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Performance Photography
…this is my method of shooting low light performance photography. I have very good canon gear 2x5D Mark2, 70-200 f2.8, 24-70 f2.8, 16-35 f2.8 and 50 F1.4 Always get the best gear you can right from the start. I always shoot in raw format. The reason being I have more control over the shot and much more information within the shot. I process everything through lightroom.

Normally you get 3 songs to shoot the artist. The first song I take hardly any shots I just watch the performer, how they move etc. I also watch the lighting as it changes rapidly. The Lighting like the music and the performer has a timing to it and I will count how long between lights waiting for a favorable light. Everything has a stillpoint, movement to rest is always happening and I will wait for the performer to come to rest with eyes open and no mic in front of them. I focus on the eyes. The gear I use allows me to shoot at a high ISO usally between 1000-3200 ISO my fstop hardly ever changes it is alway f2.8. I shoot in M mode, one shot, and as my fstop never changes I only have to adjust my timing which I am constantly doing to match the performer and the lights. I take no notice of exposure after I have looked at my first few shots.
The biggest thing I learnt at my first concert was from an old film photographer. While most of the digital photographers were shooting at random at anything hoping they were going toget something this old guy would just wait and take the odd one, his work is fantastic with no wasted shots. I would say nearly every photographer in the pit shoots in AV mode, jpeg and rattles off as many as they can, you can hear the cameras shooting 9 shots a pop. This is not photography, it is not based on awareness, relationship to the subject, or thinking clearly about what you want etc. I try and take less shots each time I do a concert. I think photography is all about what Minor White has said….

Be still with yourself until the object of your attention affirms your presence.

No matter how slow the film, Spirit always stands still long enough for the photographer It has chosen….tao jones


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