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In a few weeks I'll be involved in the Wirral Internationa Guitar Festival (November) - in previous years I've done photography for the website - www.bestguitarfest.com - including reviews just using a small digital camera. This year I want to use the Nikon D70S, so I need some advice about getting the best out of the concerts with this equipment and without getting too complicated- preferably without using flash - so the photos still retain the stage lighting colours and good detail on te bands etc but not end up a blurry mess. Any help would be eally appreciated. cheers Maddie.
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HI Maddie, not my field so I cant help but someone will come along. Sounds an exciting venture, though.
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We've had a couple of people shoot at concerts using the 50mm f/1.8, without using flash. Obviously being a prime , limits where you stand. Here is a test I did of the said lens vs some other lenses :- http://www.pixalo.com/community/phot...lens-6647.html
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It really depends on the lighting at the venue, if it's good you can get away with 400iso and set your camera for the fastest shutter speed possible depending on what lens you are using, I tend to follow the subject in the viewfinder and when the lighting designer decides to bath them in light take the shot. If you shoot in Raw this will also give you some lattitude for error.
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I have done limited shooting in gig type lighting however don't be too afraid of experimenting and upping your iso to get fast enough shutter speeds, the noise can add atmosphere on occasions. Also you might find that some of the slower shutter speed shots with some amount of movement from the artist might also work well.

Get the usual shots in the bag and then don't be afraid to try different things, you might be surprised at how well the different type shots are received
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Manual mode
ISO range of 400 - 800
Shutter speeds no slower than 1/100 sec... preferably 1/125 or higher to stop motion
A zoom lens with f/2.8 throughout the range for low light work.. if you don't have such a lens, rent one from Hireacamera.com
Shoot RAW to allow for over/underexposure correction and WB alteration

Try to work to get different angles on your subject, and do your best to be aware of the interplay of fore/backlighting when it comes to stage lights

A picture speaks a thousand words, so here are some examples to guide you

Whitesnake at Glasgow Carling Academy
Paolo Nutini live at Glasgow ABC
Darren Hayes in Concert
Bon Jovi in Concert (Support: Nickelback)
Jason Mraz in Concert
Andrea Bocelli: First night of UK tour
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Thnaks for all the time and effort for your replies - appreciated greatly. Maddie
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