I recently just got back into shooting concerts. Yes, it has been a while. The concert I decided to photograph the Slaves show in Richmond at the Broadberry. This is a new venue in Richmond and I have never shot there. So this was a new experience for me. I was kind of nervous to shoot it.
"You will miss every shot you don't take" Wayne Gretzky. This quote not only effects hokey (GO TAMPA) but also photography. Let's say you take a photo then immediately look at the back of the camera, you just missed the guitarist jumping in the air. You just missed an awesome shot.
Now timing is everything at shows. Lights are going from dark to light to everything in between. Your camera has a meter that measures light coming into the camera. The meter will tell you if you need to lower your shutter speed or raise it. Your goal is to keep the moving block between -1 and 1. If it falls below -1 and above 1, you are either underexposed or overexposed. Looking at the meter in the camera will keep you from putting down the camera and looking at the shot.
Now when you should be going through the images is in between bands. You should be deleting images that are out of focus, under or over exposed. The way I look at pictures are different from most. I read the histogram. What is a histogram you say? Check out this article. Below is the back of my camera at a recent concert. As you can tell I do shoot in black and white and not color. I am shooting in raw so the image won't save in B&W. B&W images is easier to tell if your subject the correct exposure or not. (This is personal preference)
Below are some of my favorites from the Slaves show. Rest of the images are here. Next time you are at a concert try to stop yourself from looking at every image you capture.