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PlayaDelWes
03-22-2010, 12:21 AM
Let's educate one another on how to take the best pictures (possible) with your simple digital camera. And by "Let's educate one another", I mean "I really need your help" and I bet others would appreciate learning at the same time.

I’m guessing most Coachella attendees show up with your basic digital camera. This thread is where we will learn how to take better pictures at this year’s festival using the settings available on the most common digital cameras. As for me, after years of experimenting and ending up with mediocre-at-best digital photos, I still have more questions than answers.

Using the vast knowledge of photography talent who frequent these forums, I’d love to solicit advice on how to get the best photos from a number of Coachella scenarios throughout the weekend.

The camera I will be using is the Canon PowerShot SD880 IS Digital Elph (http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/controller?act=ModelInfoAct&fcategoryid=145&modelid=17626), which has settings that are likely consistent with 90% of those armatures snapping photos each year.
http://media.obsessable.com/media/2008/10/29/300/canon-powershot-sd880is.jpg

Setting choices include:

Image Size: I’ve been told I should always use the largest available (3648X2736)

Compression Ratio: I’ve also been told I should always use Superfine (vs. Fine or Normal)

ISO Speed: Choices are Auto, Hi, and 80 – 1620

Tone (White Balance): I have no idea when to use Auto vs Day Light, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, or Custom

Brightness (Exposure Compensation): I’ve experimented with settings from -2 through 2+ and still don’t know the best combinations with the other settings mentioned above. I don’t use a tripod.

Tone: Beyond getting artsy, is there a reason I should use Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, B/W, Positive Film, Custom Color, etc…?

Metering Mode: I usually keep it on Evaluative vs Center Weighted Avg or Spot

There are also some other settings and training wheel modes, but I can’t seem to get the right combination of those to produce any solid results either. As we talk about do’s and don’t’s, please try to reference the above settings as much as possible. Feel free to share what has worked and what hasn’t worked.


Good and bad examples of typical photo scenarios encountered throughout the weekend would include:


Daytime in the Gobi or Mojavi: The backlight is overwhelmingly bright relative to the light of the act on stage
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3527/3456001137_59c75a3b6e.jpg
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f368/gregcoll3000/Picture031.jpg
Instead of:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3557/3451737513_16ba95d2a1_o.jpg


Nighttime in the Gobi or Mojavi: Lots of movement and unpredictable lightening:
http://cache3.asset-cache.net/xc/86022268.jpg?v=1&c=IWSAsset&k=2&d=77BFBA49EF8789215ABF3343C02EA5489D86397021EDF49B C9719D8F6B2FFB8797E94758E8128525E30A760B0D811297


Nighttime in the Sahara: Same as other tents, just more specialty lighting:
http://files.clubplanet.com/SiteFiles/ArticleImages/2125/coach1header.jpg


Main stage (up close vs. far away): Best way to use zoom + other settings?
http://www.culturedeluxe.com/pics/PortisheadCoachellaBig.jpg
http://11.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_kqiuvgVryU1qa5nroo1_500.jpg
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3591/3459123917_9da96689a3.jpg


Sunsets:
http://members.cox.net/sin213/CoachellaSunsetPanoramicweb.jpg
http://www.ehow.com/images/GlobalPhoto/Articles/2031638/coachella_mainStg_sunset_sigurRos_Full.jpg


Art Installations and nighttime light displays:
http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/listening_post/coachella/coachella_thursday_6_steampunk_treehouse.jpg
http://www.welovefestivals.com/uploads_festival/4000/3715/0_3182.jpg

Courtney
03-22-2010, 01:27 AM
This is an interesting idea for a thread.

For image size and compression, I agree with whoever told you to use the highest settings you have. Just make sure you have a big memory card if you want to take a lot of photos.

Using a higher ISO is good for when things are moving quickly (like a drummer drumming), or for low light conditions (like a nighttime shot). The downside of higher ISOs is that the image will be more grainy or noisy. I mostly use 200 ISO for daytime shots of 1600 ISO for nighttime shows, but a better camera will be able to handle the higher ISOs with less grain than a crap camera. So, test out your settings judiciously and find out what works best for you.

I don't know much about the white balance settings for your camera, but it doesn't really matter too much because that's something that can be corrected in Photoshop.

Brightness is a good one to adjust in situations like your sample images for daytime in the Gobi/Mojave. For that sort of thing where your main focal point isn't properly exposed, you are going to want to manually adjust the exposure levels according to need. That's also a situation where you might consider taking the same exact picture at multiple exposure levels to get the different parts of the scene, and then merging the different images together in Photoshop.

For metering mode, spot metering is quite helpful if you're taking a photo of a single figure or couple of figures that are surrounded by a ton of darkness or are way backlit. In that case, you're probably going to want to spot meter on the face because otherwise your camera might set the exposure levels for the background (which in this case you probably care less about).

I am interested to hear what other tips people might have.

nbvcide
03-22-2010, 03:44 AM
my favorite setting for taking pictures is 'right click save'

TomAz
03-22-2010, 07:54 AM
The bright daytime background in the Gobi is something I've wrestled with and haven't found a very good solution. If anybody has any bright (and simple) ideas I would love to hear them.

SoulDischarge
03-22-2010, 09:04 AM
Good thread. I always have problems taking pictures at shows inside/at night without the flash, which I hate for obvious reasons and is totally impractical anyway unless you're in the front row, and even still it's obnoxious. I figure I can only do so much in low light with the camera I have, but I'm sure I could get slightly better pictures than I currently do with the right knowledge.

Grant
03-22-2010, 09:16 AM
The bright daytime background in the Gobi is something I've wrestled with and haven't found a very good solution. If anybody has any bright (and simple) ideas I would love to hear them.

Isn't there a setting you can use to use the backlight for lighting on most digital cameras? I don't know if it would wash out whatever you were trying to capture in the foreground, though.

1litro
03-22-2010, 07:11 PM
my favorite setting for taking pictures is 'right click save'
even better, "save as" you now have a choice

malcolmjamalawesome
03-22-2010, 07:14 PM
Great thread. I hope people smarter than I post in here.

1litro
03-22-2010, 07:15 PM
http://i606.photobucket.com/albums/tt144/1litro/L1060420.jpg
http://i606.photobucket.com/albums/tt144/1litro/L1010056.jpg
http://i606.photobucket.com/albums/tt144/1litro/L1060465.jpg
point and shoot with a steady hand
ISO 100 f 2.8 on auto white balance

york707
03-22-2010, 07:24 PM
The "steady hand" part is the key.

daxton
03-22-2010, 07:27 PM
Good thread. I always have problems taking pictures at shows inside/at night without the flash, which I hate for obvious reasons and is totally impractical anyway unless you're in the front row, and even still it's obnoxious. I figure I can only do so much in low light with the camera I have, but I'm sure I could get slightly better pictures than I currently do with the right knowledge.

Not to mention no flash = blurry pics. Why is that?

Monklish
03-22-2010, 07:33 PM
Not to mention no flash = blurry pics. Why is that?

With no flash in a low-light environment the aperture needs to be open longer in order to take in enough light to be visible. Longer shutter speed = blur.

This isn't exactly relevant because I don't use digital cameras, but here's my recommendations for shooting sets in the Mojave or the Gobi and probably other places as well at night.

http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h165/thelastgreatman/SpankRock.jpg

This is film so I basically just set the shutter speed to as fast as I could possibly make it that would still make the light indicator needle twitch in the slightest, which still wasn't that fast. I think it was something like 1/60, with an F-stop of 1.8. In general I've found that to be more or less the correct shutter speed for areas around Coachella that don't really have direct light but have slivers of light you want to catch in the foreground and background.

A lot of my pictures from this set didn't come out at all because I was trying to shoot the stage when IT lit up. This does not work well unless you are really close to the stage. What I've since found more interesting and more enjoyable is waiting for the lights to cast out into the audience, where hopefully they'll catch some of the lens and of the people in front of you so something will actually be in focus and lit well.

daxton
03-22-2010, 07:38 PM
Thanks. So, there is a shutter speed setting I should be looking for? That's a nice photo, btw.

Courtney
03-22-2010, 07:39 PM
I really like that photo.

lowfront
03-22-2010, 07:41 PM
excellent thread considering I just gave up on concert pics and just take video now out of frustration.

gaypalmsprings
03-22-2010, 07:43 PM
Sometimes the bass of the music makes it hard to hold the camera real still. When using video mode, the bass sometimes make the sound distorted. But I love the bass anyways. I just use auto-mode with my camera.

Monklish
03-22-2010, 07:50 PM
Thanks. So, there is a shutter speed setting I should be looking for? That's a nice photo, btw.

It's really hard to say if your digi would offer that feature, particularly since I don't deal with the fuckers. But I'm relatively sure that only a slightly more professional digital SLR would allow manual shutter speed, if any. Point and shoots definitely won't. Soon enough, Ivankay will burst into this thread overflowing with useful informations and beautiful pictures to help clear things up.

daxton
03-22-2010, 07:54 PM
Ugh. I'm just about over digital cameras. I suck at technology anyway.

Monklish
03-22-2010, 08:00 PM
It has to be said that film is really practically useless at night. Getting a decent shot off is almost impossible. For every half decent or occasionally really awesome shot like that, I have at least 20 that are just utter bullshit. But for shots during the day and at sunset I think getting a cheap film SLR is really a great idea. They barely cost anything especially now I'd imagine, like less than fifty bucks easily, and for 10 bucks of film and a tiny bit of studying you get really beautiful shots. Then keep the digi point and shoot for nighttime and just try to be mindful of the lighting wherever you're shooting. If it's particularly dark you're just not going to get a good shot, no matter what your settings. Here's some more of Coachella in the daytime using film though:

http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h165/thelastgreatman/447317-R1-020-8A_007.jpg

Chilling in Gobi pre-Dan Le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip

http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h165/thelastgreatman/447317-R1-018-7A_006.jpg

Shimmery gold art from 08

http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h165/thelastgreatman/447317-R1-044-20A_018.jpg

My Morning Jacket fucking owning everyone

TomAz
03-22-2010, 08:37 PM
that MMJ set was really great.

york707
03-22-2010, 08:50 PM
A lot of point and shoots have a certain level of manual controls when it comes to aperture and shutter speed. It just depends on the model.

If you are using an auto setting, I have found that ISO on most cheap models is pretty much shit at 800 and higher. Just too much noise. Spot metering works pretty well.

Here's one I took with my point and shoot that turned out pretty cool:
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2038/2460939766_bfb6022945_o.jpg

Edit: Here are a few more that I like that turned out well with my digital point and shoot.

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/54/141446803_4622bc9554_o.jpg

ivankay
03-22-2010, 09:05 PM
It's really hard to say if your digi would offer that feature, particularly since I don't deal with the fuckers. But I'm relatively sure that only a slightly more professional digital SLR would allow manual shutter speed, if any. Point and shoots definitely won't. Soon enough, Ivankay will burst into this thread overflowing with useful informations and beautiful pictures to help clear things up.

i hope i can be of some assistance. Shutter speed and your stability are your friends when shooting bands. When it comes to regular point and shoots. If you don't have some kind of manual settings, the closest you'll get is the "action" mode (on Canon's represented by the little running man...potential lawsuit for Tom). Hopefully you have a big card and extra batteries so you can use "burst" a lot. Instead of having the camera take one picture at a time, set it to take continuous shots. Flash should be off. If it is on, no continuous. You can review and edit later (to conserve power, you might want to do this when the night's over). More than likely some of the shots after the first one will make you happy. You still cause some shake in your camera when you press the button, but that will be gone for the proceeding shots (if you are maintaining your stillness...think of it as zen exercise). Problem with using an automatic setting on most p&s's is not being able to adjust the ISO and being a slave to what the camera and sensor are giving you.

If you can go manual, like Randy said, 1/60 is a great starting point. If you have more light, pump it up and lower that ISO.

i got to take care of some stuff, but the best thing you can always do is practice. Take your camera out and make lots of mistakes. You will get to know what it does and be faster when using it in a live situation.

Chris is king when it comes to p&s shooting. Hopefully he will chime in.

suprefan
03-22-2010, 09:10 PM
Hi Mike, hello everyone else. Let me find some stuff, brb.

suprefan
03-22-2010, 09:50 PM
Well for me, Im big on position, period. I know a lot of people arent keen on being up close and whatnot, but if you can do it, good, if not, its not the end of the world. After finally upgrading to a bigger zoom p & s, things have gotten easier, but still a challenge at times. I own the Canon Sx200. Its a pain in the ass btw, but its come through. My smaller cams are a Canon Sd1100is and a Sony DSC T10. I hardly use the Sony anymore, but it has done well when it was my main camera.



If at all possible, do not use the zoom, less zoom means the likelihood of something being blurry goes down by quite a bit. Especially if you are up close and with a small cam you wanna get your subject to fill the frame. Sometimes it works, sometimes not so much. If its broad daylight, its not an issue, at night, unless you got great lighting like on main stage or sahara, it gets tricky. But image stabilizer is now a standard feature on all cameras now, so just keep your hand still as best as possible.



Sunset in 08 with the Sony

just found the right angle, no exposure compensation, iso on auto.

http://i40.tinypic.com/33krm6g.jpg


Night time last year with the canon sd1100

drop - 1 on exposure compensation (and actually used a guard rail for stability) no zoom

http://i39.tinypic.com/357f2hu.jpg


Gobi Tent daytime

Canon sx200, set in program mode, burst to shoot, iso to auto, exposure compensation -0.7 a bit of zoom

http://i43.tinypic.com/2vciu.jpg


pre sunset last year. no zoom, exp - 0.3 I only took one shot, which is kind of uncommon for me.

http://i42.tinypic.com/14j4v2d.jpg


I really dont tweak the settings as much as you would think, my camera has lots of things that could get changed manually, but they arent really needed, if you can judge your lighting well, have a steady had, and an eye for whats going on, youre good.


This was all timing, period, nothing else. Being able to look for those kinds of things can make huge difference. Like if theres a time when you know its going to go crazy light wise, be ready to take the shot.


http://i41.tinypic.com/2ckgsz.jpg




Oh yeah, no flash if you can help it. I really only use flash if there are no lights in some hole in the wall club. Oh and black and white will save you, cause color can just end up washed out to hell in those situations. ISO getting ranked up to hell isnt ideal unless you have a nicer model camera, the newer stuff right now is able to compensate for all the grain and pics turn out better than expected. My Sx200 has a 3200 iso setting, its nice because I can shoot at almost 3 frames a second and catch action very fast, the downside is I lose about 75% of the megapixels I can use.



3200 iso setting...

http://i46.tinypic.com/2r3ikp4.jpg
http://i46.tinypic.com/2cgjz8l.jpg



Thats all I can think of for now. Mike probably has some other things to post, he is a low light photo genius.

PlayaDelWes
03-22-2010, 10:18 PM
Great advice all. Just need to digest it. Keep it coming.

suprefan
03-22-2010, 10:32 PM
Oh yeah, turn any ''auto contrast'' settings off, youre telling the camera to do something you might not want it to do.

TommyboyUNM
03-22-2010, 10:34 PM
Oh yeah, turn any ''auto contrast'' settings off, youre telling the camera to do something you might not want it to do.

I'm pretty camera stupid. Does that include things like red-eye reduction?

Great thread, by the way.

Courtney
03-22-2010, 10:50 PM
Chris makes a good point about tripods: to avoid camera shakes in low light long exposure situations, using something like a guard rail to steady your arms can make a great makeshift tripod. If you can, set your camera down and use the timer function so you don't even have to touch it.

suprefan
03-22-2010, 10:50 PM
It depends, but that comes with using the flash, and as mentioned, dont use the freaking flash, especially if youre a mile away from the stage.



Chris makes a good point about tripods: to avoid camera shakes in low light long exposure situations, using something like a guard rail to steady your arms can make a great makeshift tripod. If you can, set your camera down and use the timer function so you don't even have to touch it.

The timer trick does work well actually.

Set your camera timer (if possible) to 3 seconds or so.(I think standard is 2 seconds, 5 is too long, people can walk in the way) Youll focus on your subject, hit the button, and the timer begins. Put the camera down, itll take its exposure, and check your results. Pratice it a couple times before hand and see how it looks, then go for what you want.


Another nigth shot, this time at APW.

No guard rail, just super steady hand, exp dropped to - 1.3


http://i39.tinypic.com/1647kx.jpg

PlayaDelWes
03-22-2010, 10:56 PM
So, it's best not to use zoom? When would you use it?

TommyboyUNM
03-22-2010, 10:56 PM
It depends, but that comes with using the flash, and as mentioned, dont use the freaking flash, especially if youre a mile away from the stage.

Heh, that's a good point. I don't use flash at shows. I'm gonna try fiddling with the ISO. I usually don't take pics at night, but I'm giving it a chance this year.

suprefan
03-22-2010, 11:01 PM
So, it's best not to use zoom? When would you use it?

Try not to if you can help it. If youre seeing somebody outside, dont worry, its not an issue. Also, the chances of something being entirely in focus are better with no zoom at all.

GeezrRckr
03-22-2010, 11:03 PM
So, it's best not to use zoom? When would you use it?
like supre said, it's best to get as close as possible. the closer you are to the source of light, the better. having said that, sometimes you must use zoom. just try to NOT use the electronic zoom feature offered with most digicams today (adds lots of noise). as such, when buying one, try to get a camera that has the HIGHEST native zoom (10x or more). there's more (white balance specs, etc), but that's a good spec to focus on for show purposes.

suprefan
03-22-2010, 11:06 PM
Yeah, I see people always thinking ''digital zoom'' will help, it does not. You are degrading your photo immensly.


I probably had the zoom almost full for this shot, but you wouldnt think so.

oh sx200 btw

http://img170.imageshack.us/img170/6143/img55743.jpg (http://img170.imageshack.us/i/img55743.jpg/)



cubitron with the sd1100, burst mode, nothign else changed on the camera.


http://i42.tinypic.com/iykl5u.jpg



Oh, see, this was 5 years ago,(5mp cam to boot, no IS) actually used the flash, but who would ever know.


http://i41.tinypic.com/aoq0hv.jpg

GeezrRckr
03-22-2010, 11:07 PM
^awesome!

PlayaDelWes
03-22-2010, 11:13 PM
What do you mean by "Burst Mode"?

*edit: I see how this can be useful.


Burst is a mode in a camera mostly in SLRs. In this mode, several images can be captured with one press on the shutter. This is used mainly in mixed-light conditions or when the subject is in successive motion. The photographer can then select the best image of the group or arrange them in a sequence to study the transitions in detail.

suprefan
03-22-2010, 11:20 PM
check your manual, I dont know how your specific camera lets you get there, but its the setting that allows you to keep taking as many photos as you like until you take your finger off the button.

GeezrRckr
03-22-2010, 11:21 PM
can't believe GD had fire. ghey.

suprefan
03-22-2010, 11:29 PM
Well, considering it was at SBC Park, how else would the people in the upper decks keep paying attenion?

GeezrRckr
03-22-2010, 11:30 PM
by staying home. green day + sitting in the upper deck at a stadium = dumb.

ivankay
03-22-2010, 11:35 PM
Digital zoom is the worst. i've been occasionally lucky when i was in control of the shutter, iso and the lighting kicked ass, but mostly it's a wasted effort in a dark place. If you're gonna zoom, only go to the optical limit. The cleaner, wider shot can be cropped later. The more you zoom, the more stability you need. my p&s (Canon G9) doesn't really count in this discussion because it has nice manual functions and i don't consider it basic. i like these pictures from a recent Metallica show to praise stability and zoom. i got some free tickets and they were at the very top of the Honda Center. i could sit down a lot and use my planted knees or elbows locked somehow. Even though i was using manual settings, i think decent results could be had with an automatic action mode (no flash...saves power as well). Anyway some wide to zoom from the cheap seats:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2670/4211962694_30a878b8d6_b.jpg
400ISO, 1/60th, 3.2, no zoom

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4031/4211201427_23e66bd262_b.jpg
a little zoom, 400 ISO, 1/50, 3.5...this is the +1 of bracket shooting=3 shots continuous: set exposure, +1 overexposure, -1 underexposure)

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4002/4211201031_36bda88e9c_b.jpg
400, 1/50, 4.8, +1 of the brackett

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2631/4211964028_f071b0da0f_b.jpg
800, 1/40, 4.8...a burst, zoomed all the way in.

All pictures by the way get loving editing in good ol' iphoto.

suprefan
03-22-2010, 11:40 PM
My most recent crowd shot. Best of the batch out of like 6 shots taken. The nice thing is it looks like a ton of people, when it really isnt..

http://i42.tinypic.com/wvzrc2.jpg

ivankay
03-22-2010, 11:42 PM
Sweet.

casey
03-23-2010, 07:50 AM
this is a really great thread, thank you! super helpful.

daxton
03-23-2010, 07:58 AM
My most recent crowd shot. Best of the batch out of like 6 shots taken. The nice thing is it looks like a ton of people, when it really isnt..

http://i42.tinypic.com/wvzrc2.jpg

That one guy looking up is funny.

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
03-23-2010, 10:18 AM
Chris has some really good advice in that timing and position are very crucial. And just simply being patient.

Get as big of a memory card as you can get your hands on and just snap like a motherfucker. In 2009 at Coachella I was taking an average of 50 shots during each set, way more a lot of times, sometimes to only have maybe 3 or 4 decent shots. It's easy back home to eliminate shitty shots right away though.

I am by no means knowledgeable about photography whatsoever. I am a painter/illustrator though, so i am knowledgeable at least about composition, colors, light, etc. With photography, i just know what i like.

here are some shots I've been happy with that are just plain old point and shoot shots, with a lot of very happy mistakes. The 2008 Coachella shots were not edited. The 2009 and FYF shots in some cases had a lot of photoshop afterwork done.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3190/3044985787_3bb1191018_b.jpg
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3197/3045046497_21e8f50ea2_b.jpg
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3074/3045886720_5ccf2b3966_b.jpg
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3622/3498755131_ac72911d06_b.jpg
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3391/3498804477_df7cdcf1ee_b.jpg
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3370/3498810533_f2babedb1e_b.jpg
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3003/3499570700_584ab83925_b.jpg
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3466/3954767038_fa5e2aab59_b.jpg
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2583/3953983123_8c1da7cc21_b.jpg
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3463/3953988967_4ddfaa5b79_b.jpg

daxton
03-23-2010, 10:22 AM
Hmmm. I did not know Amanda doesn't shave her pits. I guess I'm not surprised.

amyzzz
03-23-2010, 10:35 AM
Heh, that's a good point. I don't use flash at shows. I'm gonna try fiddling with the ISO. I usually don't take pics at night, but I'm giving it a chance this year.
Tommy, if you figure something cool out, let me know because we have the same camera (unless you got a new one).

suprefan
03-23-2010, 05:04 PM
Chris has some really good advice in that timing and position are very crucial. And just simply being patient.

Get as big of a memory card as you can get your hands on and just snap like a motherfucker. In 2009 at Coachella I was taking an average of 50 shots during each set, way more a lot of times, sometimes to only have maybe 3 or 4 decent shots. It's easy back home to eliminate shitty shots right away though.

I am by no means knowledgeable about photography whatsoever. I am a painter/illustrator though, so i am knowledgeable at least about composition, colors, light, etc. With photography, i just know what i like.

here are some shots I've been happy with that are just plain old point and shoot shots, with a lot of very happy mistakes. The 2008 Coachella shots were not edited. The 2009 and FYF shots in some cases had a lot of photoshop afterwork done.



first one you used the flash, what did we say about that.... 50 is very conservative btw.

2007, actually taken with a camera I do not use anymore, Canon SD630, 6 mp, no Is either..

http://i44.tinypic.com/2j47go7.jpg



08, Sony cam in 08, burst mode exp - 0.3

http://i40.tinypic.com/1gr589.jpg


last year during band of horses. Sx 200, burst, iso auto, no exp compensation. half of the zoom used


http://i43.tinypic.com/2vlpdh1.jpg

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
03-23-2010, 05:40 PM
first one you used the flash, what did we say about that.... 50 is very conservative btw.

Yeah, in 2008 was really my first real experience trying to shoot live performances. I learned a LOT that weekend in terms of dos and don'ts.

And yeah, 50 is conservative. I really try not to spend the whole set with my camera in my face though. And if I'm not in the greatest of spots for taking photos, i can tell after 50 shots that i'm not going to get anything good.

if i've discovered that i'm in a real sweet spot though, it's totally easy to blow through hundreds of shots in an hour.

I'm the first to admit that i'm a complete and utter amateur.

frazzles
03-23-2010, 06:11 PM
I've got a Canon SX10 IS and while the camera has a great range of features for the amateur who isn't ready for DSLR, I mostly used it as a point and shoot (aside from the occasional exposure or brightness tweek). I am by no means any type of expert on photography. I'm just chiming in to say this is why you don't use zoom to a large extent. In fact, I think I was so focused on just getting a full shot of Karen (rather than cropping, since I was shooting at 10mp, superfine) that I dipped into the digital range.

http://img23.imageshack.us/img23/9750/img1119h.jpg

For reference as to where I was:
http://img444.imageshack.us/img444/6888/img1077x.jpg

1litro
03-23-2010, 06:30 PM
http://i606.photobucket.com/albums/tt144/1litro/2779.jpg
My little toy for Coachella

ivankay
03-23-2010, 09:37 PM
My little toy for Coachella

Mr Kubrick told Mr. Spielberg once "It's all about the lenses". Is that lens as nice as it's reported to be? Sure looks like it (from your excellent pictures as well).

Courtney
03-24-2010, 01:15 PM
frazzles, resize your picture for goodness sake.

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
03-24-2010, 01:19 PM
frazzles, resize your picture for goodness sake.

I think he posted it that big to make a point about using zoom so he could really show off the graininess you get.

beavington
03-24-2010, 01:20 PM
http://www.culturedeluxe.com/pics/PortisheadCoachellaBig.jpg


I love this Portishead picture.

kamilchoi
03-24-2010, 01:34 PM
http://i606.photobucket.com/albums/tt144/1litro/2779.jpg
My little toy for Coachella

gasp! a leica! man what id do to get a m9

Courtney
03-24-2010, 01:40 PM
I think he posted it that big to make a point about using zoom so he could really show off the graininess you get.

You and your even-headed logic.

york707
03-24-2010, 02:06 PM
I really try not to spend the whole set with my camera in my face though.

This is the case for most people who actually like to experience the show itself.

daxton
03-24-2010, 02:10 PM
I really try not to spend the whole set with my camera in my face though.


This is the case for most people who actually like to experience the show itself.

Yep. Sometimes I feel bad for my photo obsessed friends during shows. But, then when I see the shots I'm a little jealous.

mofomofo
03-24-2010, 03:40 PM
I was going to embed this pic in my post, but it would've been ridiculous, so better to just view it here:
http://forestforthetreesblog.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/coachella-08.jpg

First off, my tips might be only Canon-centric...I have owned various cameras in the Power Shot/ELPH line and they have some really cool features. Although I'm not good at taking pics in general, just learning some of the cooler features can be used to impress your friends.

One feature that I don't see people use much is the "Photo Stitch" mode, where you shoot a series of shots that overlap with each other and use Canon software to make a big panoramic (available on most Canons, I'm pretty sure). Although better suited for vast landscapes, I did use this once at Coachella, and it turned out ok (tough to remove the seams completely in this example). And if you print them out on a large format, they can be worth of a spot on your wall.

mofomofo
03-24-2010, 03:52 PM
I was going to post some non-panoramic examples of some other settings, but even those pics are absurdly large when I preview the post. How do I size them down so I don't make my post annoyingly large?

ivankay
03-24-2010, 05:40 PM
i use flickr and have used buzznet to host my pictures. When going to get an html code, i am offered a variety of sizes. Post one and look at it. If it is too big or small to your liking, edit the post and go for the next size either way.

suprefan
03-24-2010, 05:54 PM
I was going to post some non-panoramic examples of some other settings, but even those pics are absurdly large when I preview the post. How do I size them down so I don't make my post annoyingly large?

So you dont have like a basic photo editing program to resize? You could do it in Paint...


And eff with the stitching, wide angle is what its all about..

mofomofo
03-24-2010, 06:47 PM
The only other little-known Canon feature (which I've found isn't even on every Canon) is slow-synchro. Basically, the timing between the flash and shutter are thrown off slightly and the shutter speed is slowed down. The results are best for capturing somewhat clear subjects in the foreground without blasting away background lights with the flash. It also adds some blur which can be fun...or not.

I don't have a great Coachella example, but here is a non-Coachella but similar example:
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2700/4461441470_872b2b35f9_b.jpg

This one also might be slow synchro:
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2746/4461441162_4dfb14a6e4_b.jpg

Overall I'm most interested in the perfect night and/or artwork shot, and less about bands b/c as everyone else has said, you really need to get close and I rarely do plus the enjoyment factor. This year I've got a Canon S90 which has a fast lens (allows more light in for a given shutter speed) so you can take better night shots with less blur. I'm also looking at getting a little flexi-tripod like this one to make my night shots better:
http://images17.newegg.com/is/image/newegg/30-993-578-Z02?$S180$

But to me even the slightly blurry shots can be fun. For instance, I like this one even if objectively it's a terrible photo:
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2703/4460668689_27fb885105.jpg

And for the bright artwork, just simply turning the flash off is enough to get a good shot - pretty sure this was auto everything except flash off:
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2801/4460662929_150014073b.jpg

Also, keep in mind that during the magic hour of sunset, you don't always need to point the camera toward the sunset, lots of good light being spread around:
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4040/4461440950_544118c59c_b.jpg

Lastly, just read your manual and experiment with all the funky settings both before and during Coachella. Most people never take the time to read the manual and experiment a little.

mofomofo
03-24-2010, 06:55 PM
And eff with the stitching, wide angle is what its all about..

Just wide angle on your "basic digital camera"? hmmm

Stitching can be cool, but my Coachella example is a poor one. Maybe I'll try again this year.

justinaqui
03-24-2010, 07:53 PM
The Nikon I have has a "fireworks mode" that seems to work okay at nighttime Coachella. There is some grain, but it's not too bad when the files are resized for posting. I think the camera has VR too, so that obviously helps reduce the blur when you're using a long shutter speed.

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e54/jkronz/DSCN0814.jpg (http://s37.photobucket.com/albums/e54/jkronz/?action=view&current=DSCN0814.jpg)
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e54/jkronz/DSCN0799.jpg (http://s37.photobucket.com/albums/e54/jkronz/?action=view&current=DSCN0799.jpg)
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e54/jkronz/DSCN0762.jpg (http://s37.photobucket.com/albums/e54/jkronz/?action=view&current=DSCN0762.jpg)
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e54/jkronz/DSCN0747.jpg (http://s37.photobucket.com/albums/e54/jkronz/?action=view&current=DSCN0747.jpg)
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e54/jkronz/DSCN0133-1.jpg (http://s37.photobucket.com/albums/e54/jkronz/?action=view&current=DSCN0133-1.jpg)

ivankay
03-24-2010, 10:35 PM
Nighttime stable shots: This has been covered, but say you want to take a picture of something that doesn't move, use your timer. Most cameras will have a 2 or 10 second version. Use the 2 when your not in it. Idealistically you will be using a manual mode sans flash, but using a flash can be fine thanks to the longer exposure you'll be using (automatic mode should be a "night time" shot). Hopefully you are using a stable surface to put your camera on. If not, see how long the camera plans on opening it's exposure before you shoot (say it's 2 seconds), brace and/or secure yourself and be as still as possible for the allotted time. If you have friends in the shot, tell them to be like statues until the shot is done.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4056/4411787033_8526cd2605_b.jpg
Being as Zen as possible at Glow: 2 sec timer, 400ISO, 1/10, -5/3 on the brackett

Will get something else here later.

suprefan
03-25-2010, 02:11 AM
http://i43.tinypic.com/noxduf.jpg

http://img517.imageshack.us/img517/69/img60754.jpg

http://img91.imageshack.us/img91/1742/img57003.jpg

http://img91.imageshack.us/img91/6733/img56704.jpg

http://img91.imageshack.us/img91/1961/img50583.jpg

Astrid
04-01-2010, 08:09 PM
Okay so this doesn't Necessarily have to do with coachella photos, but i figured a lot of people in here seem to know something or have some sort of opinions at least.

So my situation, I'm basically photographically ignorant, I am taking a basic class where we will cover dark room procedures and the like. I'm looking to buy a simple camera that I could master over time and use until I have a better grasp of the art. There are absolutely no specifications for type of camera except that it obviously be a film camera and can shoot BW.

I was looking on craigslist and found some cheap listings for:
Canon EOS Rebel 35mm
Canon AE-1
Nikon n5005

I am not set on any of these, as I know nothing about them, the only reason I'm even considering them is their cheapness.

Anyone who has any guidance or suggestions whatsoever, I would greatly appreciate it :) Thanks lovelies.

seandigi
04-01-2010, 09:04 PM
I've learned a lot from reading this thread. I am not too camera savy myself. I still feel like I need to invest in a better camera after browsing through this.

PlayaDelWes
04-01-2010, 09:09 PM
Great tips all. I've already started playing around with settings.

ivankay
04-02-2010, 12:07 AM
Cool. Something else to consider, test your batteries and cards. Do a run all the way through. Shoot tons of pictures and videos (could just be nothing) until you fill up the card and run out the batteries. This way you will know if you have bunk batteries (either dead or running at low capacity) that need replacing and how much you card can handle.

johnnystar
04-02-2010, 12:23 AM
any ideas on how to sneak in my digital SLR

ivankay
04-02-2010, 01:16 AM
Nighttime stable shots: This has been covered, but say you want to take a picture of something that doesn't move, use your timer. Most cameras will have a 2 or 10 second version. Use the 2 when your not in it. Idealistically you will be using a manual mode sans flash, but using a flash can be fine thanks to the longer exposure you'll be using (automatic mode should be a "night time" shot). Hopefully you are using a stable surface to put your camera on. If not, see how long the camera plans on opening it's exposure before you shoot (say it's 2 seconds), brace and/or secure yourself and be as still as possible for the allotted time. If you have friends in the shot, tell them to be like statues until the shot is done.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4056/4411787033_8526cd2605_b.jpg
Being as Zen as possible at Glow: 2 sec timer, 400ISO, 1/10, -5/3 on the brackett

Will get something else here later.

Weird. i have been deleting pictures from my drive to make room for Coachella. i backed up Glow and removed it, but it also took it off my flickr. Got to figure out that before i delete more. Anyway here's another night shot as an example:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2742/4478166180_0540c67d3d_b.jpg
400 ISO, 2.8, +5/3, 0.5 sec using the timer and holding as still as i could

As far as sneaking in SLRS, i have never done it myself, so i can't tell you what works, but you know you see it happening. i never did it because i didn't want to have to take the walk back to the car if i got caught.

1litro
04-02-2010, 12:32 PM
http://i606.photobucket.com/albums/tt144/1litro/2779.jpg
My little toy for Coachella
oobberr NICE

1litro
04-02-2010, 12:46 PM
gasp! a leica! man what id do to get a m9
I have a Digilux, and a IIIa circa 1943 (and still works) and have brought to coachella a Digilux, C-lux, D-lux 3 (which I have sold) and this year my D-lux 4
I did trade out my 3 for the four cause of the f2 lens and the 4 has a hot shoe
a total must on board flashes on compact cameras are so wimpy and totality red eye prone

Hempey
04-06-2010, 12:53 PM
this thread owns. Thanks to everyone that contributed. I had horrific results when I switched from my faithful canon SD1000 to their new SX210is but I'm going to try this "burst mode" when I go see Bonobo tonight.

suprefan
04-06-2010, 04:42 PM
Well, you missed what I even said, dont get that camera, its a pain in the ass unless you know what you are doing. Sorry...

PrettyRagdoll
04-06-2010, 07:04 PM
This is an awesome thread! I still haven't mastered taking pictures in the Tents our at the mainstage at night. But I'm definitely getting better at night time tent photos. I find the the darker it gets the higher you want your ISO settings, but anything to high and you start getting noise. I've also found that the auto-setting are horrible. I hadn't heard that you get better results when your photo settings are set to take large pictures. That's definitely something I'll be remembering, along with a lot of other tips from here

Hempey
04-08-2010, 07:48 AM
Well, you missed what I even said, dont get that camera, its a pain in the ass unless you know what you are doing. Sorry...

yeah I missed that, I guess I focused more on your results than the pain in the ass part. Regardless I had much better luck @ bonobo I'll post some pics later. I'm attributing that mostly due to the fact that bonobo wasn't a total pit of chaos unlike major lazer/rusko.

Hempey
04-10-2010, 07:49 AM
here are a few from bonobo / atoms for peace. Much better than major lazer. To be honest I didn't find burst mode that useful, as the pictures were taken about 3/4s of a second apart. If there was a way to speed up that burst I think it would be a lot more useful.

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_Jksq4w0JoHI/S8B5CfuHCDI/AAAAAAAAQ2A/A7GItzNwACc/s512/IMG_0099.JPG

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_Jksq4w0JoHI/S8B5ENjNVbI/AAAAAAAAQ2s/W7JJ1sggGYU/s720/IMG_0143.JPG

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_Jksq4w0JoHI/S8B5LShXUqI/AAAAAAAAQ3w/tjIWHpdUgn8/s720/IMG_0195.JPG

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_Jksq4w0JoHI/S79Gb0K2IEI/AAAAAAAAQyc/YM-HhOZYS00/s720/IMG_0310.JPG

http://lh3.ggpht.com/_Jksq4w0JoHI/S79GdJLf5DI/AAAAAAAAQyk/VuBTc0Tv-uQ/s720/IMG_0316.JPG

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_Jksq4w0JoHI/S79GZeGxbeI/AAAAAAAAQyE/Qtub_XLQOEw/s720/IMG_0281.JPG

suprefan
04-10-2010, 09:37 AM
here are a few from bonobo / atoms for peace. Much better than major lazer. To be honest I didn't find burst mode that useful, as the pictures were taken about 3/4s of a second apart. If there was a way to speed up that burst I think it would be a lot more useful.


Considering the specs say burst mode shots get taken at 0.8 a second.


ISO 3200 mode takes em at 3.2 a second, but why would you use that.


all my photos are taken in burst mode, you have a lot to learn.

LooseAtTheZoo
04-10-2010, 03:39 PM
Chris, is burst mode on the Canon SD1100 the same as continuous shot? I'm trying to play around with my camera bit

fatbastard
04-10-2010, 04:31 PM
What tone would be recommended for La Roux's vajayjay?

suprefan
04-10-2010, 04:31 PM
Yep, same feature, different name.



What tone would be recommended for La Roux's vajayjay?


Vivid.

theresalwaysone
04-13-2010, 10:44 PM
Bump for awesomeness (and relevance).

LooseAtTheZoo
04-14-2010, 08:31 AM
For some reason I can't get my camera to stay in continuous shooting mode once I turn it off. It automatically reverts back to one shot.

Any idea how to remedy this? Canon SD1100 IS

ivankay
04-14-2010, 08:39 AM
i'm not sure how you would set continuous as your default or why. You don't want to use it for every picture opportunity. Once you use it a few times, it won't be that much of a chore to put it in that mode when you need it.

frozen pilgrim
04-14-2010, 09:04 AM
few things that've been covered, but not really summarized for idiots like me:

your megapixels- use 'em! instead of zooming in and wrecking your shot, take it full frame and then crop it later.

zoom- optical= okey doke. digital= BAAADDD.

a "digital zoom" isn't really a zoom. when you're zooming in and the lens stops moving, you've gone too far!

flashes- they ruin night shots.

hand jitters- don't let your tweaker friends take your pictures. they'll come out blurry.

canexplain
04-14-2010, 09:14 AM
For some reason I can't get my camera to stay in continuous shooting mode once I turn it off. It automatically reverts back to one shot.

Any idea how to remedy this? Canon SD1100 IS

Like Mike said, that setting along with a lot of others isn't the default on my camera so when I shut it off, it goes back to the default settings ...

1litro
04-27-2010, 10:34 PM
Coachella 2010, with my pocket camera
http://i606.photobucket.com/albums/tt144/1litro/Coachella%202010/L379.jpg

http://i606.photobucket.com/albums/tt144/1litro/Coachella%202010/L381.jpg

http://i606.photobucket.com/albums/tt144/1litro/Coachella%202010/L443.jpg

http://i606.photobucket.com/albums/tt144/1litro/Coachella%202010/L447.jpg

http://i606.photobucket.com/albums/tt144/1litro/Coachella%202010/L464.jpg

http://i606.photobucket.com/albums/tt144/1litro/Coachella%202010/L539.jpg



http://i606.photobucket.com/albums/tt144/1litro/Coachella%202010/L495.jpg

http://i606.photobucket.com/albums/tt144/1litro/Coachella%202010/L597.jpg

http://i606.photobucket.com/albums/tt144/1litro/Coachella%202010/L615.jpg

http://i606.photobucket.com/albums/tt144/1litro/Coachella%202010/L638.jpg

Hempey
04-29-2010, 01:43 PM
the sx210 worked out fine in the end.

I posted a few pics in this thread.
http://coachella.com/forum/showpost.php?p=1713994&postcount=32

but overall I'm not happy with the camera after a rocky beginning.

daxton
04-29-2010, 01:51 PM
1litro, some of those are amazing.

Most of my pics turned out pretty well. Thanks for all the tips guys.

PrettyRagdoll
04-29-2010, 02:50 PM
This thread actually really helped my picture quality for this year!

1litro
04-29-2010, 03:08 PM
1litro, some of those are amazing.

Most of my pics turned out pretty well. Thanks for all the tips guys.

I do have fun

amyzzz
04-29-2010, 03:47 PM
Holy shit, 1litro. You have quite an eye.

TheClares
04-29-2010, 05:08 PM
1litro, you really captured Coachella!

suprefan
04-29-2010, 06:52 PM
but overall I'm not happy with the camera after a rocky beginning.

Told ya.



My turn, even though quite a bit of people have seen em. Cant hurt.




Crooked Vultures

http://i44.tinypic.com/b46v76.jpg
http://i39.tinypic.com/1zcmsdy.jpg
http://i44.tinypic.com/13zu2k1.jpg

Sunny Day Real Estate

http://i43.tinypic.com/23lxz6e.jpg
http://i39.tinypic.com/sd1ye0.jpg
http://i40.tinypic.com/30coozo.jpg


Phoenix

http://i42.tinypic.com/15d9lqv.jpg
http://i43.tinypic.com/5u4ltz.jpg
http://i41.tinypic.com/2u97tcy.jpg


Dillinger Escape Plan

http://i41.tinypic.com/14v7nk4.jpg
http://i40.tinypic.com/jg7cc2.jpg
http://i41.tinypic.com/bz8mo.jpg
http://i42.tinypic.com/22bz9g.jpg


LCD Soundsystem

http://i42.tinypic.com/6sfgxl.jpg
http://i39.tinypic.com/34r7jb4.jpg
http://i40.tinypic.com/16beexk.jpg


Gossip

http://i41.tinypic.com/rmpaaa.jpg
http://i39.tinypic.com/30l11y0.jpg
http://i41.tinypic.com/2u7yq2a.jpg
http://i41.tinypic.com/wbwdgh.jpg

suprefan
04-29-2010, 06:54 PM
2Many Dj's


http://i40.tinypic.com/hun0rd.jpg
http://i44.tinypic.com/2i77r05.jpg




Jonsi

http://i39.tinypic.com/evbzsx.jpg
http://i42.tinypic.com/egal4l.jpg
http://i43.tinypic.com/dg1non.jpg
http://i42.tinypic.com/2akl4xe.jpg


Dirty Projectors

http://i40.tinypic.com/25irvy1.jpg
http://i39.tinypic.com/312jtio.jpg
http://i41.tinypic.com/rj4ehw.jpg
http://i42.tinypic.com/jjabv6.jpg





Thom Yorke


http://i44.tinypic.com/2eg8ego.jpg
http://i44.tinypic.com/19rw4k.jpg
http://i40.tinypic.com/5tiec.jpg
http://i42.tinypic.com/ae6xcl.jpg
http://i41.tinypic.com/qxv5t4.jpg

suprefan
04-29-2010, 06:54 PM
Deerhunter

http://i41.tinypic.com/1zz0wno.jpg
http://i39.tinypic.com/zuky15.jpg
http://i39.tinypic.com/r0bhhs.jpg


The Middle East

http://i39.tinypic.com/hvxfyw.jpg
http://i44.tinypic.com/35aj77c.jpg
http://i43.tinypic.com/5w4ee.jpg


Owen Pallet

http://i40.tinypic.com/smuluq.jpg
http://i44.tinypic.com/synfur.jpg
http://i40.tinypic.com/29bhv89.jpg


Rx Bandits

http://i42.tinypic.com/52id8k.jpg
http://i39.tinypic.com/2jfn486.jpg
http://i42.tinypic.com/35aj6f6.jpg


Die Antwoord

http://i39.tinypic.com/ou3zbq.jpg
http://i43.tinypic.com/166iwi1.jpg
http://i42.tinypic.com/nyeiad.jpg


Z Trip

http://i43.tinypic.com/5n3giu.jpg


Faith No More

http://i40.tinypic.com/4scrv7.jpg



Muse

http://i40.tinypic.com/oepp4.jpg
http://i43.tinypic.com/1zowb48.jpg
http://i44.tinypic.com/zqpsh.jpg
http://i39.tinypic.com/35mqzwy.jpg


Girls

http://i42.tinypic.com/1pf820.jpg
http://i43.tinypic.com/9ie6wo.jpg

suprefan
04-29-2010, 06:54 PM
Scenery and people

http://i44.tinypic.com/30t55oi.jpg
http://i39.tinypic.com/2b8l82.jpg
http://i42.tinypic.com/15db2i8.jpg
http://i42.tinypic.com/8w9mc5.jpg
http://i40.tinypic.com/vd2y6r.jpg
http://i43.tinypic.com/2i6p8x4.jpg
http://i40.tinypic.com/282f6vm.jpg
http://i42.tinypic.com/a2df8j.jpg
http://i42.tinypic.com/2djcw38.jpg
http://i42.tinypic.com/sw8njl.jpg
http://i44.tinypic.com/33uvqja.jpg
http://i40.tinypic.com/sl6ycz.jpg
http://i39.tinypic.com/25qgk0j.jpg
http://i42.tinypic.com/r1ljj5.jpg
http://i40.tinypic.com/ft5q1.jpg
http://i43.tinypic.com/33dh65i.jpg

suprefan
04-29-2010, 06:55 PM
The Specials

http://i39.tinypic.com/1zd2o8k.jpg



Dirty Projectors

http://i39.tinypic.com/2v8op05.jpg
http://i39.tinypic.com/9jf9t4.jpg
http://i42.tinypic.com/34znnd4.jpg


2Many Dj's

http://i42.tinypic.com/anzng4.jpg


Deerhunter

http://i42.tinypic.com/s3n11u.jpg
http://i41.tinypic.com/2duf1ah.jpg


Sunny Day Real Estate

http://i42.tinypic.com/bcvid.jpg
http://i39.tinypic.com/vg63wj.jpg


Jonsi

http://i44.tinypic.com/2zygzh4.jpg
http://i44.tinypic.com/2u4int3.jpg


Phoenix

http://i39.tinypic.com/1zpktfq.jpg


Thom Yorke

http://i43.tinypic.com/97vb4l.jpg
http://i42.tinypic.com/24x1838.jpg


Randomness

http://i41.tinypic.com/11ccby1.jpg
http://i40.tinypic.com/16ap20i.jpg
http://i41.tinypic.com/22jebd.jpg

suprefan
04-29-2010, 06:57 PM
http://i43.tinypic.com/2d7doa1.jpg
http://i40.tinypic.com/15zh7o4.jpg
http://i39.tinypic.com/sf9sh3.jpg
http://i40.tinypic.com/2s8jjlv.jpg
http://i41.tinypic.com/alhilw.jpg
http://i42.tinypic.com/11c9s40.jpg
http://i43.tinypic.com/2ziwlu1.jpg

boarderwoozel3
04-29-2010, 07:10 PM
I didn't take pictures the other weekend so many of these are getting thieved. They're very pretty. Thank you in advance.

Hempey
04-29-2010, 08:14 PM
damn supe those are amazing. Are those all with the sx200?

PlayaDelWes
04-29-2010, 08:20 PM
I don't even know why I bother. All your advice helped my pics improve 100% this year, but they are nothing compared to what you just posted. Thanks so much for all the tips!

ivankay
04-29-2010, 08:41 PM
Fantastic shooting as always Chris.


I don't even know why I bother. All your advice helped my pics improve 100% this year, but they are nothing compared to what you just posted. Thanks so much for all the tips!

How about some of your favorites? Pics or GTFO! (see how i'm using that line appropriately here?)

suprefan
04-29-2010, 08:46 PM
Thanks Mike, and you went back a page to see the others? Not sure how your post settings are at. theres like 40 more on top of whats above.



damn supe those are amazing. Are those all with the sx200?

Yep. And yeah, told you its a pain in the ass to use.




I doubt Ill have a newer piece of gear next year, unless they actually design something that truly fits my needs in key areas. Or if D!GIC V comes out...

Mr. Dylanja
05-06-2010, 06:35 PM
I want a compact digicam that takes HD video with good sound quality.

Suggestions?

suprefan
05-06-2010, 06:49 PM
Doesnt exist. Well, the sound part that is.

amyzzz
05-06-2010, 07:13 PM
massive attack!

Mr. Dylanja
05-06-2010, 07:57 PM
Shut the fuck up, Amy. jesus christ

suprefan
05-06-2010, 08:23 PM
massive attack!

You done Amy? And Im going to let you keep your earplugs incorrectly worn now, so you can just hear music all muffle for the rest of your life.








D, I can give you compact, great photos and HD, not sound. You wont know who has a good mic unless you tested the thing out in the real world.

Mr. Dylanja
05-06-2010, 08:34 PM
I know man, thanks for your help. I was hoping some people would share their experiences regarding sound. I'll just keep bumping the thread :)

HunterGather
05-06-2010, 08:57 PM
http://i41.tinypic.com/bz8mo.jpg
http://i42.tinypic.com/22bz9g.jpg

Great pics, supre

1litro
05-07-2010, 06:30 AM
I want a compact digicam that takes HD video with good sound quality.

Suggestions? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hF_74aWTB2U Infected Mushroom at the sahara 2007
This is my little leica D-3 recorded in 07 it records in hd ( I have lowered the resolution for you tube)

amyzzz
05-07-2010, 09:28 AM
You done Amy? And Im going to let you keep your earplugs incorrectly worn now, so you can just hear music all muffle for the rest of your life.
Sorry, I have him on ignore, so I was just guessing he wanted sound for his (video) camera for the Massive Attack shows.

Please tell me, supre. I shall bake you a cookie!

Mr. Dylanja
05-07-2010, 10:56 AM
So you're ignoring me but responding? Gotcha.

:nono

amyzzz
05-07-2010, 10:57 AM
I fail at life.

Gribbz
04-11-2011, 06:19 PM
Figured this thread will help some people out.

PlayaDelWes
04-11-2011, 06:26 PM
I'm not even trying this year. Need not-so-basic digital camera and/or rail.

suprefan
04-11-2011, 06:49 PM
So you're ignoring me but responding? Gotcha.

:nono

:nono

Harrisment
04-11-2011, 08:55 PM
I've read through this thread, and while there is some good info and many beautiful shots, I'm still kind of lost.

I have a Canon SD1000 and every year I walk away with terrible pics. I'm just looking to get some recommended settings for day and night time. Sounds like some people change ISO, some don't. Some modify exposure at certain times, but I'm not sure when is the right time and which direction to go. Could someone give me a basic template of settings to follow for day and night shots at Coachella? Seriously thanks anyone that can help.

Sexecutioner
04-11-2011, 08:59 PM
I've read through this thread, and while there is some good info and many beautiful shots, I'm still kind of lost.

I have a Canon SD1000 and every year I walk away with terrible pics. I'm just looking to get some recommended settings for day and night time. Sounds like some people change ISO, some don't. Some modify exposure at certain times, but I'm not sure when is the right time and which direction to go. Could someone give me a basic template of settings to follow for day and night shots at Coachella? Seriously thanks anyone that can help.

i'm no pro, but what i've found is that the most important thing is being close. at night, if you're not close to the band, you're not going to get good shots. if you do get close, turn off your flash, zoom as little as possible, and keep your hand steady. unless you know what you're doing, i wouldnt even bother with the iso and all that.

during the day is another story. with all the sunlight, it's much easier to just zoom in and snap.

Harrisment
04-11-2011, 09:03 PM
My main issue at night is the blurry pics. I'd love for the colors in the art installations to just really pop out, but it seems that I always end up with a blob of color.

ivankay
04-11-2011, 09:39 PM
You are pressing the button half way until you have desired focus? And getting that camera stable and using the 2-10 second timer for shots of art installations is essential.