The 1’s and 2’s Perform at Gene’s Place

Last Wednesday, June 1, a local hip-hop group called the 1’s and 2’s put on a show at Gene’s Place in Oakland. Here are some of my photos from the show.

A few notes about this shoot:

  • The lighting at Genes was pretty low and it was hard to focus on the MCs while they were moving. In situations like this I sometimes shoot at a low exposure then during post production I convert the images to monochrome and adjust the contrast. This technique allows me to shoot at a faster shutter speed and a slightly higher f-stop. I was able to get shots in better focus this way.
  • When converting low light shots to black and white it is best to also increase the contrast. Otherwise your images will just be dark grey and black with little depth. I use Photoshop and Lightroom to adjust my images but if you don’t have either, Google has a program called Picasa that can be downloaded for free.



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