Con­cert cap­tures

Maarten Melle­mans re­veals his top five tips for shoot­ing crowds and bands

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1 Make friends with ev­ery­one

Don’t be a loner. I al­ways make sure to smile at ev­ery­one and start some small con­ver­sa­tions when­ever pos­si­ble. And I re­ally do mean ev­ery­one, from the other pho­tog­ra­phers and stage hands to the se­cu­rity and vol­un­teers. You’ll be amazed how much eas­ier your job gets when peo­ple know you and are will­ing to help.

2 Don’t use a zoom

Ev­ery­one uses a zoom lens at gigs and shows, and I’d rather not have the same shots as ev­ery­one else. By only us­ing primes, you’ll be forced to look for other com­po­si­tions in­stead of just zoom­ing in on the singer’s head. It’s also a great way to in­clude con­text and watch for some de­tails you might miss oth­er­wise, like a set list on the stage.

3 Turn around

Get­ting to the front of the stage is awe­some, but don’t for­get to watch the crowd be­hind you. Some of the fans can get quite ec­static when they’re see­ing their favourite band. Look­ing out for in­ter­ac­tions be­tween the band and the au­di­ence can also give your images more story and add depth to your se­ries.

4 Fig­ure out the pat­terns

Shoot­ing a con­cert is of­ten quite hec­tic. Light beams are go­ing off ev­ery­where, and no­body is stand­ing still. The good thing is that this isn’t to­tally ran­dom. If you take a mo­ment, you’ll start to fig­ure out the pat­terns and can al­most predict what’s com­ing next, then get ready to press the shut­ter.

5 Mind the vol­ume

It goes with­out say­ing that you should al­ways pro­tect your ears at a con­cert, es­pe­cially when you’re right in front of the speak­ers. But don’t for­get that most DSLRs still make quite a loud ‘click’ when you press the shut­ter, so those silent pas­sages dur­ing some con­certs might not be the best time go wild with your images.

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