Commack High School Winter Concert II

Commack High School Winter Concert II

Another great concert, this time by the Grade 9 Orchestra and Chorus and Grade 10 Concert Band.

If you’re interested in strategies and tips for photographing high school concerts check out the post on Winter Concert I. A couple of things to add to that post - first, since the house lights are down you need to be really careful to not blow out the skin tones of musicians and singers directly under the spots. As in all school concerts, the light will be uneven with some kids in shadows and others in bright light. The key here is to expose so the brightest skin tones are close to, but not fully, blown out. You can always bring up the shadows in post but it’s difficult, if not impossible, to correct blown out skin tones. Sometimes, though, the light’s dynamic range is so great you have to live with some blown out skin tones in order to avoid plunging the rest of the photo into darkness. In those cases just try some local adjustments to reduce the brightness.

Second, try to capture the conductors/teachers when they turn around to address the audience. This is sometimes impossible if they’re standing in really dark shadows, but occasionally they’ll step into the light so be prepared for this.

That’s it for this post. Still trying to catch up with edits. Next up - Winter Concert III. Have fun. Hope your holidays are going well.

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