Another concert

Discussion in 'Other Genres' started by Poki, Feb 15, 2015.

  1. Poki

    Poki TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Aug 30, 2011
    I'm not quite happy with the results I achieve when shooting concerts. I never have been. It's just not the thing I feel most comfortable with. After all, it's pretty much the opposite of what I love to shoot - landscapes.

    Still, the band seems to like what they see, because the keep hiring me. The concert this time was incredibly bad lit. You barely couldn't see the band with your eye, and the ONLY light source for 95% of the concert was a single strobe light, with no base light to support it. You can imagine just how hard it is to focus a T/0.95 lens on fast moving subjects with only a light flash now and then to support you. So actually, I'm surprised I even got a few usable photos. Luckily, for the last song, they also turned on a light on the back wall, which is where most of my keepers come from. Just for the record - I talked with the guy in charge of lighting, but he didn't care ...

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    If nothing else, my Concert photography portfolio is starting to look a little more complete. Which is a good thing, since I got hired to shoot a far bigger event next Friday. It's weird how I keep sliding into this concert photography thing without me ever wanting to shoot a concert. I never asked a band or organizer to let me shoot, I never brought a camera to an event, I didn't even use my phone to get a snapshot while attending concerts. Still, slowly I'm starting to enjoy this thing. Let's see where it takes me.

    As always, please feel free to comment and criticize. I appreciate any helpful tip on how to do better next time.
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  2. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    As long as the band is happy, that's the biggest thing.

    Crazy that they would only use a single light source.
  3. Poki

    Poki TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Aug 30, 2011
    Yeah, I thought so too. Not only was it horrible to photograph, it also was horrible to watch. I've never seen a concert lit this bad ...
  4. unlo

    unlo Sony ******

    Jan 19, 2014
    Hate it or not. You made it look great. Love the flares.
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  5. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
    Have to agree - You captured the atmosphere quite nicely for sure, well done ;)
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  6. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Dec 12, 2012
    Ashland, OR, USA
    Yeah, given the conditions you were given, I'd say what you got is almost miraculous. They should double your fee!

    Time to get an A7S, Poki? :p
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  7. Poki

    Poki TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Aug 30, 2011
    Thank you. Yeah, I'm pretty happy that I got at least something usable.

    As for an A7s - with the 50mm T/0.95 Mitakon it would certainly have yielded better results in this scenario. But just to put this in perspective - I shot these images at ISO 1600 and ISO3200, while in every other concert, I shot the Mitakon between ISO 100 and ISO 400. And focusing wouldn't be easier with an A7s either. So I don't think it's worth the investment, as long as event organizers realize that you actually need some light to be able to see a performance ...
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