Title: Dancing to Someone’s Tune.
There is one part of concert photography that I often see overlooked, and it’s overlooked by the most skilled photographer through the ranks of amateurs… so everyone is guilty! I’m talking about photos of the crowd! Yes - getting shots of the performers is vital, however the often overlooked crowd shot helps complete the story. Was the concert packed? Were people having fun? What was the vibe or atmosphere of the performance? To answer those questions properly you need crowd shots, you need these shots to finish the story.
Remember bands, acts, performers perform all over… they perform in many venues, yet the stage design normally stays the same. One shot of a performer on a stage could very well be in any town or any venue. The crowd and surrounding shots fill in that blank, they describe your location to the viewer. The atmospheric shots set you as a photographer apart from the crowd. Get it - the “crowd”, ugh that was my attempt at being humorous. All jokes aside, at the end of the day it’s about telling the full story. If you just shoot the stage you are missing many details.