On Saturday I was invited to Live Room Cleckheaton to photograph The Fiasco playing live. They were the support act for Wrong Jovi, ‘the best Bon Jovi tribute band in the world’.

I got a couple of shots of The Fiasco in soundcheck (the first 4 on here) and then continued to shoot their entire set.

The photos are edited in my usual style, I did edit some in colour but chose to keep the blog in black and white for consistency; and I have added a slightly warm tone to the black and white edits to add a bit more texture.

It was a great night, you should definitely check out The Fiasco and Live Room Cleckheaton!

As for settings, Live Room was quite dark but I knew that I wanted to keep my f/stop around 3.2 – I could have shot wide open at f/2 or even f/1.4 but the depth of field is so razor thin that I’d have to be super accurate with my focus, and in low light it’s always best to give yourself a little margin for error; I wanted my shutter speed around 1/100-1/160 – fast enough to stop action but slow enough to let as much light in as possible – I could have stopped down to around 1/80, but in a live environment where things are moving fast I wanted a margin for moving the camera quickly. Both of these meant that the only other alternative I could control to allow for more light was ISO. Now the Fuji X-Series cameras are very good in low light, even the EVF performs outstandingly with no lag and being bright enough to see your exposure perfectly, but I still wanted to keep my ISO as low as possible. I first tried 1600 but with the other two elements of the exposure triangle locked in, 1600 ISO just wasn’t going to work. I have shot up to 12800 ISO and been happy with the results. But I stayed at 3200 this time, choosing to alter the f/stop or shutter speed if more light was needed. Having the camera locked into these settings meant it was well within a comfort zone – the depth of field wasn’t razor thin, the shutter wasn’t on the edge of being handheld, and the ISO was high, but nowhere near it’s maximum usability.

The majority of these were shot on the 35mm f/2 (50mm equivalent), 23mm f/1.4 (35mm equivalent), and the 56mm f/1.2 (85mm equivalent) on the Fuji X-Pro2 and the Fuji X-T2.