Newer model DSLR’s have extreme ISO settings with little loss in quality. Don’t be afraid of going 1600 ISO and above. You’ll need it.
2~ Crank up the shutter speed
Keep your shutter speed as high as possible. It’s surprising how quickly performers move onstage. Especially at rock concerts. Try for a minimum of 1/250 sec. You’ll need high ISO and fast lenses to achieve this.
3~ Expose for the subject
Your meter is going want to over-expose your subject. The meter gets thrown off by the dark background combined with a spotlit subject. If you don’t under-expose you’ll get blocked-up highlights on the faces.
4~ Use the “Hail Mary”
When you shoot from the photo pit you’ll be beneath the performers. To get dynamic shots, hold your camera above your head with a wide angle lens on. Blast away!
5~ Carry two camera bodies
One body with a telephoto and one body with a wide angle. You won’t have time to change lenses. Usually you only get three songs so you have to use every second. Plus it’s too dark to see what you’re doing anyway.
Koko, being a huge Björk fan, wanted to do a shoot with the singer’s 90’s style haircut. I kept with a vintage feel for the shoot. With the iPhone I used the Ina’s 1969 film with the textured border emblematic of a mid-50’s to late 60’s, and the “Cowboys and Aliens” era Libatique 73 lens. 5D Mark II images were post-processed to give a vintage feel with Alien Ski Exposure. Played Björk on the iPhone for the entire shoot. In the 90’s I never dreamed my camera would supply the music as well.
Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Lens: EF85mm f/1.8 USM Post-processed: Alien Skin Exposure (Technicolor Bleach)
Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Lens: EF17-35mm f/2.8L USM Post-processed: Alien Skin Exposure (Polachrome)
Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Lens: EF85mm f/1.8 USM Post-processed: Alien Skin Exposure (Technicolor Process 2)
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