Head Shots in B+W

"I do wander everywhere"

A guard and escort during Much Ado About Nothing, Summer 2014 A guard and escort during Much Ado About Nothing, Summer 2014

Hermia, from A Midsummer Night's Dream in summer 2013 Hermia, from A Midsummer Night’s Dream in summer 2013

If you’ve been following this blog, you know I am heavily involved in a local amateur theatre group called ACT (a community theatre.)  For the past few years – when I’m not already involved producing, or doing props or working front-of-house – I’ve been called upon to photograph shows – rehearsals, head shots for the programme, and the dress rehearsal.

My head shot technique for multiple photos is simple. Pentax K20D on a tripod with a 50mm Pentax lens (75 on a crop sensor). Station the subject in open shade with a tree line far enough back to be out of focus and focus on the eyes. ISO 200 (lowest on the Pentax), 1/90-1/125 second at f 4.5-f 5.6. I shoot them from both sides (a 1/8 profile?) and…

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Read-along Hamlet

ACT (a community theatre) will host a reading of Shakespeare’s HAMLET on Monday, March 16, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. in the Southport Room of the Stratford Town Centre, 234 Shakespeare Drive, Stratford.  Those attending will be invited to take turns reading various parts from the shortened script which will be used in ACT’s late summer production.

The director of the show, Terry Pratt, adapted the script to better meet the challenges of staging the play’s scenes in various locations around Robert Cotton Park.  Pratt will be present at the reading to explain his vision for the show, and  to coach readers on delivering the Bard’s lines.

Also attending will be Noah Nazim,who has been cast as Hamlet.  Other auditions will be held at the end of March.

Noah Nazim will play Hamlet

Noah Nazim will play Hamlet

Admission to Read-along Hamlet is $2 to cover the cost of copying scripts and is free for ACT members.  ACT memberships will be available at the door, as will more information about the upcoming production.

Hamlet will be staged at 4:00 pm on August 28 and 29 and September 5-7, 2015.   For further information on the reading, or on the upcoming production, contact the producer, Bunty Albert: bunty1948@gmail.com. or leave a comment on this blog.