Taking the picture

Depending on the kind of performance you're trying to photograph, getting the right lighting may be just the tip of the iceberg. Do some research about seating and photography regulations ahead of time. Here are some hints:

• Try to secure a ticket in the first few rows. When it comes to theater shooting, the closer you get, the better.

• It's good etiquette to ask in advance for permission to take pictures. Also, if you find out that photography is OK but flashes are forbidden, ask if you can set up a tripod (much better for low-light photography).

• Consider taking your pictures at the dress rehearsal. Schools often allow photography at the dress rehearsal but not the actual performance. You may even be able to grab a seat in the front row, to the immense benefit of your photos.

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