I received several emails and request how one go about covering an indoor concerts or a play. Its a fair question, simply because most if not all concert or indoor events using flash is not allowed. Plus flash depends on the distance, so if you are far aware from the events, flash wont help at all
So what to do?. Unfortunately, in this case you need to have some good equipment, basically a camera and/or lens that works well under low light condition. The ISO capability of the camera and the Low light capability of the lens is the KEY FACTOR.
* A lens with a long focal length. Of course depending on how far you are from the main happenings, but a lens with a focal length between 100mm to 500mm should be good enough.
* You need either a camera that has high ISO capability, OR/AND lens with wide Aperture opening at F2.8 and below
– Set you are camera to Aperture Priority. And set it to the lowest value
– Check your Shutter and make sure it reads as a Rule of thumb (1/your lens focal length). So if you have a lens with a focal length of 200mm, than make sure your shutter reads 1/200 and being a concerns or Play, where alot of movement is taking place, I would add another 100 on top of it. So 1/300 Shutter should be good enough with a 200mm Lens
– If your camera doesnt read 1/300 shutter as mentioned above. Than you need to increase your ISO until it reads that Shutter
And that’s it your done. Shoot Away. If you have any questions or comments or even ideas let me know.