HELP!! First GIG shoot.

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  1. kittycann

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    Have just been assigned my first gig shoot for tonight. I only have an eos400D with 18-55mm and 75-300mm lens.

    What is my best set-up option? Can't use flash and I only have 3 songs to get it right!
     
  2. Squeezer

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    A Nifty 50 would be good. You will struggle with the Kit lens unless the Stage is REALLY well lit. Sometimes even ISO 1600 and F/2.8 just dont cut it.

    Make sure you shot in RAW as you can pull up the expsosure a bit without getting too much noise.
     
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    Well with no chance of getting a 50 before tonight, I have to work with what I have....I know his last show I went to he used a lot of red lighting...
     
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    All you can do is crank your ISO, set your aperture as wide as it goes and set your shutter speed to whatever the minimum you can hand hold. With the kit lens I guess you'd start around 1/60th and adjust up or down if you can. With the kit lens it's bloody difficult to get decent gig shots though, so it'll be hit and miss. Good luck, and if you get another chance try and pick up a 50 1.8.
     
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    You can't use flash? Why not?

    Getting anything good would be pretty much impossible with what you have and no flash.
     
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    Three songs, no flash. Pretty standard rule at gigs ;)
     
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    I guess i'm probably just used to smaller gigs where flash is accepted.

    If it was a fairly large gig than I don't get why he would have been told at such a late notice?
     
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    No flash for the artist but can use it for crowd shots....

    A 50 is on my shopping list.....

    And I have no idea why only given 4 hours notice...the agent knew yesterday...
     
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    If its for Faster Louder than 4 hrs notice seems normal these days which is REALLy annoying and a reason why I'm not putting my name down for many gigs these days
     
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    Yeah it was...... sadly 4 hours isn't enough to organise a babysitter who doesn't pull out at the last minute.... so wont be doing the show tonight anymore....

    Not Happy.....
     
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    Hey, can I recommend that if you're going to shoot gigs that you either get;
    1) Camera that can produce clean images at high ISO
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    2) A lens with a high aperture such as the Canon 50mm f1.8 or the Sigma 30mm f1.4 ?

    Failing that, reserve a spot to put your tripod, because you'll need it!
     
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    Doh, if I'd read this last night I could've lent you a nifty fifty. If you're going to do much gig shooting in the future it's worth having a play around with one first and getting used to how they handle in a live setting.. 1.8 doesn't give you much depth of field to play with, manual focus is pretty much out of the question at that aperture on a 400d and 1.8's auto focus is slow and hunts like crazy in low light.. it's quite the battle lol! I wish I'd gone for the 1.4 from the start.
     
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    What are the Nikon Nikkor 50mm 1.8 lens like? Will they work well with a 400D?
     
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    Welll...u wont get AF so keep that in mind.

    Why not stick with the canon 50mm/1.8 II ;)
     
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    I 'm watching a few canon 50mm on ebay....just saw the nikkor at a decent price and wanted to know if it would be worth it....read some okay reports on it.... stll i'd prefer the canon...but budget is very strict....
     
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    You'd have to buy a mount coverter as well, so in the end doubt it will be any cheaper!

    Watch the forums for a nifty fifty!
     
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    ahh...okay.....i'll stick with the canon then....

    Thanks for all your help everyone!!!!
     
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    Try talking with local bars and clubs and get some practice before you put your name down for assignments
     
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    When u have 3 kids and short supply of babysitters...not always an option....
     
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    Then why put yourself under the stress of trying to do photography for an event when you don't know what it's like? Doesn't make sense.. Not having a go at you, but you're not making it easy for yourself

     

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