For all of you seeking a truly enchanted experience and live in the St. Louis area, stop by the Missouri Botanical Gardens in St. Louis for the Lantern Festival. This exhibition features huge sculptures lit from within and make for a photographer’s dream. Even if you aren’t a photographer you will enjoy the mesmerizing glow of these works of art. Everything from Chinese zodiac lanterns to a 4 faced Buddha, there’s something for everyone. Even the kids will love it when the centerpiece dragons located by the Chihuly sculpture pond light up, puff smoke, and play music. It’s truly romantic for the couple seeking something different for a date night as well! Scroll down and check out the gallery below! The lantern festival at the Missouri Botanical Garden runs until August 19th, so hurry quick and check it out! …
I realize this post was behind, and I apologize. Life has been pretty erratic lately. Let’s dive right into the topics were covering for this week.
Camera Setting for Metering In Concert Photography
In last week’s installment I realized that I had skipped over the metering in camera settings. There are 4 different types of metering in DSLR cameras, and you’re probably wondering which one is best for concert photos. Spot metering (see symbol) is generally the best metering setting for concert photography, where lighting is unpredictable and it’ll give a more consistent reading for better exposure due to backlighting and high contrast which is typical of concert photography.
Sonata Arctica @ House of Blues 09.18.2009 (by MiseryXChord)
Spot metering can help in concert photography when the contrast is drastic due to back lighting among other unpredictable lighting.
In the pit: What to expect when shooting a show
Shooting a show can be about as…
Now that I have the camera, how do I set it up for concert photography?
There are a number of different ways to shoot a concert based on your camera and its available settings. However, some settings are standard in concert photography in order to make the most out of a shot. Here are some following tips that will help you evaluate what you find will work best for you. [cut=Read more...] In the end, it’s up to you to decide what works best for you. If these terms are perplexing you, don’t worry, the more you shoot and come to understand them (yes, you SHOULD read your camera’s manual), the more they’ll be intuitive and become second nature.
Exposure Modes: Shutter priority, aperture priority, Auto, or Manual?
First off, auto mode is not recommended in my opinion for concert photography at all seeing as the constantly changing lights can make it difficult for the camera to constantly gauge what the settings should be. Don’t use it for your concert …
The Academy Is…”Almost Here” 5th Anniversary Show @ The Metro
So you want to shoot concerts? Each week for as long as there are topics surrounding concert photography, I’ll be posting them here to give the best advice I can to you. Whether seasoned or novice, you may find some of this information useful to sharpening your skills as a photographer in live music. I’ve had an increasing number of people approach me about what lenses I use, how to get into concert photography, and so on. So I figured I’d lay it out in a weekly column and you can use it to go back to as a reference.
First and foremost, it doesn’t matter how much equipment you have if you don’t have the motivation and inspiration to shoot live concerts. Keep in mind when you’re starting out, you’ll more than likely have to shoot in small clubs locally. That’s how a lot of concert photographers start out, and that’s how I did. It’s not the most exciting place to shoot at first, and can sometimes be challengi…