P&S Tip #2. How to Force a Fast Shutter Speed on a Point & Shoot Camera (in low-light conditions):
As a general rule, at concerts, you don’t ever want to use the flash. You are never anywhere near enough to the stage to make any decent photos and all you will get are brightly lit backs of heads surrounded by mysterious darkness. Interesting, perhaps; capturing the band, unlikely.
But if you have a P&S and you turn the flash off, it will most likely slow the shutter speed down and increase the ISO, and you will end up with poorly lit, noisy and blurry pictures. Artistic, perhaps; capturing the band, unlikely.
So, you can trick the camera. Trick it into thinking that you need a fast shutter speed. How? Turn the flash ON but then, cover it with your fingers or a piece of paper or the stub of your concert ticket receipt.
At the same festival, I was standing beside a man who kept trying to take photos of the band with the flash on, and then off, and then on, and then off. He kept tsking every time he looked at the picture on his LCD screen and would try again. I was most impressed by his perseverance. In a break between songs, I leant over and suggested that he try the above trick. He did not understand, initially, so I demonstrated on my camera. He still did not seem to understand me, so I demonstrated on his camera (with his consent, of course, I did not just snatch the thing out of his hands). Then he took a few photos with his camera, with his middle & ring finger blocking the flash. “Like that?” he mouthed and I nodded. Then he took a few more and finally, put his camera away and danced.
When the band finished, he turned to me and said, “Thanks! That’s a great tip!” and I replied, “Yeah, I reckon you took some great photos too.”
“Are you a photographer?”
“Lord, no. Just nosy,” and I winked and we went our separate ways.
This is my favourite Herman Dune song (and it’s a pretty cool video clip, too).
Check in again for my third (and last) point & shoot tip:
All About Macro…