"hey hey, nz based amateur photographer here. i'm really interested in eventually making a career out of concert/ band photography (once i'm out of school) and i was wondering if you had any advice on getting started? i'd really appreciate any advice you have :) -rian"
Asked by rianstiltskin
cant say i class myself as a professional photographer by any means, but ill try pass on a few things ive learnt along my photography journey so far…
try not box yourself into just shooting band photography - for a long time I shot nothing but shows on weekends and literally didnt shoot anything else during the week. when I started shooting outside of this cycle I could see a huge improvement in my shots from gigs. Shooting other things than bands (and anything for that matter) makes you see things and approach things differently.
focus on your composition - kinda ties in with my above statement… spend less time trying to get an uber close up of the singers face, and try include some background into your shot. This gives your subject context, and usually makes for a stronger shot. I always try to avoid shooting directly up or on a large angle (as though you’re taking a photo of the ceiling) at people… just looks weird to me, and does nobody annnny favors, haha.
observe light - closely watch how light falls on people and the stage, if theres no light on your subject, put your camera down and look around to see where the light is. good lighting is gonna make or break your shots 99% of the time. even get in the habit of watching how light falls when you’re walking around everyday, really helps you see things differently
dont stress about gear - ive seen people with far less gear pull such better shots than I have. in saying that, try avoid heading to a gig with your kit lenses, id suggest getting a cheap prime like a 50mm f1.8 or 30 f2 (im a canon guy, not sure what you’re shooting with :) ). Prime’s are awesome for low light and really let you control the light alot more than other lenses. You’d also be quite surprised how creative you get when you’re not using a zoom!
just shoot! - I started out by emailing some music based websites asking if I could join their photography team, next thing im shooting 3 gigs a week. you’d be surprised how much you learn trial by fire style!
hope this helps! as i said earlier, im by no means a professional but am more than happy to pass on things ive learnt so far :)