5 Pointers for Great Theater Photography

For those not well versed in photography, the process of great theater photography can be a challenge. More than a challenge, it can be scary. Here are five pointers to produce great theater photography:

1. Scheduled Shots

Ideally, it is easier to get a good shot if the photographer can show up at a set time, outside of rehearsals and performances. This allows the photographer to set up and create the ideal settings. It is a low pressure situation and allows the photographer the opportunity to take several exposures and find the perfect set up.

2. Shoot During Rehearsals

If unable to set up a time to shoot outside of rehearsals or performances, then shoot your photos during rehearsal. If nothing else, this will allow you the opportunity to get as many shots as you want without disturbing anyone in the audience.

3. See the Show First

Seeing the show before you try to take photos is perhaps the biggest favor you can do for yourself. This will allow you the opportunity to plan the shots you might want to take as well as give you an idea as to the kind of lighting you will have to work with.

4. Pay Attention

Although you should always do a quick review of the photos you have already taken, you want to make sure you keep your head up and pay attention to what is going on in front of you. You do not want to miss out on a good shot because you were not ready.

5. Use a Diverse Lens

Try to have a lens that will cover a large focal range. If the action is fast paced, you may find that you do not have the time or the opportunity to change your lens often.