No one can speak better than Josh about concert photography. World renowned and all time photographer. With more than several thousand followers, he is a deal worthwhile. Josh would like to give you these following tips to up your concert photography (especially jazz which is one of the favorite thing to shoot for any photo shoot lover) game. Because jazz focuses so heavily on solo efforts, I find myself concentrating on single musicians as opposed to the group effort, but whether you shoot jazz, rock, pop, or classical, certain basics apply to all concerts.
- Take Permission
For the small venue, It’s better to call in advance and ask whether still photography is permitted. Photography-friendly venues will allow you to shoot with the consent of the musician, whose permission is generally sought just prior to the performance. But you need to be clever, so if it is a large venue then you don’t actually need permission because almost all the audience is pointing out on musicians some or other thing. So it won’t be too skeptical unless and until stated that photography is not allowed.
- Get off your Gear
A fast lens — at least an F/2.8 — is essential. This allows you to capture speedy moments in the quickest way possible. Make sure that the image is not too noisy. Adjust your shutter speed around 45 if the musician is still and there is low light in the room. Take extra batteries. If the venue is not comfortable to roam then you can set up the whole gear for once but if you are free to roam then get some support and grab the best shot. Also, make sure to shoot in raw.
- Avoid clusters
One of the challenges of concert photography is the clutter that is generally found on a concert stage – microphones and their stands, monitor speakers, amplifiers, cables, and even roving videographers. Clutter detracts from your shots. Try and position yourself to get shots that are as clear of such distractions as possible.