FZ200 Concert Photos - October 28

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mastrfshrmn New Member • Posts: 21
FZ200 Concert Photos - October 28
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Concert Photography is my personal favorite genre, and what got me start into photography in the first place. I also enjoy the concerts themselves and go as a fan and audience member, not a hired gun in the pit with a $10,000 DSLR set up 3 ft from the artists.
Most venues don't allow DSLR's in the audience, only point and shoots are allowed. Obviously concert photography is filled with challenges... low light, high zoom, quick action - not always a good combination. I had high hopes for the FZ200 in overcoming most of these challenges for me - and during my shooting this past weekend at Red Hot Chili Peppers Concert in Omaha, NE - this is definitely the best non DSLR i've ever used for concert photography and would highly recommend it to anyone else with such an interest.
When shooting at Fine JPG Resolution 2 Frames/sec... the camera never slowed down and I was able to take burst of 100+ shots in a row with no issue.
The F2.8 lens allowed me to use higher shutter speeds than ever before to get better light while having more room for shutter speed in capturing movement.
The battery was also amazing - the camera was on for over 3 hours... producing greater than 2,000 images... and there were still 2 bars remaining.
Most of these photos were taken at around 20x zoom, F2.8, ISO 400, Shutter Priority with speed from 125-320 depending on available stage light at the time.
A few examples here:

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Donald B
Donald B Forum Pro • Posts: 13,308
Re: FZ200 Concert Photos - October 28

they are excelent shots the 2.8 worked great.

cheers don

DB1701 Junior Member • Posts: 30
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Great shots, love the Chili peppers!

okkie68
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yes yes yes!!! nice!!

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shanek54 Forum Member • Posts: 81
Re: FZ200 Concert Photos - October 28

Some great concert shots here. Add another genre in which the FZ200 can hold its own. I am impressed with the 2frames per second quality and I love the bit about 100 shots continuous!

Great post, thanks for sharing.

Shane.

wolfd Senior Member • Posts: 1,262
Re: FZ200 Concert Photos - October 28

Great shots, especially given the light conditions in those concerts.

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Good pics for $600 rig...:)

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dobbre Regular Member • Posts: 186
Re: FZ200 Concert Photos - October 28

Excellent! I'm looking forward to take my FZ200 to next concert to try it out. Hope those doorman will understand difference between point and shoot and DSLR...

Are those OOC or you PPed them a bit?

BR, Ilija

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RudyPohl Veteran Member • Posts: 5,639
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Excellent quality considering the terrible lighting conditions.

Rudy

OP mastrfshrmn New Member • Posts: 21
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dobbre wrote:

Excellent! I'm looking forward to take my FZ200 to next concert to try it out. Hope those doorman will understand difference between point and shoot and DSLR...

Are those OOC or you PPed them a bit?

BR, Ilija


Most all of the photos were cropped... I tend to shoot extra wide at concerts to be sure to capture moving subjects in the frame... and then crop later... which gives even more credit to these photos as they were cropped in probably an additional 50% on average and still maintained decent quality.
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In regards to other PP... these photos required the least PP of any photos I'd ever taken at a concert... 50% weren't touched at all (besides cropping)... the other 50% i spent 5 seconds per photo adjusting brightness or shadows, nothing too fancy.

SissiAngel
SissiAngel Junior Member • Posts: 43
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A M A Z I N G !

I sure would have loved having the FZ200 with me at the Bon Jovi concert in summer 2011 here in Greece!

Enjoy!

Sissi

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sherman_levine
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Re: FZ200 Concert Photos - October 28

Nice pictures.

Silly question...Why did you use shutter priority? If you had used aperture priority at f/2.8 and ISO 400 then the shutter would have adjusted automatically?

Sherm

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OP mastrfshrmn New Member • Posts: 21
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sherman_levine wrote:

Nice pictures.

Silly question...Why did you use shutter priority? If you had used aperture priority at f/2.8 and ISO 400 then the shutter would have adjusted automatically?

Sherm

It's probably habit from using other cameras at concerts over the years with constantly changing light conditions... using continuous mode... and the camera not seeming to choose a satisfying shutter speed for me. Given the low light conditions, the cameras tend to choose a shutter speed that is too slow to capture the action... so i preferred to manually adjust shutter on the fly and became comfortable doing so in a moments notice and got good at judging what the given conditions called for... i'm sure at times my shots turned out a bit underexposed as a consequence of allowing me to better capture the action.... as i'd rather have a focused still shot that is a little dark than one that is blurred and bright... as i at least had a chance of some PP recovery.
A concert is just a constantly changing mix of not only light (which not only varies in one place instant to instant  but is very different on any given spot on stage)... and the band members may be standing still in good light, and then a chorus will be ending or building which generally indicates they will be moving faster... which allows me to predicatively increase shutter speed to better handle the action myself than trust the camera to do the near impossible in predicting the increased motion of a jump or dash across stage.
I will certainly do more tests with the FZ200 and the advantages the 2.8 provides in these conditions.

giraffe Senior Member • Posts: 2,478
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Excellent photos - just goes to show what this camera is capable of and the value of a 2.8 lens.

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Re: FZ200 Concert Photos - October 28

mastrfshrmn wrote:

sherman_levine wrote:

Nice pictures.

Silly question...Why did you use shutter priority? If you had used aperture priority at f/2.8 and ISO 400 then the shutter would have adjusted automatically?

Sherm

It's probably habit from using other cameras at concerts over the years with constantly changing light conditions... using continuous mode... and the camera not seeming to choose a satisfying shutter speed for me. Given the low light conditions, the cameras tend to choose a shutter speed that is too slow to capture the action... so i preferred to manually adjust shutter on the fly and became comfortable doing so in a moments notice and got good at judging what the given conditions called for... i'm sure at times my shots turned out a bit underexposed as a consequence of allowing me to better capture the action.... as i'd rather have a focused still shot that is a little dark than one that is blurred and bright... as i at least had a chance of some PP recovery.
A concert is just a constantly changing mix of not only light (which not only varies in one place instant to instant but is very different on any given spot on stage)... and the band members may be standing still in good light, and then a chorus will be ending or building which generally indicates they will be moving faster... which allows me to predicatively increase shutter speed to better handle the action myself than trust the camera to do the near impossible in predicting the increased motion of a jump or dash across stage.
I will certainly do more tests with the FZ200 and the advantages the 2.8 provides in these conditions.

Another option might be using M mode with 2.8 and your lowest tolerable shutter speed,  and use auto iso to handle the exposure. I've not tried it myself, but that's the way the camera should work

Sherm

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Fishrman Senior Member • Posts: 1,296
Re: FZ200 Concert Photos - October 28

sherman_levine wrote:

mastrfshrmn wrote:

sherman_levine wrote:

Nice pictures.

Silly question...Why did you use shutter priority? If you had used aperture priority at f/2.8 and ISO 400 then the shutter would have adjusted automatically?

Sherm

It's probably habit from using other cameras at concerts over the years with constantly changing light conditions... using continuous mode... and the camera not seeming to choose a satisfying shutter speed for me. Given the low light conditions, the cameras tend to choose a shutter speed that is too slow to capture the action... so i preferred to manually adjust shutter on the fly and became comfortable doing so in a moments notice and got good at judging what the given conditions called for... i'm sure at times my shots turned out a bit underexposed as a consequence of allowing me to better capture the action.... as i'd rather have a focused still shot that is a little dark than one that is blurred and bright... as i at least had a chance of some PP recovery.
A concert is just a constantly changing mix of not only light (which not only varies in one place instant to instant but is very different on any given spot on stage)... and the band members may be standing still in good light, and then a chorus will be ending or building which generally indicates they will be moving faster... which allows me to predicatively increase shutter speed to better handle the action myself than trust the camera to do the near impossible in predicting the increased motion of a jump or dash across stage.
I will certainly do more tests with the FZ200 and the advantages the 2.8 provides in these conditions.

Another option might be using M mode with 2.8 and your lowest tolerable shutter speed, and use auto iso to handle the exposure. I've not tried it myself, but that's the way the camera should work

Sherm

Sherm,

Would this be a good option for wildlife photography toward dusk or dawn as well?

Some great shots by the way!

Fishrman

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