upcoming theater shoot

Rick Womer rwomer1004 at yahoo.com
Wed Jul 21 21:46:17 EDT 2010

If only it were that easy...

There is a reason that classical theater shots are in B&W: the lighting can be damned near impossible to deal with.  The color temp in one part of the stage is often radically different than in another part.  Single channels often blow out, making PP corrections nigh impossible.  If the stage is lit with new LED lights, things get worse.

Just the same, it's great fun.  Talk to the guy on the lights before the shoot, make very liberal use of a grey card, expose carefully (watching the RGB histogram), and be ready to revert to monochrome.



--- On Wed, 7/21/10, P. J. Alling <webstertwentysix at gmail.com> wrote:

> Find out the temperature of the
> lights, set your camera to that, and shoot a test with a
> gray card just to make sure.  It will make editing much
> easier in the long run.
> On 7/21/2010 8:25 PM, Christine Aguila wrote:
> > Hi Everyone:
> > 
> > I've been asked to photograph scenes from the play "My
> Sister Eileen" which will open tomorrow night at a
> university near by.  The shoot will take place after a
> Friday night performance, and the producer said normally the
> shoot is about an hour long.  The cast is small (9), so
> I think I've a wide enough lens for a cast group shot. 
> I've requested a comp ticket, so I can see the show before
> the shoot, and they've kindly agreed.
> > 
> > I'll be looking for good dramatic scenes, of course,
> and I've been told that there's nothing exotic about the
> lighting direction for this play--just standard stage
> lighting.  Has anyone had experience doing theater
> shoots? Any tips or suggestions you'd be willing to share?
> > 
> > Thanks in advance.
> > Cheers, Christine
> > 
> > 
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