Let’s Talk About Telephoto Lenses

One of the questions I get asked most is how a telephoto lens helps with theater photography. I admit that it sounds a little weird to most people when I recommend they add a telephoto lens to their collection, but the fact is that this lens can come in handy more often than you’d think.

  • You won’t be the only person taking photos professionally at a theater most of the time. It will sometimes be impossible to get a spot near the stag. This is where a telephoto lens will give you the reach you need to take photos of your subjects without going up to the stage.
  • Moving about and looking for the perfect angle to take a photo is one of the most important things you have to do as a theater photographer. You cannot do this with a prime lens because your focal range is very limited. With a telephoto lens, you can move around, find the perfect shot, and adjust your lens’ focal length to take the shot.
  • If you are standing far away from the stage and have a telephoto lens with a wide aperture, zooming into your subject and taking a photo at a wide aperture will enhance the bokeh behind your subject, allowing you to take some really attractive shots.

So a telephoto lens isn’t made just for bird watching and sports photography, you can use it to great effect for theater shots as well.