Find out how to set up your cam­era to cap­ture the ac­tion at a live per­for­mance

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01 the right lens choice

Prime lenses are usu­ally faster than zooms, and while they’re not as ver­sa­tile, their low-light per­for­mance more than makes up for it in these con­di­tions. A 50mm f/1.4, or the slightly cheaper f/1.8 is a great choice if you’re just get­ting started in gig pho­tog­ra­phy.

02 try auto iso

A good place to start with ex­po­sure is Man­ual mode at 1/200 sec­ond, aper­ture at its widest set­ting, which is f/1.4 on the 50mm lens here, and ISO set to Auto. This way the ISO will adapt to the light­ing con­di­tions, while the shut­ter speed stays fast enough to cap­ture ac­tion.

03 use spot me­ter­ing

In gig pho­tog­ra­phy the frame is of­ten dom­i­nated by ar­eas of dark­ness punc­tu­ated by high­lights. Your me­ter­ing sys­tem may be duped into over­ex­pos­ing the scene. This is a good time to use Spot me­ter­ing. Me­ter off a face or a high­light to keep dark ar­eas dark.

04 set a max iso

It’s worth set­ting a max ISO – the high­est the Auto ISO goes. The limit you choose will de­pend on how your cam­era per­forms at high ISOS, and what is an ac­cept­able level of noise. Take a few test shots in dim in­te­ri­ors to fig­ure out what you’re com­fort­able with.

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