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  1. JRJR12-02-2009

    In this age of photoshop I dont understand why composites arent used more in stage photography. You could easily mesh together 2-3 scenes with different actors to help convey the plot.

  2. RikRik12-07-2009

    it’s photos of actors who are recreating moments for the back row when the camera is, in fact only 1-4 feet away.

  3. LauraLaura12-07-2009

    great post – brings up many valid concerns. i guess my question is a one of time and familiarity. i recently shot a rehearsal of the the paper mill’s “on the town” for an audio slide show. coming in cold, not being familiar with the show or this particular production, it took me a good amount of time to even figure out when and what to shoot in a given scene. granted i’m not a theater photographer by trade, but i’m wondering if the photographer’s lack of familiarity with (or conversely, knowledge of) the show and the performance or such might have something to do with the quality of the photos.

  4. LauraLaura12-07-2009

    and in the spirit of full disclosure – here’s my first go at theater photography.


  5. Monica ReidaMonica Reida12-09-2009

    I can’t think of any photographs from productions of plays that have conveyed the meaning of a show. But I have seen plenty of production photographs that I think give the reader or viewer a good idea of what they might see at the production.

    Of course, live theater can change nightly and sometimes the audience might not see what is depicted in a photograph when they see the play, particularly with highly experimental plays.

    But isn’t wanting photographs to convey the meaning of a play like wanting the artwork for a poster to tell the audience what a play is about?