Get the riGht Gear

Make sure that you use the ideal cam­eras and lenses

Digital Photograper - - Techniques -

care­fully con­sid­er­ing the kit that you take to a gig is very im­por­tant – you don’t want to be caught short and for­get some­thing es­sen­tial, but it is also just as im­por­tant to avoid tak­ing an un­nec­es­sary amount of stuff with you.

pro­fes­sional mu­sic pho­tog­ra­pher Matthew higgs (MATTHIGGSPHOTOGRAPHY.CO.UK) ex­plains that, “Fast lenses and a cam­era that can han­dle high isO lev­els and low-light fo­cus­ing com­pe­tently are the es­sen­tials. cur­rently, my main go-to op­tics are nikon’s 24-70mm f2.8 or the 70-200mm f2.8 de­pend­ing on the size of the venue, which i then match with the full-frame D750. nifty fifties (50mm f1.8 primes) are a great early pur­chase when you first start shoot­ing, as they let in lots of light, of­fer a ver­sa­tile fo­cal length and are cheap. spare bat­ter­ies, fast me­mory cards and a com­fort­able strap should also be to­wards the top of any as­pir­ing mu­sic pho­tog­ra­pher’s shop­ping list.”

You’ll likely have to carry your gear for the whole gig, so keeping the weight as low as pos­si­ble is key. Mak­ing sure your kit is safe and se­cure should also be a con­sid­er­a­tion. higgs says, “i don’t ever take more gear to an event than i can carry in a cam­era bag, and the only time that leaves my back is when i’m in the photo pit. At this point, i’ll place my bag some­where be­yond the bar­ri­ers, out­side the reach of fans and near to the venue’s se­cu­rity while i’m tak­ing my images. At smaller non-pit venues, i ei­ther leave it with a friend or keep it with me at all times.”

Al­though a lot of con­certs have low and change­able light­ing con­di­tions many venues and artists won’t al­low flash, so we’d rec­om­mend that you ask the rules for flash be­fore­hand so that you don’t un­nec­es­sar­ily carry your flash­gun with you.

Most im­por­tantly, make sure you know your kit like the back of your hand and get used to how the cam­era per­forms in cer­tain light, be­cause when the con­cert starts the light­ing will be change­able and un­pre­dictable.

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