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Winner in The Sound of Music Photo Challenge
Winner in Concert Photography Of The Century Photo Challenge
Superb Composition
MegAshley kayladusseau kcphotofilm
Peer Award
Soeno photoABSTRACTION RUGladstone
Outstanding Creativity
All Star
Magnificent Capture
Top Choice
Superior Skill

Top ClassTM

Concerts and Music Photo ContestTop 30 class week 2


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ShutterSpeak March 29, 2015
Congratulations on being the winner in my The Sound of Music Photo Challenge. Live music (and music photography) starts in the clubs. You captured the energy of live music in this photo perfectly. I can feel the energy of this band thus why I choose you as the winner!

Behind The Lens

Sundown Bar and Grill in Ruston, Louisiana
This was taken at around 11pm.
The band has one guy who does all of the lighting by himself. He does not have any timers or computers controlling when the lights activate. There were many different lighting set ups and looks over the entire show.
This was shot on a Nikon D7100 using an 18-55mm f3.5-5 lens that comes stock with the Nikon D3100.
I was covering the band for a story for my university's magazine and the writer of the story told me he wanted a strong shot of all of the band members. This is one of a few that I was able to get to that showed all five of the members.
I had to play with highlights, temperature, and the tint a lot since there were so many different colors at so many different brightnesses. I had to increase the exposure slightly and then I did basic tweaking of contrast, shadows, sharpness, ect.
In my camera bag
I carry almost all of my equipment almost everywhere I go. I keep my first camera which is a Nikon D3100 and the 18-55mm and 55-200mm stock lenses that came with it. I also have a Nikon D7100 along with a 50mm f1.8 and a 70-300mm f4.5-5.6 lens that I bought separately. I also keep two speed lights in my bag just in case I need them.
This shot was taken much later into the show. The spot I was in was also about the 5th one that I tried. This spot is where all of my better shots came from. Moving around to try different angles is very important. I rarely find that my first choice of location is the best. I also had to crouch down to be able to focus on the singer more since I noticed she was bending over often when she sang. I was not continuously shooting either. I would wait until I noticed that the lights were interesting and the singer was making an expressive face.

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