#6 Capture the intensity of live music
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.