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DRAMA AND DANCE PERFORMANCE PHOTOGRAPHY

The end of term theatre production takes place in June and tonights performance was a dress rehearsal for the play "Thoroughly Modern Millie". Thoroughly Modern Millie tells the story of a small-town girl, Millie Dillmount, who comes to New York City to marry for money instead of love – a thoroughly modern aim in 1922, when women were just entering the workforce. Millie soon begins to take delight in the flapper lifestyle, but problems arise when she checks into a hotel owned by the leader of a white slavery ring in China. The style of the musical is comic pastiche. Like the film on which it is based, it interpolates new tunes with some previously written songs.

The photography was to document the build up to the performance and the whole of the show, from the backstage make up, lighting studio and also the musicians performing behind the main stage. The facilities in the Anselm studio at the Canterbury campus are second to none and a great environment for the students to get a real feel for putting on productions to a large audience.

The lighting on stage is constantly changing colours and brightness, so the camera stays in manual mode to adapt to the ever changing conditions, a lot of under exposure is required to retain detail in the actors and also reasonably fast shutter speeds to freeze the performers. I had to change the ISO settings on the two cameras constantly, bearing in mind the shutter speeds required I was between 2000-6400 on some occasions, in this day and age noise isn't too much of a problem on the full frame Nikon's.
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