance and fitness involving equipment such as Hoop, Rope, Silk and Pole attached to ceilings.  It is a great way to keep our bodies fit, healthy and slim.

I got the opportunity in a gym to take some fitness photos of pole dancing. It is a studio with one side full of windows and the other two sides full of mirrors. The third side just with a desk, a couch and a cluttered wall.

My thoughts have been like: Should I skip flash and go for ambient? As the movements are sometimes very fast it wouldn't work and actually the ambient light has not been enough. Even with high ISO there would be a lot of noise. It was very puzzling to me... I didn't want blobs in the background or reflected light giving it an even stranger look.

I know I should be fine by using selective framing, the more I could isolate the subject from the mirrors the better (I tried to keep them out of the frame) but what is really important are two things, which are not easy to achieve:

1. when framing the subject your light source or reflection of the light source must not be in the frame

2. the directly illuminated area from the light source must not be in the frame (you will get hot spots)

Lastly if you can utilize the one wall that does not have a mirror and use that wall for the background keeping all mirrors out of your frame all should be set.

Easier said than done. The artists where rehearsing for an upcoming show, there where always someone else in the frame and the angle of getting pictures changed a lot. At least I came up with this kind of pictures.

Any comment on how to do it better would be very welcomed!

More pictures are here