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Photography Blog -
Now the most prestigious multi-
2013 was the 100
Traditionally held in July, the route changes every year, but always passes through
the Pyrenees and Alps and finishes on the Champs-
The race takes place over 23 days and covers approximately 3,200 kms (Over 2000 miles).
Stage 19 of the Tour, Friday 25th of July, was through the Lot-
Below are some hints and tips to help you get some memorable photographs of an action
event, and below that you will see how we did!
The weather was horrendous, with a huge storm breaking just before the riders got to us.
For detailed information on the Tour, and any other matters cycling, click the logo on the right
A few hints to ensure some great live concert photographs:
Firstly, if the event is in a private venue, you should get the venue's management's permission to photograph or you run the risk of their security stopping you.
Try and limit your photography to the first few songs. The people around you have paid good money to see this artist, and will get pretty uptight if you keep sticking a lens in front of them!
Shoot RAW. The lighting in many venues can be pretty extreme, and you will find it difficult to get the right colour balance. Set it on auto and correct it later.
Shoot in Shutter priority mode.
Set the speed to 1/125th of a second. If the camera's meter says their is not enough light to enable this, increase the ISO until it says that it is OK.
Grain is all part of the mood at a concert, so if you are shooting at up to 1600 ISO, it will still capture the atmosphere.
Shoot plenty. Most concert photographers reckon on only about 10% of their shots being usable. The wide apertures and movement on stage will produce many out of focus shots!
Use spot metering to get the best exposures. Take the reading of the subjects face.
Look for unusual angles to capture the mood -
Finally, do not use flash. You will get thrown out of the concert very quickly! Flash also will kill the atmosphere of the stage lighting and effects.
Photos taken at the monthly jam session at the Auberge du Château de Monteton. The Château is home to the annual Dordogne Jazz Summer School, held in July and August. For more information, click here.