Kevin says… When Kate got her camera out, I noticed she didn’t have a hood attached to her lens. I’d always recommend putting a hood on your lens when shooting concerts, since they help to prevent flare from stage lights, especially from oblique angles. And of course, a hood will also protect the front elements of the lens from knocks and scrapes.
Kevin says… I showed Kate the go-to settings that I use as my base to work from. In Manual mode, I set a wide aperture of f/3.2, a shutter speed of at least 1/400 sec, and an ISO of 5000. These settings ensure the image is sharp, as the fast shutter speed freezes the action. These settings work well on most stages, but you can adjust up or down from here if you need to.
Hold the lens
Kevin says… Holding the camera comfortably is a big part of gig photography, as you’ll be shooting for most of the night. Kate had her hand over the top of the lens, but I told her to rest her left hand underneath the lens to prop it up. That made her more stable so she could get sharper shots, and she was still able to adjust focus and focal length easily.