Live Band Debut!

On Friday, April 30th, I jumped at the opportunity to get out of work early - 1. Because I was burnt out from the week and 2. because Keith was playing a gig in Scranton at a venue that I felt would offer me a pretty good shot at getting half-decent photos of the band during their performance. As soon as we got there I started snapping pictures right away, my favorite of the non-band shots being the photo of the man in the wheel-chair in my previous post.

While I was there, I managed to run through 3 2Gig cards by the middle of their second set (it was at that point that I realized how badly I needed more space...).

600+ images were narrowed down to 50-some photos, which were narrowed down to 27 photos that I took the time to edit... which were *further* narrowed down to my 6 favorite, which I will share with you here.

During that particular experience I learned that I can still get half decent shots without my 50mm f/1.8 (or possibly f/1.4... I haven't bought either yet, so it still remains to be seen which I will settle on, hehe)... while having it would be *nice*, I was actually pretty happy with the fact that I could come out with as many as 6 passable images - I expected there to be none... 1 at most - for my first time shooting the band in a club.

I realize these may, in reality, be nothing special, and might actually be technically horrible, but I was glad for the experience all the same, and I only hope to improve 100,000 times over on these photos in the months to come as I continue to shoot more, learn more and grow.

After uploading the photos, one of the biggest issues I noticed was the AF focusing on something completely *other* than the true subject of the photograph.  This was especially true for the shots of my husband (the drummer).  Not *one* of the photos of him were actually *focused* on him... they were focused on the cymbals and occasionally the rack tom.  I haven't figured out yet if it's best to manually focus the lens for that kind of situation, or if, at the very least, I should be manually selecting the focus point, but that will definitely be something I explore at the next gig.

Another issue that occurred several times, was the issue of underexposure.  My favorite shot of the guitarist (posted below), ended up being under exposed and after adjusting the levels ever so slightly, I was stumped as to what could be done in PP, if anything (which I doubt), to help the image a little.

I will be posting these in two forums that I frequent and hopefully I will receive helpful criticism as to what I can do to make them better (and if you're reading this and you haven't done so yet... *please* feel free to leave critique and advice of your own).

Here are the images from that evening :)

John 3


Keith 2


Line Up




John and Christian


Nick 2


To see the rest of the photos from this show, please feel free to go to: Faded Fortune - Scranton Hardware Bar - April 30th, 2010