Sunday, 30 May 2010

First Attempt at Gig Photography



My dad has loads of friends who are musicians. So when we last visited him, and went out to see some of his friends play in the evening, it seemed like a good time to experiment with our new camera. It is, after all, supposed to perform better in low light levels, compared to the old one. Indeed, trying to take photos without flash, the 'auto' settings were going all the way to ISO 3200!

I'm pretty sure that if I'm going to get anywhere with this, I really do need to master all the manual settings - but at least with digital, it doesn't cost anything to experiment.

I wouldn't say that I got any earth-shatteringly brilliant photos, but it was fun to experiment, and certainly something I'll try again some time.

If anyone reading has more experience of this kind of thing, I really would love to hear your tips and tricks.

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31 comments:

emma said...

I used to take photos for Clive when he was in a band and trust me yours are MUCH better than mine ever were!

L.C.T. said...

Hey,

For any photography tips I'd really recommend reading my other half (the Photographer)'s blog. He writes lots about tips like low light shooting etc and does quite a bit for my sister's band. http://charlwoodphotography.wordpress.com

lostinsophistication said...

I think they come out brilliantly! There's no blurriness nor grainy-ness in the pictures, and I am in awe!

lakeviewer said...

Lucky you to live among musicians. I like your pictures, especially the first one.

smilla4blogs said...

Oh, to have a 3200 ISO! These shots came out beautifully! I love high ISO, no flash shots...no noise here either! Well done!

"Queen" Vic said...

Great job! I love using higher aperture (fstops) so that you can use a higher shutter speed. I much prefer manual shooting over auto.

Angelia Sims said...

Looks good Rachel! I'm like you. I use the settings on the camera dial but really do want to master the manual ones. There is an online class I am considering. :-)
Love the first shot, I think it captures the emotion of the singing.

Bibliomama said...

Those are amazing! They really capture the moment.

Writing Without Periods! said...

Lovely. How nice of you to share.
mary

Stephanie V said...

Isn't it fun to play with the camera and not have to think about wasting film? Nice home-y kind of musician shots.

WhiteSockGirl aka The Fabulous Bitch said...

They are just great, but the first one is my absolute favorite. I think I can make up something about it,... so cool.

ScoMan said...

I think the first one in particular is great.

Well done, to you and your new camera.

Maureen @ TatterScoops said...

The pictures looks great! Really! I'm still having a hard time taking pictures in a dim room LOL.

Joey @ Big Teeth and Clouds said...

Those look good to me, but even with my new simpler camera there are still about seven settings I've never used and don't know what they do!

Fly Girl said...

Oh I love that sax player in her red polka dots! I think your pix are interesting, you'll develop a more speciallized musician eye as you do this more.

alessandra said...

Sorry but I suck at taking photos ;)

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I love the slight shadows in some of the pictures. Great job.

Kazzy said...

I would like tips on how to take photos of people standing still and smiling!

Good job!

"Cottage By The Sea" said...

I think you've done a great job here. Your pictures remind me of going down the pub. I can hear the music now!

ladyfi said...

Love the shots - especially that first one. Even though I change my ISO manually in bad light, I still don't seem to be able to get good night pics.

Mademoiselle Poirot said...

You've done well, very well, in fact. I've tried (my man is a musician) and it's not easy at all to get pictures at a gig... Thanks for your words on my "inspration" post, I know what you mean, I try to go and work on something different if one thing doesn't flow... Love from London x

The Blonde Duck said...

I think you did great!

Juliana said...

These are GREAT pictures!

Amy said...

I barely know how to use my own relatively simple camera, but I do know that the photos look great!

Kel said...

I think they look great. Great job for having no flash.

Holly said...

I need to really learn how to use the camera. Blogging has brought out the desire I have always had to dabble in photography.

Together We Save said...

Great pictures!!

Mama Hen said...

Great photos Rachel! I wanted to comment about the badges above but could not find a comment link. I love that you are creating those badges. There are so many great blogs that deserve recognition. Have a great day!

Mama Hen

carma said...

you did a great job!

MJ said...

I need to go to a gig again! Feels like I'm so busy I haven't been to one in agesssss.....

Ginny Marie said...

I love the same thing about digital cameras! Experimenting is a great way to learn about all those settings!

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