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On article Shooting live music with the Panasonic Lumix GX9 (143 comments in total)

Reading this review as a concert photographer who has used m4/3 before I'm wondering how much of an advantage this gives C-AF VS S-AF since firing in bursts can be an issue. In practice it sounds similar to my E-M10 mkII's where I usually just go with S-AF but with the facial recognition it knows who the subject is and the AF in those situations is usually so fast as to not be an issue. I'll still usually do a 2-3 shot burst since the subject isn't likely to move that much in that split second/the wider depth of field even at f1.8 with m4/3.

Either case would be different compared to how I shoot with my Nikon bodies where the C-AF is pretty reliable.

Link | Posted on Aug 21, 2018 at 14:57 UTC as 2nd comment
On article Shooting live music with the Panasonic Lumix GX9 (143 comments in total)
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Windeguy: Ok so you can photograph daylight lit concerts. How about a small club lit by two cheap led stage lights?

It depends on how small the club is but I've shot shows at smaller venues with a E-M10 mkII and f1.8 lenses. Color would be a bit iffy in those situations but B&W is fine for the web. The bigger difference you'll see at that size VS my D750 shots is in the depth of field.

Link | Posted on Aug 21, 2018 at 14:45 UTC
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RDoe: YO! Adobe! Now go and speedup Lightroom ... you lazy...

Matt are you making standard sized previews the size of your monitor (which would be the auto setting)? Even going a bit bigger or smaller can cause lag on my machines but at the right resolution they're fine. For reference I've used the latest version on a i7-2670QM, i7-7700HQ, and Xeon W3690.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2017 at 14:38 UTC
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tkbslc: Can't you just use the hotkeys and arrow buttons on the keyboard just as quickly?

It's all personal taste but I like being about to sit back a bit while I cull images especially when I'm out with a laptop. You could do it with a separate keyboard but gamepads are smaller and more ergonomic. That last bit is why I use them even with my desktop.

Link | Posted on Aug 12, 2017 at 05:15 UTC
On article 19 tips for better live music photography (110 comments in total)
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Loose_Canon: light is very unbalanced in performances - often the background is dark and the performers are lighted with spotlights. if you use regular exposure modes the performers will be badly overexposed. i use either spot metering or compensate by underexposing between 1 and 2 stops.

also - spotlight in front of the camera can create a lot of haze. sometimes i take advantage of it for effects, but otherwise i always have a lens hood on, and sometimes i even add some shading with my hand. if it creeps into the frame i just crop it off.

I love playing with the "dehaze" button in lightroom. sometimes i take it to the left, adding haze, and then take the "black" slider to the left also. the results can be a combination of a psychedelic look and a smoke machine, pretty cool.

performers vary a lot in their facial expressions. some are very stone faced, some are expressive. watch the band and find the expressive ones. I also look for moments where there is interaction between the band members.

Just to add a bit to your comment about facial expressions sometimes that person will be the one I really need the shots of so my way of dealing with it is to frame a nice composition and just hold it on there waiting for the right moment when they get into playing, or look over to a band mate. Luckily a lot of acts will also have one or two songs which mix things up a bit and those can be great opportunities especially if it's the lead singer.

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2016 at 04:09 UTC
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