MAS­TER MU­SIC PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

DIS­COVER THE SKILLS YOU NEED TO SHOOT IM­PRES­SIVE MU­SIC CAP­TURES THAT WILL TRULY STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD

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Learn how to set your gig snaps apart from oth­ers’ and over­come the hur­dles in this in­cred­i­bly com­pet­i­tive genre

Mu­sic pho­tog­ra­phy is one of the most chal­leng­ing gen­res, as it is im­pos­si­ble to con­trol the en­vi­ron­ment. You will have no con­trol over the light­ing and won’t know what you will be faced with un­til the mu­sic starts; you might not be able to choose your po­si­tion, and you cer­tainly won’t be able to di­rect the sub­jects into the per­fect poses. Mu­sic pho­tog­ra­phers have to be able to adapt to the sit­u­a­tion and think on the spot.

Al­though what hap­pens dur­ing the con­cert will be en­tirely un­pre­dictable, pho­tograph­ing a con­cert suc­cess­fully still re­quires plan­ning and prepa­ra­tion. turn­ing up to a gig with a bag full of gear with­out much prior thought would be a huge mis­take – you don’t want to be fum­bling around with set­tings and kit while the event un­folds in front of you. how­ever, you’ll never be able to re-cre­ate the ex­act feel and pace of a con­cert from home, so there will al­ways be a little on-thes­pot learn­ing. the key to pro­fes­sional-look­ing im­agery is plan­ning and knowl­edge mixed in with a bit of prac­tice.

Over the next few pages you will dis­cover all you need to know in order to skil­fully cap­ture a con­cert. Make sure you take the right kit along with you, and know how to keep it safe. Learn key edit­ing skills, as well as ex­pert tips and tech­niques to help you de­velop your own style and take your mu­sic pho­tog­ra­phy to the next level.

© MATTHEW HIGGS

CAP­TURE THE AT­MOS­PHEREthe key to good mu­sic pho­tog­ra­phy is be­ing able to suc­cess­fully cap­ture the spiritand essence of the gig

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