I am a big fan of DigitalRev Tv. Every now and then they post a tutorial on a type of photography. They have posted one on levitation, portraits, aerial, street, smoke, water, etc.
Recently they posted a tutorial on flash photography with powder. The tutorial seemed simple enough. Then I thought of the “Rolling in the Deep” video by Adele. There is a video of just the dancing. I wanted to merge the two ideas.
The tutorial had a few key ideas. Black background would make the powder “pop” the most. Side lighting and backlighting would help keep the dust, smoke effect. Keep in mind cutters to keep the flash from causing flare in the lens. “Freeze” the action with light, not with the faster shutter speed.
I have always had a interest in dance photography. I love the way dancers can control their body into these graceful movements. With a help of a friend, we gave these dust dancing photos a try.
The key to this success is short movements with lots of powder. If the move was several arm motions then a leap, the powder would already be worn away. We had to keep it short and simple. This set up can get to be very messy in the end so be aware of that for studio clean up.