Today I am going to look at the important aspects that all event and theatre photographers in Scotland need to consider before a theatre photoshoot. Last week I was asked to do a photoshoot at Pitlochry Festival Theatre for an Edinburgh Fringe Festival production. Now as an active event photographer in Edinburgh and throughout Scotland, I am often asked what my favourite event are and theatre photography in definitely up there. So here we go, some tips for budding theatre photographers:
Theatre Photography Tips Edinburgh
- You may have to work in natural light, so use a high ISO, if you can it is still useful to get some flash images.
- Use a variety of angles if you are allowed to move about, with telephoto and wide angled lenses if necessary.
- Make sure you capture emotions as well as movement.
- Try and get the subjects eyes as much as you can, the eyes tell a story and convey emotion, which is particularly important for theatre and music photography in Scotland or anywhere else.
- Communicate well with the organisation or person who commissioned you to do the photoshoot. listen to them when they convey what they need and ask questions in advance.
- Try not to take ages and get in the face too much of the performers, otherwise they will tire and lack proper emotion, which will effect your photos, don’t rush, but get the job done as quickly as possible.
- Finally, enjoy and I am sure you will do a good job.
Hope this helps and make sure you get out there and create sone fantastic images. The photos with this blog were from the forthcoming performance of Guffy, which is due to premier at the Pleasance Theatre in Edinburgh during the highly prestigious Edinburgh Fringe festival in August, so get along there and show your event photography skills in Edinburgh next month. https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on#q=guffy