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Does anyone have any suggestions for getting good pictures at the concert? Normally I would use my camera with the nice zoom lens, but it's broken. I'm going to be fairly close (row 11) and I was wondering if a disposable camera would do the trick. Or do I need to buy myself a new camera before the concert?

and since I had absolutely nothing to do today, I detagged a couple of the pictures from the concert program.

I'll get around to all of them eventually. I actually detagged the full size ones, but I can't upload them to freeservers because they're too big. If anyone wants to host them let me know.




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Mar. 14th, 2002 07:52 am (UTC)
I used a disposable camera and they all came out black....and I was close. I really regret not taking my camera. I could have gotten some GREAT pictures. Go buy a camera, you'll need one eventually anyway!
Mar. 14th, 2002 11:48 am (UTC)
not a chance
it actually depends are where you are in row 11. or, rather, how the stadium you're going to is set up. row 11 in san jose was directly on the catwalk. if you were in the middle, the boys were less than a foot away. any pictures you took in that row would be mostly good, no matter what the camera.

i used a disposable camera in las vegas last year. we were right on the catwalk. becuase of the lights, the pictures are pretty awful. they're grainy. the boys all have red-eye. the disposable camera just cannot adjust itself to deal with all the crazy flashing colored lights.

a typical 35mm point-and-shoot will actually react the same way. my shots, with my own camera (the mister used a manual cannon and his pics are all gorgeous), from the three shows i've seen are hit and miss. when the lights were out of the way, i got crisp colors and backgrounds, pretty sparkly boys. when the lights were anywhere near my subject, they were grainy and unfocused. a mess.

one more thing about disposables and inexpensive 35mm cameras: everything looks a lot farther away than you are. especially with a disposable. if your seats are even two rows back from the catwalk, it'll look like the boys are in siberia. one of the security guys let me go down and take pics directly in front of JC during a solo, and he's this tiny little person in the actual picture. so depressing.

all this to say: your zoom would take much better pics. it'll allow you to focus on the guy(s) of your choice, and will not try to expose for all the bad light around them (most of the time). if you can get it fixed, i would.

*this lecture has been brought to you by the wife of a professional photographer, who is shocked she knows so much about light metering.
Mar. 14th, 2002 02:30 pm (UTC)
Re: not a chance
So what you're really saying is that I need to get my own preofessional photographer to take with me. Can I borrow your husband? ;) Thank you so much for the info though. I figured it was gonna come down to that. Since I won't know until I get there how the seats are set up, I'd rather be safe than sorry. The problem is that my camera is leaking light so the pictures have big orange streaks across them anyway. I used it at the concert this summer and it was ok because it was mostly dark, but then my pictures didn't turn out because I turned the flash off and my camera left the shutter open longer to compensate for it being so dark (frickin' automatic camera!). If I had a manual camera I would totally use it, but I don't. So I was thinking about just using my camera and leaving the flash on and hoping the stadium was dark enough not to leak any light in. Hopefully, I can try and get it fixed before the concert and I won't have to worry about it, because I can't afford another nice camera right now. Of course all of this depends on whether they actually let you bring in a camera at all. Last summer at Comerica Park in Detroit, only disposables were allowed. And they searched your bag before you went in. In Columbus, though, they didn't even look in my back pack. Thanks again for all of the info. :)
Mar. 14th, 2002 02:51 pm (UTC)
one more tidbit!
before tacoma, we got a fabulous bit of advice from the sandys and the tiffanys, who had been in portland.

most small 35mm cameras will fit into a tampon box. one of the small ones. loki's fit *perfectly* into one. and there's not way someone is going to check that when they look in your bag.

and! the mister says, if you know where your camera is leaking, put some black eletrical tape over the hole. that will keep the light out. he had to do that on one of his old cameras and it worked fine.
Mar. 14th, 2002 02:52 pm (UTC)
Re: not a chance
one more quick thing, if you don't mind. Will it mattr what speed film I use? Will 800 speed be better than 400? worse? will it be that much of a difference?
Mar. 14th, 2002 03:11 pm (UTC)
Re: not a chance
you want 800. totally. and he also prefers fuji, because the colors are crisper.

you know, i'm on the phone with brad right now, and i'm going to beg him to put together a little how-to for taking concert pictures for popgurls.
Mar. 14th, 2002 03:24 pm (UTC)
Re: not a chance
yes. he should do that! make him! :) and yes, black electricians tape. I should have thought of that. I thought I knew where the leak was coming from so I put some tape over it, but I wasn't thinking very clearly because this tape is somewhat (ok, pretty much totally) sliver and metallic. and well, it probably reflects light very well, and you can just imagine how my vacation pictures turned out. :) so, non-reflective tape. assuming that the spot I put the tape is actually where the light is leaking in, of course. :) and thanks again for all your help
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