A couple of weeks ago I was asked if I would photograph local Hull band Retro Vinyl at their very first gig at the Dog and Duck Inn, Beverley. It turned out to be a good opportunity for me to practise my photography and also use my new Sigma 10-20mm wide angle lens.
It was quite a tight venue to work in and due to the low light it meant I had to use a fast lens, one with a larger maximum aperture (that is, a smaller minimum f-number), to allow more light in to the lens. To overcome the venue being quite small I used my Sigma wide angle lens which allowed me to get all of the band members within the frame even though I was positioned right in front of them. To deal with the low light I used my Nikon 35mm prime lens which has a maximum aperture of f/1.8.
As for the settings I used a high ISO, about 1000, a shutter speed of around 1/80th of a second and, as mentioned, an aperture of f/1.8. The higher ISO combined with the shutter and aperture settings meant that I could still take good enough looking photos without introducing too much noise. I didn't just stick to these settings though and throughout the night I was adjusting and tweaking them as necessary but gives you an idea of what to use if you are ever in a similar situation.
I was really happy with the photos taken on the night, especially as I haven't tried this type of photography before, and given the chance in future I would gladly try something like this again. To see a selection of other photos taken on the night please view the newly created music photography gallery.