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Linda M. Mishler
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/27/2007
 

How to Shoot a Band in Action


My son wants me to shoot his band playing at their next show. It will be dark and he is the drummer so I need to know how to get good shots of him in action.I have a Pentax K10 Digital SLR.


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11/6/2007 4:15:59 AM

 
W.   
Hi Linda,

that's a fav discussion subject on these forums. Type 'concert' in the search box (top right of this page) and hit Enter.
You've got some reading up to do.

Have fun!


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11/6/2007 6:34:54 AM

 
Linda M. Mishler
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/27/2007
  Hey Thanks W!!I see what you mean about a lot of reading!=)
I really liked the answer someone gave about making sure to get up close shots of the musicians expressions,etc.It reminded me to make sure to do that with my son...he usually sticks his tongue out to the side when playing hard. I'll have to make sure to get a shot of that.=)=)His girlfriend will love it!Should be fun!


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11/6/2007 9:13:50 AM

 
Jerry Frazier   ...just make sure you can take your camera gear into the venue. Most places wont let that kind of gear in there.


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11/6/2007 11:58:08 AM

 
Linda M. Mishler
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/27/2007
  Thanks Jerry...This is a smaller venue and as the drummers mom,I think I can do anything....=)


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11/6/2007 2:43:20 PM

 
W.   
Most drummers I know don't have Moms!
It's just not cool . . . ;-P
Just like 'musicians never dance'.


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11/6/2007 2:51:00 PM

 
Linda M. Mishler
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/27/2007
  Lol W...that's because you don't know drummers with cool mom's!!=p What is the W for??


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11/6/2007 2:54:44 PM

 
Jerry Frazier   K, I'll trust your judgement, but I used to be a musicain. The guys at the doors (or whatever) can be A-holes. There are reasons for this. But, I'm just sayin', if you don't ask them ahead of time, don't be surprised if you can't get in with your gear. It's usually not OK.

However, if they do let you in, have fun.


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11/6/2007 3:59:08 PM

 
W.   
The 'W.' is for Winston.
But I prefer 'W.'. I think 'W.' is cooler.
It's more 'today'. Or even 'tomorrow' . . .
;P


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11/6/2007 4:34:11 PM

 
Linda M. Mishler
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/27/2007
  Ok W....look at my gallery at this guitarist pic and see if you can tell me what happened? I tried...Spot metering and setting on Aperature Priority,with 400 ISO. That didn't work. I tried Shutter Priority,TAV...I think I tried everything I could figure out on my camera and most things I read....didn't work.There was also zero lighting.Things I did caused tracers of things when they moved.Some of them look pretty cool out of some shots but overall the drummer shots(my son)most were blurred.Thanks~Linda=)


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11/10/2007 1:18:19 PM

 
Raymond H. Kemp
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/2/2004
  With aperture priority then your shutter will correct itself for the correct exposure, which in this case was a slow setting hence the blurring. Your flash was used to augment the lighting which helped freeze the guitarist in position with some ghosting as a result of the slow shutter.

If you don't have enough light then a high ISO may not be enough to help. The ghosting is the result of the ambient light being pulled in from the slow shutter then frozen when the flash fired (or vice versa depending on your flash setting).

Actually this image looks pretty darn good. I like the ghosting which clearly gives the image "life" which would seem appropriate for a band. But if this is not your style then set your shutter to priority with a higher speed up to your camera's flash sync speed. From there see what your aperture is going to set itself to. At a close range your flash should have enough output to light your subject but the background may go dark due to a higher shutter. Now we're back where we started!!

Experiment and note your settings to see which one gives you the results you're looking for.

Good luck!

Ray


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11/10/2007 3:13:29 PM

 
Linda M. Mishler
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/27/2007
  Thanks Ray!That really helps alot!! I did like some shots I got that turned out with the "ghosting" I guess I wasn't expecting that so much so I thought they weren't good.I guess I have the tack sharp thing stuck in my head...=)The band really liked some of the shots so that's what really matters.
It is funny,the one that is the most messed up of my son drumming I like the best.Thanks for your explanation it really helped!Blessings~Linda=)


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11/10/2007 6:57:07 PM

 
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