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!