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(44,654 posts)
Tue Dec 24, 2019, 02:54 PM Dec 2019

The photo that required 7 months and the breaking of a 40-year-old mindset to take

Last edited Sun Jul 16, 2023, 04:12 PM - Edit history (23)

In the "olden days" of film-based rock photography, I generated enough experience and skill to fill a shoebox with photos. I thought that transitioning to digital rock photography would simply be a matter of finding a camera in my price range -- but it's been more like being a piano player who's been handed a synthesizer. Suddenly, I was a clueless amateur again, which I resented. Fortunately, I faced the fact that I was NOT going to be able figure it all out within a few days, weeks, or even months.

For instance, it turned out that I'd bought the wrong camera for rock photography -- twice. Just as "serious" rock guitarists are supposed to restrict themselves to playing only Gibsons and Fenders, pro photography employs a similar "brand snobbery" about Nikons and Canons. I've used Canons almost exclusively, but I had to face another fact: the Canons and Nikons that I could afford just didn't supply enough of the features needed for digital rock photography.

It looked like I was sunk, and nearly took my Canon to a pawn shop to invest the proceeds in a self-pitying boozefest in honor of my latest failure. But it simply didn't make sense to me that the camera I needed at the price I needed didn't exist. Instead, I did some additional homework outside of the Nikon/Canon "aristocracy," went to a camera a pro shop, asked the right questions, and worked a trade-in deal for a Panasonic.

From there, it was simply a matter of investing in the "Six P's" -- preparation, patience, persistence, and what the bands I photograph are expected to do: practice practice practice. Which brings us to the seventh P: the payoff.

After seven months, I think I've reached the tipping point where I'm less occupied with the operational aspects of the camera and getting back into the business of "capturing moments." Pics of the bands I've photographed are starting to turn up on their Web pages, and most recently in a local band Facebook "10-photo artist challenge." And just in time for the holidays, LOL!

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The photo that required 7 months and the breaking of a 40-year-old mindset to take (Original Post) rocktivity Dec 2019 OP
Hey Rocktivity malaise Dec 2019 #1
Change is hard....gosh I hate that saying, but it's true. AJT Dec 2019 #2
Good for you, my dear rocktivity! CaliforniaPeggy Dec 2019 #3
The good news is... Sloumeau Dec 2019 #4
And no more BUYING film once your SD card is paid for rocktivity Dec 2019 #8
Welcome to the dark side. alfredo Dec 2019 #5
I'm using a Lumix 20-1200mm fixed-lens "bridge" digital camera rocktivity Dec 2019 #7
You ROCK, rocktivity! calimary Dec 2019 #6
More than 2500 views and thirty recs in less than twenty-five hours? rocktivity Dec 2019 #9


(150,682 posts)
3. Good for you, my dear rocktivity!
Tue Dec 24, 2019, 03:39 PM
Dec 2019

You swallowed your pride and stubbornness.........and your creativity showed up!

Beautiful photos!


(2,657 posts)
4. The good news is...
Tue Dec 24, 2019, 04:54 PM
Dec 2019

--No more waiting for pictures to be developed.

--No more having to buy the developing chemicals yourself, finding a place to do the developing, putting up with the chemical smell, and no more fading of old photographs.

--Being able to instantly email pics to friends and to post them on an internet web page.

--Being able to use amazing tools like photoshop to both clean up bad sections of a photograph and to add things that you could not easily or cheaply add in real life, such as cool special effects.

Now that you are good at digital, you might go back to old-style photography once in a while for nostalgia, but you will know right away all that you will be missing, so odds are the journey will be a short one.


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8. And no more BUYING film once your SD card is paid for
Wed Dec 25, 2019, 11:43 AM
Dec 2019

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which for concert photographers HAS to be film of the more expensive 400-speed variety.

As for Photoshop, I've been using it since it came on floppies LOL. I now use its Camera Raw feature after I convert my RAW files to JPG with Panasonic's SilkyPix software.



(60,109 posts)
5. Welcome to the dark side.
Wed Dec 25, 2019, 02:11 AM
Dec 2019

if you have some old glass around, you can adapt them. Something to research.

I bought a Lumix 14mm, 20mm, and 25mm for 150 each. All used. Most of my photos are with the 14 or 20. I still haven’t warned up to the 25 yet, though I do like the speed


(44,654 posts)
7. I'm using a Lumix 20-1200mm fixed-lens "bridge" digital camera
Wed Dec 25, 2019, 11:26 AM
Dec 2019

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Rock photography requires stop action in low light, and that requires lens apertures in the f/1.0 vicinity. My Lumix's f/2.8 maximum aperture and 5-stop exposure compensation allows me to live in that vicinity!



(82,601 posts)
6. You ROCK, rocktivity!
Wed Dec 25, 2019, 09:18 AM
Dec 2019

Good rock photography documents this wonderful culture. When my son’s band was still active, good photos were part of what we lived for!


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9. More than 2500 views and thirty recs in less than twenty-five hours?
Wed Dec 25, 2019, 03:39 PM
Dec 2019

Last edited Wed Dec 25, 2019, 06:27 PM - Edit history (1)



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