Have you ever had the intention of photographing stage actors while they were acting in a play? It is a challenge if you are a novice. There are a lot of things that can create difficulty like low light, you are not allowed to use flash, the actors will be moving and your seat could be quite far from the stage. So you need to make sure that you have a good idea on what you are doing. Here are a few pointers that will help you to get the most candid, clear and natural photography while the theatre is on –
- Though it may be a little difficult, but if possible, you can watch the entire theater one day to understand what points you can capture. That way when you come back the next day, you will know exactly when to photograph what scene. You will also have a fair idea as to when an actor pauses and for how long. This way you will be prepared.
- Now that you are ready to shoot, make sure you have a 70-200mm lens. This lens will help you to zoom in case your seat is far away from the stage. You will also be able to capture a wide stage and get its depth perfectly in your camera.
- When you take pictures of an on-going theater, you need to use the manual mode. If you use the auto mode then you will not be able to capture the light frames. Say for example there are three actors on stage and while two of them have direct light on them the third actor is in partial low light. You need the manual mode to expose the shot for long so that all the three actors are clearly visible in the photograph.
- Since most of the scenes are likely to be in less light and bereft of heavy surrounding light, you will need to expose the shot and will have to choose a low shutter speed. That is when you need a tripod. This is to reduce any amount of grains and blurring.
- You need to capture some shots that concentrate on the variety of expressions of the actors. This will need you to take close ups. Look for scenes that have intense expressions. There are plays that will have a stage full of actors with varied expressions. If you can capture a scene like that then you have hit jackpot.
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