A&P Shootling low-light clubs/concerts without a flash?

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  1. VD

    VD Active Member

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    Yo guys.

    I've got a concert I wanna take some pictures at next month and want some sort of idea on what sort of settings I want.

    The entire building area with the stage is maybe 130' long by 30' wide (don't remember exactly, but it's a real small place. The Turf Club, in Minneapolis)

    Anyhow, post some pics you've taken at smaller shows and some settings :x:

    I have a 350D with an 18-55 & 75-300
     
  2. Waddup you?

    Waddup you? OT Supporter

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    bump your iso, or get faster glass. hopefully your subjects are near some sort of light source
     
  3. derekOT

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    i'm no expert but I would say that your glass is too slow

    I did one concert (LMFAO the pics are on the forum) I was shooting 2.8 almost the whole time at iso 1600 with very slow shutter speeds.

    maybe rent a 17-55 f/2.8 IS?

    or buy a 50 1.8?
     
  4. Gvidon

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    Good luck, that's gonna be though.
     
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    pick up the thrifty fifty, bump your ISO and good luck

    -edit- Also, one thing I've learned is to make shutter speed your priority over overall exposure. Make sure you don't take blurry pictures. You can always brighten up a photo a bit in PP, but you can't do anything with a blurry shot, no matter how well exposed it is.
     
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  6. Fucker

    Fucker out of the fast lane, bitches

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    this.
     
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    Wirelessly posted via wap.offtopic.com (Opera/9.60 (J2ME/MIDP; Opera Mini/4.2.13918/960; U; en) Presto/2.2.0)

    Shoot raw, underexpose if necessary. Then push them back up in pp.

    That is, if all else fails.
     
  8. dmora

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    I dont think underexposing will be a problem at all with a kit lens and a 350d. :hs:


    With out any sort of lighting, the equipment you have will not come out well. Whats the max ISO of the 350d? 1600?

    I normally shoot 1600 - 3200 at f/1.8-3.2 and 1/60th shutter. Pix still come out pretty dark depending on the situation. One thing you'll have trouble with is auto focusing assuming its pretty dark.
     
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    Max ISO is 1600 yes.

    :hs:

    Shit, what's this thrifty-fifty that was mentioned here?
     
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    50mm 1.8
    excellent lens for like $100 bucks
     
  11. VD

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    What are some good uses for the 50? Like outdoors? Indoors? Etc
     
  12. tetsuo

    tetsuo And shepherds we shall be...

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    the 50 1.8 will have a hell of a time focusing if its very dark. i hated mine for that reason. then again, the kit lens won't be any better. i would recommend either renting a flash and/or some better glass.
     
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    50 in a club?? you need to go wide, not be stuck with a 50 prime. If its a packed club, good luck backing up to fit ppl in the frame.
     
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    turbodude Just a photographer OT Supporter

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    My advice... rent some glass. The focus abilities of the lenses you have mentioned will not be up to par in "club show" light.

    Remember it is better to have a grainy photo then a blurry one. So, in other words, make sure you have the shutter speed to capture the action, even if it means bumping teh iso as high as you can and underexposing and pushing it back in post. You can fix a grainy image, you cant really fix a blurry one.

    also some tips...
    1. Never cut off the guitar neck.
    2. Go for expressions, and emotions
    3. keep both your eyes open when shooting, you need the peripheral vision to help you catch any and all action.
    4. Do not neglect the drummer. everyone always does because they are in the back, make sure to grab a couple action shots as well.
     
  16. VD

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    Hrm.

    Renting a lens?

    How expensive is it?
     
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    Not that expensive. You can also rent speedlights as well. That would be your best bet.
     

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