So I've had a couple of days to edit and work with my band photos, and I have some thoughts I'd like to share. I promise not to go on as I have been about how great an experience it was, this will be all technical talk.
I noticed that most of the photos I was happiest with were black and white versions. Now, I'm usually partial to black and white anyway, but I think the main reason I like them more than the color versions from this night is because I just can't seem to find the right white balance in the color versions. I tried a couple of white balance settings while shooting that night, but none seem to be perfect. I might need to try using a grey card next time, and I'll need to learn how to do a bulk adjustment using the grey card in Lightroom 3 (if anyone knows how, a little walkthrough would be greatly appreciated.) My challenge for myself next time is to come away with better color photos, because not everyone likes black and white as much as I do.
I also really need to get better at focusing on moving subjects faster. The autofocus on the lens I was using is complete garbage, so I had to resort to manual focusing. I don't know if it was because it was dark or because my sight is worsening, but a good amount of the shots I took were greatly out of focus. I need to get more comfortable with the focal range of whichever lens I'm using in order to avoid this problem in the future.
Right now, I still have tunnel vision syndrome about the composition and content of these photos. I mean, I think they're great images. I know down the road I'll look back and say, "wow those really weren't that good," but for now I can't get out of that mode. I'd really appreciate an honest critique on the quality of the content of the photos so that I can keep working on getting better results.
Thanks for reading, guys. Until next time...