The final band of the night, Escape Directors, had by far the best lighting. Not even close. In fact, it was the best lighting I’ve ever seen at the venue: Bright cones of white spotlights. Beautiful stuff. I had no troubles with the focus. The light was plentiful. It was a beautiful thing.
That’s also the point at which my wife texted me that our daughter was throwing up.
Yeah, so after a night of bad photography, things took a turn for the better and I had to go home after only three or four songs.
But the pics I got were the best of the night, from two different angles. Started off in my usual spot off to the left against the wall, though up a couple feet closer. And then, on the way out, stopped at the front corner of the other side of the stage to grab a few more. Those were the best of the night, as you’ll see soon.
So what did I learn that night?
• Don’t be afraid to move around. Part of my worry is that I’m shooting younger bands here. The crowds are keeping a respectful distance. I don’t want to freak them out by being that jerk with the camera who’s standing right in front of them and shooting away. Seems weird. I’m much more comfortable blending in with the crowd. I need to learn to get over that.
• Google for Canon 60D auto focus issues. Investigate any other issues. Though let’s be honest, even at f/1.8, a dark room is a dark room. Maybe I should stick with ISO 3200? Does focus get spottier as the ISO increases? Is there any link from one to the other?
• Standing closer seems to fix focus issues, because the light looks brighter. See points 1 and 2.
• Don’t send your kid to daycare; they come home with the nastiest 24 hour bugs.
More pics after the break, and larger versions of these and more can be found on the AugieShoots Facebook Page.