Power Balance Pavilion in Sacramento, California was packed with “Gleeks” on Monday night, eager to see performances by their favorite characters from the hit TV show and cultural phenomenon Glee.
“Glee Live! In Concert!” features original cast members Lea Michele (Rachel), Cory Monteith (Finn), Amber Riley (Mercedes), Chris Colfer (Kurt), Kevin McHale (Artie), Jenna Ushkowitz (Tina), Mark Salling (Puck), Dianna Agron (Quinn), Naya Rivera (Santana), Heather Morris (Brittany), Harry Shum, Jr. (Mike), Chord Overstreet (Sam) and Darren Criss (Blaine) in a unique concert experience that includes live performances of some of the show’s most memorable musical numbers from Seasons One and Two.
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Shooting guidelines had photographers at front of house in a small area on the floor next to the sound mixer. A small, folding step stool was indispensable for just enough extra height to get a (mostly) clear line of sight to the stage. A 300mm or 400mm lens (or even a 200mm with a teleconverter) would be an ideal lens to use due to the distance from the stage.
Photographers were allowed to shoot the first three songs with no flash. The songs – Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’,” Florence + The Machine’s “Dog Days Are Over” and My Chemical Romance’s “Sing” – were fast-paced and seemed to go by extremely quickly.
It would have been nice to have been in a photo pit closer to the stage, but being at the mixer allowed wide shots of the entire, large cast as they spread out on the stage. There was not much opportunity for photographers to move from their one position so the possibilities for creative angles and composition was limited.
There were no major costume or set changes during the first three songs, but the cast members did remove their white vests and ran out onto a runway that led to a small platform at the end of the “peninsula.”
Lighting appeared geared for a “stage production” as opposed to a music concert, with evenly spread bright lights covering the entire stage. Settings of f/2.8, ISO 500, and a shutter speed of 1/500 worked well for most shots.
Gear used to shoot the show was a Canon EOS-1D Mark III and a Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS II USM lens.
Based on the first three songs, the show would be a thrill for pop music fans or anyone wishing to see a fun, upbeat production – “Gleek” or not.
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