Getting to see your favourite band in concert is fun, but preserving the night through photos can be tough, especially given the less than ideal stage lighting found at most venues. Next show, adjust accordingly by applying the optimal exposure settings.
Photo by marfis75.
Guest contributor Nyani Quarmyne over at photo blog Digital Photography School has some advice on how to get the exposure right. Nyani writes:
You'll generally be shooting wide open, except when you may need to stop down to get multiple subjects at different distances from the camera in focus, so often it's your shutter speed and ISO that you'll be playing with. Once you have a sense of how much over- or under-exposure is needed, you can vary your aperture/ ISO/ shutter speed relationship while keeping the optimal exposure in mind.
Need a bit of translation on those stop and shutter instructions? Try Matthew Cole's "tedious" explanation of the f/stop.
Nyani adds that a camera that's optimised for "clean high-ISO images" is preferable, since these ISO settings can help keep the shutter speed high, which will in turn help reduce camera shake. It's also important to reevaluate your exposure settings each time you shoot a different portion of the stage, since lighting conditions will likely vary.
Browse the full link for the entire nine tips on how to take great concert shots, and, as a backup, heed our previous post on saving if-y concert shots with black & white.
Rock Concert Photography: Nine Tips on How to Get the Shot [Digital Photography School]