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Three Songs, No Flash!: Your Ultimate Guide to Concert Photography by Loe Beerens

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Chapter 1. The Early Days

The advent of digital photography is another reason why I enjoy my work now more than ever before. Concert photography requires high ISO values. In the 1970s, the fastest films available were Kodak Tri X and Ilford HP 5, both black and white films rated at ISO 400. We would push up the ISO value to 800, and sometimes even to 1600, when developing the film. There were various tricks to do this: overheat the developer, double the developing time, increase agitation, or a combination of these techniques. Apart from this, it also required a fair dose of good luck, as automatic or programmed light measurements were not yet an option.

Fortunately, the light shows of the 1970s were not programmed to move as fast as they do now, ...

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