I started with Nikon D5100 and Nikon 50mm f/1.8 FX lens. Freezing the moment was my first priority. I found for a faster shutter speed and the aperture of my choice a crop sensor camera was not sufficient enough. I switched to Nikon D810. Some points to be remembered while clicking the concert, they are as follows
- While clicking concerts never use flash. Flash destroys the mood of the artist and the natural light environment. In many countries using flash during a concert is banned.
- Capturing mood is the primary concern.
- While clicking dancers try a faster shutter speed as they move very fast.
- Try to find a darker background while clicking the performer, this will release the picture well.
- If you Find any interesting foreground use them
- A tripod is a must for a big concert house. While clicking in big auditorium use a telephoto zoom lens like Nikon FX 70-200mm f/2.8 or Nikon FX 200-500 f/5.6. This will let you click closer and you have to crop less. Thus you will not lose many pixels.
- While shooting use the aperture or shutter speed priority mode. This thing is applicable for full frame cameras cause for a crop sensor if you use a shutter speed of 1/400 or aperture f/8 in a low light condition it may go up to 2000-5000 ISO and you may end up with a picture with a lot of noises.
- Always keep a spare battery fully charged. This will save your time and you won’t miss any good frame for charging your battery.
- Click in RAW Vivid mode ( Nikon has Vivid, Portrait, Standard, Monochrome, Flat, Landscape, Neutral Modes for other manufacturers please refer to the respective modes). This will give you a vibrant picture.
- Always click in a bigger frame so that you can crop it the way you like it. It is always not possible to click the exact frame during the concerts as the artists do move a lot and you may lose a good moment. But remember if you crop too much you may end up with a very low-resolution picture, especially in the case of crop sensor cameras.
- Some good lenses for concert photography – Nikon 50mm f/1.8, 105mm Macro f/2.8 (this lens does not always give f/2.8 while shooting macro), Nikon 70-200 f/2.8, Nikon 200-500 f/5.6
- While clicking try to underexpose a little as the highlighted parts are prone to lose details.
- I prefer editing at 600 dpi as it makes the photograph print ready. You never know which photograph may get selected for any media print.
- Last but not the least, photography is also an art and like all the arts there is no hardcore rule. Explore and click the way you like.