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Coping with low light conditions - Gary Wolstenholme tells us why low light isn't a bad thing.
Gary Wolstenholme specialises in photographing live music events. He's represented by Redferns Music Image Library who sell his pictures to publications nationally and around the world. Based in Sheffield, you will often find him in his natural habitat at the front of concerts large and small, as well as at a variety of music festivals across the UK and abroad.
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Here's his tip:
"Your ability to cope with the various conditions you may encounter will depend on a few things including your technique, equipment, experience, and your ability to think on your feet. Certain aspects of your technique will need to be honed in order to get the best results such as how to expose for certain situations, focus the camera properly and your ability to handhold your camera at slower shutter speeds. As with many things, practice makes perfect, but one trick that I've learned can improve your chances of getting a good shot in dark conditions is to shoot bursts of shots. By doing this you are reducing the chances of causing extra camera shake when pressing the shutter button. Generally you will find the your second and third shots will be much sharper than the first in these conditions. A well-timed burst allowed me to capture this shot at 1/90 sec with a 200mm lens."