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February 24th, 2008, 12:24 AM
How to pick 4 shot out of musical? Individual shots, large groups, small groups... Its not possible to give context of a musical with four photos so here is what may seem like random shots, but they are in order.
It is a very moody musical with many ghost scenes and the stage was very dimmly lit in general compared to most productions.
You can see a mini gallery here...the full show won't go live on my website for another week. http://www.fredmiranda.com/hosting/showgallery.php?cat=5548&ppuser=57490&page=1
February 24th, 2008, 12:43 AM
Shots that are purple may seem right with appropriate music and plot, however, just looking at the images, the 3rd has some sense that something might be at risk. In any case, that seems to hold the most potential. I like it.
Ask, does this picture have impact? If not, go the next one. In the end you'll only have a few but the might convey the ideas and mood you want to bring to us.
February 24th, 2008, 12:53 AM
I looked at your other images and noticed this one:
© Shane Canfield
Perhaps try a B&W version cropped. Maybe that will convey what you seek.
February 24th, 2008, 07:42 AM
Thanks Asher. :) Tricky to be sure. The DVD I'm selling has 300 photos including Cast, Crew, and Set formals. The lights are constantly changing with this play and much of it uses scrimes to create a sunlight through leaves effect. So it requires constant attention to get the shutter to 1/60 or so for most of the play. This stage uses many banks of lights, many gelled...but it was a fun shoot and a great cast. The orchestra was hidden which was too bad, because at least some shote of them are fun too. Appreciate your comments as always!
February 24th, 2008, 09:26 PM
Great photographs, Shane. Have you been doing this kind of shooting for a while? It looks like something you would have to practice a lot. You're obviously quite good at this sort of thing.
February 24th, 2008, 10:03 PM
Hi Marcus, thanks much. :) Well this would be about a 10 plays maybe...kids and adult plays combined. It does get easier over time, like anything else. You are able to stop thinking about how to shoot and instead focus on what to shoot...what makes an interesting composition. There are many moments that are not really worth much, so paying attention all the time is important.
Here are two that several friends (two of the show's producers) here seem to like a lot...
I also do the promo publicity shots too for the newspapers. Those are all done with my strobes on set and are posed. The director of the show and I work together on those to get what she wants.
Interestingly the Washington Post ran one of the photos but the two regional papers did not, who knows. :)