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

ISBN 9781138236288
Published February 15, 2018 by Routledge
244 Pages

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Book Description

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, including tutorials, author blog, a photo gallery, and more resources.

Table of Contents

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


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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.