At the top of my list to photograph is Concert Photography. Concert photography really draws me in, as I’m sure you would know by attending a performance by one of your favorite bands or recording artists. The energy, lighting, and movement combined by the artist and stage can be quite captivating to photograph and challenging as well.
I find myself when I photograph a concert from the pit, that I’m constantly moving because I want to photograph all the artists at different angles and with different lighting. It can be challenging at times because similar to sports you need to set your camera to a high shutter speed so your shots are not blurry, unless that’s the affect you are striving for.
There are several main differences with concert photography and sports. In sports the lighting is pretty even, except for some sun and cloud spots as opposed to concerts where you have lights in all directions on a dark stage.
Concert shooting is also much tighter than say a football game. More constant movement in a tighter space and you really need to focus on not just a few but several key elements at once if you want a great shot.
Sometimes what can also be challenging in concert photography, mainly shooting from the Pit is other photographers and videographers. We are all usually aware of one another, however when we are all moving in a very tight space, sometimes for the same shot you have to be really quick and make sure your not in someone else’s shot. In this type of photography you really have to be aware of your surroundings and other people, more than a lot of other types of events to shoot. There is also the two to three song rule..which will be discussed at a different time.
You could view more of my Train photos in my prior blog post and view more of my work at www.micheleeve.com