This post is a little different to most of my gig posts because I didn’t take ANY pictures… What I did do, was film, and record:
Read on for some details…
I could go on about lots of details I’m not happy with, but instead I’m going to talk about how I did it, with what equipment, etc.
Since it’s a live performance, it makes sense to address the issue of the audio. The audio comes from my iPhone. I used the “Mikey”, a microphone made by “Blue” to fit the iPhone. I used the matching app provided by “Blue”, which funnily enough also offers a fantastic way of transferring the recorded audio. You simply switch on the transfer mode, it gives you an IP address to type into a browser, and it lets you download from there. simple. It’s not perfect, but it’s also not bad considering the minimal investment I’ve made into sound recording.
For the first time (ever), I made proper use of the video function on my Pentax. I have to say, it’s really, really, easy to figure out what you’re doing with it. I’ve read in some magazines in comparisons to the Nikon D7000 it’s been marked down for the controls. If anything, the controls seem so much more intuitive than the Nikon. Just so you know, I do have a D7000 in the house too, so yes, I can compare. Whilst Nikon does offer more framerate options, for anything with a normal framerate, I would go with the Pentax based purely on ease of operation.
I used the Pentax 16-50mm f2.8 for the whole thing. Currently my only proper lens for the camera, but hopefully not for too long.
If you’ve watched the video, you’ll realise that even when placed outside of their comfort zone (they’re usually a fully electric band), they hold their own. They’re great musicians, and really friendly too. If you’re ever in the position to go see them, please do!
If you’re after pictures, then here are a couple of posts which feature pictures of the band: