Taking photos of a rock band - Advice

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by jive, Apr 17, 2006.

  1. jive macrumors 6502a

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    I've gotten into the position of taking photos of my friends band (and doing all their artwork). I've taken around 400 photos from various events etc and now I can't really think of any interesting ways of showing them...

    www.fultonspoint.co.uk - Click on Media for (some of the) photos I've already done. Also, see their myspace.com/fplizzle - I left a comment on their with a round 12 images that I haven't put online yet...

    Cheers fo any advice, jive
     
  2. Wes Jordan macrumors regular

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    I had a look at your EXIF data, and based on what you are shooting with they aren't that bad. I don't like some of the effects but that is just my personal opinion. I wouldn't mind doing that kind of photography. Keep working on it and have fun with it!
     
  3. calebjohnston macrumors 68000

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    Pump up the ISO as much as possible, and don't use the flash. Get up close and use the autofocus in some pictures. Angle is everything in live shows. The atmosphere will give you the picture.
     
  4. thevessels macrumors regular

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    you can use flash live as lone as the shutter stays open after , get some rad results .
     
  5. bartelby macrumors Core

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    Some others may disagree with me but,

    Spend some time cleaning the images up. Get rid of hair and dust marks.
    Other than that there's some really cool shots.
    I used to take photos of bands. I used to go through vast amounts of film.
    I think I averaged just over 200 shots per gig.

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    The Make Up:
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  6. dogbone macrumors 68020

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    No flash is better than all flash. But best of all is balanced fill flash.

    Aim for a shutter speed of about 1/30 sec. You'll probably be at around ƒ4 to 5.6 at 800 ISO. Aim for the flash to be about 1/3 the ambient light. Practice at home using tungsten lamps for illumination and set the flash on manual and try various settings. Don't be afraid to get the shutter speeds down to about 1/8 of a second if necessary. Looks good with small amount of movement and the flash will create a sharp edge. In fact if you are working up close the lighting will be fairly consistent. You'd probably be better off shooting fully manually. IMO.

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    Here's an example.
     

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  7. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    ^^That's freaky. What happened to the top of his head? :eek:
     
  8. dogbone macrumors 68020

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    Just say 'NO' to drugs.
     

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