1) USE APERTURE PRIORITY MODE (AV, A)
In Aperture Priority mode you tell your camera the aperture you want to use and the camera sets the shutter speed accordingly. This is a setting I used for years. Why? Because you’ll be stressed enough with all the other things going on around when shooting your first concerts. Appreciate this help from your camera.
2) USE YOUR LENS LOWEST APERTURE NUMBER
“Use fast lenses and shoot them wide open”. This quote you´ll hear a lot from concert photographers. Due to the low light situation on stage it´s crucial to set your aperture to the smallest number on your lens e.g. f1.8 or f2.8 (which reflects a big aperture). This allows the most possible light to enter your sensor and is one of the must-have concert photography settings. The best prime lenses have an aperture of f1.4 or f1.8 whereas good zoom lenses have an aperture of f/2.8. For Beginners on a budget I highly recommend the 50mm f1.8 which is a no-brainer for concert photography.