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Dance Photography: How to Edit Like a Boss

Hey, dance photo fam! Ever wondered what really happens when it comes time to edit those stuuuuuunning dance shots?

From erasing background clutter to smoothing out those flyaway hairs, editing plays a major role in making our dance photos pop!

In this blog post, I'm spilling the tea on what I edit post-shoot and what should be fixed before the camera even clicks. So grab your coffee, and let's get into it!



What Gets Edited:

  1. People in the Background:** Within the dynamic realm of dance photography, unintentional background distractions often find their way into our shots. Whether it's fellow dancers awaiting their turn, equipment scattered around the studio, or bystanders in public spaces, these elements can detract from the spotlight – our talented dancers. Through meticulous editing, we seamlessly remove these distractions, ensuring our subjects remain the focal point. **You can check out a time lapse of me editing HERE

  2. Studio Imperfections: Despite our best efforts to maintain pristine studio conditions, imperfections such as marks on the floor or walls, and background clutter, can sometimes infiltrate our photographs. From scuff marks to paint chips, these blemishes can diminish the overall aesthetic. With the magic of editing, we erase these distractions, leaving behind a polished backdrop that accentuates the beauty of the dance.

  3. Skin Blemishes: As dance photographers, we aim to capture the raw emotion and intensity of movement. However, this authenticity may reveal imperfections like pimples, scratches, or bruises on the dancer's skin. While these natural marks signify the performer's dedication, they can occasionally distract from the image's impact. Utilizing subtle retouching techniques, we minimise these distractions while preserving the dance's authenticity and spirit.

What Can Be Edited, but SHOULD be Addressed Pre or Mid-Shoot:

  1. Wardrobe Malfunctions: Even the most meticulously planned photoshoots may encounter wardrobe mishaps. From tangled straps to wrinkled costumes or even pink undies, these issues can disrupt the session's flow. While editing can address minor clothing issues post-shoot, it's more efficient to tackle them beforehand. Ensuring costumes are properly fitted and adjusted saves valuable editing time and ensures a smoother shooting process.

  2. Hair and Makeup: Ensuring hair and makeup is ideal before the shoot saves time and effort in editing. Fixing smudged makeup, stray hairs, or tan lines pre-shoot ensures we capture the dancer's best look without relying heavily on post-production fixes.

  3. Props and Set Design: If props or set elements aren't positioned correctly or are distracting, it's best to adjust them before shooting. By addressing these issues pre or mid-shoot, we streamline our workflow and achieve polished results in post-production.


In the world of dance photography, setting expectations with our clients is key to achieving the best results. By establishing clear guidelines for wardrobe, hair, and makeup prior to the shoot, we ensure that everyone is on the same page and ready to shine in front of the camera. This not only streamlines the editing process but also fosters a collaborative environment where everyone feels confident and empowered.

When clients understand the importance of these standards, they're more likely to come prepared, resulting in images that truly capture the essence of their artistry.

Understanding what CAN be enhanced post-shoot and what can be addressed beforehand streamlines our workflow, minimizes distractions, and creates images that truly encapsulate the essence of dance. And let's not forget the importance of setting standards with our clients. So, let's set the bar high and create magic together!


**You can check out a time lapse of me editing HERE


Until next time, keep dancing and keep shooting!

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