stephen89 wrote in post #16276963
Thanks for the input. I struggle sometimes with these shots because the rooms can be so dark at times and it gets hard to keep that shutter speed as quick as id like it. I dont like to run the ISO to high because id like to keep the noise down as much as possible, i think i was running 3200 most of this show. I have another shot of the kid with the pedal board in my album i linked to up on top. I did some Photoshopping with the colors and tones for these images, i thought i did ok, but im still pretty new to all this. How would you suggest I can improve the tone and composition next time? Thanks again.
You were shooting at 3200 ISO even with the flash? That's a little strange. Or is that when you're not using the flash?
When I mentioned tonal issues, what I was talking about is tone as a compositional element. It's a kinda tricky one - in painting we talk about chiaroscuro, the balance between light and dark tones in a painting, and the same applies to photography. Basically, it's about the spread of tonal values across your frame; your third image is an example of a very cluttered frame, due to the distribution of light and dark in your image, and the result of a photo where the focus of the image is unclear. In other words, you don't really know where to look, what the focal point is meant to be. It's one of the reasons why concert photography can be pretty tough, but after some practice, we learn patience, and when to click the shutter when the lighting is right, and when the performers are positioned for optimal placement in the composition.
Which brings me to the broader topic of composition itself. Again, this is a somewhat tricky beast that takes most people a while to master, especially if you have no art background or training. Learning where to place your subjects in frame for maximum impact while also simultaneously taking into account other elements like the lighting and the performer's pose and demeanour, is an art in itself. I'd recommend starting by doing some simple google searches on things like "photographic composition" and reading up on basic rules like the rule of thirds, which is the easiest compositional rule to implement in your shooting, and one that tends to be really effective.
Shooting live shows definitely takes some practice, so just stick with it. Shooting dark venues like this is a real trial by fire and if you can manage them, you'll do fine.