Behind the Scenes: A Dancer in New York City

On this short behind the scenes video pro photographer Joe McNally (with Nikon) gives us a pick into a unique photography project McNally shot using a D500 and SB-5000 AF Speedlights of a dancer coming to the big city of NY.

On this BTS McNally shows the versatility of the D500 and the  SB-5000 AF Speedlights but also a glimpse of his use of lighting with both the Speedlights and reflectors as well as natural light in both still portraits as well as more action/movement type shots.

You can read a bit the technical aspects of this projects on Nikon’s website.

McNally is known for shooting dancers from time to time and we even published a video he did with thinkTank Photo a few years back where he tells the story of how he captured a famous shot of Nadia Gracheva of the Russian Bolshoi Ballet, one of the oldest ballet companies in the world on a rooftop just in front of the Kremlin in Moscow (something that apparently was kind of dangerous).

You can find many more helpful photography tips on our Photography tips section here on and LensVid. You can also check all of Joe McNally previous videos here on the site on this link. Finally – if you are into dance photography – we have several videos on this interesting topic.

Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.

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