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Amateur Photographer - - Technique Gig Photography -

Many of Knight’s points are echoed by Shona Cutt, another tal­ented gig pho­tog­ra­pher who does a lot of work in smaller venues. Cutt also gets around the light­ing chal­lenges by keep­ing her lens aper­tures wide and her ISO up. ‘Noise is not so much of a worry, par­tic­u­larly as grain can be good for a cool rock-an­droll shot. Clients don’t tend to worry about noise so much if shots are only go­ing on so­cial me­dia ei­ther.’ Cutt is also keen to avoid blown- out high­lights on band mem­bers or in­stru­ments, another rookie er­ror. ‘I find spot me­ter­ing helps quite a lot rather than eval­u­a­tive, as you can pin­point where you want to get the light from – the cam­era can be eas­ily dis­tracted by lots of stage light­ing go­ing off. Another good tip is to try to pick out par­tic­u­lar band mem­bers with an at­trac­tive spot­light, so keep your eyes peeled.’ Cutt also makes an im­por­tant point about com­po­si­tion and tim­ing. ‘Care­fully check fa­cial ex­pres­sions be­fore you shoot – the singer won’t thank you if their eyes are half shut and they are pulling a weird face. It’s not at­trac­tive, but a “rock gurn” from a gui­tarist mid-solo is of­ten OK. Try to get as much face as pos­si­ble, hair per­mit­ting!’

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