Drama Belongs in the Theatre – and Your Photographs

From the Ojai Art Center Theater's production of Cabaret. Nikon D300; Nikon 17-55 f/2.8; Nikon SB800 and SB600 speedlights.

Point a flash at the camera? Why not, if you’re supposed to be on the stage of the Kit Kat Klub? From the Ojai Art Center Theater’s production of Cabaret. Nikon D300; Nikon 17-55 f/2.8; Nikon SB800 and SB600 speedlights.

Your community has community theater, and community theater needs photographs. I’m very grateful that several theaters in Ventura County allowed me to practice on their stages when I was learning my craft. When creating publicity images for theater, don’t scrimp on the drama. Use exaggerated angles and lighting, because the job of these photos is to GET ATTENTION. The editor of your local paper looks at photos all day long, and he or she wants the same thing you want: attention. Don’t be afraid to experiment. And you know what? Actors LOVE to act, so let them.

From the Ojai Art Center Theater production of Wait Until Dark. Nikon D300; Nikon 17-55 f/2.8; Nikon SB800 and SB600 speedlights.

Fun with shadows. From the Ojai Art Center Theater production of Wait Until Dark. Nikon D300; Nikon 17-55 f/2.8; Nikon SB800 and SB600 speedlights.

Your wide angle lens WANTS you to get close! From the Ojai Art Center Theater production of And Then There Were None. Nikon D7000; Nikon 17-55 f/2.8; Nikon SB800 and SB600 speedlights.

Your wide angle lens WANTS you to get close! From the Ojai Art Center Theater production of And Then There Were None. Nikon D7000; Nikon 17-55 f/2.8; Nikon SB800 and SB600 speedlights.