Posts Tagged ‘processing images’

How-To: RAW Latitude When Shooting Live Music

11 Dec

Before and After - Live Music RAW Shot

When I first started shooting concerts with digital cameras, I was shooting exclusively in jpeg. I figured shooting RAW would add complexity to the post-processing sequence, reduce memory card size and just generally be a bit of a pain in the ass. To be frank, I must have gotten lucky in my first few gigs, because I did come away with some pretty decent shots – no doubt thanks to generous lighting sets on stage.

However, here in Sydney, we’re not exactly blessed with venues that boast healthy in-house lighting rigs. Unless you’re shooting big name bands all the time who are more likely to drag their own additional lighting with them from venue to venue, then you’re at the mercy of whatever lighting the venue already has, and that can be pretty woeful. So, I began getting more and more frustrated with what I was coming away from the shows with. But it wasn’t an entirely conscious decision to switch to RAW – it was actually an accident.