One popular branch of photography is the depiction of live music events. This can include band sets, musical plays and festivals. Taking good pictures at these venues requires several different sets of skills.
It is a good idea to have extensive knowledge of camera equipment and lighting beforehand. This is because there will be a limited amount of time to get the shots, as most gigs last less than two hours. Once the camera is set up and ready to go, the photographer should bear the following issues in mind.
Just because someone takes a picture, it does not necessarily mean they own the rights to release it. This is especially true for images of live events. Therefore, people should ensure that they are permitted to both take and distribute, pictures of the event. They can do this by researching the policies of the band and venue.
Preventing Motion Blur
Live music can involve a lot of fast movement on the part of the musicians and audience. Blur can be avoided by adjusting the frame and exposure rates of the camera. The exact settings to use will vary from model to model. Luckily, a lot of modern cameras will have a blur reduction mode.
Knowing the Staging
Preparation is essential for photoshoots. When taking pictures of a stage, it is helpful to know the lighting being used, so that the camera can be adjusted accordingly. The framing of the photograph can also be planned out in advance if the photographer knows what the staging is like.
Avoiding the Crowd
Large crowds can be a nightmare for photographers. They may obscure the band or affect the focus. Ideally, the photographer should find an elevated and relatively empty area. This can be easier said than done. The best thing to actually do is to ask the venue if there is an allocated space specifically for photojournalists to use.
Keeping a Distance
While it might seem a good idea to get as close to a subject as possible, this is not always the case. Often, the best-looking pictures of live events will show the full scale and scope of it. This requires wide shots. These can then be cropped later with editing software.
Finding the “Magic Moment”
There is no secret to finding the right moment to take a great picture. It requires practice and intuition. The more a photographer practices, the easier it will be to time their photographs well.