Photographing any sort of live performance, either indoor or outdoor, can be incredibly challenging. Not only will you have to be aware of the rules, but if photography is permitted, you are often restricted to your seat which will make moving around difficult. However, arguably the most challenging aspect of photographing performances is when they are indoors, in low light conditions. Here are some tips:

Think About Speed

One of the most important elements of photographing performances is being able to capture sharp images, or alternatively enough motion blur to suggest movement rather than camera shake. So, setting the right shutter speed is imperative.

For high action performances if you want to freeze the action completely, you will probably need to use a wide aperture (low f-number) to ensure that the shutter speed is fast enough so that the performer is sharp. But keep in mind that the wider your aperture the more blur you will get in the background.

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