Using Stage Lights

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    I am taking photos for homecoming tonight and i am going to be on the stage...any tips on using stage lighting to my advantage?
     
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    Find out what lights they are. If you shoot digital that will help as you can adjust the color balance on camera before you shoot. Deppending on what lights are used they will put off a different color cast. If you use a flash (probably needed for fill), use a bounce card or something over the flash to diffuse the light (the ceiling will probably be too high / dark for bounce flash). In an emergency I have even used a napkin taped over the light head. It will soften the light and will not be so harsh on the normally shiny / sheen from the girls dresses.
     
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    thank you thank you thank you thank you.
     
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    I think the biggest thing to look for would be filters on the lights. They are used on stage to make the actors look real and not ghostlike. I find I can take stage photos with these already filtered lights. But if there are no filters, you will want to adjust accordingly! :) Hope that helps.

    Oh, and also, shoot a PM to "morydd". He is a stage lighting technician and will probably have a good idea about stage lights! :)

    Eric.
     
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    Your photo shoot with the stage production is done, but just for future reference, I will post my answer here.

    I hope you indicated whether using film or digital. Anyway, I am a stage actress, and have a long history of stage productions starting since I was 12 and am practicing professionally now. I was also a major in photography and am pursuing fine art photography.

    For film, it is best to use high speed film, if possible, get higher than 400 or push your film. Using flash for dramatically-lit productions may wash out the intent of the lighting designer and may distract the actors/performers, unless it is a press night (meaning, a night for press photographers, writers, critics, and therefore, flashes are expected). Keep a tripod in hand and telephoto lenses. Make sure you are posted at a good distance without distracting other viewers. Be there before the show starts so you can do your tests, meters, or if using digital, your white balancing, if preferred. Keep your shutter speed at 1/60 at the lowest because there's usually a lot of movement on stage, unless there is a monologue. Remember not to use flash unless it is a press night. In fact, some productions don't allow cameras in the venue unless it is a press night, or unless you are the official photographer. If I'm not on stage and if I take photos of productions, I make sure I get the drama of the lights and the emotions/energy of the performers. I use Kodak Gold for color for candid shoots because of the vibrance of its colors. I even use it for stage productions. Just make compensations for the speed of the film.

    I know of other experimental lighting support, like a hand-held flash (if it is a press night), and setting the camera at aperture priority set at smaller apertures for maximum depth of field/focus, so the shutter speed is longer. With the hand-held flash properly metered, a still moment will be captured, but since the shutter speed is low, there will be motion blurs and lighting plays, which could be nice.
     
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    Watch the video: [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNCmuExlHvM"]How To Make A Better Bounce Card[/ame].
     
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    I did't read the article, but saw the Video :) thanks for sharing
     
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    2006?:scratch::gah::scratch::gah::scratch::lmao:
     
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    I think already saw this on Youtube some time ago...Anyway ...nice video...
     
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    Now finally I got some time to see the article by Shakti.. well got some more about photography :)
     

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