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 How do you photograph yoga portraits?

Years before I published my newest book, Natural Beauty, I photographed a yoga calendar called Sacred Form. I started in Santa Cruz and later did photos at Burning Man, Maui, Oregon, and Washington. I love photographing asanas and the human body.

To photograph yoga, it is essential to have a good understanding of the poses and the body mechanics involved in them. This will allow you to effectively compose the shot and capture the beauty and grace of your model.

As a Santa Cruz yoga photographer, I use natural lighting whenever possible. This will help create a sense of serenity in the image and an attractive skin tone. Make sure your background is not distracting. A clean background is often best for yoga portraits in nature or a studio.  Please communicate with your model and give them directions on how to move and hold the pose. Know what a correct asana looks like. Most yogis don’t have perfect form unless directed for the photo. As in most portraiture, use a wide aperture to create a shallow depth of field and draw attention to the subject.

How do you Photograph Fire Dancers?

 To photograph fire dancers, you must use a camera that can handle low light conditions and has manual controls. Set your camera to manual mode and adjust the shutter speed, aperture, and ISO to capture the movement of the dancers and the flames. Use a fast shutter speed (1/250th of a second or faster) to freeze the dancers’ action and a wide aperture (f/2.8 or lower) to allow more light into the lens. Balancing all that, try and keep the ISO as low as possible to avoid noise in the image. Use a flash or additional lighting to illuminate the dancers and add more color to the flames. Experiment with different angles and compositions to capture the dancers dynamically.

Knowing the dancer’s routine and anticipating their performing moves is also good. This will help you be ready to take the shot. Remember, the key is to be creative and experiment with different techniques to find what works best. And most importantly, be aware of your and others’ safety while taking fire dancing photos.

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