We are not on the road shooting and working, which is tough. (Hope everyone is hanging in there and staying safe.) But it has given us a chance to catch up here at the studio and do a bit of rummaging through favorite assignment work over the last year or so. I’ve photographed in Vegas a great deal, and I’m an unabashed admirer of the phenomenal talent and athleticism that is onstage nightly in that glitzy city. I’ve been lucky to have worked with many amazing dancers and athletes who perform at the various shows. Hoping, for them, life gets back to normal, which is going to be a bit tough for all of us to define in the near term. For them, though, it would mean a return to working their magic on the Vegas stages.
We just posted a series of Performers videos over on our YouTube channel. It was a wonderful series to shoot with the Z system, with a tremendous crew. Production by Lynn DelMastro, styling by Sam Brown, and fast-paced, informative BTS video shot by Chris Hershman. Put that team together with talents such as Wayne Skivington, Ekaterina Alexandrovna, Joli Irvine, Elyse Renee, and Lara Priester, well, startling stuff happens.
Thanks to the folks at Nikon for these two detailed Nikon Learn & Explore articles featuring all the talent involved. Definitely check out Photographing a Glamourous Vegas Dancer on Stage and Off and Photographing Extreme Acrobatics with Nikon Z for BTS info about how these shoots came together on location.
The Z system excelled across the board in very stressful situations. From high resolution, staged action to high ISO, behind-the-scenes looks at the offstage lives of these performers, the Z 6 and Z 7 made for a great tandem to have in my bag. In terms of ISO, in particular, I looked over the whole take. I shot various scenes on this job from ISO 200 to ISO 16,000, which is the highest level of ISO I’ve ever shot, anywhere or anytime. On the video side, Chris Hershman was also working a Z. It’s a complete package.