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Offline Parkey B

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Concert Settings
« on: January 03, 2011, 12:17:47 AM »
What are the best settings to use for a concert?  I recently went to a show and tried to get some pictures, but just used automatic.









Thoughts on how I can improve concert pics?  This band didn't have any lights behind them like most bands do..but for future reference, what can I do differently?  Thanks

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Re: Concert Settings
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2011, 01:31:58 AM »
Some suggestions (I'm sure other people will have better ones)...

Shoot manual with fast glass (low aperture), you'll likely get a really shallow depth of field that will be hard to capture the whole band but you might be able to go without the use of the flash this way and capture more of a natural look.  White balancing will be tough so shoot raw so you can adjust in post production.

Using an external flash (attached to the hot shoe) with a diffuser might also work well but I've never used an external flash so someone else who has will has to confirm this.

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Re: Concert Settings
« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2011, 03:30:43 AM »
Photos taken with wide apertures with ambient lighting at concerts look pretty sweet, and the T2i can handle higher ISO well. I'd try to stay away from flash because you'll lose some of that concert atmosphere. And if you're up close, the flash might throw off the band. An old uncoated lens can give some really wicked flare effects.

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Re: Concert Settings
« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2011, 01:21:47 PM »
Thanks a lot, guys.  That was my first concert I took pictures at.  The lighting wasn't really THAT cool at that venue...but tried to do the best with what I had. 

Thanks for the tips and hopefully I'll update this when I get more pictures taken.
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