My friend David asked me to take photos at his gig on Friday just gone by, so that he can update his publicity pix. Well, what is it with musos and venue owners? What's the fascination with playing and listening in the dark?! The only thing more challenging is shooting black cats in coal bin. Unfortunately, pumping up the ISO isn't always what it's cracked up to be.
So what to so. Don't laugh, but bringing your own portable lighting has a lot going for it. There's nothing like a good LED torch with a focussable beam (most important) to give things a lift.
I used a LED Lenser P6 torch which is small, light, convenient and throws out a very useable beam that can be focussed. Next time I'll remember to bring some CT orange gel to warm up the daylight balanced output. Also, I'll buy the bigger Led Lenser P7 that throws out 200 lumens which will mean that the light will still be very adequate with CT orange in front of it.
Also credit goes to my wife, Marguerite who instinctively knew where to direct the torch light. What a team! ;-) Next time it'll be a torch in each hand.
All pix except the top one of Dave (1250 ISO) were taken at 1600 ISO, 1/125th, Canon 24mm f/1.4L II, 7D.
So, does it work for you?
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