Adam and Casey are a great duo who perform a diverse range of songs on most Friday Nights at the Berwick Inn.
On this shoot I used the Lumix LX7, which is a great compact camera for low light, as well as the Sony A-77.
The duo were performing under the normal incandescent light in the venue, but I elected not to use any Flash, so as to retain the ambience of the setting.
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Sony Alpha A-77 Camera
Sony 35mm F1.8 Portrait Lens
Tamron 17-50mm F2.8
Panasonic Lumix LX7 Compact Camera
This shoot was the classic low light situation, with only plain incandescent lighting, like you would have from a low wattage light bulb in your lounge room.
The minimum ISO which could be used on the A-77 was ISO 800, and some shots were pushed up to ISO 1250. Shutter speed was varied from 1/60th to 1/125th.
Started off the shoot using the 35mm F1.8 portrait lens, and every second shot was out of focus, but the ones which were in focus were quite usable. I should perhaps have tried some continuous shooting so that the camera could get into a focus. The challenge with that F1.8 lens is keeping as still as possible while shooting, as just the slightest movement at an F1.8 aperture can throw the shot out of focus.
As always, shooting was in JPEG, spot metering was used, face recognition was turned on, and the camera was used in “M” fully manual mode.
I then changed lenses and used the 17-50mmm F2.8 Tamron, but even fully open at F2.8 it was finding the lighting difficult.
I also took some shots with the Lumix Lx-7, but unbeknownst to me, the auto focus switch had slipped onto macro plant shooting focus, and this is probably why I did not get a lot of great shots from the Lumix.
The brightness of the Lumix shots I did get was quite good at ISO 800, and it is much better in low light for brightened exposure than the Sony A-77.
Shots were brightened up in Photoshop, and Sharpness and a tiny amount of Gamma was added to some shots.
Overall the results were quite good given the very average lighting conditions.
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