I’m off to pho­to­graph my first big gig with my D300s and 1685mm. Any tips for set­ting up?

Ian Lewer, via email

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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…

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