#6 Cap­ture the in­ten­sity of live mu­sic

Practical Photography (UK) - - 10clicks -

Shoot­ing epic mu­sic pho­to­graphs doesn’t mean your lens has to be trained on the per­former. Why not cap­ture the crowd in­stead, like gig pho­tog­ra­pher Luis Amella (am­dophoto.500px.com)?

“This im­age was taken at the 2016 Psy­chobilly Meet­ing, a mu­sic fes­ti­val hosted in Spain. Psy­chobilly is one of sev­eral sub­gen­res of rock­a­billy, and peo­ple from that move­ment will of­ten have a very dis­tinc­tive and so­phis­ti­cated look. Dur­ing one of the per­for­mances a lot of peo­ple, mainly guys, started to dance. It was re­ally hot in the room and many of them were shirt­less, so I wanted to cap­ture the sweat over their tat­tooed skins, their mus­cles and the en­ergy of their move­ments.

“I only had a 35mm lens on me, so I was forced to be quite close to them as they vig­or­ously jumped up and down. My aper­ture was set to f/8 and I pre-fo­cused my lens at around 1.2m in or­der to get a pin-sharp shot. This meant I only had to pay at­ten­tion to my fram­ing and com­po­si­tion. I also used a small fill-in flash to help il­lu­mi­nate the crowd, as the room it­self was very dark.

“At the end of one song all the peo­ple raised their arms as if they were in a trance. I moved a lit­tle bit so I could have as many faces in the frame as pos­si­ble, and to avoid hid­ing any­one be­hind the peo­ple in front of them.

“The most dif­fi­cult part of tak­ing this pic­ture was prob­a­bly just keep­ing my gear safe. These guys were danc­ing pretty pas­sion­ately and I had to avoid get­ting hit by an er­rant el­bow or foot!”

Above Use a 35mm prime lens to cap­ture a wide crowd while re­tain­ing max­i­mum sharp­ness.

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