I shot a classical concert the other day (Mahler’s second symphony). Performance in a church, by Masterworks of Oakville.
The church had the worst light: dark, with bright back light. Ugh!
Terrible. So what can I do? Not use flash, of course.
But that is what photographers are for! So I use:
- A fast lens – two, one wide (16-35) and one long (70-200), both f/2.8 lenses
- High ISO: 1600 ISO
- A slow shutter: 1/30th second
- Stabilizer ON, on the long lens.
- When needed, a little push in post (rather than slower shutter)
- Patience – shoot the conductor when he is not waving TOO much…
All that gave me:
Not too bad, eh? What do you think?
This shows the importance of the right equipment.. the fast lenses were essential. This is why you hire a pro to shoot your event: you simply will not get the right results if you do it yourself, unless of course you have the same equipment and technique.