Concert Photography: A Study of White Balance

I really love going to concerts. Besides the fact that I’m a musician and I’m completely obsessed with music, I love the raw energy I feel from a rock concert. Anything can happen, and usually, it does. However, sometimes the elements that attract me most to concerts, are the things that are hardest for me to capture in photography. For example, many bands use dramatic lighting, where the entire stage is saturated with red or blue lighting. I tend to get blown out colors in my photos, like someone dropped blue or red ink all over the image. The saturation is out of control. Post processing has usually mitigated the damage, but I haven’t always been able to get the clarity that I look for in my photography. Up until recently, I’ve always set my WHITE BALANCE to auto because I never knew what kind of lighting I was going to get. For the most part my images came out well, or, I was able to correct the color balance in post. However, at the Red & Adelita’s Way concert at the Marquee theater this summer, I noticed my photos were not coming out the way I wanted. I ran […]