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    First time shooting concert help!

    hey guys i have been asked by a friend to take pictures of his band next wednesday night at Bowery Ballroom down in NYC. The lighting will most likely be very low and I was wondering if anyone had any good tips for my first concert shoot?

    BTW I am using a D70 with the Nikkor DX 18-70mm f3.5-4.5G kit lens...no other lenses at this point.

    thanks in advance,
    dave

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    Quote Originally Posted by allxusedxup
    BTW I am using a D70 with the Nikkor DX 18-70mm f3.5-4.5G kit lens...no other lenses at this point.
    1. Get close.

    2. Shoot as high an ISO that will produce a reasonalbe image and process in Noise Ninja to clean it up. Make sure that your exposure is correct. Underexposed images in low light don't leave you a lot to work with. Also, time your shots with the brighter lights, if possible. For action, time your shot at the hieght of the action, IE: jump, etc.

    For a cool effect, try using shutter priority set slow and use flash. This should result in colored light trails around your subject, which will be isolated by the flash during the exposure. This is called dragging the shutter. Check your in-camera menu to see if you can set your flash to second curtain synch. This will ensure that the light streaks follow your subject, not lead, which looks more natural.

    That should get you started. Oh, yeah. Practice some low lihgt shooting so you KNOW how your camera responds before you actually shoot the concert.

    Lastly: composition. If possible, try to position some shots from the bands perspective, showing the band member looking outward over the crowd. They like those because it will trigger their memories of what they were experiencing during the show. This may require stage access. Also, shooting from a low angle at the front of the stage looking up to the band member(s) creates a "larger-than-life" perspective in the image. I would post some samples, but I haven't shot concerts in >20 years, and they're all on negatives....somewhere.

    Good luck. Be sure to post some samples.

    Peace,

    Curtis

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    awesome curtis thanks alot for the tips, i've shot low light before but i was wondering if there was some stuff i was missing...i was planning on shooting at either 800 or 1600 ISO on the D70, which seems to not be too bad with noise. Would an external flash be useful, such as the Nikon SB 600, or should I stick with the flash that's built into the camera?

    Thanks again,
    Dave

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    I tried using my SB-600 and I didn't like how the results came out very much. What happened was I got the subject fine, but the background just turned to black or left bad shadows. This was even with an omnibounce on the flash. I had much better results shooting without the flash.

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    thanks for the help guys i really appreciate it...i think im just gonna go down with what i have and see what i can get...i will post the next day when i look through the pics.

    dave

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