"Don't try this at home!" cautions Canon Ambassador Sascha Hüttenhain, describing what goes into his beautiful high-speed images of dancers enveloped in clouds of powder. One of the key ingredients of the photo sessions for these is as much as 15kg of flour, scooped up in dustpans by assistants and thrown at the model from either side.
Sascha is known for his refined, minimalist style of dance, portrait, fashion and advertising work for national and international clients, produced both on location and from his photo studios in Frankfurt and Siegen, Germany. But it's in his fine-art images of dancers that technical excellence and creative flair really need to come together.
"The hardest part is finding the right moment to release the shutter when the dancer is running through a fast routine," says Sascha. "This can only be learned through experience, but naturally a camera with a fast and reliable autofocus system helps too." This is why he uses mostly the EOS-1D X Mark III, Canon's flagship action camera, and it's for this same reason that he turned to the Canon EOS R6, which boasts an AF focusing speed of 0.05 seconds, for his most recent project, photographing a breakdancer.
Here Sascha shares some insights into his creative dance photography techniques, including the lighting he uses to capture dancers and clouds of flour in motion against a dark backdrop.