I’m adding musical theater photographer to my resume. Actually, I haven’t updated my resume in years, fortunately. But the job is fun. I get to run around dressed in black photographing a broadway style musical. I get culture and photographs at the same time!
While photographing, I might not soak up as much as the average theater attendee, but it’s enough to follow the plot and enjoy the music and the jokes. The director loves that I laugh along with the audience, because they know the jokes land when they are suppose to land. I’m adding comedy barometer to my resume as well.
The main reason I don’t soak up all the play, is there are a lot of numbers and settings going on in my tiny little brain. I’m having to keep an eye on ISO, white balance, and all the tiny buttons on the back of the camera.
This isn’t rocket science, but it’s fastpaced. At the end of this play I had almost 1,900 photos taken! I whittled that down to a decent 800. There need photos of everything so people can use it in their portfolio.
I am loving the performance of my camera gear. People ask what camera they should buy and it depends on their needs. Great lenses and a full frame camera kick butt. These plays have complex lighting at times and often it gets pretty dark. So a camera with great ISO performance is important. And that is true for events and for weddings.
It is fun to be the photographer for WSU’s theater department AND Salt Lake Acting Company. In fact, I’m now shooting video for Salt Lake Acting Company, ack! It’s awesome though. I always love a challenge and the chance to learn something new and then to show off some mad skills.