Theater Performance Lighting

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Nionyn Senior Member • Posts: 2,028
Re: A Sampling of What I've Done
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Brooke Meyer wrote:

These two examples have apertures of f9 and f13 respectively. Good grief! What sort of exposure are you using? In theater, manual is your friend. So are f2.8 and f4. A used Tamron 28-75/2.8 isn't expensive or heavy.

Yes. ^This.^

I photograph a Jazz Company that loves to dance in the dark. I deal with it.

Again, yes.
Theatre lighting is not designed for photographers, nor should it be. That is not what it is for.
Photographers should photograph what is there in these circumstances, not light the performers for themselves (unless that is what they have specifically been asked to do by the company). It is not their "vision", it is that of the production's director, designer and lighting designer.

That's a fantastic photo! I absolutely love it.

And I use lots of flash in studio. Big bag of speedlights. Big bag of monolights. Even a big bag of tungsten fresnels.

But the stage is already lit. A couple of speed lights are A. Dangerous to dancers and B. of little use, power packs or no.

Never a truer word.

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