Shooting Stars: A Photographer's Journey into the World of Theatre

Tips on photographing Theatre and Ballet Shows by a Lisburn and Belfast photographer. 

As a photographer with experience in capturing the magic of theatrical and ballet performances, I would like to share my tips and insights with those interested in this field.

1 Preparation is Key

Before any show, I make sure to understand the lighting and stage setup. This information can be obtained by contacting the venue or the production company. Familiarizing myself with the lighting helps me plan my shots and know what gear to bring.

2 Use a Fast Lens

Due to low light conditions in many theatres and ballet halls, I always use a fast lens, ideally with a maximum aperture of f/2.8 or larger. This allows me to capture images with minimal noise and blur. My go-to lens is my Sigma art 70-200mm.

3 Shooting Techniques

When shooting a performance, I focus on capturing the emotion and movement of the performers. To do this, I use panning or zooming techniques to create dynamic and visually appealing images. Experimenting with shutter speeds can also produce interesting results, such as freezing action or creating motion blur.


The lighting during a performance can change rapidly, and I'm always prepared to make adjustments to my camera settings. I also make sure to have a fast memory card and extra batteries, as there's usually no time for breaks in between scenes.

Respect the Performers and the Audience!

I always keep in mind the performers and the audience while shooting. I take my photos from an appropriate location and avoid using flash or distracting lighting that may disrupt the performance.

Lisburn and Belfast are home to many world-class theatres and ballet companies. With proper preparation and technique, capturing the beauty and energy of these performances can be a truly rewarding experience.

In conclusion, capturing the magic of theatre and ballet shows requires careful preparation, the right gear, and an understanding of lighting and shooting techniques. Whether you're a seasoned photographer or just starting out, there's always something new to learn and enjoy in this fascinating field.

Happy photographing ♡