Concert photography is challenging yet very rewarding because of the colorful low light situations that photographers need to work with. Sometimes, you don’t need to equip yourself with good quality lenses. You can use fast lenses that works best in low light conditions because of its large maximum aperture. It is important to understand your camera settings as it might do the job for you.
Last week’s shoot of Karylle’s “A Different Playground (The Concert)” at Teatrino has given me the chance to use my latest camera, FUJIFILM X-A2, with its 16-50mm II kit lens. I never thought that it could give me a more natural creative setting in concerts. I’m amazed with the results!
The 16-50mm II kit lens has given me the wide-angle end of the venue and this FUJIFILM X-A2 is the first X Series model to feature an LCD screen that flips up 175 degrees. It’s a compact mirrorless digital camera with key features including a 16.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, newly-developed Eye auto focus (AF), Auto Macro AF and Multi-Target AF, 5.6fps burst shooting, built-in wi-fi, EXR Processor II, a pop-up flash and external hotshoe, a range of film simulation modes and creative effects, Classic Chrome film simulation mode, Full HD video recording capabilities at 30 frames per second, and a multiple exposure mode.
I also purchased a FUJINON XF27mmF2.8 lens that I often use to capture superb snapshots outside concerts.
Karylle’s “A Different Playground (The Concert),” directed by Paolo Valenciano, boasts a stunning dramatic light complementing the stage design that looks like a big aquarium to me because of the hanging big balloon fishes.
In this concert namesake of her album, Karylle’s playful side and versatility as an artist stand out performing her original songs,” released under PolyEast Records. Karylle penned most of the songs in the album, including the hit upbeat track “Can’t Shut Up,” a song she wrote for husband Yael. The show was attended by Rob Nievera who opens the stage for Karylle, Tatay Dominador of Tawag ng Tanghalan, King of RnB Jay-R and Ms. Zsa Zsa Padilla in the audience.
I took advantage of the concert’s stunning lights as I got to find a good shooting spot. Please enjoy these photos in as much as I have enjoyed taking them.