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I'm sometimes playing on stage, and also visiting concerts, and one of the biggest nuisances nowadays are people with mirror cameras looking like shotguns - and flashing, clicking and buzzing all the time.

However, there are cameras today which are good enough to go without flash, and without mirror and sound -- For example, my beloved Fuji X100.

If you are on stage, it is a shock to get a flash right into your face. And if you concentrate on playing a more subtile part, then it is a nuisance to hear the clicking or even buzzing, you feel like the audience is not listening.

So: Why do so many photographers in 2015 still use flash and noisy cameras in concerts?

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closed as primarily opinion-based by John Cavan Jun 9 '15 at 13:12

Many good questions generate some degree of opinion based on expert experience, but answers to this question will tend to be almost entirely based on opinions, rather than facts, references, or specific expertise.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

I have to admit that I'm struggling to see this as anything other than a rant disguised as a question and there isn't really a real question here, more of a discussion topic that might be better suited to chat. – John Cavan Jun 9 '15 at 13:13

Most people use their camera on automatic, and if it's dark, the camera turns the flash on. the user is too inexperienced to know (or to consider) the fact that the subject is too far away for the flash to reach, and they'd be better off with no flash, a longer exposure, wider aperture and a steady hand.

They also don't appreciate the noise and perhaps don't realise that silent cameras are available, as they are so accustomed to the sound.

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"Most people use their camera on automatic" I suspect this is less true for people who have brought SLRs to a concert. – Philip Kendall Jun 9 '15 at 11:23
Almost certainly; but I'm sure that a very high proportion of low- to mid-range DSLRs still use full-auto. – Steve Ives Jun 9 '15 at 11:29
@PhilipKendall I wouldn't be so sure, it's surprising how many people I see with SLRs that have no control over the camera. Just walk around any tourist attraction and see how people use them. If I'm standing behind people I can sometimes see the results on their screens as they take the pics too :) – laurencemadill Jun 9 '15 at 11:30
I do regular workshops for DSLR owners in an around London and Windsor in the UK and find that 7 out of 10, despite years of owning a DSLR, still keep in either "Green" or "P". it generally takes a lot of convincing to get them off this habit when confronted with an interesting subject as they always tend to turn straight back to "green" or "P" in order to get what they consider to be the perfect shot! it really annoys me that people believe that they will getter a better picture just because they have a DSLR on Auto! – Abdul N Quraishi Jun 10 '15 at 8:43

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