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Old Apr 28, 2012, 5:15 PM   #1
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Default Nikon D5000 - Concert settings

I will be shooting my first concert/band very soon and just wondering what you all would think the best settings for my camera would be in a small(ish) bar setting with low light. I have a Yongnuo Speedlite flash to use also.

Any info would be greatly useful.

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Old Apr 28, 2012, 6:23 PM   #2
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Every venue is unique, and the best way to determine settings is to take some test shots beforehand. Challenges you will probably face will be colored spot lighting, contrasty environment, and reflections from chrome plating on equipment stands, etc. If the ceiling height and color warrant, you may get your best results from bouncing the flash.

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Here's a few examples of some I shot with a D5000 and 18-55 VR lens last year.
One from range,one close in with flash and one close in without.
I used iso 400 when using flash and iso 1600 without.
The pic of the guy was shot in shutter priority by mistake- which ended up as 1/30th sec at f8- i should have been in aperture priority at f/5.6- allowing me more shutter speed- though not too detrimental this time..!
The flash shot of the girl was in aperture priority- f/5.6 and 1/160th sec.
The shot at distance was 1/30th sec at f/6.3- again in shutter priority by mistake- the perils of shooting with 2 different cameras at the same time..!

There are a number of ways to shoot in the conditions you mention.
Some may prefer aperture priority,wide open with spot metering if faces are priority.
Others may shoot full manual- using experience- or the camera's metering for guidance.
VT's suggestion of shooting some test shots is the best thing you can do- put yourself in some of the shooting scenarios you expect and experiment.
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