woman4life

woman4life

As you can probably tell, I love concerts, and I love taking photos at concerts. I am not a professional. I started using a "pro" camera (Canon 20D) in April of 2006 and I'm still learning. I graduated to a Canon 50D in Aug., 2009. Some concerts I have only been able to take in a high zoom point and shoot which would be a Kodak 6490 (now deceased) or a Canon S3 IS (e.g. Colbie Callait, The Starting Line pics from 2008 were taken with the S3 I as were the 2009 The Fray/Jack's Mannequin pics.) A lot of places won't allow the S3IS in because of size. I am shooting with two other smaller Canon point and shoots but I think the quality is sorely lacking. My current DSLR is the Canon 5D, Mark III. Took me a long time to be able to get it. It's like starting over as figuring lighting on it is different. LOL I have learned a few things about concert pics, however. Helpful tips, don't use flash if you can help it. IT doesn't carry past 10-12 feet generally, and if there is concert fog the flash will bounce off the smoke and leave a white haze. You will probably have to use the highest ISO setting. Sometimes this is tough with a point and shoot because of color noise. For some shows, if I am in the front with the S3 IS, I did use the on camera flash with mixed results, but flash is generally not allowed. If you are able to use a flash with a DSLR, I recommend some sort of diffuser. Unless the lighting is fantastic, odds are against you getting one of those great jump shots in lowlight without flash. If you are using an SLR, the very best, least expensive concert lens would be a 50 mm f1.8 lens. You need a fast lens! They aren't as durable as some of the more expensive lenses, but they are great for low light and concerts. Another helpful bit of advice is just to take a lot of photos. :) I'm not the best photographer, but I am prolific. LOL And last, but not least ... have fun! If you don't enjoy it, it's not worth it.

--Melanie

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