Pictures of a concert?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by calebjohnston, Mar 24, 2006.

  1. calebjohnston macrumors 68000

    calebjohnston

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    Anyone have any recommendations for taking pictures at a live show? (Settings, etc)

    It's a circa survive/saves the day show if you're wondering. =)
     
  2. enckwanzer macrumors member

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    Two questions:

    1. What kind of camera?

    2. Is it general admission or will you have assigned seats?
     
  3. OutThere macrumors 603

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    Don't bother with a flash...it'll just waste your battery.

    I imagine it'll be dark, so...
    Try fiddling with the settings so you can get the maximum exposure without it getting blurry. If you have a manual mode, open up the aperture all the way, put the ISO as high as it'll go without grain-ing out, and then try a few different shutter speeds to see where you can get bright enough shots that don't streak with camera motion.

    Concerts are a real pain to shoot, in my experience.
     
  4. calebjohnston thread starter macrumors 68000

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    General Admission, and a 5 MP Kodak EasyShare cx7525. Nothing special, but it takes acceptable pictures.
     
  5. jelloshotsrule macrumors G3

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    i filmed a saves the day show back when they were good. it was cool
     
  6. calebjohnston thread starter macrumors 68000

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    That's the key unfortunately :|. I'm really just going for circa survive.
     
  7. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    Actually, I'd recommend just cranking up the ISO as high as possible regardless of whether the photos end up pixellated. Getting a clean shot is more important than graininess or anything else. I'd rather have noise than blur.

    And you're right, concerts are the worst to shoot. I wouldn't bring my dSLR to one, either, which then makes it even more difficult.
     
  8. enckwanzer macrumors member

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    since its general admission, get there early and get as close to the stage as possible. the closer you are, the easier it's going to be to get a clear/clean shot. regarding the flash, try it both ways -- it might work if you're close enough. definitely kick the ISO up if you can.
     

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