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Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPdancers

Weekend Hashtag Project is a series featuring designated themes & hashtags chosen by Instagram’s Community Team. For a chance to be featured on the Instagram blog, follow @instagram and look for a post announcing the weekend’s project every Friday.

This weekend’s tag was #WHPdancers, which asked participants to take creative photos and videos of dancers. Every Monday we feature some of our favorite submissions from the project, but be sure to check out the rest here.

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Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPdancers

Weekend Hashtag Project is a series featuring designated themes & hashtags chosen by Instagram’s Community Team. For a chance to be featured on the Instagram blog, follow @instagram and look for a post announcing the weekend’s project every Friday.

After hearing tips from Russia dancer and Instagrammer Darian Volkova (@darian_volkova) in an earlier post this week, this weekend’s goal is to take creative photos and videos of dancers. Some tips to get you started:

  • Dancers often like to pose for the camera. Have a friend or acquaintance who’s a professional dancer? Offer to let him or her use your photos and videos in exchange for posing. Remember, though, that anyone can be a dancer! Turn on the music, grab your friends and family and capture the fun of the moment.
  • Your setting will be key to the kind of story your photo or video tells. For a more classic look, seek out dramatic light and empty spaces. (You may even be able to shoot in a dance school or studio if you secure advance permission.) If you want a more contemporary feel, seek out somewhere where dance would be unexpected like a crowded street, supermarket or wherever your imagination may take you.
  • Finally, if you’re shooting video, try to limit the amount of motion. It’s difficult to follow a moving dancer if your camera is moving, too, so try and keep your phone still while your dancer moves (or vice versa).

PROJECT RULES: Please only add the #WHPdancers hashtag to photos and videos taken over this weekend and only submit your own photographs and videos to the project. Any image or video taken then tagged over the weekend is eligible to be featured right here Monday morning!

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How I Shoot: @darian_volkova’s Dancers

How I Shoot is a series where we ask Instagrammers to tell us about the set-up and process behind their photos and videos. For more photos and videos of Darian Volkova’s dancers, browse the #soulinfeet hashtag and follow @darian_volkova on Instagram. For more great photos and videos of ballet dancers, follow @ballerinaproject_, balletzaida and @balletbeautiful on Instagram.

"Ballet is a lightness and heaviness. Hard work in the classroom and weightless beauty on stage."

These are the words of Russian Instagrammer Darian Volkova (@darian_volkova), a dancer based in St. Petersburg who regularly takes photos and videos of her ballet friends on Instagram. “Dance has always been a part of me. More than anything because of its association with movement. I like to take pictures of dancing people: they are elegant and make striking lines.”

Darian is part of a growing community of dancers who want to share their unique and extraordinary profession with a wider audience. She started her #soulinfeet series six months ago, giving a rare insight into the life of a ballerina through video clips of rehearsals, classroom warm ups and backstage. Instagrammers such as the artist JR (@jr) have also explored the world of ballet and how to shoot dancers on Instagram through his collaboration with the New York City Ballet.

Want to learn more about how to shoot dancers on Instagram? Here are Darian’s tips:

Camera

"On Instagram I shoot with an iPhone 4S, but I love to shoot with my film camera Yashica Mat-124G, often using Ilford film.”

Vantage Point

"My ballet friends have become accustomed to posing for my Instagram shots. During rehearsal, when a dancer moves I may ask them to stay in a certain position. The human body is like clay: you can mould it. And the body of a ballerina is super soft, like plastic clay, which can be very beautiful.

"Ballet poses can look completely different depending on your point of view. If you ask a ballerina to stand in an arabesque and walk around her, providing she doesn’t move, you will get different shots and angles. Just like the little spinning ballerina in the music box. The dancer’s body creates lines which intersect and sometimes it looks open and sometimes it looks closed.

"I shoot in ballet halls. Often there are large rooms with large windows and nothing to interrupt your view—lots of natural light for the dancer’s body to catch."

Shooting

"Ballerinas often like to pose for the camera. So the perfect recipe for those who want to take photos and videos of ballet dancers is simple: get the ballerina and ask her to move.

"In ballet, there is often an important special moment in the middle of a move. If you are interested in ballet, pay close attention and speak to the dancers so you know when to push the shutter."

Editing

"I like to use VSCO (iOS and Android) filters. I use the same exposure, brush and small edits for some moments on Snapseed also (Apple/Android).”