Commack High School Spring Concert I
First spring concert of the year, this one by the 9th graders, a very talented group. Great art in the hallway too!
I've written posts on how to approach photographing concerts before so if you're new to this, check out the winter concert posts. One additional tip I will mention is, if you're photographing a group that's unevenly lit, as all high school concerts are, make the musician or singer under the brightest light your focal point. The viewer's eye will immediately be drawn to the brightest object in the photograph so you want this musician or singer strategically placed in the frame, not necessarily in the center but certainly not at the edges. Conversely, if you're only photographing your child you want to try to eliminate any brighter objects from the frame. Naturally, this is not always easy and may be impossible, but this is the goal.
One issue you may run into is that some of the brass instruments may appear brighter than the musicians' faces. This is not a major distraction because the viewer's eye will always focus on a human face before an object. Another issue is that your child may be in an area where there is very little light. The only thing you can do in this situation is to crank your ISO up as high as practical for your camera, open your lens to maximum aperture and lower your shutter speed until your exposure is as close as possible. In this situation it helps to be shooting with a lens or camera body with some sort of image stabilization to counteract camera shake.
That's it for this post. Next up, girls golf.