Still working with my D5000 on the quest to get the best photos possible in low light, smaller concert venues. As always, the problem is usually (a) it's low light and (b) no flash used (not only many venues - and performers - frown upon that, but I personally don't like flashing a light on someone's face as they're performing).
Once thing I haven't done much, but just realized maybe I should, is to disable the image stabilization, despite not using Flash. As I've heard, IS can actually hurt the picture if using low light, longer apertures and higher ISO, as it does slow down a little the actual shooting.
Now, in order to get THE great pictures in that scenario, of course, I'd need a tripod, or at least a monopod, I imagine. Which is where my question goes:
From those of you used in shooting in those scenarios, what's your best suggestion for shooting good pictures without, well, bothering others or yourself?
Any suggestion on the best option for tripod/monopod, that is accepted by most venues, doesn't get in the way of other people and, to be honest, doesn't make you look silly for carrying around a tripod with you to a cool music lounge?
I'd thought about those small malleable tripods that sell for a few bucks, and mount them on top of a speaker or something, but I'm not sure if those work that well with a D5000. I'd also thought about those Gorillapods, or even the kind you can mount on your own body. But, then again, not sure if any of those work.
I'd also considered remotes but, then again, it could a nuisance in a public place. And it'd be funny to activate someone else's camera by accident using it... :-)
Anyway, I'm sure there's no magical solution but, since I haven't asked questions on this in a while here, I thought I'd drop by!