Shooting Bands


Shooting bands in dark nightclubs can be a challenge. You have to work with a dynamic group that is moving around a dark stage while trying to get the right angle for an interesting composition and try to stay out of the way so you aren’t an annoyance to the audience. You have to strike a balance between ISO, shutter speed and aperture. On the one hand, modern cameras have pretty good high ISO performance, but you sacrifice some dynamic range and accurate color when you go too high. If you don’t set your ISO high enough, you run into issues with motion blur on your pictures. I like to use a fast f1.2 lens, but that gives you a really shallow depth of field and in the low light situations, you’ll end up with missed focus in a lot of shots. The key is to shoot different ways, focusing on different elements throughout the night and take a lot of shots.

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