04-15-2012, 05:37 AM #1I'm new here!
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Music Photography - Tips & Suggestions?
I often lurk on this forum, but I don't tend to post too often. I think I get intimidated by the ludicrously high standard of photography that's sometimes on display. On this occasion, however, I'd like to hear from the concert / music photographers out there.
Now, I'm not usually one to toot my own horn, but I think I'm a pretty decent concert photographer (you can see some examples here). I am my own worst critic, though, and I think I still have a lot of room for improvement. I am always chasing that jaw-dropping live image, the one that really captures the moment. I'd love to hear what you seasoned pros have to say on the matter. Are there any essential tips or techniques that you have? Any indispensable advice? If you have any examples you could show me I'd love to see them and hear how you got the shots.
I'm also about to branch out into the world of promo shoots / band portraits. I have an upcoming shoot with a local band whose music I'm actually a huge fan of, and because I'm such a fan I really want to do them justice. They are a six-piece, and somewhat unusual (musically, but also visually - one of their members is 7ft tall!). I'm not a studio photographer, but I have some of the basic equipment when it comes to lighting (a good external flash, wireless triggers, reflectors, diffusers). It'll most likely be an outdoor shoot, and I just want to make sure I come away with something unique, and not just a boring old group portrait. I realise there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to this kind of thing, but I'd be interested in hearing / seeing what others have done in similar situations. I think posing might be my trickiest hurdle for this shoot, especially with an insanely tall gentleman in the mix.
I look forward to hearing what you have to say!
04-15-2012, 05:51 AM #2
there are some examples in wide open in DPS article.. (from my signature)
04-15-2012, 05:30 PM #3Not photogenic
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It's not what you were asking about, and I'm just speaking as a viewer, but for me the processing on your photos seems... uninspired. For the conservative subjects the traditional processing is fine, but for some of the edgier ones I'd personally like to see a bit more lo-fi/retro/grunge look. Just my opinion, and worth every penny you paid for it.
04-15-2012, 06:08 PM #4
If there's one thing I think I see missing from your selection of images, it's wide angles. You seem to do well getting in tight on a performer, but there's few shots that show the viewer the grand scale of the performance.
You might want to look up Jared Polin, aka FroKnowsPhoto. He does a lot of concert shooting and has several YouTube videos offering tips for shooting shows and showing how he shoots.My flickr
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04-15-2012, 07:09 PM #5I'm new here!
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I'll definitely check that out. Thank you!
The lack of wide angle shots is something I'm all too aware of (although I did have a bit more luck recently at SXSW, and there a few more non close-up shots in my blog). My problem is that I don't shoot a lot of "big" shows. Almost all of the photos in that gallery are of fairly unknown artists in small venues, and there isn't really a grand scale to speak of. I always try to get some wide angle shots to include the crowd, but it's frustrating when there's two or three apathetic-looking people right at the front of the stage texting away on their phones! I'll often try to shoot right from the back of the venue to get the crowd silhouettes, but even that can be fairly underwhelming when people are all spaced out.
This is the kind of thing I'd like to hear more about, though. Have any of you guys got some compelling concert shots from small venues where the audience is small and maybe a little less than enthusiastic? And I'd still love to hear from anyone that's done promo shots.
Cheers for the feedback!