Theatre photography

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  1. Glooomp

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    People of TPF. I need your help.

    I have been recruited by my school's drama faculty to photograph all their major productions- ie. the year 11 and 12 ones.

    I need some general tips on shooting in that type of scenario. I will be in the sound/lighting box with an open window.
     
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    hey gloomp, you need to give more info, what camera you have, how experience you are, what lens, etc.
     
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    Ok- I have an Olympus E-300
    I am quite new to photography, but I have had many helpful tips, and are good friends with a couple of professional photographers, so I am feeling ver happy with the shots I have been turning out.
     
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    It sounds like you are going to be very limited in how you can move around, so you are going to have to do a lot of your composition with the lens. It looks like that camera has interchangable lenses, but I'm guessing that you have a limited budget. The kit lens doesn't open very wide, so you are probably going to have to boost the ISO and deal with the noise for dim scenes. The optimum would be a fast zoom (wide aperture), but that will be expensive.
     
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    I am in theater and I always shoot the productions and head shots. Tell the director that you will need close to half an hour during tech week to shoot photos. This way you will be able to be on stage. The actors and lights can be adjusted accordingly. Also you will not have to roll off 104 shots to get one or two keepers.
     
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    Also, remember to talk to the designers (scenic, lighting, costume, makeup) and see if there is anything they would like you to get for their portfolios.
     
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    Thanks guys. I did my shoot with what I have, and it wasn't very good. I really need to buy a faster lens because almost all the shots were blurred. I got a few good ones though.

    I will be shooting another of my schools production in about a month and a half, so I hope I have enough money for a new lens by then. Also, I will be shooting that in the dress rehearsal.
     
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    Throw in some flash and or bounce cards. Shooting wide open will give shallow depth of field. I always stop down as far as possible.
     
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    I guess it would be good to find out what the purpose of these photos is. Are you archiving the production? Portfolios for designers? Scrapbook fodder for the actors?
    If it's either of the first two don't use a flash! The lighting design is as much a part of the production as the costumes, set and actors.

    (Also, many theater technicans find the term "techie" to be insulting.)
     
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    we dont tend to be too bothered so long as you DONT TOUCH OUR SET UP GRRRRRRRR
     
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    try if you get the change to go during rehersals, this is how i got the best shots when it came to show time

    ive photographed 3 plays for my school and im a techie and an actor so im thre 24/7 which i guess gives me an edge

    if you want i could post some pics that i shot during 2 of the plays
     

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