I say that because of a comment -- I'm sure made quite innocently -- that someone made about a gallery of the PR outtakes plus some candids and quite a few shots of the non-costumed performers also going through the same rehearsals that I uploaded to my Facebook photography page the next day. The person said she tended to like the "candid" shots better than the posed, and I couldn't help but wonder whether the person didn't understand what a "posed" shot was -- or presumed (because I didn't think it was necessary to edify) that all of the pictures of the costumed cast members were posed.
To me, "posed" means the photographer directed the subjects into a stand-still position for the purpose of creating a certain "look" and optimizing the quality of the image, especially its sharpness. I did none of that; I told the director up front that I preferred to capture the performers in a natural state, including their natural expressions and motions. As I alluded to in the post Sunday, because of the crazy window spot light inside the venue for the Thursday shoot, I wish I really had posed the PR shots that day. But I didn't.
But I also got to wondering whether other people assumed my pictures were posed as well. So I'm here to say, they weren't. Not that there is anything wrong with posed publicity shots; it's just that in the time I've spent doing theatrical photography, I really relish getting natural "looks" and motion. At the same time, I've learned lessons -- like Thursday (and, now that I think of it, also at one of my two shoots last spring at rehearsal for the same theater troupe's production of "The Taming of the Shrew"). And that lesson is: If the lighting is not going to deliver for you in the way you'd like or need, then go to Plan B: pose the shots, and possibly introduce some artificial light.
I took a couple hundred shots over the course of two days of rehearsals last week, and today's post is dedicated to presenting every one of the actual "posed" shots I took; and contrast those with some that were not posed, so you'll hopefully know the difference ... if your'e one of those who wasn't clear on it before!
So now I throw it back to you. Can you tell which of the photos in this post are posed, and which are not? The answer is pretty easy. The one leading off the post and the first seven below were the performers caught in actual mid-routine and in serious rehearsal. Not posed. Everything below the line of asterisks was posed, but then ... I took those because the performers themselves -- not I -- spontaneously hammed it up during a break, and I felt the shots accurately represented the "fun" atmosphere I sensed at the rehearsal at the time. I did not intend to use any of those for formal publicity purposes.
If you missed Sunday's post, the actors you see here are Susan Yeaw and Stephen Foxworthy, in the lead photo and in several below, who play Titania and Oberon; J.D. Bonitz, who you see immediately below as Puck, the mischievous fairy and servant of Oberon; Gabby Sandefer, who plays Fairy No. 1 (aka Mustardseed); Ashley Chase and Spencer (the first pair of "lovers" below), who play Helena and Demetrius; and Christy Walker and Andy Sturm, who play Hermia and Lysander.
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