Mackie_P, i really like your skin tones on that image. Any advice on how i can get a good natural and smooth shot like that or was the lighting possibly a bit nicer at this gig to help you out?
For my shot, i think i was getting frutrated by the deep red lights by this point, so i got the focus and held it until a strobe come on. Is this not a good way to do it. I had the focus set to centre point only and Ai focus.
I have attached another photo which I ALMOST loved, but its not in focus i really like the composition (except for a photographer who was alowed in the pit has his arm in the bottom left corner). For this I think i just got the focus and took the show straight away. The focus in DPP says i got her cheek, but its the microphone cable thats in focus! Do you think she moved and f2.2 wasnt forgiving enough or do i need to calibrate the lens? I would have though f2.2 would have been ok?!
Also i didnt realise i could shoot and at 1/80 or 1/100 and still freeze the action. I was too scared to go lower than 1/160. I guess i should have given myself for that a couple of hours to get used to the camera!
Thanks man, the lighting was pretty sporadic and unpredictable, so for the most part I would be firing long bursts of shots, the keep rate is low, but there's more chance you'll catch a strobe which isn't red.
To be honest, f2.2 isn't particularly forgiving, and isn't helped by strobes reflecting off any shiny, or polished surfaces- however someone with more experience may be able to shed more light on calibration, which I haven't looked into.
I'll try and re-trace my editing for this set, and see if I can find out what I did for the skin tones, but the 50mm was wide open, so I'm guessing it was due to the depth of field, and soft lens.
I guess the shutter speed really varies on the act, usually, I struggle to go any lower than 1/100.