Hi all -
A close friend who writes for a local newspaper got press passes for Pitchfork in Chicago in July. He is letting me use the photo pass under the assumption I get him a couple of shots he could use in his review. I'm an amature at best and so this is an exciting opportunity. I've been to many festivals before (but not Pitchfork) and never had a chance to get any photos of the performances because of limitations with what security would allow me to bring and lack of access to the photo pit.
Anyways, I've been reading a lot of the resources on this forum and have gathered the following:
1) Bring earplugs. Lots of earplugs.
2) Arrive early for bigger performances
3) Typically you can only be in the pit for the first 3 songs (but why?)
4) Don't worry about pushing ISO. Shoot manual wide open with shutter at least 1/250.
Here is my gear
Canon 17-55 f2.8
Sigma 30 f1.8
It seems faster lenses are a big help but since most of the day will be in good light (headliner starts at 8:30) I'm not too worried about the 70-300L. I have a friend that would probably loan me his 70-200 2.8 if I really needed it.
Additionally, I am attending this festival with a few good friends. Any tips on balancing shooting and not focusing all my time and attention on it? Also, if anyone has seen any of these acts live,I'd like to get your opinion on who to see and who to skip
Any tips, certainly appreciated.
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