'I'm a theatre junkie'

NICOLE GOURLEY
Last updated 12:32 04/11/2013

Back to the 80sThose who know me know that I'm a bit of a theatre junkie, I love it.

So when the opportunity came up for me to photograph the latest show in town I was pretty excited about it.

Taking photos in a theatre can be a real challenge, the lighting is often low.

I am completely at the mercy of the lighting operator. Being a musical show there is a lot of action onstage, having cast members dancing means fast movement, which means that as a photographer, I need a lot of light to work with.

If they haven't spent a lot of time designing the lighting then my photos can turn out pretty average.

Luckily, in this case they have put a lot of effort into the show and it is reflected in how well lit and sharp all of my pictures are. 

Something I've been working on lately is photographing in low light using a slow shutter speed.

The best tip I've come across is to exhale and hit the shutter button right at the end of your breath, just before you breathe in. 

It's the moment that your body is the most still and it helps to hold the camera steady. 

* Enjoy the gallery from the Invercargill Musical Theatre production Back to the 80s

- The Southland Times

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