Commack High School Winter Concert I
A nice concert by grades 9 and 10 ensembles. Good to see the guitar ensemble back again; they sounded great, as did all the other groups.
For concerts like this I’m up in the A/V loft at the back of the auditorium. This gives me some height to be able to see musicians behind the first row. I’m shooting with a Fujifilm XT-3 with a 100-400mm lens for the tight shots and a Fujifilm XT-2 with a 16-55mm lens for the wide shots.
My camera stays on ISO 5000 with a wide open aperture. My shutter speed is usually anywhere from 1/40 to 1/100 sec. although I’ll go as low as 1/8 sec. for musicians/singers in low light areas. I can get away with these low shutter speeds by using a monopod for the 100-400mm and resting the 16-55mm on the loft’s wall. (And by taking lots of photos).
My white balance is locked on 3200K for both cameras, which perfectly balances the stage lighting.
Post-processing was done in Capture One and consisted mostly of shadow and highlight recovery.
One question I get a lot is, since you’re shooting with a wide aperture and your depth of field will be very shallow, where do you focus? If you’re just trying to get a shot of one musician/singer this isn’t a problem but when you shoot a larger group some of them will have to be slightly out of focus. The answer is to focus on the musician/singer in the best light because people looking at your image will always be drawn to the brightest area.
That’s it for this post. Next up is girls fencing. Have fun.