I was honored to be asked to make photographs of the cast and rehearsal for the production of the play, “Stealing Away,” by the theater group at Livingstone College. I joined their rehearsal on Thursday evening and had great fun! I found I enjoy photographing actors — they’re natural performers, especially when it’s an all female cast. You don’t have to coax them to connect with the camera, you simply need to be ready to capture the moment they do.
I didn’t want to take them out of the moment with a flash, so I worked with low-level stage lighting — using my Nikon D700 at 3600-4000 ISO. I was able to shoot even at continuous low speeds with my 24-70mm f/2.8 lens keeping tight focus during the scenes. There was some noise at these higher ISO levels but it took only a few minutes to remove it in Lightroom/Photoshop.
Part of this weekends was spent processing three sets of the photos — color, black and white and antique look. I’d promised them for Monday.