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 ƒ/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!
Continue reading John Rodden (of No Outlet) @ J.D. McGillicuddy’s
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––it 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.
Continue reading How To Shoot Great Concert Photos Using a Point-and-Shoot