In our previous guide, we gave some tips about shooting in darker jazz events. But what if the jazz event is outdoors, on a bright and sunny day?
Choice of Lens
For shooting outdoors, you don’t necessarily need a very wide aperture as you would have to stop down the lens to counter the extremely bright sun. Instead, the lens should be able to handle glare well and it should not have too much distortion.
To help you take better photos outdoors on a bright day, you should take along a good lens hood that helps combat any sort of glare. You should also keep an ND filter with you just in case you need to reduce the amount of light getting into your camera and increasing the shutter speed further in order to do so isn’t an option. A tripod is also a great accessory to always have handy, whether day or night.
Not Much Editing Needed
Once you are done taking your photos, you may not have to do too much editing to make them look great. The good thing about shooting in plenty of light is that your photos will be sharp, detailed, and free of noise. So even if you don’t shoot in RAW (which you should just always do though), you can use a lightweight automatic photo editor and make some quick adjustments to the exposure and contrast to make your images look good.
Mind the Highlights
Whenever you’re shooting outdoors, you have to take extra care to not blow out the highlights in your photos. To prevent this from happening, the previously mentioned ND filter will come in handy. Another thing that can help you with this is to take HDR photos. However, HDR photography of a person performing on stage isn’t really ideal since they would be constantly moving. But HDR photos of the venue as a whole, or wide-angle HDR shots, will be a very good addition to your overall collection from the event.
Indoor jazz events are great! The music combined with the low lights really creates a unique ambiance in jazz events. But this can also be a nightmare for photographers who want to take photos on such a night.
If that is indeed what you are planning to do, don’t worry! Here are some tips to take good photos in the dark:
The Lens Matters Most
If you try to shoot a jazz event with your kit lens, you will most probably end up with not-so-great photos. The reason for this is not that kit lenses are not good. The reason for this is that kit lenses usually have a narrower aperture than is ideal for low-light photography.
So the lens you take with you should have a wide aperture. Something around f/1.8 should be great for letting in a lot of light into the camera.
The Shutter Speed is Important
Many people make the mistake of using a very low ISO which makes the shutter speed go slow as well, leading to bright but very blurry images. Instead of doing this, you should increase the ISO value and use a shutter speed that ensures your photos will remain sharp. The noise that creeps into the photo due to the higher ISO can be fixed to a great extent in a photo editing software.
The Format Can’t be Forgotten
In order to truly take control of the photo editing process once you’re back after taking the photos, you need to have taken the photos in RAW. If you take the photos in the more common jpeg format, then you won’t have any additional information in your image to adjust like you have in RAW. A RAW file basically contains all the data captured from a scene. This data can then be used by you in whatever way you please. So, changing the exposure, sharpness, colors, and noise is possible without affecting image quality when you have a RAW photo at your disposal.
With the help of these tips, you don’t have to worry anymore about shooting jazz events in low light!