10 Suggestions for Great Concert Photos


Are you going to see the band you’ve loved since eighth grade this weekend? Was your buddy planning to go along, but had a family emergency go down? Whether or not you’ve promised to document the experience for him, or you’re simply among those folks that want to take quality pictures when you are at something cool, this article gives a several pointers to help you take those action photos of the band you love.

a. You’ll want to arrive at the venue well before the band goes on stage to allow time for you to scope out the venue, decide the best locations for what you hope to capture, and consider what each vantage point will offer you. And hey, ideally you’d take many photos in each of these locations, as opposed to one or two. You’ll come away without tons of photos from essentially the exact same spot, but with a variety of close-ups and more panoramic views to choose from.

b. Except if you’re at an outdoor venue with the concert starting earlier at night, it could be hard to catch good photos because there’s typically not a lot of good light to work with. Being that there are lots of lights on stage, you can still get a good photo. When lights are especially bright where the musicians are and snap away, take advantage of!

c. Speaking of light, refrain from using a flash. Not only will this dramatically transform what the stage actually appears like because it makes everything look as though the lights are on (not to mention that it can create red-eye issues, too), it will undoubtedly be obnoxious to the folks sitting by you as well. Even though you’re trying to get some sweet photos, you still want to remember that other people are trying to enjoy the show.

d. One more piece of concert-picture-taking etiquette? You don’t want to be documenting the entire time. Since other folks are all around you, be mindful to stop and unwind every once in a while. If you’re continually reaching your arms up or to the side to capture some variety (and just moving around in the process), you’re likely compromising the focus and experience of the person beside you.

e. When the band isn’t in the middle of playing their lead hits, consider taking photos. If you want more genuine, authentic photos without every one of the crowd factor (though sometimes you do want to capture that), take photos when it isn’t as ramped up inside the venue.

f. And lastly, you don’t have to be a professional to make great alterations to your photos. If the lighting in your shot isn’t just what you want, or you’d like the whole photo in sepia tone or a specific color pigment, you can make these changes by a simple tap with your fingertip.

Coming to see a band you love in concert isn’t something that happens daily, and hopefully by following these several simple ideas, you’ll come away with some great documentation and awesome memories.

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