I couldn´t write for a long time because I had my final exams and a new Project.
The Project is/was to shoot a Band during a life performance.
Seems pretty easy, right?
The Situation is the following:
EXTREMLY loud Audio
People Crashing against your stuff
No Time to pull Focus
Only two cams
Seems pretty lethal ain´t it?
Did i still managed to get decent results?
Because of planing, and backup two of the most important things to do if your doing a project similar to this.
I had literaly 4 different Mics Recording in fear of bad audio, 2 Cams Crossshooting (absolute MINIMUM for a project like this), 2 X 16GB SD Cards 3 Batterys capable of recording 100 Minutes each. 3 glasses with different focal length. 2 People to keep the equipment safe and 2 Tripods (a small one and a big one for different situations).
Even with all this pßlanning and equipment i barely managed to get decent shots. So really think a project like this trough before you accept it!
One of the major problems I had was that nearly no light was accesable in the Club and i needed to shoot on high ISO setting (i hope i can denoise the images a little in post) another Problem I didn´t think of was that i had 2 cams in total: One mounted on a Tripod shooting the whole stage and my DSLR with which i shot Handheld from the crowd. Because I only have one lens with an image stabilzer which has a really small focal length (little zommfactor) i often entered the frame of my first cam while trying to shoot the band members. I will need to figure it out if this is a problem or i can live with this.
I also did a little timelapse with magic lantern of poeple entering the club (it renders as I write this Blogpost ^^)
In conclusion this project was exhausting beyond my imagination but a really good way of learning to shoot under extreme conditions. I´m really happy that I accepted the job :)
PS: I filmed the Band The Mind Blowing Monkeys the videos on theire page aren´t mad by me (yet) but i think they make awesome music and need some support :)