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ISO 100 at Concert Photography is Possible.
ISO 100 at Concert Photography is Possible!
Have you ever heard about the “4 Seconds” Myth in Concert Photography? Well maybe not, because I call this phenomenon this way to play a little bit with the 4 Leaf Clover “Myth”. The 4 Seconds Myth talks about the fact that there’s a maximum period of time in just a few concerts when you can shot at ISO100. It’s sort of myth (and a fact), but sometimes is there (and you don’t see it), and even if you own it you have to do something about it to help the chances of having good luck. It’s about being aware all the time.

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Adrián Barilari - Rata Blanca - Argentina
If you didn’t know about the meaning of a 4 leaf clover, let me tell you that each leaf is believed to represent something (circa 1877): the first one is for Faith. The second is for Hope. The third is for Love. And the fourth is for Luck.

And to play some kind of analogy I would say that in Concert Photography the first is about Faith, because you know what you are doing with your camera, you believe on what you’re doing, right? The second is about Hope, certainly concert photography is about waiting for THE moment, and that’s the reason why you are there (and reading here). The third is about Love, do I need to say something else? If you hate photography you just don’t take pictures. If you love it… well it’s like music, everybody loves it! And the fourth is about Luck! Sometimes you catch the moment like a Jägermeister [Hunt Master], and some others you just press the shutter at the right moment.

Hundreds of years ago people didn’t know there were 4 Leaf -Lucky- Clovers, maybe as nowadays Photographers don’t know that from time to time there’s 4 seconds of enough light on stage at a few concerts to shot at ISO100. What is seemed to be impossible, it was always there waiting for the lucky aware man to take advantage of it.
Timo Kotipelto - Stratovarius - Finland
The 4 Sec Myth works this way: There is a moment in a show when beautiful and powerful lights falls on stage (and on musicians of course) that lasts just a few, let’s say about 4 seconds. And then you have:

1 Second to Notice it.
1 Second to Set the Camera.
1 Second to Focusing.
1 Second to Take the Photo […and rule them all, yeah!]
…and then is gone. All the creepy light remains on stage.

-No way, man! I could never shot below ISO1600! You must be drunk!

Well yes my friend, I cannot deny. But truth to be told is that you hadn’t shot enough maybe. Or you are not paying needed attention to what you are doing. Maybe you set your camera in AutoMode and dare to believe and declare yourself as a Photographer. Maybe you have never searched the way to bring better photos to your clients [or whomever you have to amaze with your work].
Russel Allen - Symphony X - United States of America
Concert Photography is a kind of fashion nowadays, and truth to be told again, sometimes it seems that there are more people shooting concerts than, actually, Photographers.

ISO100 is Possible, let’s leave the noise to generate avalanches!

My name is Ignacio Cángelo, I’m a Photographer Specialized at Concerts based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 29 years old. Working hard everyday to shoot Advertising Photography. Hope you had found this article useful to improve your photography and keep the humilty to assume that you learn all the time, it’s not only beginners stuff.

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Fabio Lione - Rhapsody of Fire - Italy
ISO 100 at Concert Photography is Possible.

ISO 100 at Concert Photography is Possible.

This Article has the intention of revealing myths in Photography. ISO 100 was always believed to be impossible in Concert Photography being this Read More

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