Before and after concerts photos

I want to share some before and after examples of my photo editing with you. This is a vulnerable thing for me to do as a photographer, but I sometimes get asked “What corrections do you do to the images” or “Why do you edit the images”. Taking photographs is a small part of what I do. Administration, including editing and marketing, take up lots of my spare time.

Every concert is different. You never have the same light conditions, the venues are different and you can’t ask the artist to pose for you. Therefore, editing images takes varying degrees of time, depending on what corrections are needed.

I like my photos to look natural and realistic, clear. According: as little as possible as much as necessary, I edit my photos.

Even with the right settings, photographers can’t always produce perfect photos.

Why do I always shoot in raw?

Shooting in JPEG can result in loss of image information as the picture is compressed. With RAW, I am able to produce higher quality images making it easier to edit.

All post-production work are carried out in Adobe Lightroom, and not Photoshop, by utilizing a variety of editing techniques. Basic settings such as exposure, vibrancy, contrast, and sharpening. And sometimes kinda every slider in Lightroom.

How much time does it take to edit an image?

It’s hard to quantify how long it takes to edit a single photo or even a full gallery. It depends on a lot of things:

How long I was allowed to shoot? Most of the time, three songs but sometimes the whole show.

Just a singer-songwriter or a band where every is not just standing around?

How was the light? Red LED lights, almost natural or literally no light?

Sometimes I need just 30 seconds, sometimes 5 minutes for one photo.

Before and After - Editors - Berlin
Dermot Kennedy at Columbiahalle, Berlin (2019)
Dave Hause at house show, Vienna (2018)
Dropkick Murphys at Zitadelle Spandau, Crash Fest Berlin (2019)

Here are a few before and after photos:

Drag the white slider over any of the below images to see some before after pictures. The original RAW files are always presented as seen out of camera.

2020

Frank Turner at Swiss Life Hall, Germany

  • Nikon D750, Tamron 24-70mm/2.8
  • 12. Februar 2020
  • 52 mm
  • 1/320 sec … f / 2.8 … ISO 2500

More photos of the concert here

Editors at Velodrom in Berlin, Germany

  • Nikon D750, Nikkor 70-200mm/2.8
  • 03. Februar 2020
  • 70 mm
  • 1/250 sec … f / 2.8 … ISO 200

Editors, Velodrom, Berlin, 2020Editors, Velodrom, Berlin, 2020

Whispering Sons at Velodrom in Berlin, Germany

  •  Nikon D750, Nikkor 70-200mm/2.8
  •  03. Februar 2020
  •  70 mm
  •  1/250 sec … f / 2.8 … ISO 200

Dave Hause at UT Connewitz in Leipzig, Germany

  •  Nikon D750, Tamron 24-70mm/2.8
  •  02. Februar 2020
  •  70 mm
  •  1/250 sec … f / 2.8 … ISO 2000

Before and after - Dave Hause - Leipzig (2020)Before and after - Dave Hause - Leipzig (2020)

Amaranthe at Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin, Germany

  •  Nikon D750, Nikkor 70-200mm/2.8
  •  25. January 2020
  •  200 mm
  •  1/1250 sec … f / 3.2 … ISO 250

Amaranthe at Max-Schmeling-Halle, Berlin (2020)Amaranthe at Max-Schmeling-Halle, Berlin (2020)

2019

Dermot Kennedy at Columbiahalle in Berlin, Germany

  • Nikon D750, Nikkor 70-200mm/2.8
  •  29. June 2020
  •  12 mm
  •  135/1250 sec … f / 2.8 … ISO 1250

Dermot Kennedy at Columbiahalle, Berlin (2019)Dermot Kennedy at Columbiahalle, Berlin (2019)

Eskimo Callboy at Vainstream Rockfest in Münster, Germany

  •  Nikon D750, Nikkor 70-200mm/2.8
  •  29. June 2020
  •  112 mm
  •  1/500 sec … f / 6.3 … ISO 250


Eskimo Callboy at Vainstream Rockfest, Münster (2019)Eskimo Callboy at Vainstream Rockfest, Münster (2019)

Dropkick Murphys at Zitadelle Spandau in Berlin, Germany

  • Nikon D750, Sigma 14-24mm/2.8
  •  29. June 2020
  •  14 mm
  •  1/400 sec … f / 2.8 … ISO 200

More photos from Zitadelle Spandau here

Dropkick Murphys at Zitadelle Spandau, Crash Fest Berlin (2019)Dropkick Murphys at Zitadelle Spandau, Crash Fest Berlin (2019)

2014

Frank Turner at Murphys at Zitadelle Spandau in Berlin, Germany

  • Nikon D610, Nikkor 24-70mm/2.8
  •  290. September 2014
  •  70 mm
  •  1/1250 sec … f / 2.8 … ISO 2000

 

 

Frank Turner at Westlands, Yeovil (2014)

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