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If you are reading this, you are probably searching for information that can help you learn about the field of performing arts photography, the people who practice it and the unique techniques used in the field. 

The information in these blogs is based on principals of conventional photography, augmented by my own experimentation and working with from some very accomplished professionals both formally and informally. I've found that professionals who shoot performing arts photography choose to work in this genre because they are moved to seek communion with the brilliance that often accompanies watching great artists work in a way that audience members often never see. It's almost never never about making money.... doing so in the field of performing arts photography is difficult. They do it because... like dancers themselves frequently will tell you.... they cannot imagine NOT doing it.

Throughout these posts, I often mention performing arts photography and the more specific field of dance photography somewhat interchangeably. While there are some differences in technique between the two, they have enough in common so distinction between them is often unnecessary. However, I will point out distinctions whenever I think doing so will be useful.

My principal mentor is noted dance and celebrity photographer Rose Eichenbaum to whom I am sincerely grateful for her patient tutelage, encouragement and uncompromising artistry. Watching her work is like watching Baryshnikov on stage.

I sincerely hope that this information will help you find your own voice as a performing arts photographer. Enjoy!

How to Get Started in Dance Photography

January 24, 2014  •  Leave a Comment
These entries skip over my early 20 years or so of working with film cameras and the hundreds of hours spent in darkrooms before I discovered digital as a medium. Certainly that experience was a great foundation for me especially when it came to transferring post processing knowledge to tools like Photoshop and Lightroom. Since my interest in photo...
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A Quick Guide To Taking Photos at Dance Recitals

January 23, 2014  •  Leave a Comment
So You Think You Want To Be A Dance Photographer by Tim Barden A Quick Guide To The Basics Or... How To Photograph Your Child's Recital With Little to No Crying (at least for the photographer) If you are looking for an in-depth collection of blog entries that delve into some of the finer points of dance photography... who does it, how they do i...
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