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Best settings for Oly 75 - indoor concert

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by bigboysdad, Sep 9, 2013.

  1. bigboysdad

    bigboysdad Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 25, 2013
    Sydney/ London
    Hi All,

    A family member is hosting a concert tomorrow and it would mean a lot to me to get the shots of her just right. Can the informative community here please advise on what you think the best settings would be on an E-PL5 and an Oly 75. As a guide, the family member in question will be hosting the event, an evening indoor concert with stage lighting and will be mostly speaking with a microphone. I'm thinking noise reduction turned off and -2 on sharpness as a start?

    Many thanks.
     
  2. xdayv

    xdayv Color Blind

    Aug 26, 2011
    Tacloban City, Philippines
    Dave
    Hi, if you are unsure of your settings, I suggest you to shoot in RAW+JPEG mode.
     
  3. kevinparis

    kevinparis Cantankerous Scotsman

    Feb 12, 2010
    Gent, Belgium

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  4. bigboysdad

    bigboysdad Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 25, 2013
    Sydney/ London
    Much appreciated, thank you.
     
  5. Steven

    Steven Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 25, 2012
    USA
    Definitely use Raw, to make the lighting better later if nothing else.
    I find it best to set ISO manually as high as needed to get sharp photos without motion blur. If you are finding shutter speeds are high enough as determined by camera then try the next lowest ISO setting. Focus spot on the brightest part of body, usually face to avoid getting it blown out. And shoot in bursts.
    Custom white balance is not a bad idea
    Either from a card or some object on stage.
    Good luck.
     
  6. Kilauea

    Kilauea Mu-43 Regular

    110
    Jun 9, 2012
    Canada
    Nicolas
    I don't have the experience or knowledge of most members here, but I would find the maximum ISO you want to use (for me ideally, its 1600, but I know my EM-5 can handle up to 6400). Afterwards, I'd shoot in Aperture priority. The 75 can do f/1.8 and still look amazing, but maybe at times you will want more in focus, so that gives you control over it. I keep my camera set to noise reduction off and -1 sharpness, but if you prefer -2, it works too. Make sure to shoot in RAW (or RAW + Jpeg).

    Depending on what she does, you might want to be ready for bursts. If possible take pictures of people that are on stage before she comes (or just before the show) to do quick adjustements.
     
  7. metalmania

    metalmania Mu-43 Veteran

    244
    Jul 19, 2012
    NYC
  8. hazwing

    hazwing Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 25, 2012
    Australia
    I agree with most of what has already been said. I guess it really depends on how much lighting there is. If the person is under bright spotlights, you might not actually have to go to 6400 ISO. Also if you want to control blur from subject movement, you might need to consider shooting manual mode. This will allow you to control both the shutter speed and aperture.

    I would also recommend shooting RAW (or RAW+Jpg) for more leeway in post processing. You'll have better chances of saving a shot, if the exposure or white balance is a little off.
     
  9. Steven

    Steven Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 25, 2012
    USA
    I have to say, not the sort of concert photo I expected to see based on your nickname here :smile:
     
  10. With_Eyes_Unclouded

    With_Eyes_Unclouded Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 17, 2012
    Vassilios
    1) Use apperture priority or, even better, manual mode
    2) RAW+JPEG or RAW only
    3) Set the camera to High Speed burst mode. This way you can compensate for lighting change, as well as sudden subject expression changes
    4) Spot meter on the face of the subject, lock focus, recompose and shoot. You can use back button AEL/AFL for this
    5) ISO in my experience needs to be at least at 1600 and I seldom use more than 3200. Over that, we are talking b&w only, for serious image sizes.
    6) Set WB to Daylight; you can correct in PP.
    7) Finally, don't lock the aperture at f/1.8. You are trying to make a good picture and that means having the DOF that YOU want, not what's dictated by conditions. Use ISO to compensate and don't be afraid to underexpose some shots if this gives the correct mood.

    Some recent samples (those are with the 45mm but I used the 75mm on the same festival and it's practically the same methodology anyway):

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    <a href="http://500px.com/photo/45557400">Blues Cargo</a>
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    <a href="http://500px.com/photo/45557390">Spyridoula and Dimitri Poulikakos</a>
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    <a href="http://500px.com/Eyes_Unclouded_Photography">Vassilios Zacharitsev</a>
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    <a href="http://500px.com/photo/45557392">Aggeliki Toumpanaki</a>
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    <a href="http://500px.com/Eyes_Unclouded_Photography">Vassilios Zacharitsev</a>
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  11. metalmania

    metalmania Mu-43 Veteran

    244
    Jul 19, 2012
    NYC
    :biggrin: I was half drunk at that time. At least I can shoot in a bar, it is not possible for a Heavy Metal concert.
     
  12. bigboysdad

    bigboysdad Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 25, 2013
    Sydney/ London
    Once again thank you everyone. This is the only place to come for such enquiries, nowhere else has the depth of help & interest.