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Concert photography by Jenn Findley

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How to photo shoot a concert: The right way.

By Jenn Findley

First you need equipment. You need a camera that can handle a high ISO for low-lit establishments.
Acceptable camera's are the Mark III by Canon and in my experience, the ISO can go up to 6400 with little grain and 3200 with no grain.

Next, never use flash. Flash absorbs the beautiful colors you are trying to capture. It also disturbs musicians performing and is annoying to the crowd.

Then, you need a high speed memory chip. Jenn uses a 64GB Extreme Pro from Sandisk. When you are clicking away, you can reduce blur when you have a slower shutter speed such as 1/40 to allow more light into the camera. For fast action, just set it to 1/40 and burst the shots rapidly. This is why you need a memory chip at at least 95MBS. It "tricks" the camera into "thinking" that the shots are at a higher shutter speed. You may get a few blurry ones, but you will get the clear ones as well when photographing this way.

After this, set your aperture as low as possible (such as 2.8 or 1.4 as low as you can) to allow more light into the camera.

As for lenses, the 50mm for 100 bucks on Amazon is a great deal to get your low aperture and spend little money. The 85mm is great for close ups and for your low aperture as well. Stay away when you are beginning on using an aperture of 4.0 or above. This will create a ton of work in post.

Follow these rules, and happy photographing!

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