Frankenstein 1930 - BHS Winter Play
Sunday was the final performance of Belton High School's Winter Play, "Frankenstein 1930." I was VERY appreciative of the lighting directors who didn't choose "dark and gloomy" lighting for the laboratory! The cemetery scenes and some nighttime outdoor scenes were very dark, but that was to be expected.
I used my usual rig, consisting of the 24-70 f/2.8 II and 70-200 f/2.8 IS II, both on 5DIII bodies, with fully open aperture (f/2.8) most of the time. (I shot some of wide angle closeups at f/4 to give more depth of field.) My shutter was anywhere from 1/125 to 1/320, depending on how much action might be in a scene. My ISO ran from about 500 to 12.8k. Typical range for most shows.
One problem with theatre is the relatively bright faces (especially at times when a spot is being used). I tend to use spot metering and try for middle range objects (clothes that aren't too white or too dark) and let my ISO set itself (I always shoot manual for shutter and aperture.). There are times in most performances when I have to go to manual ISO, too, at least for a scene, because there is just TOO much dark in the scene and faces will be blown out.
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