One of the most exciting things to do is to see a band perform live. They could be very famous around the world or even just a local celebrity. They could also be an artist just starting out, which could be fun nonetheless. No matter what, it is exciting to see and watch them when they play. What is more exciting is being able to document them so that you can look back on your exciting memories. It can be really emotional to do so – just take a look at some of the classic pictures that were taken at old concerts. The ones you are going to capture could be intended for now, but they also could wind up being a portrait of history.
So, whether you’re just getting into photography or you’re a seasoned professional ready to go on tours, you’ll always have to get started somewhere. I can’t say I’m the world’s expert on shooting concerts, but I’ve had a bit of experience in my day. Here are some tips for photographing a live band.
1. Start small and prepare
All of us have to start with something. If we look at the icons and legends in every industry, they always have their roots in history. Actors started as extras, athletes started as rookies, CEOs started with small tasks, and so forth. As a photographer for a band, you are not going to go ahead and start with big concerts put on by famous bands. You can start with small gigs at small clubs. You can also go to recording studios for some behind the scenes work and see how the bands develop. You can also include some of the studio equipment in your photographs for a little bit of education. Getting started is not easy, but it will definitely be a gateway for you to learn.
2. Choose the right camera
In this day and age cameras are everywhere. You probably have one on your phone right now. But having a camera is not enough. Remember that you either will be documenting either a concert or a recording session. The first fact you need to consider is the lighting. When recording music in action it will almost always be low, so it is recommended to have the right lens which can capture great photos in low light. If you are just starting, do not worry about spending a ton of money on lenses though. There are inexpensive options that are available and good enough for you to start and go from there.
3. Enhance your skills
When your first starting out it’s a great time for you to learn a lot of skills quickly. You may make a lot of mistakes, and that is alright. Just make sure you learn from it. All of us will have some learning curve when we start picking up new skills, and the best way to go about it is to let it go and use it to get smarter. In photography, there are rules. Learn them and use them. As time goes on you will develop your own style.
4. Always be ready
Being around a band is unpredictable whether be at gigs or in the studio. Always be ready for an unexpected magical moment. It could be some of the musicians doing stunts for the first time, or one of the instrumentalists having a chance to sing, or a touching moment with a fan or between band members. There are endless possibilities, and it will be a great thing to document as a significant moment to remember and look back on.