Title. The Beatdown.
10 Tips for Shooting Live Music/Concerts
1. Know the show/artist. Do your research, the more you know the better you can predict the shots. If possible even go to one of the artists shows before you have to shoot it.
2. Get there at least 1 Hour early, know the artists rules, stage rules and it doesn’t hurt to talk with a few of the shows technicians.|
3. Ear plugs. I’ve learned the hard way on this one… they are always in my camera bag!
4. Avoid lens changes during songs - you need to be prepared to shoot at a moments notice.
5. Immediately back up your media/storage cards once you get home. A reshoot is out of the question.
6. Take 2 days away from the photos - this clears your mind and helps you select the best images.
7. Make sure to send the group/band or artist a few promo shots - get noticed.
8. Know your camera, it’s settings - possible limitations and fully understand how it works.
9. Use prime lenses.
10. Your own dress code. Loud colors and flashy tones are not acceptable, you need to be able to blend not only on stage but in the crowd.