I recently spent a pleasant night photographing a Peterborough Voices choir performance at All Saints Church in Peterborough. Musical director Will Prideaux had asked me for a selection of images for the Voices website so he gave me free run around the church during the concert. However, I was mindful of the paying customers so I shot quickly, moved around as little as possible and tried to be as discrete as possible. I don’t think I managed too well on the last count.
I kept my kit simple. Despite the low lighting levels flash was not an option so I took my Nikon D3s knowing that its high ISO capability would come in mighty useful and allow handholding. My lenses were a 14-24mm f/2.8, 24-70mm f/2.8 and a 70-200mm f/2.8.
I took meter readings as soon as I got into the venue and quickly worked out that for half-decent shutter speeds I would need ISO 6400. I set manual exposure mode to avoid any metering problems and shot away at 1/90sec at f/2.8.
Colour temperature was another issue. I was shooting Raw so I knew I had plenty of flexibility in software but I tried to get it right-ish in camera by setting 2650K to minimize the amount of orange. The shots still needed work in Lightroom 4 - the corrected WB value was 2293K.
All in all, I was happy with the results, especially taking the challenging light conditions into consideration.