Gig Photos – Off The Wall
My dear photo buddy Mark invited me last week to see a Pink Floyd tribute band called Off The Wall. It was my first gig with the main purpose of taking nice photographs, so exciting! It was also my first experience shooting only RAW so I made sure I brought both my 2GB cards, which was just enough. The venue was the Victoria Theatre in Halifax, with a classic theatre feel with 3 stories. Check out a photo.
I had some great fun enjoying the music (including the Pink Floyd classic “Money”) and a reasonably new photo experience. The key learnings from the night were:
- Obviously the higher shutter speed you use, the sharper your shots become, but the grain and reduced contrast can sometimes ruin some of the quality (what would we do without Photoshop eh…)
- With such low light conditions, try to use a lens with as wide an Aperture as possible to allow you to use a lower ISO. I started out with the Canon 70-200 F4 but soon moved over to the 50mm F1.8, which allowed me to sometimes get the ISO down to 400 from 800/1600. Much nicer shots!
- A tip Mark taught me was to adjust the exposure down by 1-2 stops, which would make the shot darker as it was shot, but would allow for a faster shutter speed at lower ISO. This can then be adjusted back up again later in Photoshop.
Below are some of the shots I got – more can be found at my Smugmug site.