I’ve had many readers asking me how I was able to capture Joshua Radin on stage without a flash and have the shots come out so clean.
Before I begin, here is my disclaimer: I am a novice, so be gentle with me and feel free to not listen to me at all.
Here are the settings from this particular shot. First I used my 50mm lens the entire night. It’s my favorite lens.
F/stop (aperture): 1.8
Exposure time (shutter speed): 1/30 sec.
ISO (light sensitivity): 500
F/stop (aperture): 2.2
Exposure time (shutter speed): 1/100 sec.
ISO (light sensitivity): 640
Like I said in my original Joshua Radin concert recap, I took over 700 pictures and not all of them turned out this good. In fact, many of them sucked.
What went wrong? Luckily, I can examine the settings and see what went wrong:
F/stop (aperture): 1.8
Exposure time (shutter speed): 1/320 sec.
ISO (light sensitivity): 100
What do I know from these numbers? The shutter speed was much too fast, not allowing enough light to come in. Live & learn. The slower the shutter speed, the more light that’s let in…the faster the shutter speed, less light is let in.
Hello, um, overexposure and blurriness. What a mess. Let’s take a look at what went wrong:
F/stop (aperture): 2
Exposure time (shutter speed): 1/4 sec.
ISO (light sensitivity): 800
Now this one stumps me, like I said, I’m still learning and I’m really trying to figure out what went wrong while writing this post. My f/stop was low (although could have been slightly lower at 1.8, the lowest the 50mm goes) and my shutter speed was slow. My guess is that I did not hold my camera steady enough, which is what has caused the blurriness with the slower shutter speed. Also, my ISO was set a little bit high which can cause a lot of noise and overexposure in a photo. Between the two, it’s a chaotic mess.
Through the entire performance I was constantly changing the settings trying to keep up with lighting and stage changes, it took a lot of work, but it was really great practice for me.
I do realize that many of you have no idea what this means, especially those with a point & shoot. I only say that because most (all?) point & shoots do not give you the option to get out of automatic. I also realize that maybe my settings weren’t exactly correct, but that’s okay.
It’s a work in progress, I’m still practicing and learning with every shot I take. I encourage you to do the same.
Does this help? Questions? (that I’m probably way under-qualified to answer, but that’s okay, I can pretend. I’ll do anything for you.)
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Timestamp: 2009-03-08 03:49:43 UTC