Concert Photography Tips

Photocritic.org have some pretty useful tips for taking better photos at a live band concert. So here’s what the author has to say regarding the tricky light conditions on most live band concerts.

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“Second, observe. Concert lighting move in patterns, and you need to try and snap the photo of once the lighting is exactly right.

Always shoot in fully manual. It’ll be too dark for your auto focus, and the rapidly changing lights mean that your light meter is worthless. You need to be good, but your instincts will save you. If you can’t “feel” how a photo is going to turn out before you look at your digital display at the back of the camera, perhaps you aren’t ready for concert photography quite yet. There’s no shame in that – just keep practicing. “


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Comment by Dana Subscribed to comments via email
2009-01-18 14:50:18

Whoever wrote that post above has no idea what they are talking about. Besides the photo they posted it total garbage. It’s out of focus, is too dark and is cropped wrong.

I’ve been photographing rock and roll since 1979. I shot in fully manual until 1998. I’ve been shooting in fully automatic since 1998. The light meter will be able to read the light. The lights on the stage are more than enough for the meter to read and more than enough for a flash. Never use a flash when shooting a concert. The flash only lights about 20 ft at best and all you’re going to do is light up any heads in front of you or if you’re close enough to the stage, all it will do is give you a white blob.

Use the light to your advantage and don’t be afraid to take the shot. If anyone wants real advice on how to shoot a concert from a professional who has been doing it for 30 years, is a shooter for Getty/Wireimage, has been published in many publications from Rolling Stone Magazine to Forbes Magazine to GQ Magazine. My work can also be seen on MTV/Vh1 Behind the Music and DVD/CDs.

Comment by A Jay
2009-03-19 18:49:50

lol Dana your great .. I loved your comment ! I looked at the picture then read the commentation, I was saying to myself , Gee this guy is talking a lot of crap, for that picture to be looking the way it does. I agree with you 100%.

Comment by Dana Subscribed to comments via email
2010-04-16 11:17:55

Hi A Jay. Thank you for your reply. I get very frustrated when I read articles or posts that give advice for concert photography and the person who is giving the advice is totally wrong.

So many people think that they know how to photograph a musician on stage and all of them have no idea what they’re talking about. People get bad advice and they get discouraged when the photos don’t turn out the way they wanted them to.

If you ever want good advice or information on photographing musicians or concerts please email me. I’m very happy to share my knowledge of this subject with anyone who wants it.

Comment by Joshua Cocks Subscribed to comments via email
2011-02-10 01:14:45

Dana. Love your reply.

Why not write an article?

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