I really enjoyed the opportunity to create dramatic lighting for the Cabaret images in my last two postings, but tonight I had a different kind of assignment. The director of Great Catherine wanted images to print and post in the theater lobby for people to view before the show and during intermission. From experience, I know these images will be printed on a color copier/printer down at the local business center, so I took a different approach to lighting.
Rather than attempt to create dramatic images that might arrest the viewer of a poster or newspaper, I tried to achieve a broad, flat, low contrast light effect. I did not always succeed, but that’s what I was going for. Images lit this way should stand up a little better to automated printing. They are her photos, not mine, so I did my best to produce what she wanted. For most of the evening, I placed an SB800 with umbrella above right and an SB600 with umbrella above left. Both flashes were set to about 1/2 power and the camera was set at ISO 400. The stage lights were on full, so many thanks to the actors for enduring the heat!