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5 Useful Tips for Stage Photography


The stage lights are constantly changing, flickering on and off, actors moving quickly, and photographers have to adjust the aperture and shutter speed all the time, but sometimes they still shoot a lot of useless pictures, few worth keeping. How to get better stage shots?

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Right Camera

The stage lights are constantly changing, flickering on and off, actors moving quickly, and photographers have to adjust the aperture and shutter speed all the time, but sometimes they still shoot a lot of useless pictures, few worth keeping. How to get better stage shots?

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My advise: A camera is a good one if the sensitivity is between 2000 and 3200 and the noise is within your range. 

Right Lens

It is better to use a zoom lens with large aperture if possible, since we can’t always walk around or stand under stage. Performers often move in the middle of the stage, in my experience, the distance between the photography and the middle of the stage determines which zoom lens is more advantageous.

Basically, a 24mm to 70mm lens is recommend when the stage is 7 meters far away from photographer; A 70mm to 200mm lens is recommend when the distance is about 15 meters, and a 100mm to 300mm lens is recommend when it is about 25 meters.

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zoom lens

My advise: Take two lenses. A 70mm to 200mm one for the performance, a 24mm to 70mm one for sidelights.

Right Position

It is a perfect position if the stage plane is between the performer’s knees and foot. The stage plane will division the relationship between the dancer's body and the frame when it is composed. If the position is chosen too high, the stage plane will bisect the dancer's body, resulting in rigid proportions.

stage photography

My advise: Try to be in the middle of the first row, or where you can see the on and off doors at the same time without blocking.

Parameter

Shutter speed no less than 320, set largest aperture, all stages with strong light and dark contrast are suitable for point metering, use RAW if it is possible.

5 Useful Tips for Stage Photography

My advise: ISO 2000, AWB, shutter speed no less than 60 to 125 if you are shooting a slow motion, no less than 250 to 500 if shooting a snap action.

Frame

It depends on the movement of the dancer and how you use it, the extension of the movement and the blocking. A vertical composition is better than a horizontal one while shooting single performer. On the contrary, a horizontal composition is better to shoot a group of people.

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Conclusion

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