Inspired by Fro Knows Photo at Creative Live
I have heard about Creative Live before, but I had not actually watched one until Jared Polin from Fro Knows Photo was on it a couple of weeks ago. I really enjoyed the three days of his low light course, and in the process I found some future workshops that I think would be great. Creative Live is all about giving you great content for free. The free portion only lasts the day of the event. After that the price jumps up pretty quick. If you are available the day of the event though it is great content for a reasonable price. You can buy the three day lesson in low light photography for around $130 on the Creative Live website. If you are struggling with low light I would say to give it a try. It may even be worth your while to pick up some tips. I was inspired to shoot a concert after watching the first day so I may have to find out where I can find a band willing to let a new guy shoot.
Editing in Lightroom 5
I really wanted to try and give this photo the rock star look. I took the photo into Lightroom to edit it one more time. The initial edit came out a bit flat for me. I was hoping that I could give it another shot. What I found out is that when the light is not there it really is not there. I started out with the HDR Look (Black and White) preset that I love from Matt Kloskowski. This preset really started me liking my photos in black and white. I went in and toned down the clarity a bit on the preset. Then I went into the tone curve panel and selected strong contrast. I have never tried this before, but thanks to the lessons on Creative Live I found out how easily you can up the contrast in your photo. I liked the look, but I think that the shot could have been better with a bit more light. I rarely shoot a concert, but next time I will use the light to my advantage.