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#1 of 5 Cameron Yee

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Posted September 22 2013 - 08:52 AM

I like to bring my camera to concerts whenever I can. Sometimes I can't make it past security with an interchangeable lens camera, but it helps I like to see lesser known performers or performers in smaller venues. Over the years I've collected quite a number of concert photos, so I thought this would be a good place to share them and encourage others to share their work. Those who have shot live performances know it presents certain challenges (low light, variable lighting conditions, fleeting moments), but as with other forms of photography, it's the challenge that keeps you coming back. 
 
This is from the latest show I went to for jazz chanteuse Halie Loren, who had a CD release concert for her album "Simply Love."

 

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Posted September 22 2013 - 05:31 PM

Nice atmosphere to that shot, Cameron.  It look like tough lighting, but you captured the mood very well.

 

I have only dabbled in concert shooting. Here are a few shots from an outdoor concert in our home town a couple of years ago. It's a country band called Red Hill, which my brother in law used to manage, and the drummer is also a good friend of him and my sister. There are outdoor concerts every Friday night in the summer, but I rarely take my camera because we usually sit too far away. On this night, my sister got there very early and saved us a seat near the stage, so I brought along the camera.

 

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Posted September 23 2013 - 08:31 AM

Thanks Scott. I was looking forward to the show because it was in a performing arts theater and I figured the light levels would be up compared to the small venues that don't have much budget / time to spend on lighting. That said, there was at least a stop difference between the performer's key light and those on her backup band, and the shadows were pretty harsh on them to boot.

I never saw a moment when her bassist's eyes were not totally in shadow.

 

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The shadows were even worse on her accordion player, but got better as soon as he turned into the light (though still subject to eye socket shadows).

 

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Posted September 23 2013 - 10:09 AM

That's some tough lighting conditions, Cameron. It works for the first photo, but not as much for the two isolated shots of the bassist and accordion player. There is not much you can do, though, when you can only use available light.



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Posted September 24 2013 - 09:13 AM

Yeah, that's part of what I enjoy about shooting concerts, trying to make the best of a limited situation.

 

There are certain lighting conditions that have long frustrated me and anyone who shoots shows, namely the "red wash." I took a sound and lighting seminar offered by a local concert venue and it basically answered why that "look" is so ubiquitous – limited time and money to do anything better. It's more an issue with the small venues though – coffee houses, bars and such.

 

One of the Halie Loren band members wound up re-posting some of the photos on his Facebook profile (with credit to me), and made some adjustments to the exposure which I found favorable, so I wound up brightening my copies as well. I'm a little bit torn about the notion of giving away my photos, but it's hard to justify asking for compensation when I'm such a fan. Some people give flowers, I guess I give photos. :)


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