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Shooting a dark performance show questions

 
Aznattic
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May 27, 2011 01:31 |  #1

This weekend i will be shooting a dance musical for some friends. I shot it a few weeks ago and my settings were mostly Iso 3200-4000, F2.0 @ 1/100. I have done club photography, but this was completely different considering flash obviously couldn't be used. They also had a poorly lit spot light and spot light operator (would move off the characters too fast). I wasn't too pleased with the shots after reading the FAQ tips. Did a lot of the "up the nostrils" shots.

I was wondering if anyone had any pointers and tips/settings for shooting a dance musical. The spotlight i believe is around 4300k or 5000k.I have a 7D as well as a 30D with a 85mm 1.4 Sigma (the one i used for most of the shots of the last show), 30mm Sigma 1.4, 70-200 IS 2.8. The last show i took pictures in the front row so the 85mm, while a sharp lens, just felt too close to them. Bodies i couldn't get full body shots which i felt took the feel away from the performance. 30mm wouldn't focus fast enough. I really can't move around too much either because they will run up and down the audience at times. Mostly i will be crouching or or sitting down. Is it possible to stand up and take pictures without disturbing the audience or crew? Should i sit in the middle (front row) or somewhere on the sides (front row).

Here's 2 pictures from last time.

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7D II - Canon 24-70 II F2.8 - Sigma 85 1.4 - Sigma 30mm 1.4 - Canon 18-135 STM

  
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hania
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Jun 03, 2011 02:33 |  #2

Aznattic wrote in post #12487222 (external link)
This weekend i will be shooting a dance musical for some friends. I shot it a few weeks ago and my settings were mostly Iso 3200-4000, F2.0 @ 1/100. I have done club photography, but this was completely different considering flash obviously couldn't be used. They also had a poorly lit spot light and spot light operator (would move off the characters too fast). I wasn't too pleased with the shots after reading the FAQ tips. Did a lot of the "up the nostrils" shots.

I was wondering if anyone had any pointers and tips/settings for shooting a dance musical. The spotlight i believe is around 4300k or 5000k.I have a 7D as well as a 30D with a 85mm 1.4 Sigma (the one i used for most of the shots of the last show), 30mm Sigma 1.4, 70-200 IS 2.8. The last show i took pictures in the front row so the 85mm, while a sharp lens, just felt too close to them. Bodies i couldn't get full body shots which i felt took the feel away from the performance. 30mm wouldn't focus fast enough. I really can't move around too much either because they will run up and down the audience at times. Mostly i will be crouching or or sitting down. Is it possible to stand up and take pictures without disturbing the audience or crew? Should i sit in the middle (front row) or somewhere on the sides (front row).

Here's 2 pictures from last time.
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I took 'Oliver' with a tripod & 70-200 2.8 from the side standing up out of the way; however I would not stand up during a show - should I have been in the audience that would really annoy me - besides obscuring the view of the people behind, it would also break their concentration on the show, having you bobbing up & down. I would either get a front row seat, middle if possible and stay put - or a front balcony seat if there is one.

If you can get up from a side seat without disturbing people that should work; however, a show is so fast moving, that you getting up and setting up would maybe cause you to lose a shot as you really do need a tripod (IMHO)


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