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Jun 17, 2014 04:12 |  #1

Alright, so point 1: I'm completely willing to admit my ignorance on this, so don't bash me for asking. Please.

Right. I've been trying to shoot concerts and have been fine tuning my settings to adapt to that reality but am still getting a few missed shots due to motion blur or missed focus, which leads me to ask: on a 5D3, what settings would you use?

I mean the whole thing: AF case, AF drive, shooting mode, lens, aperture, metering (I go with spot myself), all of it.

Need your help, please.


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Jun 17, 2014 07:18 |  #2

That is an almost impossible question to answer without some specifics of those "missed shots due to motion blur or missed focus". An outdoor concert with partial sun is altogther different than one at night that may have wide variances in lighting.

I suggest you start at http://digital-photography-school.com/concert-photography-tips/ (external link) and see what may apply. I would suspect that the section on shooting at high ISO might help in your specific instance.




  
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Jun 17, 2014 07:26 |  #3

John's comment is right on the money.

Let's see some examples (with Exif), Maverique.




  
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Jun 17, 2014 07:27 |  #4

Yep. There are too many variables. No two concerts will have the same lighting unless you're shooting outdoor shows in the summer. I tend to keep my shutter at 1/125 (sometimes much lower though) and just adjust the ISO when needed. Be still and take a lot of shots.




  
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Jun 17, 2014 07:34 |  #5

I guess I can chime in since a majority of my work is concerts. However I am shooting with a 1D MkIV and a 5D MKII but the settings will basically apply.

Focus Point: Center
I always shoot with the center focus point. I find it easier and I can always crop to my liking in post.

Drive Mode: AI Servo
AI Servo is the way to go. Some performers don't move around stage much while other bounce around all over the place. My tracking speed is either set to 1 or 2 (max speed).

Mode: AV or M
Sometime I find myself shooting in manual, sometimes aperture priority. It really depends on my mode and what I am after. If the artist has a lot of cool lighting I will shoot in M so I have full control. If it's an opening act with adequate natural light I'll shoot in AV just because there isn't much to affect the shot.

ISO: 2000-4000 (main act)
Even when there is fairly decent lighting for opening acts I'll start out around 800 ISO to see where I am at and then go from there. I typically reference the histogram just to check the whites to make sure nothing is too blown out. The tricky part for the main act is knowing their lighting setup. I'm typically at the venue long enough to scope out the lighting so I'll know if they will be well lit or not.

Shutter speed: Variable
Again there is no "shoot at this speed" setting. Obviously if you don't want blur you have two other variables to adjust: ISO or F/stop. If you're already shooting at F/2.8 on a 70-200 then the answer is clear; bump up the ISO.
You should have no issue stopping action with 640 shutter speed. Heck you can even get much lower and still capture the image without blur. The two things that typical blur with a fast moving performance is their arm/hands and then their heads turning.


Anyone can sit here and tell you what they do to make their images work but it really boils down to what venue you're at and the overall shot you're trying to capture. One minute I will want a shot of a well lit performer and the next minute I might want a shot where it's a silhouette of the performer. Obviously two very different settings to capture.




  
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Jun 17, 2014 07:44 |  #6

Hybrid AWD wrote in post #16976684 (external link)
I guess I can chime in since a majority of my work is concerts. However I am shooting with a 1D MkIV and a 5D MKII but the settings will basically apply.

Focus Point: Center
I always shoot with the center focus point. I find it easier and I can always crop to my liking in post.

Drive Mode: AI Servo
AI Servo is the way to go. Some performers don't move around stage much while other bounce around all over the place. My tracking speed is either set to 1 or 2 (max speed).

Mode: AV or M
Sometime I find myself shooting in manual, sometimes aperture priority. It really depends on my mode and what I am after. If the artist has a lot of cool lighting I will shoot in M so I have full control. If it's an opening act with adequate natural light I'll shoot in AV just because there isn't much to affect the shot.

ISO: 2000-4000 (main act)
Even when there is fairly decent lighting for opening acts I'll start out around 800 ISO to see where I am at and then go from there. I typically reference the histogram just to check the whites to make sure nothing is too blown out. The tricky part for the main act is knowing their lighting setup. I'm typically at the venue long enough to scope out the lighting so I'll know if they will be well lit or not.

Shutter speed: Variable
Again there is no "shoot at this speed" setting. Obviously if you don't want blur you have two other variables to adjust: ISO or F/stop. If you're already shooting at F/2.8 on a 70-200 then the answer is clear; bump up the ISO.
You should have no issue stopping action with 640 shutter speed. Heck you can even get much lower and still capture the image without blur. The two things that typical blur with a fast moving performance is their arm/hands and then their heads turning.


Anyone can sit here and tell you what they do to make their images work but it really boils down to what venue you're at and the overall shot you're trying to capture. One minute I will want a shot of a well lit performer and the next minute I might want a shot where it's a silhouette of the performer. Obviously two very different settings to capture.

THAT !!!
To the OP i recommand what said Hybrid, i do quite the same ... and he explain well the "why" and the "for what".


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