Claudio Ciani is a 40 years old photographer following his passion for art nude photography of dancers in his home town of La Spezia, in Liguria, Italy.
While he loves to shoot in color, today we are looking at a sampling of his excellent black and whites.
“First of all, I look for the perfect location …
When I find it, I invite the dancer for the shooting.
In real life I am a nurse; but, my passion for photography has led me to buy the my digital SLR when my daughter Elena was born, 3 ½ years ago.
Almost all the greatest photographers of ballet produce images in black and white; but for me the world is in color also!
Generally, I use a single flash through a white umbrella, which is the key light for the model, while the camera, which is always on the tripod, is set with aperture and shutter speed to underexpose a little the location.
In Italy it is not too hard to find abandoned places suited to this kind of images, I am preferring to take … Usually, I do not even need my assistant to watch out if the police come…
The assistant, a friend of mine, helps me to move the flash when needed and helps the dancer with several costume changes…
To get my photographs, usually I do not say to the dancer to dance; but, I tell her to try a step or a jump, until I understand what is the right time to take the photo.
So I start processing the image as an HDR and then work with Photoshop to get the desired effect.
For black and white pictures, I follow the same process of a color photo and then convert it into black and white.
I never imagined I could be famous because of my photographs; but, I confess that I’d love to try to dedicate myself exclusively to photography at a professional level.”
Thank you Claudio, we look to see more from you in times to come.
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Images © Claudio Ciani