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Capture a performer in action.

When you’re photographing people in action, especially indoors, you often have to make dramatic exposure decisions.

The lighting was gorgeous, but not overly strong. The ISO was raised on the 5D Mark III to a staggering 12800 to capture this at 1/250 second. It works. The camera performed flawlessly and a bit of noise reduction in software cleaned things up.

The bokeh is exactly what you want in a portrait: soft enough that the subject is distinctly separate from it. The quality of the lens you use will directly affect the appearance of the bokeh (in this case, an EF 70–200mm f/4L IS USM). In addition, the wide aperture creates a shallow depth of field.

Settings: f/4, 1/250 second, ISO 12800, 135mm focal length, full-frame.

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