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Lost in the moment.

By Mobieus
This is one of the some 300 shots that I took last night at my very first Gig shoot. A friend asked me to come and take some publicity shots for their website. I like this shot as it reflects that instance when the lead singer was literally "Lost in the moment".

The night was an experience of huge trial and error, more error than success if truth be known lol. However, there were some shots I was very pleased with and I will post some over the coming days for you to have a look at.

The chap here is actually the lead singer of the support band "Session", I experimented with settings whilst they were on, and before my mates band came on.

Please I would really appreciate any advice and or constructive criticism that you wish to give on how to improve these type of shots.

1/100 sec
ISO 1250
Metering centre weighted

Thanks for taking the time to look.

Tags: Photo journalism Portraits and people

Voters: davey_griffo, cjl47, LV426 and 4 more

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davey_griffo 12 213 165 England
19 Jul 2009 1:30PM
I love gig shots for this reason, that the singers & guitarists get taken away by their love of the music, & you get some great expressions.

You certainly caught that here.

As for shooting advice, it looks like you found what works for you on the night. When I had a go, I put the camera onto shutter priority, at 60th and on a later session 125th sec, wound the ISO up to 800 or 1600, & just concentrated on catching the moment. With good lighting, this worked for me.

The camera was screaming that I was underexposed by about 6 stops, but that's because there's so much black, which fools it. The biggest thing I learned was to ignore the meter, as it's wrong anyway.

Just experiment. You can rescue it in PS later, where you have up to 4 stops latitude, if you shoot in RAW.
cjl47 13 5 3 England
19 Jul 2009 1:34PM
Very nice portrait
LV426 12 7 4 United Kingdom
19 Jul 2009 1:45PM
Very nicely captured.
Gig shots are always pretty difficult to take.
You did a great job here.
mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.0k 2465 United Kingdom
19 Jul 2009 2:13PM
Detail just where it matters, face and hand; mysterious coloured shadows elsewhere. Excellent, all the atmosphere of live.
User_Removed 17 17.9k 8 Norway
19 Jul 2009 2:51PM
Very good Paul - looking at the Tech Info, that D300 has delivered very well for you. Well done. Please post some more! Wink
Mobieus 14 48 Wales
19 Jul 2009 3:55PM
Thanks for the positive comments folks, as I said loved the whole experience, and I am over the moon with the way the camera handled the difficult low light conditions.

More to come tomorrow.

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