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Window on Texas: Live Performance Photography

Texas Highways Photo Editor Griff Smith shares his favorite techniques for taking great pictures at a live performance.

Window on Texas, December 2012

A fall performance by the Light Crust Doughboys at Pocket Sandwich Theatre paired one of Dallas’ longest-operating theaters with the most enduring Western-Swing group from the area. Taking photographs at a live concert can be tricky, but Texas Highways Photography Editor Griff Smith shares a tip on how to use both available lighting and flash. “The key is balancing ambient light with flash,” Smith says. “Stage lighting can often cast shadows on the artists’ eyes and faces, so using a strobe flash on low power provides the kiss of light needed to open up these shadows, without overpowering the ambience of the venue.”

Founded in 1931, the Light Crust Doughboys were declared the official music ambassadors of the Lone Star State by the Texas legislature in 1995. Find performance dates (including a show at the Pocket Sandwich Theatre on Nov. 25, 2012) at Pocket Sandwich Theatre is at 5400 E. Mockingbird Lane, #119, in Dallas. Call 214/821-1860;

Be sure to check out Texas Highways Photo Editor J. Griffis Smith's other photography how-to's covering a wide range of topics for all skill levels.

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