Shooting Studio-Lit Portraits of a Dancer in Motion at 14FPS Using a Canon 1D X

The 14 frame per second continuous shooting speed of the Canon 1D X DSLR probably isn’t a feature you’d associate with studio-lit portraiture, but that’s exactly what Australian fashion photographer Georges Antoni demonstrates in the short clip above. Using the Broncolor Scoro for stobe lighting, Antoni unleashes the full FPS potential of the camera in order to capture a model dancing in as many still frames as possible.

After a few seconds of rapid-fire shooting, you’ll have a boatload of potential photographs to pick from. It’s the spray and pray philosophy — one that’s becoming more and more feasible given the improvement of storage technologies and the fact that cameras can shoot high quality stills faster than ever.

Before long, this type of photo might be achieved by simply pointing a video camera at a model and asking them to dance for a few seconds. How crazy would it be if (or when) every single still frame in a video could be extracted and used in a fashion magazine spread or as a billboard advertisement?

Thanks for sending in the tip, Kris!

  • dana gonzales

    This is how the still mode works with the RED camera except no strobe sync

  • Graysmith

    ..and Henri Cartier-Bresson wept.

  • JF Machado

    Well, depends on the video-frames of the camera. If we’re talking 4k, it’s pretty decent.

    OR… You can grab an old 35mm film movie camera and go with that.

  • Toby Tucker

    While impressive and fun, it is at best 12 FPS as 14 FPS on the 1D X is done with mirror lock up and fixed focus. This photographer is looking through the eyepiece and moving. If it was 14 FPS he would see nothing in the eyepiece and probably lose focus by moving towards the model. Still love the sound of 12 FPS. Camera nerd porn.

  • Albert Zablit

    I’m more impressed with the strobes keeping up!

  • sierrarobba

    please no more 1DX

  • Salpeme

    There is a video of Peter Hurley using a Red Epic camera along with the continuos Kino Flo lightning system, at the end if the video there is a comparison between the single frames extracted from the footage and the stills he shoot with a Hasselblad, its hard to tell the diference, he says.

  • Jonathan Maniago

    Both technology and technique are simply means to the end which is capturing the decisive moment. It’s good to develop skills and talents, but photography isn’t a sport.

  • 11

    yea.. but with strobes firing, the aperture would be closed down quite a lot, and you have plenty of depth of field, so here moving front back a bit should be ok.

  • none

    Spray and Pray to the max.

  • Micheal Eddings

    It would be interesting to see all the images from this. How many are keepers? It would create more work than just guiding a model. Just sayin’.

  • TSY87

    the 1dx can only shoot 14fps with mirror lock up, AF/AE lock, and only in JPEG. I would much rather forgo 2fps and shoot in raw.

  • destroy_all_humans

    so is this talent? Or just owning a Canon 1D X?

  • wickerprints

    the only thing that frustrated me about the shoot was how he gets this model to twirl and dance, but gives her barely any room to do it. And then he just keeps gunning full speed after she’s moved off the tiny backdrop. Then why use a seamless at all?

    Maybe this is just a demonstration for an audience, and so the photographer had to work with space limitations…but if so, there’s hardly anything to show, other than the capabilities of the hardware, which is impressive. (It does show a bit why Broncolor strobes are priced the way they are.) If this is what he wants to do to get the shot, fine. I have no problem with that. But the dancer’s skills are better revealed than the photographer’s here.

  • Albin Roussel

    same here! 14fps is old news but I’ve personally never seen strobes like that. looked pretty cool

  • Jeppe

    I think it would be great to see the final pictures from this shoot, to see if shooting a twirling model at 14fps actually produces good images.

  • dom

    Georges Antoni – look him up and try saying he has no tallent

  • Raymond Larose

    Not a fan of spray and pray photography – there’s no art to it. And do we know if he nailed a single shot?

  • Stephen Newport

    With the amount of time it takes to sort through those thousands of photos, I think it should still be a value in todays tech world to be able to take one shot at the right moment; kind of hard to argue that a technology that accomplishes the same thing but takes 10 times as long to process is an “advancement” over just improving upon your shooting skills.

    Sports/journalism is another issue…. but is it really ‘helping’ in a controlled studio setting?

  • Maxis Gamez

    I agree dude… awesome. BTW. She needs a bigger set up to dance freely!

  • derekdj

    I was waiting for the epileptic seizures to kick in from the model and crew.
    Can some explain why you would use a strobe in this situation?

    Why not just use a RED camera, a bank of Kino’s or well positioned floods?
    This just looks like someone fooling themselves into thinking they’re doing still photography. This is essentially frame pulling from a film strip. I don’t understand the last line about “Before long, this type of photo might be achieved by simply pointing a video camera at a model and asking them to dance for a few seconds.” Magazines have been doing this for a couple of years now, shooting with REDs video footage for their iPad apps and websites, and then pulling high res stills for their print covers.

  • eric westpheling

    You can do exactly that. Rent a RED Epic, shoot 5k, extract your frame of choice.

  • Dan Stone

    i’ve just ordered a scoro and a load of other bron gear and im sooooo excited to get it! flash duration is insane as well!

  • Jeff

    Well, this is kind of cool to see, especially with the shiny pants. But it’s hardly revolutionary or game changing since this kind of speed has been available since the 1970s. Canon’s F1n with a big motor drive could do the same thing. Or you let her repeat the routine 5 times and shoot at 3 fps with a Mark II and you should get similar results. In the end set up, lighting ideas, skill of the model – and skill in envisioning the outcome will be the determining factor here. I’d like to see the results as well.

  • wickerprints

    Maybe he is “the top photographer in Australia,” as you claim. My point–which you seem to have completely missed–is that YOU CAN’T TELL FROM WATCHING THE VIDEO. All you can see is a dancing model and some really high-performance strobes. That’s why I said, “the dancer’s skills are better revealed than the photographer’s here.”

  • brob

    shooting fast does not mean good shots

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  • David Acampora

    In studio photography, you should never rely on your depth of field. To make a print, you want your plane of focus to be exactly on the subject. This is probably 12fps with AF.