Car­di­nal sins of com­po­si­tion

Amateur Photographer - - Technique Gig Photography -

Ef­fec­tive fram­ing marks out true skill in gig pho­tog­ra­phy. Here are some rookie er­rors to avoid when it comes to com­po­si­tion. * Watch the mics – singers with mics in their face rarely look good and these im­ages are un­likely to make the band’s web­site or Face­book page. ‘No mat­ter how ex­pe­ri­enced you are, mics in faces can be a real frus­tra­tion of shoot­ing in small spa­ces, both in terms of block­ing and awk­ward shad­ows, and peo­ple do tend to fall foul of that a lot,’ says Trudi Knight. * Watch what you chop – ‘it’s in­evitable that you will need to make de­ci­sions about what’s im­por­tant to in­clude in a shot, but chop­ping legs off right at the knee, or losing half an arm and a fret­board can just look care­less,’ she adds. * Watch the back­ground – another chal­lenge with smaller venues. It’s frus­trat­ing bag­ging a great shot of a gui­tarist mid-solo, only to dis­cover that the singer’s bum is in the back­ground as they bend down to get a drink. * Watch the stage fur­ni­ture – big bulky stage mon­i­tors, amps and drum ris­ers are also an eye­sore best avoided. They can how­ever add in­ter­est­ing an­gles and per­spec­tives, says Shona Cutt. ‘Also be pre­pared to edit out signs in the back­ground, like signs to the exit or toi­let,’ says Shona. ‘Bands want to look cool, not like they are play­ing next to the loos!’

A typ­i­cal rock gurn, but care­fully framed and ex­posed Canon EOS 550D, 24-70mm, 1/250sec at f/2.8, ISO 3200

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