Smooth jazz, there’s nothing quite like it is there? For people who like to listen to jazz music, many other genres are just plain noise. Jazz is a purely American genre of music, which is why so many people are drawn so strongly to it.
Anyway, this article is not about everything that is great with jazz music but rather about how this genre of music deserves to be photographed a little differently than some others. Here are some things you should try incorporating into your photography if you cover jazz concerts or gigs on a regular basis:
- Get Close to Your Subject:
Jazz music is all about soul. The musicians are so involved with their music that it’s a sin not to capture all that feeling on camera. So don’t be afraid to get close to the stage and take some portraits of the performers. Invest in a fast prime lens with a little bit of reach that allows you to take close ups of the musicians from a good distance so that you don’t have to make your way to the front of the crowd every time.
- Go Monochrome:
It is true that black and white photography is timeless, and imbuing your jazz photos with this timelessness is a great way to create something unique. A monochrome photo will make sure that all background ‘noise’ recedes from the main focus of your photo – the musicians.
- Don’t Forget About the Instruments
A major part of jazz music is the types of instruments used to make the actual music. Yes, the singers matter as well, but it’s really the thump of that bass that get people’s hearts going. As a photographer, you should focus on capturing the essence of these instruments just as much as you focus on capturing the expressions and feelings of the musicians.
- Don’t Take too Much Gear
And lastly, don’t go to a jazz event with too much gear. Having too much stuff will only make you inefficient in your work. Carry only the couple of lenses you are sure you’ll need, and go handheld. Capture those emotions, take pictures of the crowd, get close to the music, and to do all of this you’ll need to be able to move around freely without having to carry bags and cases. Jazz deserves your attention, don’t deny it that because you’re too caught up with heavy gear.