Dance Photography Mentorship at VDF


Renowned, award-winning dance photographer Belinda Strodder is Victorian Dance Festival‘s official photographer. At Energetiks VDF 2021 this October, Belinda has a unique opportunity for budding photographers!

Capture all the  energy, excitement and unique moments of VDF.

VDF are looking for three dancers who are interested in pursuing a career as a dance photographer. If you have dreamed of an alternative career in the dance industry this could be the perfect opportunity for you. Learn the tips, tricks and etiquette required to become a professional dance photographer at the biggest dance event in Victoria.

What you receive:
– Education, support and guidance from one of Australia’s leading dance photographers
– Access to all events of the Victorian Dance Festival
– The opportunity to photograph some of the best dance educators, dancers and industry professionals all in one place
– The opportunity to create an amazing portfolio
– Free promotion of your work

Lecture and Briefing
Prior to the Festival, an in-depth briefing where you will learn:

On the shoot
-Best camera settings for various situations
– Getting the best from your camera and equipment
– What lenses do you need? What is the best shutter speed and how to shoot in low light
– Best processing techniques and work flow
-The benefits of shooting Raw and how to process them
-What makes a great shot? Learn how to cull effectively to create a collection with impact
-Editing techniques
-How to get “the moment” – timing, music and positioning. The ingredients are not always simple…
-Theatre etiquette – learn some theatre savvy techniques and what to and not to do
-How to shoot in the Theatre – Learn what where and how to position yourself in the best spot for an amazing shot
-How to shoot in a Workshop – how to navigate the room to get the best shot

After the shoot
– De-briefing
– Share best shots and talk about our experiences
– Learning from mistakes etc

– 18+ years
– Previous dance training and/or education
– Own a DSLR camera and appropriate lenses
– Computer equipment and editing software
– Present a portfolio of 10 dance images
– Must be enthusiastic, energetic and passionate about what they do!
– Not currently a professional dance photographer
– Must be reliable, approachable and committed
– Must have a current Working with Children Check

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