On Saturday, I met up with my friend Quana and walked around the Lower East Side a bit to brush up on my people skills. It was a good time
Brother Ali, Brooklyn Bowl.
My favorite shot from Friday’s concert. You can see the entire set of images from that night here.
I also have a small announcement. My usual portfolio page is still http://deshaunic.us, but it now contains everything except concert work.
I decided to take advantage of the new top-level domains, so my concert work can now be found at http://dac.photography
I’m still rearranging things over at the original site, so it’ll be a work in progress for a bit.
Immortal Technique, Brooklyn Bowl
Immortal Technique on the War & Peace tour. Favorite moment? A fan was recording the performance from the front, and he takes the fan’s phone and raps directly into it, as seen in the first picture.
Brother Ali, Brooklyn Bowl
Last night, Brother Ali and Immortal Technique performed at Brooklyn Bowl on their War & Peace tour. Good music, good vibe in the crowd, just good all around.
London Grammar, Irving Plaza
I’m a big fan of London Grammar (londongrammarmusic). I got to see them live last year, and they have gained an immense following since then. Their show completely sold out, and the crowd hung onto every note and lyric.
Not only that, but these guys were packing some serious lights! This photographer thanks you from the bottom of his heart for the excellent lights, and the excellent music.
The full set of photos of Haerts and London Grammar can be found here.
I hope that, as digital photography evolves, the term “HDR” gets decommissioned. Cameras today already have high dynamic range. It’s very possible to take a single exposure with a wide range of tones and values between the brightest white and the darkest black. Should you choose to expand your dynamic range by stacking exposures, that’s fine, but let’s call it what it is.
A close-up before and after of one of my shots from the last show I attended. The before is completely unedited. There’s very little variety in the color, there’s a loss of detail when compared to the after picture, and the color balance is off. I used Lightroom 5 for the edit.
Something I do want to point out is that my exposure is almost completely unchanged (I shifted it to +0.20). Nailing your exposure at high ISO is critical; your image loses a lot of malleability when you shoot at a higher ISO. What does that mean? It means that a shot taken at 100 ISO can survive an exposure shift of one or two stops without a major hit in noise or overall quality. A shot taken at 3200 ISO (like this one) won’t fare as well.
Another thing to note: your camera’s meter may not be reliable here. These colorful lights confuse your camera in all kinds of ways. The white balance gets thrown off, it may tell you you’re underexposed when you’re not. In my case, I notice that my camera is about 1 stop off from the actual exposure when I check. So when I check a spot on the performer and my camera tells me that spot is 1 stop under, I usually use that as a starting point. Pay attention to changes in lighting too! If all of a sudden the lights go up for a part of a song or an entire song, adjust something to compensate. I usually go for shutter speed; there are only benefits to this, because you’re reducing motion and the risk of camera shake. If you notice the lights get dimmer again, don’t forget to slow down the shutter or open up your aperture if your lens is fast enough.
I got rid of some of the color bleeding by lowering the vibrance a bit, as well as raising the luminosity on specific color channels.
A lot of times, that won’t be enough. Remember that white balance means a lot too. Chances are, presets won’t help you, so move the sliders to your taste. When I got the WB where I wanted, I still found the image to be way too magenta/purple. I went into split toning and added a pale aqua to the highlights to counteract the magenta, and I think it really helped her skin tone look more natural, while still showing that she was under colored lights.
I just wanted to give a couple tips, in case anyone was interested in doing this sort of thing. If you have questions, just drop me a line.