While photographing a concert or a performance at a jazz bar, you usually have to deal with very low and unfriendly lighting. Pictures come out noisy or underexposed as a result. Pair that with the fact that you have to move around quite a bit and can’t use a tripod because of that, and you are suddenly facing a really tough night.
But there is a solution. Yes, you can’t use a tripod at such events very easily but you can always use a monopod. A monopod, as the name implied, has just one leg as opposed to three on a tripod. Therefore, you cannot prop it up on its own and stabilize your camera perfectly. What you can do is support your camera just enough to take noise-free photos at lower ISOs and blur-free photos at lower shutter speeds.
Easy to Carry and Setup
A monopod is much easier to carry than a tripod. It’s also easier to setup because you don’t need to create any space for it. Just put it down wherever you want to shoot from, attach your camera to it and you have added stability in a few seconds. This combination of light weight and small size makes them perfect for concert photography where you have to move around to find the right frame.
Additional Support at a Low Price
Monopods are cheaper than tripods, which makes them even more attractive for people who don’t need to have their camera stabilized on a tripod independently. For a low price, a monopod will offer you the necessary stability for taking photos in low light.
You can use telephoto lenses more easily with a monopod than without, which allows you to take those portrait shots of the singers on stage from a good distance. If you like using an HDR editor to compile multiple photos into one HDR image, monopods play a role in helping you get perfectly aligned brackets for your photo as well.
So the next time you have to cover a concert in tough lighting, take a monopod along. You’ll be able to take much better images, with lesser noise and better exposure.