Our theater company is doing a one-night-only staged reading o the play Doubt, and they asked me to come photograph it. This turned out to be more challenging than I expected, because the lighting wasn’t particularly bright, and everyone was wearing black against a black background (it was a minimalist set). But my new understanding of camera settings allowed me to compensate pretty well. The only thing I didn’t understand was why the black robes came out looking red/brown.

I am usually pretty reluctant to move around too much because I don’t want to disturb the actors (this was a final dress rehearsal), but I moved around the theater during the performance and tried getting shots from different angles, just for fun and visual interest.

I took almost all the pictures at 1/25 sec exposure, f8 for good depth of field, and ISO 1600. This allowed me to get many good shots, with a few discarded for being blurry. I took about 450 shots! Trying to make sure I got a few good ones in there.

Of course my favorite shots were ones that weren’t part of the play. Like the Director, Matt, onstage before the play while they were practicing lighting cues.

And one of the actors, Tony, came out and found himself left hanging because the actress who was supposed to be out there was having a costume problem off stage, so he was stuck waiting a few minutes while trying to stay in character.

I like this shot with the lights above.


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