1st Edition

Theatre & Stage Photography A Guide to Capturing Images of Theatre, Dance, Opera, and Other Performance Events

By William Kenyon Copyright 2018
    244 Pages
    by Routledge

    244 Pages
    by Routledge

    Documenting theatrical and stage events under the often dramatic lighting designed for the production provides a number of specific photographic challenges, and is unlike most every other branch of photography. Theatre & Stage Photography provides an overview of basic photography as it applies to "available-light" situations, and will move both basic and experienced photographers through the process of accurately capturing both the production process and the resultant performance.

    The book is accompanied by additional web content found at stagephoto.org, including tutorials, author blog, a photo gallery, and more resources.

    List of Images and Tables




    Chapter 1: An Overview of Basic Photography

    Chapter 2: Camera Focus and Autofocus Settings

    Chapter 3: The Camera Meter and How a Digital Camera Perceives Light

    Chapter 4: The Primary Settings

    Chapter 5: Aperture

    Chapter 6: Shutter Speed

    Chapter 7: Film Speed

    Chapter 8: White Balance

    Chapter 9: Framing Your Shots

    Chapter 10: The Secondary Settings

    Chapter 11: Meter Priority

    Chapter 12: EV Compensation

    Chapter 13: Auto-Bracketing

    Chapter 14: Digital File Formats

    Chapter 15: Practices for Documenting Process versus Product

    Chapter 16: Practices for Running a Photo-Call

    Chapter 17: Photography of Other Types of Performances

    Chapter 18: Digital Photo Manipulation and Presentation

    Chapter 19: Best Practices for Photographers

    Glossary of  Terms

    Appendix: List of Print and Internet Reference Materials

    About the Author



    William C. Kenyon serves as head of the Lighting Design Program in the School of Theatre at Penn State University. An active professional designer, William has designed more than 150 plays, operas, and dances, along with over a dozen national and international tour seasons with several theatre and dance companies. William has been involved in Native American theatre and dance for more than 15 years, serving as resident lighting designer for the American Indian Dance Theatre, and was involved in the complete reimagining of Unto These Hills, a massive outdoor spectacle celebrating the history of the Cherokee. Prior to Penn State, William taught lighting and sound design at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. William received his BFA from the University of Connecticut, and his MFA from Brandeis University in Massachussetts. William is very involved with OISTAT’s Education Commission (Organisation Internationale des Scénographes, Techniciens et Architectes de Théâtre), after having served two terms as Commissioner for Education for USITT (United States Institute for Theatre Technology). He is also a member of USITT, OISTAT, IALD (International Association of Lighting Designers), IESNA (Illuminating Engineering Society of North America), and USAA (United Scenic Artists of America) Local #829 in the areas of lighting and sound design. When not on tour or in tech, William is working on climbing the highest point in each US state. He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife, Jenny, a costume and scenic designer and forensic artist, and his daughter, Delaney, who is a designer, martial artist, and world traveler.