Concert Photography – How to Get Great Shots



One of the most challenging things to do is practicing concert photography, especially when the live music is indoors. There are a lot of fast, erratic movements to contend with, and these concerts are usually played under very low lighting conditions. To make matters even worse, most venues do not permit you to use any kind of flash when you’re taking photos. While it is quite difficult to do, it is not by any means impossible. Read on to know how you can take great photos while inside a live concert.

Concert Photography - How to Get Great Shots

Taking Great Photos With Concert Photography

Step 1 – When doing concert photography, take out your wide-angle lens. This becomes extremely useful, especially in smaller venues. Due to the wide scope of the lens, you don’t have to move back a lot, and when it comes to concerts, this can be an extremely difficult thing to do. Ideally, you would need a wide angle lens with a wide aperture as well. With such a piece of glass attached to your camera, you will be able to use really low ISOs so that your images can still come out as sharp as possible, and without the risk of generating too much noise within the photo.

Step 2 – As mentioned earlier, it is wise to have a wide-angle lens with a wide aperture. There are wide-angle lenses that have apertures that can go as wide as f/2.8, or f/1.8, or even f/1.4. This way, you can maximize the use of the camera’s shutter speed as high as possible. As much as possible, keep the shutter speed above 1/125 sec so that your camera can still capture sharp images, even though there might be a lot of erratic movements going on.

Step 3 – When you’re using a very wide aperture when taking photos in a concert, accurate focusing is vital to the whole ordeal. Always make use of a manual AF point selection so that you will know where you want it all the time. Do not let the camera do the auto-focusing for you, because it can (1) ruin the image because it might not focus on the things you want, and (2) letting your camera “think” where to focus can take time, which means you might miss an important shot.

Step 4 – When doing concert photography, it might be wise to head to the location as early as possible to get as close to the performers as possible.  Also, by doing this, you will be able to find your angle. The band is there to play and not to have a photoshoot. Hence, there will be obstructions, and the most common culprit is the microphone stand. Finding your place in the crowd is ideal here, and not just a mere idiom.


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