- Nah, aperture priority wasn't working out for me because it created such a shallow depth of field... and then when I tried to raise the f-stops the shutter speed got to be ridiculously long... so I had it on shutter speed priority. But yeah, I was on auto white balance... I didn't feel like trying to adjust the white balance with how quickly the lighting changed between white, red, blue, etc.
Haha, so basically I just need a DSLR to get better pictures? I don't get press passes to get into shows, these are just for my own personal enjoyment from the shows that I go to... which sadly means that they'd stop me from bringing a proper flash, much less a DSLR. I tried to minimize the use of my flash so that the venue staff wouldn't get pissed off at me... it was bad enough that the S3 almost looks like it's a DSLR, so I tried not to push their buttons. Plus, for some reason or another I'm just a lot happier with pictures without flash... here's one that I used flash on (I haven't touched these next ones up at all, so don't mind the red eye and whatnot...)
Compare to this one with no flash...
I feel that because the flash lights up the background, it eliminates some of the cool lighting effects that are happening on stage (not to mention that it makes the rafters visible instead of maintaining a shroud)... for instance, I really like how you can see that there are both red and white lights in the second picture because they alter the atmosphere. I don't know if I'm describing this effect correctly or not, but I hope you can get an idea as to what I'm talking about.
For my cases, is it really just a tradeoff between capturing the lighting how I want it (no flash) and lowering noise/eliminating motion blur (with flash)? Or is there some secret to flash that I just don't know about yet? Thanks a lot you guys.