Hi all...I know it's a bit brash being brand new here and starting right off with a question for help, but I'm in a little over my head and could really use some help please.
I have done exterior photography (birds, critters, long exposure night shots) and have generally had very pleasing results. However, I just got the word that I am getting the photo shoot of my dreams this Friday!
I will be up in Northern California, and will get the chance to shoot the first three songs of an Iron Maiden Concert. The lighting will be very good, however I'm pretty concerned as I am cutting my teeth on a major opportunity that I do NOT want to screw up, as the resulting photos from this show could make or break my portfolio to show other potential bands. I don't have time to try and get into smaller clubs to get the feel of things. I've shot a few bands in small clubs anyway, and the lighting was so bad that even at 800 ISO the shutter speed was terrible. I'd sort of like to be in AP mode so I can quickly change aprture to get the shutter speed as fast as possible....but would it be better to be in shutter priority mode and just stick with one setting....like 1/500th? or perhaps 1/1000th? Thoughts on any of this, please?
So anyway, I will be taking my primary camera, a 50D with my Canon 10-22 3.5 to 4.5, and also be carrying my backup, a 40D with a Tameron 24-135 3.5 to 5.6.
I have been told that I may want to set the cameras to auto ISO mode so the camera can choose the right ISO for the lighting at the moment the image is captured. I've never used this, though. Is it possible to set the camera to use the auto ISO mode and make sure at the same time that the shutter speed is a certain minimum? What should the minimum shutter speed be? 1/250th? Shorter? I'm not too worried about aperture and DOF, since I have found the Canon 10-22mm to have really excellent DOF with my night long exposure shots. However...*should* I try and keep it in a sweet slightly higher f-stop...or keeps it really low and wide open for faster shutter, and risk a shallower DOF? Oh...and is there an ISO I can tell the camera not to go above? I start to get noise that is hard to deal with at around 800 or so.
Any other advise that would come to mind, would be awesome...and I thank you kindly for helping this new guy here out, at the last minute.
Oh...and Hello, btw....glad to be here, and will try to help out in return, when I can!
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