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Τheater plays, Dance performances with OM-D

The shooting of theater plays, dance performances, concerts and any other indoor shows is always considerably demanding. 

The photographer needs to be ready to freeze time (movement) and capture emotions under difficult conditions.

I started doing Ballet and Theater photography decades ago. My first professional milestones came with Olympus E-3 and the Zuiko lenses, but I soon enough switched to mirrorless bodies, starting with the OM-D E-M5 and experimenting with more recent models.

The weight and the fast focus of these cameras are unique selling points. The fact that they are all completely silent is a must, in those kinds of shows.

Don Quixote OM-D E-M5 MII & M. Zuiko 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO |  f/2.8 - S/1250 - ISO 2500

Don Quixote OM-D E-M5 MII & M. Zuiko 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO |  f/2.8 - S/1250 - ISO 2500

Don Quixote - OM-D E-M5 MII & M. Zuiko 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO | f//3.5 - S/1200 - ISO 2500 

The E-M1 Mark II, in combination with the M.Zuiko 12-40mm and the M.Zuiko 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO lenses are the most suitable tools for professionally shooting such performances.  For ballet and dance shooting, the pose is the best moment in a dancer’s movement, and it is impossible to capture it with a single click. Using C-AF – Low sequence, focus point selection and an ISO of 1600 – 2500, one can follow the movement of the dancer closely and capture their most spectacular moments.

 

The Nutcracker OM-D E-M1 MII & M. Zuiko 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO  |  f/2.8 - S 1/640 - ISO 2000 

Snow White OM-D E-M1 MII & M. Zuiko 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO  |  f/2.8 - S 1/500 - ISO 2500

Carlos Acosta OM-D E-M1 MII & M. Zuiko 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO  |  f/2.8 - S 1/160 - ISO 2500 

 The Nutcracker  OM-D E-M1 MII & M. Zuiko 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO  |  f/2.8 - S 1/250 - ISO 2000 

 The Nutcracker  OM-D E-M1 MII & M. Zuiko 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO  |  f/2.8 - S 1/200 - ISO 2000 

In theater shooting, the aim is usually to capture the emotion and the expression of actors. One needs to be relatively close to the stage, but at the same time discreet and invisible, otherwise the actors can get distracted.

Carmen OM-D E-M1 MII & M. Zuiko 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO  |  f/2.8 - S 1/400 - ISO 3200 

Attik OM-D E-M1 MII & M. Zuiko 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO  |  f/2.8 - S 1/200 - ISO 2000

The Hunchback of Notre-Dame OM-D E-M1 MII & M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO  |  f/2.8 - S/1600 - ISO 1600

The completely silent OM-D E-M1 Mark II is essential for this. Single shot with 9 focal points and face detection, this system is ideal for capturing the facial expressions of actors on stage.

Trellantonis  OM-D E-M1 MII & M. Zuiko 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO  |  f/3.5 - S/2500 - ISO 1600

 


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