I am asked by a friend to take photos of his band performing. I know the performance venue and it is quite dimly lit with some neon and ambient lighting. Previously, I had shot some photos with a P&S camera and the result was disarsterous, too much camera shake and motion blur due to longer shutter speeds.
Now that I have upgraded to a DSLR, I hope to get better results this time round. I will be using a 50mm f1.8 and a 17-50mm f2.8 lens. I believe this setup will be good if I want to shoot individual musician with shallow DOF and hopefully get some sharp images without using flash. The musicians are always moving a lot which is very challenging.
But lets say if I want to capture the musician with the background clearly visible (deeper DOF), the wide aperture will be problematic due to the shallower DOF and setting smaller aperture will mean slower shuttle speed which might not be suitable if the camera is handheld. I don't know if I can set the ISO high enough to compensate without introducing too much noise or not.
Using slow sync rear curtain flash will possibly give me the results I want - deep DOF with motion freeze but I don't want to distract them too much and many performance venues prohibit flash photography anyway.
So, have you shot in such situation before?
Care to share your experiences and give me some tips on how to shoot better in this scenario?