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Cirque Du Soleil Fire Dance – How We Shot It

By Matthew Saville on April 22nd 2013

The Photo


The Equipment and Settings

The Shooting Conditions

This was a private performance of the Cirque du Soleil group at a wedding this past weekend.  We had multiple photographers covering the performance, of course, so I opted to shoot from the side and get some of the stage lights in the background.  They weren’t that bright in reality, however, so I also used an un-gelled (daylight temperature) flash in the background, to the right of this composition.  This illuminated the smoke with a very blue-ish hue, since daylight flash is around 5,000 Kelvin and my WB was set to around 3,000 Kelvin.

Shooting at 1/125 sec in such fast-paced action conditions, I had to try and focus on the moments of stillness if I wanted to get a sharp shot.  (Although some of the blurry moments were pretty cool, too!)

The Post-Processing

For this image, I used the SLR Lounge Preset System for Adobe Camera Raw / Bridge CS6.  We are also still performing testing to see how we can improve the SLR Lounge Preset System for Lightroom 5 beta, and will post more images using LR5 beta in the near future.  This final image was created in Bridge CS6 using the SLR Lounge “Soft Portrait” preset plus a little extra contrast, and burning / dodging.


Take care, and happy clicking!
=Matthew Saville=

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Matthew Saville is a full-time wedding photographer at Lin & Jirsa Photography, and a senior editor & writer at SLR Lounge.

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