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IamSam
07-28-2009, 06:15 PM
Alright peeps, now that I have my new camera I have a question for you all: What settings do you use for taking pictures at concerts? Shutter speed, aperture, ISO, etc. Or do you use auto? Let me know! :)

Rag Doll
07-28-2009, 06:25 PM
i tend to just use auto because i'm too lazy to change the camera settings all the time. for the most part, my pictures from the nyc offspring show came out really good =)

IamSam
07-28-2009, 09:56 PM
Fair enough! Did you use a flash?

_Lost_
07-29-2009, 12:00 AM
auto tends to be inclined to leave the shutter open too long and cause blur if you have the flash off.

i always leave the flash on to speed up the shutter and cover over it so i don't get brightly lit arms in the foreground. i did this at the charlotte offspring concert and my pictures came out amazing.

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b147/lost_nvrfound/The%20Offspring%20Charlotte%20NC%20July%2014/100_0391.jpg
http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b147/lost_nvrfound/The%20Offspring%20Charlotte%20NC%20July%2014/100_0403.jpg
http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b147/lost_nvrfound/The%20Offspring%20Charlotte%20NC%20July%2014/100_0376.jpg
http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b147/lost_nvrfound/The%20Offspring%20Charlotte%20NC%20July%2014/100_0405.jpg
i believe however that your camera is more sophisticated than mine.

Jakebert
07-29-2009, 09:10 AM
Dexter sure got chubby in the last couple of years.

IamSam
07-29-2009, 09:17 AM
auto tends to be inclined to leave the shutter open too long and cause blur if you have the flash off.

i always leave the flash on to speed up the shutter and cover over it so i don't get brightly lit arms in the foreground. i did this at the charlotte offspring concert and my pictures came out amazing.


i believe however that your camera is more sophisticated than mine.

So you taped over the flash? That's some cool trickeration! What camera do you have?

Rag Doll
07-29-2009, 09:38 AM
Fair enough! Did you use a flash?

I didn't, no. That could have caused a slight blur to some of them, but my camera sometimes will do that even with flash.

_Lost_
07-29-2009, 08:33 PM
So you taped over the flash? That's some cool trickeration! What camera do you have?

yeah. I left the flash uncovered when i saw them in Nashville and I got sick of all the arms. I have a cheap Kodak EasyShare. Overall I've been disappointed with its performance, but it did pretty excellent at the last show.

Alison
07-30-2009, 02:45 AM
I use the "High sensitivity" mode on my camera... it's the option with the highest ISO... which is between 1600 and 6400.
I don't use a flash, and depending on the lighting at the venue, it usually comes out pretty good.

Bazza
07-31-2009, 03:28 PM
If you're close enough then use the flash, but too far away then this is pointless. If your camera has a setting for specifying shutter speed/exposure length then use this, it'll take a few moments to get familiar with it though. Normally any exposures over 1 second will be a bit blurry, unless you have a very steady hand, the subject isn't moving etc.
Auto settings can be very handy, but then can also do fucking annoying things!

For example, a gig shot of Fun Loving Criminals:
http://offspring.com/forums/picture.php?albumid=56&pictureid=365
Using the beauty of EXIF info:
1/30sec, ISO-320, F/4.9, 46mm, No Flash
And this was taken from some distance. I think I remember I just chose a prime moment when the stage was very well lit!

IamSam
07-31-2009, 06:07 PM
I use the "High sensitivity" mode on my camera... it's the option with the highest ISO... which is between 1600 and 6400.
I don't use a flash, and depending on the lighting at the venue, it usually comes out pretty good.

With the high ISO settings don't you get a lot of noise? I have noticed that anything over 800 on mine gives me unacceptable levels of noise...


If your camera has a setting for specifying shutter speed/exposure length then use this, it'll take a few moments to get familiar with it though.

So 1/1000 or higher for shutter speed?

_Lost_
07-31-2009, 09:14 PM
People shouldn't actually be using flash at concerts anyway. Close to the stage, the stage lights are going to make it pointless and you will just run your battery down and get brightly lit arms trying to use the flash for what a flash is supposed to do. Even through stage lights it can, on occasion, be horribly distracting. I only used it becuase the screen on my camera is broken so I couldn't get it to turn off (not knowing how many times to hit the button and all). I found I got better pictures because of the shutter speed (mines not adjustable). So I stick with taping it over and bringing spare batteries. I really should just get a nice camera, but I'm broke. When the opportunity presents itself though, I'll probably invest in at least a mid-grade camera.