Theatre photography falls into several aspects. The most obvious is recording the performance which is usually done on final dress rehearsal night without an audience and this role I have performed for several local theatrical groups, including Rackheath Players, Great Hall Theatre Company amongst other groups.

Another aspect is publicity photographs, which have to be done well in advance of the performance as the images are used to promote the play on posters, websites and local newspapers.

Another requirement is usually done on an individual basis rather than for a company, and that is head-shots for actors hoping to apply for roles on stage and television.

Theatre photography can be challenging, as you are having to work with the lighting designers lighting plot and sometimes the amount of usable light can be surprisingly low, necessitating use of slow shutter speeds. For this type of photography, fast aperture lenses are needed – the 50mm f/1.8, the 100mm f/2.8 and the 70-200 f/2.8 lenses are the most often used.