View Full Version : Who wants some country music?!

10-26-2008, 01:17 PM
This was the event I worked last night. It consisted of four country music acts, part of the Country Music Television Tour. Here's one of my favorites


You can see 76 more here if you like:


10-26-2008, 02:29 PM
awesome shot.. live music photography is my favorite!!

10-26-2008, 04:06 PM
Wow, that's some excellent work. My faves are #4, 22, and 64. I love the colors in your photos, is that all from the lighting? Whatever did you do with whitebalance? :eek: Any tips?

10-26-2008, 04:46 PM
all colors are from the show lighting. I used to be obsessed with color correction until I just learned to go with the flow. WB is set to auto and for most shots, I use a -.7 to -1 ev because the lights changing so fast tend to freak out the meter and underexposing really helps retain the colors. The far off/wide shots are manual exposure for the same reason, just trial and error.

Of course, I also use CH and continous focusing. If I get 1 out of 5 keepers, I consider it a success but I'm getting better at that ratio.

10-26-2008, 06:26 PM
So you don't change the WB in PP? What is CH?

10-26-2008, 06:37 PM
No, these were shot in jpg and I would adjust the blacks and use noise reduction in Lightroom. CH is the D200's high speed burst mode. I have burst on the D50 on as well but it's obviously not as fast. I tend to use the D50 for the wide shots and the D200 for the action shots.

10-26-2008, 07:45 PM
How do you get in with an SLR? I took my first concert pic's last Friday. I used a Cannon SX10IS. Sorry guy's but this is my wife's new camera. I only had a week to learn how this thing worked. My pictures were grainy looking in the dark areas.

What ISO do you use, SS, Apt.?

Your pictures look great

10-27-2008, 06:00 AM
Thanks Tomcat. I'm actually paid to photograph all the events at this venue so that's how I get all my stuff in. Plus having access to the stage goes a long way as you can imagine.

Almost all of my stuff (with few exceptions) is shot @ 1600. There is a good bit of noise but nothing compared to shooting with a point and shoot with a much smaller sensor I'm afraid. Even so, i do have to use a good bit of noise reduction (in lightroom 2).

I generally shoot in P mode with auto ISO on and a minimum shutterspeed set to 1/30th. The wide shots are usually shot in manual mode.

10-27-2008, 06:33 PM
With shutter speeds that slow is a tripod required?

10-27-2008, 07:06 PM
no, no tripod.

10-27-2008, 07:18 PM
With shutter speeds that slow is a tripod required?

Great pics, eddie!!!

1/30th is typically the slowest shutter speed I can shoot at handheld and still manage to get sharp results (not always, but typically). Anything slower will require a tripod for me. But everyone is different, of course.

10-27-2008, 11:24 PM
great photos. crap music. :p

10-28-2008, 06:24 AM
I respect your critique in both regards :D

The miminum shutter is not just for handheld but also to freeze the people on stage, the move around a lot more than you think.