John Rodden (of No Outlet) @ J.D. McGillicuddy’s

April’s been a super busy month for me so far, so I have tons of photos to share. ¬†First and foremost, I’m happy to announce that I have joined the team over at Ear Nuggets as a contributor. ¬†Check it out, especially if you’re looking for new music to listen to this summer. ¬†As a music fan as well as a photographer, I’m excited to watch the project grow.

Now to the photos. ¬†Last weekend I was booked fairly solid, but my buddy John told me he was playing an acoustic set at a nearby pub (J.D. McGillicuddy’s in Wayne, PA if anyone’s interested). ¬†I had Friday night free after work, and rented a Canon EF 50mm ∆í/1.2L¬†from BorrowLenses for the weekend, so I stopped by to hang and shoot a bit. ¬†The 1.2L is a beast in a poorly-lit situation like the front area of a bar with the tables cleared. ¬†Literally, there was only ambient light available and I rarely use flash shooting live music. ¬†I think it kills the mood. ¬†Even at an ISO of 2500, on the APS-C sensor of a Canon 7D I got some pretty awesome shots without having to do some extreme noise reduction. ¬†I changed the autofocus to one zone to ensure there weren’t too many shots with the microphone as the focal point. ¬†It’s no wonder this lens is so damn expensive!

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How To Shoot Great Concert Photos Using a Point-and-Shoot

I love shooting live music.  I really really love it, and I was doing it for years before deciding to make it my living.

My first ever rock concert was No Doubt at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City. ¬†I walked into the club with one disposable camera and used it up within the first three songs (one of those photos can be seen¬†here). ¬†Capturing that memory forever is something I still look back on, and it sparked my initial interest in live music photography. ¬†For most, seeing a favorite artist live is an event they want to capture themselves‚Äď‚Äďit adds a personal touch to the concert going experience. ¬†But this is a practice that has been botched way too many times by those who have no freaking clue what they are doing. ¬†I urge you: If you’re going to take pictures at a concert, do it the right way. ¬†Say goodbye to zooming all the way on your iPhone to get a fuzzy outline of your favorite performers. ¬†You will now be an ace at photographing concerts on your compact camera (remember that thing? ¬†Before your¬†iPhone?).

I’m going to break this down into three major portions: 1) Selecting a camera for the concert, 2) Shooting the photos, and finally 3) Post-processing. ¬†

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