TOP MU­SIC PHO­TOG­RA­PHY TIPS

Ex­pe­ri­enced pro Matthew Higgs shares his ex­pert ad­vice

Digital Photograper - - Master Music Photography -

PHO­TO­GRAPH THE SUP­PORT ACTS

Most con­certs have two or three acts that will take to the stage be­fore the head­liner, so al­ways pho­to­graph them too. not only do sup­port sets give you the chance to test out your gear and check your set­tings be­fore the main event, but you never know which acts may end up becoming the next big thing!

CON­SIDER THE LIGHT

stage light­ing changes quickly, but of­ten fol­lows a pat­tern. take a few sec­onds while shoot­ing to con­sider what the light­ing may do next. this will al­low you to time your cap­tures for the sec­ond that a mu­si­cian is per­fectly il­lu­mi­nated or po­si­tioned at the end of a spotlight for more im­pact.

USE A VA­RI­ETY OF COM­PO­SI­TIONS

A set of images that fea­tures a wide va­ri­ety of com­po­si­tions in vary­ing ori­en­ta­tions is more in­ter­est­ing for view­ers, and of­fers ed­i­tors the chance to use them in vary­ing ways. While there’s noth­ing wrong with grab­bing that clas­sic frame-fill­ing por­trait, it shouldn’t be the only thing you shoot.

BE AWARE OF MIC STANDS

While get­ting clear shots of an artist’s face can some­times seem a chal­lenge on busy stages, it’s worth find­ing clear an­gles for the most flat­ter­ing shots. i’ve seen hun­dreds of pho­tos where a mi­cro­phone ap­pear­ing to sprout from some­one’s nose has ru­ined an oth­er­wise fan­tas­tic photo.

LOOK FOR MO­MENTS

the best mu­sic shots don’t tend to be the ones where a front­man or woman is stat­i­cally stood be­hind a mi­cro­phone. the in­ter­ac­tion be­tween band mem­bers or with the au­di­ence, jumps and funny fa­cial ex­pres­sions will all lead to much more mem­o­rable cap­tures.

DON’T JUST FO­CUS ON THE SINGER

When you first start pho­tograph­ing it can be easy to get hung up on shoot­ing a band’s most recog­nis­able mem­bers and to for­get to also cap­ture that drum­mer tucked away at the back of the stage. how­ever, it’s of­ten pho­tos of these ‘for­got­ten’ band mem­bers that can sell best af­ter a show.

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