curated by ANDREA Chemelli

The stage photography is a very particular branch, able to give great satisfaction but which, in addition to requiring a strong artistic sensibility combined with an excellent technical mastery, forces the photographer to observe a number of rules and attentions.

It is in fact necessary to operate in a manner not to disturb viewers and the artists on stage: you have to become invisible and silent, because even the click of a shooting in the audience of a theater can be much noisier than you might think. You almost always have to shoot from the bottom room or from one of the front stage (so from a location too far away tens of meters from the stage), and it is absolutely forbidden to use the flash and get noticed in any way.

And if it comes to a dance show, things get even more complicated: We are to take action dynamics with ever fascinating stage lights but often very poor for photography, so we have to work with cameras capable of high sensitivity, telephoto lenses bright and sufficiently fast shutter speeds to capture movements such as jumps and pirouettes: in poche parole, It is operating in the boundary conditions. It is one of the types of photography less democratic, to be able to practice it is essential to have adequate equipment, very expensive.


Personally, Use Nikon full frame (D4s e D800), with optical 70-200 f2,8 VR e 300 f2,8, mounted on a monopod with ball head and regulated between the 1200 e i 5000 ISO, with very large apertures and shutter speeds from 1/125 a 1/500 second. It is useless to search for a specific white balance as the color of the lights keeps changing, but it can be convenient to shoot in RAW, to be able to later retrieve exposure errors. other tricks: first you need to obtain a credit (normally not be photographed during a show), after which should arrive in theater with due notice, details of where it is or is not allowed to position themselves, wear black (not for aesthetic whim but to be able to move in the shadows unnoticed), obtain soundproof padding for the camera (which is regulated in "silent shooting mode"), being a front seat to the bottom room, taking care not impallare the view of spectators and cameraman, and above all taking sparingly, taking advantage of the strongest music scored, which often coincide with the "accents" choreographic.

If it is possible, attend the show trials can help us a lot to understand what will be the most interesting moments, as well as allowing us to photograph the dancers in moments of lower voltage and from the nearest stations, taking advantage of the lack of spectators.


It is always a good idea to take or deliver within a short time a selection of the best images to the artists, the director or artistic director of the theater: in this way, if you have worked with professionalism, It will be able to obtain new credits in the future.

Infine, special attention in the rush to publish anywhere captured images: ask the artists or those who for their authorization or even a simple opinion is duty.


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