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  1. WhittyRatliff

    WhittyRatliff TPF Noob!

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    Okay, I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask this or if it has ever been asked before, but it's worth a shot..


    So, live band photography...

    Tips?


    My husband is playing with a band on Saturday (he's a drummer) and they want me to do their live photography. I have experimented with this before, but I just wanted to get a few more tips and ideas.


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    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    Use a camera and a lens? ;)

    Could you be a bit more specific?

    What lens(s) do you have available?

    How about the ISO performance of your camera?

    Can you use strobed light?

    What can you tell us about the venue where you will be shooting? Will it be dimly light? or bright?
     
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    christopher walrath No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    The basics are the UBER-fastest ISO you can and stabilize your camera/body the best you can by bracing yourself against something solid/permanent or, if the opportunity might present itself, a tripod. Unlikely but don't rule it out.
     
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    WhittyRatliff TPF Noob!

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    Okay, you're right, I could have been more specific haha.

    Okay first. Camera -check
    Lens- check haha..

    I don't have a very good lens (18-55) However; it's a small band, small venue, I will be able to get close.

    I'm not sure of the venue yet, However; the show is in the middle of the day, so I'm thinking theres a possibility it may be outside.
     
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    If that is the only lens you have leave your camera at home you will be wasting your time and the bands
     
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    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    As of Wednesday and the venue is still an unknown? As soon as you know the venue go look it over and make some test photos.

    If it's inside I agree with gsgary, don't bother.

    Outside, the 18-55 will work ok if you use the middle apertures to get the sharpest focus the lens can muster. Hopefully you have developed good camera holding habits.

    Use aperture priority but keep a close eye on the shutter speed and keep it above 1/250.

    If the band is in hard shade you may need to increase the ISO to keep the shutter speed up. If they are in dappled sunlight, you're screwed without a good speedlight.
     
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    WhittyRatliff TPF Noob!

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    Really? Is that necessary?
     
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    WhittyRatliff TPF Noob!

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    Thanks for the tips.
     
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    Thank you! I'm in exactly the same situation. It's not a paying gig. I just want the practice and to have shots of my husband.

    Comments like the one above are why most people who want to try photography end up not doing it, If you ask for tips there's always the one person who gives the arrogant answer.. Photography is expensive! So all of us can't just go out whenever we please to buy a new lens. Some people have to work for it :) You gotta start somewhere though right?

    So thank you! :)
     
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    I just wanted to do this mainly for my husband and also for the practice. He doesn't normally play with the band. Their drummer works out of town and he won't be in for the gig. They've used my husband as a fill-in before and wanted to get him again. Since we've been married he hasn't done a live gig. (He's been in many bands but none of them ever went live) So, this will be the first time I've seen him play live.
     
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    WhittyRatliff TPF Noob!

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    Eh, No hard feelings. It was just a pretty unnecessary comment due to the circumstances of the situation. But, you gotta expect that though :lol:

    Yeah, It's more of me just having these pictures just to have footage of the situation. I don't know how long it will be until he's able to get back out and play live again. haha

    We live in a very small town and you can't find ANY musicians in the area. It's sad really.

    Thank you for the HELPFUL tips haha. I appreciate it :)
     
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    Oh yes, I agree there!
     

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