The Art of Dance Photography (Olympus Magazine)

I’m really happy to announce that I have been featured in issue 61 of Olympus Magazine, a free, 100% interactive digital magazine that’s completely dedicated to Olympus users of all kinds.

“Dougie Evans captures the graceful movements of dancers and tells us how he does it”.

Olympus Magazine issue 61

Article below

I’ve been shooting dance for almost a decade. I started my photography just by documenting my own company, Lîla Dance, and as my skills grew my career developed into working with other dancers and companies all over the UK.

What I love about dance, is that it is an incredible way to express ourselves as humans – and the challenge of trying to capture that expression and movement in photography continues to inspire me. Some of these shots were taken in theatres using stage lighting from the show, and the others are with two or flashlights.

I like to get close to the dancer to show a more intimate expression of movement and choose a very precise point of focus. Experimenting with angles can provide a more unique perspective for the viewer, and low angles can make a jump look higher and the floor bigger.

Olympus Magazine, Issue 61 February 2019

If there are two people in the shot, I like to try and show their relationship through the expressions they use as they look at one another, and how close they are to each other.

I use an Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II, and all my lenses are primes. My favourites are the 75mm f/1.8, 45mm f/1.8 and the 17mm f/1.8. I tend to use prime lenses because their faster apertures mean i can capture fast movement in low light. The 17mm is my most used lens in a studio set-up because using a short focal length allows me to capture a wide view from a close distance and helps to keep more action in focus.

If I am shooting without flash, I typically keep my shutter speed at least 1/500sec, but sometimes that still isn’t fast enough for a quick leg. In some ways, it’s easier to freeze morion with flash because even though your shutter speed is limited to 1/250sec, the flash speed is incredibly fast.

In a studio I’ll keep my ISO to a minimum, but I’m not afraid to crank it up to 3200 for capturing live performances in low light. I’m also not afraid to rely on autofocus when people are moving quickly, and the focus zone and face detect options allow you to keep some control over focus selection.

Olympus Magazine, Issue 61 February 2019

Luke Brown Dance- Dandelion Child Photography

Was a great pleasure to collaborate with Luka Brown on some concept images for his new show The Dandelion Child. We played with colours and textures to enrich the images with a flavour of the show.

The Hotel Experience- Lila Dance

I’ve been working with Lila Dance again over the last few months on a new immersive dance performance called The Hotel Experience. Here are some shots from my photoshoot with them in the Creation Space at The Point. I love dance photography and when it is always interesting to try to capture the themes of the show in photoshoot. One of my key aims was to use flash photography to freeze moments in time or motion,  illustrating how the hotel is a place of transition. The show has a magical element to it, that the hotel itself feels somehow alive, and i’ve tried to show this through the surreal look of bodies floating above the bed. Let me know what you think in the comments below.