Concert Photography - HELP!

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Jasuhn, Sep 7, 2003.

  1. Jasuhn

    Jasuhn Guest

    I'm shooting with a Nikon N65 at concerts with obvious low light. Lately I
    tried faster lenses (2.8-5.6), loger exposure times, professional grade film
    and I'm still getting underexposed negatives. Can someone please help!
    Mostly I try to keep the lense at f/2.8-4, sometimes I crank it to 5 or even
    5.6 very rarely. I'm exposing for 1/30-90 depending on the f-stop. And I'm
    using Kodak Professional 400, and FujiFilm Professional 400. I'm still
    getting lots of grain, and underexposed negatives like I was when I was
    using 800 speed film.
    I've heard people talk about 1600 speed film and even 3200, but isn't that
    supposed to be even grainier? Is it something I'm doing? Something in the
    processing of the film?
    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Jasuhn, Sep 7, 2003
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  2. Have you accidentally tweaked the EV setting?
    Do your daytime photos come out ok?
    Larry CdeBaca, Sep 8, 2003
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  3. Jasuhn

    Jasuhn Guest

    Yes, Daytime photos come out fine. What's the EV setting, and how do I
    Jasuhn, Sep 8, 2003
  4. Jasuhn

    Jasuhn Guest

    Here's the kind of stuff I usually get with the setting I had mentioned:
    MMW is the earliest, and The Recipe is from this past weekend. Particle is
    my favorite.
    Any other comments or suggestions are always welcome.

    Jasuhn, Sep 8, 2003
  5. Jasuhn

    Mike King Guest

    For what it's worth your exposures are bang on, backgrounds are dark because
    the ambient light is much lower than the stage spots.

    I wouldn't change a thing, exposure-wise, try getting in a shooting tighter,
    unless you are in a situation where that will get your film impounded and
    you ejected. Some bands are very protective of their image, considering it,
    rightly I suspect, part of their intellectual property, just like their
    Mike King, Sep 8, 2003
  6. Jasuhn

    Üter Guest

    Here's the kind of stuff I usually get with the setting I had mentioned:

    Wow, they look *great* to me. The early work seems like it has less motion
    blur (faster film?).

    What exactly were you looking for?
    Üter, Sep 8, 2003
  7. Jasuhn

    Jasuhn Guest

    Those are the best of an entire roll. Everything else is so grainy. Yes,
    those were 800 speed Kodak Max. Some were even 400. The Recipe was all 400
    I'm looking for little to no grain.

    Jasuhn, Sep 9, 2003
  8. We've been duped -- duped into looking at some great pics! ;-)

    Maybe you need a fixed focal length lens = more light to the film.
    Tamron has a f2.8 lens, SP AF 300mm
    $5,545.95 for Canon
    $5162.95 for Minolta, Nikon (yoiks)

    Nikon's equivalent (as far as I could tell; arguments will ensue):
    The AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/2.8D ED-IF II = $5700 list ('s
    proce: $4399.95)

    Open yer wallet if you think you have to have better pics. Get closer to the
    stage, avoid the anti-paparazzi bodyguards.
    Larry CdeBaca, Sep 9, 2003
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