Cap­ture stand-out shots

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Find out how to make your mu­sic pho­tog­ra­phy unique

We’ve likely all been to gigs where we’re met with a sea of mo­bile phones span­ning the width and breadth of the crowd, ev­ery­one des­per­ately try­ing to cap­ture the best pos­si­ble im­age. Mu­sic pho­tog­ra­phy can of­fer many chal­lenges, so pho­tog­ra­phers will of­ten be­come very skilled very quickly and can use these skills in other gen­res, mak­ing them a well-rounded pho­tog­ra­pher. How­ever, on the other hand it be­comes more and more dif­fi­cult to stand out from other pho­tog­ra­phers in an in­creas­ingly sat­u­rated genre. This is why the abil­ity to be cre­ative, adap­tive and to think quickly is key.

Matthew Higgs says,“Con­stantly ex­per­i­ment with your an­gles and com­po­si­tions for unique cap­tures. Once you’ve found an an­gle that seems to work, don’t just stick to it for the rest of your time in the pit, grab a few images and in­stantly start look­ing for the next one. Try get­ting close to an artist and ac­cen­tu­at­ing the depth within a scene, or go wide and show the crowd’s in­ter­ac­tion with them, maybe even grab a few shots from the back of the room. It’s this va­ri­ety that will make your set of pho­tos from a con­cert look in­ter­est­ing, and re­sult in those unique images that oth­ers seemed to miss.”

To make your im­agery re­ally stand out you must try to think out­side of the box – the worst thing you can do is shoot it like you are record­ing and re­port­ing on the gig as it un­folds. Think of it like art, and not like a doc­u­men­tary. Art is very sub­jec­tive, so if you start con­sid­er­ing your com­po­si­tions in an artis­tic, cre­ative way it is un­likely that some­one else will get the same shot. Try to look for unique an­gles and find a way to form your own style in order to make a reel of images that are un­mis­tak­ably yours.

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CAP­TURE AC­TION Make sure your cam­era set­tings will en­able you to freeze the ac­tion for more dy­namic images Below

DON’T MISS IT Make sure you are ready for any­thing the artist might do. quirky shots like this will make your reel stand out


FRAM­ING stay low in order to avoid busy back­grounds and try to suc­cess­fully in­cor­po­rate the colourful lights

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AL­TER­NA­TIVE VIEW if you have the ac­cess, move to al­ter­na­tive po­si­tions around the stage for more var­ied cap­tures

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