Shooting rock concerts

Discussion in 'Photography' started by James, Jun 29, 2003.

  1. James

    James Guest

    I was wondering if anyone has any insight in shooting rock concerts
    with a film SLR camera. With the lighting and movement, I was
    wondering what works best, especially when you'e close up, right at
    the front?


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    James, Jun 29, 2003
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  2. James

    Paul Brecht Guest

    Fast lens, fast film & a steady hand.....

    You should probably have a couple bodies with a lens range of 28-200 (not in
    one lens though)

    It would be ideal to have:

    28-70mm f/2.8
    80-200mm f/2.8

    & maybe even a 50mm f/1.7 on hand...

    I find that Fuji Press film seems to work the best. (800 or 1600, depending
    on the lighting)

    Most places won't allow flash. Also, some may consider it inconsiderate to
    shoot during the whole performance. Most arenas won't allow photography at
    all for professional acts, so you might make sure everything's ok before you
    take your gear to the arena...

    Read here for some useful info. It may not be 100% accurate, but in
    different arenas, he's right on a lot of the legal issues...


    Paul Brecht, Jun 29, 2003
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  3. I shoot quite a few Rock Concert shots, and have found that you can't beat
    fast film, and a good lense

    Personally I use mostly a Canon 70-200 2.8L and Fuji 800 film, in my Canon
    A2E cameras. Also have a 28-80 2.8-4.5 L however can't usually get close
    enough to really use it.
    I also use a canon flash with a lumaquest bounce to fill in a bit of the
    shadows, usually you are down much lower than the performers, and the stage
    lighting is high so you need to open up the shadows just a touch on the
    face.if .

    I did play with a Canon D30 body with those lenses a couple of years ago,
    and with it set to 1600 ASA I got amazing results, I have had a couple of
    them printed to
    12x18 on a Light Jet printer and was blown away with the results. Just
    saving to buy a 10D

    The link to them is here.
    David Robinson, Jun 30, 2003
  4. James

    Dave B. Guest

    I use digital.

    Cranking the speed up to 1600 ASA

    Using flash takes the atmosphere out of most of the shots.

    Canon D30 - now a 10D

    Dave B.
    Dave B., Jun 30, 2003
  5. I Agree, I even keep a few gells in my pocket to throw over the flash
    sometimes to keep the atmosphere but still throw in jus a little light, 1/4
    to 1/2 stop worth. Many times the brightest lights are the banks that are
    right over head, so a little catch light in the eyes opens things up.

    David Robinson, Jun 30, 2003
  6. My first concert.

    Shot with a Canon EOS 3, 70-200 2.8 & Fuji Press 1600. It wasn't great
    but for a first effort it wasn't too bad. Actually, alot of the photos
    printed alot better from a lab that I was able to scan them. I hadn't
    quite learned how to work my Nikon 4000 at the time.

    That shot won a local radio contest and got me my second concert.

    It was shot with a Canon 1D & 70-200 2.8 lens, no flash allowed. I
    wouldn't have used it anyways.

    Camera was set to 800 speed and I snapped like mad for two songs,
    which is all their tour manage would allow. Shutter speeds were
    anywhere from 1/30 to 1/125. The lighting was changing alot so I would
    just turn the dial for a few shots then turn it some more, then back
    it up and do it again. I was shooting so quickly that it's the first
    time I'd actually had to wait for the camera to write to disk. The 1D
    is capable of 21 frames at 8fps before having to empty it's buffer.
    With only two songs I shot like a madman killing off like 370 frames.

    Shooting digital makes it much easier both because you can look at it
    and see if your exposure is good, which I did a few times, and because
    you can just shoot and not worry about having wasted film with
    over/underexposed shots. Plus, changing film can be time intensive ...
    at least when you're talking about having only 5 or so minutes of

    Your event may differ if it's not a big name act but typically the big
    boys do not allow you to shoot the whole set. Two, three, maybe four
    songs and you're gone. Flashes are almost always frowned upon. It's
    challenging but fun. If you're camera has a spot meter you might try
    to use it for the exposure but with the scene and lighting changing it
    you may not get all the shots. But some darker shots


    Michael Stevens, Jun 30, 2003
  7. James

    Paul Brecht Guest


    Looks like some good breaks!


    Paul Brecht, Jul 1, 2003
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