G1 X in concert
G1 X in concert
Dec 15, 2012
On a recent concert, the G1X was with me and it indeed performed very well, with documentary shots as well as creative shots (see the example below). However, there is a high risk of failure when fiddling around with the camera settings and it menus during the concert. This are my recommendations:
1. Run the G1X in RAW and manual mode.
2. Dynamic range is an issue (with any camera) because of the bright spot lights focusing on the actors/performers on stage. Make sure the exposure is properly tuned by checking the camera's monitor and histograms.
3. Depending on your position in the concert hall (not too close to stage), consider manual focus as well. In my case, infinity focus worked pretty well. If you do so, you may fine-tune focus by pressing the button on the left hand side above the big wheel (not sure whether this feature is mentioned in the instruction manual, it perhaps requires an extra menu setting).
Here is the trick: Once everything is properly tuned and aligned ...
4. ... store the current settings in common function C1. From now on, you may switch the camera on or off and it will recover all settings - very helpful in concerts.
5. Perhaps you will refine one or the other setting (focus length, exposure etc.) while shooting - if so, update C1 by returning to step 4.
We are not yet done:
5. Change settings to JPEG and invoke "1.9 teleconverter" which gives you 115mm (equivalent to 213mm) focal length with brilliant image quality.
6. Store this parameter settings in common function C2 and, similiar to step 5, update the C2 setup if required while shooting.
Now, with this procedure, you may switch back and forth from C1 to C2 and vice versa in order to shoot the entire scene/stage or, alternatively, to teleshoot an actor on stage or any other detail. There is no more fiddling around with the settings, just enjoy shooting and enjoy the concert.