GH3 low light indoor acrobatic show

Started Sep 1, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Re: GH3 low light indoor acrobatic show
In reply to Kim Letkeman, Sep 2, 2013

Kim Letkeman wrote:

Strange to get flack for ignoring your post for 5 hours in the middle of a long weekend

Anyway, I find these to be rather over exposed. I shoot a lot of concerts stealthily and handling the extreme dynamic range of hot lights on some parts of the stage and no light on others is really tricky.

I have come up with a method that seems to work really well for any camera that has manual control -- even the tiniest of sensors ... as documented here:

http://kimletkeman.blogspot.ca/2010/09/important-tips-for-your-photography.html

Scroll down to the section marked "shooting concerts" ...

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Thanks for the feedback.  You are right - the hot stage lights do make for a tricky setup for getting a nice balance in the exposure right.  I always shoot raw + jpg and the raw files really helped me here.  It was more of a processing challenge for these because of the dynamic range, ranging from the white shirt in the spotlight to the dark shadows in the same shot.  In ACR, I brought the highlights down to try and recover as much of the white shirt as possible, but still trying to keep a bright glow on the surrounding area.  I guess it comes down to personal taste.  Sometimes, I might be willing to leave some over exposed areas to balance out with the rest of the picture.

I looked at your blog, and I can tell that you prefer to preserve the highlights, but having an overall darker exposure.  It may be technically correct, but again - just personal preference.  I would probably bump up the exposure, even if it meant blowing some highlights.  Your sound on the Aug. 27 Ottawa show is spectacular!  Those Tascam recorders rock!

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