Last week was busy, I mean really busy. After spending the week at Photoshop World, I was off to shoot the Mat Kearney / Ingrid Michaelson show at the local House of Blues with Brad Moore. This was my first time shooting at this particular HOB and the first thing I noticed was that it is much bigger than the San Diego, Los Angeles and Las Vegas clubs. The photo pit was huge and there was plenty of space with just two of us shooting.

One of the things that I talk about in my Concert Pre-Con Class at Photoshop World is the “First Shot”. This is the shot that I take before the band even takes the stage, it is useful for checking exposure, making sure the camera works and can be used for galleries both online and in print. The above shot is one of those. I really liked the way the guitars and amps were setup. This was shot at 1/80 of a second at f/2.8 using ISO 1600 on a Nikon D700.

I would love to spend this whole post talking about how much fun the music was and how great it was to shoot in a wide open pit, but instead I’m going to talk about the lighting. It seemed to me that the lighting director for the show really enjoyed solid color washes with very little blending. As I went through the photos after the show it seemed that the light was either Orange or Blue. The Orange shot was taken at 1/100 of a second at f/2.8 using ISO 1600 while the blue shot below was 1/160 of a second at f/2.8 using ISo 2000. Both were shot on a Nikon D700 using Hoodman CompactFlash Cards.

So what to do when everything looks the same under the lights? Go black and white !!

More photos soon.