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Hot on stage

By Twin2Devine
I'm pleased with this gig shot but I'm aware of one thing which in hind sight I'd change. I reduced the blue in levels but it has hidden the left arm holding the stem of the guitar. What are you thoughts?

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dudler Plus
14 648 1248 England
25 Aug 2013 9:54AM
I am not sure the arm is a major issue - maybe the way through it would be a mono conversion. B/W always looks good with dramatic lighting, which you definitely had!

What I'd definitely lose is the logo/watermark. They are ok on business cards, but they almost invariably just intrude and take focus from the subject.

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25 Aug 2013 10:51AM
Redish light is always the worst type as its generally looks crap, is difficult to focus in and you can't do an awful lot with it in post

However you could "cheat", sorry, try to improve it in the following ways :-

Conversion to mono

If mono fails then to please then try some of the artistic filters in photoshop such as posterise/glowingedges, sometimes that can produce pleasing images, and you can then change the colour via the hue/saturation slider

Another thing you could try if you shot in raw is the white balance click stick, try on some parts of the guitar (it doesn't actually have to be white to get an effect)
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1851 United Kingdom
25 Aug 2013 10:59AM
Shooting in Raw is the way to go, it gives so much more flexibility in post processing. Exposure, white balance...
The red is the problem for me, not the blue. Over-saturation has killed so much detail in that hand...
My inclination would be to try toning down the red, convert to b&w and then maybe add a hint of blue toning to bring back the stage atmosphere. I'll give it a whirl and upload a Mod if I can get a result that I like.
paulbroad Plus
10 123 1217 United Kingdom
25 Aug 2013 2:58PM
I fail to see the point in having all the engineered stage lighting and colour for effect, then going to mono. The coloured spots are part of the image. Quite effective but just lacking a bit of detail on his front. Don't want him fully lit, just a bit more detail. Dodge tool used with care, might just do it but easy to send things flat.

To need such a high ISO the stage lighting must have been abysmal. Better wait for a spot on him, whatever the colour, then be careful to expose for highlights.

25 Aug 2013 3:39PM
Live shots with bad lighting can almost always be saved with just a conversion to mono, try sepia as well as b&w. Totally agree with the ISO point, 2500 is far too high but there's not much you can do about that now.

If you're into editing then shooting in RAW is a must but again, this doesn't help you with this shot. I would like to see this compared to the original though.

This isn't too bad a shot though and it's nice to see a few more people putting up live music photos. Stick with it.
banehawi Plus
13 1.7k 3809 Canada
25 Aug 2013 8:10PM
Im with Paul. The reason for going to these concerts is, for me, to get those out of the ordinary colours and light effects. Some images will work well in mono, but this one works in either format.

I would like to see less noise, a little less sat, and more sharpening. Ive uploaded a mod with this done, and Ive added lens flare for good measure!

I did not notice that left arm issue until you pointed it out, - I don think most people would.


iancrowson Plus
7 211 146 United Kingdom
26 Aug 2013 10:08AM
Good capture. His arms not a problem any more than his legs which can't be seen too well.
The lighting say it all to me, a stage performance. The BW images looks like a man standing holding a guitar.
Thanks for all you comments and modifications guys - I really appreciate it.
I do go to alot of gigs and have the privilege of being invited by the band members so get good access, but the biggest challenge I face is getting the ISO right as it is usually very dark. So dark in fact often the camera struggles to focus. Add to that the performers are moving about and I have a heavy quality zoom so I definitely need a high shutter speed to go along with the wide apperture - this must therefore mean cranking up the ISO. I'll certainly try using slightly lower ISO though as some of you suggest and shoot RAW too. Would a higher spec camera help?

kind regards

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