I’m off to photograph my first big gig with my D300s and 1685mm. Any tips for setting up?
Ian Lewer, via email
Chris says… We did a rocktastic Apprentice on gig photography with my mate Kevin Nixon), who I reckon is one of the best music photographers currently working in the business, back in April 2013 (issue 18).
The changing light can confuse the camera, so he recommends shooting with manual exposure. He will then make sure that the shutter speed is 1/125 sec or faster, and will use a wide aperture – which with your zoom will mean using the lens wide open at all times. You will also need to set your ISO to a minimum of 1600, and push it up further if the stage lighting is not very bright. Don’t bother trying to use the flash!
Due to the high contrast and bright highlights, you will need to shoot in RAW.
Back in issue 18, we had a masterclass with pro music photographer Kevin. His advice? Go for manual…