Iíve got quite some questions on concert photography for those who have had such experience
Iím going to shoot a classical concert in two weeks time, at the esplanade concert hall.
1. Has anyone shot at that place? Whatís the lighting like? Any venue specific pointers, like where can I get good angles? Unfortunately the only time I can check it out is ON THE DAY, thats their only full dress rehearsal.
2. Equipment. What I have so far is listed below. I also have a Nissin Di866. Iím intending to borrow or rent what I lack. I understand for concert a good Tele is better and a f5.6 at 200mm may not cut it in that kind of lighting. Iím thinking of renting a 70-200mm F4L IS at least (lighter, easier to move around with), and thatís a stop brighter than what I have now. An alternative is the 85mm 1.8 prime but iím not sure if that range is good enough for the venue. What do you all think?
3. Lighting - Yep, i know itís a high ceiling, so the usual methods of bouncing iím used too will very likely not work. Should I get a diffuser cap for my Nissin Di866, or should I just leave it at home all the way and go Available light?
4. Shooting - Any thoughts on what kind of shots should I look out for? I know I have to do a mix of tight portraits, and wide angle group shots. Anything interesting, ideas or what that I should look into.
Thanks guys, looking forward to learn from those with experience.