The Nutcracker in the dark

Nikon D3400 - The Nutcracker in the dark

In an exclusive photo shoot, Nikon partners with Melissa Chapski and dance photographer, Laurent Liotardo, to showcase how the new Nikon D3400, a DX-format DSLR for photography beginners, makes it easy to shoot high-quality images and then share them instantly.

See Melissa perform the world-famous Christmas classic with the #D3400inthedark and how De Brakke Grond theatre, Amsterdam, was transformed for the unique photo shoot.

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Laurent Liotardo

Originally from Marseille in the south of France, Laurent is now based in London, and has been a professional photographer for over 10 years, specialising in dance, film and wedding photography.

Laurent’s passion for photography is only rivalled by his principle inspiration – ballet. From the age of 17 he has been a professional ballet dancer, with a career that has seen him perform all over France, before coming to the UK in 2003 to join the English National Ballet, a company he still dances with today. Laurent has worked with Nikon cameras for many years, specifically the D810, D5 and D700 and is a keen user of NIKKOR prime lenses, (AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4G ED, AF-S VR Micro NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED, AF-S NIKKOR 105mm f/1.4E ED) favouring these over any other lens.

Melissa Chapski

Melissa Chapski,19, has been dancing since she was 15 years old – a relatively short time in the world of ballet. Originally from Massachusetts, United States, she studied at Ellison Ballet Professional Training Program in New York City. She is now based in Amsterdam, where she has danced for the Dutch National Ballet's Junior Company since August 2015. She has competed in many international competitions and won a gold medal at the Indianapolis International Ballet Competition and the Youth America Grand Prix in 2015.