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Gig + 18-55MM - even worth bothering?

Discussion in 'Photography & Video' started by titchard, 31 May 2006.

  1. titchard


    Joined: 10 Feb 2004

    Posts: 5,116

    Location: Crewe, UK

    Hey Guys,

    My mates are playing a gig at the manchestser academy 3 tomorrow, but only hae my 18-55MM lens on my 350D at the moment.

    Is it worth even bothering? I know the lighting is going to be a bit pants.

  2. TomWilko


    Joined: 3 Jun 2003

    Posts: 4,090

    Location: UK

    I would say why not? Never done gig photography but have seen some cracking shots taken with all sorts of lenses. Yes the wider apertures help but its not essential.

    If your skilled with the camera you'll get the shots :)

    If you can't get crystal sharp photos you could always go for some funky effects.
  3. Mint_Sauce


    Joined: 25 Sep 2003

    Posts: 3,709

    Location: Manchester

    If there are flashing stage lights etc then you should be able to get some funky shots. If however it's got dim lighting then it's going to be a bit more difficult. You could use the onboard flash if you're close but the pics will look artificial. At least you'll have some pics though. :)

    If you're able to get on stage then a wide angle would be cool but the standard lens is probably about right for being in the front row of a gig.
  4. AdWright

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 9 Jul 2003

    Posts: 2,495

    Additionally, a relatively high ISO isn't such a bad thing - the additional noise generally seems to combine quite well with colourful lighting and a bit of smoke :)
  5. cyKey


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 9,814

    Location: Nr. Liverpewl

    If you're going to the Academy get your mates to get you a photo pass or they will ask you to leave your camera at the door. Don't forget 18mm = 1/20.