For Paste Magazine we got some recruits and rounded up five bars and five live music venues to check out in Seoul.
No photographer is a stranger to issues of venue lighting and I'm still in a rocky relationship with my speedlight. I don't like using it indoors at night as I feel it kills any kind of mood. But at a couple of places (goddam punk basements) it was an absolute necessity.
I'm also getting better at embracing higher ISOs. It's hard to get out of the mindset that 800 is as high as you want to go. At 1600, my old 450D had about as much noise as my 7D MkII has at 16000. It can soften the focus a bit when viewed at 1:1, but it's better than getting an unintentionally blurry photo.
But my biggest problem for this kind of photography, and one I'm not sure how to solve, is that I'm only 5'1". I've climbed up on things, snuck behind bars, got on stage, and pushed through crowds (which I HATE) to try and get a unique angle, but sometimes I just can't get clear of the crowd. Perhaps Dave will write a story on leg extensions one day...
Live Music Venues
A teacher and photographer previously based in S. Korea, being thrown into the world of photojournalism.