Seeking shooting tips for the theater environment

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Rich Gibson
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Seeking shooting tips for the theater environment
4 months ago

I've owned Nikon DSLR gear from the D100 through the D3 & D700 then switched to the Nex-5n, 7 and now the 6.  I still own the 6 & 7.  Up till now I've shot a lot of outdoor kid stuff and a ton of travel photography.  Travel and posed group shooting is leisurely and one-off work and I've enjoyed it immensely and learned how to use my gear.  I have been fairly successful and am pleased with my work.  Now my grandkids are teen agers and are involved in concerts and theatrical work and this is proving to be a real challenge.

Yesterday I shot a musical which had minimal sets with lots of black curtains.  I started with the Nex-7 and the 55-210 Aperture mode, ISO 6400, Multi-metering mode and auto focus wide open (f/7.0).  It was an unmitigated disaster.  Focusing was so slow I missed shot after shot and those which were in focus had blown out highlights.  In desperation I popped the 55-210 on the 6 used A mode, auto ISO , wide open, and things went much better.  Turning down the EV I was able to pull back the blow out.

Yes, I've read the friendly manual, a couple of times. First of all, the 7 is going on the block; I've ordered the A6000 based on the focus of the NEX-6 alone.  Would any of you care to throw me a few tips for shooting successfully in a theatrical environment?

Thanks, Rich

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